Hop Ranch
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #244
Ranked #1,555
4.22 | pDev: 9.95%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Fully juicy in its citrus character with the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart fruit and bitterness, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale traces its roots to Victory’s Ranch series, a unique and comprehensive study of hops in which Brewmasters experimented with different hop varieties to showcase a range of flavor profiles and celebrate the nuances and distinctions in the resulting series’ recipes.

Mosaic hops and Hop #483 (Azacca)
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage; drank 4/14/14 @ World of Beer.

Yellow murkiness.

Bright white head; thick lace.

Fresh marijuana & pineapple nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pineapple, marijuana & pine needles. Just a hair too bitter, but good.

Apr 08, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA,pale golden with thin head, wonderful citrus head. Light and airy despite being a double. This is an every day beer, and super high quality to boot.

Jun 20, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single, slightly past prime, but great DIPA all the same. Uniquely berry, pungent, oily, and peppery.
a) Pours bright amber-straw body with a splashing lacing, lasting head.
s) Big tropical, berry, and herbal hops. layered on raw honey and honey comb malt base.
t) Follows tropicals juicy, ripe fruit, with mango, passionfruit, pineapple, and gooseberry notes. Pie. glazed with honey. Levers into the peppery, earthy, scatting finale with as much cannabis as you can imagine.
f) Medium-bodied, oily, medicinal yet dry, bitter and cleansing. Astringent as in sassafras and spruce and orange peel.
o) A great DIPA deserves to be in any DIPA blind taste off.

Mar 24, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with a dense white on finger head. Very good amount of fine bubble lace.
Smell is floral dank with some sweetness from the malt.
Taste is dank hop oil with plenty of bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter.
Overall a very smooth beer for this style. This particular beer is about three months past the best by date.

Sep 17, 2017
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DeanWormer from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My local ale shop gets seasonals and then, if they have any left when the ale goes out of season, they discount it big time. I like trying the bargain brews so I got a 4-pack of Hop Ranch for $4.99. This is a winter seasonal, so I wasn't expecting anything because many winter ales are dark, heavy and warming - not exactly what you want to drink on the porch in the Georgia summer when the temperature's in the 90s. Surprise! Hop Ranch is more of a summer ale, but there's still quite a there there. Light in color, very hoppy but with a nice malt balance, and a 9% ABV that's well-hidden by the lightness of body. Floral notes? Check. Fruity notes? Check. Malt - bitterness interplay? Check. My favorites are Great Divide Hercules and Dogfish Head 90-Minute. Hop Ranch is in the same mode, but with a lighter, more summery character. I just ran back to my ale shop and bought two cases!

Jun 26, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a pure murky burnt dark copper color with a lasting finger's worth of white foamy head that glided off gently. Some messy lace.
The aroma had an earthy hop punch in the beginning punching some piney hop burn, some berries, maybe raspberry/sort of blueberry something or other as it's somewhat weak coming across.
The flavor moderately leaned into the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas but lent a hand to a "dirty" sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par.
Overall, I say pretty nice DIPA that even lives up to it's name with that "dirty" like aftertaste. Was that intentional, Victory?

Jun 13, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Got this one deeply discounted at a grocery store in NYC ($5.99 for a 4 pack).

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded blue and red pry-off cap.

"Imperial India Pale Ale." 9.0% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Murky pale copper body of average to above average vibrance. Seems filtered but it does have some chill haze (or maybe just oat starch?). No floating yeast/lees. Head is white and frothy, sticking around for an impressive ~7 minutes (not too shabby for a 9% ABV brew).

AROMA: Hints of berries/currants. Tropical fruit - the Azacca talking. Floral hop aromatics. I don't find the distinct blueberry aroma typical of Mosaic-hopped beers, nor do I find pungent citrus typical of Citra hops. But Chinook and Azacca are well utilized here.

Aromatic intensity is average. No off-notes, overt booze, or yeast.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Has some rind-like bitterness and white grapefruit pith, along with some quinine-like bitterness. Pale malts are present but can't withstand the hop assault, leaving the drinker with an imbalanced bitter beer that tastes overhopped and a bit boozy. I'm usually keen on Victory's hoppy ales, but this one is a miss for me.

No blueberry from the Mosaic, but then it's just dry hopped with Mosaic so that explains the berry being present only in aroma. Chinook contributes some nice floral notes, but the hop bitterness eclipses the hoppy flavours to its detriment.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, boozy, coating, full-bodied, well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. This texture doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes. Decent execution.

Not a gestalt harmonious whole of a brew, nor an ordered or cohesive one. Hop selection isn't ideal, they went too big on the ABV, and depth of flavour is lackluster. Average flavour duration and intensity.

OVERALL: Maybe I'm not having it fresh enough since I got this on sale, but based on this bottle it's pretty wanting stuff in an oversaturated style. I'll reserve judgement until I can have it on-draught and confirm it's not old, but as-is it's an Azacca-hopped boozy mess that is anything but approachable. The bitterness of it turns me off.

High D+ (2.50) / NOT RECOMMENDED

May 15, 2017
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fitrock2112 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Hop Ranch into a Belgian Tulip.
A - Pours a light golden with two fingers of white creamy head with yeast floating around.
S - Dank hops, citrus, grapefruit.
T - Better than the aroma. Smooth citrus and grapefruit. Mid palate has some more dank hops.
M - Medium to full. Medium carbonation.
O - A good Imperial IPA. Cheers!

May 02, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright yellow in color, with a large white head.

S: Hop aroma dominates with bright citrus, orange peel, a touch of tropical, and a hint of dank. Some light honey malt in the background.

T: Juicy orange, with grapefruit, and light tropical fruits. Honey in the finish, with a light biscuit flavor.

M: Medium in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, and a touch of a dry finish.

O: Overall a pretty darn good representation of the style. Smooth, juicy, bitter, and tasty.

Apr 09, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a murky light yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus and hops. The taste matches the nose.

Mar 28, 2017
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JPVanderbilt from Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OMG, the smell is downright nasty. Dang! What happened? Bitter right up front, oddish grapefruit rind, touch unripe tasting. Not impressed. I expect more from Victory, especially from an Imperial IPA. I'm really puzzled with all of the good reviews. Maybe I just got a bad one. It's not a date issue.

Mar 24, 2017
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours clear golden color with nice white head, spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Very light citrus aromas, orange peel, grapefruit and pine. Just a hint of floral aroma as well.

Taste - Wow taste is much bigger than the aroma lets on. Big grapefruit, lemon, orange flavors. Nice hop bitterness.

Feel - Medium body and slightly slick, tingles the tongue with a pretty dry finish.

Overall - A very good DIPA, great citrus and pine flavors nice bite.

Mar 18, 2017
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BarmatChaser from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy as all doubles should be. A little too yellowy for my eye, but pleasing enough. Thin head, disappears quickly. Needs more.
S: Fruit forward and then the hops. Citrus, not lemony though. Sweeter. More to the orange and mango side.
T: Balanced between the hops and fruit. Malt fades away quickly. Not boozy tasting for being 9%. Good, not epic.
F: You know it's a double. Full bodied, but not thick.
O: Would I drink this again? Definitely.
Is this my favorite double/imperial? No. It's more a cross between a double and a fruity IPA. If you have had their Dirt Wolf, think of this as its hazy cousin. I like both, but where DW is too clean, this goes too fruity. Good beer worth trying. Victory is a quality brewer. Even if you don't care for some of their beers, you can tell a lot of though was put into it. I think a lot of people would like this offering. Kind of tastes like a draft even thought I poured it from a 12oz bottle.

Mar 15, 2017
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edward_boumil from New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Attractive beer. Tons of readily apparent carbonation. Pours a nice head, settles down but nice disapears, great retention. Color is straw yellow/golden, mildest hazy.
S: Sweet, lemony, orange, zesty, floral. Somewhat faint though
T: Definitely bitter, but despite being robust, bitterness is soft, not sharp and biting. Hops here are pith, floral, herbaceous, spicy, very earthy. Some pine resin as well. I like the malts too, sweet and provide a nice backbone to this beer. Also not a lick of ethanol detected, which is impressive for a 9% beer.
F: As per Victory's standard, mouthfeel is on point. Smooth, silky, full yet light. Great balance between refreshing and engaging. I think the smoothness of the mouthfeel lends a great balance with the hop bitterness.
O: Not a crazy complex IPA, not a fruity hop bomb, but just the way I like IPAs. Perfect balance between hop and malt, refreshing and smooth yet tasty and in some regards, challenging. Hops present great complex earthy and citrus notes. All around an excellent IPA in my books.

Mar 11, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a golden straw color with a huge white fluffy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-orange, lemon, floral, spicy, some yeast
T-lemon, lots of pine, orange, sweet malt, honey, lingering bitterness in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-well balanced DIPA, not overly complex but still a solid brew

Feb 27, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by May 14, 2017" on the 12 oz bottle

It is a clear, bright gold with a large sticky, soapy off white head.

It smells like citrus, floral/grassy, slightly skunky hops, and sweet malts.

It tastes like pithy orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, and a hint of prickly pineapple with some resinous pine and some grassy/floral notes with a lingering bitterness. Just a bit of alcohol.

Body is slick and oily and medium bodied overall.

A solid beer. I prefer this over Dirtwolf because of the lighter body

Feb 12, 2017
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
Look is a golden yellow with a rough haze and thin, somewhat weak head.
Smells great, big green floral, earthy hops with some tropical fruit.
Very flavorful with similar tones as the smell, with a bit of a prickly pine resin and some hints of orange juice, full and slick balanced out by a solid malt base.
Very good!

Feb 09, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass:

Look: Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow to light orange with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with great retention.

Smell: Strong notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine. Maybe a touch of sweetness as well.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me. A touch of a malt backbone is present as well with some sweetness. A touch of bitterness present as well.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid DIPA from Victory! I'll put this one right up there with the best of the non-juice bomb DIPAs. Glad I was able to score a 4 pack of this. I will be revisiting this one on a yearly basis going forward.

Feb 06, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear pale orange with a medium head. The aroma is dense with pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. The flavor features pine, pineapple, tangerine, and mango, with a solid level of bitterness. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium body, and a sticky yet astringent finish. Overall this is a very yummy, fruit, and balanced beer - not overly remarkable, bu-t very well executed.

Feb 04, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loving the nose of this beer. I'm getting mango and pineapple dank sweetness big time. Smells like a juice bomb. Flavor is a bit more piney and grapefruit bitter compared to the scent but good none the less. When I dig further I get slight pineapple and a slight bit of alcohol in the mix too. Fairly decent carbonation and low bitterness on the follow through. Good beer if not the juice bomb I was expecting. Easy to down. For a 9 percent beer, it's pretty smooth.

Feb 04, 2017
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ThirstyLion from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop Ranch is a rather clear looking Imperial Pale Ale that unfortunately lacks a creamy, rich texture or cloudy appearance & is too much on the complex side & lacks the overall pinache that a super-dooper $11 a four pack should have! I'll take a six of Troeggs Blizzard of Hops or Kane Hop Lab Citra any day of the week as daily drinkers. The problem with most Imperial's is that they pack a serious wallup & WOWY does Hop Ranch succeed wildly in the "packs a punch" department.

The sign of a true down-east SERIOUS IPA is cloudy, frothy & soooo good that you just want to take two sips instead of one. With Hop Ranch, you take one sip & spend the next 10 minutes wondering two things.
1. Do I date to take another sip or is it too soon because this beer is akin to drinking grain alchohol
2. What did I just taste? hmmm. Let me see...etc.

All this said, I buy Hop Ranch every now & again. When I want to catch a serious buzz...like, the kids are driving me crazy, or, its the wife's time of the month..etc. So, Hop Ranch does have a purpose in life. Try a 4 pack when you really need it. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for those special daily drivers that are out there.

Feb 01, 2017
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Looks: Golden yellow with 2 fingers of head and plenty of aeration.
Aroma: Mango, mango, and mango!
Taste: Hops, plenty of fruit, some barley and malt in the background. A gorgeous, complex flavor beer. You have to ruminate on all the flavors that are present here and you have to drink it slowly with reflection.
Mouthfeel: Faint spices, flowers, cloves, and some nice bitterness at the end.
Overall: I love beers that have many dimensions and complexity to them. This one does. I loved it. I hope Victory makes it on a regular basis, not like a seasonal.

Jan 27, 2017
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goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is golden in color with a quarter inch white head. Smells of citrus and pineapple. Taste is of a touch of sweet malt, with the pineapple and citrus I got on the smell. Just a slight notice of the alcohol, I really like this.

Jan 22, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of oily hop resin all over this beer. Great tropical citrus flavors present on the nose and the tongue - orange, grapefruit and a bit of lemon to compliment all that resin. The bitterness provides a snap and depth but it isn't abrasive. Very slick mouthfeel.

Jan 17, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with some orange highlights. Nice 1" head falls to some surface bubbles.

Smell: tropical fruits and some floral notes come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, a bit of pine, some grass, and a hearty bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness throughout. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable brew that is well balanced but packs a punch on flavor and is dangerous as this goes down easily but has a high ABV.

Jan 14, 2017
Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2441 ratings