Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of WesMantooth
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"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, 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 an excellent beer. I prefer this over Dirtwolf because of the lighter body

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Photo of mike22ne
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of trygelski1
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyLion
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of ppvora
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Terp96
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light gold color with little head. Smell is very fruity, tropical fruit and a little floral smell. Taste is of mangoes and pineapples. Bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too prickly and there is a slight alcohol burn. Very good. Need a side by side with DirtWolf.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near-clear light golden pour with almost no head. Aroma is pine and grapefruit. Flavor follow the nose and is great up to the rather biting dry finish. Not digging the lingering bitter rind of aftertaste, and there are smoother juicier dipas that finish much cleaner.

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Photo of chuckakhan
1.46/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Thanks to Victory and others for experimenting with recipes. This one smelled and tasted of strong pine and grapefruit. Pours a light copper. Unfortunately, one sip was all I could stand. Try it for yourself, though. Wouldn't mind trying dirt wolf, but, as an average beer guy, I hesitate to support 4-packs. No need to turn craft beer into a rich man's game.

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Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of hop oils. with a tangerine and tropical kick. Taste profile of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple and blueberry. Finish is dry, floral and bitter. Lighter bodied than expected but with noticeable hop oils and alcohol. Excellent DIPA but I prefer DirtWolf.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Office in Summit. Pours an effervescent, golden hue with minimal frothing. Pungent hop aroma with nuances of fresh pine and grapefruit. Similar flavor profile.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma is not very intense on the hops, you mostly get a clean malt profile. Taste is more hoppy but overall it's still a very clean beer with some earthy bitterness and a lager like malt profile. Body is on the lighter side and feels quite dry but the high ABV is hidden quite well. Overall it's really drinkable DIPA buy it lacks some aromatic hops.

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Photo of mntlover
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a thumb sized cream colored head that falls to ring fairly quickly. But does leave behind some good lace.

Aroma is nice fruity citrus pineapple, mango, tropical fruity with some floral sweet notes. Riding on a bready malt base just big enough to carry the hops and add a touch of sweetness.

Taste is nice not quite as good as the nose but good. Tropical fruits pineapple, mango orange notes moves to dry bitter resin and floral hints in the finish. Some lingering bitterness on the tongue with touches of peppery spice and lingering grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel is a good medium with basically medium carbonation also goes down smooth.

Overall a good I2PA from Victory imagine that. wouldn't mind having this one fresh then right at the enjoy by date. But a good easy drinking brew goes down too easy for 9%

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Photo of blackcompg
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of off-white dense foam, body is a straight-up translucent gold, defined laced rings mark every sip.The lighter color may make this one appear "lighter", but I assure you the flavor is Not.

Smell - strong tropical notes especially pineapple, over-ripe citrus and bitter rinds, nice floral hop notes in the back.

Taste - Wow, this is really nice! Extremely balanced flavors of tropicals mentioned above, much more mango, kiwi and honeydew melon on the palate, semi-sweet red grapefruit piths, blood orange, and this quickly dries and bitters to fruit pith, candied rinds and dried fruit pits. There is some nice floral flavors riding along for the entire trip along the back. I also get a small hint of dried basil and pink peppercorn long into the finish. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel - Nice medium weight, perfect for a DIPA, the carb provides a perfectly smooth scrub with nice edges along the sides and back of the tongue. You're going to want to drink this a little quicker, as I keep wanting to experience these flavors over and over, alcohol perfectly hidden, no heat.

Overall - Really a delicious DIPA from Victory, and one that I wish I could come across more often. the finish may be a bit on the bitter and chalky side for some, like bitter pollen, but I like this finish, and I'll bet you will too.

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Photo of rapayn01
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was simply an outstanding 5 ounce pour. This beer has a really high 9% abv that is hidden in the taste. Thus, it is potentially dangerous. But it is delicious.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden color, looks unfiltered, barely off white lace.

Funky smell. No so great. Hoppy, sure, but musty.

Flavor is super bitter and also with elements of malty sweetness. An unusual and interesting contrast. Still: more bitter than sweet, by far.

Mouthfeel is simply gorgeous. Perfect? Couldn't argue for another being better.

Finish is consistent with the beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, maize color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and great lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, citrus hops, slight alcohol, herb (sage?), hop resin, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong floral hops, citrus hops, slight piney hops, hop resin, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, good aroma, fresh body, strong body, and good blend.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 9% ABV behemoth from those glorious bastards Victory, you know those guys that brewed Doc’s most favourite Imperial India Pale Ale of all time DirtWolf?* Yeah - those f&#ken legends - I’ve got my hands on Hop Ranch, which will most likely be awesome so let’s dispense with all this waffle and dive in... NOW!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed, almost murky, pale Tangelo body with a head that consists of splotchy white lace bits floating on the surface - not surprising as most beers at this percentage present with little to no head. 7/10.

S: Bold floral/papaya/spicy hops hit the nose and proceed to pummel your senses with hoppy goodness - exactly what you want in a BIG ‘Merican IIPA. Hints of a light caramel malt base struggle to overcome these mighty hops but who bloody cares about the malt at this point. I am loving these f@%ken hops man! Hint of bubblegum sweetness comes in after a couple more whiffs - DAMN Victory, this is one intoxicating brew! 10/10.

T: Similar to DirtWolf in being a touch on the sweeter side with hop bitterness juuuust managing to help balance everything. Those flavours of bubblegum also come out more here. Overall flavours include: Floral/papaya/spicy/bubblegum hops, malt is undetectable with all these hops but you know it’s in there too. How about those hops though - not too bitter, full of flavour (multiple and well-defined) - this is everything you want in a BIG IIPA. In fact it makes me want to shout “BIGIIPA!” as embarrassingly as possible to the next person I cross paths with. 10/10.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a hop resin oiliness and light but dense carbonation - spot on body for this brew. 9/10.

D: Wow! Just: Wow. Victory once again stamp their IPA skills all over my tongue in the boldest way possible, but they also made this brew drinkable for 9% ABV (though I imagine palate fatigue would be a problem after 3 of these). Who cares though - I would rather have 3 of these for the night than 6 x 4.5% ABV [random brand] Pale Ales, so there’s a good comparison for you. 9/10.

Food match: A nice Cherrywood smoked pork shoulder with a side of salad, mmm.

*Granted I’ve only tried probably 1% of the awesome Imperial IPAs out there because of US brewers who refuse to distribute outside of their state dammit!

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Photo of Kinger22
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a golden color with a thin white head, which quickly disappears. The smell is subtle hints of various citrus fruits and some earthy undertones. The taste starts fruity and follows with delicious bitter hops. This is a top tier beer.

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Photo of drmeto
2.61/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

-pours a clear golden with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-hop particle floaties
-lemon,orange,slight pineapple,bready,biscuity
-immensely subdued
-Follows the nose plus honey,mango
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol somewhat noticeable
I assume the Hops faded in this, but i drank it well within Victory's recommended BBD.
The one i drank was utterly disappointing.

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Photo of BWED
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

A- Golden blonde, great clarity. Thin white head with fantastic lacing.

S- Juicy, citrus, dank and pine.

T- Great balance. Tropical, citrus and pine. Malt backbone is a light toast.

M- Full body, a little syrupy. Bittersweet, slight lingering finish.

O- Really good. A little knock on that syrupy body, but great flavor and aroma.

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