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Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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)

Added by StoutSnob40 on 10-30-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,165
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
2,433
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
540
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,433 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of MarkDeming
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. 9.0% but not boozy at all. Nice citrusy hop character, and a beautiful golden color. Smell is a bit "meh," especially given the potent hops. A smooth, tasty beer that I will definitely get again.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhilMiller
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teraflx
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBCBrams17
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant light golden color, with a lingering, frothy white head.

Aroma is resiny, floral, and tropical, with notes of honeysuckle and pineapple initially dominating. Hints of peach and grapefruit emerge. Smells a bit sweet.

Flavor reveals a honey sweetness, which becomes resiny and bitter at the finish. Notes of fruit cocktail, grapefruit and mango accompany pineapple and a resin dominance in a pretty complex hop character, throughout.

It's more bitter and biting at the finish than I'd prefer, but I love the accompanying sweetness and hop fruit character.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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 jjboesen
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Hop Ranch" harkens back to the Victory "Ranch" Series that allowed brewers to experiment with a variety of hops; in the case of this beauty: Azaca, Germinate and Mosiac. Poured into a tulip glass by the steady hand of DC Tap House's finest server, this brew boasts a translucent copper body, with few carbonation bubbles. Ther is a substantial head of chunky froth that brings out a gummy lacing, which deteriorates as the langorous quaff is pursued. There is a pleasant nose of orange slices with subtle whiffs of bubblegum and butter; the palate is dusted with grapefruit and malty motes.

Thers is a chalky bite in the mouthfeel that proceeds to a dry finish with some citrus tanginess. Yet, there is a smoothness that belies the heavy alcohol structure.

Another winner from an American brewing icon. Great beer; thy name is Victory.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice straw colored body with decent lacing and only a pencil head. Lots of effervescent bubbles.

S: This smells really good. Lots of floral citrus notes here. Very interesting smell here I can't quite place. I get some onion notes here but not in a bad way.

T: Interesting hop notes here. I can't really place the flavor. It really tastes like it smells. The hops in here are really weird. It comes across as a mellow citrus that is slightly floral. I don't get a lot of pine here, but it is kind of its own flavor. This is delicious in its own way. Even the malts here are different. It almost comes across as a hoppy lager (an imperial version of Citra Mantra).

M: A fair amount of carbonation here that is pretty prickly, but mellows out as it warms up a bit.

O: This is delicious but odd and different. I don't know how to classify this, but it really tastes like an Imperial version of a hopped up lager.

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Photo of Segelstrom
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured into a frozen tumbler and achieved a purely white head of about 3/4" that was reasonably well maintained during the 5 minutes it took for me to finish this bad puppy. This beer looked more like your typical POS domestic lager because it was pure yellow but don't let that fool you its an all together different experience. It's all flavor.

s - hoppy from all directions. some citricy

t - excellent flaver for those of us who like hops. reminded me of Headhunter which is one of my all time favorites.

m - like a beer should feel

o - great beer, not sure if I like better then Dirt Wolf but will have to save that comparison for when I get my hand on their next batch.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brurevu
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear light straw with a decent white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and juicy tropical fruits with some grassy almost pilsner qualities. The flavor is where the Hop Ranch takes over your palate. Bursting with big beautiful tropical fruits on the front end thanks to the Mosaic hops this is a beast out of the gate. The flavor slowly evolves into a floral earthy sharpness that mimics a Pilsner on the back end and coats your tongue with a wonderful bitterness. The tropical fruitiness of this brew made it for me and while I was quickly downing my glass I realized how well the abv was hidden. A great beer from top to bottom.

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Photo of JStampler
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of morrowd3
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden amber color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, you get a decent amount of citrus and tropical fruit, with maybe a hint of pine in the background. The flavor profile is more of the same in this easy to appreciate IPA, and the light bitterness on the finish balances the tropical fruit nicely. The beer really doesn't drink like a 9% abv, beer (I would have guessed an abv. in the low 7% range), and there's a softness on the palate that is nice. The beer delivers plenty of flavor otherwise, and drinkability is quite good.

At least for me, I think I like this better than the other DIPA's I've had from Victory (hop wallop and dirt wolf). Nice beer.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear body with a white head and a little carbonation visible in the body. Pretty fast moving head but a lace that stuck on the glass stubbornly.

Herbal spicy resin hops in the aroma, a little kale, citrusy, and fruity like mangoes.
Taste not as bitter as I had expected. Very clean and refreshing malt and hop balance with a little citrus flavor and grassy herbal notes throughout.
Very crisp feel and very drinkable, alcohol content not that noticeable.
Would definitely get again, this was great.

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Photo of sirsteve42
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abagofit
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewjraab
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured int a snifter. Appears a hazy grapefruit orange with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing and the head reduces to a bubbly suds that rest in the epicenter of the glass.

S - Fresh hops, big citrus notes - grape fruit, orange peel, citrus rind.

T - Juicy citrus hop bomb - follows the nose with hop forward and citrus and grapefruit notes, slightly resinous and dank. Crisp and refreshing mouth feel.

O - Really an slam dunk must have DIPA - love the fresh hop forward and juicy hop bomb.

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Photo of glinnebur
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,433 ratings
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