Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Hop RanchHop Ranch

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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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Reviews: 362 | Ratings: 2,377
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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Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear pale amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose, flavor is tart grapefruit balanced with caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $3.49 for a 12oz bottle at Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of dfconnor
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Heavy on the bittering hops, but light on the aromatic hops. Pronounced malt foundation reminded me of an extra special ale. Great flavor and good balance. Slightly less carbonated than I expected, but this was not off putting. Overall, this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold in color with a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is muted but I get some tropical fruits. Taste has more tropical fuits, I got mango and a touch of melon. There is also a bit of crackery pale malt and some slickness from the hops. Relatively balanced from a bitterness perspective. Decent mouthfeel, just more than medium in body with lots of slick hops. Overall a good beer but not particularly special.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pale straw gold in color with minimal head and quite clear. minimal lacing as well.

S- earthy and mango like hops. i also gather another citrus...pineapple?

F- mango, pineapple and earthy tones. Very nice!

M- dry yet smooth and crisp. Not the same pattern in feel as a typical IPA. smoother.

O- good beer..i want more.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: pours light golden body with thick white head with excellent retention and lacing.
S: sweet, earthy dank hop notes with some citrus notes
T: earthy, slight citrus rind notes; some earthy notes
M: medium bided but crisp and refreshing
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice beer

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Photo of thebeers
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pale straw with a finger of white head that leaves clumpy lacing. Smells of mango with pineapple behind. Taste follows the nose, with a peppery hop bite added in. Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Solid.

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

Poured from bottle with no visible date. Light gold carbonated but hardy beer, lots of citrus and something mangoish, nice hop bite with a dry clean finish. A little alcohol left over on the tongue. Great beer pretty much like any other really good beer of the style.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 by default because I'm too lazy to pour this one
S - floral, earthy hops followed by bready/biscuity malt. Not the best iPa I've had from the east coast.
T - floral, earthy hops, some pine, some grapefruit. Backed by bready malt.
M - medium mouthfeel, mostly the earthiness and bitterness is making it heavier, alcohol covered, aftertaste is earthy bitterness
O - I've had this before, I don't know if I'm not getting it fresh enough but enjoy by 6/17/2016 shouldn't be fading already. This tastes more like a British IPA to me than an American IPA. I remember when that was pretty standard for East coast ipas but I like the new northeast super fruity hazy ipa style better.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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