Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 dwagner003 on 10-30-2013

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378
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2,418
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Reviews: 378 | Ratings: 2,418
Photo of almostjay
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great beer. This beer is so different than other IIPAs that I hesitate to put it in the same category. It's more of an imperial pilsner to my palate, but I like that. Azacca hops are hard to describe, so this one is really a must taste in order to determine if you'll like it or not. Give it a try.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know this is a really excellent AIPA, but I am not in the mood for this right now. I should have opened something else. However, I'll be objective. It is beautiful in the glass - light yellow, minor head. The aroma is strong but not offensive. Very hoppy, nutty and almost a funky popcorn smell. Unusual.

The taste is first rate - clean and balanced, and the aftertaste is the same. It is not a heavy taste at all - very refreshing.

I will need to try this again and from a different glass - maybe my mug is giving me a false reading on aromas.

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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 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 RocketCityVol
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale Golden Yellow, Small white head.

S- Mango with a hint of citrus and other tropical flavors.

T- Mildly hoppy with a strong citrus taste. Sweet tropical and mango flavor with a mild tart aftertaste.

M- Very crisp and smooth. Cannot even taste the ABV.

O- A very good IPA up there with Jai Alai and Sucks.

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Photo of OleGee
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good beer and if it wasn't for DirtWolf this would be my favorite Victory brew - an excellent choice but if I have to choose, lobo de tierra for me

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light yellow with a trace amount of sediment floating throughout. The head fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S- Very pungent and grassy. Hints of fuit in the background.

T- Floral, citrus, blueberry, and fruity. It starts off sweet but the bitterness makes it finish dry. The hops are the show case of this beer, the malt base is borderline pilsner.

M- Medium to thick bodied with a moderate carbonation.

O- Very delicious, lives up to the hype. Its definitely new and deliciou.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Can't see the date but I assume relatively fresh. Pours clear and golden with a giant fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of lemon peel, dankness, honey, pale malts, funky grass. This almost has a farmhouse/brett aroma but then the hops really take over. Flavor is sweet lemony hops with some light pine and lots of grassiness, very light sweetness from the malts in the background. Very smooth and low to medium bitter for the style. Medium mouthfeel, resinous, but surprisingly light for a double IPA! Hard to believe this is 9%. Could be dangerous. Very nice brew.

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Photo of Coffeematt
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at novare. It's lighter than I expected. Pretty though. When the head dissipates it looks like a French sauternes or something. Aroma is a little funky, a little cheesy, and tropical. Taste: hop resin and stuff that's orange. pineapple and a Tang, the astronaut drink. Where's the malt? Can't believe this is 9%. On the tongue, it's thinnish and well carbonated, but has an oily quality that's kind of cool. Finish is both sweet and bitter. I'm a fan of doubles that aren't all malt-clunky to counter the hops. This is really nice.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This strikes me as a pretty unusual IIPA. Very light in color, and doesn't drink at all like its 9% abv. The flavor reminds me strongly of a white wine—and not in that NZ-hopped winey way.

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Photo of berkshire413
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Honey and clean and clear. medium haze bursting with a yellow behind the haze. really a nice looking beer. solid lacing hung around for a while. 1/3 finger head upon pouring into a tulip. i drink all beer from a tulip and i dont know why....

S- Granny smith apples hard and fast at first gives way to a rubbery plastic toy and sweet sugars and honey. lots of florals throughout the nose slight alcohol at the end with a melted butter as well.

T- grapefruit and honeydew mellon at first they linger a bit and disapate throughout this long complex taste. the granny smith apples from the nose are there as well. taste moves to the back of your mouth with a slightly grainy yeast and a nice malt that transitions into a wonderfuly smooth bitter alcohol backed finale. * note i took multiple sips and had many different variations as to the order and magnitude of these notes. as DIPAS usualy tend to have very frantic and every changing sip to sip variations for me i kind of wittled this review down to something someone might be able to comprehend. hahah

M-smooth little creamy, perfect carbonation to go with the hop characters on this one. very drinkable very very enjoyable.

O- overall this beer is dynamic. its a great DIPA from Victory in a era where the more hops the better seems to be the culture. this one really sets a standard in my opinon as far as sublte complexities that run hand and hand with the strong hop Notes. its a incredible beer and the more beers i have been reviewing the lower my scores have been, only because i belive brewers are really upping the game and setting incredible standards, so the fact i gave this a 4.25 is relative to this beer being a gem.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still haven't actually reviewed hop devil for some reason, so feels weird doing this one, but I've had it plenty of times and this looks good. And a date, yay, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

Pours a pasty white fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, then slows to a crawl, bit of soapy lacing left behind, very hazy sediment straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings big hops, mild citrus and floral hops, mild fruity note with hint of tropical like, very fresh with hint resin and spicy hop, mild bubblegum, with a bit of a sweet malty base and hint of booze tickle.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy malts with a mild booze warmth, and little blond malt character. Hops are pretty nice, a mild resin with nice tropical fruit again, little tangerine citrus, mango like with more orange zest and orange sherbert like sweet slightly creamy taste. The resin leads to a hint of passion fruit too, and little stone fruit. The hops turn very spicy and bitter, little pine, more resin, very bitter and spicy almost astringent as the finish dries a lot. The malts kept both the booze and hops in check, and once they dry on the finish the hops get rampant, booze is a little warmer but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice balance of very tasty hops, nice malts, and hint of booze, until the finish just smacks your tongue with hops. Nice overall beer though too, tasty, drinkable, at least when it's very fresh. Not a huge fan of the appearance though.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright yellow with an inch, off-white, frothy head. Smells of tangerine, grapefruit, orange and lemon. Taste is similar to the aroma but can taste a hint of pineapple now and then. Medium body, slightly bitter, goes down smooth. A well crafted IIPA, but not the biggest fan of the flavor profile (prefer Dirt Wolf between the two) Would recommend to others.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A fluffy large three to four finger head, bright and soapy white looking that sits on a nearly crystal clear dull brass yellow. There's a noticeable tinge of green to the body color as well, with some very fast rising carbonation in the middle.

Nose is very juicy, and a controlled aromatic hop sweetness. Large peach and orange juice like qualities and dime store penny candy. Interesting profile, similar almost to Tasmanian IPA from Schlafly it reminds me a bit.

Palate comes interestingly. Lots of sugar mild sensing sweetness and there's that ju jube like candy sweetness on first sip. Aftertaste and swallow bring a little bit of crispness and very light body wetness. Some bitterness of pine is a little noticeable on the finish, with the sweetness seemingly getting more aromatic than tasteful. There's a bit of baby like aspirin character to this also.

Overall though, fairly easy drinking and good price point, nice to have.

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Very pale yellow in color with some sediment. Must be unfiltered. White one finger head leaves a soapy halo.

S- Sweet citrus hop aromas. Tangerine, juicy fruit, lime, lemon, fruit punch, pineapple. Light and crisp. Delicious.

T- Spicy earthy hops take over the citrus from the nose at first. Then the middle is more like it. Citrus by way of tangerines, oranges and a hint of grapefruit.

M- Medium bodied with a nice carbonation kick. Waxy at the end.

O- One helluva fine example of an imperial IPA! Excellent aroma and flavor from the hops put this brew in my " favorite class" for sure. Exceptional IPA.

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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 StoneTSR
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: The head is a finger and a half thick and lasts for a good 30 seconds before it falls into a nice, cap. The cap tops off a murky, burnt orange beer beneath. Tiny bubbles rise from the sides of the glass while a few larger bubbles can be seen towards the middle through all the haziness.

SMELL: Wow, that is fresh! Orange, pine, mango and apricot dance around with a touch of grapefruit and grass. This smells amazing, just wish it had a little more intensity.

TASTE: There is tropical fruit everywhere on this and it’s really juicy. All the fruit from the smell is there, but the grapefruit seems to be more intense, and there’s a little lemon I didn’t get with my nose, providing a nice, bitter bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a little stickiness and a very dull tickle. The balance is excellent with some sweeter, sticky, fruity notes to start followed by a drying bitterness.

OVERALL: I don’t know if this one is better than Dirt Wolf, but at the very least its close. I will reach for this again.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For the love of Pete... Loads of citrusy oranges and pineapple here with a hefty dose of booze... Drinks lighter than I was expecting... Cracker malts sure try to make a presence but they are overwhelmed by the sheer onslaught of hops... Not sure I could drink more than one at a time due to the bigness of it but this is super delicious...

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, malt, pine, slight herbal

T-pineapple, grapefruit, orange, toasted malt, pine, floral, slight herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-very nice DIPA from Victory, great range of flavors, liked Dirt Wolf slightly more

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Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass clear light yellow with a 1/2" bright white head that recedes to leave lacing on the sides of the glass. There's a ring around the glass and a thin, irregular island of foam on the surface. Sipping creates small patches and a few legs of lacing.

The aromas include lemon, pineapples, mango and light but noticeable pine resin.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the addition of a bit of sweetness and some light bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly with the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness fades, followed by the fruits to leave light pine bitterness to close the show.

I've enjoyed this one and look forward to having another. This beer is now on my list to have again in the future.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack a pair, pouring into our oversized tasting snifters. It glows the color of pale goldenrod straw. A rough pour produces a two finger head of creamy, soapy foam of whipped egg white hues. This retains well, leaving precise ledges of lacing around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be quite light. The nose gives mosaics to the maximum, with syrupy fruitiness and spice of hoppy freshness, along with a background of pale and clean wheaty base grain, soft bubblegum esters, freshly crushed white grape juice, lemon and grapefruit flesh, powdered sweet tarts candies, pineapple fruitiness, clay, mineral water, burnt leathers, and sticky sweet boozy fumes. With warmth comes a bit of a toast to the grain, vanilla wafers, and black pepper, along with deepened complexity of the hops to include more specific varietals of grapefruits, florals, blueberry, and mango fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is great, with a dirty, organic, down-home authenticity that reminds us fondly of Hill Farmstead. As we sip, the taste begins with bright honey sweetness, chalky pales, lime and lemon rind citrics, intensely fruity and spicy hops, twiggy resins, passion fruit, Muscat grape, and mango fruitiness, clay, and sweet tangerine juiciness. The middle peaks with a flash of white sugar and peppermint bark sweetness before bubbling into the bitter half of the beer, with a sting of alcohol, bitter spicy and floral hoppiness, grassy graininess, sharp plastics, tart citric rind, lemon seed, black pepper, and lightly singed caramel. The end comes with herbal and spicy hoppiness, sweet notes of pear, peach, and nectarine fruitiness, green grass, dugout dustiness, bitter boozy fumes, earthy grit of mineral and stone, clean ale yeastiness, lemon juiciness, lactic sourness, and lingering notes of white sugar sweetness. The aftertaste breathes of lightly and massively grapefruity hops, dewy moss, gravel, chlorine chemical bite, sweet honey, dried pine bark, pale and pilsner graininess, envelope adhesives, coconut and corn husk dryness, lemon balm, and a curious depth of spicy rye graininess. The body is medium, with a soft thickness around the edges. Carbonation is lightly medium. Slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop are all decent, with the mouth left fully cooled, coated, and satiated. There is light astringent slickness across the hard palate, but no real dryness otherwise. The abv is appropriate and nicely warming, and drinkability is as a clean and light sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is really a tossup between its aroma and its flavoring. The nose is fresh and full of that glorious mosaic fruitiness, but it mixes with this down-to-earth grit that makes it memorable. The sip, on the other hand, gives you this explosive yet tamable flavoring that again, showcases the uniqueness of the hops, but also shows how interesting you can make the base of the beer as well. Having tried both the R and the S tester batches of this beer over the past couple years it has been interesting watching and being present for this final product’s genesis. While they are each different recipes, they demonstrate the type of heartiness that can go into a DIPA without making it overly dark, overly caramel, or overly heavy. Although they went with the mosaic hop, something that might be a bit unconventional, they still execute a highly commercial beer with wide appeal. They also keep it juicy and tough enough for someone looking for something a bit more complex to dissect. This is a fantastic beer across all categories, except for maybe feel which is a bit ambiguous at times. Either way, this beer, especially since it is following Dirtwolf, is further evidence of the great things that Victory is doing with hops these day.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best DIPA I've had yet. Can't really fairly comment on the look of the head, since I had this on tap and it was overpoured...beer almost up to the rim. The body is slightly darker than straw and transparent, certainly doesn't look very distinctive. Smell is earthy, floral, and with some faint citrus. Taste has more floral notes, grapefruit, orange, some breadiness, and cantaloupe. Not quite as fruit forward as the label says it will be, but I liked it for what it is. It's rich and full flavored. Feel is sticky and sweet initially with the hop bitterness coming in midway through, leaving a super dry finish. I didn't detect any alcohol at any point.

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Photo of Hendry
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellowish in color, lots of tiny bubbles, clear as a bell,one finger of soapy head,solid lacing.

Aroma is juicy,hop forward and enticing. Grapefruit,lemon zest and pine.

Taste is sharply acidic at first, a solid hit of lemony tartness before it mellows during the swallow. I feel this one in the chest slightly with this level of acidity, but it has nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is pretty brisk,bordering on aggressive. Decent lingering bitterness also.

The mosaic hops are a treat and this has a nice bite to it. Hop Ranch may be too acidic for some, but it is certainly worth checking out, this is a great IIPA and a sign of good things to come from Victory.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/24/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). However, the bottom of the bottle pour produces a some flocculants. Normal head volume, lacing and slightly below normal retention. Nice nose of sweet blended tropical fruit over a light orange rind note. Light medium body with a good bit of oiliness to the texture. Well carbonated with a good effervescence in the middle and more in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense (hop flavor forward), extremely well balanced and complex. It begins with an effervescent burst of blended hop flavor (tropicals such as mango, pineapple, but never really separates). This flows into a moderate bitterness in the middle that contains a slight pepper note. As the bitterness fades, a biscuit sweetness emerges with hints of orange. The finish is a slow fade into a lingering orange zest flavor bitterness and a slight nice alcohol warming at the back of the throat.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,418 ratings.
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