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 VE777
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light blonde. Full of life. About one finger head, but faded somewhat quickly.

Probably one of the most interesting beers I've ever smelled in my entire life: onion, garlic, citrus.

Contrary to the smell description, or perception on my behalf, the taste was quite refreshing: citrus up front, and onion in the back.

Again, the best way for me to describe the mouthfeel would be, refreshing. Medium carbonation, with little aftertaste.

Overall, this is one of the more unique Imperial's I'ver ever had the opportunity to taste. Hell, it even goes perfectly with my goat cheese, salami and vienna bread spread! Not something I would go out of my way to acquire, but definitely a solid beer. I'd say at least try it once.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A few thoughts on Hop Ranch. Pours lighter than expected, more the color of a Pale Ale or dare I say a Pilsner? Moderate lacing coats my Ithaca pint glass. Wafting from the bottle is a touch of fruit cocktail. Nice popping carbo delivers white grape/lemony zest hop flavors followed by a very faint pale malt, ending with a slight tart dryness. No lingering bitterness at all. Just slightly tart and dry which induces my next swig. Drinkability is off the charts. Previous to having this I knocked down a Rogue Yellow Snow IPA ironically being more the heavy sipper. Hop Ranch is light and thirst quenching for a DIPA. Very dangerous, I recommend especially if your a hop fan. So glad I don't have to search far from home for quality IPAs/DIPAs thanks Victory for Hop Ranch/Dirt Wolf and Troegs for IPA and Nugget Nectar...

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Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured to dogfish mini-pilsner glass. Appearance is golden with tones of yellow..smell is fruity, grapefruit, citrus, apricot..taste is smooth for suggested 9%abv. Starts sweet amd citrus, and finishes fruity, and smooth, "air-ee" light bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lemon rind and orange peel.,highlights the hop frehness and taste without being too bitter or cloying.. Lacing is foamy and sticky. Carbonation is medium, with a crisp dry feel on the finish..this is refreshing and admirable. Paired nice with kabobs-cucumber yogurt sauce, grilled meat chimmichurri, mexican corn with cotija, feta.

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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 hopflyer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by May 19, 2014.

Pours a very light gold with some fine sediment suspended. Generous 2 finger head, fluffy white.

Aroma is one of the strongest I've experienced in a beer. Wow! Really strong grapefruit and some lemon. Just about all floral and citrus hops. Not much of the piney variety.

Taste up front is all juicy citrus, lemon zest. Completely unbalanced citrus hop bomb out of the gates, and right up my alley. Halfway thru a little it of bitterness arrives in the aftertaste but this is still a one man band of citrus hoppiness. Towards the end some grassy, earthy appear subtley.

Very light and crisp. Not dry but definitely refreshing. How the hell is there 9% in something this light? Wish there was a little bit more carbonation, but it doesn't throw things off much anyway.

Really pleased with this beer I've been anticipating since Dirtwolf. Right on par with Dirtwolf in quality. Dirtwolf is a bit more balanced and definitely more piney hops while Hop Ranch is all citrus.

Revisit 1/7/14

Felt a need to re-review this one. About halfway thru my second case and none of the bottles stood up to the first one had. Could it have fallen off that quickly? Anyway, still a good brew but not blowing me away like the first one did.

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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 VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy yellow with an oily consistency. White head is mild. It leaves dots and lacing speckles.

S-Very juicy in the nose. This hop combo just emirates ripe, tropical fruits. Peaches, pineapples and apricots with plentiful citrus. Pleasant base malt adds to the sweet, fruity hops. Also a pleasant dose of spicy hops.

T-Delectable and tropical like the nose. A blend of fruit juice hoppiness, my favorite. Bready and pale maltiness adds a fullness to the flavor. This is loaded with delicious hop derived flavors but it's not coercive; just intoxicatingly hoppy.

M-Resiny and full. Medium carbonation. Medium-high bitterness. Very drinkable. This 4 pack just flew by.

O/D-Right on par with DirtWolf. It's a coin toss as to which I like better. It's exactly my take on my favorite beer style. Exotic hop broth!

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too few hops in the house, so I've spent a couple weeks collecting IPA/IIPAs off local shelves. This is another of my victims. 12 oz. bottle headed south.

Pour is a hazed & confused light yellow with carbonation that's mildly evident on top & hidden in the yellow belly of the beer. Nose comes bearing serious tropical fruit, enough to believe this beer might have a pineapple in its Ancestry.com tree somewhere. Smells wet, too.

Hop Ranch is a location I'd like to winter in. The gorgeous tropical fruits in the nose translate word-for-smell into the taste, but they're immediately assaulted by a searing, wrist-twisting bitterness that scalds the top of my mouth. Yeeaah! After that barrage there are even more BBs in the gun: lovely citrus, orange, mild sweetness & a spicy kick at the end. Thick, chewy, oily, syrupy. I could drink a couple flagons of this.

Is there anything better than having a beer with no expectations & having it blow your tiny little brain to pieces with yummy? This beer kicks ass: you just don't find many IIIPAs with the combo of bitterness AND taste. What's so hard about that? One of the best new IIPAs I've had in a while. Excellent.

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Photo of gr0g
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and quite pale, like a light straw color. Head retention is quite good, and there are sheets of lacing left once the head finally fades. Very aromatic, even more so than DirtWolf. Super-pungent grapefruit and resin plus quite a bit of tropical fruit character as well. Mango, tangerine, and pineapple notes at first, but unfortunately they fade after not too long.

Flavor is really bright and citrusy, quite grassy as well. Just the right amount of malt sweetness I'd expect in a DIPA, becoming drier on the finish. A hop onslaught dominates the flavor -- lots of bitter lemon zest. A touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, slick, and smooth. This is just a big IPA, but malt and hops are kept in proper proportion (for and IPA) and the alcohol hardly intrudes, even at 9%.

As good as Victory's DirtWolf is, this is even a notch above that. Only two hops used: Mosaic and the relatively new Azacca. Destined to be one of the best widely-available DIPAs in the east US.

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

Appearance: Yellow, lots of particles, huge head.

Smell: Strong grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Very dry start. Lots of grassy and grapefruit hop flavors with moderate bitterness. Some malt sweetness in the backbone.

Overall: Hop Ranch reminds me a lot of Hop Wallop. Nice mix of hoppy flavors-grass and citrus mix was my favorite thing about Wallop, so I'm glad it's still around with Hop Ranch. I prefer this one over DirtWolf.

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

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1+ finger moussy ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice, thick rings of lace;

S: pine, with citrus and toffee behind it; as it warms, the aroma is mostly peach;

T: nice balance between peach and pine up front;peach and pineapple are predominant from the middle through the finish; mildly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV well;

O: what's not to love;

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - laces the glass nicely - hazy yellow orange - tight bubbles
S - hop smell is great, with squeezed grapefruit peal
T - has the thick hop flavor with bitter citrus that is complex and great
M - heavy mouthfeel that is so great in Imperial IPAs
O - I really like this one Victory is brewing up some great new beers

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of fruits. The bulk of the fruit smell comes from tropical fruit aromas, consisting of a blend of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Other fruit smells are there as well with a little bit of apple and apricot. Along with the fruity smells there also exist some nice hop aromas. The strongest of these smells is that of grapefruit, but other lighter aromas of pine and an herbal smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy and bready taste mixed with tons of grapefruit hop right from the start. Along with these tastes are some sweeter flavor of orange and a bit of mango. The sweeter flavors as well as the bready flavor, lose strength as the taste advances toward the middle, all while the grapefruit hop gets even stronger and is joined by a hint of a grassy hop taste. While it fades temporarily, the fruit flavors come back to the tongue toward the end with lots of tangerine and tropical fruits of mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to the tongue. These flavors meld quite nicely with the grapefruit and bit of a grassy hop flavor to leave a smooth, fruity and hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for really accentuating all the great fruity and hoppy flavors of the brew and help slow you down a bit in drinking it down too quickly, which is quite easy as even at 9% abv, almost no alcohol flavor is present. Overall the feel is great.

Overall – A very easy drinking and very fruity and flavorful IPA. After introducing their Dirtwolf (which is fantastic), Victory is really nailing the strong IPA’s and hit it again with Hop Ranch as it is truly an enjoyable brew to drink.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy gold color with a one finger white head.

S- Citrus, pineapple, pine, sweet lemon rind, some biscuity malts.

T- Citrus, grapefruit, lemons, faint pineapple, bitter piney finish, nice malt backbone, well balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

0- Another top notch IIPA from Victory. Can't wait to get more of this!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body, bright but with chill haze. Topped by five fingers of level dense snow white foam. Drippy dense lace.

Bursting fresh juicy fruit in the nose. Tons of citrus.

A soft but solid malt foundation. Juicy fruit explodes all over the mouth. Bitterness tingles all over the tongue from the swallow through a seeming unending afterglow.

Mouthfeel is soft but prickly. No, I don't know how you do that.

Victory has been taken for granted for a long time. With this and DirtWolf they have recaptured the beer geek attention.

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Photo of Omnium
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Alpine Spring bow-tie glass.
A - Clear light yellow straw in color with a nearly two finger foamy white head with some really thick lacing happening.
S - Aroma is quite unique, and maybe its the fact that I cannot discern the real profile here that's throwing me, sure you got some grapefruit, pine, a little papaya, its just really fresh smelling, even the malt is a light sweetness, regardless its a little light in aroma.
T - Excellent flavor, light juicy apple, melon, papaya, grapefruit, blood orange fruit flavors, then a really gradual pine and grassy tone comes through on a really neutral crackery kinda malt that has just a hint of sweetness.
M - There is no way you could ever think this thing would be 9% ABV, You could sit here and pound this beer one after another with ease, medium light feel with no burn, no extreme bitterness, just smooth and fresh crisp flavor.
O - Excellent Imperial IPA that proves more isnt always better, this is by far an extreme IPA, sure it has a high alcohol content, (THAT YOU CANNOT DETECT AT ALL!!!!) but its not overwhelming with bitterness or sweet boozey malt, it has a great flavor, good aroma, and goes down ohh so easy. Get yourself some.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow yellow/golden tan , lots of unfiltered floaters with 1 inch foamy head, good sticky lacing.

Smell - Sweet, strong citric hops, grapefruit, orange, pineapple. Sugars, earthy, herbal notes.

Taste - Really pleasant sweet, citric hop kick mixed with some sugars and a little spice note. Plenty of orange, honey and pineapple along with some mango and lemon. Minor malt note comes in near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Citric fruits nails the tongue from first sip. Palate gets more hops, some sugars and malts. The aftertaste is crisp, dry, hop bitter and a little herbal sweet.

Overall - Excellent beer, easy to drink, nice hop profile that's not to sweet, not to bitter and not overly alcohol influenced. Really drinks light and smooth and has a unique flavor that just adds to the enjoyment of this beer. Really recommended beer for sure.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle best by 24 May 2014 at 42 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of citrus, closest to lemon
Head average (4.5 cm), white, creamy with rocks, very slowly diminishing fading to a to 1 -2 mm layer
Lacing poor: partial rings with small to medium bubbles, stalactites
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor begins with a light lemony taste, slowly fading through sweetness to a light astringency. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no malt. No aftertaste is noted.
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation lively.

This is the last bottle from the case I bought in Jan, 2014, and somehow I’ve neglected to review it. IMHO this is a much better beer than Dirtwolf, certainly having more flavor and a less noticeable hop profile. This could easily be a session beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 17 June 2016

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Shhets of lacing with great head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, light lemon-grass scent

T: Pink grapefruit, lemons, light breadyness & flinty hop bitterness up front. Pretty juicy once warm, loads of grapefruit & a little pomelo & a whisper of pine. Finishes grapefruitty, juicy with just a little woody hop bitterness mixing in with some bready sweetness & golden delicious apple

MF: Light/medium bodied, deft touch on the carbonation ; great balance

Drinks really easy, a grapefruit assault, required just a little more depth of flavor to achieve perfection; damn close! I will buy this all the time if fresh!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surpisingly golden straw-yellow color, with fluffy white head.

Very powerful aromas of pineapple, citrus and hop goodness. Wow! This is literally heaven to the nose.

Delicious hoppy flavors, with nice strong citrus edge, really awesome. Loads of the citrus hop bite that I look for in a good Imperial IPA. Nice light body. Really tasty and smooth.

Wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Looks beautiful, the lovely light golden color gives way to some translucence that passes through the glass in the sunlight,

Smell: This one smells just like you would expect by looking at it (you will sense a trend here). It is a very mild smell with hops, yeast, and a hint of florals.

Taste: Just as the look and smell suggest, this is a crisp, clean, and delicious brew (geez I feel like I'm in a light beer commercial). You would never guess just by sipping it that it was 10% abv... It's almost a souped-up pale ale, in that all the tastes are very minimal; that being the hops, malts, and florals. This is one of the lightest and mildest DIPA's i've ever had.

Feel: Smooth and crisp. The slight carbonation is perfect, wouldn't add or subtract any.

Overall: One of my favorite offerings by Lagunitas.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a snifter-pours a bright sunshine yellow with a bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some slight lacing

S-It does not have a very strong nose-but consisted primarily of citrus notes. To me the nose was the weakest aspect of this beer.

T-It has a great balance between citrus and tropical hop flavors with citrus getting a slight edge. It is very flavorful and to me is reminiscent of Hop Slam and Stone Best Buy. It is very hoppy and has a much stronger hop presence than Sucks. It is very delicious and hoppy. You can't really notice the alcohol.

M-creamy and slightly syrupy

D-dangerously drinkable-I drank 2 and could have drank at least another but I split the four pack with my father-in-law

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations and is honestly one to seek out

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Photo of Betty1968
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's my taste buds or maybe it's the batch, but this years version is drinking like an IPA/Saison mash-up. I suspect maybe their is something "off" with this first run as the beer does not have the same light straw color that I remember. Tastes good, just not the same as the first two years.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is hazy yellow with a small whitish head. Nice lace.

S: Hops. Tropical fruits, grapefruity and perfumey.

T: Juicy hops over bread doughy malt. Hops bring to mind apricots, grapefruit, tropical fruit and lemons. Strong hop impression overall, but not mouth-bracingly bitter. Finishes with a nice balance of bready malt, grapefruit pith and lemony bitterness. Modest alcohol warmth noted on the palate but then felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft. Carbonation is modest and soft. Drinks lighter than a beer of this strength should.

O: Really good stuff.

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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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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,410 ratings.
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