Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Hop RanchHop Ranch
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,432 Ratings
Hop RanchHop Ranch
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:
#1,136
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
2,432
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
540
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,432 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow, with a thin white head.

Smell: Sweeter notes like corn, mild pine notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops/pine. With a sweeter finish.

Overall: This one was ok. Not my first choice.

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Photo of pixote
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- Nice fluffy head
- No nose
- Fruity taste. Pinapple.
- Expecting more hop profile.

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Photo of rsquared59
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnBradSC
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of May 07, 2016

Appearance - Pours hazy and golden yellow in color with some sediment floating around the glass. The head is off-white and peaks at about a finger's width. Fair retention, then dissipates to reveal a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Thin, web-like lacing coats the glass in sections.

Smell - Bright, citrusy aroma with near equal floral character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange, tangerine and a touch of grapefruit met by a strong floral presence. The malt is mostly hidden, lending a generic, white bread to the profile. The finish is mostly floral with a touch of astringency from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to fair carbonation. Fairly smooth with a drying finish.

Overall - Decent, but too much floral character for my tastes, giving it a near soap or perfume-like tone. I'm glad to have tried it, but I don't think I'd give this one another go.

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Photo of jebrew
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrob22278
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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 Bdilly
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ironman84
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mthomp081
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DR7Sauder
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent, smooth, citrus IPA

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vlaminck
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar: color is straw, transparent, head is bright white, fine bubble size/texture, some lacing.

Smell is fresh, floral, and bitter - nothing to pin point or detract from the beer, i.e. solid.

Taste is similarly fresh, floral and bitter - different than the other most recent victory DIPA (dirtwolf) with a cleaner, simpler hop profile and just a touch less malt presence. Not bad just different.

Mouthfeel is very good for the strength and bitterness of the ale, nice carbonation level - nothing to detract.

Overall, a very very good beer - but maybe a bit neutral for the style - either way i would drink again.

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Photo of Lorihall1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the COOP.. pours clear dark golden with a nice white head with good lacing... Weird fruitiness that has some yeasty notes that don't really jive with the hops.. Hard to explain.. Standard tangerine/orange zest with something that I normally associate with lemon essence coming from yeast... Also a herbal note that seems out of place... This one is very odd... Not bad, just odd.

3/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Enjoy By 21 May 2016 into pint glass. As I was pouring it, I thought "Holy crap - look how light this stuff is!" Pours a very clear, very pale straw color with a bone-white head. But the light color is misleading: this beer actually has some serious heft to it. The initial impression is lemon, citrus, and grapefruit, with a bready maltiness offsetting (but not completely) the initial hops surge. Fruits come to the forefront as the beer warms. Medium mouthfeel (a little thick for the style) and medium cabonation (about perfect, IMHO). Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very drinkable, but won't knock Dirtwolf off its pedestal anytime soon.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,432 ratings
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