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

golden like color with fluffy white head and some yeast residue, smells of hops and yeast, tastes very clean and has a nice hoppy kick to it, slight carbonation…a very good DIPA

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

A: Tangerine orange, medium haze, with a good suspension of micro-effervesce moving about. Creamy, milky eggshell white head is lasting with a thick single band of lace around the glass. An ipa that still has the (p)ale in it i see, always a good thing to see.

S: Nose was sweet, wet and fresh with a burst of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and citrus. Soft flowery hop leaves with a hint of old country time lemonade. Good awareness level.

T: Flavor was dry citrus peel, flowery bitterness, some dry orange peel with a sweet squeeze of wet grapefruit. Dry grain base, almost a hint of pilsner like quality, straw, with a leave of dry lemon alcohol on the finish. Solid bitterness level, nice mixture of hop complexity.

M: Mouthful had a tight feel of carbonation, frothy textured with a light to medium body weight.

O: Overall solid level of bitterness, yet incredibly drinkable. Pale, dry, with a fresh wet touch on the nose, and at 9.0%abv it drinks more appropiately like a 7.0% at best. Great summer time quencer or a spring hopped beer worthy of multiples and case/keg purchase. Another great addition to thier hop series in conjunction with Dirt wolf which was my latest wow beer, at wow price. Keep'm coming victory.

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

A: Bright yellow in color, with a large white head.

S: Hop aroma dominates with bright citrus, orange peel, a touch of tropical, and a hint of dank. Some light honey malt in the background.

T: Juicy orange, with grapefruit, and light tropical fruits. Honey in the finish, with a light biscuit flavor.

M: Medium in body with fairly aggressive carbonation, and a touch of a dry finish.

O: Overall a pretty darn good representation of the style. Smooth, juicy, bitter, and tasty.

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

A- pours a clear yellow color with white 2 finger head that settles slowly leaving behingd some lacing
S-tropical juicy fruit hops some malts
T- tropical sweet floral hops a touch of pine with sweet candy malts a touch of baked bread
M-sweet with just a kiss of pine bitterness ABV no where detected
O- this is the easiest drinking 2IPA ive ever had its sweet and tropical delicious

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

Had three or four if these over a few days before rating. Overall very good. Similar to founders harvest with just a tad of a dry alcohol heat at the finish that makes it very slightly imbalanced. But good shit and at $45 per case a real bargain.

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

A - Pours a straw yellow with a one-finger foamy white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Nice aromas of tropical fruit (mango and pineapple) and some piney earthiness.

T - Just like the smell with lots of tropical fruit. Good amount of sweetness with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O - This is a very good DIPA. Very drinkable despite the 9% ABV.

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Photo of vic21234
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by June 6, 2015 printed on the bottle.

A- Pours a clear light yellowish color with a good amount of white head that sticks around for awhile.

S- Heavy citrus notes on the smell, very nice smelling. Bursting with oranges and mango.

T- Best of both hop worlds on the taste. While the citrus notes carry into the taste, I also get a rather dank pine taste as well.

M- Light to medium bodied, good carbonation, very easy drinking.

A great DIPA from Victory.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

I can't believe I never wrote a review on this one, I bought a case on last years release. Pours a bright slightly hazed with hop particles copper hue with a bright white head forming thick at least a full two fingers worth, left behind is scattered specks of lacing.

Aroma deep pineapple flesh, mango notes, dank bright citrus peel very much a different hop profile than the DirtWolf. A bit of booze and perceived sweetness from the malt base.

Flavor some sugar coated hops over ripened tropical fruit notes, papaya and mango for sure with an aggressive grapefruit pith bitterness mellow wave of alcohol doesn't overpower the palate in anyway.

Slick hop oils grace the palate, medium bodied bone dry finish a bit of juiciness right in the middle of the palate. Minimal alcohol on the finish even keeled mild carbonation levels medium bodied nothing more easy drinker for such a big beer.

Overall, impressed isn't the word, excellent DIPA from Victory by far their most masterfully brewed hoppy offering to date!

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Clear golden with a big messy swath of a white head and lacing.
smell: Sharp grapefruit, citrus bite with a little pine.
taste: much like the nose though the citrus thing is up front with a little sweet while the finish is decidedly grapefruit, bitter, and dry.

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Photo of plaid75
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured clear brassy hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured pine and grapefruit with a sweet pale malt.

The taste consisted if an upfront piney hop with a pale sweetness and faint ester.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable DIPA.

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Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost clear gold color with a little sediment floating around and bubbles racing up to a nice 1 finger off white foamy head that faded faster than I would have expected since the nose is so pungent, but it did leave impressive foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel and citrus hops to start, with a mix of gingerbread, light caramel, pepper, funky yeast, candied sugar, fruity candy and a buttered biscuit. Some pine cone whiffs and light spices trail the initial waves, and there seems to be some tea leaf, floral hops or weed like aroma that mixes with the fruity citrus sweetness and makes for a fine nose.

Tastes like fresh juicy citrus hops with strong grapefruit, lemon and tangerine, followed by piney hops, floral hops, other tropical fruit like pineapple and mango, graham cracker, light spices like pepper, tea leaf and cinnamon, honey or syrup sweetness and then light toasted grains. There is just enough balance from the malts to give these tasty hops something to rest on, but man these hops are tasty and hide the ABV perfectly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a medium chewy body, average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that is sweet like an orange juice with hints of pepper and graham cracker. There is some weight to the brew, but it works well for an DIPA.

Overall a very tasty beer and another winner from Victory. This is like a fresh hop harvest IPA released in the middle of winter, which is a real treat.

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Photo of HopDeezy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pale orange, almost golden with a quickly dissipating head. Sediment in the glass too.

S - sweet citrusy hops, hints of pine way in the background but citrus dominates. On the weak side for nose but very nice nonetheless. .

T - strong bursts of citrusy hops that somewhat follow the nose. Doesn't indicate on the bottle but it tasted like a fresh hop harvest ale. Very drinkable for a 9% ale. I don't get that boozy finish I get with many other 9%ers.

M - strong on the carbonation but a fresh feel to it.

O - This is a terrific beer and I'll purchase again each time I see it. $10 per four pack is a great value too. I prefer this one over Dirtwolf, which I love as well. Get some.

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Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden straw color, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Full of hops, pine and citrus

Taste: Pine and citrus hops up front, with nice hop bitterness bite, light caramel malt backbone

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: An outstanding IPA, definitely something worth revisiting. Nice and fresh too.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from ABV.

A mildly hazy pale yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is dominated by a big spicy and fruity hop character, pungent and piney with melon, grapes, citrus, a touch of grass - pretty darn solid! The Mosaic hops have a beautiful bouquet, delicate and floral. Malt character is minimal.

The palate opens with a fruity and floral blend of jasmine, melon, grapes, citrus (navel oranges, some grapefruit), lemon verbena and a touch of lemon mint, Creamy on the palate with soft, supple carbonation, this beer is medium-light in carbonation. The mid-palate continues to focus on the fruity aspects, deemphasizing the bitterness. The finish is mildly oily, mildly resiny and mostly fruity with a moderate bitterness, bright and refreshing. A shade grassy towards the finish. Almost west coast like in execution, this is fantastic stuff. .

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 4-pack ($9.99) purchased at local Whole Foods. Freshness date on neck of bottle, May 26, 2014.

Clear, straw colored elixir poured into SA glass. Two finger white foam dissipates to thin ring. Heavy lacing coats the vessel.

All hops. Lemon, orange, pineapple plus rind, a bit of pine and earth.

Tart, bitter tropical fruits with a hint of alcohol. Some spice and pepper at the end.

Medium body, well carbonated, slick.

Enjoyable DIPA a bit more hop forward than Dirtwolf, but on par.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Pizza Peel in Charlotte, NC.

This is a citrus bomb and then some. Pours a light orange, clear as a bell - looks like a lager almost. Minimal head and viscous lacing throughout. The nose and taste are fantastic, loads of citrus... each sip delivers something different. It's bright and shiny upfront and finishes with an oil slick of hops. This is a damn good double ipa that hopefully will be brewed again. Grab it if you get a chance, you'll be glad you did. Think I'll have another. Oh, almost forgot to mention, the 9% alcohol is very well masked. Be careful.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Here’s another super-fresh, super-tasty IPA from Victory that isn’t getting noticed so well, yet is, in my opinion, a world-class IPA.

Appearance: Light, golden clean, with a thick head of fine white carbonation. Nice tree-line lace.

Aroma: Spectacular tangy citrus hops, with some tropical fruity notes even. Maybe a bit of dankness sets in as it warms, but this is quite a harbinger of great things.

Taste: Tropical hops explosion in a lush, drinkable, and well-balanced setting, especially for the ABV. Even the wife, upon tasting blindly, remarked at how light it seemed. Tastes as refreshing and light as a session IPA, but with a 9% ABV level, this one’s very deceptive and sneaky. Tangy, fruity, and absolutely delicious. Will buy again, yes.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out an attractive golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of dank, sticky pine resin, lots of citrus zest, light malty bready notes, light malt, more bitter hop punch. Taste is complex, a nice punch of hops citrus zest, sticky, almost sappy pine, lots of resin, enamel ruining bitterness, and that is not a bad thing. Light lingering alcohol, some more citrus rind bitterness.

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Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden yellow color with a slight haze covered by a small, tightly bubbled head that shrinks to large groups of soapy bubbles at the edges. Peppery, pungent hop aroma featuring pink grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerine coated in an aromatic herbal marijuana-like dankness. The dank, resinous, sticky-icky-ness continues into the flavor before transitioning immediately to a more sweet, festive fruit profile. Citrus, mango, grape, melon, and pear all contribute a solid sweetness to counter the initial blast of peppery, herbal weed. Lingering oily, resinous, almost acidic notes left behind. Drinks maybe more like 8%, but you can tell you're drinking a serious beer, even if the alcohol never really shows itself. Medium-plus, creamy body with a fairly hefty bitterness. A big, pungently hoppy DIPA. Victory keeps on kicking ass.

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Photo of zac16125
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a tulip
Best before: 03 May 2015


A: Light pale straw yellow, crystal clear but with tons of speckled floaties, 1.5 fingers width of bright white head has good retention before dissipating down, and leaves a good amount of lacing. 4

S: Super dank, resinous, floral. Some pine and and subtle citrus. Finally an IPA that isn’t all citra hops and malt. Love it. 4.5

T: Piney, some sweetness, floral, bitter, citrus rind. The hop profile from the aroma didn’t translate as well to the taste as I had hoped, but still very tasty. 4.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation appropriate, ABV noticeable but barely, drinkability is good but not great. 4

O: Very good DIPA here. Victory is a damn consistent brewery. Well done. 4.25

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Photo of Jay_Ulreich
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 4 pack after hearing alot about this. I gotta say I am impressed.
A-Theres alot of yeast floating around in this one, nice. Pours a hazy pale pilsner color. At 9%, it sure doesnt look like it! Appears very thin, which is intriguing. Great lacing, thin head.
S- If I didnt know any better Id say I just bought a bottle of pure pineapple juice! Delightful! upon further inspection, I get hints of peach, or apricot... possibly mango or passion fruit. Wow, I just moved it up to 4.5 from 4.25, the aroma is just epic. Cant stop smelling it. I want to bathe in it.
T- Wow! theres alot going on here. The alcohol is non existent. I taste pineapple, peach, mango... I hear the Mosaic hop gives off a hint of blueberry, and yes, I do beleive its there. What a great name for a hop, it fits the description perfectly... so many wonderful fruity flavors going on. I am really glad I just ordered a pound of Mosaic to play around with in my next home brew! This beer is fucking delicious, I need a keg of it. We have a winner, Im gonna go see if I can get all they have left of it at the liquor store.
M- for 9% this is an easy drinker, I almost gave it a lower score, but the ABV makes me say it is outstanding, They used pilsner malt in it, so its supposed to be sorta thin, they nailed it on every aspect of this beer. Victory, my hats off to you.
Overall I am in love with this beer, its not youre everyday Imperial IPA. If youre looking for a sweet not too bitter tropical/stone fruit bomb, here it is!

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a chilled pint glass. Nice thick white head which did not dissipate much at all. Good even lacing all the way. The nose was outstanding, with strong piney, lemon/pineapple/grapefruit scents and an obviously strong hop presence. On the palate, the taste was not quite as compelling as the nose, with an almost grassy dank on the tip, although the finish was very smooth and citrusy pleasant. Mouthfeel was average, nothing extraordinary. Overall, a very good example of the style. I like this much better than DirtWolf, even if it did not live up to all the hype and expectations I had based upon same. Will gladly hoard this while I can, but there are other IPAs and DIPAs I would reach for over this. Not a lot of them, but enough. In any event, another strong effort by Victory, which seems to be kickin' A these days. Kudos!

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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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