Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
#1,240
Reviews:
386
Ratings:
2,436
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
127
Gots:
542
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,436 |  Reviews: 386
Photo of ER527
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Seanecy
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MS22
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall an OK offering from Victory.

Poured way lighter than I was expecting, golden in color. A huge surprise for a beer billed as a 9.0% DIPA.

Smell was solid, the best part by far. Grapefruit, mango, pine , light bready smell on the backbone.

Taste was straight pine. Nothing else. Just pine and a little resin with malt on the end. Very disappointing as I was really expecting this to blow me away based on the reviews I read.

I'm starting to think there are way too many inflated reviews to believe them any longer....

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Photo of 96gpse
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Same price as Dirtwolf, limited availability. Tastes like dirtwolf if they forgot a hop or two. Ok the end, buy Dirtwolf! Disappointed.

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Photo of FFreak
3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I might have gotten an old bottle. Very little hop character in this. It was very yeasty. So much so that I was wondering if it had been brewed with Belgian yeast. Pours cloudy and tasted somewhat thin and reminded me of a hefe. Overall, a mediocre IPA.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 77apm
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Userme59
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I enjoyed this, but nothing special. Slightly above average.

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Photo of rpetroni
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of RayOhioFelton
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Flight317
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good imperial IPA. Not usually me thing but it's good.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of hikeeba
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of westlaunboy
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of fredmugs
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of rflips86
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of conoraugustine
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZachDow7
3.26/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Good beer, not as good as past years releases though

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very nice - lighter than expected color/mouthfeel. Pine and citrus. Nice beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.25] Uber transparent apple juice colored beer. The beer has a 1 1/2 finger head. The head is made of all medium bubbles - which seems unique. The head settles down to just under a finger and then has some staying power. The bottle lists the ABV (9.0%) and there is a best by date (05/21/16 at 6:15pm - which seems really specific!)

S: [2.25] The smell is also unique. I have read "cat pee" as a descriptor and it never really made sense to me - until now. I'd also describe it as a "meat" scent. That might be the closeset thing I can think of here. Maybe additionally pineapple, mango, papaya.

T: [3.50] Doesn't follow the nose (which is good). I get white grapes, pineapple and orange rind.

M: [3.75] Nice heft on the tongue. No lingering bitter flavors. No excessive carbonation.

O: [3.50] The nose on this is WAY different than anything I have had. I can't describe it adequately. The beer itself looks, tastes and "feels" decent but the nose is really off-putting. This is a hard beer to rate. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend because of the nose elements.

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Photo of GlassOfHops
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Did not like anything about this beer to be honest.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,436 ratings