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 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 Tsar_Riga
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale yellow, golden color, some opacity, white head, with lacing. Very pretty.

S - First sign of an issue. There is strong, strong fruit of citrus, maybe a little mango. All good, but there is a vegetal odor coming across as onions, and some hint of ammonia. Such great notes mingle with the less welcome one, making this a mixed bag.

T - Following the smell, with fruit up front. The grapefruit element is first, but you have other notes too, of peach, and mango primarily. The onion element is more hidden, but still present. Close is slightly bitter.

M - Crisp and amazingly easy to drink. No sign of that ABV.

O - I enjoy the fruit, the snappy clean finish, and easy drinkability, but I am not a fan of onions in my beer, and the ammonia smell also was unpleasant. About half a great beer, and the rest not so much.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, golden-yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, low profile, bright white head and a ton of carbonation throughout the body. There's some sediment floating throughout, too. Aromas of dank and pungent hops, wet and heavy, with grassy notes, heavy cedar notes, moss, clove and pepper spicing, and a hint of rich apricot sweetness. Very unique nose for the style. Flavors are smooth and balanced forward, with a solid toffee and biscuit backbone supporting a mild bitterness in the background, a heavy dose of wood, moss, and pitch in the forefront, and highlights of citrus fruit and spices. Very heavy and very different. Wow. The body is smooth, and kept very light by the carbonation levels. The aftertaste is surprisingly light, with more of the tart citrus and fruity sweetness coming through, and only hints of grass and forest characteristics. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly crisp, with a hint of dryness across the palate. Heavy, but damn tasty. This is a good beer.

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Photo of BradC
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tulip, purs a light honey color with moderate head and clingy lacing.

Smells of fruity hops, citrus, tangerine, grapes, berries.

Taste follows aroma here very fruity hop flavor, malt stays in the background. Flavors of white grape, tangerine, mango, pineapple.

Thinner body and moderately carbonated, this one is pretty easy drinking.

Overall, a great DIPA showcasing Mosaic hops. The fruitiness of the hops really comes through well. I had this immediately following a glass of resin, it they are two DIPA's that are similar only in ABV. I found this one refreshing and would certainly have it again.

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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 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 patpbr
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow with a two finger head and moderate lacing.
S - Fresh hops, citrus and grapefruit.
T - Taste is in line with the nose, lots of tropical and some floral notes.
M - Medium body and a bit of a bitter finish.
O - Good DIPA certainly a worthy buy.

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Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy golden straw with 1.5 finger white head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S - Fresh hops of citrus, tropical, and floral. Grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, and some lemon zest. Malts are light and cracker or bread like.

T - Citrus and tropical hop bomb, with grapefruit, papaya, pineapple, and floral notes. Malts are light and slightly bready with some cracker.

M - Nice carbonation, crisp and refreshing mouth feel that is slightly dry.

O - This is well done and reminds me of a Toppling Goliath APA or IPA. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Freshly tapped keg at local restaurant in a 12oz pour.

A: Golden but light straw color. Out the keg there was no haze.

S: Fruity and hoppy but on the citrus/tropical fruit side

T: Not at all what I was expecting from a 9% DIPA. First there was a light citrus note that was super crisp on the tongue. As you get into it a little more, a sweet, almost a tiny but funky fruit note comes though but this beer remains true to its hop base. Light malts on the back end.

M: Light and refreshing--not in anyway the body of most DIPAs.

O: FANTASTIC. Never got Dirtwolf down here but this is the opposite of the big DIPAs like Hopslam/Myrcenary/Dreadnaught which are thicker and can be slightly on the boozy side (which I also love). This is just so clean bursting with a freshness. Highly recommended.

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Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appears a very cloudy, beautiful yellow color, with a nice, thick off-white head. The head has great staying power and wonderful lacing.

The nose is very strong, with great tropical fruits, citrus and fresh herbs. The malt if almost unnoticeable; very heavily weighted towards the hops. The taste follows along those same lines with great tropical fruits up front. The citrus hints come through in the middle, followed by a touch of sweetness in the middle, which is quickly hidden again by the citrus and very strong bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost bordering on light. This goes down very easily. The carbonation is very active, making the feel even better. Overall, this is a very good DIPA. The light feel makes this go down easily and the wonderful aromas and flavors are impressive.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear straw color. The head is about a finger high, white in shade, and very creamy looking. Both the retention and the lacing left behind is pretty good. I'm a sucker for straw-colored IPAs, so this deserves bonus points.

S: Very, very fruity. Peaches, mangoes, grapefruit, hell, there might be something suggesting papaya. I'm also picking up blueberries. The malt backbone is imperceptible, and that's exactly how I like it. Having said that, the nose isn't all sunshine and rainbows - there's something ever-so-slightly off about it. I want to say it's a bit heavy in cat pee or ammonia, so I think I will. Having said that, it's a good nose, but man, it could have been a fuckin' fantastic one.

T: Its hop profile opens the beer up intensely, with notes of blueberry, grapefruit, melon, mango, and peaches. I might as well say this has no malt to it - really, it doesn't, this is purely a showcase for the hops. However, it finishes weirdly. Just like I said in the nose, there's something that doesn't fully gel with me and it's hard to place exactly what it is. The more I sip it, the more it hits me - it's oniony. I don't mind an oniony DIPA, honest to Jebus, but here it's a little too intense.

M: Super crisp, super light, super drinkable. This is its trump card - it almost goes down like a 4% blond ale, only it's 9%. The zesty carbonation helps it go down easily.

O: I like this beer a whole lot, just like DirtWolf. Also like DirtWolf, I don't quite love it. Onion, when it's in small doses, can be great (see: Lagunitas Sucks), this just brings it too strongly. On the plus side, I can't tell you how happy I am to see a DIPA on the market not weighed down with excess malt or excess booze.

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Photo of lochef81
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This ale pours a hazy golden color with a very slight white head and decent spiderweb lacing. The nose is incredible. Fresh citrus, pine, peaches, even mangoes and papayas. All the awesome scents a fresh west coast Ipa should have. The taste is a little lighter than the aroma with all the flavors still present but slightly subdued. If Victory could of made the flavors shine in the mouth as much as they did on the nose, this cpuld be the best dipa I've ever had. None the less, it is a great beer and definitely worth trying; if not seeking out.

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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 BreakfastStout
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color, far lighter than any other IIPA I've ever had. An aggressive pour yields a generous head that slowly dissipates and leaves nice lacing all down the tulip.
Curious for this style, the nose is almost nonexistent. A slight floral presence, but that's about it.
Taste revels very balanced hop bitterness, almost but not quite covered up by the sweetness of the honey. Hops are slightly understated for the style.
Finish is the same slight bitter but a lot of sweet. Would I drink this beer again? Yes, absolutely.
Would I buy this beer again? Probably not, especially with a case of Hopslam in the cellar. This beer suffer by comparison.

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Photo of daschule
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I give Victory a great deal of credit for this beer. This is not like 99% of the imperial DIPAs out there. Extremely pale yellow color - different citrus aromas and taste. It won't be for everyone - disagree completely with any comparison to Hopslam - I know a Michigan Bell's fan that would kill for Hopslam that hates this beer. After producing Dirtwolf - Victory went in a completely 180 degree opposite direction - love it as a contrast to the orange color hop dominated IPAs which I also love.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1.5 finger pillowy white head with very good lacing.

S - Dank leaning to cat pee, overly-ripe pineapple, very light touch of malt. Fragrant but definitely not the most appealing to me.

T - I like the flavor better than the smell. The pineapple flavor is fresh. I get a bit of umami flavor. Perhaps that's just me imagining a piece of ham with roasted pineapple on top; but that's what it reminds me of. There's an enjoyable oily hop bud flavor that must be the mosaic hops. Towards the end, a grassy taste becomes apparent. Don't notice the alcohol. Bitterness is in check and adds to the balance. Aftertaste is very nice with a dryish finish with some scrubbing citric tartness, a touch of pineapple sweetness and the right amount of moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Slick, oily, substantial.

O - A different smelling and tasting DIPA for sure. Well made for sure. Complex flavors for sure. My favorite cup of tea? No.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.99/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Lighter color than most DIPA's. A one finger white head after a vigorous pour. Not a lot of carbonation seen in my Belgian glass.

Smell - An overwhelming smell of grapefruit from the hops. I love grapefruit taste in IPA's so the smell is a very good indication I will like this beer.

Taste - Scratch "like the beer" and replace with "love this beer". True to the smell an amazing grapefruit taste. I can't believe that this is 9% and I am even more amazed that Victory did not disclose the abv on the bottle (that I can see).

Mouthfeel - Nice creamy feel, what I would say is low to medium bodied.

Overall - This is my #1 beer as of tonight (the first time I tried it). I can't say enough good things about it. In comparing with DirtWolf I rate this beer much higher. For me DirtWolf had a boozie taste to it which I did not like (but DirtWolf is still a great beer).

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Photo of bball208
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a great beer, though it's not going to get the full detailed description review, so I will describe as is. Poured golden bright yellow, a very safe looking IPA with great white, fine bubbles. Like a bubbly foam. Didnt get much on the nose. I got a slight wiff of sweet malt and that was it. Had me wondering about the taste. The taste made up for the lack of nose. It was just hidden in there, like the hidden valley RANCH! HAAA!! I'll stop.
Overall, it was an excellent beer. Would I feel sad if I wasn't able to find it again next year? Probably not. Would I buy it again? Sure.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory Hop Ranch

Does Victory brew anything wrong . . . I think not !

Poured into tulip glass

A: Agree, light straw color with sediment in bottom of glass

S: Nice ! Strong floral hop presence with a touch of honey

T: Just fantastic as well. Dare I say similar to Hopslam ?

M: Smooth and creamy for an iipa

O: Fantastic beer ! Great job Victory. Careful with this one people . . . Drinks like a 6% ipa rather than a 9% iipa.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours light straw color, perhaps the lightest IPA I've encountered. Nice white head and the beer is very clear but for a few round particles that look like dried yeast granuals. Looks appropriately carbonated.

S- Very different from any IPA I've had before. Some white vinegar, very light tropical fruit, white wine. Some bitter grape seed.

T- At first I really didn't like this beer, I waited until the 3rd bottle of the 4 pack to review it. There are still some aspects to this beer I don't like, I think the malt is too light for one. And I just don't think I'm digging these Azacca hops. Having said that there is a big grapefruit presence and some underlying tropical fruits that I wish were more prominent. Had a real sprucey pine aspect to it that I didn't care for.

M- The has a good medium-light mouthfeel and an appropriate amount of carbonation to it.
One thing I'll give it is that it is extremely drinkable as far as hiding the ABV is concerned.

O- Everyone seems to be in love with this beer but I'm really going back and forth on it. One thing I'll give it though is it hides it's ABV extremely well. Hoping to catch this on tap and see if I like it any better.

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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 falloutsnow
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2014-05-4
Glass: Tulip

A very bright, smooth, sweet DIPA, at times of candy-like tropical fruitiness, with little trace of it's fairly serious ethanol content. Mosaic hops are showcased prominently, giving off their both "traditional" fruit (apple and grape, here) and tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, passion fruit) scents and flavors. This is a fairly bright, sweet, and fruity DIPA, the opposite of resiny, strong grapefruit and hop-armpit. Fairly easy to drink, though I don't know if the flavors appeal to me enough to purchase another set of these.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white bubbles that are small in size, yielding a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is a bit above average, the foam lasting 1.5 minutes in a gradual fade to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a few small, scattered islands of thin foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, with large and complex patterns clinging to all sides of the glass, modified with each sip eventually being disintegrated to a series of intricate dots along the walls of the glass. Body is a medium darkness golden yellow color, with light bringing out bright, rich golden yellow hues. Carbonation visible through hazy (20-30% opacity) body, medium in amount and activity.

Aroma can generally be described as brightly fruity and slightly "dank," with sweet and tropical reference points. More specifically, scents of: white grape and apple juice and pineapple, lesser honey, grapefruit, guava and passion fruit.

Flavor is very sweet with pale malt, white grape, pineapple, guava, and passion fruit-like sweetness, a bit of grapefruit, and moderate hop bitterness. Front of palate tastes strong, fruity sweetness, including guava and white grapes, light pineapple and grapefruit, and hints of watered-down apple juice and passion fruit. Mid-palate is of sweet pale malt with no grain or biscuit character, sweet white grapes, apple and pineapple juice, heavily sweetened grapefruit juice, watered-down guava and passion fruit, and moderate bitterness. Back of palate experiences moderate hop bitterness with continued sweetness from white grape juice, pineapple, and sweetened grapefruit. Aftertaste is of moderate hop bitterness; light grapefruit, pineapple, and white grape flavors mixed with mild ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lighty foamy (2/5) and otherwise smooth (3/5) mouthfeel that works for the beer and is within style limits. Ethanol barely perceived on the palate, primarily as a light heat in the nostrils and faint burn on the palate and back of throat. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness remaining on the palate.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a vigorous and foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of nice lacing while leaving a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a clear pale gold color. The beer has a nice honey smell with strong floral hops as well as hints of pepper. Additionally, there are hints of light pine resin as well as slightly bready malt notes. The beer taste has a slight bready malt backbone but the main notes appear to be honey and grapefruit. In addition, there are slight floral tastes and notes of pine resin with pepper. The mouthfeel is pretty light for DIPA. The beer has a crisp feel with its light carbonation and smooth feel with a medium body. Overall, a fantastic DIPA and worth getting again.

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Photo of paulytasker
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving- 12 oz.Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A) Light/Medium Golden in color, extremely transparent. A vibrant, white, dense 1 1/2 inch head blankets the brew and hangs around for a little while. Thick lacing to begin with lessens as I sip away. Nice looking brew.

S) A whole lot of earthy, piney, bitterness plows through the nose, and is closely followed by a boat load of citrusy heaven. Lemon and Tangerine are very, very apparent. Picking up some slight doses of Kiwi as well? This is what I want to smell when I'm putting my face in a DIPA.

T) Bitterness not as apparent as the nose initially suggested to me but it is there and it's enjoyable. Citrusy, juicy, and very refreshing.. I'm not believing this is 9.0 ABV, as it is hidden extremely well! This could be oh so dangerous.

M) Medium bodied, and maybe even on the lighter side for a DIPA, with average carbonation. This, coupled with the well hidden ABV, makes for an incredibly easy drinking big brew. Finishes rather dry with lingering citrus notes that please the palate.

O) In 5 simple words... One hell of a brew!

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Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Ranch uses my new favorite hop, Mosaic. Really looking forward to drinking this one.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with just over a finger of head. The head settles to a thin cap with moderate amount of lacing left down the glass. Looks like a pilsner.

The hops really show themselves in the aroma. Citrus, tropical fruit, and plenty of dankness. Nothing from the malt which is not surprising.

The pilsner malt lays of base of dry, cracker type of flavor to let the hops really shine. Plenty bitter but the hop flavor payoff is worth it. A lot more dank then the aroma would lead me to believe. Enjoyable citrus and tropical fruit notes. No sign of alcohol and finishes dry.

Feels like a lighter beer and definitely not 9% ABV. Appropriate level of carbonation pairs nicely with the bitterness.

Hop Ranch delivers the Mosaic Hops just the way I wanted. Did not let me down at all.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,349 ratings.
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