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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378
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2,418
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
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Photo of SavvyStudent
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light yellow comparable to a pils. strong lacing and visible sediments in unfiltered. 50% transparency.
s: a very strong tropical fruit on the nose. Pineapple, pepper greens, mango, and a little dank smell.
T: pineapple, orange, pepper, lime, coriander, musty and wheat profile. Some battering hops but not the pine/grass profile common.
M: medium-heavy with some lingering on the tongue similar to a lighter wheat with a unique crispness. Drinkable but a little heavy for my preference.
O: a unique and tropical DIPA that is worth a pack to try. Victory has added another quality IPA to their library

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to my good friend JohnParadee for this bottle.
Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a nice straw color with one finger of frothy white head with nice lacing.
Smells hoppy, floral, some citrus.
Taste is delicious! Lemon zest, hoppiness, mild malt backbone. Incredibly crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. A perfect beer for a warm summer day.
Overall, this is a flavorful and refreshing DIPA. Really liked it a lot.

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at several places around Houston, and just recently got a growler from Premium Draught.

A: Pours a lightly hazed yellow/orange color. A well formed, tightly packed white head rises to two fingers. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Lightly herbal, green tea like up front. Dank, but with a big juicy hop aroma that is great. Pineapple, mango, orange rind. Maybe a bit of sweetness in the middle, with a lingering but enjoyable bitterness.
T: Herbal and floral with a peppery spice up front. Then the juicy fruits take over, which is great. Pineapple is big along with orange rind. The hop flavor is certainly pungent. Though very flavorful. Just a hint of sweetness hides in the background. A huge hop bomb with a ton of flavor and character. Not just late addition bitterness.
M/D: A medium to full body. A great effervescent bite, that is dry for the most part. So crisp and clean. Really enjoyable to drink. This will be gone in no time.

Tons of hop flavor and character. Not just bitterness, which I don't enjoy. This is really well made and enjoyable. Outside of a small tasting, I have not had Dirtwolf but this is impressive enough. Which should be expected with Victory.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a brandy snifter

A - Pale pilsen color. A foamy white head that lingered on the sides of the glass even as the head subsided. Appearance more similar with IPLs than IPAs.

S - Unique is the best word. Earthy and herbal, with hints of onion, fresh flowers, and grass.

T - The overwhelming taste for me was pineapple. Some mandarin orange, as well. The onion and garlic flavors in this beer are the strongest of any ale I have ever tried. The malt character is pleasantly clean and sweet, with no roastiness at all. A bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M - Thick, bready, and viscous.

O - Definitely a one-of-a-kind brew. The beer has a lot going for it, some of which I liked, some of which I did not. The pineapple and onion are a bit too strong for my taste. However, it is refreshing to see a great brewery experiment with some left-of-center American hops. Certainly worth trying once.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- pours a very pale straw color with a small sudsy white head that retains long after the pour, lots of tiny sediment particles floating around

S- floral and grassy hops with a small kick of citrus, pretty clean malt bill with just a touch of bread and a hint of booze

T- flavor is dominated by floral hops up front, some grassy notes with a hint of citrus, clean malt adds just a bit of sweetness, while allowing the floral hop to showcase. Dry finish with more floral and minty hops

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy-yet-prickly mouthfeel leads to a dry and crisp finish with some booze at the end

O- a nice showcase of floral hops that's pretty drinkable for the ABV

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Photo of rawfish
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours light, bright corn yellow and fairly hazy. Smooth pour nets a finger high head, stark white, tight bubbles with good retention and lacing.

Pale malt is balancing providing a bit of sweetness to a large hop profile that is way different than anything I've previously experience. Perfume strength and floral, the hops are tropical and "stinky" mangoes and passionfruit, nectarine, citrus and papaya compost, garlic and onion greens. Super pungent, the combined aroma of Lagunitas Sucks and Stone Enjoy By turned up to 11.

Tight pale malt lacks the balance needed to handle the hops, a slight bready edge but that's it for the malt. Grassy, herbaceous and once again wildly pungent hops, alot of the tropical notes in the nose are lost leaving some faint mango, citrus peel and onion/garlic. Medium bitterness that exudes the pungent onion juice in the finish. Crazy IPA.

Moderate body with active carbonation. Alcohol is well managed. Bitterness leaves a drying finish despite the bothersome aftertaste.

As different as IPA can be, I get to use the onion, garlic and perhaps even the cat pee/ ammonia descriptors for hops for the first time in my book. Aroma of this beer is intense and complex, overall a tropical/herbaceous beer that is well brewed but should also come with a disclaimer. My body was not ready.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice straw colored body with decent lacing and only a pencil head. Lots of effervescent bubbles.

S: This smells really good. Lots of floral citrus notes here. Very interesting smell here I can't quite place. I get some onion notes here but not in a bad way.

T: Interesting hop notes here. I can't really place the flavor. It really tastes like it smells. The hops in here are really weird. It comes across as a mellow citrus that is slightly floral. I don't get a lot of pine here, but it is kind of its own flavor. This is delicious in its own way. Even the malts here are different. It almost comes across as a hoppy lager (an imperial version of Citra Mantra).

M: A fair amount of carbonation here that is pretty prickly, but mellows out as it warms up a bit.

O: This is delicious but odd and different. I don't know how to classify this, but it really tastes like an Imperial version of a hopped up lager.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm torn between this and the wolf. Head to head, which ever I have first spoils the other. This is a great dbl ipa. Bitter as all hell which i prefer. Barely any sweet maltiness which could help (just a little). Would def have again and again and again...

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Photo of mrz200
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is probably the most "refreshing" DIPA I've ever had. The alcohol is extremely & dangerously well hidden. Very citrusey with an almost european/heffeweizen taste & feel. Very good beer.

That said, I don't know that I'd buy again. When I want "refreshing" I'm not reaching for a 10% ABV. And when I want a 10% ABV I'm looking for a big hop smack & bitterness and a variety of smells & flavors because I'm only drinking one or two of them. This one doesn't have that flavor punch, at least in the way so many other big IPA's do.

Apparently the hops used are kinda different, and it's noticable, and while it was certainly well crafted, maybe those aren't for me.

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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 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 MNishCT77
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in NW D.C. in late 1/14, unknown bottling date but "Enjoy By May 24, 2014" stamped on the bottle, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.

A - 3/3 - golden-yellow coloration, high clarity for style but some haze present, initial frothy white head that settles into a subtle glass lacing after several minutes; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl

S: 9/12 - some really unique aromas - blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, melon, pepper and dandelions; some pilsner breadiness; just more muted that I'd like

T: 17/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's very little bitterness that is immediately replaced by fruit notes that closely follow the nose; there's a pils biscuity malt on the back of the tongue; finishes dry, which invites subsequent sips; little detectable alcohol

M: 5/5 - moderate body, mild hop oils coating the tongue, some alcohol fullness

O: 9/10 - with DirtWolf already in the can, Victory knocks another DIPA out of the park; the mixture of Mosaic and Azacca on top of a pils base creates a really unique flavor profile that would be excellent for a hop Summer day; additionally, this has to be among the most highly drinkable DIPAs on the planet - I feel like I could finish a 4 pack in only a few hours; highly recommended with a reasonable price tag for the quality

TOTAL - 43/50

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this isn't my favorite dipa but it wasn't bad. big sweet citrus and some funk, kind of off. the flavor doesn't provide all that, mostly the aroma. flavor has boozey and bitter. can't really give this an A because I preferred hop wallop which was an A- for me.

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Photo of hogie7
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal beer, an instant favorite. Gotta love the hints of citrus, so pleasing to the nostrils and palate. I bought 2 cases of this after trying it on tap at a local bar. Too bad it is seasonal, I want this year-round. I do happen to like it better than dirt wolf.

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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 kennymule
2.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 4 pack@ Specs.
A- Hazy gold with 1 finger off white head that faded fairly soon but left nice lacing.

S- Faint citrus overpowered by an onion scent. What causes this offensive dankness is beyond me.

T_Follows the nose. Big dose of hop goodness,quickly followed by oniony funk.

M-Decent carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

O-I was geeked when I purchased this beer, but it was just not that enjoyable. I've never had an IPA that had such a funky oniony taste and there are too many other great IPA's out there to ever seek this one out again. I typically like Victory, but this was a dud.for me.

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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 RocketCityVol
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pale Golden Yellow, Small white head.

S- Mango with a hint of citrus and other tropical flavors.

T- Mildly hoppy with a strong citrus taste. Sweet tropical and mango flavor with a mild tart aftertaste.

M- Very crisp and smooth. Cannot even taste the ABV.

O- A very good IPA up there with Jai Alai and Sucks.

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Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been eager to try this one and thanks to a generous co-worker I have the opportunity... Didn't think finding this in Central PA would be such a challenge...

A - A very slight head, less than a finger's worth... It's bone white in color and slightly lopsided with a touch of lushness... The is color is a slightly pale yet vibrant golden apricot... There is an ever so subtle haziness... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation... A surpsing bit of sediment is suspended throughout... Some gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass...

S - An modest earthy hop presence permeates but doesn't dominate... It's slightly pungent and slightly floral... A bit of lemon zest... A bit dank and a bit musky... Pleasant and hop forward, but never over powering...

T - The hops take on a predominately citrus character on the palate... There is also a slightly earthy and spicy presence as well... There is a surprising bit of sweetness and malt base that adds nice dimension... The flavors compliment one another nicely... The start is slightly hoppy, then the malt backbone kicks in before the finishes turns the hops up another notch... Rather enjoyable...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited but brisk carbonation... A bit sticky... Fairly dense... A bit chewy... Even and consistent... Crisp... The hop resins are rather evident on the finish...

D - Not a hop bomb by any means and that is okay by me... Much more well balanced that I had expected... Quite refreshing and rather quaffable... Goes down easily sip after sip... Hides the 9% ABV exceedingly well... Well played by Victory...

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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 dar482
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear golden yellow color with a hint of orange.

A big tropical aroma of mango, pineapple, sweet orange peel, tangerine. A bit of alcohol in the back. A touch of light bready malt.

The flavor follows with that punch of tropical of peaches and mangoes in the front, then onto this light orange flavor. Almost like an “orange drink.” It then moves onto a bite of alcohol. A bit of warming. Not a very bitter beer, good amount of drying of citrus peel and pith. The pilsner malt gives this beer almost an IPL quality.

Medium to light on mouthfeel.

A very fruit forward DIPA that has an interesting malt bill giving it lager qualities.

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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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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,418 ratings.
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