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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,428
Reviews:
383
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.12%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
541
For Trade:
2
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Photo of DMc8ride
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stooven
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bready, malty, relatively high carbonation. Not too boozy.

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Photo of Kurzman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a golden straw color with a huge white fluffy head with excellent retention and lacing
S-orange, lemon, floral, spicy, some yeast
T-lemon, lots of pine, orange, sweet malt, honey, lingering bitterness in the finish
M-medium bodied with average carbonation
O-well balanced DIPA, not overly complex but still a solid brew

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Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prue
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by May 14, 2017" on the 12 oz bottle

It is a clear, bright gold with a large sticky, soapy off white head.

It smells like citrus, floral/grassy, slightly skunky hops, and sweet malts.

It tastes like pithy orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, and a hint of prickly pineapple with some resinous pine and some grassy/floral notes with a lingering bitterness. Just a bit of alcohol.

Body is slick and oily and medium bodied overall.

A solid beer. I prefer this over Dirtwolf because of the lighter body

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mike22ne
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
Look is a golden yellow with a rough haze and thin, somewhat weak head.
Smells great, big green floral, earthy hops with some tropical fruit.
Very flavorful with similar tones as the smell, with a bit of a prickly pine resin and some hints of orange juice, full and slick balanced out by a solid malt base.
Very good!

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Photo of Timtac
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass:

Look: Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow to light orange with about an inch of head. Lacing is present with great retention.

Smell: Strong notes of citrus, tropical fruits, and some pine. Maybe a touch of sweetness as well.

Taste: Taste follows the nose for me. A touch of a malt backbone is present as well with some sweetness. A touch of bitterness present as well.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very solid DIPA from Victory! I'll put this one right up there with the best of the non-juice bomb DIPAs. Glad I was able to score a 4 pack of this. I will be revisiting this one on a yearly basis going forward.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear pale orange with a medium head. The aroma is dense with pineapple, mango, tangerine, and lemon. The flavor features pine, pineapple, tangerine, and mango, with a solid level of bitterness. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a medium body, and a sticky yet astringent finish. Overall this is a very yummy, fruit, and balanced beer - not overly remarkable, bu-t very well executed.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loving the nose of this beer. I'm getting mango and pineapple dank sweetness big time. Smells like a juice bomb. Flavor is a bit more piney and grapefruit bitter compared to the scent but good none the less. When I dig further I get slight pineapple and a slight bit of alcohol in the mix too. Fairly decent carbonation and low bitterness on the follow through. Good beer if not the juice bomb I was expecting. Easy to down. For a 9 percent beer, it's pretty smooth.

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Photo of ThirstyLion
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop Ranch is a rather clear looking Imperial Pale Ale that unfortunately lacks a creamy, rich texture or cloudy appearance & is too much on the complex side & lacks the overall pinache that a super-dooper $11 a four pack should have! I'll take a six of Troeggs Blizzard of Hops or Kane Hop Lab Citra any day of the week as daily drinkers. The problem with most Imperial's is that they pack a serious wallup & WOWY does Hop Ranch succeed wildly in the "packs a punch" department.

The sign of a true down-east SERIOUS IPA is cloudy, frothy & soooo good that you just want to take two sips instead of one. With Hop Ranch, you take one sip & spend the next 10 minutes wondering two things.
1. Do I date to take another sip or is it too soon because this beer is akin to drinking grain alchohol
2. What did I just taste? hmmm. Let me see...etc.

All this said, I buy Hop Ranch every now & again. When I want to catch a serious buzz...like, the kids are driving me crazy, or, its the wife's time of the month..etc. So, Hop Ranch does have a purpose in life. Try a 4 pack when you really need it. Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled for those special daily drivers that are out there.

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Photo of DCHritz
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haines710
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ppvora
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.

Looks: Golden yellow with 2 fingers of head and plenty of aeration.
Aroma: Mango, mango, and mango!
Taste: Hops, plenty of fruit, some barley and malt in the background. A gorgeous, complex flavor beer. You have to ruminate on all the flavors that are present here and you have to drink it slowly with reflection.
Mouthfeel: Faint spices, flowers, cloves, and some nice bitterness at the end.
Overall: I love beers that have many dimensions and complexity to them. This one does. I loved it. I hope Victory makes it on a regular basis, not like a seasonal.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is golden in color with a quarter inch white head. Smells of citrus and pineapple. Taste is of a touch of sweet malt, with the pineapple and citrus I got on the smell. Just a slight notice of the alcohol, I really like this.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,428 ratings.
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