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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:
#1,163
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
2,433
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
540
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,433 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of sastnd
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brauseboof
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarmatChaser
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy as all doubles should be. A little too yellowy for my eye, but pleasing enough. Thin head, disappears quickly. Needs more.
S: Fruit forward and then the hops. Citrus, not lemony though. Sweeter. More to the orange and mango side.
T: Balanced between the hops and fruit. Malt fades away quickly. Not boozy tasting for being 9%. Good, not epic.
F: You know it's a double. Full bodied, but not thick.
O: Would I drink this again? Definitely.
Is this my favorite double/imperial? No. It's more a cross between a double and a fruity IPA. If you have had their Dirt Wolf, think of this as its hazy cousin. I like both, but where DW is too clean, this goes too fruity. Good beer worth trying. Victory is a quality brewer. Even if you don't care for some of their beers, you can tell a lot of though was put into it. I think a lot of people would like this offering. Kind of tastes like a draft even thought I poured it from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Attractive beer. Tons of readily apparent carbonation. Pours a nice head, settles down but nice disapears, great retention. Color is straw yellow/golden, mildest hazy.
S: Sweet, lemony, orange, zesty, floral. Somewhat faint though
T: Definitely bitter, but despite being robust, bitterness is soft, not sharp and biting. Hops here are pith, floral, herbaceous, spicy, very earthy. Some pine resin as well. I like the malts too, sweet and provide a nice backbone to this beer. Also not a lick of ethanol detected, which is impressive for a 9% beer.
F: As per Victory's standard, mouthfeel is on point. Smooth, silky, full yet light. Great balance between refreshing and engaging. I think the smoothness of the mouthfeel lends a great balance with the hop bitterness.
O: Not a crazy complex IPA, not a fruity hop bomb, but just the way I like IPAs. Perfect balance between hop and malt, refreshing and smooth yet tasty and in some regards, challenging. Hops present great complex earthy and citrus notes. All around an excellent IPA in my books.

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Photo of khargro2
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMc8ride
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stooven
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrider
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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 -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beaulabauve
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Prue
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -16.5%
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 -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregSemenza
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +5.7%
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 -1%
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 -24.8%
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 +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,433 ratings
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