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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 | website

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
Reviews:
356
Ratings:
2,342
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
25.42%
 
 
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Gots:
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Reviews: 356 | Ratings: 2,342
Photo of rajendra82
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer was golden, and the head formation was very foamy, and large. The aroma was a combination of citric (tangerine, mandarin orange) and tropical (pineapple, melon) fruits. The taste was a lot more citric, with a lemon flavor up front, followed closely by mandarin orange. The bitterness was low, and only showed up late in the finish. The aftertaste was long drawn out, and spicy. The beer felt quite boozy and warm. This was a little odd to me.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle on January 29, 2015. Taste is juicy citrus, tart fruit and bitter hops. Feel is pleasantly sharp and bitter.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.27/5  rDev -21.6%
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 Wiffler27
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a straw gold with a solid white head.

smell is strong but not fantastic aroma-wise. smells sweet (but sweet like belgian yeast not fruit).

taste is weird, a very heavy taste. not a fan of this. almost a hoppy saison or hoppy lager.

this is a pretty weird beer, i'll try more of the 4pack in the hopes that it's a bad bottle. off putting.

not bad, i'm drinking more of this a few days later. a very light doubleIPA, strange beer. taste is good but the feel and aroma is very different. i'm ok with being different but it's not a good different.

finishing up the last 3 of my 2 4packs: still an odd beer. it's not bad but it's not great. it's certainly grown on me. very light for a dIPA but the flavor is good.

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Photo of laketang
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bright straw, clear, no matter. good legs

sweet notes. floral (estery)

heavy and hoppy. clean. velvety bitterness. banana bread.

creamy medium feel, a tad pucker on sides

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 17 June 2016

Pours an effervescent straw color with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Shhets of lacing with great head retention

S: Grapefruit peel, light lemon-grass scent

T: Pink grapefruit, lemons, light breadyness & flinty hop bitterness up front. Pretty juicy once warm, loads of grapefruit & a little pomelo & a whisper of pine. Finishes grapefruitty, juicy with just a little woody hop bitterness mixing in with some bready sweetness & golden delicious apple

MF: Light/medium bodied, deft touch on the carbonation ; great balance

Drinks really easy, a grapefruit assault, required just a little more depth of flavor to achieve perfection; damn close! I will buy this all the time if fresh!

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an odd one and not what I was expecting. The smell is faint spicy earthy with maybe some light fruitiness. The taste is mostly herbal and reminds me of their Harvest IPA. Not juicy and fruit forward as described. Some definite pilsner qualities. nb

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Photo of McStagger
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

ENJOY BY: 21 MAY 2016

A: Pours finger and a half of white head. Dense bubbles form a nice cap of foam. Nice lacing on the glass. Beer is a very slightly hazy yellow/orange. Carbonation is minimal, with small bubbles rising to the surface. Can see miniscule particulants floating in suspension.

S: Strange and a bit hard to bring out specific notes. Getting some spiciness, but not sure from where exactly. Could be hops, malt or yeast. Malts are slightly sweet malt o meal, hops are lightly spicy with some of the dreaded savory "onion/garlic" notes.

T: Bit of soapy bitterness up front. Opens up as a more fruit driven DIPA. Getting red apple and other nondescript stone fruit picking up on the mid palate. Mid palate picks up a fairly sweet malt aspect, with a more spiced fruitiness carrying towards the finish. Finish itself brings back more red apple skin, with the hoppy bitterness being very balanced with the malty sweetness.

M: Mid to slightly heavy on the palate. The malt sugars are definitely discernible, but they don't run the show. The carbonation is subdued, but gives enough to cut through the palate on the tongue. Slightly oily on the back of the tongue, the carb does enough to scrub the palate between each sip.

O: Eh, this one isn't that great. More of a balanced DIPA, this one lacks the punch or even a more dominant hop flavor to

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz

Pours a clear deep golden, inch of pillowy white head retains indefinitely.

Smells of honey, citrus, fresh grassy malt, and a light piney hop.

Tastes of honey, grapefruit, pear, light grassy malts, biscuit, and a piney fresh hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Victory already has a world class DIPA in Dirt Wolf, but why not take another stab at it? While this doesn't dethrone Dirt Wolf as one of my all time favorites and favorite from Victory, it's still quite an excellent beer with some nice light fruity characteristics and a grassy maltiness that tends towards a saison-like experience. Certainly worth trying and drinks easy enough to become a seasonal favorite.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

Comes in a clear yellow with just a bit chill haze, and a thin white head that leaves spot of lacing.

Smells of lemongrass, gooseberry, straw, and honeydew.

Up front you get a big smack of citrus, grapefruit and lemon, then melon notes, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon; and some gooseberry. The simple pilsner malt base offers cracker, biscuit, and honey, but is very subtle and allows the hops to shine. A mildly bitter aftertaste of grapefruit pith, lemon, and grass.

The mouthfeel is very light, crisp, and well-carbonated. This is dangerously drinkable, as it tastes like a 5% pilsner instead a near triple IPA. No booziness whatsoever detected.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1+ finger moussy ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice, thick rings of lace;

S: pine, with citrus and toffee behind it; as it warms, the aroma is mostly peach;

T: nice balance between peach and pine up front;peach and pineapple are predominant from the middle through the finish; mildly bitter at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; smooth - hides the ABV well;

O: what's not to love;

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with excellent retention. Medium fresh citrus lemon hop aroma with floral notes beneath. Medium light malt aroma. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel and soft, medium carbonation. Pleasant warming sensation through the middle. Medium high citrus lemon and floral hop flavors up front followed by medium, light bready malt flavors. Medium hop bitterness near the end accompanied by a pleasant, boozy warmth. Finished semi-dryly with light, bitter lemony aftertaste. Bright, fresh hop aromas and flavors nicrly balanced with malt character. Warm ansd boozy without being hot and solvent. Bitterness is on the subdued side which plays nicely into the soft, creamy smooth feel.

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

Clear straw colored pour with a white one-finger head. Nice juicy citrus aroma. Taste follows the nose with a big but not overly bitter citrus flavor upfront. Can also taste some bright tropical fruit and a hint of grass. Light bodied and drinks very easy for such a high ABV. A little bit of alcohol punch comes through in the finish.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Golden type color, clear in appearance
Smell - Dank, grapefruit, slightly herbaceous, some pine, some sweet malts
Taste - Oniony/chivey dankness, spicy/earthy notes, hints of citrus and grapefruit

Overall - Was pumped about this. Overrated in my opinion. Dirtwolf crushes this.

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

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Transparent light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Fresh hops, mostly citrus zest
T: Bitter, hoppy, a bit of wheat/caramel underneath but mostly bitter
M: Light-bodied, a bit thin just a strong bitterness
O: Tasty but the hop oils dominate without much else going on. Surprised this is 9% given the light structure

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Photo of Betty1968
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Maybe it's my taste buds or maybe it's the batch, but this years version is drinking like an IPA/Saison mash-up. I suspect maybe their is something "off" with this first run as the beer does not have the same light straw color that I remember. Tastes good, just not the same as the first two years.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is mango, pineapple and grapefruit.
The taste starts with a big pine bitter flavor, it mellows a little but takes the bitterness to the end.
The texture is thicker.
It has a great aroma and a good flavor.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, malts. Taste is tropical fruits, hoppy, malts are present, medium bitterness, alcohol well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a pretty good beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden, lots of sediment, small head but excellent frothy lace retention. Tropical fruit aroma, honey and floral esters. The fruity aroma is matched by the taste. Sweet but not cloying, balanced by a ton of hops that leave a dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Amazing feel. For a high ABV it feels quite light and drinkable. I'm quite impressed and I will make sure to be on the lookout for six packs.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, a white rim of bubbles surround the glass but no head, a very unfiltered, yellow body. Tons of sediment.
The aroma is full of tropical citrus. Not overpowering hop aroma, but well balanced.
The taste matches the aroma, nicely hopped beer.
Smooth drinking, pretty sessionable in taste, a good trait for its ABV.
Overall this is a delicious beer. Would get again.

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Photo of wcu80
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This year's is interesting. Pours very light, almost like a pilsner. Tastes fruity and delicious; just not quite like I remember it from last year. Still recommended.

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Photo of milwaukee512
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm disappointed; Victory's Hop Devil is a world-class IPA, so I had high hopes for this one. It looks like a pilsner, smells like a pilsner, and tastes like one. Seems very light in flavor and feel for an imperial IPA; hop bitterness is present but one-note and kind of in the background. Well-carbonated, easy to drink, but nothing special. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but there's 6 weeks until the "drink by" date and it poured like a fresh beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack from TW Arrowhead the first of February for $8.99. Best by 4-25-15 -just in the nick of time.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose is pilsner malts and tropical fruits.

Taste is interesting, pilsner malts dominate the backbone. Hops are primarily mango and peach with a touch of grapefruit. Pils malt lends a bit of crispness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp for a 9% abv brew.

Overall a very enjoyable brew that I would have again!

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Photo of smcolw
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slight haze to the dirty gold color. Excellent blanketing lace from a modest bar poured head.

Raw grapefruit (the actual edible part, not the rind) nose. A bit of sugar.

Tastes like sweetened grapefruit. Not at all I was expecting. Starts with a neutral pale malt flavor. The swallow brings the aforementioned grapefruit, but the finish turns to bitter with a lingering bite. Full bodied with ample fine-bubbled carbonation. Interesting and complex.

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Photo of drpimento
4.79/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, what a beer! Appearance is a large, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and a clear light yellow color. Aromas are fresh hops, fresh baked bread, malt, a little fruit. Flavor's are similar to nose, perfect balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Excellent body. Slight medicinal aftertaste from hop. Super easy drinking beer.

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
93 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.
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