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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:
#1,166
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
2,433
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
540
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,433 |  Reviews: 385
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brad007
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a whitish-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. It puts the “pale” in IPA.

Floral, grassy with a touch of pine in the nose. You probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s a DIPA just by the aroma.

Again, very clean and full of floral notes and the right touch of pine. Could pass for a lawnmower beer if it wasn’t high in ABV. Makes me long for the spring.

Lingering floral and grassy notes. Good dose of bitterness at the back of the throat.

One of the cleanest DIPAs I’ve had in recently memory. It’s deceptive so remember to sip, not chug. I should have taken my own advice. Heh.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cosmicevan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

heard good things about this one and was excited to go and check it out, swung by my fav bottle shop earlier this evening and picked some up. enjoyed from a DFH ipa glass.

enjoy by May 24th, 2014 (or tonight...whichever comes first)

a - brew poured a soft transparent golden yellow with a generous few fingers of frothy white foamy head that hung out. the etching on the bottom of the glass really initiated some great lively carbonation bubbles...almost champagne like. lacing was the full head and chunky. really attractive brew.

s - big lemon leads in the nose. there is a sharpness almost tartness with some tropical fruit.

t - very VERY yum. big but smooth citric hop with a sharp lemon angle to it.

m - smooth. the sun always comes up much too soon.

o - yet another impressive offering in the IPA realm for victory. and dat pricepoint doe...pick it up, check it out...it will be your new fridge beer - and they date the bottles!!!

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Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of fruits. The bulk of the fruit smell comes from tropical fruit aromas, consisting of a blend of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Other fruit smells are there as well with a little bit of apple and apricot. Along with the fruity smells there also exist some nice hop aromas. The strongest of these smells is that of grapefruit, but other lighter aromas of pine and an herbal smell are there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy and bready taste mixed with tons of grapefruit hop right from the start. Along with these tastes are some sweeter flavor of orange and a bit of mango. The sweeter flavors as well as the bready flavor, lose strength as the taste advances toward the middle, all while the grapefruit hop gets even stronger and is joined by a hint of a grassy hop taste. While it fades temporarily, the fruit flavors come back to the tongue toward the end with lots of tangerine and tropical fruits of mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to the tongue. These flavors meld quite nicely with the grapefruit and bit of a grassy hop flavor to leave a smooth, fruity and hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for really accentuating all the great fruity and hoppy flavors of the brew and help slow you down a bit in drinking it down too quickly, which is quite easy as even at 9% abv, almost no alcohol flavor is present. Overall the feel is great.

Overall – A very easy drinking and very fruity and flavorful IPA. After introducing their Dirtwolf (which is fantastic), Victory is really nailing the strong IPA’s and hit it again with Hop Ranch as it is truly an enjoyable brew to drink.

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Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
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 shelby415
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grahuba
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tipples. Can't see the date but I assume relatively fresh. Pours clear and golden with a giant fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of lemon peel, dankness, honey, pale malts, funky grass. This almost has a farmhouse/brett aroma but then the hops really take over. Flavor is sweet lemony hops with some light pine and lots of grassiness, very light sweetness from the malts in the background. Very smooth and low to medium bitter for the style. Medium mouthfeel, resinous, but surprisingly light for a double IPA! Hard to believe this is 9%. Could be dangerous. Very nice brew.

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Photo of markgugs
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, think I paid $2.99. Color was yellow, clear, sticky lacing. Aroma was ammonia and cat pee, super hoppy bits of pine and earth, still not my favorite hop profile but not bad and certainly extra hoppy. Flavor was mostly hops, earthy, but if pine, lots of hops. This actually his the alcohol quite well for 9%.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A tremendously drinkable beer at 9%. The citrus smell is amazing, and the beer is very smooth. The only thing it seems to be lacking for me is a transition to a more bitter, spicy, or dry end.

A: a little towards the yellow side at pale yellow, slightly hazy, but good head, retention, and lacing
S: my original review had this as a high rating, re review dropped it a bit. Original: Strong lemon-candy smell, with some orange and a little sour funk.
Re-review: onion, lemon pith, still can see the lemon candy and funk (sour not so much)
T/M: the opening taste is a much-muted version of the nose, maybe a little more orange-citrus than sour lemon. Also, the taste to me is somewhat reminiscent of a good lager - refreshing, although this taste is a little more coating. The middle taste does add some bitterness, lemon with a little bit of grass, but it melds into moreso than takes over the taste (I must admit, I am getting a mix here, sometimes I notice the bitterness more than others). Then the taste just sort of fades kinda quickly, leaving you wanting the next sip (kinda dangerous).

This is a smooth DIPA versus a palate wrecker, a very good beer, but I'm not sold on it fitting into what I enjoy most in the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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