Hop Ranch | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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)

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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 mattcrill
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma: Many have used the term "fruit juicy" to describe the aroma and I'd be inclined to agree. But I also get a sparkling white grape juice aroma as well. Probably one of the most unique hop aromas I've ever experienced. The aromas are definitely in the "citrus spectrum" but unlike any other American hop I've experienced. Clean fermentation character. No esters or malt character. Can't get past the sparkling white grape juice aroma. Wonderful.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden pour with a low thin white head. Laces the snifter wonderfully. No effervescence noted.

Flavor: More sparkling white grape juice. Light lemon lime citrus character. No malt base that I can detect. Balance is bitter. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, spritzy with high carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess noted.

Overall impression: One of the most unique Double IPA's I've ever had. I loved it. Seems very dry and thin for a double IPA but the unique aroma and flavor are lovely. Glad to try it.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very lightly hazy gold colored beer and nice white half inch head. Lace is stringy and shifting. After the head fades there remains a broken, thin white layer over the beer and a ring around the edge. Aroma is very clean with an uplifting mix of tropical and citrus fruit. Sweet red grapefruit, candy lime, mango, passionfruit, a little bit of zesty spicy hop, a touch of pine, and a soft caramel-dough malt profile. Flavor is equally loaded with tropical fruity varieties and citrus with more pronounced pine, tea, and earthiness. Dry, powdery, acidic, mouthwatering bitterness throughout the finish. I wonder if there's honey in this... The alcohol or high ABV is completely hidden to me. This is a pretty excellent, friendly double IPA. Very amiable.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh bottle that just missed the mark entirely. Aroma was all over the place, none of it a good place though. Almost sour malt, the hop combo just not pleasant at all, partly for its weakness as much as its poor accord. Palate wasn't much better, some astringent hoppiness, extremely little actual hop flavor, overly full malt feel. Bad batch? Perhaps, as freshness wasn't an issue. Needless to say, highly doubt I'll revisit.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm digging this. Makes me think of Victory Prima pils on steroids. I gave the scent a lowish score because it didn't make me think double ipa. Over all I do feel like I'm drinking a big, hoppy lager but it's done so well that I don't care! Color is pale gold with lots of white lacing on the glass. There's a bite of tangerine sweetness up front that gives way to a fresh baked bread body; sort of a rye bitterness in the aftertaste.
Very deceptive strength for a 9% abv brew. I much prefer this over Hop Wallop. There's better balance here. I'd like to try this next to Dirt Wolf. Will buy again.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 9% ABV behemoth from those glorious bastards Victory, you know those guys that brewed Doc’s most favourite Imperial India Pale Ale of all time DirtWolf?* Yeah - those f&#ken legends - I’ve got my hands on Hop Ranch, which will most likely be awesome so let’s dispense with all this waffle and dive in... NOW!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed, almost murky, pale Tangelo body with a head that consists of splotchy white lace bits floating on the surface - not surprising as most beers at this percentage present with little to no head. 7/10.

S: Bold floral/papaya/spicy hops hit the nose and proceed to pummel your senses with hoppy goodness - exactly what you want in a BIG ‘Merican IIPA. Hints of a light caramel malt base struggle to overcome these mighty hops but who bloody cares about the malt at this point. I am loving these f@%ken hops man! Hint of bubblegum sweetness comes in after a couple more whiffs - DAMN Victory, this is one intoxicating brew! 10/10.

T: Similar to DirtWolf in being a touch on the sweeter side with hop bitterness juuuust managing to help balance everything. Those flavours of bubblegum also come out more here. Overall flavours include: Floral/papaya/spicy/bubblegum hops, malt is undetectable with all these hops but you know it’s in there too. How about those hops though - not too bitter, full of flavour (multiple and well-defined) - this is everything you want in a BIG IIPA. In fact it makes me want to shout “BIGIIPA!” as embarrassingly as possible to the next person I cross paths with. 10/10.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a hop resin oiliness and light but dense carbonation - spot on body for this brew. 9/10.

D: Wow! Just: Wow. Victory once again stamp their IPA skills all over my tongue in the boldest way possible, but they also made this brew drinkable for 9% ABV (though I imagine palate fatigue would be a problem after 3 of these). Who cares though - I would rather have 3 of these for the night than 6 x 4.5% ABV [random brand] Pale Ales, so there’s a good comparison for you. 9/10.

Food match: A nice Cherrywood smoked pork shoulder with a side of salad, mmm.

*Granted I’ve only tried probably 1% of the awesome Imperial IPAs out there because of US brewers who refuse to distribute outside of their state dammit!

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Photo of Pahn
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful hazy yellow orange, lots of lacing.

Smell: Ridiculously deep earthy pungent hops. Not necessarily the best balance of aromas, but sooo hoppy. Citrusy, very funky. I like it, though in a way it's showier than it is satisfying.

Taste: As impressively hoppy as the nose. Has the pineapple-plus-cheese flavor of Nelson Sauvin... is that from Mosaic or Azacca hops? I don't know. Whatever it's from, it's clear to me that Victory got *way* more out Mosaic than anyone else has from the Mosaic hopped beers I've had. Waves and waves of hop flavor, over the top. Citrusy, funky, even smoky and peppery... most of these flavors escape my flavor vocabulary, so all I can say is: very hoppy.

This is more like a hop showcase than a well-put-together beer (compare with Victory's recent Dirt Wolf, a masterfully put together beer). Who cares though, it's a tasty beer. Extra points for the hop seminar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Wish it were dryer, to the point that I think it's beyond my own "MAKE IT DRYER!" hangup and a bit less attenuated than world class DIPAs. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good, even great beer, and a real treat for those who want to taste every possible hop flavor (so, true to its name and conceit). Not my favorite, but I'll enjoy the rest of this 4pack.

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

a - poured into a frozen tumbler and achieved a purely white head of about 3/4" that was reasonably well maintained during the 5 minutes it took for me to finish this bad puppy. This beer looked more like your typical POS domestic lager because it was pure yellow but don't let that fool you its an all together different experience. It's all flavor.

s - hoppy from all directions. some citricy

t - excellent flaver for those of us who like hops. reminded me of Headhunter which is one of my all time favorites.

m - like a beer should feel

o - great beer, not sure if I like better then Dirt Wolf but will have to save that comparison for when I get my hand on their next batch.

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Photo of Greasy
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a straw yellow with a nice white head. Plenty of sediment floating about.

S: Plenty of citrus, danky almost oniony scent, but overall very nice.

T: Big orange/tangerine/tangelo flavor with fairly high bitterness. Yum.

M: Smooth. Nice carbonation. Zero alcohol presence.

O: it's been so long since ive had dirtwolf that it's hard to compare the two. I really enjoyed it. Now that I've said that, I can compare it to enjoy by which I have had recently. Good stuff.

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Photo of Beerswag
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured to dogfish mini-pilsner glass. Appearance is golden with tones of yellow..smell is fruity, grapefruit, citrus, apricot..taste is smooth for suggested 9%abv. Starts sweet amd citrus, and finishes fruity, and smooth, "air-ee" light bodied creamy mouthfeel. Lemon rind and orange peel.,highlights the hop frehness and taste without being too bitter or cloying.. Lacing is foamy and sticky. Carbonation is medium, with a crisp dry feel on the finish..this is refreshing and admirable. Paired nice with kabobs-cucumber yogurt sauce, grilled meat chimmichurri, mexican corn with cotija, feta.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - laces the glass nicely - hazy yellow orange - tight bubbles
S - hop smell is great, with squeezed grapefruit peal
T - has the thick hop flavor with bitter citrus that is complex and great
M - heavy mouthfeel that is so great in Imperial IPAs
O - I really like this one Victory is brewing up some great new beers

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Photo of jtierney89
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright clear golden yellow color with bright white solid head. Lots of mango and Papaya on the nose, hints of Sauvignon blanc, grassy and citric.

Sweet fruitiness up front, sweet candied fruit. Malt adds a faintly syrupy body, finishes explodes with fruity hop flavor, amazing bright, medium bodied, absolutely no alcohol detection, bitterness is mild, just enough to balance the brew. Leaves the mouth watering. Didn't know it was possible to top dirt wolf but this beer is simply fantastic

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 cambabeer
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear body with a white head and a little carbonation visible in the body. Pretty fast moving head but a lace that stuck on the glass stubbornly.

Herbal spicy resin hops in the aroma, a little kale, citrusy, and fruity like mangoes.
Taste not as bitter as I had expected. Very clean and refreshing malt and hop balance with a little citrus flavor and grassy herbal notes throughout.
Very crisp feel and very drinkable, alcohol content not that noticeable.
Would definitely get again, this was great.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BBD 5/24/15. Pours a clear light amber (golden). However, the bottom of the bottle pour produces a some flocculants. Normal head volume, lacing and slightly below normal retention. Nice nose of sweet blended tropical fruit over a light orange rind note. Light medium body with a good bit of oiliness to the texture. Well carbonated with a good effervescence in the middle and more in the finish. The outstanding flavor profile is intense (hop flavor forward), extremely well balanced and complex. It begins with an effervescent burst of blended hop flavor (tropicals such as mango, pineapple, but never really separates). This flows into a moderate bitterness in the middle that contains a slight pepper note. As the bitterness fades, a biscuit sweetness emerges with hints of orange. The finish is a slow fade into a lingering orange zest flavor bitterness and a slight nice alcohol warming at the back of the throat.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a clear, dark yellow color with two fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is very floral, with hop aromas pleasantly strong. Moderate carbonation rushes up the center of the glass.

First sip is a wave of floral hop flavors. Finishes strongly bitter, but not harsh at all. Packed full of hoppy goodness, this beer really showcases the floral and grassy flavor, with just enough malt sweetness to balance but not contrast. Beautiful rings of lace coat the glass as the beer recedes.

This is an excellent IIPA. The alcohol is not evident at all, and this will tickle your hop fancy for sure. Would certainly buy again.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hop Ranch pours an opaque mellow yellow with a small foamy head leading to spotty lacing.

Juicy pineapple, some citrus, mint, grassy/herbal notes. Just a dank juicy nose.

Citrus, more herbal character, grapefruit peel, mild bitterness, tart dry finish. Almost like a pilsener on steroids. Lots of steroids.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. What I look for in a DIPA.

Another excellent Ode to the Hop by Victory. Although it seems a bit experimental (Mosaic and Azaaca?) this is definitely worth seeking.

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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 sjones5045
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow with nice head and retention. Instantly you get a wiff of fruit and hops. Apricots come to mind first with the smell. Although I'm not a big fan of Victory beers this one seems to have high potential.

The taste is great. A nice balance between sweeter fruit, citrus, and hops. It's a very smooth beer all the way through. It never strays to far in any direction with the hops. Possibly the only knock is that the citrus gets a bit overpowered by sweet fruit taste but that being very critical.

Overall, this beer is world class. Very impressed, and this is coming from a person that isn't a Victory fan. Maybe the best DIPA on the market.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of oily hop resin all over this beer. Great tropical citrus flavors present on the nose and the tongue - orange, grapefruit and a bit of lemon to compliment all that resin. The bitterness provides a snap and depth but it isn't abrasive. Very slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby, stemmed tulip glass; freshness date of May 24, 2014 printed in greyish ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: May 24 2014 12:27”), making this bottle something like two and a half weeks old. Holy crap.

Appearance (4.5): Pretty. Very light and pretty. Maybe a finger and a half of bone-white foam comes off of the pour, capping a pale (like straw-yellow) golden body that’s got a chill haze, but beyond that is almost clear. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky surface and tight lacing around the glass: one thick collar near the top, another, looser collar about an inch lower, and below that it’s scattered suds, occasional legs, and splotches.

Smell (4.25): Whoa, kind of a funky scent here. It’s like some mix of garlicky-dank weirdness (mild on the garlic, heavier on the weirdness) and vibrant citrus fruit that’s sunny and sweet more than blinding and bitter (light mango, a little passionfruit, some papaya, etc.).

Taste (4.5): Well, it’s definitely a hop story. Sweet and bitter citrus, with a mixture of lime pulp and a little underripe pineapple; something herbal and grassy, like fresh mint and green tea; and finally something weird and garlicky-dank, following the nose, but wrapping the garlic into the flavor in a way that is not at all offensive—it just kind of plays into the bitter finish. Not really off-putting at all. There’s some malt in here, too, but it’s subtle and laid-back, offering a lightly starchy, grainy, very pale character like fresh biscuits (not the sweet, buttery kind, but the very dry, floury kind). It’s a nice base that stays out of the way but still has substance. Miraculously, no booze to be found anywhere.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Like a lot of Victory beers, this has a great feel: the carbonation spreads out quietly, rises up to a prickle, and then foams out with a soft, velvety feel that goes all over. It finishes moderately dry, which is almost surprising considering the ABV and hoppiness of the beer—you might think it’d be drier, but this remains very accessible and palatable.

Overall (4.25): This is another really, really good DIPA from Victory. Hop Wallop (R.I.P.), Dirt Wolf, and now this all have something in common: each one is (was) a technically very well-crafted brew with excellent flavors, aroma, appearance, and feel, but all feel like they err on the side of caution (if you call scores above 4.0 erring in any way). They do everything very, very well, but nothing quite comes off as brilliant. That said, I can’t overstate the fact that Victory did everything—every single aspect of this beer—very, very well. And $10-11/sixer for a DIPA of this quality? Yes please.

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Photo of Ian_B
2.59/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't know what was wrong for me with this one. Normally LOVE Mosaic, but this hit nothing pleasing in terms of smell, taste, feel, etc. Had to post a review for this to go through, no wonder the average pDev is so high.

I would avoid this one. Dirtwolf is way better.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear very light golden yellow with a white head on top. After a couple minutes the head is gone, leaving some considerable lacing on the glass. Just a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Upfront there is a dominating fruity hop aroma. Real nice citrus and grapefruit notes. A touch of breadiness and malt sweetness in there but its overwhelmed by hops. A bit of earthiness

T: Certainly has a different approach to the IPA style with the unique hop selections. The hops provide a blend of earthy and herbal tones with a touch of citrus and pine. Malts are subdued with just a bit of toastiness.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp and dry finish. Carbonation is moderate and it has a bit of the nectar like mouthfeel I enjoy in IPA's. Alcohol is very well hidden making this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall its a solid addition to the Victory line up at a good price point. Mosaic hops are one of my favorites and they shine in this beers aroma. A must try for any hophead.

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Photo of themind
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Way overrated! this " Limited Brew " has a strange, weird taste that had me puzzled as to why it was even brewed. I tend to think the more a beer is limited....the more hype it generates. The beer poured a golden color with a decent head. The aroma was strange, I cant put my finger on it but it was weird. The taste was nothing that I expected, kind of a hoppy potpourri concoction that grandpa Munster created in the basement. I like Victory as a brewery as they produce some awesome beers but this Hindenburg of a beer just goes up in flames.

Bottom Line: What was that!!!!

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Hop Ranch from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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