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:
#1,175
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
2,433
pDev:
10.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Victory "Hop Ranch"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 25 APR 2015 0437P"
$3.65 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Based on how fond I am of Victory's "Dirt Wolf" I thought I'd give their "Hop Ranch" a spin, particularly as it uses a hop I'm not familiar with - Azacca.

Azzaca is the Caribbean God of farming, so it's not surprising that there's a tropical fruit character in the aroma, namely mango and pineapple. There's also grapefruit, some tangerine, pine, a hint of lemon, and a bit of spiciness. It's interesting, and refreshing; and as a winter seasonal, it's a fairly welcome ray of sunshine beneath the cold grey sky here in Pennsylvania!

Given the quality of the hops I see why they went with a straightforward Pilsner malt as it allows the hops to come through clearly, and also allows for some of that refreshing character to be transferred into to the flavor. Unfortunately that's all you're getting, it's not a complicated or 'dense' beer, and I'm not sure that it needed to be an "Imperial" IPA. I think it would have worked just fine as a standard IPA, or even a pale ale. The gentlemen of Victory are shrewd marketers, however, and I'm sure they didn't want to drop another entry into those already over-stocked categories. On the up-side, the alcohol that comes along with the "Imperial" designation, clocking in at a whopping 9.0 % abv., is surprisingly well-cloaked. Not unlike the "Dirt Wolf" this is a beer that does not overwhelm you with bitterness, resins, and alcohol - instead it's very focused and balanced, leaving it remarkably drinkable, and at 9%, dangerous.

So how to rate this beer? It delivers everything that an "Imperial" IPA should, sans the bitter punch and late raspy/resinous finish, the alcohol slap, and the overall palate-wrecking voluminosity. There are no defects of any sort (although I would like to see just a little more bristle in the mouthfeel), and in fact it's a really well-rounded and highly polished beer. What's not to love? But on top of that it's also quite unique, and innovative. Clearly a winner, and one that really needs to be sampled, any fan of hoppy beers needs to check it out!

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a BB May 2015 date stamp.

Slightly hazy golden-amber body with visible carbonation and topped by a durable and creamy white head. Outstanding lacing with a near full coat sticking to the glass.

Aroma: strong hops with hints of pineapple and citrus.

Flavor: Seemed a bit too hopped for me at first sip, like many DIPAs, but I quickly adjusted to what now seemed like a rather well balanced flavor with only moderate bitterness. Still, this will not appeal to people who are not fond of hops. Very good complexity with clear notes of tropical and citrus fruits, most notably the tropical fruits.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still haven't actually reviewed hop devil for some reason, so feels weird doing this one, but I've had it plenty of times and this looks good. And a date, yay, enjoy by May 24, 2014.

Pours a pasty white fizzy almost creamy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, then slows to a crawl, bit of soapy lacing left behind, very hazy sediment straw yellow colored beer.

Nose brings big hops, mild citrus and floral hops, mild fruity note with hint of tropical like, very fresh with hint resin and spicy hop, mild bubblegum, with a bit of a sweet malty base and hint of booze tickle.

Taste is semi sweet, juicy malts with a mild booze warmth, and little blond malt character. Hops are pretty nice, a mild resin with nice tropical fruit again, little tangerine citrus, mango like with more orange zest and orange sherbert like sweet slightly creamy taste. The resin leads to a hint of passion fruit too, and little stone fruit. The hops turn very spicy and bitter, little pine, more resin, very bitter and spicy almost astringent as the finish dries a lot. The malts kept both the booze and hops in check, and once they dry on the finish the hops get rampant, booze is a little warmer but not a ton.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, mild warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice balance of very tasty hops, nice malts, and hint of booze, until the finish just smacks your tongue with hops. Nice overall beer though too, tasty, drinkable, at least when it's very fresh. Not a huge fan of the appearance though.

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

On-tap 3/15/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a rather subdued hops presence comes in followed by a mild alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA to drink for a while.

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint a clear dull yellow with a tightly formed one finger white head,the pour was not real awe inspiring by any means.Tropical fruits in the nose along with a bit of sweet onion,very fresh and juicy smelling.Flavors of grapefruit and mango are just dripping,almost like drinking mixed fruit juice,in the finish I pick up some vidalia onion,not much of a malt presence but a decent amount of sugary sweetness.This is a big fruity,juicy hopped IPA here,way to easy to drink.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma is not very intense on the hops, you mostly get a clean malt profile. Taste is more hoppy but overall it's still a very clean beer with some earthy bitterness and a lager like malt profile. Body is on the lighter side and feels quite dry but the high ABV is hidden quite well. Overall it's really drinkable DIPA buy it lacks some aromatic hops.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a pristine, clear, golden-yellow color, with a small, retaining, white head, that dotted the glass with lacing; tiny Champagne-like bubbles perpetually popped from the bottom. Nice aroma, full of lemony hops and ripe tropical fruits. After the aroma, the taste was a bit of a let-down. Lemon pith, neutral alcohol, and a lasting graininess, ushering in a wave of bitterness that, though appropriate for the style, seemed to wash away much of the fruity/citrusy goodness that I was expecting from the nose. Slightly metallic in the aftertaste, but within tolerance. Medium body, decently drinkable. Solid overall, but probably not something I'd revisit too often.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ZEB89
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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