Ranch S IPA
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American Imperial IPA
3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is deeply hazed amber with thick off white cap with ultra fine bead and sticky lace clings. The smell has lots of fruity hop esters with tropical notes like pineapple and grapefruit odors that accent the tinge of candy from the malt with mild alcohol ester. The feel is great with very lush hop presence, bitter but more oily and juicy with medium carbonation and very dry finish without much in the way of alcohol apparent.

The taste is great, lots of Simcoe citrus rind and grapefruit without a bit of cattiness you may sometimes associate with the hop, It tastes better than it smells if you can believe it it just brings more of that dank, juicy and fruity tropical taste of ruby red grapefruit with light yeast influence and malt is pretty mild well covered by the lush hop which is fresh and tangy butt only slightly astringent with mild alcohol as it finishes with only a very small smidge of celery-like vegetal taste. Overall this is a please to drink and I wish the enjoyment didn't have to end -it is one of the most juicy tropical IPA's I have had lately which is saying a lot for a single hop IPA much better than others of its ilk.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing a solid golden orange. It held a two finger head of cream colored bubbles, leaving spots of lacing as it fizzed away at a rather quick pace. There was a chill haze throughout, with active carbonation. No sediment was noted. The aroma gave bright and juicy hops of grapefruit, big earthiness, and a sweet leafiness reminiscent of marijuana. Pale malts balanced, along with light vanilla woodiness, sweet honeycomb, and fresh lemon juiciness. Our first impression was that the flavoring was very bold, with fresh earthiness and that sweet honey to mix on the back. As we sipped, sweet floral hops, herbal bitters, passion fruit, black pepper bite, basil, and pine cone started things off. The middle came to a peak with spicy lemon zest, bittered citric hops, and pale malts that only partially cut the bitterness of the hops. The finish came with more big herbal hop bitterness, with a more soapy hop to mix, sweet nectarine fruitiness, massive black pepper, and warming booze. The aftertaste breathed of bitter herbal hops, spicy alcohol, coiny coppers, green plant bitterness, and a massive herbal blast. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, froth, and glug, with pop and eventual pucker on the dregs of the sip. The mouth was coated with oily slickness that eventually dried with crispness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the hearty boldness and freshness of flavoring. When compared to the Ranch R, this beer has what that one was missing, especially in translating those rich aromatics into flavor. From the first whiff to the last drop of the sip, everything is extremely fresh, spicy, and earthy, as if it was drawn out of a well deep in the forest.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Common Tale. This was simply listed as Victory Ranch, so I have no idea if it was the R or the S. However, since other people who had it at the same bar have reviewed it as the S, I am going with that.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is definitely that of a Double IPA. I get a lot of pine and resin notes, as well as a hint of biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. The dank pine and resin notes stand out initially, but the pineapple and grapefruit eventually comes through as well. There is a hint of biscuit and toffee but the bitterness is about medium. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that took a long time to fade away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel malts and citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of caramel malt flavors along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The hops in the finish make your mouth feel a little dry.
O: This is a big beer and definitely tastes like it. A little alcohol is noticeable but it doesn’t really detract from the taste. It’s definitely a beer that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a stemmed 10-oz. glass at Henlopen City Oyster House in Rehoboth Beach, Del.

A: Poured a clean, clear, copper amber color with a one-finger head of white foam which held nicely and left some good lacing on the glass.

S: Very herbal and citrusy, filled with aromatic hops. Possibly Amarillo or Centennial, but very lush and fruity.

T: Well-defined caramel malt flavor up front with a quick segue to herbal, bright and fruity hops. A floral, grassy flavor leads to a somewhat spicy and resinous hop finish that kicks with some boozy heat and bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied DIPA with a good, clean, spicy feel and finish with some lingering booze and hop resin.

O: A clear attempt at Victory to get into the aromatic DIPA market. The smell on this thing was very fresh, citrusy, bitter and pleasant, but the brew itself was a treat to taste as well. The 9% ABV was masked pretty well and there was enough malty, sweet balance to keep it from wrecking my palate.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

suprise find in texas at the common table.

Suprisingly brisk with a light orange color and white head. Orange nose, simcoe bittering giving it a wonderful balance of walnut, resin woody bitter and a nice balance of lemon and floral note. Summer ready as a decadence. Citra nose of bright sweeter citrus. Sets any inbetweens as grapefruit with the mind minerality. Great.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears as lager copper color with thick white head that sticks to glass. Transparent but darker towards top, head hangs around for a lil bit. Sticky lacing that faded quite nicely! Nose is nice and hoppy but slight alcohol present that sneaks past you in taste. Taste of hops that linger and in a good way. Pretty much only way you know its 9% is the after affects. Mouthfeel is solid but missing something can't put together. Wana drink this like a Reggie ipa when should be heady. Overall I will revisit, and if your hop head gets better and resonates like 2ipa should. It does its job this beer.!!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flowing a brilliant copper pale color with off white foaming head forming thick... in a pint glass what's going on here. Big hop aroma caramelized alcohol notes hints of grass/fruit/citrus notes. Flavor is big sugary with lightly toasted malts, it's actually quite nice...a real hoppy beer from Victory representing west coast hops and big malt flavor without canceling each other out. Moderate carbonation flowing thick sticky hop oils and malt sugars holding the body together, clearly evident fullness to the whole experience. Overall very tasty Victory hopped up experience.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a bright golden color. Thin frothy white foam on top. dissipated quickly. a touch of lacing on the glass.

S - the aroma is strong with hops, mostly bitter citrus/orange peel notes, but there is an underlying lemony solvent note. notes of doughy malts underneath.

T - bready malt profile up front. snappy citric hops enter quickly. bitter orange peel is very prominent along with notes of lemon pith, but there is an underlying soapy note that detracts from the smoother flavors.

M - crisp texture. medium bodied and medium carb.

O - an ok DIPA. i like the malt profile and the crisp texture but that soapy note reallly didn't do it for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a lightly hazed orange hue. Beautiful head. Head is frothy and retains very respectably. Quite an attractive brew.

S-A pleasant but not very intense nose. Quite citrusy and floral. Not too bold with the pine. Nice balance brought forth by bready and caramel malt. Would like a bit more 'oomph' but its still fairly aromatic.

T-quite like the nose but has a bit more zing to it. Sweetness balanced and slightly enveloped by perfumey floral hops and bright tangy citrus. Moderate bitterness and the alcohol content is masked very nicely.

M-Creamy with a medium build. Carbonation is mellow and the bitterness is moderate. ABV masked so well.

O/D-Overall this was a pleasant brew that had nice flavors but lacked the overwhelming hoppiness I am constantly looking for. Easily worth the $5 fill. A nice glass.

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Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson MA.

Poured a clear orange body with a white head.

Nose is piney and hoppy, but not over the top.

Taste is medium bodied and actually pretty light on the tongue. Very clean tasting and doesn't even remotely hint at 9%abv. Piney and malty,but not over the top. Not warming at all until you get to the end of a few dozen sips. Bitterness is there, but very mellow.

What a deceiving beer. Something this big should knock you out, but it doesn't taste like its more than 5%. VERY dangerous beer.

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Photo of schnell
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at Victory last weekend and they had Ranch S on tap. My brother goes there often and hadn't seen it on the menu before. I had a draught and liked it enough to pick up a Growler to takeback home to OH. It was not as bitey as I would expect from a double IPA, but that only made it more dangerous at 9 ABV

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Photo of Gavage
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 2" head. Nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: floral hops, grapefruit, orange, and some caramel is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: caramel, grass, some biscuit, loads of grapefruit, and a hearty bitterness is wrapped in a soft alcohol tone.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with a long dry finish. Aftertaste last a while on the tongue.

Overall: this was a surprise seeing this on tap, and it did not disappoint. Great flavor and aroma, it really hits the spot.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Craft Ale House in Limmerick, PA. 10oz

Ranch S IPA looks nice in the glass. Im digging the great retention on a inch of off white tinted foam that leaves minor sticks on the glass. The color is a light amber mixed in with pumpkin orange. Bubbles rising.

Smell is fairly earthy with alot of biscuit/breadiness in the nose and an assertive hop addition with that comes off herbal with a small amount of citrus rind. Crystal malt plays off of a slight whiff of alcohol with warming.

Taste is assertive with crystal malt up front mixed in with resinous hops giving off herbal like taste. Don't get any grassy effects which is great. Small amounts of citrus come up in spirts. Alcohol with warming. Easy enough to drink, and balanced, yet not my particular hop profile.

Feel is bold with a nice medium feel. Comes off a tad syrupy but I am just nitpicking. Aftertaste sticks around for a bit with just a slight bit of heat. Carb is spot on for this one, not overly bitey.

Not sure if Victory is tooling around and looking to put another DIPA in their lineup. Personally Hop Wallop is where it's at. But if they need another one, it should not be Ranch S DIPA

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a huge foamy white head and great lacing.

S-Lots of sweet malt with good citrus and grapefruit rind.

T-Rather boozy, to be expected perhaps given ABV, with good grapefruit and grapefruit rind hoppiness, nice sweet malt behind.

M-Medium bodied, a bit oily.

O-Dangerously drinkable, despite the slightly high boozy heat. Quite enjoyable.


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Photo of JAXSON
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Victory. Pours a dark copper with a small white head. Sweet, sticky caramel malt, bright hops especially on the finish, near candy-like at times, hot with a prevailing alcohol burn on the finish. Thick and oily, over the top next to the typically graceful Victory fare. Will appeal to some, but this lacks balance and grace and sampled beside Hop Devil and Hop Wallop this falls way short.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pinocchio's

A: Medium amber body. Nice clarity with a mid-sized off-white head. Spotty lacing as the head receded.

S: The 100% cascade recipe that is also dry-hopped with cascade is readily apparent from the bright citric-floral nose. Oranges, grapefruit, fresh cut flowers, and the slightest bit of grass.

T: Like the nose, citrus notes and floral notes predominate. Grapefruit tends to take over here. Soft biscuity malt-backbone shines through.

M: Medium-full bodied. I tend to find Victory's IPAs/dIPAs to be a tad heavier than they need to be... the Ranch S was no exception.

O: A welcome release from Victory. I look forward to trying again.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one initially last night on tap at Victory but am doing this revue from the growler I brought home.

A - Pours a nice copper color with moderate carbonation and a thick, half inch creamy head. Carbonation coming from the growler isn't as vibrant as it was on tap last night but that's O.K.

S - Aroma is citrus, spice, and floral notes mixed in with a light biscuity malt. There's also a very subtle earthiness to this beer as well which I didn't notice last night coming from the tap but more so today being poured from the growler.

T - Citrus hops come through in the form of oranges and some grapefruit, flowery, and spicy character; the malt stays subdued and let's the hops define this beer. This is a respectable alcohol level and there is some effervescence and warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium to full body, somewhat thick for a big IPA (which I really like), slight prickles on the tongue with smooth carbonation.

O - Ranch S has the looks and color of Hop Devil with some bittering character of Hop Wallop while retaining it's own personality. It was a tough decision to make, "Do I go for the Hop Wallop or the Ranch S? Our waiter laughed and said, "That is the exact same question several people have been asking!". The verdict, this beer incorporates a few bits and pieces from other beers Victory currently offers, but in a unique way. Three of us at the table ordered a pint of the Ranch S and the reaction was unanimous...Victory needs to include this in the regular rotation as it is a very good D-IPA that strikes a nice blend of East and West Coast personality. Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler to a pint.
Newest Double IPA from Victory Brewing Co.
Heard that this is the first installment of the "Ranch" series.

Towering head of cream colored foam that settles into a soft bed and leaves nice ringlets of lacing down the glass. Absolute beautiful clarity, nicely showing off the very attractive golden amber hue. Sorry, but it doesn't get any better than this...

Bringing the glass nearer, I can already smell the floral and citrus hop aromas. The aroma has notes of lemon pith, rose hip, and a sweetness that is similar to tropical fruits, most likely derived from the alcohol. The aroma is reminiscent of Saison Du Buff.

Up front, at first sip, there is a very light bitterness, quickly followed by a mid palate maltiness that comes off as biscuity, and seems to only be there to keep the bitterness in check. Hops are definitely in charge here and the lingering aftertaste has many of those herbal hop qualities.

The mouthfeel is of course on the softer side because of the growler, where a lot of the carbonation came out in the initial pour. However, Ranch S has the right body, and I think the softer carbonation really helps with hoppy beer styles like this double IPA.

I quite like this beer. I'm wary of the typical DIPAs because I know that people are getting wrapped up in the citrus, tropical fruit IPAs and there is a forgiveness with those styles in particular. How do you judge something that seems to be as easy as "add more hops?". Well, I think Victory has created something that is very attractive and somewhat different than what all the beer geeks are clamoring for. It's got that herbal hop quality that seems pretty unique if you ask me. I like this beer and i hope to get another growler when I finish this one.

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Photo of mfunk9786
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see a new IPA on the draft board at Victory, had to take a growler home. Stated that it was 9% ABV - and they already had a tap handle designed for it, featuring one big hop colored in various shades of green.

Ranch S IPA (woof, what an awful name) pours a nicely filtered orange with one of those high ABV heads that struggles to hang on at the start, but retains some presence throughout the time it takes to drink a glass. Has a very Hop Devil-ish smell - spicy hops with a bit of orange peel. Taste is very bitter, but with the tropical fruit and grapefruit character of Victory's Hop Wallop replaced with more of an orange and faint mint hop profile. Definitely quite tasty, the east coast answer to the west coast IPA - enough of a malt backbone and a murkier hop profile to assert the mid-Atlantic winter into a well-filtered DIPA without veering into that whole heavy malt and tea-like old fashioned DIPA situation. Definitely worth checking out, but don't expect Pliny.

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Ranch S IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 63 ratings