Ranch S IPA | 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: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mfunk9786 on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of JAXSON
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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 mfunk9786
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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 metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Ranch S IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 63 ratings