Ranch S IPA | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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87
very good
63 Ratings
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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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mfunk9786 on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
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0
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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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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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Ranch S IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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