Ranch R Double 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 Kegatron on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of jrfehon33
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Cole's in Buffalo, NY...

A: Pours a nice light honey color with thin wisps of white head along the top of the beer. There is a bit of lacing as it drinks.

S: The beer has a touch of malt and tons of floral and citrus notes. I'm picking up rose hips, lemon, and orange peel. It smells fantastic.

T: This is a solid brew. The floral flavors burst onto the palate straight away. Rose, lavender, and hibiscus come to mind. After the initial burst and bloom, my palate is met with a solid backbone of lemony citrus and orange peel. It's wonderful.

M: Medium bodied beer. For an IIPA this beer is surprisingly light and the hop characteristics are super fresh. The lemony bitters linger for awhile after drinking, but nothing in excess.

O: I thought this beer was really delicious. The flavors are great, it's refreshing, and it's incredibly drinkable for a 9% beer. I'd order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear yellow pour with about a finger of fluffy white head. The lacing clings to the glass nicely, but the retention leaves something to be desired.

S: A bit bland, the aroma is sort of dank and musty. Perhaps a bit malty, not a lot of fruit. Just average.

T: The taste is more bitter, but not particularly better. Piney, with a musty hop profile. I don't really know what they were going for here, but I think they missed.

MF: It leaves a weird taste on the palate. Crisp finish, the beer just isn't all that drinkable.

O: Skip this if you see it. I live Victory beers, just not this one.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking golden copper color. The head was white and kind of thin by the time it got to me. Some minor streaks of lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is nicely hopped with some refreshing citrus notes to it. The taste is kind of like a hoppy pilsner to me. It's kind of got an earthiness to it that is quickly overpowered by the bitter hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall it's a good DIPA.

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Photo of robieobie1
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color. It poured with a patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass and a thin ring around the edge.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is very citrusy with flavors of grapefruit and orange. The hops also contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with some hints of syrupiness.
O: The alcohol is very well masked from this beer, giving it good drinkability.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow with a thin off-white head. The head reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is awesome - lots and lots of citrus hops with some very subtle hints of pepper. Probably the best smelling beer I have had in a while.

T: Real nice hop flavor with just a touch of pepper - lots of citrus hops and some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: I have been getting more and more into DIPAs and this beer does not disappoint the budding hop head in me (pun intended). Definitely want to get this one again.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of zoso1967
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of haazer
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2nd beer at the Blue Dog Pliny event.

A- A nice amber/copper like appearance. Filtered brew with noticeable bubbles throughout. Thick white head of about two fingers, cakes the glass in lace.

S- Earthy hop profile, and a decent caramel malt background. A little bit of sweetness, and maybe some lemons. Hard to follow the nose of younger.

T- A balanced double IPA. Sweet hop flavors, lemon and grass, and a strong candy like malt. Lot of malt in here actually. Maybe it's me but Victory has easily the most distinguishable yeast profile of any brewery. It leaves it's stamp on this beer too.

M- Medium bodied brew with mid to high carbonation. Pretty smooth, no heat either from abv.

O- Probably not fair to review this after Younger but still a good beer in it's own right. If you're looking for a balanced DIPA this is for you.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at Alewife last night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also attractive, as I pick up mandarin orange, considerable citrus, sandlewood and light pine. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this dry, fairly lean beer, and I really enjoyed the citrus/sandlewood flavor component. There is considerable bitterness in this beer as well, which really dries out the light mandarin orange sweetness in a big way. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and this flat out does not taste like a 9% abv. beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and is even a bit thin, but that's really OK in this nicely crafted, easy to enjoy DIPA.

A very interesting and enjoyable change from the standard hop wallop DIPA from these guys.

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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on cask at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Looking this up, I'm surprised it's a IPA, much less a DIPA, but okay. Served up in a tulip glass, this beer was a cloudy copper color with a huge puff of foamy white head that retained well and left quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted grains, light floral/herbal hops. Biscuity grains in the taste, bready, notes of yeast, light herbal hops, lemon pith. Quite mild actually, and at 9%ABV, I gotta say, there was no alcohol detectable whatsoever. Medium body; made up in smoothness what it lacked in flavor. Pretty drinkable, but nothing amazing.

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Photo of jp110099
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Vince_Giorgio
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good recommendation by the Victory staff. The high alcohol content was very well hidden and overall the beer was superbly balanced. One of the top three beers I've ever had, but I am kind of new to beer. I do enjoy Victory's products very much, especially because of how eco-friendly their business is.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of jake17
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler filled with the Ranch R during my trip to the brewpub to sample Eclat Cocoa Lager on 02-18-12; drank it the next night.

A: Golden copper, nice thick head.

S: Somewhat muted; some hop herbals but not much else.

T: Wow, what a ride. Starts with citrus candy/caramel malt and some pine, moves to a more subtle bitter citrus and grassy herbals, ends with a ESB-like bitter bite and a dry hop finish.

M: Not heavy or syrupy like many DIPAs I've had but not thin either. Alcohol is hidden very well until the finish. Very drinkable for a 9% beer...perhaps too much so.

O: I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was blown away by this beer. Fantastic mix of flavors, incredibly well balanced, and very refreshing. It felt more like a bold flavored non-imperial IPA because it was so drinkable. I really liked how they were able to incorporate the characteristics of DIPAs without being overly sweet or overly hoppy; everything was well represented without any one flavor dominating. I really hope Victory takes another run at this during the summer months as this has July written all over it.

If you've had Victory's Summer Love this is its bigger, bolder cousin. Pair with a warm summer night, BBQed meats, and not much to do the next day.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA) on 2/19/12. Served in an imperial pint. This is a 9% DIPA with Centennial hops.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with a ½ finger of bright-white froth. This retains with some nice looking creamy edging, which throws up a sudsy cascade of sticky lacing. This just has a really rich look to it that is maintained throughout the duration of the glass. The aroma smells floral and piney, with some herbal and spicy leafy accents and an underlying presence of bitter grapefruit. Softer tropical fruit notes adhere to that herbal character and a grainy sweetness along the back, to give this a sticky feel that helps contrast the more aggressive aspects of the hops here in the nose. This has some nice fresh power to it.

The taste has a firm grapefruit bitterness that spreads pith, pine, and spice out across the palate. This is tempered somewhat by softer and sweeter notes of tropical fruit, caramel and bread character from the malt, and herbal textures that flow throughout the profile. The finish has some intensity to it though, with bitter pith and resins definitely having some strength. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a big mouth filling firm crispness to the carbonation which blows up a bit in the mouth. Some underlying slickness does help those big flavors move along and that 9% ABV is mostly well hid. It’s just that the alcohol adds a certain degree of fierceness to the hops that wears on the palate a bit.

I liked this. While it is aggressive with the hops, things do smooth out a bit as this warms and the overall fresh brightness of this helps carry it through to the end. The only thing that holds this back is the high alcohol presence, as maybe 20oz of this was a bit too much for one sitting. It’s definitely worth checking out though and I’m really intrigued as to where they might be going with this new Ranch DIPA series.

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Ranch R Double IPA from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 174 ratings