Ranch 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: Rotating

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Added by Oakenator on 09-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was enjoyed on tap served chilled in a pint.

The color is deep golden amber with light haze and white head.
The smell is great with a nice aroma from the hops!
to be continued

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Photo of DeFaz
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This pours a light and clear color, indicative of a macro lager, with lots of bubbles flying toward the surface. There's some good lacing going on.

Smell: Mild for a DIPA and even for an IPA, there's some floral and citrus notes in the smell. There's a bitter note in there--maybe lemon.

Taste: The citrus (lemon particularly but also orange) flavors are excellent. There is a lot of great hop flavor, and it's bitter, but it's also very drinkable. The alcohol is concealed very well, and it's really quite flavorful.

Mouthfeel: This goes down easy, the alcohol is well concealed, and while dry, it finishes clean and with a touch of sweetness from the citrus. Thickness and carbonation are balanced.

Overall: This is a very good DIPA even though it's not a "hop bomb" by most standards. The flavors work well here, the alcohol is well concealed, the beer goes down easy, the mouthfeel is good, and even though it's very hoppy it always seems to be somehow balanced. I'd look for this again.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A few thoughts on Hop Ranch. Pours lighter than expected, more the color of a Pale Ale or dare I say a Pilsner? Moderate lacing coats my Ithaca pint glass. Wafting from the bottle is a touch of fruit cocktail. Nice popping carbo delivers white grape/lemony zest hop flavors followed by a very faint pale malt, ending with a slight tart dryness. No lingering bitterness at all. Just slightly tart and dry which induces my next swig. Drinkability is off the charts. Previous to having this I knocked down a Rogue Yellow Snow IPA ironically being more the heavy sipper. Hop Ranch is light and thirst quenching for a DIPA. Very dangerous, I recommend especially if your a hop fan. So glad I don't have to search far from home for quality IPAs/DIPAs thanks Victory for Hop Ranch/Dirt Wolf and Troegs for IPA and Nugget Nectar...

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ranch is a bright coppery shade of orange, clear but for a little chill haze and the darkness keeping a whole lot of light from passing through. The off-white head is about half a finger tall, displays good retention, and drops spotty lacing.
The aroma provides some juicy citrus as well as pith, along with a sort of perfumey and earthy mixture backed up by caramel malts that allow the hops to take over. Some slightly sweeter, more mellow tropical fruit hints linger underneath.
The flavor is deep and layered pretty nicely. It starts juicy on the tongue with citrus and the malt then giving way to earthy, floral, perfumey and raw, stem/leaf bitterness. Some resin comes in there too, but it doesn't dry it out or add too much pith to it. It's sort of rustic but clean.
The feel is also clean, bright and lively in a medium body. Crispness is consistent all the way through, and it's pretty nicely smooth to boot.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not sure which hop is used in this one (it wasn't advertised). I imagine it can vary wildly depending on the hop.

It's a fairly robust copper color with a thick white head that leaves lacing in the glass. Aroma is syrup, caramel, pine and grapefruit. Taste starts up front with a nice sweet and bitter punch. Goes into a very strong piney flavor with a background of caramel sweetness and some grapefruit and other citrus in the background. Transitions into a very raw, harsh bitterness with onion notes--more tasty than it sounds, especially with the malt sweetness to back it up. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with robust carbonation and a lingering mouth-coating resinousness.

Overall, a decent DIPA. Very heavy on the piney notes with a bit of rough hop bitterness and lingering pine resin in there too. That's something I like in an IPA. It's a bit darker and more caramel-centered than I like, but that's an east coast DIPA for you. Not very balanced in hop notes, but since it's meant to showcase a single hop, that's to be expected. Interesting enough, drinkable, and for the price (10.99 for a growler), it's a good find for the price.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy dark yellow; big, foamy white head, some lacing on one side.

S: Floral and pine notes hit up front, a delicate malt in the background, touch of yeast.

T: A bouquet of assorted hops. Matches the nose, hop forward with many floral notes, followed by a citrus-y punch. A good, lightly sweet malt backbone. Amazing aftertaste of pine, perhaps my favorite element of the entire beer.

M: Full body for a DIPA, good carbonation, touch of alcohol burn.

O/D: A very good representation of the style, hop forward, but balanced. The piney aftertaste gives this one an extra half of a point.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a golden amber color with an inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is of sweet piney hops with some sweet citrus as well. Notes of honey and sweet bread. The taste is more of the piney hops with honey and some floral notes. Some warming alcohol. Some bitter orange peel with more floral hops and honey at the end. Occasional pine notes but not as much as I thought there would be from the nose. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a pretty big and flavorful Imperial that I hope gets bottled.

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Photo of MattXT
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip at Ye Olde Forge in Lanesboro, MA.

This was a fairly dark IIPA, for the genre. Reasonable head retention and overall appearance. While I like a strong beer with a supporting malty backbone, I was quite disappointed by the lack of hop profile. It was almost completely devoid of hoppy characteristics, and dominated by malt. Mouthfeel was substantial, which was appreciated. I'm not sure if this keg had been around for a while, allowing some of the hops to diminish, but i certainly expected more of a punch in that respect. I would be willing to revisit.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/12/13 notes. On tap at Rattle n Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inch of medium white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a while.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, lemon, and floral hops. Nice and hoppy, very nice nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, grapefruit, lemon zest, tropical fruits, and floral notes. More pine than the taste and a lot of hops, but no bitterness.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. No bitterness, pretty easy to drink DIPA.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good DIPA. There are a lot of citrus hops to it and no bitterness at all. Easy to drink and something I would definitely want to have again.

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Photo of blackie
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

draft at the brewpub

Served in a standard shaker pint, Ranch R is a deep copper amber in color with a glass-filling head that leaves heavy lace. The nose upfront bring primarily rich, oily citrus and juicy tropical aromas on a moderate caramel body. On the palate, hop flavors run through the range of grapefruit, tropicals, and herbs applied to a moderately sweet, pleasant caramel malt body. Moderate, satisfying body with a midrange carbonation, and a little slickness on the back end. It’s a big, complex IPA with a wonderfully resinous, oily, and juicy hop combination that makes for a great time. Was impressed and pleased to stumble across this tap.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours an amber gold, white head dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of honey and grapefruit hops.

Honey and citrus flavor with piney grapefruit hops.

Full syrupy body with light carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A really good strong IPA, great flavor, great body. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought I had had this bier last June when I visited, but it turns out it was the Ranch R version. So, upon visiting Victory this June, I got a growler of this for home, after having a few pints at the Brewpub.... Only $10 for a swing-top growler? Come to Papa!!

Out into the 'Zebo on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon... Filled an imperial pint glass with round 1.... It is clear, with widely scattered carbo. Color is a medium goldenand the head, whilie initially healthy, has ebbed to a fine layer. It is fluffy and white, with A-1 lacing. Aroma has some sweetish fruit mixed in with some distinct rindyness. It is quite smooth going down, and the body is medium-plus, bordering on being chewy.

It has some subtle toasty maltiness, soon followed by lightly sweet apricot notes with a hint of pineapple. Hoppyness is all over the palate, with grapefruit, rindyness, and a hint of resiny action. Love the sweet/bitter combo in this one; nicely balanced, and the ABV is well hidden. This is 9.00%? Really.... Gots to be careful.... I had tried this side-by-side with the Liberty Bell DIPA, and found this a smidge better, due to the sweetness. Lovely bier, indeed!! Prosit!!

4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus hop presence that is slightly better in the taste.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a dark amber color, that is transparent, a little off white head at the top that leaves some lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is filled with tropical citrus fruit, some sweet hops also, and a bit of caramel on the tail end as well.

T: The taste is exactly like the nose, lots of citrus and bitterness from the hops, the bitterness is not what I was expecting from a DIPA, a sweet taste at the end.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation.

O: A tasty beer, but I was expecting a lot more from this brew, very subtle for a DIPA, was a lot sweeter than anything else, but not bad, Refreshing.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled a few days ago, but unopened, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rather pale washed-out lemon-lime. One-finger head of rather loose, fluffy just-off-white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a sheen of lace and bubbles across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a luminescent golden orange and almost clear, with a touch of bubbles rising from the bottom center. Lots of legs on the glass when drinking, suggesting a richness of malts that don't get translated to the mouthfeel.

S - Citrus and pine. Wet, mulch-like notes in the background, almost like a barnyard. Very lightly toasted malts with hints of orange and light caramel. As it warms, tropical fruit sugars assert themselves a bit more.

T - Freshly cut grapefruit, which plants itself on the center of the tongue and stays. Rougher, woody hops follow. Orange Jolly Rancher in the background emerges after the hops parade, along with some tropical fruit notes like pineapple. Wheat bread lightly toasted serves as the base. Not a trace of alcohol in the taste profile - the ABV is completely hidden. Orange/grapefruit becomes a bit bitter on the backend, like zest or rind.

M - Somewhat fizzy, but lightly carbonated. Moderately thin structure, and almost a bit watery as it warms. Finish is rather clean from the hop dominance and lingers somewhat, featuring the bitter side of the fruit notes.

O - The rough, woody edges of this beer along with its thinness suggest what a Saison specialty house would brew if it needed to produce a double IPA. The ABV is completely hidden, and only shows up after a couple of glasses when you're wondering where that buzz came from. Seems like a pretty straight-forward Imperial IPA that doesn't really have any quality that makes it stand out from the crowd to this non-hophead. Worth a taste if this style is your thing, but it's not a selection I'll be looking for.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and very hoppy.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a really good DIPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at some random Ruby Tuesday's on my way back to Rochester. Don't quite remember where. Why would Ruby Tuesday of all places have this on tap? Don't care, it was awesome.

Pours a golden orange color with a little bit of haze. One inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus fruits, big and juicy!

The taste is pretty similar. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple, with some pine needles and resin, and a good lingering bitterness that sticks to your tongue. Not much malt character that I can pick up.

Pretty crisp, dry mouthfeel, only a bit sticky and sweet at time. Well carbonated and very drinkable.

A nice find, glad I could have it. The forerunner to Victory's great new IPAs.

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Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with only a small whitish film on top.

S: Nice hoppy scents - citrusy grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine.

T: Foundation of caramel malt, then hops - grapefruit, grapefruit peel, pine resin and some earthiness. Finishes with lingering pine resiny bitterness.

M: Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is nearly non-existent, making it feel somewhat thick.

O: Solid and a relatively easy-drinking DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the VBC. Copper with a rich bright-white head. Sudsy retention with rich sticky lacing. Smells fresh and herbal with some floral and pine accents mixed in as well. Underneath, bitter grapefruit mingles with some lighter tropical flavors while a sweet graininess sits along the back. Alcohol adds some beef in the nose. The taste is herbal and tropical, which melds with the sweet grains of the malt. An aggressive streak of green bitterness and resins stretch down the middle of the profile and into the finish. The feel is medium to fuller with some sharpness on tongue and then more of a slick creaminess underneath. Some alcohol warmth is present but it mostly serves to elevate the strength of the hops. This is solid DIPA with a good balance of flavors that I would expect for the style and a relatively accessible body for 9%. Worth a look.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Palm snifter at the Local Miami.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch beige head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Crystally, resilient lacing slowly slides down the glass.

S- Dank, musty hop aroma with some sweet-smelling malt backing it up well. Pungent, with a small amount of alcohol fume given the ABV.

T- Herbal, grassy hop flavor with a moderate-heavy bitterness and a decent malt backbone. Traces of wood, particularly cedar, are a surprise but certainly welcome. Definitely an earthy IPA.

M- Sharp, slightly bitey. Medium carbonation and a body that's a bit on the full side.

O- A fantastic IPA that I'm glad I got the chance to try since, apparently, it's a bit rare.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery

A-light amber with a sticky light cream colored head

S-actually just a clean and wonderful scent of hops with a touch of vanilla. Good strength

T-comes in with a great bitter flavor of hops, vanilla, and clementine. Ooo the bitterness reall sticks to the tongue in a happy way. After-taste is similar with more citrus. Bitterness lasts awhile.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-this is an awesome DIPA. The flavors and the bitterness are all there and are of high quality. I wish they'd bottle this because it's something I'd recommend everyone to try!.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear copper body. Clear, oily lacing. Aroma dominated by resinous hop juiciness obviously. Grapefruit and grass with a touch of cat urine. Taste is tongue coating and biting bitterness. Nice, easy finish considering the high abv. Overall, quite saitisfying, easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden-copper color with a nice one finger just off white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a bread, tropical fruits of mango and papaya and some citrus hop aromas of tangerine and grapefruit. Mixed with these smells are notes of caramel sweetness and a hint of a pine hop aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice bready taste and a moderately strong dose of tangerine, mango and some peach. These flavors are a base for which hop flavors come and go upon. In the start there is a sweeter citrus hop flavor of a more tangerine, orange and grapefruit nature. As the taste advances to the middle this citrus hop flavor grows stronger and hits it apex. When this occurs, a pine and light floral hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors grow stronger at the expense of the citrus hop, but they never quite overpower it. In the end, as a very light alcohol flavor creeps onto the tongue, a smoother and moderately hopped flavor (with the hop being a nice blend of citrus, pine and floral) is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to just above average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that was very average. Not bad for the style and in keeping with its drinkability. The thicker body was nice for the hop flavors and smoothness while the slightly higher carbonation suited the sweeter fruit flavors nicely as well as made this 9% brew quite easy to drink.

Overall-A pretty smooth and easy drinking double IPA. None of the flavors are too potent and all of them meld together quite well.

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3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Ranch DIPA

The standard ranch beer from victory, other variations exist as well.

Pours a perfectly crystal clear gold. Aroma of piney, resinous hops. In the taste, mild grapefruit and pine notes. Muted tropical fruit with faint pineapple juice. Some sweet pale malts and a pronounced bitterness. No hint of alcohol. Medium body and moderately carbonated. Overall this is a top notch IpA , a blend of independently grown hops that really make the ranch series. Solid just like all victory products.

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Photo of beerstacher
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this Imperial IPA on a spontaneous Friday night and greatly enjoy it. High alcohol content did not overwhelm the hoppiness and the aroma was very clean. Clarity was not as good as I thought it could be but smooth none the less. Overall a great beer but definitely a heavy hitter. Will enjoy again if given the chance.

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