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Victory Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To our hop ranchers, who coax and cultivate our enticing and flavorful hops, we raise this glass. Selecting the finest varieties in their natural, whole flower form, we craft our Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale, as a celebration of their successes. Pungent, floral and intense, this represents Americaís best, in every relaxing sip.

Composition:
Malt: Pilsner
Hops: Mosaic and Azacca
ABV: 9.0%
Flavor
This powerful brew features full, juicy hop character, while expressing notes of mango, pineapple and the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart citrus fruit.
Food Pairings Hot wings, curry, bold cheeses
Availability
Winter seasonal available in 12oz. bottles and on draft.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1071) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUL 8, 2016
Clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma is not very intense on the hops, you mostly get a clean malt profile. Taste is more hoppy but overall itís still a very clean beer with some earthy bitterness and a lager like malt profile. Body is on the lighter side and feels quite dry but the high ABV is hidden quite well. Overall itís really drinkable DIPA buy it lacks some aromatic hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dervock (889) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle- pours yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruit, pine, malt and some herb. Taste is hop bitterness upfront with a dry lingering finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1907) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2016
12 oz. Feed me mosaic hopped DIPAs all day and Iíll be a happy man forever!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dambor (360) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2016
Pours light yellow with small head. Aroma herbs, pine,a touch of citrus. Taste is herbs with pine, not very heavy on the malt side for a dipa. ABV well hidden. Drinkable and nice, but I was expecting more flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1735) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2016
Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, citrus, pine, and hops. Taste is medium sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2857) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2016
Unassuming in appearance. Hazy, pastel yellow gold body with fine conditioning lifting up a creamy, dense snow-white foam that holds. Heavy resin, pine needles, nettles, camphor and eucalypt come through strongly on the nose with a little waft of rose water and floral perfume. On the palate the first thought is of lemon cough drops and pear drop candy with a hint of fresh toasted popcorn. Pilsner malt shines through as a lightly toasty and sunny, powdery grain flavour amongst the fruit esters and hops. Nettles and pine resin lift up the moderately bitter finish but what is missing is much of that ABV. Scarily drinkable. Oily and viscous in the swallow. Lengthy lemon drop and perfumed aftertaste. Camphor and eucalypt build as does some gammy fruit like cantaloupe and mango. I could happily quaff this all day. Balanced and reserved for its strength. A unique IIPA. Lovely! (12fl.Oz, Enjoy by 16/06/16 [fresh in store, WTF?], The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1349) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2016
From a 355ml bottle on 24/6/2016. Pours a clear lightish golden with a medium head. The nose is bready, fruity and touch herbal. Take a sip and thereís a good dose caramel and biscuity malt, heaps of sweet fruit (orange, peach, pear), and honey, followed by some big lingering, resiny hops. The texture is quite syrupy and the carbonation modest. A very nice DIPA. I think I prefer the Dirt Wolf, but only just.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (360) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 19, 2016
12 oz bottle with freshness date.

Pours a golden color. Somewhat hazy. Light to medium carbonation. Solid one finger, thick, off-white head. Light retention, good lacing.

Aroma is tropical fruits. Mango, kiwi, who knows what else is in there. I smell aromatic hops, but not bitter hops. I smell caramel and some pepper.

Taste is pretty fruity. Itís not too bitter. Sweet to start but bitterness creeps in right at the end with a sticky bitterness that holds its own and lingers on. Still, wouldnít consider this to be overall bitter. I taste those tropical fruits and honeydew melon. I taste some citrus, not a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes slightly bitter. The best thing is, at 9.0% ABV, there is no taste of alcohol on this thing.

Overall, a great DIPA. The alcohol creeps in quick. Oh yeah. Iíd recommend this. If you find it, try it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TattooJack (479) - Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Poured from the bottle of two four packs over the last week, Citrus, dry, hoppy, very strong, and very enjoyable, will continue to buy as long as I see.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2716) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2016
Pours light amber with a small head. Nose shows heavy pine, resinous hops, sweet-smelling clean malt. Flavours include lots more pine and resinous hops. Little else other than the aforementioned heavy, sweet clean malt.


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