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Victory Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 America’s 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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2840) - 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)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1339) - 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 there’s 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 (331) - 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. It’s 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, wouldn’t 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. I’d 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 (466) - 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 (2663) - 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2016
12/V/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: 17/VI/16 (2016-521) Thanks to Brian L. for the trade!

Clear blond to orange beer, creamy irregular off-white head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: very fruity, strawberry bubble gum, red lace candy, passion fruit, some mango, lychee, mandarins. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, bit malty, tropical fruits, pretty bitter, grassy, hoppy. Aftertaste: citrus, bit malty, orange peel, pineapple touch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1229) - Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours mostly clear golden with nice white head. Nose is grainy like a pilsner. Taste is sweet rye bread and sweet hops.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Andrus86 (326) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2016
BOTTLE. Clear straw pour with quick fading foam white head.. Soft hoppy nose, floral notes and some orange.. Subtle fruity hops through out, slight sweet malt in middle, going back to crisp hop finish, a touch thin.. Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
drmet (733) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2016
L: -pours a clear golden with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head -low to medium carbonation visible -hop particle floaties S: -lemon,orange,slight pineapple,bready,biscuity -immensely subdued T: -Follows the nose plus honey,mango -low to medium bitterniss for the style F: -medium carbonation -medium body -alcohol somewhat noticeable O: I assume the Hops faded in this, but i drank it well within Victory’s recommended BBD. The one i drank was utterly disappointing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2764) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Clear light amber pour with a slight white head and white lacing. Nose is melon and citrus. Really big hoppy taste with tropical fruit and citrus. Yum.


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