hotstuff (4224) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 01-18-2013 (Draft at 800 Degrees Three Fires-Fort Wayne, IN) This beer presents a small white head that mostly diminishes, transparent body, no visible carbonation observed, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, sweet, pineapple, and spicy. The flavor is citrus, pine, tropical fruit, lights bitter, sweet, and malt. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. For the style, this beer is not overly hoppy tasting. It is very quaffable and worth trying.
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a pale straw color with a small sudsy white head that retains well. Aroma is floral and grassy hops with a small kick of citrus, pretty clean malt bill with just a touch of bread and a hint of booze. Flavor is dominated by floral hops up front, some grassy notes with a hint of citrus, clean malt adds just a bit of sweetness, while allowing the floral hop to showcase. Dry finish with more floral and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is a medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy-yet-prickly carbonation that leads to a dry and crisp finish.
Darkmagus82 (1782) - - OCT 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-3-14-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave tons of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and sweet with tons of fruits. The bulk of the fruit smell comes from tropical fruit aromas, consisting of a blend of pineapple, mango, tangerine, and papaya. Other fruit smells are there as well with a little bit of apple and apricot. Along with the fruity smells there also exist some nice hop aromas. The strongest of these smells is that of grapefruit, but other lighter aromas of pine and an herbal smell are there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a grainy and bready taste mixed with tons of grapefruit hop right from the start. Along with these tastes are some sweeter flavor of orange and a bit of mango. The sweeter flavors as well as the bready flavor, lose strength as the taste advances toward the middle, all while the grapefruit hop gets even stronger and is joined by a hint of a grassy hop taste. While it fades temporarily, the fruit flavors come back to the tongue toward the end with lots of tangerine and tropical fruits of mango, papaya, and pineapple coming to the tongue. These flavors meld quite nicely with the grapefruit and bit of a grassy hop flavor to leave a smooth, fruity and hoppy flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are fantastic for really accentuating all the great fruity and hoppy flavors of the brew and help slow you down a bit in drinking it down too quickly, which is quite easy as even at 9% abv, almost no alcohol flavor is present. Overall the feel is great.
Overall – A very easy drinking and very fruity and flavorful IPA. After introducing their Dirtwolf (which is fantastic), Victory is really nailing the strong IPA’s and hit it again with Hop Ranch as it is truly an enjoyable brew to drink.
Homer321 (2031) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Nose is lightly floral with some citrus. Pretty weak for a DIPA. Pour is slightly hazy orange. Laces well on the glass. Taste is pretty malt forward. If this is a winter seasonal that explains it. But the hops are flat in this one.
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light golden body. Frothy white head. Aroma of citrus, toasted grain, pine, flowers and orange. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish. Lots of hop flavor without being overly resinous. Taste of lemon zest, light pine, fruity esters, biscuit.
guzzler67 (1520) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy, yellow/gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Sweet, flowery aroma upfront turns to soft, tropical fruit. Flavor mimics the fruity characteristics of the aroma. Bitterness is modest with a solid malt backbone. Medium-to-full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leading to a muddled, lingering finish.
TXBadger (1477) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine and floral hops on the nose; follows onto the palate. Lots of flowers on this, not really for me.
davidtjm (511) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg. Gold pour, thin head, aroma is pine, malt, tartness. Taste is citric, resin, smooth malt body. Nice
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely light colored body, golden yellow and glassy clear, this has a very fine, bright white head. The beer looks delicate. It has a sexy, candy-like fruity hop aroma with a touch of acidic citrus. It smells thin in maltiness, but rich with an alcohol-laden hop punch. It’s very unique in the mouth. At first you think it’s the alcohol, but then maybe bitterness... and then you may be convinced that it’s simply an intense bouquet of hop flavor that’s by all means not shy. The hop flavor is filled with herbal, resinous, floral notes that really, really control the experience of the beer. It maintains its thin character throughout the drink, keeping a simple, but effective posture: deliver that delicate, but potent and floral hop bouquet void of any malty obstruction. It does it well. Classy, clean, and sexy.
obxdude10 (2052) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent double IPA! The only problem I have with this beer is the sweetness. The hops get slightly overshadowed by the fruitiness and sweetness of the hops and malt. This is still a very delicious beer, though. The Hop Ranch poured a dark golden color with a very minimal head. The head left a small amount of lacing around the inside of the glass, as well. The nose was pretty well-balanced with notes of spicy and fruity hops, along with sweet malt and alcohol. The flavors were quite strong and the body was fairly thick for a double IPA. Again, the sweetness of the malt and fruitiness of the chosen hops out-weighed the sting of the hops. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of hops in this beer, but they are just too much in the background of the palate for my taste. This is certainly a sipping beer; not one to enjoy several glasses of over a single evening.