Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$2.79 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfeect Pint.
Appearance: Slightly hazy lemon sort of color with a good amount of carbonation in the glass. Pillowy three finger head that sticks around the whole time. Great start.
Smell: Bursting with hops, as Iíd expect. A wallop of typical pine aromas, but also a lot of lemon as well as a tropical fruit juice sort of vibe. Smells very nice, but I like my IPAs to feature a bigger fruit sort of punch.
Taste/feel: Rolls across your tongue with a surprising amount of sweetness -- well, maybe it shouldnít be a surprise, considering this is an Imperial IPA. Really a pure sugar cane sort of sweetness with none of that sickly aftertaste you get in some cheaper brews. Beyond that sweetness is a super pleasant hop character that gives a lemon and pine sort of flavor. Thinking Lemon Pledge? Donít. This is just a very enjoyable brew. The finish is clean and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. The bitterness in Hop Ranch is quite lower than I was anticipating, as itís quite sweet throughout. Aftertaste is almost entirely of sweet tasting hops with only a hint of caramel/bready sorts of malt. No trace of the alcohol.
This is a very tasty beer, but I actually find that itís too sweet. Not a syrupy sweet, since this beerís mouthfeel is about medium, but just a long string of sweetness without much bitterness, which comes as somewhat of a shock to me. Even the most righteous IIPAs have a nice amount of bitterness, but not this one. Itís really just sweetness from start to finish. Thatís not necessarily a bad thing. Truth be told, Iím amazed theyíve pulled it off. Itís a light colored beer with a huge amount of sweetness with a gigantic hop presence... impressive.
Hop Ranch could well be the go-to IIPA of choice for those who love hop flavor but donít like bitterness. To me, this beerís a touch too sweet. The flavor of this brew is so nice though, that Iíd very gladly have it again. At the same time, I wouldnít quite call this a World Class sort of Imperial IPA.
kidmartinek (4331) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh wow! So important, yeah. This hazy golde ale smells like a hop bouquet with its white head. The flavor is extra sweet floral sweetness. Ramble on about double entendres. Not really, but I did use " sweetness" twice, which is what this beer is to your tastebuds... there! Iíve distracted you. Hahhahahaahaha.
Terminus (3487) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at r ustico alexandria va
pours lite orange hue with lots of particulates I wonder is that hop particulates or something. Nose is big green onion but seems like a spicy german big hop. So yea green onion and spicy noble hops. Flavors are sour of strange astringent spicy hops big malt sugary sweetness but pale not like in a barley wine way. Bitterness is there but not all that much. Has some lite lingering green hop notes almost leaffy in character. Bitterness is up front in the flavor not on the finish. Reminds me of hop wallop when that came out years ago. Crazy beer flashback! Good but not amazing!
EvanFriend (463) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy notes of grapefruit, tropical fruits, and a little pine. Grapefruit dominates. This reminds me of the Hop Wallop that Victory used to have. I liked that and I like this.
rob6239 (678) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good colour and head on pour. Outstanding fresh hop aroma - floral, citrus. Taste good bitter, great to drink.
Braudog (6178) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super-light color, bright yellow-orange, with a thin but white, rocky foam. The aroma is starkly citric, like a blooming lemon tree. This carries to the flavor ... the citrus sucks the moisture out of your mouth, tartly lemon, acid and tang. Very light overall, bordering on an imperial lemonade, a bit different but also quite drinkable. (#5468, 3/18/2014)
HellesBunny666 (243) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell reminds me of mangoes, pineapple, citrus, star fruit. Sharp dry, slightly bitter at first sip, peppery, but bright and refreshing.
Emeister84 (1891) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense tropical aromas, very predominant pineapple, somewhat floral. Effervescent gold with a fully lasting white head. Dry, bitter, definite notes of pineapple, a little bready, some alcoholic aftertones along with sticky malts. Medium bodied, sticky, loaded with hoppy bitterness in the finish. A sharp hoppy DIPA with a nice strong malt backbone.
mltort (9) - - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A delightful IPA. Perfect hop amounts. Perfect hop varieties for a west coast citrus flavor. Give me more.
Bulk_Carrier (3352) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rcvd in trade.
The appearance has a hazy golden yellow colored body with a half finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds leaving a nice glossing of lacing clinging to the glass.
The smell has some sharp juicy citrus with a decent bitterness coming through somewhat spicy (comes through slightly peppery to me - I like it).
The taste is bitter and spicy and gets somewhat sweet as it warms. There is a spicy and somewhat citrusy sweet aftertaste with a quick dry bitter finish.
On the palate, she sits about a medium on the mouth and tongue; proclaims a decent sessionable aspect to it despite it being at 9% (9% really, wow, ABV is extremely well hidden, wowee). It does seem more of a harsher than smoother feel on the mouth and tongue than other DIPAís Iíve had.
Overall, I had the Dirt Wolf last Autumn, this one is a completely different DIPA than that and I like it for what it is. If I lived back East I would be picking up a case of this.