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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1509) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a full white head which laces the glass. Aroma is sweet grapefruit. Taste is sweet pale malt, grapefruit juice, a little pineapple juice and medium hop bitterness. ABV tries to emerge after the swallow. Really good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lightbias (230) - USA - FEB 8, 2015
Using my vintage bottle opened, I snap open the cap on this and the hops in the aroma are right in your face, no stopping the experience once it’s released from the bottle! The visual is hazy, a dark lemon color covered in a compact, soft, white head. Floaters in the brew spin ’round the tulip as I try to recreate the disappearing cap on the surface. The foam releases quickly and although it does leave some lacing on the glass, seems to be oilier than the normal IIPA and slips over the surface faster and cleaner as it warms. The flavor on the quaff is exquisitely bright and floral, teeming with succulent citrus, almost dripping with juices, and backed by a lightweight resin. The bitterness is not something you even notice with a nice balance to keep it enjoyable, but the afterward is a little more telling on that resin than the forward. The medium body and oily texture seem to coat my tongue rather than just treat it to a circus of flavors and it’s near flat faster than I would like. The carbonation slips away with the chill in the beer, as though this IIPA is nothing like me and hates warm weather. This would be a great brew for garden work so fruity and refreshing; but drink it fast! The finish is longer and more bitter than I enjoy, sticking to my mouth almost more than affecting my taste buds. Excellent beer, a nice #double IPA, and happy as hell to have had the chance to enjoy it! I’d do it again... :-)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7260) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
12oz bottle pours with a nearly clear copper body that supports a thin off white head. The aroma offers up a mix of pineapple, grapefruit and cantaloupe as well as spicy onion and floral hops and then more pineapple. The taste is both bitter with citrus and pineapple as well as juicy. Yes. Toward midway some resiny notes mix with spicy onion like hoppy goodness as well as some flavor hops. This has a pleasing blend of hops. Nice approachable IIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (982) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Hazy gold-yellow with 3/4-inch of white cream head, moderate coarseness and rate of decay. Aroma of guava hits me right away, some lemon, with fresh tart wet grass underneath, light passionfruit, touch of orange. Body is light, lightly oily/gritty, moderate carbonation, moderate-light burn, smooth blanket. Flavor is sweet pineapple-mangy juice with tart orange, bitter grass with a touch of neutral herb (not woody or earthy, just green). Bitterness is medium-to-medium-light and fades in about 5 seconds (perfect!). Overall: this is a great IIPA - it’s not over-the-top, specifically, the malt remains in a very light balance with the hop flavor and bitterness is restrained and pleasant. It could pass as a full-flavored IPA. I’m going to be watching out for this ’Azacca’ varietal. It is really quite amazing how quickly beer is evolving.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (814) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle into glass. Orange color with white head. Aroma is super floral and fruity. Taste is light, fruity, flowery, lots of different hop characteristics going on. Tasty beer for sure, super fruity, juicy, make a good beer-mosa.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (936) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Slightly cloudy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is full of apricot, peach, mango and some grassiness. The flavor is smooth, and has a lot of the tropical fruit notes, There is some sweet malt and not a lot of bitterness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Draft. Very delicious. Lighter and brighter than Dirt Wolf (which I also love), this is more floral with accented, zest-like citrus, especially up front. This is a IIPA you can actually enjoy with food (an not necessarily food as bold as is listed in the description), whereas DW, with its heavier, more resiny body suits me better on its own.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (922) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Poured a bright orange color with a small white head. Big juicy fruit hop aroma, good bit of citrus mixed with an earthy grassiness. Flavors were slightly sweet with good bits of resin and spruce. Light bittersweet finish lingered. Average carbonation with a slick, oily mouthfeel. I’m becoming a huge fan of almost anything Victory does.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1954) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
4 pack at a reasonable price. Clear gold, ample white head. Smell is tropical and citrus fruit with a crisp malt backing. Taste is juicy hops of tropical and citrus of orange, mango, peach with a decently light body given the 9%. LIngering medium bitter finish with some sweetness that lasts on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Abner (86) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow; easy to end up with lots of yeast flakes in suspension if you’re not careful. Primarily a floral and citrus aroma; smells sweet, though not at all malty. Definitely a sweet DIPA. Tastes of indistinct citrus fruit with a heavy sweetness battling it out with significant bitterness. The sweetness sticks around in the finish, but the beer’s bitterness wins in the end. Medium+ bodied and a touch sticky; average carbonation.


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