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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 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.


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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Patrick430 (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013 does not count
Back on draft at the Victory Brewing. Had the pleasure of having this beer for Philly beer week. Quickly became my favorite an amazing hoppy aroma and taste!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chowman (11) - USA - FEB 4, 2014
I thought Dirt Wolf was great..Hop Ranch tops it. Resiny beginning with a fruity ending, ABV well hidden. Another victory for Victory!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_bobthehuman (5) - - JAN 13, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle. Really pretty light yellow color not really associated with DIPAs. Strange pungent almost cheese like notes, orange/nectarine smells along with pineapple,hay, grassiness and other earthy notes. Super fruity and tangy on the tongue, with everything on the nose making an appearance with just the slightest hint of bitterness on the finish. A beer to stock up and savor over and over. Fantastic.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattShizzle (541) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle. Very pale color - clear. Strong, hoppy aroma. Very hoppy with some malt there too. Do not taste the alcohol at all, which is rare for anything around 9%. Love this one.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (173) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours a lovely hazy gold with thin white head. Smells of grapefruit and tangerine with a hint of pineapple and other tropical aromas. Has a very easy taste of grapefruit. Leaves a clean taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1181) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had an enjoy by date of 5/24/14 and cost $3.65 ($0.30 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright yellow to gold hue. Slightly hazy with extremely fine particulates. Pours to a large, bright white, frothy head which laces and retains with excellence.

Smell: Pungent aroma of passion fruit and other tropical fruits, plus a distinct herbal and spicy quality.

Taste: Iíve discussed the "New England-style IPA" a lot in the last year. Ever since Heady Topper blew up, every brewer has been trying to emulate it. And while I wouldnít consider Victory Hop Ranch a clone of that beer, itís definitely in the ballpark with huge tropical fruit in the nose and at the beginning of the palette, and spicy/herbal flavor on the finish. Whatís different here is this beer is more overtly juicy and much less bitter than others of the style.

I was genuinely surprised by how tame the bitterness was here. Big IPAs like this tend to smack your mouth with their IBUs, but Hop Ranch is actually quite tame with a rather sweet, tropical fruit juice flavor throughout most of the swig. It would almost seem better classified as an imperial pale ale than double IPA. The breweryís description only mentions one malt and two hops in the ingredients list - could this beer really be that simple? There is, not surprisingly, a spicy/herbal flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste. Slight garlic or onion, plus plenty of grass really round out the palette nicely.

Drinkability: What separates Victory Hop Ranch from others of the general niche style (and no, thatís not an oxymoron), is its raw drinkability. Supposedly 9% ABV, yet it drinks like something much lighter. The mouthfeel is soft and calm - not crisp, and far from sticky. Itís refreshing while in the mouth, which is something most IPAs, single or imperial, canít do. Some spicy dryness in the aftertaste, but itís quite pleasant. This is dangerously drinkable considering how fun it is to drink and how light it feels.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1715) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottle from Heinens. Very pale gold with slight chill haze lasting head and nice lace. Aromas of grass citrus rind and pineapple. Very dry pineapple fruity sweetness with medium assertive citrus rind bitterness and very dry finish, accentuated by fine carbonation. Light to medium body is the kicker here. Very well attenuated. Itís a personal preference for me. Pretty near perfect DIPA. Fuck yeah. Wife is gonna love this too.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Twisted Jimmyís. Funky and dank, huge hop aromas. Sweet with honey and pale malt. Very fragrant, with ozone and hop oils, resin. Hazy golden amber with thin white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with tons of hop flavor. Dank, ozone, resin, pine oils, apricot. Delicious. Alcohol is well hidden and very well balanced overall. Not overly sweet for IIPA.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (186) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Smell reminds me of mangoes, pineapple, citrus, star fruit. Sharp dry, slightly bitter at first sip, peppery, but bright and refreshing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EithCubes (4908) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Growler from JCís. Clear, bright yellow-golden with a soapy bright white head. Nose explodes with beautiful muskmelon, cantaloupe, and grape -- thereís tremendous potential in this pairing of newish Mosaic and experimental hop #483, the dwarf hop used in FFís Sandy and Lagunitasí Filmore, neither of which Iíve had. In the mouth itís strongly bitter and semi-dry with a lush, creamy mouthfeel and a prickle of [grapefruit] rindy astringency, soft medium body. Aforementioned fruity notes with tangerine, faint pepper and mild kiwi, pine. Alcohol suppression is masterfully done. Has a decent malt underbelly and a bready finish and aftertaste, though those beautiful hops linger, as well. A little oily and very juicy. Utterly clean and refreshing, dangerously quaffable despite the size. If you can get this fresh, by all means get some; seems like a look into the future of brewing.


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