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! chowman (13) - 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! drpimento (3629) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Wow, what a beer! Appearance is a large, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that lasts a long time, lots of lace, and a clear light yellow color. Aromas are fresh hops, fresh baked bread, malt, a little fruit. Flavor’s are similar to nose, perfect balance between bitter, sweet, and tang. Excellent body. Slight medicinal aftertaste from hop. Super easy drinking beer. _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. MattShizzle (613) - 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.
WanderinCelt87 (197) - 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. ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, 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).
malrubius (2895) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2014
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: I’ve 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 wouldn’t consider Victory Hop Ranch a clone of that beer, it’s 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. What’s 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 brewery’s 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, that’s 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. It’s refreshing while in the mouth, which is something most IPAs, single or imperial, can’t do. Some spicy dryness in the aftertaste, but it’s quite pleasant. This is dangerously drinkable considering how fun it is to drink and how light it feels.
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. It’s a personal preference for me. Pretty near perfect DIPA. Fuck yeah. Wife is gonna love this too. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Twisted Jimmy’s. 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. HellesBunny666 (243) - 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.