Brewed By: Victory Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Purchased: Bier Cellar, Portland Maine
Hop ranch pours a pale straw color that shines gold in the light; pour produced a short white head that settled to a thin layer across the surface.
Touch of malt sweetness in the aroma but otherwise overpowered by hops. First sniff finds a touch of grassy, vegetal hop followed by plenty of tropical fruit; pineapple and mango stand out to me. There is just a hint of the alcohol lingering in there as well.
Light crockery malt body, slightly sweet up front that’s followed by a wave of hop flavor. Pineapple, mango, orange and touch of herbal grassy hops in the background and a hint of alcohol spice right on the tail end of the sip and an easy bitterness that lends a nice balance at the finish.
This is a hop heads beer, in your face hoppy, tropical fruit flavor, what I can only describe as drinking a fruit salad. I picked up a single bottle of this beer at the Bier Cellar in Portland on a recent trip and before I left town I was back in to pick up a four pack. A lovely, flavorful beer that drinks super smooth even though it’s 9%, this one is worth seeking out.