It is great to see some of the larger craft breweries stepping up and making some truly excellent beers. Victory released two double IPAs in a short amount of time; DirtWolf and now Hop Ranch. Both are in 12 ounce bottles but that is really where the similarities end. It is probably not fair to compare the two but I will anyway.
Hop Ranch is considerably lighter than Dirt Wolf. HR also has a significantly different hop profile, this one is more towards the citrus and tropical fruits than the piney, dank hops used in DirtWolf. Taste moves even further away from DirtWolf with an earthy spiciness to start and a nice tropical finish. DirtWolf smells and tastes dank and piney. I think Hop Ranch does a slightly better job of hiding the alcohol content but both are easy drinking.
Overall Hop Ranch and DirtWolf are both excellent DIPAs and I hope Victory continues on this path of making truly excellent beers.
Pros: Great hop profile
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Victory
Brewers 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.