Victory Brewing Company Debuts Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

hopranch-featured-imageDOWNINGTOWN, PA – Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is pleased to announce the release of its newest seasonal offering, Hop RanchTM Imperial India Pale Ale. Making its way to store shelves and dining establishments beginning today, Hop Ranch is the third recent new release for the brewery and is available in four-packs and on draft through February 2014.

Pungent and floral in every sip, this brew features full, juicy hop character, while expressing notes of mango, pineapple and the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart citrus fruit. Hop Ranch is available for purchase in many bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores, including most Whole Foods Markets and Wegmans locations along the East Coast, as well as at many craft beer bars throughout Victory’s national distribution footprint. The suggested retail price for a four-pack is approximately $9.99, depending on location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder at www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale traces its roots to Victory’s Ranch series, a unique and comprehensive study of hops in which Brewmasters experimented with different hop varieties to showcase and celebrate a range of flavor profiles and distinctions, and is brewed with Mosaic and Azacca hops.

“Hop Ranch has a history that evolves from our desire to continue to create new and interesting recipes,” says President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “Celebrating the wide variety of flavors and aromas that different hops deliver, this beer is a salute to hop ranchers who make it possible for us to develop an intense and flavorful beer that we, and hopefully our fans, will enjoy this season.”

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Begun by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, childhood friends who met on a school bus in 1973, the brewery formally began operations in February of 1996. Victory, Pennsylvania’s widely acclaimed brewery and restaurant, now serves fans of fully flavored beers in 34 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

5 Responses to Victory Brewing Company Debuts Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

  1. Gary Grove January 1, 2014 at 9:10 AM #

    No I.B.U…………….No A.B.V…….Com oooonnnn Man !!

  2. Mark January 2, 2014 at 10:03 PM #

    After picking up a case of Dirt Wolf and being blown away, I was both surprised and excited to see Victory drop another double IPA! Tropical fruits and flowers combine with a rounded malt character and perfectly balanced bitterness to make Hop Ranch one of the most satisfying and dangerously drinkable IPAs I have ever had. I hope with the new brewery in action Moonglow and St. Victorious make an appearance in bottles in the local markets this year! Keep the new beers coming!

  3. Frank Scafuro January 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM #

    After enjoying a single bottle of Dirt Wolf back in November, I have been unable to find it in bottles anywhere. The one bottle I was lucky enough to buy floored me – amazing aroma whpose taste was equally outstanding. Unfortunately, everywhere I have looked (in Penna and NJ), has told me that expect to receive more Dirt Wolf “soon,” but when I check back a couple weeks later, the shelves atre still bare. After than lone bottle, I have only been able to enjoy Dirt Wolf a couple more times on draft. No complaint there, but what about the bottles, Victory?!

    I am looking forward to try the new Hop Ranch and if it is half is good as Dirt Wolf, that’s some consolation at least. I hope that Victory plans to produce enough of this next brew to keep up with the demand, though.

  4. Joby January 14, 2014 at 10:31 AM #

    Tried the hop ranch, it’s O.K. But Dirt Wolf is THE best tasting I.P.A. I’ve had in a while as far as my taste buds are concerned at the present time ! But I also am having trouble finding it ! Which may be a good thing for I may over indulge.

  5. Tom Stock January 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM #

    I’ve been a loyal Victory fan for years. I mean YEARS!

    I love both the Dirt Wolf and the Hop Ranch. However, I am definitely not a fan of either name. (Yes, I know the story behind them).

    For the national market, I get why “Liberty Bell Ringer” didn’t stick (but nice for Philly beer week), but Hop Ranch doesn’t really resonate any better for the consumer.

    From a marketing standpoint, it would have been better to have them both released at the same time and let the public pick which one was the staple and which one was the seasonal. I would have done a “Cain” versus “Able” DIPA situation to see how the public reacted and then made the decision based on the consumer’s choice. (What’s done is done!)

    Will it stop me from drinking either?…Hell no! But marketing was poor for larger target markets.

    Anyway…Both are strong products that should continue to do well. Victory has a tremendous commitment to quality and will continue to grow exponentially.

    What really needs to be addressed is their need to produce a unique and true RIS. I LOVE STORM KING…But admittedly, its really more of an Imperial Black IPA (Bill’s interview on Youtube).

    I’ve been waiting for a real sincere effort to be made for the “Juggernaught Stout” Victory was born to brew. Please do not disappoint! I will still drink Storm King (and so will everybody else) but you need to compete with Southern Tiers’ Choklat and other Stouts that are growing in popularity for this market. Even Sly Fox’s “Nihilist” is gaining popularity in this PA/philadelphia market. Brew a great pure American double stout! I will be waiting with eager anticipation.

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The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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