Victory Brewing Company Introduces Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

The Seasonal Brand Debuts in December
and Departs in February

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, October 30, 2013 – Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is pleased to announce a new seasonal offering, Hop RanchTM Imperial India Pale Ale. The third new release for the brewery this year, Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale will be available in four-packs and on draft from December 2013 to February 2014.


Fully juicy in its citrus character with the pleasantly sharp, biting edges of tart fruit and bitterness, 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 a range of flavor profiles and celebrate the nuances and distinctions in the resulting series’ recipes.

From the Ranch series, Victory developed its recently released DirtWolfTM Double IPA, as well as the wildly popular 2013 Philadelphia Beer Week exclusive, Liberty Bell Ringer. Making use of the favored Mosaic hop and, at the time, the unnamed #483 hop, Liberty Bell Ringer was very well received. This prompted Victory’s brewmasters to revisit and fine-tune that recipe, resulting in the seasonal Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale. Click here to see the evolution of these brands.  Still using Mosaic and hop #483, now named Azacca, as well as German malts, this 9.0% ABV brew’s name salutes the American hop ranchers who cultivate exciting, high quality new varieties while maintaining impeccable standards of tradition.

“We knew we had something special in our Liberty Bell Ringer, but we were restless to experiment further. We chose to work with the recipe a bit, adjusting subtle flavors before we arrived at what we think is the impressive, in-your-face character embodied in Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale,” said President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “We appreciate the hop ranchers who make it possible for us do what we love to do, and in turn, hope our fans appreciate this new seasonal brew.”

About Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded 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 30 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

14 Responses to Victory Brewing Company Introduces Hop Ranch Imperial India Pale Ale

  1. Tim October 30, 2013 at 8:07 PM #

    Your use of a 4 pack offering is disappointing. I have been a loyal customer since 99. You have become just like all the others with this BS. It’s all about the bottom line. Thanks.

    • Deeznuts October 30, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

      Of course it’s about the bottom line. Brewers are just like any other COMPANY, they exist to make $. Just because VBC makes beer doesn’t mean they don’t also have to worry about supporting hundreds of employees, paying rent, and keeping the ship afloat. So many beer enthusiasts seem stricken by the incorrect assumption that brewers should be above such petty things as RUNNING A BUSINESS LIKE IT’S A BUSINESS, it’s ridiculous. A Sixpack of a stronger (more expensive to produce) brew would be more expensive than say,HopDevil, too. What’s the problem with 4 packs? It gives the consumer a chance to try a new brew at a lower price point, which might be prohibitive if priced as a $12-15 sixer, rather than a $9-10 4 pack.

      Go complain to your gas station about how they charge more for Super gasoline than Regular. Or to your supermarket for charging more for filet mignon than Steakumm. Makes sense, right?

      • Steve Beppel November 1, 2013 at 8:33 AM #

        You got a good point there Deez. Been a Victory fan for ages. I remember pint nights back at the brewery when flagship beers were like 2 bux and you got to keep the pint glass. 4 packs make sense for a high octane beer. Can’t wait to try some!

    • Scott Nester November 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM #

      Last time I checked, Victory brewing is a business, and their purpose (aside from creating amazing beer and root beer) is to turn a profit so they can continue to exist and grow.

      Another factor in the decision may have been the fact it is a “high octane” beer, as described by Steve Beppel. As long as a percentage of our population isn’t smart enough to avoid driving drunk, beers such as Hop Ranch may have to be given in small volumes. At many restaurants, beers like this are served in smaller quantities as well.

      For me, it’s a non-issue. I’d much rather pay a little more for a 4-pack of something like Hop Ranch, with actual flavor, created by brewers with a purpose, than a 6-pack of something like Miller Lite that exists solely to fund advertisements.

  2. Bill Covaleski November 1, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

    I gotta say, you folks make our job a joy because we clearly have the greatest customers!
    Look at this exchange. Healthy skepticism. Reasoned debate. You value quality. You appreciate flavor.
    How about we continue to create exciting new flavors and package them in all kinds of configurations for you to enjoy? Okay, we’ll do that. Thank you all very much!

  3. Bob November 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM #

    Bill, my biggest complaint with the release of Hop Ranch is the term “seasonal”. I thought the last Ranch release was the best beer east of the Mississippi and perhaps only behind my beloved Pliny. Can’t wait to try it in December and please consider a full year. My growlers miss their Ranch….

  4. Kalin W December 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

    YES YES! Victory is a staple in my household. We make our monthly trip to Downingtown for our Kegs, so I must ask…… When will this be available for Kegs? 🙂

  5. kayatosh December 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM #

    This Hop Ranch is absolutely delicious. Bold aroma and super tasty. Nice complement to DirtWolf, which is also a runaway winner. High quality coming out of Downingtown. Thank you. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year.

  6. Justin April 14, 2014 at 9:17 PM #

    PLEASE, pretty please? Brew this recipe again? I’m quite sure you are aware of the incredible appreciation from beer lovers for this year’s Hop Ranch! One case was not enough. Especially since I shared a few with friends. You make me proud of living in PA.

    • JM August 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM #

      I second this ^. please bring Hop Ranch back.

      • Victory Brewing Company August 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM #

        Hi! You’ll be happy to find out Hop Ranch is a winter seasonal. Expect to see it on shelves near you starting in December. Cheers!

  7. JB October 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM #

    I am searching for the release date for 2014-2015, will it be December again this year? I think this is my favorite beer EVER. It’s just about perfect. I tide myself over with fresh DirtWolf while I wait for this bad boy. Please give us a heads up when this will be hitting the shelves. I can almost taste it!!!!

    • Madeline Rice October 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM #

      Hi! Hop Ranch will be released in December this year. Hope you can wait until then 🙂 Cheers!

  8. Sal November 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

    Seasonal is the problem. Please release all year round.

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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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