Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance 2.0: Poured out with very little head. Not unusual for a growler pour, but worth noting. OK, right off the bat I'm upset at this beer. This is a "black ale" and the beer is dark, amber brown. Dark brown! Why not drop some more black malt in the brew and make the beer BLACK??? Sorry, I just don't understand this. This is embarrassing.
Smell 3.50: Very good nose to this beer. Deep, malt bouquet with slight hop alkaline notes. After the appearance thing, this is promising.
Taste 4.25: Front is very hoppy, an even alkaline hop. Middle is big, with a huge malt punch. Not necessarily sweet, just a lot of malt flavor all at once. Also, there's a big kick to the sides of the palate from a hop overload: I taste primarily pine and deep bitterness...chinook? Nice. Finish is also heavy on the hops and a surprising (and delicious) chocolate hint with some slight smokiness. See? My black malt suggestion would certainly fit the flavor for which this beer was shooting. Aftertaste is long and features a slight burning in the mouth. Focus here is on hops and malt, too.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot on for this beer's flavor. Good heft in the mouth and almost perfect level of carbonation.
Overall 3.75: Excellent tasting beer, but there are some problems here and there with this beer's overall presentation. However, regardless of some cosmetic issues (*ahem!*), this is a fine brew. Actually, it reminds me very much of Northern Brewer's "Black IPA" homebrew recipe that I brewed once. Big, malty middle and lots of excellent hop blending. Makes me wonder who influenced who. Long story short, I recommend this beer on its taste alone.
Serving type: growler
08-15-2013 04:12:44 | More by BeerDocT
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