Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008

According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.
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Photo of Lldeegan
4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light. A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.
The aroma is floral and fruity. The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.
Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.
The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it's parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.92/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Victory makes a variety of beers that are hoppy. They never cease to amaze me how unique each one of them is. Yakima Glory is another beer that uses fresh hops, not very surprising for Victory.

ORANGES, oranges, and oranges!... If you can tell me with a straight face that this doesn't smell like oranges than you're lying or you couldn't smell dog shit that's right under your nose. Still distinctly highly hopped.

As with a lot of Victorys, the hops are the main event in the middle, but Yakima features a subtle hint of darkness: molassas caremel, coffee, and a lot of orange within the hops. Still lots of sweet/citrusy orange notes dominate. The yeast's character and esters are incredibly smooth that is unique to Victory (I don't know if it's their proprietary strain but I damn sure haven't this yeast flavor profile from any other company). After you swallow your mouth waters. At least mine does cause this ale is damn delicious.

It finishes off dry slightly in the back of your mouth. Still notes of oranges that are less pungent but still very noticible even to the untrained palate.

This beer is world-class in my opinion and tastes amazing. Worth emptying the shelf at the bottle shop. The orange character in this beer is ridiculous from aroma to finish...incredible

If your pallet appreciates hoppiness, seek this brew out. I beleive it's seasonal .

Photo of ffenski
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass as a burnt amber while still letting some light through. Thick, frothy top. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of piney grapefruit, raisins and roasted malts with a heavy lean toward the hops.

Very flavorful. Abundant hoppy bitterness and taste, yet has a sweet body. Roasted caramel malts, pitted fruits, but centered on fresh, green, moist hops.

Very creamy, smooth feel dominates but then a little carb tingle.

These go down quickly for me. Silky and bursting with hop flavor. Thank you Victory.

Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells juicy as you pour it into your glass and then an huge aromatic smell tells you that this has a lot of resinous hops. You smell some of the dry malt in there too but most hop dominating in the smell. The taste is amazing. Whole flower resinous pine like grapefruit hops hit you right away with an amazing malt sweetness in the middle. The malts also contribute a cherry like character to it that mixes very well with the bitterness. This actually reminds me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale but with more resinous hops. Yakima Valley Washington must be a serene place. It also finishes very dry. On top of that they sell a pretty much 9 percent beer in 6 packs! This is awesome and will really make that 10 dollars I paid for it worth while.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date in Oct 2010, so it's a little aged.

A= pours into glass a dark ruby red, really dark with thick head that lasts a good while, leaving behind solid lacing.

Aroma and Taste= sweet malts with some citrus pine hops in the background.

Body= very thick without being too overpowering.

Another outstanding winner from the great Victory Brewing. They never fail to please. Be careful, because at 8.7% ABV, you do not want to have more than a few

Photo of JamesS
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice dark brown color with some nice head and a tiny bit of lacing. Excellent scent, very hoppy (very much Yakima) with a nice citrus/floral nose. Excellent taste, a very nice pale ale with great hop attributes, but with nice and interesting malt characteristics: thick and deep with a little extra flavor from the dark grains used. Goes down very well with a wonderfully hoppy/bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

Photo of rembrant
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's 3 part ode to deluxe hops features Storm King Stout, Hop Wallop IIPA and this which seemed to defy description but IMO came somewhat near Dogfish 90 min. Listing Here as Strong Ale, Victory is calling it Dark IPA

Like DF 90, this is a big beefy hop bomber that has the substance (Dark malts,body) to carry a lot of hop flavors without making you think of a Pine Mulch Smoothie.

Look....handsome, deep red brown,lets through almost no light,frothy 1 finger head, leaves plenty of lacing. A second pour yeilder more head, still frothy and durable.

Aroma...Here's where Yakima Twilight really gets your attention. Pretty much a full spectrum of whole fresh hop flowers from 4 Yakima varieties...the main point to this show.
Citrus,various forest scents,cannabis resins,some dark roasty malt/coffee,a touch of floral,hayloft and...wow.

Flavor....tastes like what the aroma promised. Some rich malts in mid taste The Hops hit first, evolve and linger on. Pretty much the spectrum of hops tastes,a bit of grapefruit + orange zest at the finish after Juniper-Redwood-Pine lead off.

This bottle is chilled up, yet the aroma+ flavor mix remains potent and charming. There's a little more detail in the malt side as it warms. A great thing though is you can damn near freeze one of these for that muggy 90 degree afternoon, and there's still a LOT of flavor.

Hop Wallop and Storm King don't use the same hops blend but both are also BIG hops. Storm King,the Stout, counters with big complex dark malts...more than this. Hop Wallop stays closer to IPA with lighter,less obvious malts.
Mouth on this is full + hearty The hop oils+ resins linger,the toasted malts add substance. Carbonation is fine and subtle but there in balance.

Drinkability....You sense alcohol without tasting it, but it is in there somewhere.
The special hops showcase stirs the taste buds but "less filling" loses to "tastes great" in this I could do another (easily) because it's yummy,but this wasn't built to be one where you might finish a 6 pack watching a ballgame. It says "more" but also says "no need to hurry"

note...now there is a category for these...Black IPA/Dark Cascadian. I'd like to see it become Dark Bitter Ale,which bypasses the oddity of combining black and pale,as well as the geographic matters of India and the Cascades. While IPA has come to mean a Bitter beer,Bitter does stand on it's own.

Whatever...I like this stuff.

Photo of Stanhagen
4.76/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has worked its way into my top 5 beers. I go to Victory Brewpub quite frequently and can't help but order the same beer (yakima glory). a nice use of hops providing a nice scent and taste. i rarely see it on tap anywhere outside of the brewpub but definitely gobble it up if you find it.

Photo of PNeifert
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

Photo of RuinationMan
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing bottle 4 from a 6-pack (but my first today)

Heard about this on the VBC twitter feed and watched a youtube of the brewmasters describing it.

A: Dark. Maple. clear with a solid head.

S: Strong citrus hops (pineapple & pine) to start followed by ample earthy malts (maple and chocolate) - very nice balance. Surprising considering the color.

T: Complex. Not as citrusy as expected, but definitely bitter. Malts follow with a strong chocolate presence. Haven't tasted much like this before. Akin to Stone Double Bastard, but fresher.

M: Surprisingly thin for the ABV and little stickiness considering the hops.

D: Way too easy to drink. Delicious and easy to have too many.

Overall: Very pleased with this new offering from VBC. Disappointed in price - $11.99 per sixer in NJ. Anxious to try it on tap at the brewpub or otherwise. Looking forward to sharing with fellow geeks over the holidays. Would love to see in 750ml bottles like the Monkey.

Photo of KyleMWood
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Came in a half-pint glass, on tap. Dark copper, red tint, small tan head

S - Strong, fruity hops on the nose, similar to IPAs, think Stone. But, not overpowering, because I still pick up malt sweetness.

T - Crisp, fresh clean taste, well balanced though for a strong beer. You get the hops at the beginning on the nose, and on the backend, but you definitely pick up a great deal of malt in between. The malt taste isn't "sweet," but has a biscuit flavor similar to Fat Tire.

M - dry, but not sweet. Very drinkable for ~9% beer.

Overall: Great beer, I would definitely go and try to find this in the bottle for home consumption. I'll be returning to the pub to try again. Would recommend trying. The bartenders said they loved this beer, and now I understand why. Great beer, try it.

Photo of Mdog
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown, some suspended particles, good head.

Smell: Big grapefruit along with a sweet smell and some roasted aroma.

Taste: Excellent, similar to smell. Pink grapefruit sweetness and bitterness, some caramel and toffee notes, and roasted flavors in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite new beer of the year.

I wasn't sure if this was a fresh hop or DIPA beer but managed to get a sample before buying. Excellent stuff, kind of right on the borderline between DIPA and barleywine, plenty of malt behind the hops. The roasted flavors are a first in my experience too. Highly recommended.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citus, smells like a strong IPA, no indication that it's a dark beer at all.

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. It's drinks like an IPA on the front, citrus, grapefruit, and a dark ale on the back, bitter and roasted malt flavors.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: They should keep this in the line up. superb.... a new fav of mine

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywoodish blood red color with a mostly smeared glow to its body. Capped with a dense, nearly tan, mostly yellowed foam of medium stacked height. Keeps its immenseness for quite a bit to leave an ever present amount of skim and laces the glass well with an intricate sheeting and lots of holey globs.

Mega wafting hopped up aroma of fresh crisp green hops, earthy, deep, dense, dark, and weedy(both the garden variety and its brother left hemp) with a big toasted malt backing. Nice!

The flavors don't disappoint here as that aroma encapsulates what the taste delivers as its vast display of fresh green hops works its dark magic across the palate. However, I find this has alot more complexity to it. The hops are doing all sorts of wonderful things here, dark, greasy, dirty, earthy, toasty, green, fresh, herbal, and intense. All that with a crunchy toasted malt backing and some easy going dryness of late grassyness and some slight bitterings of greasy, oily pine and dark grapefruit oil. A hop monster of yummy complexity!

Body is about medium with a soild tone the whole way thru of hoppy goodness thats crisp, crunched, toasted, and bold. Hop oiled warmth breathes up thru the finish as it drys with herbal grasses and earthy dark oils dashed with a grace of toasted bitterness. It drinks down pretty damn easy too.

Victory for Victory! A wonderment of scrumptious hops and a wet dream for hopheads. Yum!

Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight has to be one if not my favorite beers of all time!

Dark Ruby color is gorgeous, perfect blend of Hops isn't overkill but just right. Very smooth beer that leaves an amazing aftertaste that to me screams "Damn this is a good beer"!

Had this on tap at Theresa's in Wayne, PA and hounded the bartenders for a few weeks on where I could snatch this up on Tap for my home bar. Unsuccessful thus far as a sixtel is concerned but found a 6-pack today and didn't mind shelling pout $12 for a 6-pack!

A must for any beer fan!

Photo of billzee
4.57/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Scooter's in Lititz, PA. Deep scarlet in color with a bronze glow and light tan foamy head with significant lacing. Smells is of sweet caramel, roasted malt and big hops and maybe a hint of apple. Taste is a mix of chocolate,caramel and citrusy hops. Full mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Only a bit of warmth is noticeable. This a is a nicely balanced beer. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this is a dark ruby red with a pillow of tan head. This faded farely quick but has left a fine lacing.

Strong pine notes a waft of vanilla caramel in the nose.

Whoa this is complex and my taste buds don't know where to start. Loads of dark caramel character, vanilla, caramel, biscuit and some chocoalte. Then there are the hops, a bit of citrus and just a nice bold piney character that warms my soul.

There is a slight warming from the alcohol but this is really an easy drinking beer. The biscuit comes out even more as I drink on and screams of more complexity. Leaves a lingering pine bitterness.

This is quite the tasty night cap and another treat from Victory!

12/19/2013
I saved a bottle and it has held up wonderfully. The hops have faded a bit. This is still big and bold. Maybe darkened a bit with some slight caramelization and a darker color than originally reviewed. I wish I had another bottle.

Photo of beyah
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass

Apperance - Dark reddish brown in color. Slight head, good lacing.

Smell - Roasted Barley, raisins, citrusy hops.

Taste - Quite hoppy but well balanced. The dark malts really make this a well rounded beer, more 3 dimesional than a typical IPA.

Mouthfeel- Slightly slick, softly carbonated

Overall - A nice blend of Hoppy and roasted grains, slightly sweet, hides the 8.7% ABV quite well.

Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Dark reddish amber color. Nice light tan head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Nice piney hop scent with hints of citrus and malt.

T&M: Fresh, crisp hops are upfront with a nice mildly sweet matly backbone that follows. Moderate piney hops, citrus and a nice taste that I can't identify hits the back of the tongue. It is a sweet/mildly bitter hop/malt mix. Medium bodied, slightly grainy rough feel with a very dry finish.

What a fantastic brew! This is like a smooth IPA and is very tasty. I got this in a beer of the month pack and will definitely be purchasing 6-packs in the future.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with a deep amber with some ruby hightlights. A big head is present but it fades quickly to a thin small layer that is substained.
Medium carbonation.
The aroma is that of hops, floral and spiceiness
A hint of malt can be sensed, too.
The taste is very hoppy. Pine resin, spice can be sensed. Maltiness comes through at the end. Bitterness too. I taste a bit of cloying.
This beer drinks and feels very smooth with a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Oct 24 2013

A: Beautiful deep amber with shades of brown. A light brown, frothy, creamy head that leaves great lacing and retention. Head hangs around for a while. Very inviting.

S: Big aromas of fresh, resiny hops and sweet roasted malt. There's hints of delicious booze, brown sugar, molasses, and other roasted characteristics found in most Stouts and Porters.

T: Great roasted flavors hit the palate first, followed by hops, and finished with more robust, almost smoky qualities. In the middle of each sip the hops are quite juicy. They linger through the finish with the strength of the malt coming through as oak, smoke, char, and even dark chocolate. As the beer warms, the hops come through more, bringing fruity and piney flavors. But the malt always shows itself to remind you what kind of beer this is.

M: Massive amounts of flavor from the roasted malts and plenty of delicious hop oils to balance out the sweetness. Fairly bitter and dry finish but very smooth throughout. Carbonation is nearly spot on. The body is fantastic and fits the beer very well.

O: I think this truly stays to the style of ABA/Black IPA as originally intended. Most beers of this style end up being IPA's that have some roasted malt thrown in. Not this one. The hops complement the malt flavors but not overpower or take center stage, which I really enjoy. This is top quality stuff and met my high expectations as I have been waiting to drink this beer for nearly a year after just missing last years release. With the high ABV, you also feel pretty good at the end of a 12oz. bottle. Well done, Victory!

Photo of yesyouam
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Yakima Glory Ale is a highly sparkling, dark brownish red ale with a thick, creamy, light brown head that has outstanding retention and lacing It has a hoppy, roasty aroma with notes of citrus peel, caramel and coffee. It's medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a very dry finish. It tastes dry and well bittered with citrus peel and pine resin. There's a healthy dose of dark roast. The malt is sturdy and has a toffee-like quality. All of the flavors are in balance and they work well together. Great job, Victory. This beer is right up my alley.

Photo of drtth
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is dark rich reddish brown color. The 1/4” thick creamy, long-lasting, light tan head leaves layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves some nice foamy lacing.

Smell: The aroma seems much the same as when I had this on tap. It is complex and balanced with rich roasted malts and lots of spicy/citric hops. There are hints of grapefruit rind, some spiciness and pine, all mixed in with some dark bread, dark chocolate and traces of dark caramel

Taste: As the nose predicts there is the rich sweet dark chocolate and caramel along with a rich dark bread flavor. From the hops there’s citrus and spice with bits of pine and pepper. But overall it seems to be the hops taking the lead.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is definitely medium bodied and smooth and creamy from the finely bubbled moderate carbonation. The finish moderately long and generally begins while the hops are dominant and then just tapers off into dry hop bitterness.

Drinkability: At this ABV Yakima Glory a one a night beer for me , but it’s a nicely complex beer that I’ve enjoyed sipping. I won’t hesitate to treat myself to this one again. My over all impression is that this is a well made beer that works quite well as a cask offering. For me much of the difference between this one on cask and the bottled or tap versions lies basically in the mouth feel of the beer. Even though I thought the tap version to be smooth and creamy, this one tops it for creamy smoothness.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing as it dissipates about halfway to sit as a thick disc of foam. Smell is a nice mix of fruity and piney hops, and dark chocolate malts. Taste is absolutely delicious; the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and full, with chocolate dark malts moving seamlessly into juicy fruity hops. It finishes sweet and bitter at the same time, and sticky. Awesome.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light brown in color with some nice copper tones and a big head that comes up quick. It showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hop aroma is tight yet opens up nicely. I'd call them fruity but add that they show a lot of depth and aren't sweet if that makes any sense. There is some nice floral notes as well that are huge and actually form the backbone to the hop bouquet.

The malts are just as big as the hops. There's almost a winey port aroma to the malts but really they are filled with toffee galore. It's not the kind of toffee you get in a Heath bar but more like what you'd make on your stove top. I find some smaller notes of chocolate here as well but this has a nice, robust, malt structure that actually is probably the closest thing I've ever tasted to Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - The aromas meld nicely together at the taste. This is half hops and half malts and I mean split exactly down the middle. If I had to pick one I'd say the malt is just a shade stronger. It is so rich and heavy.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with little bitterness and a flat yet pleasing texture that again reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Drinkability - This is a world-class beer that deserves the highest of accolades. It must be incredibly difficult to pull off this flavor combination but Victory did a tremendous job.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.