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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1534
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008)
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) Enjoy by Nov. 5 2010
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a brown glow and a thick creamy head and a matrix of tiny bubbles.
S- The earthy hops with a slight citrus notes comes through even during the pour. There is a big earthy hops with a soft woody mint quality and a cinnamon with out heat quality.
T- This beer has a big earthy hop flavor that turns pungent in the finish and a faint wood and mint quality to the hops. The finish takes on a dandelion pungent bitterness that lingers for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that enhances the hops in the finish.
D- This beer has the taste of a fresh hop pellet that is full and earthy. The hops are good and has some nice unique depth although malt is hidden under the hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 15:26:01 | More by rhoadsrage
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A- Fluffier tan, 2 finger head floats upon a brown body with a slight reddish hue in the light. Pretty decent lacing

S- Sweet floral and earthy hops, with an almost piney smell. Roasted malts and caramel is also aparrent.

T- Delicious malts and caramel create a perfect base blended with a sweet floral, earthy, and almost piney hoppy finish. Some more spicy hops and citrus comes out as it warms as well as maby some tangerine or orange?

M- Solid bodied with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tounge as it goes down. Leaves a decent bitter, slightly dry finish but not off putting.

Overall this is a great strong ale. So much I would even pass it as an I.P.A if I was the brewer. The hops are very apparent and strong in this brew and overall are pretty much dominant. The delicious caramel malts blend perfectly with the amount of hops. Really good brew and definitely worth a try.

SKÅL!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 04:45:41 | More by Arenbeer
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown that's ruby red when held up to the light. Very thin beige head that doesn't disappear.
S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus on the finish.
T: Starts out with citrus flavors and a ton of hops, and finishes very smoothly with some sweetness and roast.
M: A bit sticky, but smoothly well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: This is sort of like a darkened double IPA imo. It really is interesting how the hops and citrus blend in with the darker malts. Also, very little alcohol is detected, yet it is 8.7%. Whew!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 18:08:12 | More by stimulus
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Star80

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown hazy color with tan head which quickly dissappated. Not very effervescent upon pour. Not much lacing, which seems odd. Smells like deep resinous pine, strange that this beer smells slightly reminiscent of their Imperial Stout Storm King, same hops I am thinking give it that familiar spiceyness and citric quality. Wow, the taste is actually very smooth for such a big beer, I can see these going down toooo easy. Big leafy hop grapefruit bite followed by some sweet malt, but not too sweet and pine finish. This beer is a bit hard to place, definitely a few shades darker than my other favorite hoppy beer Alpha King, more toastyness from the darker malts, perhaps some toffee. There is a lot going on here besides big hops...mouthfeel is quite smooth and this beer is extremely drinkable, little alcohol coming through in the taste. Overall this beer is quite nicely balanced, makes me wish more beers came off this way. If your a fan of Victory brews, specifically Storm King, think of this as perhaps a Storm King light, if that is not totally beyond absurd?

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:21:14 | More by Star80
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dnarx

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark tea color with a light tan head

S= brown sugar and caramel

T = hops upfront and in the finish for me, medium body, not as sweet as I anticipated from the bouquet, which was enjoyable.

very enjoyable as I am not so into the sweet browns. I could have this beer again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 00:20:04 | More by dnarx
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aubuc1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head.

Big citrusy and piney smell eminating out.

Taste is exactly what it should be. Malty with a bitter dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability despite the high abv. A little stronger than most in the style, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:19:06 | More by aubuc1
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mightyheadbrew

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Victory Brewing Co. I love reading the verbiage on beer bottles and this one is no different. It would have been nice, however, if Victory had listed the different varieties of hops used in this beer, since it is the aroma and flavor of hops that stands in the forefront of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 19:19:17 | More by mightyheadbrew
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although Victory's Yakima Glory offers 8.7% alcohol by volume (which puts it out of style according to current guidelines), I'd still have to call it an American India Black Ale.

The body is a clear, fairly dark ruby-accented mahogany brown at about 35 SRM, and the frothy-then-creamy head is a khaki color. The head retention and lacing are both very good, and it maintains a surface covering throughout the glass while leaving thin veils of lace behind.

The aroma, not unlike the flavor, delivers a combination of chocolatey and caramelsih malt, and floral and citrusy hops. The flavor, however, add a component of piney hops to the mix, as well as a light touch of roastiness. It's initially malty with a touch of fruitiness, and then the hops rise just before the middle. As seems to be the Victory way, rather than just hit you over the head with a juicy blast of citrus, they've combined hops to deliver a more complex and balanced hop character. That keeps it drinkable throughout the serving, and allows the malt character an equal share of your attention. Unlike many beers in this vein that start out two-sided and finish one-side as the hops take over your palate, Yakima Glory is rounded and balanced enough that it maintains both sides. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry with a swirling note of fruitiness that evaporates to leave roasty bitterness, a smear of bittersweet chocolate, and some leafy and grassy hops behind.

Overall what I found in Yakima Glory was immense drinkability. There's a lot of character there but it's not overdone, and what is there is really quite polished - it's superbly balanced! The alcohol might be the only thing that would keep me from having another, but to be honest, I didn't really find it anywhere. Sure, you know it's there, and you can feel it towards the end of the glass, but it never really shows. Nicely done!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 14:58:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a much darker than expected amber color. The head was pretty big here and needed some time to settle down. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, plenty of citrus and pine on the nose. The taste gives off some deep caramel sweetness upfront and a great floral citrus bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer had some decent body to it and a good carbonation. Overall this beer was really good I thought and would be willing to drink this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:50:00 | More by Knapp85
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge, smallish tan head without a ton of retention. Lacing is solid. Tempting aroma of heavily citric hops, sweet malt, and bitter roasted notes.

Really a delicious beer, I’d have to put it clearly in the black IPA category. Very strong and vivid tropical fruit hoppiness, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, roasted flavors, char, medium bitterness, faintly boozy undercurrent. Also aspects of pine, flowers, bittersweet chocolate. Modest sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation with a lingering bitter and slightly boozy finish. Drinks like a DIPA in terms of power. The malty sweetness of that style is mostly supplanted in this beer by the burnt and roasted quality, one I really enjoyed. This is a top notch, big and tasty hop forward brew by Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 04:44:12 | More by tobelerone
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dcook11

California

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/blood red body. No visible carbonation. Two finger off white head with good lacing.

S- Pine, Citrus, Juniper, Dark berries, some roasted malt.

T- Excellent taste! Piney hops initially, followed by dark roasted malt and coffee. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue, but backed up solidly by a strong malt backbone.

M- Medium verging on heavy bodied.

O- Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:15:48 | More by dcook11
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nitro0292

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, not black. Ample tan head sits atop and leaves plenty of chunky lacing until the last sip.

Smell is of resinous piney hops with a strong and definite roasted malt aroma. Malts contribute to the aroma more this year than last (or my nose has gotten better).

Taste is bitter and resin hop oil which blends into a smooth onset of caramel and roasted malts. More balanced this year, as it is not puckering. Remains undeniably hop-forward. No taste of alcohol is evident. Dry finish with a strong, pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy.

This year's recipe seems improved over last year's. This is one of the best BIPAs I've had and another "Victory." Keep it coming!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 18:04:17 | More by nitro0292
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a hint of red hue, with a two-finger tan-white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

Smell: It's very hoppy, but there is also a distinct smell of malts, although the scent of these malts is light. I also smell some fruityness.

Taste: This is damn good. It starts with a very floral hops geared flavor, with citrus and fruity flavors mixed in, and a malty finish, and all-the-while there is a mild bitterness throughout, from start to finish. The bitterness is very nice and not cloying at all. My only qualm is that the backbone also has a bit of a soapy taste to it. Booze taste is minor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body and light carbonation. It's smooth and a little bit creamy as well.

Overall: An awesome and complex beer that I will sample for winters to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:42:44 | More by CowsCanBark
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a medium brown hue. head is rich and almost stout-like. retention is reasonable and the lacing is thick and sticky. also stout-like. wouldnt say it is a 'black' IPA, but certainly a dark brown IPA.

S: a blast of upfront, in your face, american grown hops. there is a very grainy, very toasty aspect in there as well, but this one is all about the hops.

T: the flavors on this thing are so much closer to a big AIPA than an black IPA. the hops are very much at the forefront of the palate and while yes, there is some roasted grain in there, it is not nearly as intense as your average black IPA.

M: moderate carbonation on a brew that is dancing on the line of medium and full bodied.

D: like i said in appearance, i wouldnt classify this as an american black as much as i would call it a very hoppy american brown ale. the hops are so refreshing and drinkable and with the roasted backdrop there is a really nice added dimension that gives this brew some depth. well done victory.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:58:21 | More by Jimmys
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Very hoppy, with some nice fruity, spicy, and floral hops. This mixes well with some dark roasted malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a blast of fruity and floral hops which is then overtaken by the roasty malts. The hops then make a reappearance and mix with the malts, leaving a slightly dry and bitter finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and drying

O: A more than solid ABA. Surprisingly (very) hoppy with just enough roasted malts to make this one a black ale. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style and can find it fresh

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 07:21:32 | More by BEERMILER12
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rust color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of herbal and earthy hops along with some toasted malts.

Tastes of toasted malts with a large hop layer to it. Toffee notes lead off with a bit of caramel as well. Some toasted bread notes come through in the middle and nuttiness. A wave of hops marches in next with earthy and leafy herbal notes. Touches of orange zest add light touches as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and find it falls in line with some of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 22:53:14 | More by ocelot2500
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don't know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!

More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.

Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:11:03 | More by rangerred
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djeffbee

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at VBC, wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it...

A- So the waitresss brings this dark beer to my table, a dark IPA? Twilight is a deep deep amber to dark brown color a tan head.

S- A nice dose of citrus and some earthyness, with a balance of caramel malts.

T- This is great. Bready, hoppy, sweet. A medley of flavor.

M- Medium bodied and has good carb and spicy. No alcohol burn, no off flavors. This is good.

D- 8.9%? Really. Wow, you don't taste it, but you do feel it. I have to stick to one here unless I have someone to drive.

Excellent. Recently had the bottle as well, was a bit nervous that it wouldn't be smooth, boy was I wrong! Nice work VBC!

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2009 15:32:28 | More by djeffbee
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Tromba

Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker than expected - a rich, dark reddish brown. Off white head is minimal (but enough) and leaves no lacing.

S: Not as apparent as expected from the style, but definite floral hop notes.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front! The sweetness is quickly replaced by floral and very cirusy hop notes, bringing about a great bitter, dry finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feel is rich and velvety.

D: As far as DIPAs go, thi one is very drinkable - the bitterness and alcohol are not at all overwhelming. Way to go Victory :)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:27:00 | More by Tromba
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had no idea what style this was before opening so I was pleasantly surprised with the copper/brown color and the full 1" head. Strong caramel malt smell but tons of west coast hops too. Full malty taste but a strong bitter finish. Piney hops are stong and the evergreen taste holds on through the finish. Full bodied and heavy. Totally not what I was expecting from this one but a pleasant surprise in every way. Nice job Victory.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 01:36:07 | More by beermanbrian
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Emarble17

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2009 20:39:41 | More by Emarble17
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Durge

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass this DIPA looks dark and brown with orange edges and a full oatmeal colored head that settles to a solid cover with excellent lacing. This brew smells a bit sour with malty peat and cider/orange bite. Very alluring. The first mouthful says piny/grapefruit hops and jumps all over the tip of your tongue with tangy bitterness. There's a slight charcoal dryness which is bathed in this creamy malted hop milk shake goody. It's very smooth yet keeps a steady tingling carbonation throughout. I pick up a near licorice quaity that adds some complexity. This is on the edge of being full bodied but is undoubtedly one Hell of a good beer. Hop heads should be very pleased but there is much more here, particularly the malt sweetness. Very drinkable for such a full flavored beer. Another VICTORY!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 00:26:41 | More by Durge
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malty

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Dec. 10 '10

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby tinged copper color with a blossoming steady 2" thick & foamy light tan head. Minimal visible uprising carbonation. Thick globs and sheets of lace for days and days.

Sweet & fruity concoction stimulates my nostrils, making breathe in deeper. Pacific Northwest hops dominate the stage with a thick and supportive foundation of bready pale malts. Very balanced and yet very solid smells here.

Layer upon layer of dry, prickly-earthy hops, followed by a malty backdrop of finely-tuned sweet and fresh barley. Hops become very, very dry after a few big sips - almost to the point where it feels like the tip of my tongue has become slightly numb. It could be the astringent zip of alcohol though. If so, the big, dry blasts of hops sure mask it very well. It reminds me of a much dryer version of Great Lakes Nosferatu.

Mouthfeel is med-full bodied with a perfect amount of fine carbonation. A bit oily in texture with a dry and cutting hoppy finish. Though the hop flavors mix well with the lingering hearty malts in the finish.

Drinkability is great. Too bad i didn't stumble across this in late fall, as I would have gladly secured a case to savor throughout the winter months.

Overall a fantastic and ballsy strong ale from the state of Pennsylvania. I really like this beer's dryness. It has the texture of a top-shelf gin: dry and smooth with a little grit at the finish. The perfect balance of hops and sweet malts really counterbalance each other perfectly, without muting any of their pronounced qualities. There is a little heat in the finish from the high alcohol, but the ultra dry hops disguise it masterfully. A beer I will definitely seek out this November. I sure am enjoying mine on this sunny, 60F early Spring afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:07:58 | More by malty
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benclimbs

California

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exciting new beer - an interesting adaptation on black IPAs.
Pours brown/red not black like many dark IPA s currently being brewed.

Smell is delicious...just what the style should smell like, huge cascade grapefruit, and strawberry piney notes from centenial/simcoes maybe? This mixes with a pleasant woody, malty body...smells really delicious.

Taste is very nice as well...sweet, but not overly so, nice, caramelly, roasty tasting malts, with a very strong hop backbone...finishes smooth and warm.

This gets a 5 for drinkability without a doubt. Considering the fact that this is basically a 9% IPA, I'm not sure I've had anything more drinkable...its smooth, totally balanced, warm but not boozy...just really nice to drink! Somehow the strong malt character totally mellows the hops and vice versa - as borat would say...Great success!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:21:48 | More by benclimbs
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark IPA. A ligter dark beer. Kind of looks like a brown ale.

S - Glorious! Yakima hops are the best smelling hop that I have found. Hops jump out. Sweet smelling. A hint of floral.

T - Starts out tasting the hops, then finishes with the malts, and leaves a stout aftertaste. A bitter malt taste at the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, with a bit of head.

D - This beer grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about it, but about half way through the beer I was sold.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 01:40:42 | More by BeerDawgs
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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