Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

768 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 1,635
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 77
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 aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of Tombomb
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on tap.

A: This beer looked awsome at the pour. Dark in color with a slight tan head about 3/4 inch in a tulip glass.

S: Lot going on, I can smell the hops and dark malts right away. The hops have a nice aroma and blend well with the spicy notes of toasted almonds.

T: Lot going on with the first sim, hops up front followed by the sweet malt, the an bitter finish, the bitter is more of a burnt toffee or coffee not citrus. I thought of Starbucks coffee...

M: A little thick and oily. Nice!

D: This is a sipper, would not drink more than one of these at a time.

I enjoyed this beer. first time I've tried a dark IPA, I would certainly try the style again. (678 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (846 characters)

Photo of dcook11
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of brauseboof
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a bottle of this, but I was not disappointed.
Poured into my trusty tumbler and got a dark cherry with a voluminous cream hued head.
What a great nose. Malty and piney, floral and citrusy sweet.
Got hit first with a roasted coffee note, followed by the bitterness, which intensified with time.
Oily and adequately carbonated.
A brew of note, though I think one of these bad boys is just right. (439 characters)

Photo of drowninginhops
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled at the Charleston Beer Exchange on February 6th 2011. Enjoyed on the same day for the Super Bowl. Review from notes.

A: Dark, Mahogany wood dark with little head.

S: Earthy with a lot of pine hops. The pine is of putting for the style in my opinion.

T: Holy smokes, this is where is shines. Body and characteristics of an IPA (citrus hop flavor) but with the addition of the slight piney hops is wonderful. Grains and malts round out the rest of the palate.

M: On the thick side. Good carbonation level.

D: At 8.7% ABV I thought I was going to have to muscle thru half of it and end up giving the rest to one of my friends. But it was gone before halftime. (671 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  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! (1,879 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  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. (603 characters)

Photo of mightyheadbrew
4.3/5  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. (312 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
4.3/5  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! (720 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear reddish brown into the tulip glass, slightly carbonated, thin head with light lacing. With this type of coloring it's obvious there's alot of toasted malts in this one! The aroma coming from the glass is big time malts with hoppy citrus, some carmel, some chocolate going on. The hops hit the front of your tongue right away, followed by a gush of strong carmel and roasted malts, and finishes with a hint of chocolate trailed with intense hops that lingers for quite awhile. The finish of this beer is very dry. The taste of the malt profile is very Germanesque which is so typical of the flavor and malts that Victory is so known for. The initial smell reminds me of an Imperial Red Ale because of the huge amount of malts. This is an interesting IPA that reminds me of Germany meets the West Coast style of extreme hopping. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and I can see this one as a sleeper that will creep up on you very quickly if you're not paying attention, very drinkable and quite tastey.

I still prefer the Hop Wallop and would like this one more if it weren't so malty. Victory has this love for German malts and I taste it in alot of their beers. I absolutely love alot of hops in my beers and if it weren't for the massive amount of bittering going on here, I would have scored it much lower because I'm not a huge fan of big malt flavors. This is a very unique brew that doesn't really match the description of a IPA typical IPA, it's quite weird but works well. (Thus the beauty of the American brewers, I love it.)

The beer wasn't anything like I anticipated and this is one I wanted to get last year to try and discovered it after the it was all sold out for the season. I've been waiting an entire year to try this beer and it was worth the wait, a very distinct Victory beer. One of the maltiest IPA's I've had. (1,856 characters)

Photo of Emarble17
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Cakanator
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darker amber with decent head. I'm a huge fan of Hop devil so I figured I'd love this one.

Nice pine, spice and sitrus on the nose, the palate follows quite well with agressive floral notes and a big hop finish. Goes down very smooth in the end and has great drinkabilty. Worth the 12 dollar 6 pack tag, id say yes. (329 characters)

Photo of dnarx
4.3/5  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. (287 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce glass into my SA pint glass. It pours a deep caramel color with a mamoth, sticky white head. The aroma is sweetened pine potpouri, IMO a good thing. The beer is sweet pine and citrus, it has a ridiculous malty body to go with the huge amount of hops. The 9% abv is well hidden. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. It is very easy to drink this down, a real winner. (405 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  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! (574 characters)

Photo of Star80
4.3/5  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? (1,080 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby translucence and beige head.

Smell is pine-forward with burnt brown sugar for balance. Pine is not overdone or artificial. Earthy and fresh.

Taste offers similar pine notes with more grapefruit citrus, caramel malt balance. Some roast comes through with a bit of smoke and oak where citrus bitterness takes over.

Well bodied with even carbonation and some stickiness.

Solid black IPA (421 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
4.3/5  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. (872 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

New beer from Victory in CT.. had to try it, love all of their other offerings. This one is no different... an absolute delicious beer. A little too hoppy and bitter to have a few in a night but as a sipper and/or a nightcap it's perfect. Nice mouthfeel and great body to it along with quite a flavor punch to your taste buds. I recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it and you love super hoppy beers. (418 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.3/5  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. (992 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, but clean amber in complexion. Very thick, rich head of tan bubbles. Lace is extraordinarily detailed, like a wonderful lingerie, enticing on the glass.

Nose says clean pine hops. But rather than being all hop-bomb, there's a sweet, caramel malt presence, too, taking the edge off the hops. Wonderful.

Taste is strong and rich, with tangy pine hops colliding with thick, sticky malts.

A potent, balanced, and all-around wonderful brew. Exquisite! (455 characters)

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.