Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,620 Ratings
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94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 68 | 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:
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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Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.

T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.

D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.

Photo of DCon
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.

Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.

Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff.

Photo of spoons
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. This is followed by a light tan head that stays around nicely.

The smell is filled with bitter hops and caramel and chocolate.

The flavor tastes pretty balanced at first. Then the hoppy bitterness comes through and destroys that balance. Finishes bitter but its not pleasant. A quality brew from a quality company but for me this is lacking.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown and clear. Granted its dark brown, but it almost displays more of a crimson or reddish hue than anything approaching black. Tan head grows up and dies before my eyes. The head leaves a ton of lacing.

S-Deep and rich notes of pine and grapefruit. The hops float upon a wave of rich maltiness. Light powdered cocoa, cream soda and liquified caramel. Hops also display a bitter flower petal/stem aroma. Oniony. Balanced and big. The malt is far less roasty and dark than I expected before the pour. After seeing the color of the beer I wasn't surprised any more.

T-This brew is pretty damn bitter. Bitter dandelion stems and pine needles. A bit of green onion. The hops really deliver power but not very much intricacy. The malt delivers more in the market of burnt toast than pure sweetness. Maybe a steeped tea flavor too. The flavor is brawny but somewhat obtuse. To its credit, it does tend to sweeten up as it warms. It helps to tame the abrasiveness of the beer's initial flavors.

M-Booze really comes through here. It combines with the bitterness to impart an intense dryness. High bitterness, high dryness, lower drinkability. Medium bodied with lightly buzzing bubbles.

O/D-I was expecting a much darker beer here. It was at times a pleasantly surprising experience. During other sips, it wasn't as enjoyable. This is a sipper due to the bitterness and alcohol. I enjoyed it, but I can see two or three of the bottles from my six-pack hanging around in the fridge for a longer period than other beers.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this in Maryland.

The pint came with a thick tan head that showed very good retention. The beer was very dark and allowed light in around the edges. Like a super dark brown sugar color. A nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is bold and of pine & lemon. I was actually a touch shocked how strong the aroma was.

Bang, out of the shoot the hops make their presence known and let you know, they are not leaving. Very strong hop bitterness mingles with some abv heat.

Mouth feel is almost warming from the ABV. There are beers that I am shocked how much ABV there is based on the flavor. This is one where I thought it was higher based on the amount of alcohol that is present.

This certainly cuts down on the drinkability for me.

Photo of chcfan
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large coppery tinged head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy bright russet color. Aroma of mushrooms, sweet and slightly sour at the same time. Starts earthy and sweet but quickly turns citric bitter. Finish and aftertaste are fairly bitter, mixed with a lingering lightly roasty sweetness. Quite a bit of resin. Pretty warming alcohol.

Seems to become more IPA like as it warms.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a bottle at a Christmas party.

A - Drank from a bottle.

S - Herbal hoppy notes, some sort of sweet aroma comes through too, maybe caramel?

T - Lots of hops but beautifully balanced by the malt. The bitterness is just right; not overwhelming drink on drink.

M - Medium+ body and mouthfeel, definitely has a little more weight to it.

D - Hop bitterness does not affect the drinkability however the ABV is a little too high for me in regards to drinkability.

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is reddish brown with orangish amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan to mocha head.

S - It is a combination of caramel malt and some citrus.

T - The taste has some more roasted taste to it. I get some bitter coffee and grapefruit.

M - Full

O - It looks lighter colored than any beer that I have had in this style, but the taste is there. It has more of a mellow hops presence than others, but it was a good beer.

Photo of BWH3
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Marvelous deep translucent brown with 1-2 finger breadth thick foamy head. Great look for an old ale.

S: Loads of fresh musty damp lupulin aromaphors pellet my nares. The grains give a dry roast aroma but little more. Not the contribution from the grains you expect in an american strong ale.

T: The first brush of those hops on the tongue are awesome. Crisp, earthy and refreshing but this quickly gives way to a dry tea flavor. The high is much higher than the low so this one is not bad. The malts again add little to the complexity.

M: Moderately dense. Very still. Awesome head.

D: Looks and feels like a strong ale. Smells and tastes like a harvest ale. Unique, but not worth visiting over and over again.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By Date of Nov 02 2012. Pours a dark brown color with light brown hues and a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is piney and chocolatey with some citrus notes. Sweet. Taste is pine and floral hops upfront with hints of chocolate and a floral finish. Not really getting any citrus like I did in the nose. Flavor is mostly floral hop bitterness with pine. Overall, decent and worth having once in awhile.

Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Oily, soapy, and slightly bitter hops up front. A candy like sweetness follows.
T: Follows the nose. Oily, soapy, and sticky hops that is a little bitter. Really sweet candy like malt in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the alcohol.

This is not bad, just a little odd. The malt and hops do not mesh well IMO. Worth a try though.

Photo of UA8
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep garnet color with billowing khaki colored head that leaves behind thick and chunky lacing.

S- Big dank hops, light malt sweetness, slight mushroom mustiness.

T- Leads with smoky wood notes and aggressive floral hop notes, during the midpalate the malts wage a losing battle trying to balance out the brute force that is the hops. Finishes big and bold with bracing bitter herbal and pine hops.

M- Aggressive carbonation with medium body.

D- Twilight is a bold and assertive beer and makes no excuses about it. Not my favorite use of hops as I prefer citrus a$mnd floral over piny and bitter. However I think this was likely the intent. Not my cup of tea but a solid beer.

Photo of ramseye4
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful dark amber color, 2 finger head, monster lacing, good retention. Aroma is of carmel malts, a good bit of hops, dark fruit. Carmel malt dominates, along with some roasted malt and a bready taste. Hop bitterness comes out in the aftertaste and finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, good carbonation and bitterness.

This was so-so for me overall, I would have it again but it didn't really strike me as outstanding

Photo of xpoweruser
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/brown color. Off-white head that sticks around. Clear body with some sediment.

Aroma: Nice citrusy hop notes. Some sweet caramel, toffee and roast notes.

Taste: Nice citrusy hop bite, piney, maybe a little dry, bitterness lingers. Burnt caramel, toffee and roast flavors from the malts. Slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel . Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid black IPA, but I have had better.

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copied from DarkMagus82

For my personal opinion however: The head is more of a tan, I don't smell the lemon (but certainly smell the caramel/toffee/coffee/chocolate maltiness). I also don't smell the grapefruit. It is a sweet malt, almost "syruppy". I agree with the roasted creamy bitterness. The hops are a little bitey, and the alcohol is present in the aftertaste. It's certainly what I would consider a "Black IPA" blending a porter/stout with an IPA. If you like Pale Ale IPA's, this is not for you. If you like your IPA with a strong malt-backbone, I'd recommend it for the $3/6-pack that was paid for it. Other than that, I'd say it's slightly above average.
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Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.

Photo of bosox941827
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle - obtained at the great Sam's Quik Shop in Durham - into a Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass. Served with just a slight chill on it.
A - Fantastic reddish-chestnut, very clear (filtered). A slightly rough pour yields a foamy, rocky head that nearly overwhelms the glass and which takes quite a while to settle down. We're off to a good start here....
S - Mostly malt, chocolate and roasted, off the nose, not too much hops though.
T - So the malty nose carries through to the taste; get a boatload of fairly sweet chocolate malt off the sip, with some roastiness as well. Hop flavor is not too pronounced, and get some alcohol heat at the very end of the palate. The hops are definitely there, but they are buried in all the malt, and really only serve to balance the malts, but don't really offer too much *flavor* per se. Does have a dry-ish finish, during which the roastiness comes through, but again, without much hop flavor to that finish. Finish turns just a bit medicinal as well.
M - Heavy and slick and alcohol really asserts itself. The carbonation lends a very smooth mouthfeel to the proceedings.
Interesting that this is characterized as a black ale; not sure what I'd call it, but am not sure black ale is it. In any case, this is a pretty decent beer; I'd get it again, but I prefer the hops to be a bit more assertive in a beer like this. All in all a decent, fairly complex brew.

Photo of Beejay
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. In the glass it is ruby in color, and has a nice tan head.

S: Piney and earthy. Slight mixture of citrus. Like a combination of orange and grapefruit. There is also a nice malt scent in the background.

T: Huge amount of hoppy bitterness, earthy, grapefruit and pungent. Caramel flavor in the background. I enjoy it, but would like a little more balance. Style wise however it is right on.

M: Medium and syrupy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: One and done for me. It's good, and I feel like it fits the style well, but it's a bit too aggressive on the hops for me.

Photo of Dubber55
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by: Nov. 8 2012

Pours a clear dark amber with 1/4 finger of head

The smell is mainly piney, earthy hops with some booze with a slight whiff of roasted malt.

Taste is the same as the smell- bitter, earthy piney hops, some grass and booze. There is a slight taste of roasted malts and coffee as the beer warms up. The finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel is medium with some low carbonation. Leaves a little cottonmouth feeling from the all the bitterness of the hops.

I'm assuming this beer is really fresh which is why I am tasting all hops and very little in the way of roasted malts. Tastes more like a regular IPA right now. Does a good job of hiding the alcohol though. Solid brew but not really my style so I don't know if I would drink it again.

Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a generous ivory head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Earthy caramel malts, chocolate, coffee and floral hops.
T Sweet and chocolate-y with a very bitter hop finish. Bitterness lingers on the very tip of the tongue. Slight booziness.
M - Full and creamy with crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - Decent drinkability but the with the 8% ABV one or two would be my limit.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, ended up being free as well! Hard to beat that. Arrives a dark brown, not quite black, not much head on it and even with a swirl not much is raised.

This is an interesting beer that is hard to categorize. The pine resin and hints of citrus hopping that are so prominent in the nose and flavor hint of an IPA. The hint of roast, chocolate and coffee which feature in the taste hint of a porter. The big robust body, hint of biscuit and slightly boozy finish perhaps more of a strong ale. Not sure what it is but it's kinda tasty. A slight odd astringency and the boozy burn hold the drinkability back though.

Neat beer, couldn't drink too much of it though, seems a little disjointed especially when following it with something like Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (which I did) which was much more in sync. Big and slightly brutish, it's worth a try though,

Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tint of red with an off-white, thin, but lasting head. The initial aroma is of bitter coffee along with dark chocolate, but maintaining a fresh hoppiness as well. The malts are very darkly roasted and smell a bit like oats. The palate begins with the same bitter notes as the aroma giving way to grapefruit, floral notes, and hops on the mid-palate, and ending again with the bitterness. The finish is reminiscent of an endive bitterness, slightly green, and slowly turning back into the familiar grapefruit flavor. This does not feel like a huge beer on the palate, but the carbonation causes a very round feel, due to larger bubbles. Overall, this is a good beer. The alcohol content is very well integrated, and the complexity is more than acceptable. I will gladly drink this beer again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left some nice lacing.

S-Citrus and floral hops combine with roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T-Surprisingly strong roasted malt up front with decent backing from citrus hops. Not bad but this one comes off a bit too raw and ends too dry for me to really get into.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp with long lasting roasted malt and hop bitterness.

D-This is certainly a well made beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me. I found it to be too harsh and raw. Not a beer I will seek out. The cask version I had when it was first made was MUCH better.

Photo of depechemode1983
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep amber red in color. Has a lasting off-white head. minimal lacing on the glass. Very balanced smell between the malts and hops. Smell is sweet, slightly bitter. I can smell a somewhat toasted character along with grapefruits and a little piny smell towards the end. Very simple in that area. Lots of sweet toasted malts at first but then citric hops come in. Not too much though. Somewhat light for an IPA. It finishes bitter and leaves a citric hops lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel on this one is thick, with lots of carbonation. Washes over the palate cleanly. I dont think i would be able to drink more than a couple of these. Flavors are well balanced but something seems to be missing. The ABV is pertty hight as well. A sixer of these I would be pretty drunk. Thanks to johnnnniee I was able to try this one out.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.