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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,608 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 65 | 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 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.

champ103, Jan 01, 2010
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.

UA8, Feb 03, 2010
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

ramseye4, Jan 24, 2011
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.

xpoweruser, Jan 07, 2011
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.

GeckoPunk, Aug 15, 2012
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.

bosox941827, Mar 31, 2011
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.

Beejay, May 03, 2010
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.

Dubber55, Dec 03, 2011
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.

jsanford, Dec 25, 2010
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,

ritzkiss, Dec 20, 2009
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.

wedgie9, Mar 18, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2009
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.

Deuane, Jan 27, 2010
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.

depechemode1983, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of diamondc
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.99 for a sixer. Best by Nov 2011.

A: Decent size head, good lacing. Not exactly black, more of bronze / blood orange tint.

S: Hot nuts, pine, earth, tobacco.

T: Heavy on the roasted malts. Charcoal, burnt toast from the malt. Heavy dank tasting pine notes from the hops. Dark berry notes open up while warming up to room temperature.

M/D: A decent black IPA. The hops leave a slightly unpleasant bitterness and this beer didn't pair up well with some dark chocolate I had. Still, the mix of roast and bitter hops is intriguing and worthy of purchase.

diamondc, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - Brown with a cherry hue and very good clarity. A moderate beige head that yields some nice lacing.

S - Floral hops and brown sugar.

T - Malty with a mild roasted malt. A firm bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and the malt. I thought it was a bit too dry.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is a decent beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me.

GJ40, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. The bottle date says Best By Nov. 16, 2010.

Received in a trade from steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a murky mahogany-amber body that lightens to a golden-tinged dark honey translucence at the edges. The head is 1.5 fingers of fluffy head that retains quite well, but after a few minutes there is no sign of life and no lacing. It's disappointing.

S: Bright floral hops, grass, pine, and a touch of citrus. I read through some reviews that suggest this is citrus-forward, and I don't get that at all. I do get a strong malt character, though; it's darkly sweet in the aroma, mostly with semisweet chocolate and a touch of toffee. It's interesting.

T: Malty up front, laying the groundwork with dark chocolate, toffee, and roast. It gets progressively hoppier, with an interesting interplay between the roast and hop flavors. Floral hop and pine fight for center stage, with a touch of grass. I get a light presence of citrus and spice near the finish. It finishes on the malty side with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Altogether, a very interesting profile.

M: Medium-full bodied. Low-moderate carbonation that doesn't support the flavor very well. Very strongly bitter and sticky, with a lingering aftertaste (I tend to dislike beers like this). Very smooth ABV, although there was a touch of warmth in the finish.

D: I enjoyed it, but I'm not a huge fan of the sticky mouthfeel. I think I'd go with Hop Wallop instead.

Arbitrator, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a peculiar tan foam, not particularly aberrant, but pleasing.

S: Smell is faintly hoppy with pine and citrus notes but, more notably, is sweet with orange citrus and white grape juice and supporting maltiness.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation cover the tongue in bubbles and lead to a refreshing earthy, citrus hoppiness. More faint orange fruit accompanies a slightly bitter citrus zest hoppiness while light malt attempts to balance out the profile. Hints of plum and some graininess are reminiscent of a red ale, albeit a hoppy one.

This is a bright flavor for something so seemingly dark.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a tan rim that clings to the glass. It looks like a stout.
The hop smell comes through a a little bit, it is almost as if it it muffled though. There is also a sweet porter like smell.
Much hoppier in the taste than the smell. But the hops fade real quick and give way to a faint roasted malt coffee bitterness.
The feel is like a stout also, it is thick and creamy.
A good sipping beer, but I think the black is stronger than the IPA.

confer, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

Halcyondays, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-tinged red with one finger thick khaki colored head. Settles quickly to a thin ring, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Smell: lots of pine, slightly herbal, then plum skin, light caramel sweetness and toasted bread with faint char as it warms. Taste: pine with mild caramel and plum-ish sweetness upfront, then exclusively a butt-ton of pine, plus a little booze. Some citrus rind and tannin-ness in the finish. Medium+ bodied with creamy carbonation into prickly, relentless pine and booze bombardment, finishing dry with some residual sugar stickiness. I'm not a fan of this hop profile when dialed up this high, but as a seasonal is a nice change of pace to mix in.

babaracas, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Doshkin
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - definitely not black... this is a very very deep orange, ALMOST red. about an inch of solid light yellow / cream colored head with medium retention

honestly danieelol in the review before me nailed the smell and taste pretty spot on, so i'm quoting on this section (hope you don't mind danieelol!)

"Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste."

i will add that the hop character is mostly spicy, very slightly citrus/floral

m - probably my favorite part of this brew. it is very smooth, medium body, and not dry at all for how bitter the brew is.

o - pretty hoppy and bitter, i would say this is more of a darker (not black) ipa for sure. the higher alcohol percentage gives a subtle warming feeling after you swallow and wait a little bit. i could myself see enjoying this on a chilly day again, even though the beer didn't stand out to me too much

Doshkin, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of aglose45
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a lighter tan frothy head. This beer looks really good. 4.5/5

S: There are some grassy hops up front before giving way to a sweeter maltyness. The lingering smell that u keep coming back to is one that smells like a cigar wrapper. There is also a a soapy scent in there. 2.5/5

T: There is a nice bitterness to this beer up front, that eventually gives way to a burnt malt taste - maybe this is the cigar wrapper hint that I picked up in the nose. As it warms there is a bit of alcohol flavor in there as well. 2/5

M: Medium bodied with minimal hop resin left behind. 3.5/5

D: This beer has two things I don't enjoy in it; a burnt flavoring, and an alcohol taste. This is not one that I would pick up again. With a name like Yakima Twilight, I had hope for a bit more hops. 1/5

---Consumed 12/10/10 - Renamed Yakima Glory. I'm glad I tried this again, I must have had a bad bottle last year.---

A: Pours a very dark brown the slightest hint of ruby.  The head is tan and frothy, but thins out after about a minute.

S: Piney and juicy fruits, pineapple.  The hop aroma is backed up by some roasted malts.

T: The hops are much more subdued in the taste.  The roasted malts dominate the palate.  There's lots of flavor, just a bit all over the map though.

M: Medium bodied, medium to high bitterness, light to medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I don't understand this style of beer.  When I'm drinking a beer, I either want it hoppy or I want it toasty and malty, not both.  With that said, this beer doesn't taste bad, it's just not what I look for in beer.

aglose45, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown/red with a thin head. Not as dark as other in the style. Little lacing and little head retention.

S- Smells of roasted malts.

T- Hops up front, making way for caramel flavors. Slight licorice taste.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Probably my favroite feature of this beer.

D/O- Good beer. Don't know if I'd want any more than one or two.

Duff27, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Dark red under a bright light with a black tint. Pretty interesting. Tan head that faded to a cap pretty quickly. No lacing.

S - Bright, spicy, citric hops. Big pineapple note. A slight whiff of alcohol. Slight malts detectable, but barely so. The nose is nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

T - The nose carries through here, except that a chocolately malt base is detectable. The alcohol isn't really evident in taste, but it's a bit warming on the throat. It's nicely done, but to me it seems like the chocolate malt and the citric hops are more at odds than working together.

MF - Full-bodied, but it has enough carbonation to keep things moving along pretty well. Sticky.

D - One bottle is fine, but I don't think I'd want another right after. I haven't had any terribly drinkable DIPAs, so I won't knock it too much for that.

HitokiriNate85, Nov 07, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,608 ratings.