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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: 1,637
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 80
Gots: 80 | 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 WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap twice now at both the Big Pour in the Burgh and at Piper's Pub both excellent adventures in beerdom. Appears a deep rustic caramel amber not quite a black IPA but deep crimson red for sure, a nice thicket of head forms with khaki tan pigments cookin'. Head is dwindling nicely with speckled sporadic lacing. Aromatics offer up a minty, citrus, and piney, earthy mix of hops absolutely amazing with the dark malts. This really blends well some cocoa and dark chocolate edges with those hops and a touch of hidden alcohol come through. Flavors bring pure hoppiness about on the palate, strong lingering bitterness almost a perfume like herbal quality, strong astringent black tea, citrus mint and pine tip accented hops. Mild cocoa, and watered down astringent coffee accents actually blend nicely with an air of brown sugar added to the malt combination. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with ample carbonation medium to bigger bodied a touch of heat from the well hidden alcohol. Drinkability I love this brew, I can't help but appreciate the effort to do something more extreme from their pretty traditional lineup, I dug the first year of the Hop Wallop after that the beer's initial premise has been lost this is what Victory needed to keep us hopheads praising. (1,284 characters)

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish brown with two fingers of off white head.

Smell: A lot of lighty citrusy and floral hops along with a fair amount of malt.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront with a nice malty finish. I really liked the hop's flavor in this beer, but it is a little short lived if I am looking for something to complain about.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is fairly obvious making the beer fairly warm. The beer has a medium body. A very smooth finish as well.

Drinkablity: Dangerously high for a beer with an abv of 8.7%.

A very tasty and interesting beer, haven't had anything quite like it before. Although when it gets warm the alcohol flavor begins to overpower everything else, when drank cold to cool the alcohol is not nearly as obvious. (755 characters)

Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one starts off with a bang. The aggressive pour into my SA Perfect Pint yielded a rich mahogany brown with brilliant red highlights. Clarity was very good, and the foamy head was alive and breathing.

The aroma is a hodgepodge of styles all blended into a bold interesting package. The malt profile is very robust and complex, sporting flavors of toasty biscuits, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The earthy hop profile is fleeting, but always present. More diacetyl, ripened fruit (cherries mostly), and a hint of alcohol emerge as it warms. What a lovely nose!

The alcohol announces itself in the flavor, but only adds a slight warming touch. It tastes nice and roasty from beginning to end, the resiny hop character is more pronounced in the finish. The balance is fantastic amongst sweet, roasted, and bitter.

The feel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to lighten it up and add crispness. The body is fantastic, it fills the mouth and slides down wonderfully without being too thick.

This beer delivers in every way, a victory for Victory. (1,074 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off-white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and ending in a solid persistent lace..

S: Sharp hop aroma with a sweet malty background.

T: Great piney hop and sweet malt mix. There is a nice alcoholic bite and finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Love this beer – super hoppy but balanced well by the malt - and enough alcohol to make it interesting. (545 characters)

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with two fingers of fine tan head.

S: Roasted coffee

T: Sweet mocha caramel flavor from the roasted malts with considerable hop presence.

M: Well carbonated

D: This is a very good black ale, with unique characteristics of both IPAs and stouts combined in a manner I have only found in this beer. It is an excellent example of what hybrid styles can be and is my favorite black IPA. (400 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red or brown in color with an off-white bubbly head that leaves a little lacing. Definitely on the darker side for an ale, but still transparent. Smells of resiny hops with a malty backbone.

My first sip did not disappoint. Packed with strong hoppy flavors balanced out by some mild malts. Hops are as prevelant as some DIPA's I've had which impresses me. The mouthfeel is pretty much dead on I think, not being to crisp or creamy, creating a very nice balance overall. The 8.7% ABV is hidden extremely well by the plethora of pleasant hop bitterness, making this dangerously drinkable.

Very good beer and pretty perfect for a spring choice. Strong, yet refreshing. (673 characters)

Photo of Dalem
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany in color and a 3/4 inch tan colored head that holds on for quite awhile leaving a thick lacing behind all the way to the bottom of the glass. Scents are quite robust with a Rye ale characteristic big on the tip along with aroma's of brown sugar malts and a pine forest after a summer rain. Sweetness & earthiness rolled into one.
The brew's flavor has quite a levels of complexities to it. A molasses & perhaps cardamon flavor steps up first with some toasted bread right behind it. Very piney hops quickly follow it pushing the OOMPH factor up a bit more. It's almost along the lines of an IPA but there's a dark fruit thing instead of grapefruit and pine that those usually carry. I can't quite put my finger on what I am tasting but it is tasting very interesting and quite good. The finish then throws in another curveball in the taste with a ginger hotness chocolate notes and rye. The mouthfeel is full yet bubbly and has quite a chewiness to it. (966 characters)

Photo of takeabrewski
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep brown with slight reddish tones. I get just enough light through it to determine that it's cloudy. Nice thick 2-finger head.

S: I get lots of caramel and toffee, as well as floral hops.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, followed by nice hop bitterness, and finishing off with deep grapefruit and piney hops.

M: Very smooth early on, then hop astringency at the end.

D: Despite the high ABV, I could drink this all day. (462 characters)

Photo of ralree
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful deep red color, reddish white head, 2-fingers, great retention and lacing.

S: Very fruity and tangy flowering Northwest hops make this a great smell. Sugary malt fills it in nicely.

T: Deep rich flavor, different from many IPAs. Hops are exceedingly strong, which is how I like them. Alcohol content is just right. A bit of dark fruit, some brown sugar, and chocolate are all mixing around in the flavor.

M: Very syrupy, rather creamy. Carbonation good, not too bubbly.

D: Goes down easily and smoothly. I will definitely try this one again. (560 characters)

Photo of palealemale
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one my favorite beers from Victory. Unfortunately its only available fall-winter. I usually get my growlers filled after a pint or two at the Brewery.

One of the best dark IPAs around. Great flavors, color, and ABV.

Can't wait until November when it comes back. (272 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3x 12oz into glass 1L Lowenbrau seidel. Hell yeah!

A- Moderate caramel brown with a humongous off-white head. Took me 10 minutes to pour all three bottles.

S- Hops! Smells like simcoe. Piny, a bit fruity, and an octane-like quality.

T- Hoppy as all hell. Very good, new-growth pine hops. Also a lot more citrus hops than the nose alluded to. Sweet, bold malt comes through to add a pretty good depth to this beer. A cross between Hop Hod Rye and Double Simcoe. Very tasty.

M- Good carbonation, right malts go toe-to-toe with the hops, pretty interesting. Creamy... delightfully so.

D- ABV in mind.. pretty damn high. Drank 1L with ease. Would buy again. One of my new favorite Victory beers. (698 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a straight pint glass, a very dark copper-coloured pint with a firm head that doesn't really go away. Both malt and hops in the nose, piney, grassy, citrus, lots of caramel and chocolate. The taste is somewhat muted after the big blast of powerful aroma. Let's just call it subtle and dignified. Bot malt and hops at the friend and a superbly dry, bitter finish with an aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Good, if slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice indeed. (470 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory- Yakima Twilight

A- Deep dark brownish/ black with a huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Big powerful fresh green hops, citrus fruit, and a touch of chocolate malt.
T- Thick sweet ripe hops throughout with a nice touch of citrusy; grapefruit and pineapple fruit. Chocolately malt with a spicy black pepper dusting.
M- Thick malt and even thicker sweet fresh hops. Nice bitter dry hop finish. Sugary and bitter on the back of the tongue.

Overall- Boy, this is good. a 6er of this would be quite an evening! (535 characters)

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

"Enjoy by: Nov 16 2010" I don't think I'll wait that long, thanks... Into the classic American shaker...

A - Mahogany body, with ample tan head. Some lace sticking and very nice retention. May not win any beauty pageants, but it were the girl next store, I doubt any guy would complain...

S - Malt supplies a nice roasted and smokey aroma with slightly sweeter coffee notes, dry and just simple enough to give the hops lots of room to shine. And they do, showing spicy, rum-like notes balanced out with a big juicy orange quality. More than solid.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate malt and citrus at the entry, with building smokiness quickly joining the palate. The citrus turns juicy and climaxes at the midpalate. A rum-like bite starts right before the swallow, and lasts long after the finish, combining with the hops to create an almost to-assertive finish.

M - Remember the last time you had a good 8-9% ABV beer American Ale? That's what the mouthfeel and body are like.

D - The only complaint I could see people having about this beer would be the big burn (*whine, this beer isn't "smooth..."*) in the finish. I love the hugeness of this beer, and applaud the spicy, rum-like character in this big American-style beast. At a pretty reasonable price for a sixer, sounds like a great way for me to drink away my sorrows after watching my Illini crush my hopes at a special season these last two games... D*mnit... (1,419 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
 
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
 
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning. (1,307 characters)

Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light to darkish chocolate color with that lets some light in, Huge froathy off white head (larger than the liquid)
S- Hops, some subtle malt notes, hops again, flowers
T- Earthy, hops, a little sugar, its hard to pick out what hops, but there are few
M- probably the most deceptivly tasting beer I have had, it looks like a stout, but finishes and has very simular characteristics of An IPA/DIPA
D- I dig this alot, but the high abv make it to high for a session beer , but def if you wanna get tipsy.. have a few of these

I hope Victory decides to make it again, it has great marketing value in my opinion (620 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Yakima Twilight Ale is gorgeous, dark, and earthy to the extreme.

It poured deep dark copper, like an old dirty penny, with a massive creamy dark tan head. It left huge rings of lace from the top of the glass down. An absolutely perfect-looking strong ale. The smell was subtle pine needles and the flavor was sweet and caramel-like up front, followed by a huge hit of pine, grass, and earth. The feel is thick and bready, with a good amount of bitterness with a nice warmth--it was a pleasure to drink. It did not have the flat feel of many other strong ales.

Yakima Twilight is a dark wood and leather ale with a huge amount of earth. It's a deep and wonderful experience. (692 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A really pretty beer- clear dark reddish brown with a huge persistent dense off white head. Smell is citrusy hops. Lemons. Taste is again is mostly citrus hops. Nice caramelly malt. Some bitterness but nicely balanced overall. I like that it's just a bit on the hoppy side. Great full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Another great beer from Victory. (358 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, seems like I like this one a fair bit more than most folks. Dark brown color with a tan head on top that sits around for a good while. Really enjoyed the dark IPA, big hops flavor, some citrus, and then all kinds of darker, dried fruit flavors in there as well. Roastiness, some lighter chocolate and some light caramel as well. Big, mixed flavors that mix nicely together. Would definitely pick it up again, although the price tag was a little higher than I'd hope. (471 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Capones.

Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earhty, roasty, floral, toasted malts, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, roasted malts, earthy, citrus, and lighter caramel. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. More on the hoppy side vs. a balanced IIPA. If I had to choose, I would list this under and IPA, although if a Black IPA were a style, this would fit that. (439 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle - best by November 2012. Dark brown in color with deep ruby red hues and good clarity despite the dark color. Poured with a dense, rocky beige foam with good staying power that also left sheets of thick sticky lacings on the glass. Complex combination of dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate malt aromas along with citrus, floral and and pine hops that intensify as this warms. Rich, smooth feel with aggressive carbonation. Dark roasted and lightly burnt malt flavors up front, floral and citrus hop bitterness from the middle thru to the end. A hint of dark chocolate flavor toward the end as the dark and burnt roasted malt flavor intensify at the finish in combination with a delayed bitter pine hop aftertaste. A multitude of aromas and flavors make this a beer to be sought out. (809 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught shaker at the Collins pub. Appearance is bright, dark ruby wit ha nice light sand head, nice foamy lace, very attractive.

Smell is bright, a sharp laser-beam of hop resins, big and skuny, woods, loving it.

Taste is also big hops, herbal snap, minty, resinous, very fresh, and well balanced. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel is dry and dusty, like chewing on a hop cone, but less stickiness. Medium heavy, chewy.

Drinkability is very high, loved it. Well done PA! Dangerously tasty. (485 characters)

Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh. Poured a dark black color with some dark brown foam.

At first, the taste was smooth piney hops, followed by a chocolate and malty flavor. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for how bold its flavor is.

Overall, this is a very good beer in a style that I intend to start drinking more often. (346 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The smell blows me away. It's like sniffing a cup full of wet hops. It also has some fruit scents, but mostly hops.

T: The taste is a lot more settle than I expected. It sort of taste like pineapple, some pine and a bit of malt.

M: The beer is super smooth and has hardly any crispness. For sure one of the better feeling beers.

O: This is a great beer. I enjoy the Arrogant Bastard style scent, but how it suprises you with a very easy and settle taste. (517 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second year of this brew's existence and it has already undergone a name change (formerly "Yakima Twilight")

A: It was a blast to watch the brownish-orange liquid pour out of the bottle and turn into a dark, witches brew once it hit the glass. Still, it wasn't totally black. Slivers a light around the edges could still be detected. The carbonation was obviously great, due to the fact that the massive 4+ finger head settled into a luscious froth.

S: I tell my wife every time I drink this that I swear I smell blueberries. Overactive imagination? Maybe... Additionally, I also detected Victory's hop profile: cool, smooth, yeasty, and highly recognizable. Fresh, organic hops were also present, along with a very fruity undertone.

T: I have always viewed this brew as Victory's answer to Stone's "Arrogant Bastard." This was very hop forward and floral, but with a certain bready center. It also had fruit galore, and a candy quality that resembled cake icing. The finish was about as smooth as a drink clocking in a 8.7% could get!

M: The booze was detectable, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Also, the bitterness didn't linger due to the cushion of yeast that scrubbed the tongue of the harshness. The lacing was great for this style, and this was remarkable non-syrupy, given the brew's fruity nature.

D: This is one of my favorite Victory brews and one of my go-to drinks this time of year. If only the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop could be this fantastic! (1,479 characters)

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