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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 1,638
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 80
Gots: 78 | 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 eclipse54
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks!

A deep ruby color with a thin layer of khaki bubbles drifting about the top. Smells of caramel, plum, toasted malt, and floral hops. Tastes of buttery, toasted malt, dark fruit, and burnt rice. Leaves an odd aftertaste that just doesn’t quite add up. Mouthfeel is smooth and wet, but the odd flavor left behind takes away from an otherwise good beer. Not one I'd be opposed to having again, but not one I'll seek out either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batting third....Yakima Glory....from Victory. Must admit....I was expecting a imperial IPA....instead I find out that it is a potent American Black Ale. It is not too bad...high ABV is definitely present....yikes. I think my lid flipped! The color is a cloudy dark amber. It has a nice foaming head that laces well. The taste is initially overpowered by the high ABV, but eventually settle into a decent sipping beer. No way would I session this and the ABV keeps the score lower for me.

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Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown, this has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps with some hints of weak lace.

Aroma is burnt caramelised citrus, candied citrus, some dark caramelised barley and bread crust. It is like a lot of other, mostly west-coast, standards and, like them, one-dimensionally citrusy-spicy.

Taste is similar to aroma, bitter-spicy burnt citrus up front (not too strong), joined by caramelised raisin and citrus-candy sweetness, some juicy yeastiness. It is fairly balanced up front but after the finish, lingering spicy bitterness hangs around too long. It has light raisiny alcohol but not boozy despite the ABV. It is a bit one-dimensional as with aroma, very humdrum, etc., but it is a well-made beer otherwise and what flavours it has are clear and bright, reasonably balanced and drinkable despite the failings, tediousness and high abv.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep garnet color with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly but coats the edges of the glass all the way down. Aromas of citrus, herbal hops mixed with a bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is bitter almost to the point of harshness. The herbal/earthy/citrus is there but not as prevalent and gets mixed with a bitter tea flavor. Some dark caramel, little bit of chocolate, and maybe a hint of dark fruits mixed with some warming alcohol round out the taste experience. Lightly carbonated with a creamy/resinous mouthfeel and medium body. I can appreciate this for what it is, but I didn't particularly care for it. That harsh bitter tea flavor kind of ruined this for me.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark but clear amber with a nice two finger tan head. retention and lacing are excellent.
Smells like an average IPA.
Hop flavor is dominant with a mostly piney character. Some celery-like flavors present also. Dry bitterness lingers looong into the finish.
Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer with nice head retention and a wonderful smokey dark amber color.
Smells of hops with a little bit of roastyness and maybe a slight malty astringency in the background.
After the first couple of sips it is clear that there is a lot going on in this beer. Caramel malt and American hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed shortly by roasty flavors and what I perceive to be a noticeable astringency that quickly dries the tongue. While I enjoy the initial flavor, as the malt tones fade I am left with only the bitterness and darker malt flavors which remain in a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. I do, however, enjoy the nice dry finish.
Body is medium with what I perceive to be a near perfect amount of carbonation.
A very intriguing beer, but not a one I find particularly drinkable. I have tried it with food and found it even less appealing. For some reason I think it might go well with good old roasted peanuts.
I am not really sure if I will end up being a fan of the black IPA, but as with most other Victory beers it is well brewed and will likely appeal to those with different preferences.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with decent enough staying power. Some nice legs on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of malt character with some dark fruits and candied dark sugar. Also a fair amount of piney, resinous hops. The taste is a letdown, with some sweet malt failing to really interact with the piney hops, and the darker fruits get lost in the background. Feel is somewhat sweet, yet still a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer with some decent characteristics, but not my favorite and pales in comparison to some others within this emerging style.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a light tan head that provides some lacing, but eventually falls flat while drinking. The nose is piney/hoppy with a slight bite from the alcohol and a touch of sweetness. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced in the beer's nose. When tasting the beer I'm a bit surprised as it lacks the roastiness I was expecting based on the beer's appearance and nose. It has a lot more resiny bitterness than I'd expected and a touch of caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mild-medium bodied with a bit of caramel and a pronounced, residual, hoppy/bitter punch to the palate. Overall I'm not too impressed and think a bit more citrus/fruity/floral hops would go a long way with making this beer significantly better.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark amber/brown, with a moderate-sized and quickly fading tan head.

S: Really interesting mix of dark, roasty, chocolatey malts with equally strong citrus and pine hops. The malts have a slight dominance, giving the aroma an overall roasty, smoky, bittersweet character.

T/M: Toasted malts up front, sweet and dark, gradually giving way to bitter hops on the back end. Chocolate and coffee linger at the end. The dark roasted flavors clash with the equally strong hops, leaving a slightly off aftertaste that detracts from the beer.

O: Not the greatest "black IPA." The distinct flavors don't mesh as well as they do in the very best examples of the style. The result is a little harsher than it should be.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle matches the pic but it says Yakima Twilight... The words glory aren't on it. If this isn't the same beer someone let me know please.

A= The pour is a dark hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head on it that rises up to about four fingers and holds some steady retention and lacing. What's the deal with the head on this. Why is it soooo big. Nice lacing.

S= The best by date is Dec. 10 2010 so I'm not late but the hop character is a little lacking for a CDA. It is there but a little more focused on the malt character here. Roasty malt and piney hops.

T= Like the smell this beer focuses on the malt character more for a CDA. There is a good bit of caramel malt and a little roast but the hop character and malt character meld together nicely to make a fruity pineapple taste to it more than either individually. Not bad tasting.

M= Big on carbonation. Tone it down a bit.

D= Not a bad beer but not quite what I'm looking for in a CDA. This as a beer is not too bad though. It has a time and place but sort of falls into a unique category.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown. The beer looks black on top brown on the bottom. An inch of head sits on top like a haystack. This beer reminds me of a Smithwicks.

S: Light floral hops on the nose with a malty finish.

T: The hop flavor is a little more resin in the taste than the scent. There is a strong malt backbone. A touch of tobacco on the finish.

M: Slippery mouth, this beer slides right over the tongue. There is a slight tingle of carbonation on the finish.

D: A drinkable beer as there is nothing overwhelming about it. If your in the mood for a maltier, dark pale ale than this is a decent choice.

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Photo of veinless
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby reddish orange, with some brown tones and a healthy tan white head that has large bubbling and good retention. Pretty frothy in the middle, and coarse at the sides. Lacing is spotty.

Nose is perfectly described as jackfruit - for those that don't know, it's a combo of pineapple, overripe fruit, and caramel. Smells pungently sweet and sticky. It's a one dimensional nose, but it does its dimension incredibly well. Get a couple leafy hops in the back after a bit, but it is mostly sweet fruit and sticky sugars.

Taste is much different at first, as the initial taste is of bitter leafy hops, with a dash of sour pineapple. The beer then moves to a very roasty, almost charred malty middle. Don't get nearly as much caramel in the middle of this, and the malt is good, but a bit unpleasant at times. Finally, the beer ends up in a dry, slightly bitter hoppy finish, with the 8.7% abv showing itself a bit. I usually like bitter finishes, but in this one it lacks any pleasing characteristics - it's almost bitter for no reason. Could have used some sticky character or some sort of hop flavoring, but it lacks either.

Mouthfeel is great, as the beer is very full and creamy at times. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the finish, and also due to the 8.7% abv being pretty visible, and not in a good way. I like this beer, but it was a bit disappointing to me.

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing white head.
N- Nose is full of brown sugar and malt followed but a big hop wallop.
T- Beginning pallet is very malty sweet with some dark fruits, the hop character takes a while to develop but finishes big and piney.
O- This is a great winter beer. Enough bittering hops to balance out the initial sweetness of the malt. This is a solid east coast dark IPA, not to be confused with a NW CDA

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I saw this on the shelf at Total Wine in Sarasota and had to try one of the few major releases from Victory that I hadn't yet.

A: Poured into a standard pint glass, small tight head that doesn't stick around. Really cool ruby/brownish color with great highlights.

S: Smell is pretty hop forward with some dry fruit maybe. A little sweetness in there too. I'm getting over a cold, so I may have to revisit that when I'm feeling 100%.

T: Sweet up front with a lot of malty, carmel notes and a pretty big hop-bitterness. However, the bitterness lingers a bit too long and too bitter for my liking. the longer I work on each sip, the less I want to take another due to the bitterness at the back of my mouth. If not for this, it would have scored much higher.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Judging on this alone, I'm surprised at the high alcohol content.

D: Besides the longstanding bitterness I was getting on the finish, I'd love this beer. However, the unpleasant aftertaste is probably going to make this a one-and-done selection for me. Victory is a killer brewery and everything they make is worth drinking. This one may just be a matter of my own personal preference, but I'll stick to Hopdevil if I'm looking for bitterness.

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Photo of sholland119
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Drafting Room Exton, this is another in a line of first time beers brewed in the new, larger facility. I don't think I had a dark DIPA before.

A-A very dark amber brown, with a very thin white head an a little bit of lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts with some floral and citrus hops. A bit light on the hops for the style.

T-Kind of a disappointment. The malt sweetness and the floral hop flavors never really blend together. I can taste them separately but very distinctly.

M-Nice, a bit heavy on the medium side.

D-Yeah, not bad, but not my favorite thing.

I love the new styles and challenges the new Victory capacity allows. I did not care a lot for this one, though. Maybe my expectations were too high.


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Photo of vfgccp
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with some reddish hues around the edges. Provides a nice one finger tan foam head, with moderate lacing.

S: Smells of quite prevalent but seem to be fighting each other for dominance. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate or citrus hops.

T: Starts off different then the smell. The hop bitterness is most noticeable up front. The middle is where the big flavors of rich roasted malt and sweet caramel come in. Seems like a constant battle for supremacy.

M: Seems a little bitter with some mild alcohol on the palate, then it seems creamy at times.

D: This is a very complex beer, with both the hops and malt flavors battling each other. I will give this another shot or two in the future.

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Photo of doppletheGOAT
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST - 12oz bottle poured into a schooner. paid $2.49 at Whole Foods.

appearance - reddish cherry like color

smell - ummm, hops... lots and lots of piney hops.

taste - follows the nose. quite bitter and you really can't taste anything else other than citrus piney like hops.

backend taste - same... just hops.

overall - I liked it but a little too hop filled for me. IMO, appearance is the best thing about this beer, it looks great and you get lacing all the way down the glass and a huge head out of it.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 18 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Begins with a 2-finger head, slowly reduces to a 1-finger head, color is a brown-crimson, beige head, lacing is slightly runny. There is no bottle date, and I am not sure this an old bottle or not.

Aroma is a little bit soapy...reminds me of Saranac beers. Hop resins are bitter yet light in concentration. There are some notes of toasted malts present, and very little hop freshness. Taste of lightly toasted bitter malts, and only the slightest touch of caramel, with some butter (possible diacetyl?) and soapiness.

Hints of bitter pine come out in the aroma and taste as the beer descends to the wider portion of the snifter. The bitterness sticks to the palate and it's not super pleasant. This is a easy-drinking beer for 8.7% ABV, but there are more fun Victory beers available.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner. Semi-dark ruby red in color, fairly clear, with a huge frothy off-white head. Head dissapates VERY slowly and leaves sticky long lasting lacing. Head reminds me of a root beer head.

Aroma is light, but has notes of spices and hopps. Not much to talk about on the aroma.

Flavor and mouthful is creamy...full of spices and hops. Flavor isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of it as it warms up. It gets a bit too bitter. A decent beer, but not one I care to have again.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The nose has lots of pine and citrus notes from the hops. And the grain bill offers burned caramel and milk chocolate, there's toffee and roasty notes too. The taste is much like the aroma with pine trees and caramel and chocolate. There's a huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Silky and creamy body with a noticable hot alcohol that could be hidden a lot more.overall, this beer is pretty decent. Not really impressed though.

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Photo of richkrull
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very dark amber/brown color with a good amount of head an decent lacing on it. The smell is pretty heavy with alcohol, not all that pleasant. Taste is heavy caramel malt with some alcohol taste coming through. Not bad, but could be better I think. Medium mouthfeel, not too smooth though. OK beer, but not great. I'd try it again, but won't search it out.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.