Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,631 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 76
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 danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark, malt toffee colour. Good head and lacing. Looks more like a brown ale than a black IPA.

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.

Mouthfeel is medium. Lots of bitterness.

Overall I don't think this is really a Black IPA at all. Drinks more like a strong ale with some English influences. Lots of toffee and caramel malt with punishing bitterness. Very interesting and unique beer which is worth trying.

Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark amber with initial inch of creamy foam that settles down to about 1/4 inch. Deep malty smell with a lurking grassy pine smell. Prfounding hoppy taste with a lingering burn. Resin like taste remains on the toingue. Can alsmot taste the hop oils. Very good taste, a little to harsh to drink lots of. But good.

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

Photo of gabedivision
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, much like a dark plum. Small light lace of white around the edge.

S- Smells sweet, nutty and hoppy. Very pleasant on the nose, strong with alcohol and fruit.

T-The taste is ok, very strong roasted or smoked flavors molded well with the bitter hops. The strong alcohol becomes very present as it warms up.

M- Very strong dry and earthy.

D- A nice "black ale" taste more like a black IPA. Either way not too bad would def try again.

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.

Photo of tbrown4
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been meaning to try this one for a while now. Picked up a six pack a few days ago. Had two in a social setting so I couldnt really take it all in. This is my second sitting.

A - Pours slightly hazy deep amber. Khaki med bubble head, sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is lightly roasty, slight hop note

T - Very strong bright hop pressence with a smack of roasted malt. Medium alcohol in the end. Doesn't taste very refined.

M - Coats just long enough to get the full spectrum. Sticks around for a good while.

D - This is a one or two at a time max type of beer. Good punch of flavor that will erase the taste of that crap beer you just had. But anything more than that could kill your buds for the night.

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.

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.

Photo of wedgie9
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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 SolipsismalCat
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy dark red-brown with tiny particles and giant three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Herbal pine and notes of grapefruit.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Too bitter with not enough sweet malt to balance. A very faint trace of nice sweet malt is just barely detectable in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Maybe I just don't like American Black Ales - not sure. I felt like the strongly bitter hops were not balanced at all by the burnt, roasted malt. For comparison, I think Victory Hop Devil has similar hops in it, but I enjoyed that much more than this.

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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 UA8
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
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 jchow79
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer snifter.

Pours a dark/black color. Light cannot penetrate this beer.

Aroma has a very fresh hop character. I really dig the smell - I suppose this is what Yakima hops smells like.

Had a thick and luxurious foamy head. The head fades slowly and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing on the glass.

The taste is great. I enjoyed this a lot. Its caramaly, bisquity, and full of hoppy goodness.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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 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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at GingerMan poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a 1 finger whitish-coffee fine, fluffy head with excellent retention. Brew itself is a nice clear deep, almost black amber. Lacing is layered and full. Great looking black IPA.

S: Musky, citrus hops, bit of sour milk. A bit weird in my opinion.

T: Citrus floral hop opening. Bittering hops throughout that covers the other flavors. Flowery and powdery in the finish with what might be cocoa or coffee.

S: Light to medium bodied and rather coarse and a bit too carbonated. Finish is messy and wet and mouthfeel is very watery.

D: The flavors don't work well together for me here but its still very drinkable and rather complex for an IPA though not as malty as I would like for an imperial.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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