Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,620 Ratings
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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 pd360
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious dark IPA. Deep brown in color, small head. Not especially hoppy, as the chocolate and malt flavors are very strong. I enjoyed this beer and could have had a few if not for the incredible selection that made my try others. Enjoyed at Novare Res in Portland Maine.

Photo of Pete27lax
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle fresh on 7/13/2011

Yakima Glory poured a dark amber color, lighter than i would have expected compared to most black ales. Light brown head with good retention and medium lacing.

Hops dominated the aroma with malts taking a backseat. fruity grapefruit in the smell as well as a faint scent of caramel malts but nothing overpowering here.

Taste was similar to the smell. Slightly bitter with not much malt presence. Citrusy hops, white grapefruit in there. Tiny hints of chocolate as well as caramel and roasted pale malts. Malts became more pronouned as the beer warmed and sat.

Mouthfeel was probably the most enjoyable quality of this beer. Very smooth and thick with decent carbonation.

Enjoyable beer that got better as it sat, bought a six pack and am looking to age the others so im hoping they age well!

Photo of xanok
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Psyched to try this.

A-Pours a thick reddish brown that's see-through. Great thick, creamy, 2" white head. Leaves crazy good lacing.

S-Fruity and floral. Great scent of malts and bread as well. Faint hop smell.

T-Grapefruit is the dominant fruit taste. Some malts and toasted charcteristics in the middle. Has a clean hop finish.

M-Great body and medium carb. Just the way I like it.

D-The high abv is well hidden for the most part.. I could probably have two of these in a sitting without any trouble.

This is a helluva brew. To me, it's one of the best of it's type. My oly complaint is a bit too much grapefruit flavor, butI will definitely grab a sixer of these in the near future.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, translucent, dark mahogany. Aroma is spicy and hoppy and just a little malty. The richly hoppy flavor has a spicy undertone and an interesting metallic taste that complements the rest of the body rather than being unpleasant. The sharp, edgy texture has some tingle and a firm alcoholic bite.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut colored body with reddish hues and a thin tan head that sticks around for quite some time before leaving just a faint lacing around the glass.

Enormous hop aroma, both citrus and earthy, but a sweet malt aroma follows as well, likely caramel, and then even bread like quality at the end.

Great equilibrium of earthy & wood hops mixed with big sweet malt. There are hints of underlying sweetness, similar to a dark fruit like raisin or fig, and yet back to the bold hop flavor at the end.

Full flavored & full in body with medium carbonation and a woody burn in the finish; what the hops place, the malt takes away leaving an overall satisfying mouthfeel.

I think this is a great beer, and a bit unique. There are not too many beers this big, with this much character and balance that are this easy to drink and not overwhelming.

Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at VBC, wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it...

A- So the waitresss brings this dark beer to my table, a dark IPA? Twilight is a deep deep amber to dark brown color a tan head.

S- A nice dose of citrus and some earthyness, with a balance of caramel malts.

T- This is great. Bready, hoppy, sweet. A medley of flavor.

M- Medium bodied and has good carb and spicy. No alcohol burn, no off flavors. This is good.

D- 8.9%? Really. Wow, you don't taste it, but you do feel it. I have to stick to one here unless I have someone to drive.

Excellent. Recently had the bottle as well, was a bit nervous that it wouldn't be smooth, boy was I wrong! Nice work VBC!

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer pours a nice ruby red/ amber hued color with a rather thick 2 finger head. over a bit of time, the foam oozes down the glass, leaving lacing everywhere.
S: some fairly mild citrusy hops, not very ominous. some darker malts add a nice depth, but still overall im not blown away by
anything playing frontrunner here.
T: heres were the depth comes through a little bit. its just aggressive enough for the style, and the flavors weld together well. the hops provide the tasty citrus notes, and theres a touch of chocolate in the finish after eveythings said and done.
M: it hits a pretty good mark since its fairly hoppy, and yet im
slightly refreshed after drinking. carbonation is just prickly enough, and the ABV doesnt really make itself known.
D: for me huge, it goes down so easily. if it werent for the fairly decent ABV, id enjoy more than just a few at a time. i loved it last year and love it this year!

Photo of Tromba
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker than expected - a rich, dark reddish brown. Off white head is minimal (but enough) and leaves no lacing.

S: Not as apparent as expected from the style, but definite floral hop notes.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front! The sweetness is quickly replaced by floral and very cirusy hop notes, bringing about a great bitter, dry finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feel is rich and velvety.

D: As far as DIPAs go, thi one is very drinkable - the bitterness and alcohol are not at all overwhelming. Way to go Victory :)

Photo of Emarble17
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass this DIPA looks dark and brown with orange edges and a full oatmeal colored head that settles to a solid cover with excellent lacing. This brew smells a bit sour with malty peat and cider/orange bite. Very alluring. The first mouthful says piny/grapefruit hops and jumps all over the tip of your tongue with tangy bitterness. There's a slight charcoal dryness which is bathed in this creamy malted hop milk shake goody. It's very smooth yet keeps a steady tingling carbonation throughout. I pick up a near licorice quaity that adds some complexity. This is on the edge of being full bodied but is undoubtedly one Hell of a good beer. Hop heads should be very pleased but there is much more here, particularly the malt sweetness. Very drinkable for such a full flavored beer. Another VICTORY!

Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Dec. 10 '10

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby tinged copper color with a blossoming steady 2" thick & foamy light tan head. Minimal visible uprising carbonation. Thick globs and sheets of lace for days and days.

Sweet & fruity concoction stimulates my nostrils, making breathe in deeper. Pacific Northwest hops dominate the stage with a thick and supportive foundation of bready pale malts. Very balanced and yet very solid smells here.

Layer upon layer of dry, prickly-earthy hops, followed by a malty backdrop of finely-tuned sweet and fresh barley. Hops become very, very dry after a few big sips - almost to the point where it feels like the tip of my tongue has become slightly numb. It could be the astringent zip of alcohol though. If so, the big, dry blasts of hops sure mask it very well. It reminds me of a much dryer version of Great Lakes Nosferatu.

Mouthfeel is med-full bodied with a perfect amount of fine carbonation. A bit oily in texture with a dry and cutting hoppy finish. Though the hop flavors mix well with the lingering hearty malts in the finish.

Drinkability is great. Too bad i didn't stumble across this in late fall, as I would have gladly secured a case to savor throughout the winter months.

Overall a fantastic and ballsy strong ale from the state of Pennsylvania. I really like this beer's dryness. It has the texture of a top-shelf gin: dry and smooth with a little grit at the finish. The perfect balance of hops and sweet malts really counterbalance each other perfectly, without muting any of their pronounced qualities. There is a little heat in the finish from the high alcohol, but the ultra dry hops disguise it masterfully. A beer I will definitely seek out this November. I sure am enjoying mine on this sunny, 60F early Spring afternoon.

Photo of benclimbs
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exciting new beer - an interesting adaptation on black IPAs.
Pours brown/red not black like many dark IPA s currently being brewed.

Smell is delicious...just what the style should smell like, huge cascade grapefruit, and strawberry piney notes from centenial/simcoes maybe? This mixes with a pleasant woody, malty body...smells really delicious.

Taste is very nice as well...sweet, but not overly so, nice, caramelly, roasty tasting malts, with a very strong hop backbone...finishes smooth and warm.

This gets a 5 for drinkability without a doubt. Considering the fact that this is basically a 9% IPA, I'm not sure I've had anything more drinkable...its smooth, totally balanced, warm but not boozy...just really nice to drink! Somehow the strong malt character totally mellows the hops and vice versa - as borat would say...Great success!

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark IPA. A ligter dark beer. Kind of looks like a brown ale.

S - Glorious! Yakima hops are the best smelling hop that I have found. Hops jump out. Sweet smelling. A hint of floral.

T - Starts out tasting the hops, then finishes with the malts, and leaves a stout aftertaste. A bitter malt taste at the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, with a bit of head.

D - This beer grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about it, but about half way through the beer I was sold.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had no idea what style this was before opening so I was pleasantly surprised with the copper/brown color and the full 1" head. Strong caramel malt smell but tons of west coast hops too. Full malty taste but a strong bitter finish. Piney hops are stong and the evergreen taste holds on through the finish. Full bodied and heavy. Totally not what I was expecting from this one but a pleasant surprise in every way. Nice job Victory.

Photo of Jeplacek
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a brown color but appears much more amber in color in a well lit room.

S- smells of raisins, citrus, caramel

T- initially very hoppy but as the beer starts to sit a little it becomes very balanced. The dark malts perfectly complement this hoppy beer.

M- moderately carbonated

Overall a very interesting beer. I like how the sweet malts offset the bitter grapefruit

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A reddish brown brew with a large frothy head and thick bands of lacing. They don't come too much prettier than this.

S - Grapefruit pith, soap and caramel. Simple, but nice.

T - Delicious hops, an untraceable citrus pith, white pepper, lilies, faint caramel, oatmeal. Very umami.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, mostly refreshing - a teensy bit gummy.

D - Damn good. I will have again for sure. I'm thrilled to still have two left from the six pack after this one. I'd say american black ale isn't really the style though. IPA is more like.

Photo of rangerred
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don't know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!

More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.

Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) Enjoy by Nov. 5 2010
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a brown glow and a thick creamy head and a matrix of tiny bubbles.
S- The earthy hops with a slight citrus notes comes through even during the pour. There is a big earthy hops with a soft woody mint quality and a cinnamon with out heat quality.
T- This beer has a big earthy hop flavor that turns pungent in the finish and a faint wood and mint quality to the hops. The finish takes on a dandelion pungent bitterness that lingers for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that enhances the hops in the finish.
D- This beer has the taste of a fresh hop pellet that is full and earthy. The hops are good and has some nice unique depth although malt is hidden under the hops.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although Victory's Yakima Glory offers 8.7% alcohol by volume (which puts it out of style according to current guidelines), I'd still have to call it an American India Black Ale.

The body is a clear, fairly dark ruby-accented mahogany brown at about 35 SRM, and the frothy-then-creamy head is a khaki color. The head retention and lacing are both very good, and it maintains a surface covering throughout the glass while leaving thin veils of lace behind.

The aroma, not unlike the flavor, delivers a combination of chocolatey and caramelsih malt, and floral and citrusy hops. The flavor, however, add a component of piney hops to the mix, as well as a light touch of roastiness. It's initially malty with a touch of fruitiness, and then the hops rise just before the middle. As seems to be the Victory way, rather than just hit you over the head with a juicy blast of citrus, they've combined hops to deliver a more complex and balanced hop character. That keeps it drinkable throughout the serving, and allows the malt character an equal share of your attention. Unlike many beers in this vein that start out two-sided and finish one-side as the hops take over your palate, Yakima Glory is rounded and balanced enough that it maintains both sides. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry with a swirling note of fruitiness that evaporates to leave roasty bitterness, a smear of bittersweet chocolate, and some leafy and grassy hops behind.

Overall what I found in Yakima Glory was immense drinkability. There's a lot of character there but it's not overdone, and what is there is really quite polished - it's superbly balanced! The alcohol might be the only thing that would keep me from having another, but to be honest, I didn't really find it anywhere. Sure, you know it's there, and you can feel it towards the end of the glass, but it never really shows. Nicely done!

Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rust color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of herbal and earthy hops along with some toasted malts.

Tastes of toasted malts with a large hop layer to it. Toffee notes lead off with a bit of caramel as well. Some toasted bread notes come through in the middle and nuttiness. A wave of hops marches in next with earthy and leafy herbal notes. Touches of orange zest add light touches as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and find it falls in line with some of the better examples of the style.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter

A- Fluffier tan, 2 finger head floats upon a brown body with a slight reddish hue in the light. Pretty decent lacing

S- Sweet floral and earthy hops, with an almost piney smell. Roasted malts and caramel is also aparrent.

T- Delicious malts and caramel create a perfect base blended with a sweet floral, earthy, and almost piney hoppy finish. Some more spicy hops and citrus comes out as it warms as well as maby some tangerine or orange?

M- Solid bodied with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tounge as it goes down. Leaves a decent bitter, slightly dry finish but not off putting.

Overall this is a great strong ale. So much I would even pass it as an I.P.A if I was the brewer. The hops are very apparent and strong in this brew and overall are pretty much dominant. The delicious caramel malts blend perfectly with the amount of hops. Really good brew and definitely worth a try.

SKÅL!

Photo of mightyheadbrew
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Victory Brewing Co. I love reading the verbiage on beer bottles and this one is no different. It would have been nice, however, if Victory had listed the different varieties of hops used in this beer, since it is the aroma and flavor of hops that stands in the forefront of this brew.

Photo of nitro0292
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, not black. Ample tan head sits atop and leaves plenty of chunky lacing until the last sip.

Smell is of resinous piney hops with a strong and definite roasted malt aroma. Malts contribute to the aroma more this year than last (or my nose has gotten better).

Taste is bitter and resin hop oil which blends into a smooth onset of caramel and roasted malts. More balanced this year, as it is not puckering. Remains undeniably hop-forward. No taste of alcohol is evident. Dry finish with a strong, pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy.

This year's recipe seems improved over last year's. This is one of the best BIPAs I've had and another "Victory." Keep it coming!

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge, smallish tan head without a ton of retention. Lacing is solid. Tempting aroma of heavily citric hops, sweet malt, and bitter roasted notes.

Really a delicious beer, I’d have to put it clearly in the black IPA category. Very strong and vivid tropical fruit hoppiness, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, roasted flavors, char, medium bitterness, faintly boozy undercurrent. Also aspects of pine, flowers, bittersweet chocolate. Modest sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation with a lingering bitter and slightly boozy finish. Drinks like a DIPA in terms of power. The malty sweetness of that style is mostly supplanted in this beer by the burnt and roasted quality, one I really enjoyed. This is a top notch, big and tasty hop forward brew by Victory.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear reddish brown into the tulip glass, slightly carbonated, thin head with light lacing. With this type of coloring it's obvious there's alot of toasted malts in this one! The aroma coming from the glass is big time malts with hoppy citrus, some carmel, some chocolate going on. The hops hit the front of your tongue right away, followed by a gush of strong carmel and roasted malts, and finishes with a hint of chocolate trailed with intense hops that lingers for quite awhile. The finish of this beer is very dry. The taste of the malt profile is very Germanesque which is so typical of the flavor and malts that Victory is so known for. The initial smell reminds me of an Imperial Red Ale because of the huge amount of malts. This is an interesting IPA that reminds me of Germany meets the West Coast style of extreme hopping. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and I can see this one as a sleeper that will creep up on you very quickly if you're not paying attention, very drinkable and quite tastey.

I still prefer the Hop Wallop and would like this one more if it weren't so malty. Victory has this love for German malts and I taste it in alot of their beers. I absolutely love alot of hops in my beers and if it weren't for the massive amount of bittering going on here, I would have scored it much lower because I'm not a huge fan of big malt flavors. This is a very unique brew that doesn't really match the description of a IPA typical IPA, it's quite weird but works well. (Thus the beauty of the American brewers, I love it.)

The beer wasn't anything like I anticipated and this is one I wanted to get last year to try and discovered it after the it was all sold out for the season. I've been waiting an entire year to try this beer and it was worth the wait, a very distinct Victory beer. One of the maltiest IPA's I've had.

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