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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,596 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 64 | 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 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.

mightyheadbrew, Feb 05, 2011
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!

nitro0292, Dec 29, 2011
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.

tobelerone, Dec 21, 2011
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.

jzeilinger, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany/maroon with slightly off white head. Head appears as dense and seems to have nice retention. Leaves heavy lacing on glass.

S: herbal and spicy hops on the front...and back for that matter... this is very hoppy with a hint of caramel malts peaking through

T: The hops aren't quite as aggressive as the nose would suggest, but rather seems to be in balance with the malt profile. The malts are more prominent on the tongue with some bready and caramel character. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too much. Very nice balance.

MF: This is very creamy and silky for a big IPA and I like it. It allows the spicy hops to be prominent without leaving a sharp finish.

D: This beer has an in your face hop profile, as is standard with double IPAs, and it also has a nice malty backbone to balance everything out. This beer is very drinkable considering its high ABV. It is nice to see beers this big in 6 packs. One of the reasons I like Victory so much!

homebrew311, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head.

Big citrusy and piney smell eminating out.

Taste is exactly what it should be. Malty with a bitter dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability despite the high abv. A little stronger than most in the style, but very good.

aubuc1, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Cakanator
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice darker amber with decent head. I'm a huge fan of Hop devil so I figured I'd love this one.

Nice pine, spice and sitrus on the nose, the palate follows quite well with agressive floral notes and a big hop finish. Goes down very smooth in the end and has great drinkabilty. Worth the 12 dollar 6 pack tag, id say yes.

Cakanator, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of dnarx
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark tea color with a light tan head

S= brown sugar and caramel

T = hops upfront and in the finish for me, medium body, not as sweet as I anticipated from the bouquet, which was enjoyable.

very enjoyable as I am not so into the sweet browns. I could have this beer again and again.

dnarx, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Very hoppy, with some nice fruity, spicy, and floral hops. This mixes well with some dark roasted malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a blast of fruity and floral hops which is then overtaken by the roasty malts. The hops then make a reappearance and mix with the malts, leaving a slightly dry and bitter finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and drying

O: A more than solid ABA. Surprisingly (very) hoppy with just enough roasted malts to make this one a black ale. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style and can find it fresh

BEERMILER12, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce glass into my SA pint glass. It pours a deep caramel color with a mamoth, sticky white head. The aroma is sweetened pine potpouri, IMO a good thing. The beer is sweet pine and citrus, it has a ridiculous malty body to go with the huge amount of hops. The 9% abv is well hidden. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. It is very easy to drink this down, a real winner.

bonkers, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of stimulus
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown that's ruby red when held up to the light. Very thin beige head that doesn't disappear.
S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus on the finish.
T: Starts out with citrus flavors and a ton of hops, and finishes very smoothly with some sweetness and roast.
M: A bit sticky, but smoothly well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: This is sort of like a darkened double IPA imo. It really is interesting how the hops and citrus blend in with the darker malts. Also, very little alcohol is detected, yet it is 8.7%. Whew!

stimulus, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a much darker than expected amber color. The head was pretty big here and needed some time to settle down. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, plenty of citrus and pine on the nose. The taste gives off some deep caramel sweetness upfront and a great floral citrus bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer had some decent body to it and a good carbonation. Overall this beer was really good I thought and would be willing to drink this one again sometime.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of dcook11
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/blood red body. No visible carbonation. Two finger off white head with good lacing.

S- Pine, Citrus, Juniper, Dark berries, some roasted malt.

T- Excellent taste! Piney hops initially, followed by dark roasted malt and coffee. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue, but backed up solidly by a strong malt backbone.

M- Medium verging on heavy bodied.

O- Excellent.

dcook11, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown hazy color with tan head which quickly dissappated. Not very effervescent upon pour. Not much lacing, which seems odd. Smells like deep resinous pine, strange that this beer smells slightly reminiscent of their Imperial Stout Storm King, same hops I am thinking give it that familiar spiceyness and citric quality. Wow, the taste is actually very smooth for such a big beer, I can see these going down toooo easy. Big leafy hop grapefruit bite followed by some sweet malt, but not too sweet and pine finish. This beer is a bit hard to place, definitely a few shades darker than my other favorite hoppy beer Alpha King, more toastyness from the darker malts, perhaps some toffee. There is a lot going on here besides big hops...mouthfeel is quite smooth and this beer is extremely drinkable, little alcohol coming through in the taste. Overall this beer is quite nicely balanced, makes me wish more beers came off this way. If your a fan of Victory brews, specifically Storm King, think of this as perhaps a Storm King light, if that is not totally beyond absurd?

Star80, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of CowsCanBark
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown with a hint of red hue, with a two-finger tan-white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass as I drink.

Smell: It's very hoppy, but there is also a distinct smell of malts, although the scent of these malts is light. I also smell some fruityness.

Taste: This is damn good. It starts with a very floral hops geared flavor, with citrus and fruity flavors mixed in, and a malty finish, and all-the-while there is a mild bitterness throughout, from start to finish. The bitterness is very nice and not cloying at all. My only qualm is that the backbone also has a bit of a soapy taste to it. Booze taste is minor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to heavy body and light carbonation. It's smooth and a little bit creamy as well.

Overall: An awesome and complex beer that I will sample for winters to come.

CowsCanBark, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

New beer from Victory in CT.. had to try it, love all of their other offerings. This one is no different... an absolute delicious beer. A little too hoppy and bitter to have a few in a night but as a sipper and/or a nightcap it's perfect. Nice mouthfeel and great body to it along with quite a flavor punch to your taste buds. I recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it and you love super hoppy beers.

oriolesfan4, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Jimmys
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a medium brown hue. head is rich and almost stout-like. retention is reasonable and the lacing is thick and sticky. also stout-like. wouldnt say it is a 'black' IPA, but certainly a dark brown IPA.

S: a blast of upfront, in your face, american grown hops. there is a very grainy, very toasty aspect in there as well, but this one is all about the hops.

T: the flavors on this thing are so much closer to a big AIPA than an black IPA. the hops are very much at the forefront of the palate and while yes, there is some roasted grain in there, it is not nearly as intense as your average black IPA.

M: moderate carbonation on a brew that is dancing on the line of medium and full bodied.

D: like i said in appearance, i wouldnt classify this as an american black as much as i would call it a very hoppy american brown ale. the hops are so refreshing and drinkable and with the roasted backdrop there is a really nice added dimension that gives this brew some depth. well done victory.

Jimmys, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of brauseboof
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a bottle of this, but I was not disappointed.
Poured into my trusty tumbler and got a dark cherry with a voluminous cream hued head.
What a great nose. Malty and piney, floral and citrusy sweet.
Got hit first with a roasted coffee note, followed by the bitterness, which intensified with time.
Oily and adequately carbonated.
A brew of note, though I think one of these bad boys is just right.

brauseboof, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany color with a big tan head that sticks in sporadic slowly dripping sheets. Highly balanced aroma...fresh, sticky hop flowers melding with sweet, dark, roasty goodness. Chocolate, tea, lemon, honey, and pine, all working together. A continuation of balance in the flavor, a dark and bitter creation showcasing the resiny pine and grapefruit pucker of the hops as well as a rich and dark caramel malt base. The hops coat everything in the end, and I like that. It's fairly thick and a good blast of flavor, but I'm craving another so it's not too much to handle at all. Very tasty and well made...East coast style.

wedge, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of braski
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- dark stained cheery wood with not much of a head or lacing.

smell- sweet roasty malts and citrus hops.

taste- "YUM" lots of things going on in this beer. sweet roasty malts upfront followed by a fair amount of bitterness from citrus hops that ends with chacolate notes and a little alcohal burn.

mouthfeel- medium to full body with little carbonation and a tart bitter end.

overall- a great balanced beer that pushes the boundaries of two styles to create a new one.

braski, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger tan head that fades to a nice layer of lace, crystal clear deep dark amber with highlights of burgandy, very attractive brew.

s- mmm, clean malt, not alof of roast, nice earthy hops, pine resin, some fig, grapefruit, very interesting.

t- wow, very tasty, grapefruit rind, great hops blend with dark biscuity, bready flavors, no trace of the 8.7% abv (as the beer warms it becomes ever so slightly noticeable), the finish here is nicely dry with great bitterness that lingers.

m- medium body with a good bit of hop slickness topped off with a prickly tangy hit.

d- great drinkability here, i wonder why they catagorize this as an american strong ale - victory calls it a dark ipa, none the less this is a killer beer, it's got all the highlights of a great ipa (bordering on dipa) and malty brown ale, i could knock back several easily, i only got a single to try this but will definately be picking up at least a sixer more before this disappears for the rest of the year.

thecarster1, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, strong, hopped up, substantial ale and very good. It pours a clear mahogany color with tons of creamy slightly orange hued off white head, lots of really good retention, and the lacing is very good. The nose is really nice piney hop with maybe a bit of floral in the aroma too. The nose and appearance are plusses so far.

The taste is very good. Make no mistake, this is a strong beer that doesn't hide its ABV. The beer is quite full bodied, full palated, with lots of piney, orangey, estery, and grapefruit hop. The hop is spot on in that there is a nice balance between tanginess, bittering qualities, orange and fruit burst, and tight drying qualities. There is a malty base underneath, with some charring notes that play off well with the bittering hop qualities. There is some crystal malts going on in the beer, some bready qualities, but some of that gets lost in the ABV. This is more of a sipping beer. There is a bit of ABV throatiness to the beer. It is very good. L'Chaim.

albern, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer for a while, but passed on it because of the price. Finally decided to cave. Enjoy by Nov 16, 2010 printed on the bottle, so it's two months old today.

Yakima Twilight is a beautiful beer. It has a very deep, dark red color that looks black without much light. The head forms a thick head of sand colored foam very quickly and then fades down to a solid cap, with good lacing.

I was expecting this to be a hops dominated brew, so I picked up the American hops first. They are bright, herbal, and piney with good strength. After the hops, I found that the malts might have more strength in the nose than the hops. It's very sweet, with caramel candy and some other baked goods going on. Vanilla pudding or creme brulee maybe? I haven't smelled either in a while but that is what I thought of.

The taste is mostly sweet, as expected. It has a creamy, caramel flavor for the front portion. The finish is bitter, with a burnt wood character in the finish from the dark roasty malts combined with a wood-like character. It's rich, sweet, and dessert like. There is a lingering burnt flavor that reminds me of food off a charcoal grill.

The beer has a moderate body, perhaps a bit light for it's high strength and sweetness. The moderate level of carbonation might help with that. This beer really grew on me. It wasn't what I was expecting, but by the second glass I really liked it. I'd recommend it, but don't expect it to be as hop forward as the name and label suggest.

jeffthecheff, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of mattsdenney
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Dark, transparent, ruby red in color. Two fingers of bubbly off white head, good lacing.

S: Hoppy grapefruit, pine, and citrus with hints of toasty malt and dark cherries.

T: Heavy on the hops up front. Tastes very fresh and clean. Underlying tastes of bittersweet chocolate and toastiness. Hop tastes stays strong throughout with lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Surprisingly light bodied for the high abv. Medium carbonation. Nice consistency.

O: I will buy this every winter from now on.

mattsdenney, Dec 27, 2011
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.