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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87.2
very good

1,606 Ratings
THE BROS
92.4
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,606
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 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.

BeerDawgs, Dec 19, 2010
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.

beermanbrian, Dec 17, 2009
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

Jeplacek, Aug 09, 2011
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.

mrasskicktastic, May 10, 2012
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.

rangerred, Jan 15, 2013
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 14, 2010
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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 31, 2011
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.

ocelot2500, Dec 24, 2012
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!

Arenbeer, Feb 24, 2010
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
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
87.2 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.