Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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 BeerGodz
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark copper/mahogany color, clear, fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Caramel, toffee, sweet malt, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Caramel, toffee. Finish: Pine, citrus, slight metallic taste - pretty complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation, and a bit sticky

Drinkability: Warming and quaffable

Overall Impression: This is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It's a flavorful and complex brew. A great beer for the colder months.

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear dark ruby with massive foamy head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, spice, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Nice blend of hops and malts in the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, citrus and spice are apparent throughout. Starts off a little more on the sweet side before turning very bitter.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium to full body, quite warming and extremely dry.

Drinkability: Extremely bitter cross between an English Strong Ale and an American Barleywine. While it has a nice complexity, the bitterness overwhelms the nuances that are hidden beneath the surface.

Photo of TapTitan
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight has to be one if not my favorite beers of all time!

Dark Ruby color is gorgeous, perfect blend of Hops isn't overkill but just right. Very smooth beer that leaves an amazing aftertaste that to me screams "Damn this is a good beer"!

Had this on tap at Theresa's in Wayne, PA and hounded the bartenders for a few weeks on where I could snatch this up on Tap for my home bar. Unsuccessful thus far as a sixtel is concerned but found a 6-pack today and didn't mind shelling pout $12 for a 6-pack!

A must for any beer fan!

Photo of burnstar
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A really pretty beer- clear dark reddish brown with a huge persistent dense off white head. Smell is citrusy hops. Lemons. Taste is again is mostly citrus hops. Nice caramelly malt. Some bitterness but nicely balanced overall. I like that it's just a bit on the hoppy side. Great full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Another great beer from Victory.

Photo of jwillcourt
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a half pint glass.

A - Reddish-brown color, and red when held to the light. Finger-sized, beige head with average retention.

S/T - Very slight sweet malt with citrus hops smell. The taste is roasted malt with a raisin sweetness that grows as it warms. The finish is slightly bitter and includes earthy hops and an alcohol warmth. Overall, this is on the malty side but it has a good hops presence to balance it out.

M/D - Very creamy. There is strong carbonation and it is a little fizzy in the finish. It feels a little slick. This is overall a very enticing, very warming drink, and I wish I had more than the half-pint serving.

Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into large snifter. Dark brown/purple color, fizzy with half an inch of head. Smell is a perfume-ish mix of grains and pine needles. Taste starts grassy with dark malts and finishes bitter with biting alcohol and hops. This an interesting beer with a barleywine-esque quality to it. Despite the high ABV and obvious presence in its flavor, it still isn't too much of a chore to drink.

Photo of ujsplace
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Massive thick chunky antique white head that leaves nice lacing behind. The brew
is a deep ruby/amber in color.

Smells of deep, dark, carmelized sweet malts with a faint earthy, herbal hops.

Initially the taste is sweet, dark malt flavors that are very complex. Next comes
the earthy hops, which make for a nicely bittered finish. The alcohol is there,
but it is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium and very velvety on the tongue.

This would be a welcome treat anytime. Personally for me, this is an outstanding,
highly drinkable brew that has enough balls to warm up with (praise the abv) on
a cold-ass winter night, yet drinkable enough for all seasons. Yet another dangerously
drinkable brew from Victory...

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Yakima Twilight Ale is gorgeous, dark, and earthy to the extreme.

It poured deep dark copper, like an old dirty penny, with a massive creamy dark tan head. It left huge rings of lace from the top of the glass down. An absolutely perfect-looking strong ale. The smell was subtle pine needles and the flavor was sweet and caramel-like up front, followed by a huge hit of pine, grass, and earth. The feel is thick and bready, with a good amount of bitterness with a nice warmth--it was a pleasure to drink. It did not have the flat feel of many other strong ales.

Yakima Twilight is a dark wood and leather ale with a huge amount of earth. It's a deep and wonderful experience.

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 sitarist
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nut brown with amber highlights. The head is tan and two fingers thick, it last awhile. Lots of heavy lacing.

Smells of dark sweet fruit, herbs, some mint, and pine. A little medicinal.

Taste is tobacco, minty, with a pine resin and ginger finish, there is a leathery/tobacco/butter-pecan aftertaste. It has a taste like nothing Ive ever had before. It is sticky on the tongue, heavy body, with a hint of carbonation. It dries slowly.

Its drinkable with a unique flavor all its own. Its well blended, has interesting flavors, and delivers the alcohol very well.

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

Bountiful creamy head of light tan, thick and with incredible staying power. Color is an entrancing and deep brown-leaning rust. Gobs of lace. Couldn't look more regal. Perfect.

Intriguing smell -- malt is toasty and grainy, almost rye-like, while the hops are sharp and herbal. Good balance. Overall aroma is tea-like and earthy.

More black tea on the tongue; brown sugar; earth; light tobacco hints. Hops are a bright, bristling glimmer in an otherwise robust and seriously toasted malt-forward foundation. Spicy alcohol, not dominant, but present. It's only with warming that the hops put their stamp on the experience. Grassy and citrusy hops in the finish; sharp toasted maltiness still prevails--front, middle, back and finish.

Mouth is smooth and slick, with enough carbonation to carry the serious, nearly coarse malt/hops balance.

Victory hits one out of the park here. This will appeal to fans of super-hoppy ambers (ie. Nugget Nectar), malt-heads, and anyone looking for big beers with lots of attitude, excess of character and, most importantly, balance. YUM.

Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip. Huge, 4 finger creamy khaki head, that rests in a lump. Body is a rich, dark burgundy. Leaves a nice web of lacing.

S: Floral and mellow pine hops, mild roasted malts, dark fruit - raisin. Alcohol.

T: Mild hop bitterness quickly surpassed by sweet malts and alcohol. Get some citrus, grapefruit. A good balance the mellow, alcohol infused flavor is perfect for the colder months.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, but could have been a wee bit heavier.

All and all a very tasty beer.

Photo of blackc5
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a one-finger head. Outstanding lacing - could count each of my sips as I drank this.

S - Mild nose on this. Some caramel and malt, and a little bit of citrusy hops.

T - More citrus than expected based on how it smelled. Some basic grapefruit and orange zest, but nothing too extraordinary. Quite bitter, but not in the expected good way. I guess I am complaining too much - it was decent, just not great.

M - Great cabonation levels here - very small champagne like bubbles in the head. Medium-bodied.

D - Surely hides the ABV well, I was guessing closer to 7% until I checked it here on BA. A solid brew, but not a great one.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval chalice, and paired with lamb chops with potatoes. This beer didn't do the pairing justice unfortunately.

Poured with a nice fizzy head of 2 cm with dark amber appearance and subtle hues of gold. Excellent lacing. Nose really left something to be desired, nothing significant, definitely hops, but very mild - would like to see a bit more fruit or chocolate, or something dynamic.

My first reaction to this was that the taste was as equally undynamic as the nose, but it definitely grew on me. Certainly grainy, hops, but also a bit of acidic spices. Bitterness is in the aftertaste, but with medium body and light carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable brew considering its ABV, but not my favorite strong ale, thats for sure.

Photo of thequeen711
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the Whole Foods Store in Plymouth Meetin, PA. Deep rich copper pour with 2 finger head, calming down to a light froth during the drinking stage. Nose of hops, and the taste was a great combination of malts and hops, combining sweet with bitter. For an ale, I enjoyed this offering, it treated me to the appreciation of fine brewed ales, which I was not appreciating until this point, being a stout/porter lover, and shied away from hop brews!

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Ginger Man NYC. Hops in the nose.
Pours dark bodied with a small amount of off-white head and is citrus hoppy above else.Closer to a sipper in drinkability, it is married with a vienna. This is not sessionable alcohol, and I was getting a tad of alcohol warming.

Photo of darklordlager
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark orange/ruby, with a brilliant 1.5" light tan head showing great retention.

S: Pale and caramel malt, lightly floral citric hops. Not quite the zest I was expecting. Spicy bitterness emerges as it warms.

T: There they are--fruity citric hops attack the tastebuds. Bitter floral flavor, not much grapefruit/orange citrus like you'll see with a lot of American hops (Cascade, Simcoe, etc.). Spicy floral citrus, with a sturdy caramel and pale malt backbone. The spicy/skunky character is intriguing, wrapping itself around your tongue in the finish and drawing you in for more.

M: High carbonation, which aids in keeping the bitterness alive on the tongue. Perhaps a touch high, but a great experience overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk about this beer. Found it and mixed it in a sixer to review

A - Dark copper in color. Cool lacing as it warms
S - Well hops mostly with a bit of bread in the backround.
T - Wow thats a bitter hoppy brew! Brown Sugga close but a bit milder
M - Harsh and hoppy but satisfying
D - I like hops but I am not in love with it. One and done.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark ruby red with sedimentation floating everywhere. HUGE light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - A little bit faint for a strong ale IMO but it is very crisp. Big hop resin aroma that's semi-citrus smelling with caramalized malts mixed in. In the background there is faint dark sugars and a light apple smell.

T - Differs a bit from the aroma because the hops are first present but more pine/earth flavored. The tart apple is still in the background but it finishes on the bitter side. The caramalized/specialty malts are there all the way through this beer.

M/D - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, rough on the palate (in a good way). Finishes dry due to the high alpha acid content and a nice alcohol warming factor without the taste. Very drinkable and a good, solid strong ale but not something exotic.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
 
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
 
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is absolutely massive, and recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, with some malt underneath. It is rather underwhelming for a beer of its strength. Its real weakness is its lack of any sort of complexity. In fact, I think I would like it even less if it were stronger as its blandness would be more in my face. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and equally dull too. There is a noticeable bitterness in the finish, but that doesn't really improve anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I could see how this beer might be enjoyed by the crowd who's only criteria for to be good is strength. But I'm not in the crowd, and I expect more from a beer.

Photo of marvin213
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A great head, this frothy, sticky brews looks like an imperial amber. The froth is milkshake-like, and as it slowly dissipates, thick lacing latches on to my glass sides. It looks brown and it looks strong, and the appearance leaves me hopeful....

The nose is less alluring, as hop and malt presence tussle for notice, but neither one seems to win. And, unfortunately, it's not like the balanced effect accomplishes aroma. There's a carbonated amber from malt and barley, and enough hops to have them just leave the surface. Though less optimistic, I'm still hopeful....

Rich and malty, I wanted more hops. It's got a picture of a hop on the bottle, for cyring-out-loud! I know it's not a DIPA, but there's a picture of a hop!! Isn't it?? It tastes like a regular strong ale, but a bit bland and new. At 8.7%, it's not really strong. With a one-year max freshness duration, it's blah. Shouldn't strong ales be ripe for cellaring? The carbonation is well-done (as I'd expect from Victory), but it's just a hop-influenced malt beer. Though I'll go with a relatively average rating, I must admit I'm disappointed. In fact, the feel is where I'll take it down a notch. Malt blahness, it's left begging for more hop influence. Kinda rich without significant backing, it feels like a miss. As for drinkability, I will not be seeking this one out again....

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a shadowy ruby colored liquid, topped with a creamy off-white head. It's a pretty brew, but the appearance doesn't foreshadow that this is one powerful hop-bomb. The smell is all about hops....piny, resiny, citric, oily, sharp, and serious. It's like rubbing your nose in your homebrewing buddy's hop harvest. There is a little malt in the distance, but it's hard to discern a specific character behind all the hop scents. The taste is also hop-centric. It's bitterness has a no-nonsense intensity, and the resiny, tannic, slightly oily sensations are amazing. There is a little more malt in the taste....bread-crumbs and toasted crackers. The finish is long and bitter. Full body...warming. This is one adventurous beer!

Photo of mklinger
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Thick, billowy head that is very, very stiff. Nice tan color on the head. The beer is a dark ruby-brown color. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is very much that of an IPA -- citrus & floral hops popping out of the glass. Some bit of caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of coffee roast, but just a hint. Nice aroma.

Flavor is very hop forward with a complex sweet finish that wasn't expected at all -- almost alcohol soaked raisins (bit of licorice, too) and a dry roast at the very end. Wow! This is a lot more complex than I thought it would be. Interesting nice taste.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, a bit dry. Very nice, easy to drink beer. This goes down awfully smoothly. It would be way too easy to drink 3 or 4 of these & end up totally snockered. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish color. Three fingers of plush foam retain very well, and leave behind nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is of dark malts and resinous hops, with also maybe some citric sweetness.

Tastes like a dark IPA. Not quite like a black IPA because it lacks the roast, but maybe more like a brown IPA (or I guess India Brown Ale). Very piney bitterness.

Body is a little heavier than medium. Appropriately carbonated. Smooth, surprisingly easy drinker for 8.7%. Tasty, with good bitterness. Not much lasting flavor, which knocks it down a notch in that category.

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