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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,532 Ratings

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Ratings: 1532
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%

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 PorterLambic


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Arrives clear brown with red throughout. Head is off white and, as a film, lasts forever while leaving some lace behind.
Smell is hops, roasted malt and a bit of smoke. Good balance.
Taste is hoppy, malty, evergreen, smoke (very light) with coffee showing up late and faint. Good balance.
Medium body, strong effervescence up front. Drying from the start. A really nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 00:41:20 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of tjsdomer2


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ink black with some brown at the edges. Exceptional lacing and foam.

Smell: Coffee and pine. Fairly subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very Christmasy. Spiked coffee and pine. Definitely some boozy notes to this beer. Fairly creamy, but a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall Drinkability: I definitely want to try more Victory if I can find it. Not my favorite black IPA, but I have yet to have a bad one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2013 19:08:24 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz at Duckworths. About the lightest dark ale I've ever seen. A ruby brien with a finger of white. Frothy and laced ok.

Aroma, quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Some limited toasted malt.

Taste, also crisp and hoppy. Minimal roast. Citrus herbal pine is all there. Not much roast, just a mild malt backbone. Nearly a straight ipa to me. The roast and cocoa qualities open up a bit as it warms.

About mid body, mid-high level of carb. Drinks easy enough, pretty dry. A fine beer, just mis-classified.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 02:00:06 | More by Bung
Photo of ToasterChef


4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 12-7-12.

A: Dark brown beer—opaque. Shines ruby where the light penetrates. Tan foam head has good lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma is a little bitter, but does remind me a lot of a forrest.

T: Great mixture of bitter and roasted flavors. BOth linger, but the hops outlast the malts.

M: Good sized body. Lots of hops and carbonation give off a large tingling sensation. Coat has roasty flavors and a lingering bitterness.

O: An enjoyable black IPA. I'm glad I finally gave this brew a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2013 14:43:52 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of thecheapies


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy color where it looks very dark brown. Thin head from a careful draft pull.

Large roast, pine hops, and brassy fruits. Pine, earthiness, red apple, and booze.

Sweet, yet hoppy, black ale with awesome fruitiness for the style. Juicy apple, acidic hop oils, copper kettle, basil leaf, sappy pine, alcohol, and tart pomegranate. The beer almost has a hard salinity to it, accentuated in a long and toasty bitter almond finish.

A little boozy, but it's a great warming effect. Medium-plus body and medium carbonation.

Excellent. One of my favorites of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 02:19:59 | More by thecheapies
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at Gainesville House of Beer. Solid black ale. Nice hop presence with a sweet aroma, a sort of blend of chocolates and pine needles. Good hop bite with a complex black currant flavor, some good roast, but the two are melded rather well in this one. One of the better Black IPAs out there, and I have mixed feelings on the style. This one is definitely worth drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 18:18:53 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of haazer


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Deep copper color with red hues. This looks a bit like a lager. Off white, slight brown head.

S- I'm left searching a bit here. Hints of hops, and strong carmel roast malt. More of a malt profile in the nose. But the hops are somewhat weak.

T- Starts as a chocolate roasty malt sweetness. Flavor then transitions into a fruity hop profile. Mostly citrus and orange. Then it rounds out with a milky creamy taste.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with medium carbonation. Mouth is up and down. Starts out smooth and rich, then a tingly bitterness, and then smooths out again. Pretty interesting.

O- Definitely an interesting brew. I like the combo here in the taste, but the nose was a bit of a let down.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 02:20:59 | More by haazer
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Loxleys
Served to me in a chilled pint glass. Dark amber in color with a nice head with decent lacing. Smells pretty hop forward with a good bit of pine and mango. The palate is a bit more balanced with some sweet and smokey malts countering the hops. Good amount of bitterness in the finish. All in all this is a good representation of the style but is not a standout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2012 13:59:34 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of One2Remeber


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 9oz shaker

A: Clear body, dark brown with a reddish hue in the light. Head is the lightest shade of khaki brown and fades after a quick minute.

S: Smells chewy, sweet and nutty like an English brown ale.

T: Hop tastes of light pine, like a forest tied in with hints of citrus. Mild malts up front with a sweet nuttiness. Finishes with tart fruits (figs, prunes).

M: Want to chew on the beer like a fluffy pecan muffin. Leaves a tar, sticky feeling on the pallet after each sip. Very unique.

O: Reminds me of Terrapin's Hop Karma just not as intense, more straight forward hop/malt presence compared to a salad of flavors. Another example of Victory defining a beer style. This is a India Brown Ale in my book, not a Black Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 05:59:26 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of Merkur


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice dark brown, ruby color. Much lighter than I was expecting for a "black" ale. Not much head.

Beer smells piney and citrusy.

Beer tastes very piney on the initial sip, before giving way to a nice, nutty taste. Also, slightly smokey as well.

Beer is a bit more carbonated than I would have liked.

Overall solid black ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 04:18:41 | More by Merkur
Photo of SpoonMeForkMe


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced. Bitter all the way through. when the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA medium bodied, nice lacing light carbonation very easy to drink but not sessionable. Licorice.
Off tap served in a tulip.

A - Pours a deep ruby/brown with a two finger thick, creamy, off white head.

S - Pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, toffee.

T - The smell correlates well with the taste. Piney, resinous, fresh herb, rosemary, chocolate, licorice, caramel, toffee.

M - Nice carbonation. Slightly buttery/creamy. Medium bodied.

O - Balanced. Bitter all the way through. When the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much for some people. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA. Very easy to drink but not sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 19:12:00 | More by SpoonMeForkMe
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh. Poured a dark black color with some dark brown foam.

At first, the taste was smooth piney hops, followed by a chocolate and malty flavor. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for how bold its flavor is.

Overall, this is a very good beer in a style that I intend to start drinking more often.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 01:28:20 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head, not much lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is Toasty, nutty and malty. Hazelnut in particular. Pine and coffee. Some roasted malt in the taste. Has a burnt element and decent piney hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It is a very complex beer and hardto appreciate all of its elements. May be a little too complex.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:55:31 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Flounder57


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse. Beer was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Slight head, a deep mahogany crimson red with a little clarity and no signs of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: mocha, sweet malts, and pine. Interesting mix. Hmmmm. Hoppy black ale. This explains things.

Taste: pine, mocha, and subtle bitterness. A little biscuit and sweet malts too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, interestingly delicious.

Overall: Probably the most interesting hoppy black ale I have had yet. Will be getting mote of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 05:53:37 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Retail1LO


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Pizzeria Uno's. Poured into a pint glass, furnishes a 1" head that quickly dissolves leaving some thin, spotty lacing. A pretty dark, lager like brown that lets minimal ligh through. The nose is a great mix of hops and malt. The taste is quits unique. It's both hop and malt foward at the same time. This is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit bitter, and lingers for quite a while. Overall, a solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2011 23:29:21 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of hiikeeba


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours up a crystal clear With a lingering off white head.

Smell: Faint piney hop notes and some malt.

Taste: Starts with a slight malt sweetness, that quickly fades as the piney citrus notes come in, leaving a nice ring of bitterness at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, which is nice considering the alcohol content.

Overall: Frankly, until last summer, I thought this whole CDA thing was overrated and a pain in the neck. Since I don't live in the Pacific Northwest, I hadn't been exposed to these beers. Now I'm a believer! Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 03:07:18 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of ChugginOil


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a quick dissipating, cream colored head. There are walls of lace. Looks pretty nice but I've seen darker.

The nose is a bit disutbing at first as there is an odd scent going on. Maybe a bit too cold but still... There are some hops matched with some nutty malt.

The taste erases the weird nose and slays it with a nice balance of some bitter, floral hops and nutty, sweet malt. The balance here is quite nice and pretty much makes this brew good.

The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated, leaving a nice dry feel.

Overall, nice balance and good flavors make this brew pretty damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 06:27:05 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of Rifugium


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Assuming this is an alias for Yakima Twilight...

This beer pours a dark carameled amber color with a nice off-white head that laces well. Caramel aroma, fresh piney hops. Taste of toasted bread, honey and caramel, piney hops in generous quantities. Mellows out and gets a bit smoother as the temperature rises. Medium mouthfeel, and quite a good drink overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 21:32:48 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mooseo


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Grey Lodge, poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark red-brown copper color. A bright white and creamy 1" thick head forms, leaving moderate lacing down the glass.

S - A wide array of appealing citrus notes mixed with a very sweet toasted caramel aroma.

T - Taste is amazing. A nice wood burnt, charred caramel flavor is present, accompanied by some grapefruit and citrusy hops. Very sweet flavors up front, slightly dry hoppy goodness in the finish. Very balanced and satisfying taste.

M - Smooth and creamy. It's a medium bodied beer with a slightly syrupy and sticky feel.

D - I'm glad I decided to give this a go, this was my first black ale. Excellent balance with many delicious flavors. The alcohol is well masked and the drinkability is superb. Overall, an excellent beer that I will be trying again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 01:30:03 | More by mooseo
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. It pours a deep, dark mahogany-amber hue with a tawny head and sheets of lace. Not black, per se, it is more akin to a darkly-colored BW. The nose has a lot of piney and herbal dankness and is evocative of SN's premium brews' hop profile. There is also a slight vegetal and catty aroma. A piney, earthy, and woody hop profile sits upon an English-style malt (i.e. biscuity, buttery and unobtrusive) and the whole thing reminds me, again, of a top-shelf SN offering. Some tea like bitterness is observed after a while, too. The feel is fairly creamy for a beer in the IPA family; I like. Overall, a very good Black IPA / CDA / ABlkA; one of my favs of the fledgling style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 05:22:33 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Stanhagen


4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has worked its way into my top 5 beers. I go to Victory Brewpub quite frequently and can't help but order the same beer (yakima glory). a nice use of hops providing a nice scent and taste. i rarely see it on tap anywhere outside of the brewpub but definitely gobble it up if you find it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:45:01 | More by Stanhagen
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark caramel with good carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Fruits, caramel, some good hop bitterness

T: Hints of some toasted and black malts, caramel, cocoa, citrus and a nice dry bittering

M: Nice hop bitternes lingers, sticky, medium body, some booze

O: Good

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 00:58:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 14:58:38 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint glass:

A - Dark with reddish hints in the light, light/medium head.

S - balanced scent of burnt carmel and pine scented hops.

T - This beer is well balanced. The malt flavors hit you up front and follow with a wash of hoppy bitterness. Pine and floral hoppiness. Mild alcohol notes.

M - Medium/Heavy bodies and on the light side of carbonated.

D - Excellent beer that I would drink all night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 20:53:55 | More by BeerisfoodLLC
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with some reddish hues around the edges. Provides a nice one finger tan foam head, with moderate lacing.

S: Smells of quite prevalent but seem to be fighting each other for dominance. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate or citrus hops.

T: Starts off different then the smell. The hop bitterness is most noticeable up front. The middle is where the big flavors of rich roasted malt and sweet caramel come in. Seems like a constant battle for supremacy.

M: Seems a little bitter with some mild alcohol on the palate, then it seems creamy at times.

D: This is a very complex beer, with both the hops and malt flavors battling each other. I will give this another shot or two in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 12:27:47 | More by IronCitySteve
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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.