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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,600 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,600
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 silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with amber highlights, and a thick and frothy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is equally impressive with huge juicy and citrusy hop notes, along with some orange marmalade, some cocoa and light coffee notes, caramel, fruity esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is a little less intense, with piney and floral hops upfront, along with some milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, orange marmalade, fruity esters, and moderate alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. Really tasty black IPA here, note quite on the level of SSR but not far off either.

silver0rlead, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of tmcelvain
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Perfect copper tone, with 2" of foamy head when poured into a straight edged pint.

S: A bit of alcohol is apparent behind the very forward hops. One of the strongest smells I've noticed from a beer. My sense of smell is not the best, and this one really hit me right from the pour.

T: I like the combination of hop forward flavor and rich malts, but the finish is very bitter, and the alcohol flavor is not quite balanced on my palette.

M: Fairly carbonated, I would describe this one as lively and refreshing.

D: The bitterness of the finish leaves me wanting to switch beers after just one. Not sessionable.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it because it is an interesting brew. Not one of my favorites, but I wouldn't turn one down, and I may try it again (five more in the fridge anyway).

tmcelvain, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some tan and red. Not much head

Smell - Some hops, some sugars and spices, not real strong

Taste - Ah a black ipa. Has the ipa kick with some more malts and barley added to the mix
Its mild hop kick mixed with the bitter malts give it a nice change up from standard ipa's. The longer i drank this, the more i tasted the brown sugar and spices in it.

Mouthfeel - Its smooth yet bitter on the tounge. Its not very thick so after the swallow not coating is left. Aftertaste is gone fairly quick

Drinkibilty - Was a nice change from normal ipa's. Enjoyed the bitterness and maltness. Would like to drink a few more of these

wvsabbath, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

claspada, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle matches the pic but it says Yakima Twilight... The words glory aren't on it. If this isn't the same beer someone let me know please.

A= The pour is a dark hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head on it that rises up to about four fingers and holds some steady retention and lacing. What's the deal with the head on this. Why is it soooo big. Nice lacing.

S= The best by date is Dec. 10 2010 so I'm not late but the hop character is a little lacking for a CDA. It is there but a little more focused on the malt character here. Roasty malt and piney hops.

T= Like the smell this beer focuses on the malt character more for a CDA. There is a good bit of caramel malt and a little roast but the hop character and malt character meld together nicely to make a fruity pineapple taste to it more than either individually. Not bad tasting.

M= Big on carbonation. Tone it down a bit.

D= Not a bad beer but not quite what I'm looking for in a CDA. This as a beer is not too bad though. It has a time and place but sort of falls into a unique category.

jjanega08, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with decent enough staying power. Some nice legs on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of malt character with some dark fruits and candied dark sugar. Also a fair amount of piney, resinous hops. The taste is a letdown, with some sweet malt failing to really interact with the piney hops, and the darker fruits get lost in the background. Feel is somewhat sweet, yet still a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer with some decent characteristics, but not my favorite and pales in comparison to some others within this emerging style.

Thorpe429, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of krausenman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer poured a clear dark garnet color that was capped with a thick light tan head. The beer had a slight haze

S-The initial aroma gives off tobacco and ripe fruit aromas. There is an underlying spicy/grassy aroma that is integrated with the other aromas.

T-There is a slight sweetness initially that is backed up by biscut or toasted notes. This quickly changes over to a balance of roasted chocolate flavors and hop bitterness and flavor. The flavors are well blended and balanced.

M-The mouthfeel is full bodied despite the low level of carbonation.

D-I enjoyed this beer. It is not a session beer. The body is full and the beer can be filling but the flavor ranges over a broad spectrum of tastes that makes for an experience.

krausenman, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Lldeegan
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light. A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.
The aroma is floral and fruity. The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.
Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.
The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it's parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.

Lldeegan, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of kwakwhore
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Huge tan head with excellent retention and lacing.
Bitter chocolate notes in the aroma, not too much else is perceptible.
Really delicious. The bitter chocolate notes continue into the flavor, followed by a really long grapefruity finish. The combination hops and the dark malts make for a really tasty beer.
Full bodied mouthfeel with some nice carbonation.
Easy to drink, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.
Black IPAs are moving way up the ladder in my preferred beer styles, and this one is a very strong contender. Another really strong offering from Victory.

kwakwhore, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of injuredreserve
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Brown with huge head, lots of carbonation.

S-A unique mixture of hop aromas and malt forwardness.

T-Hop flavor, coffee and caramel malts. Uneven bitterness linger

M-Surprisingly, the carbonation was not overpowering as it appeared out of the bottle, but instead a relatively moderate level.

D-Seems unbalanced...

injuredreserve, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of brystmar
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Full disclosure: I don't particularly like IPAs.

Deep brownish amber with healthy amounts of head; good retention and moderate lacing on the glass. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, malts, and an earthy scent that reminds me of walking through an evergreen forest...sans teenage vampires.

It's an IPA, so malts and hops galore. Pretty well balanced with a touch of sweetness creeping up halfway through, but this all gets pushed aside once the hoppy bitterness steps up to dominate the aftertaste. I could honestly become an IPA convert with this brew if the aftertaste weren't so strongly hoppy. Mild boozy warmth, but surprisingly subtle for an 8.7%.

Much heavier in the mouth than most IPAs, yet still oily. Good on drinkability even though I can't see myself ever drinking more than one of these (taste preferences). Fans of the style should love this brew.

brystmar, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Rich amber color, almost like hardwood, topped with a moderate size, thick, off-white foam. Very good retention, bit of lacing.

S - dark fruit up front. interesting pine notes: not overly sweet, only a little citrus zest, but plenty spicy. There's a richness to it that suggests thick tree sap or bark rather than the chemical Pine-Sol aroma you sometimes get from very hoppy beers.

T - very hoppy, even moreso than the complex piney smells might indicate. aside from caramel malts, though, there's not much else to taste behind that wall of bitter hops goodness.

M - moderate to heavy body (!), very smooth, coats nicely with oily residue. makes great use of every bit of its 8.7%

D - tons of flavor and body -- and yes, alcohol too -- but it's never overwhelming. not a huge IPA person but this is simply superb craftmanship.

Richardberg, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A red/brown color with decent clarity, a slight haze. It produced a 2-3 finger tan head that held very well. Moderate C02 can be seen, it didn't really leave lacing at all, a splotch here and a little dot there but that's about it.

S - Pine, sap, a bit of bark and rind in there, wonder hop aroma. I get a big malt character here as well, candied plum and raisin like aroma's, caramel and soft toffee like notes. Aroma is very well balanced, very very good.

T - Wonderful blend of malts and hops! Upfront I get sap, pine and rind like flavors, brown sugar and raisin quickly follow. It unfolds into robust, roasted and smokey malts that hang on the tongue with a pretty big bitterness long after the sip. Just a touch of the alcohol is noticeable on the finish as well as floral and dry hop flavors.

M - Soft crispness with a smooth and creamy feel. Around medium-full bodied.

D - I had pretty high expectations on this beer and it stacked up well for me. I really enjoyed the blend of hops/malts as well as the hidden alcohol that basically lends a warming in the throat. The alcohol is dangerously hidden so watch out! I could see myself sitting down with a couple bottles of this bitter brew, pretty damn good and worth the $10.50 a sixer price tag. Cheers!

PintOHops, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

Interesting red-brown color. It's not completely clear or transparent. Pour yielded a 2 finger tan head, kina pillowy, not creamy.

First smell gave off lots of sweet candied fruit, lots of raisin, raspberry and date. There's a zip of citrus there with some floral notes and a great resinous that seem to blend with the malts pretty well.

What an excellent blend of hops and malt. It's much more hopped then the nose lead me to believe. The mouthfeel is full and lightly syrupy. Hops and malt are right there to greet you from the tip of your tongue to the lingering aftertaste. It's fairly bitter, especially at the end. All the sweet candied malt are in the taste, reminding me a bit of a double bock. Lots of resiny hops with a touch of pine.

An assault on the pallete for sure. If you want to pair this one with food, make sure you have some strong flavors going on in your dish. Great beer. My only criticism would be that it's just a bit too bitter for my liking. Other than that, it's awesome.

JosiahS, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of takeabrewski
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep brown with slight reddish tones. I get just enough light through it to determine that it's cloudy. Nice thick 2-finger head.

S: I get lots of caramel and toffee, as well as floral hops.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, followed by nice hop bitterness, and finishing off with deep grapefruit and piney hops.

M: Very smooth early on, then hop astringency at the end.

D: Despite the high ABV, I could drink this all day.

takeabrewski, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, seems like I like this one a fair bit more than most folks. Dark brown color with a tan head on top that sits around for a good while. Really enjoyed the dark IPA, big hops flavor, some citrus, and then all kinds of darker, dried fruit flavors in there as well. Roastiness, some lighter chocolate and some light caramel as well. Big, mixed flavors that mix nicely together. Would definitely pick it up again, although the price tag was a little higher than I'd hope.

soupyman10, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of mwagner1018
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with significant dark red hues. Thick frothy 3 full fingers of light tan colored head off the pour. Spattered nice layered lacing down the glass.

S- Dark fruits (figs), light roasted notes, citrus and piney character of hops.

T- The dark fruits are nice up front, raisin, caramelized apple notes, deep vanilla pudding character, toffee, roasted malt, followed by a deep piney resinous bitterness on the finish, lingers nicely.

M- Full body to this one, deep complex flavors, creamy coating texture, good medium carbonation which delivers the flavors well.

D- Pretty big on this one, 8.7% hidden pretty well though, fantastic complex beer, the depth of the flavor is great, with enough body to work really well as a nice IPA option for a cool fall evening.

mwagner1018, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Tombomb
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on tap.

A: This beer looked awsome at the pour. Dark in color with a slight tan head about 3/4 inch in a tulip glass.

S: Lot going on, I can smell the hops and dark malts right away. The hops have a nice aroma and blend well with the spicy notes of toasted almonds.

T: Lot going on with the first sim, hops up front followed by the sweet malt, the an bitter finish, the bitter is more of a burnt toffee or coffee not citrus. I thought of Starbucks coffee...

M: A little thick and oily. Nice!

D: This is a sipper, would not drink more than one of these at a time.

I enjoyed this beer. first time I've tried a dark IPA, I would certainly try the style again.

Tombomb, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I appreciate whoever sent this to me as an extra. It's been so long, I've forgotten.

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - Fat frothy finger worth of head just sits there and leaves some nice lacing on my glass. The color is a rubyish brown...looks delightful.

S - Some nice piney hops mixed with caramel and toffee notes from the malt. I get resin in there too before it becomes sweet, and a slight alcohol smell on the back end, but I had to search for it.

T - Lots of piney taste to it, just like the nose. It then gets a tiny bit sweet and ultimately finishes with a grapefruit like taste that just lingers on the tongue for...half a minute or so.

M - Dry finish, good carbonation, medium body. Hard to argue that.

D - Quality brew. I could drink plenty of it.

Kaiser81, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of BeerMusketeer
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another dark beer with a serious helping of bitter hops. Nice citrus aromatics greet you. Looks kiind of brown, not black, so mebbe they should call this a brown IPA? Whateva it is, it is freaking great!@! Really digging these dark hoppy beers. Goes down pretty easy for the high ABV.

BeerMusketeer, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of rembrant
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's 3 part ode to deluxe hops features Storm King Stout, Hop Wallop IIPA and this which seemed to defy description but IMO came somewhat near Dogfish 90 min. Listing Here as Strong Ale, Victory is calling it Dark IPA

Like DF 90, this is a big beefy hop bomber that has the substance (Dark malts,body) to carry a lot of hop flavors without making you think of a Pine Mulch Smoothie.

Look....handsome, deep red brown,lets through almost no light,frothy 1 finger head, leaves plenty of lacing. A second pour yeilder more head, still frothy and durable.

Aroma...Here's where Yakima Twilight really gets your attention. Pretty much a full spectrum of whole fresh hop flowers from 4 Yakima varieties...the main point to this show.
Citrus,various forest scents,cannabis resins,some dark roasty malt/coffee,a touch of floral,hayloft and...wow.

Flavor....tastes like what the aroma promised. Some rich malts in mid taste The Hops hit first, evolve and linger on. Pretty much the spectrum of hops tastes,a bit of grapefruit + orange zest at the finish after Juniper-Redwood-Pine lead off.

This bottle is chilled up, yet the aroma+ flavor mix remains potent and charming. There's a little more detail in the malt side as it warms. A great thing though is you can damn near freeze one of these for that muggy 90 degree afternoon, and there's still a LOT of flavor.

Hop Wallop and Storm King don't use the same hops blend but both are also BIG hops. Storm King,the Stout, counters with big complex dark malts...more than this. Hop Wallop stays closer to IPA with lighter,less obvious malts.
Mouth on this is full + hearty The hop oils+ resins linger,the toasted malts add substance. Carbonation is fine and subtle but there in balance.

Drinkability....You sense alcohol without tasting it, but it is in there somewhere.
The special hops showcase stirs the taste buds but "less filling" loses to "tastes great" in this I could do another (easily) because it's yummy,but this wasn't built to be one where you might finish a 6 pack watching a ballgame. It says "more" but also says "no need to hurry"

note...now there is a category for these...Black IPA/Dark Cascadian. I'd like to see it become Dark Bitter Ale,which bypasses the oddity of combining black and pale,as well as the geographic matters of India and the Cascades. While IPA has come to mean a Bitter beer,Bitter does stand on it's own.

Whatever...I like this stuff.

rembrant, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Poured a red/tan color with minimal head. Hop notes in the nose of slight pine. Very malty back bone on this one with a hoppy pine ending. Tasted the pine flavors more than I thought since the aroma wasn't that strong. A sipper for sure. Medium mouthfeel.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

So, the bottle here gives some description of the beer, talking about the unique Yakima Valley and late summer hop harvests. However, the style is not clear from the bottle.

The pour is beautiful...a dark, dark reddish-brown, with a small but composed head sitting on top. I did not expect this rich of a color from this beer...and I like it.

The smell is equally surprising. It is strong, rich, giving off deep aromas of hops, red grapefruit, caramelized brown sugar, coconut, pepper, and pine.

And the flavor is right up there...it is bitter up front, sweet across the tongue, and finishes bitter. This tastes in the likes of a barleywine, sweet malts backed by just the right balance of hops. There are some grassy notes, honey, cinnamon, chocolate, light coffee hints, and maybe some maple.

This is a rich beer...it is very active on the tongue, and has a very good balance between each element.

movingtrain, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like the sunset on the label, orange and brown. Caramel smell.

Taste, hoppy, nice. Thick dark texture plays well with the hops. Very nice to see a beer like this stay crisp and hoppy instead of getting bogged down in alcohol and malt heft, yet stay complex enough with what expect are some chocolate malt and molasses or honey. Any fan of hoppy barleywines should check this out, not quite as sweet, almost as strong as a barleywine.

Defintely better than expectations, victory always seems to be a little underwhelming in the hop department, but this was just right.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/12/10

Enjoy by December 17th, 2010

Dark amber brown whilst being poured; very dark in the glass. Held to the light it has a ruby hue, almost blood red at times. Just over two fingers of foam with 50% retention after a few minutes. Nice puffy lace thus far. A skim is all that lasts; no lace either.

Floral hop aroma with some citrusy twinge & a touch of pine. It's dense enough to have a medicinal hint. Effervescent notes of dark fruit - plum & raisin. Bread & a dollop of caramel. Split between juicy & sweet.

Yakima Twilight is a full-flavored beer for sure; dense, resinous hops with a robust malt accompaniment. A good bit of pine tar bitterness is shoved to the forefront by the burgeoning malt bill. Toasty sugars somehow manage not to be super sweet. Caramel & something akin to brown sugar. Faint dark fruit undertones. Floral wisps. Citric flavor is faint as it's enveloped by everything else & tends to get lost in the fuss.

For all intents & purposes this is full bodied. No surprise there's lots of grittiness tumbling around. Carbonation is moderately low, but is well-suited to the beer. Sticky at times. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Hops resin & sugary residuals linger on the finish.

Yakima Twilight is rather enjoyable. With a best by date of 5 months from now, I have no idea how old this beer is, but I get the impression it wasn't bottled recently. Maybe I would like it more fresh? In any case, this is a creeper despite the hidden alcohol.

Ryan011235, Jul 16, 2010
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.