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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

1,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 1533
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,533 | Reviews: 768 | Show All Ratings:
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
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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
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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
Photo of Gehrig


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

Enjoyed on tap at the outstanding Crane Alley in Urbana, IL.

Excellent presentation to start, with two fingers of mocha froth topping a clear, chestnut brown body with ruby trim. The lacing on the pint glass was dense, and the head durable; quite a looker. Biscuit malt in the smell, with hops trailing a bit with a somewhat floral aroma. I expected a bolder aroma.

Good taste, neatly holding the hops and malt in balance. Very malty, with plenty of dark chocolate and tart raspberry balancing a fine, floral hop taste. The finish is somewhat bitter--fine by me--and the flavor persists throughout. A bit richer flavor would wring a higher score from me, and giving this a 4.5 is tempting, but it is certainly a rather sound, tasty beer.

The hop grit so often associated with IPAs coats my tongue throughout, quite unique in my experiences for a Black Ale. This is a real treat, and is also smooth. Despite the rather high ABV, this is no sipper, very enjoyable and yet another terrific beverage from one of the finest breweries around. Victory has done it again, and with Yakima Glory, has successfully melded ramped-up hops with heavy malt to produce a splendid, tasty beer. Excellent creativity and craftsmanship, Yakima Glory is very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 23:38:34 | More by Gehrig
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/6/11
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a deep mahogany color, that shines red when held to the light. It has a 2-finger beige head, that left good lacing behind on the glass.

S - The smell is of toasted grains and pine/citrus hops. The hop character is pretty big in the nose, and I am also getting notes of fruit and citrus.

T - The taste is toasty and fruit up front. There is a nice hop presence throughout, but it really intensifies towards the finish. The flavor goes from sweet to hoppy bitter. The finish is toasty and bitter.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down quite smooth. There is a hoppy bitterness that sticks to the mouth.

D - Good drinkability on this one. This is only the 2nd black ale that I've had, and I think it's pretty good. It goes down smooth and has a nice flavor to it. Black ales are kind of a weird style IMO, but I'd try this beer again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 16:24:58 | More by JizackFH
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in philly

Pours a deep nut brown with some almost burnt orange hues. A thicker tanned head bubbles up and retains for a bit before leaving plenty of patchy lacing and film on the glass.

Assorted scents of pine and citrus hops with some sweeter notes driven by chocolate and caramel.

Plenty of piny hops with some citrus undertones up front. A robust malt base dominates most of the flavor with some chocolate, caramel, and doughy bread flavor. More hop bitterness with slight warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, sticky and bitter on the palate. Pretty tasty drinking, especially since the alcohol is masked well. I'm not totally into black IPAs, but this was pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 07:42:47 | More by xnicknj
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From rough notes

A: Dark mahogany pour, little head (which could have been because the server wanted to fill the glass with beer and not head, kudos for the effort, but I like some head on my beers.)

S: Sweet and hoppy up front, malt backbone.

T: Nice dry hoppiness on the taste, mixes well with the coffee/stout taste and malts. Finish is dry.

MF: Medium bodied with little carbonation

D: Decent. Dryness of the aftertaste keeps you drinking. This was definitely more dark than IPA

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 04:34:10 | More by russwbeck
Photo of HopHead84


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Deep brown with a crimson tinge and a big beige head.

S: Smells like heaven compared to the Titan I just choked down. Lightly roasted with a touch of smoke and some caramel. I detect pine resin and a bit of orange. Pretty nice. Maybe some chocolate.

T: Lightly roasted with notes of chocolate and caramel. Not nearly as aggressive as other beers of the style, but elegant in its restraint. Orange flesh makes an appearance, as does pine. Pine is definitely the most pronounced hop component evident to me. There's a little sweetness, but the beer is on the dry side with ephemeral astringency in the lightly boozy finish.

M: Medium body with moderate draft carbonation and a sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer, I wish the overeager server wouldn't have taken my glass when I got up to get another beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 03:34:18 | More by HopHead84
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown slightly red color with a off white half inch head that disappears quickly. Only a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Toasty toffee slightly bread malts. wiith herbal citrus hops.

Citrus mildly fruity grassy hops right up front with a full roasted toffee sweetness. Smooth transition to a quick bite of fresh picked hops and a lot of malt sweetness that clings for a while.

Medium/Light body a great balance of hops and malts bitter but not overly pungent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 23:46:53 | More by DrinkingDrake
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 23:35:51 | More by vfgccp
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Had this on tap at The Pony Bar in New York City. Pours a dark brown colour with a finger of white head. Nice head retention, as some head remained all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus hops with a huge roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness, but the roasty sweetness seems to shine more here. Medium bodied carbonation. This is a very nice Cascadian Dark Ale, and I'm sure to have it when I'm in the US agian.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 03:38:59 | More by kwjd
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a generous ivory head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Earthy caramel malts, chocolate, coffee and floral hops.
T Sweet and chocolate-y with a very bitter hop finish. Bitterness lingers on the very tip of the tongue. Slight booziness.
M - Full and creamy with crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - Decent drinkability but the with the 8% ABV one or two would be my limit.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 18:43:19 | More by jsanford
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the source..at the Victory Brewpub
A nice dark brownish hue, with a good 1" off white/tan head.

Smell is piny hops, a lot like Hop Devil.

Tastes a lot like Hop Devil. The same dry bitterness as devil and wallop, but has a roastier malt profile.

Very dry from the hops, but it's very tasty.

It's very drinkable, but the abv will come back to bite you.

Overall, a very good black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 02:22:44 | More by prg1976
Photo of FLBeerGuy


3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a thin tan head that leaves decent lacing. Doesn't look like a black IPA to me.

Nose is medicinal, muted and not very appealing.

Taste is better than the nose, sweet malts, some bitterness, but not very IPA like. The nose is ruining the taste for me

Don't know if bad tap lines or what, but I this did not taste or smell like I expected it to.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 03:17:40 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of dnarx


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 00:20:04 | More by dnarx
Photo of Tucquan


2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on 2010-11-26 at The Library in Pittsburgh.

A - Dark copper with 1" head and light lacing.

S - Pretty strong hop floral and medium grain. Not much citrus.

T - Some caramel malt, hop bitterness and way too much pepper for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not my cup of tea. The pepper was too over the top and I left the glass only half drained.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 00:17:12 | More by Tucquan
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus like hops. In the taste, fresh pine hops, and a mellow citrus hop, with a nice malty backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a mixture of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 16:04:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 12:52:15 | More by Tombomb
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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught shaker at the Collins pub. Appearance is bright, dark ruby wit ha nice light sand head, nice foamy lace, very attractive.

Smell is bright, a sharp laser-beam of hop resins, big and skuny, woods, loving it.

Taste is also big hops, herbal snap, minty, resinous, very fresh, and well balanced. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel is dry and dusty, like chewing on a hop cone, but less stickiness. Medium heavy, chewy.

Drinkability is very high, loved it. Well done PA! Dangerously tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 23:29:00 | More by ccrida
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark ruby/amber, tight off white head. Nice lace.

S - Malty, a little spicy, hops compliment nicely.

T - Deep almost barleywine caramel malt, backed well by bittering hops.

M - Nice balance for such a big flavored beer. Finish is pretty clean.

D - Dangerously delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 03:20:14 | More by srandycarter
Photo of CampusCrew


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citus, smells like a strong IPA, no indication that it's a dark beer at all.

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. It's drinks like an IPA on the front, citrus, grapefruit, and a dark ale on the back, bitter and roasted malt flavors.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: They should keep this in the line up. superb.... a new fav of mine

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 22:26:02 | More by CampusCrew
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a cool temperature a clear dark reddish brown with a thin creamy tan head. Smell is rich toasty malt and herbal hops. Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with a herbal hop middle and a piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I wouldn't want more than 12 oz at a time, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 17:03:16 | More by tronester
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ivw had this one in the bottle and when I saw this one on tap, I couldn't pass it up...

Arrives a reddish brown with a 3 inch head of foam that never dies completely... Very appealing to the eye...

Earthy piney aromas dominate here and have me ready to sip... The maltiness is there but in the background.. This one is still surprisingly hoppy smelling... Very nice..

A biting piney hoppiness up front which lingers all the way through... Sort of sweet and rich in the middle but this one is still all about the hops... I like this one a lot on tap...
Overall I'm loving this one... After 3 of these, my wife dragged me to the door as I was ready to slam these the rest of the night.. A delicious offering from Victory...

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 23:47:24 | More by Tilley4
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.