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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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)
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes

P- O'Reilly's at Four Points Sheraton

A- Clear red color with a foamy finish.

S- a sweet grapefruit hops scent.

T- Huge grapefruit hops. Feels like im eating one.

M-medium bodied and a nice carbonation. Crisp and smooth

D- a struggle at first but then it gets smoother as you drink more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 22:18:36 | More by Dodo2step
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TapTitan

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 03:26:15 | More by TapTitan
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jwillcourt

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2010 05:14:43 | More by jwillcourt
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blackc5

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 06:41:53 | More by blackc5
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 15:51:20 | More by Sammy
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good beer. Served with a fine foamy off white to light tan head and a little lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor's dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly like the flavor and is long with alcohol coming out towards the end. Be more drinkable except for the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 23:42:50 | More by drpimento
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omnigrits

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a straight pint glass, a very dark copper-coloured pint with a firm head that doesn't really go away. Both malt and hops in the nose, piney, grassy, citrus, lots of caramel and chocolate. The taste is somewhat muted after the big blast of powerful aroma. Let's just call it subtle and dignified. Bot malt and hops at the friend and a superbly dry, bitter finish with an aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Good, if slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 02:00:22 | More by omnigrits
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a goblet glass.

An interesting dark, clear ale a thin head and mouthfeel.

Obviously the yakima hops play a significant role in the aroma - lending an earthy, sour scent to it.

The taste follows; there is a rich maltiness with an overlay of the sharp and dominant hops. It is clean, citrus-pine, and smooth. Grape-fruit is predominant. The taste is wholly unique even among the hop-heavy beers.

It is drinkable though with a noticeable bitter dominance coming in towards the end of the warmer glass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2010 20:20:31 | More by Minotaur
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left some nice lacing.

S-Citrus and floral hops combine with roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T-Surprisingly strong roasted malt up front with decent backing from citrus hops. Not bad but this one comes off a bit too raw and ends too dry for me to really get into.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp with long lasting roasted malt and hop bitterness.

D-This is certainly a well made beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me. I found it to be too harsh and raw. Not a beer I will seek out. The cask version I had when it was first made was MUCH better.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 13:48:47 | More by Deuane
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PSUBeerman

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a tulip glass

Pours a rich mahogany color with a thick creamy, sticky tan head. Was quite impressed with the head on this.

Aroma of caramel malts is quickly followed by a pronounced hop citrus smell. Assumption of complexity just with the aroma itself.

Flavor supports the aroma. Malts hit you up front with the well incorporated hop bitterness right behind it. there's also a surprising roasted flavor with this that adds to the mix. Well balanced overall.

A little bite to the mouthfeel, but no complaints. Decent carbonation.

The ABV hits me with this brew. I've tried it several times, each time I felt this rather quickly. Might be hard to do more than 2 of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2010 03:49:17 | More by PSUBeerman
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with no head. Minimal lacing

Surprisingly hoppy smell, complimented by malt and honey.

The taste is malty with a honey flavor and a caramel finish

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation, definite taste of alcohol.

Very drinkable to be so dark

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 22:15:36 | More by inspektor
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armock

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on sweet malt backbone

T - follows the nose citrus hops upfront the some sweet malt rounds everything out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer that I'm really enjoying it's easy to drink this one too fast if you like hops this a beer to look for

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 21:46:20 | More by armock
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, reddish copper amber color with a thin head of lavish white foam which left a nice curtain of clingy lace. A little residual chill haze from protein and yeast.

S: Smells floral and bitter with a sweet, juicy ale aroma layered over pine and citric hops. Deep and robust nose.

T: Sweet roasted caramel malts blend at first with a fine bittersweet crystal malt and fruity ale taste; plum, cherry and pear. This soon gives way to waves of citrus and pine hops, with a very dry yet coating oily grapefruit finish. Slight notes of alcohol picked up along the way, but actually quite smooth and hoppy.

M: Full bodied flavor with a slick, oily and prickly dry feel at times. A sipper for sure.

D: The big ABV of a strong ale and DIPA rolled into the fruity ale complexity and strong hop backbone and finish as, well, a strong ale and DIPA. At 8.9%, quaff one back or age to see where the flavors lean towards in terms of malty ale qualities.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 06:13:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
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slayer3604

California

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany with a pillowy white head, lots of lacing. Smells like pine, spice, damp forest floor, with some herbatious citrus to it. delicious! Lush malts with a sharp but ballanced hop bitterness give way to a creamy caramel candy middleground, and is spicey and warm in the finish. Has a lingering bitterness. Full bodied, dancing carbonation and a well rounded flavor profile. Didn't like how it finished a little sticky, but overall a wonderful beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 05:00:29 | More by slayer3604
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Seanibus

California

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

There is something uncharacteristic about this beer for Victory, which specializes in restrained, precise and delicious beers. This one is delicious, all right, but it has got a raw, exuberant quality, like an incredibly talented homebrewer has been turned loose in the brewhouse.

Pours deep ruby red with small shortlived head, which is itself slightly purple. Aroma malty and almost ryelike, with a slightly sour overripe edge. Flavor is malty, dark caramel with an overripe flower hop character and a deep sharp bite on the finish, almost peppery. Mouthfeel is fairly slight. The beer is unexpectedly raw, with a young, almost unfinished quality to it.

Seems like the brewers at Victory let themselves go for an experiment - and it paid off.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 23:07:39 | More by Seanibus
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Pours a clear, translucent, dark mahogany. Aroma is spicy and hoppy and just a little malty. The richly hoppy flavor has a spicy undertone and an interesting metallic taste that complements the rest of the body rather than being unpleasant. The sharp, edgy texture has some tingle and a firm alcoholic bite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2010 02:42:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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KyleMWood

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Came in a half-pint glass, on tap. Dark copper, red tint, small tan head

S - Strong, fruity hops on the nose, similar to IPAs, think Stone. But, not overpowering, because I still pick up malt sweetness.

T - Crisp, fresh clean taste, well balanced though for a strong beer. You get the hops at the beginning on the nose, and on the backend, but you definitely pick up a great deal of malt in between. The malt taste isn't "sweet," but has a biscuit flavor similar to Fat Tire.

M - dry, but not sweet. Very drinkable for ~9% beer.

Overall: Great beer, I would definitely go and try to find this in the bottle for home consumption. I'll be returning to the pub to try again. Would recommend trying. The bartenders said they loved this beer, and now I understand why. Great beer, try it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 15:09:12 | More by KyleMWood
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - Brown with a cherry hue and very good clarity. A moderate beige head that yields some nice lacing.

S - Floral hops and brown sugar.

T - Malty with a mild roasted malt. A firm bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and the malt. I thought it was a bit too dry.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is a decent beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 12:46:28 | More by GJ40
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket RI
A - Deep brown with a reddish tint. Big tan head that lasts. Tons of lacing.
S - Malty/hoppy mix-up. Piney, resin, Little cat urine smell
T - Bitter up front, sweet malt follows. I get some licorice as well. Pine. Tart fruit. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
M/F -Active carbonation but fairly fine in structure. Quite nice that way. Medium body...rather filling like.
D - Looks wonderful and feels wonderful in the mouth but the raw bitterness doesn't match the elegance in it's framework.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 15:02:04 | More by ThirstyBird
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Yaikma Twilight, served in a 10 oz. nonic at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook location.

Appearance: Served a crystalline amber, dark and mahogany, capped my one finger of dull tan head with admirable retention. The lacing is sticky, clumpy initially, but ultimately a little runny, with hardly any surface lacing and only a thick, frumpy, uneven collar.

Aroma: Huge spicy, piney, and floral hop aromatics - a very varied bouquet here - mingle with tons of dark and in some cases blackened malts. "Candied hops" is a term I've heard thrown around that seems apropos here.

Taste: The closest I've ever come to eating the pine cone of an orange tree dipped in chocolate. Of course, orange trees don't have pinecones, but if they did, it'd taste like this - huge "C" hops (definitely the grapefruit, orange and pineyness of a Cascade or a Centennial, but also the spiciness and herbal minty and tobacco notes of a Chinook or a Columbus) over a bed of heavily toasted malts, astringently dry in some places, and more like darkly roasted toffee in others. A moderate to high bitterness compliments the biscuity dryness well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with moderate carbonation says it all. Perhaps a little dry and bitter to be this thick, not that it doesn't work - just a little unusual.

Drinkability: Not a black IPA, but ... a brown IPA? A deep red IPA? A blackened Imperial Amber? Alright ... it's an American strong ale. Whatever. This is definitely a beer that defies easy categorization, and though it's not an instant classic, it is an interesting amalgamation that pushes the envelope just a little on what American brewers have been doing as of late. At 8.9%, one of the tendencies of what American brewers have been doing as of late does detract from the drinkability a little, but other than that, it was very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 20:55:12 | More by CrellMoset
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champ103

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Oily, soapy, and slightly bitter hops up front. A candy like sweetness follows.
T: Follows the nose. Oily, soapy, and sticky hops that is a little bitter. Really sweet candy like malt in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the alcohol.

This is not bad, just a little odd. The malt and hops do not mesh well IMO. Worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2010 00:02:55 | More by champ103
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA (poured Christmas Eve).

Poured into a pint glass, dark, russet but also clear, like a cola, with a thin dusting of head.

Smell is rich hops, resiny, pine, a little tea.

Taste is super hoppy up front, woody. That hop yields to a toasty flavor without being super-sweet, subtle underlying caramel. I love how the malt presents here: not sugary but just sweet enough, & defined by its toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, some attack from the hops but not overwhelming. A little sticky after a while.

This is a complex character, very good & tasty but challenging, too. Had no idea the ABV was as high as it is, I'd probably stick with the one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 23:23:21 | More by OneDropSoup
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 15:54:30 | More by ImusBeer
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's kind of like Hop Devil's bigger brother: more malt & hop character, darker, stronger, etc. I've had this quite a number of times on draft and in a take-home six-pack. While this is a really good beer, the more I try it I seem to find that it greatly resembles the Victory IPA family (Hop Devil, Wild Devil). I guess I wished it had a little more character of its own, but it's still a completely satisfying beer I would seek out more often than not.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 01:11:02 | More by jwhancher
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, ended up being free as well! Hard to beat that. Arrives a dark brown, not quite black, not much head on it and even with a swirl not much is raised.

This is an interesting beer that is hard to categorize. The pine resin and hints of citrus hopping that are so prominent in the nose and flavor hint of an IPA. The hint of roast, chocolate and coffee which feature in the taste hint of a porter. The big robust body, hint of biscuit and slightly boozy finish perhaps more of a strong ale. Not sure what it is but it's kinda tasty. A slight odd astringency and the boozy burn hold the drinkability back though.

Neat beer, couldn't drink too much of it though, seems a little disjointed especially when following it with something like Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (which I did) which was much more in sync. Big and slightly brutish, it's worth a try though,

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 15:46:09 | More by ritzkiss
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.