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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

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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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 2.0: Poured out with very little head. Not unusual for a growler pour, but worth noting. OK, right off the bat I'm upset at this beer. This is a "black ale" and the beer is dark, amber brown. Dark brown! Why not drop some more black malt in the brew and make the beer BLACK??? Sorry, I just don't understand this. This is embarrassing.

Smell 3.50: Very good nose to this beer. Deep, malt bouquet with slight hop alkaline notes. After the appearance thing, this is promising.

Taste 4.25: Front is very hoppy, an even alkaline hop. Middle is big, with a huge malt punch. Not necessarily sweet, just a lot of malt flavor all at once. Also, there's a big kick to the sides of the palate from a hop overload: I taste primarily pine and deep bitterness...chinook? Nice. Finish is also heavy on the hops and a surprising (and delicious) chocolate hint with some slight smokiness. See? My black malt suggestion would certainly fit the flavor for which this beer was shooting. Aftertaste is long and features a slight burning in the mouth. Focus here is on hops and malt, too.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot on for this beer's flavor. Good heft in the mouth and almost perfect level of carbonation.

Overall 3.75: Excellent tasting beer, but there are some problems here and there with this beer's overall presentation. However, regardless of some cosmetic issues (*ahem!*), this is a fine brew. Actually, it reminds me very much of Northern Brewer's "Black IPA" homebrew recipe that I brewed once. Big, malty middle and lots of excellent hop blending. Makes me wonder who influenced who. Long story short, I recommend this beer on its taste alone.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2013 04:12:44 | More by BeerDocT
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one my favorite beers from Victory. Unfortunately its only available fall-winter. I usually get my growlers filled after a pint or two at the Brewery.

One of the best dark IPAs around. Great flavors, color, and ABV.

Can't wait until November when it comes back.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2012 14:38:48 | More by palealemale
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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Crafty Draught GA

A: red Amber Brown, slight rim of froth
S: Citrus, Malt, Airy, Syrup
T: Malts, nutty, bitter, tobacco back end
M: medium, creamy
O: Bold and bitter, but lacking uniqueness. Good beer, not great for me. Would pass over for something a little less bitter.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2012 23:10:28 | More by wsantas
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a fresh growler into a 16oz. pint glass. Deep ruby brown with a 1-finger head the color of sun-faded beige wallpaper. A touch of lacing.

S: Sharp, bright, crisp and citrusy. Bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, some dried pine needles, and a small hint of roasted malts.

T: A vanilla-smooth front with a bone-dry and bitter finish. Chocolate malts and rounded hops in the mouth with a nice dry, grassy bite of hops (like biting freshly-grown hops!) in the aftertaste. Some robust maltiness in the overall flavor with a nice hint of citrus hops and some chewy nuttiness in there as well. Not what one would expect from this beer after smelling it, but it's delicious regardless!

M: Unexpectedly smooth up-front with a frothy, cloud-like texture in the mouth. A dry after-feel with some nicely inviting tannins sticking around.

O: A nice beer to be sure, but I wish it tasted a bit more like it smells! A good experiment with a great result!

Serving type: growler

01-03-2012 00:27:55 | More by TangTKE402
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New York

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

I was very happy to be able to sample this before picking up a growler. It is very tasty. For a black ale it is more of a dark brown. It was roast malt noted with some sweet notes of a banana or pineapple. There was also a bit of smoke under the surface of this stuff. Good complexity. The carbonation was a bit low but allow for a cleaner taste and I think it complimented the beer style. I am curious to try this in a bottle to see if I like it better.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2011 07:04:33 | More by unclejazz
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South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled at the Charleston Beer Exchange on February 6th 2011. Enjoyed on the same day for the Super Bowl. Review from notes.

A: Dark, Mahogany wood dark with little head.

S: Earthy with a lot of pine hops. The pine is of putting for the style in my opinion.

T: Holy smokes, this is where is shines. Body and characteristics of an IPA (citrus hop flavor) but with the addition of the slight piney hops is wonderful. Grains and malts round out the rest of the palate.

M: On the thick side. Good carbonation level.

D: At 8.7% ABV I thought I was going to have to muscle thru half of it and end up giving the rest to one of my friends. But it was gone before halftime.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2011 19:50:32 | More by drowninginhops
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New Jersey

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

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 20:33:30 | More by birdman200
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3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-21-2010 01:27:58 | More by thequeen711


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

Enjoyed from both a pint glass and a tulip. No unexpected or noteworthy differences. Is anyone officially referring to this beer as a Black IPA?

A: Average creamy, tan, slow rising head. The body is dark brown (ruby along the glass) and hazy. Nothing extraordinary other than being as dark as it is while containing such an enormous hop aroma/flavor. **Unbelievable lacing, and cloudier

S: Heavy malts. Roasted caramel, chocolate, cashew & almond. Heavy hop character of pine, grapefruit and lemon. The balance between the malts and hops is interesting. Seemingly balanced at times and seemingly unbalanced at other times. Mainly as a result of the temperature of the beer. I found that the malts were much stronger when the beer was on the colder side and as it warmed, the hops showed more prominence. The yeast was light but present in the form of a leathery and earthy aroma. **Grassy, leathery, earthy hops

T: The flavor duration is long with a sweet mid-palate and semi-dry finish. Lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Hard to seek out flavors were caramelized fig, light burnt tar, pepper and dust. The alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A near-full body with a creamy texture that may have been smooth if not for the prickly carbonation and dry finish. **Even creamier and fuller, much tamer carbonation

D: Very drinkable based on the overall flavor but also based on the perceived variability of the hop:malt ratio. The malts were well considered and counter the hops well, making the hops seem like less of a force than they actually are. Don't expect too much from any hoppy beer you might have after this one.

**Had on cask 2/23/10

Serving type: growler

01-02-2010 15:32:42 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a growler of this at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown color, very opaque. The head is 3 fluffy fingers tall, tan in color, big sized bubbles, wonderful retention and stupendous lacing.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, grapfruit and earth notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, grapefruit and roasted earth notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is syurupy, thick and smooth with rigid edge.
Drinkability: This beer is trendously drinkable. The only problem is it's so intense it tough to drink more than one.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2009 11:14:08 | More by treehugger02010
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try this after 3 misses due to victory selling out before i got around to making the 20 minute journey to the brewery.

Appearance is very unexpected compared to the smell. Pours a mucky dark brown like a brown ale or doppelbock, but the smell is definitly DIPA.

The taste is very interesting. An IPA with similar bitterness characteristics to their hop wallop, but also roasty flavors of a stout or porter. Not quite as big or in your face as a barleywine in terms of flavors or ABV (ABV of this batch listed at 8.4%).

Drinkability is alright, but certainly more of a sipper. The initial taste is hoppy with the finish being very dry with dark stouty malt.

Definitly an interesting beer, a dark-DIPA. I would probably get this again the next time its available if nothing new strikes my fancy.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2009 22:55:30 | More by baldmasterflex
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler with a deep brown, very thick head.

Smells primarily of citrus and piney hops.

Tastes is obviously hoppy with a more deep or smokey taste than expected. There are also some notes of coffee present. Bittersweet in a very pleasant way.

Goes well with gouda.

Honestly, I enjoy this much more than wild devil and is definetely an exciting offering from Victory.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2009 00:36:03 | More by schmitter
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color, very pretty. It poured with a sticky off-white frothy head.

s: This is definitely hop forward with aromas of lemon rind and some freshly broken pine needles. More citrus than pine though. Strong, sweet caramel malts punctuated by some solventy heat.

t: Up front, big fresh lemony hops fade into sweet caramel malts with some surprising chocolate flavors. This last part caught me off-guard at first, but it works extremely well with this one. The finish brings a piny hop bite that leaves a residual, generic tasting astringent bitterness. Too bad about the finish, this was almost great.

m: Spot-on long lasting carbonation. I love Victory's automated growler filler! That lingering astringency is a drawback unfortunately.

d: I did like this a lot, but I wanted to like it more. As others have mentioned, this does walk the line between American b-wine and DIPA. It looks like a b-wine, but I think it is more of a DIPA. Interesting stuff from Victory.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2008 11:49:42 | More by DIM
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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, almost black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Pine, floral notes, kiwi and citrus in the nose.

T: Kiwi, grapefruit peel, citrus peel, citrus, lemon and grass, followed by roasted malt, espresso and coffee. Pretty much what you want out of the style, but perhaps not the best fruit flavor profile.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I'd prefer tangerine, mango, fresh orange, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, tropical fruit, etc. mixed with the roasty flavors, but this is still a great beer. I'd definitely recommend it, if you like the black ale style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:43:36 | More by BierJager89
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3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The nose has lots of pine and citrus notes from the hops. And the grain bill offers burned caramel and milk chocolate, there's toffee and roasty notes too. The taste is much like the aroma with pine trees and caramel and chocolate. There's a huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Silky and creamy body with a noticable hot alcohol that could be hidden a lot more.overall, this beer is pretty decent. Not really impressed though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:23:56 | More by hoplover82
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown color. Great clarity. Towering rocky tan head never dips below two inches. Lacing leaved sheets of thick foam on the glass.

S: Soot and charcoal. Faint steely scent. Bread crust and heavily toasted grain. Hops bring fresh mint, tangerine, freshly cut grass, and orange peel. Tropical esters in the background.

T: Floral hops all over the attack. Tangerine and both lemon and orange peel. Mint jelly. Malts make just as much noise with a deep crusty impression. Heavy toast. Toasted grain. Hints of soot and char. Slightly steely. Alcohol peeks out more as it warms. Lots of soot and bitter dark chocolate on the finish in tandem with minty, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and a little airy in texture. Modest astringency from both hops and roasted malts.

O: Great interplay from both malt and hops, and a modest complexity offered by both. This beer boasts a very unique flavor profile. I also would never have guessed that this fella clocked in at 8.7% abv. A solid American Black Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:54:10 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an overall great, interesting, very hop forward yet somehow not overwhelming beer. Lots of great sweet malt backbone with caramel and subtle roasted oatmeal on the nose. Tons of pine/grassy hops with some peppery yeast notes on the first sip.

From looks alone this one is very appealing and looks delicious. Very dark amber with a nice one inch tall caramel colored head that leaves some nice lacing and even some subtle alcohol legs.

Nicely carbonated at a medium level that doesn't overwhelm but keeps it's bite on the tongue. Go and try this one for sure, especially if your a fan of black ipa's. This one doesn't scream roasted, toasted, dark, caramel, chocolate, coffee like other black ipa's, but that's one of the reasons I'm really enjoying this one. This is supposed to be a winter seasonal but I could easily enjoy this by the campfire on a summer night. Perfect for those fall weekend afternoons as well.

Watch out for it's abv though, can't quite tell.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:34:05 | More by lsummers
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: the Yakima Glory poured a deep ruby brown with a full tan head and loads of hops on the nose. Below the hops there was a hint of sweet malt that subdued the hoppy aroma. The taste was a front load of big juicy hops that faded into a bitter burnt chocolate and sweet toasted malts. The two flavors played well with each other and brought out the shining attributes of each while not allowing the other to take over. There was loads of flavor and lots of dynamic tastes to be had. A delicious beer with plenty of flavor to spare.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:28:00 | More by brurevu
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:20:46 | More by Brew_42
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4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing as it dissipates about halfway to sit as a thick disc of foam. Smell is a nice mix of fruity and piney hops, and dark chocolate malts. Taste is absolutely delicious; the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and full, with chocolate dark malts moving seamlessly into juicy fruity hops. It finishes sweet and bitter at the same time, and sticky. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:40:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with elegant white head that just sits calmly above the top like ducks on the pond. As Stewart Scott once said it is "Cool as the other side of the pillow.

S - I don't really judge a beer off smell but if i did it would probably lose some points. Smells kind of like a lot of hoppy beers (like shit).

T - This is where the beer gains its points. The beer tastes like a perfert version of a nuru massage (I had to use an Asian reference.

M - Simply splended.

O - Second time having this beer. This isn't much of a summer beer but i remember sipping this during Christmas Eve one year and thats when craft beer became a passion instead of a hobby. Not to sure that this beer tops by 10 but this beer will always be remembers because of how it turned me into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:17:55 | More by wiegs4life
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass pours a large foamy head that is tan in color. The beer is a deep mohagony/amber color with hints of red and copper in light. Head settles at a moderate rate to leave heavy lacing. Smells of deeply roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, bitter dark chocolate, and faint hops with a bit of tobacco.

Taste starts with suprising but welcome citric hops (didn't get much smell of these) which are quickly overtaken by roasty malts with bitterness, chocolate, and tobacco, has a bitter, roasty, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation for a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:58:10 | More by JG-90
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not exactly as dark as the other ABAs I've had, if I recall - amber.

Smells of roasted malts, shortbread or biscuity with the smallest hint of apple or pear somewhere in the background.

Is a surprising first sip - big hops - not overwhelmingly bitter, or stingingly astringent necessarily - but spicy and fruity. You know it's Victory immediately. Afterward, as it starts to warm up, you get a malty backbone strong enough to hang those juicy hops on; they're almost bitter orange & linger on the exit. It's just the slightest bit toward the heavy side; it's too hefty to be "sessionable," it'd do you well to savor it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 03:33:15 | More by DerAtomsmasher
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown and mostly clear, almost an auburn color, very nice lasting head and good lace.

Smell is subdued but consists mostly of citrus and hops, with a touch of dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is all hops with accents of other stuff, including dark roasted malts, heavier grades of caramel malts (giving it a slight dark fruitiness), and citrus rinds.

Carbonation is fairly low despite the big creamy head. It's a pretty strong tasting and feeling beer, not something I'd drink quickly, more of a moderate sipper.

Very tasty. A bit unusual for a black ale/black IPA but worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 04:13:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.