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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 72
Gots: 71 | 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:
Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008

According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.
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Ratings: 1,627 | Reviews: 767
Photo of Star80
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown hazy color with tan head which quickly dissappated. Not very effervescent upon pour. Not much lacing, which seems odd. Smells like deep resinous pine, strange that this beer smells slightly reminiscent of their Imperial Stout Storm King, same hops I am thinking give it that familiar spiceyness and citric quality. Wow, the taste is actually very smooth for such a big beer, I can see these going down toooo easy. Big leafy hop grapefruit bite followed by some sweet malt, but not too sweet and pine finish. This beer is a bit hard to place, definitely a few shades darker than my other favorite hoppy beer Alpha King, more toastyness from the darker malts, perhaps some toffee. There is a lot going on here besides big hops...mouthfeel is quite smooth and this beer is extremely drinkable, little alcohol coming through in the taste. Overall this beer is quite nicely balanced, makes me wish more beers came off this way. If your a fan of Victory brews, specifically Storm King, think of this as perhaps a Storm King light, if that is not totally beyond absurd?

Photo of khiasmus
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yaka-ho, yaka-hoy hey!
hoogolly golly yippee yai yay!
Cascadian? A dark ale, you say?
Oh but so, to my dismay..

Little head here, just a little atop,
and it dissipates quickly, though poured with a plop!
A lacey this ain't, though a dollop of bubbles
floats in the middle, but the appearance is troubled,

Yay hey! ya harry hey! Ya hoy!

Boozey and bright, an aroma of yaki
those victory chaps, why they may be too cocky..
for it smells like a good 'un, though only just,
A world class aroma, well this one's a bust.

Yah! Ya kiki-rah! ooh dally!

A pliffen and pluffin, a sip down the hatch
A bold balanced flavour, but not the best catch
An Event Horizon, or stone SSR
I'd much rather quaff down, for they set the bar.

La dee da, hoo dally, rockalah kaloo...

Well the savoring's quick here, I have to admit,
The hopping and malting both take a hit,
For not very complex, though not for the sink
Despite high alkie, she's easy to drink.

Yoo rah! La-da! Toomolly tah mally!

Goolambah, koorah! Quaff with gusto!
But don't get into it expecting a show!
Just a simple strong brown ale, with hopping oer-top
Enjoy this one easy, but reach for the top!

Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As it pours, the beer foams up into a two finger head of light brown bubbles resting on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, brown malt profile with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Some spicy hops with a hint of mustard and some red apple yeast.

T - Toasted malt and moderately sweet caramel flavors dominate the initial impression of the beer. The sugary malt is joined by sharp, spicy hops with notes of pine and mustard as well as a hint of blue veined cheese. The finish is moderately sweet with lots of toast and caramel as well as a moderate roasted character with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice black IPA, it achieves a balance between the dark malt character and the hops that most don't manage while it also avoids any chocolate or coffee flavor that would confuse it with a stout. The hops are significant, but with the thick malt profile, they are really just barely enough to balance the beer. Very nice, this is definitely a beer that is worth seeking out.

Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second year of this brew's existence and it has already undergone a name change (formerly "Yakima Twilight")

A: It was a blast to watch the brownish-orange liquid pour out of the bottle and turn into a dark, witches brew once it hit the glass. Still, it wasn't totally black. Slivers a light around the edges could still be detected. The carbonation was obviously great, due to the fact that the massive 4+ finger head settled into a luscious froth.

S: I tell my wife every time I drink this that I swear I smell blueberries. Overactive imagination? Maybe... Additionally, I also detected Victory's hop profile: cool, smooth, yeasty, and highly recognizable. Fresh, organic hops were also present, along with a very fruity undertone.

T: I have always viewed this brew as Victory's answer to Stone's "Arrogant Bastard." This was very hop forward and floral, but with a certain bready center. It also had fruit galore, and a candy quality that resembled cake icing. The finish was about as smooth as a drink clocking in a 8.7% could get!

M: The booze was detectable, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Also, the bitterness didn't linger due to the cushion of yeast that scrubbed the tongue of the harshness. The lacing was great for this style, and this was remarkable non-syrupy, given the brew's fruity nature.

D: This is one of my favorite Victory brews and one of my go-to drinks this time of year. If only the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop could be this fantastic!

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bernardus chalice. This beer is very dark, with about a quarter inch of foam forming on top, lasting a long time. The nose is overwhelmingly hoppy, very resinous. slightly peppery. Excellent blend of hops and malt. There's a lot of piney, rosiny flavor, and moderately high bitterness, balanced by a good caramel, bready malt sweetness. At the finish, some light roast and a few chocolate notes become apparent. Decent creamy body, not too heavy.

One of the "Black IPA"'s I've had that's actually well-done, and worth buying again.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark, but not like an RIS or something. More like a dark, well steeped and completely translucent ice tea. Head wasn't much of a factor after about a minute. The head actually "crested" at about 3/4" and quickly disappeared.

S - Very nice with a caramel thing happening under the relatively docile and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Much like the nose, a relaxed hop bitterness gives way to a roasted malt caramel taste. Very pleasant and no booziness did I detect at all. Very nice beer

M - Smooth, medium carbonation and not much aftertaste.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan on having more. Soon.

Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a healthy 1.5 finger medium cream head. Nice thick sheets of lace all the way around the glass.

Malty, red licorice nose. Earthy hops with a touch of light citrus.

Light up front, but lots of flavor quickly follows. A bit of twizzler from the malt, with a healthy dose of crisp floral citrus. Burnt caramel in the finish as well.

Fairly heavy bodied, but easy to drink 1 or 2.

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber and formed nice foamy light tan head that left lattice lace. Looked like a root beer float. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, hops and cocoa. The body was medium light. The finish was bittersweet.

Photo of Tucquan
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  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.

Photo of Lerxst
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a medium brown but show a more ruby like hue when held up to the light. A one inch khaki colored had has fair retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Citrus and floral hop notes are met by equally strong, slightly sweet smelling dark roasted malt.

T-Citrus hop bite at the lead then the roasted malt comes in. The hops and malt both linger throughout with the ever so slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the finish.

M-Medium body with a crisp carb bite. Finishes dry.

D-Easy to drink and another is certainly an option.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger high fluffy beige head that slowly dissipated but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with moderate aromas of grapefruit hops and hints of the underlying roasted malts.
T: The beer is extremely well balanced between flavors of dark, roasted malts and bitterness from the citrus hops. Like the smell, the taste of grapefruit is very prominent.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather easy to drink.

Photo of jlandis
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy ruby color with a thin white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of rich sweet toffee with candied floral hops and citrus. All of these flavors are complex and inviting! I just want to jump right in. The flavor is exactly what I could have hoped for from the flavors. There is a rich roasted malt with toffee and bitter grapefruit hops. There is also this odd of putting astringency that I don't really dig. The mouthfeel is rich with subtle carbonation.

This is a really solid beer despite the astringency. I'm not sure, but I heard that last years batch wasn't as astringent. The flavor is rich and deep, and I sure hope next year this astringency is taken care of.

Photo of benclimbs
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exciting new beer - an interesting adaptation on black IPAs.
Pours brown/red not black like many dark IPA s currently being brewed.

Smell is delicious...just what the style should smell like, huge cascade grapefruit, and strawberry piney notes from centenial/simcoes maybe? This mixes with a pleasant woody, malty body...smells really delicious.

Taste is very nice as well...sweet, but not overly so, nice, caramelly, roasty tasting malts, with a very strong hop backbone...finishes smooth and warm.

This gets a 5 for drinkability without a doubt. Considering the fact that this is basically a 9% IPA, I'm not sure I've had anything more drinkable...its smooth, totally balanced, warm but not boozy...just really nice to drink! Somehow the strong malt character totally mellows the hops and vice versa - as borat would say...Great success!

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany, good clarity, brief finger deep head fizzles out leaving behind decent lace

S: West Coast hops, leather, sour yeast esters,

T: leather, charcoal and smoke, bitter chocolate, sour cherries, dark rum and a wee bit of sweet molasses.

M: medium body with crisp carbonation and a warming alcoholic bite in the finish.

D: purdy dang good. I'm a fan of this style and this one lived up to my expectations for both the CDA and Victory as a brewery. Very drinkable, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too heavy, not to watery, with just the right amount of alcohol. Suffice it to say, it's incredibly sessionable and I can foresee many more of these in my near future.

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this yesterday at Jasper's for $12.49. Didn't see any "best by" data anywhere on the label or bottle. Here goes...

My imperial pint glass holds a liquid with an absolutely beauteous, deep garnet color. No haze at all, and the carbo is steady and plentiful. The head is light tan and creamy, though thin, yet still covering things well. There's a little lacing here and there, though not in abundance. Aroma has a little toffee and roastiness, along with a rindy hoppiness. Body is a middle of the road medium here. It's pretty smooth overall, with a light airiness on the palate.

Roasty malts lay some bitterness on the tongue, and there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Heaped on top of this are loads of pithy, rindy, earthy hops. Resiny grapefruit oils smother the tastebuds in a most pleasant fashion, and linger long and hard after the bier has vacated the premises. Nicely balanced bitterness is what this is. A supremely solid black IPA, indeed. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown that's ruby red when held up to the light. Very thin beige head that doesn't disappear.
S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus on the finish.
T: Starts out with citrus flavors and a ton of hops, and finishes very smoothly with some sweetness and roast.
M: A bit sticky, but smoothly well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: This is sort of like a darkened double IPA imo. It really is interesting how the hops and citrus blend in with the darker malts. Also, very little alcohol is detected, yet it is 8.7%. Whew!

Photo of adsomers
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red. Just barely translucent. Two finger head subsides quickly leaving a decent lace. Nice constant stream of co2.

Roasty, caramel, nuts, alcohol, pine. Some spice. Ironically light on hop aromas. A really beautiful and complex aroma.

Caramel malt dominates, with a lingering bitter finish. A tiny bit hot. Not especially complex, but robust. Dry and bitter. Tingling carbonation.

Doesn't cover the entire palate but has a very full mouthfeel. Filling and warming.

Could definitely throw a couple back on a chilly night... but then I'd be drunk. ABV is VERY sneaky, probably because of intense hopping.

Some of the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of porter and scotch ale, and the high hop factor seems to fight with what would otherwise be a delicious, hearty beer. Being a hop-head however, I say kudos to Victory for creating a dark IPA that isn't black. Definitely worth trying more than once.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this qualifies as a "black" IPA, but I love the dark reddish amber color. The head is relatively short lived, with little lace.

Roasted malt and floral hops share the aroma and flavor. Bitterness is pretty prominent, especially in the finish, but it is very pleasant and nicely balanced by sweetness from the malt.

This is a tasty brew that I will put on my list to snag when I can find it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scents of roasted chocolate and molasses malts, and also of piney nuts on the nose. Strong peachy scents as well. Has a two finger head with good lacing down the glass. Is also a very dark red/light black colour. Wow, this one blasts through the palate. Heavy malty flavor mostly of a heavy IPA. Bursts on the back of the tongue with strong hoppiness. This is one hell of a brew. Very comparable to Troegs Nugget Nectar..IMO! Delicious beer!

Photo of Brad007
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Certainly not a black IPA but could pass as a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aroma is a great mix of grassy hops and sweet malt with a hint of raisin to it. Very much similar to a barleywine.

My tongue is greeted by grassy hops with a slight citrus edge to them. Sweet with raisin and warm with alcohol as well. Again, these are the dynamics one would expect from an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, citrusy hops with sweet malt and alcohol heat.

Hmm. This is a tough one. It's very much delicious and all but the style just doesn't seem to fit. I would only rate it lower due to the fact that it's not quite where it should be style-wise.

Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy, piney hops, toasted malt.
Taste-Spicy hops, toasted malt note,definite rye spiciness going on. Pretty dry finish. Not quite a "Black IPA" in color but more in the flavor profile with a nice balance of spicy,toasted malts and piney hops. A bit of a surprise in taste, as no style is listed on the bottle, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of Kayaker
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed my notes from 2009 and I believe this year's release is a bit darker in color and the flavor a tad more intense. Still a great beer and an "A' in my book. It has a beautiful fall color. A light hop and citrus aroma. A full flavored and bodied beer. Little if any unpleasant after taste. I considered this one of the best beers for 2009. A couple more and I will let you know how it rates for 2010.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.