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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 62 | 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 brystmar
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +4.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +13.4%
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 +12.1%
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 +9.6%
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 +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.

Tombomb, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +20.4%
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 -7.3%
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 +4.5%
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 -5.8%
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 -2.3%
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
Photo of ccrida
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.

ccrida, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of herman77
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown/dark mahogany with a huge blooming khaki head. Sticky lacing.

S: Toast, carmel malt and a little bit of pine hops. Subdued nose.

T: Toasty bread malt with a touch of carmel sweetness. Pine/bitter hops. The hops have a slight spice to them. A hint of unfermented sugars and alcohol near the end, it is almost 9%abv. Something about the taste isn't agreeing with my palate.

M/D: Medium body. Active, bubbly carbonation that is a little harsh on the tongue. Nothing special at all in the drinkability department. Alcohol is not hidden at all. The taste isn't bad, but its just not doing much for me. I'm good for one and ready to move on. Odd beer with an odd taste profile.

herman77, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of EStreet20
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried after purchasing upon release. Wasn't all that crazy about it and thought some age may help. 12 ounce bottle, stemmed glass. "Best by 11/2010" stamped.

A - Nice dark reddish brown with a tan head, head keeps a nice cap and laces the glass well.

S - Getting aromas of dark crystal malts. Some caramel on the nose.

T - Nice taste here. Initial hit of caramel has a tiny touch of smokiness. The hopiness creeps up along with a tiny touch of alcohol heat which fades to a smooth finish with the hoppiness present into the aftertastw.. This brew has become essentially a nice barleywine after aging for some times.

M - A nice feel here. A touch light for all the flavors going on but still allows all the flavors to present themselves.

D - Impressive and interesting to say the least. Showcases hops as advertised, but doesn't do so in the brash "in-your-face" way a feature hop IPA or DIPA would. Really melds the nice sweet caramel malt with the Yakima valley hops.

A nice brew. I'm never in the "must be aged" camp but laying this one down for a little while really rounds this beer out in my opinion. In fact I think the 11/2010 may be too conservative an estimate for a best by date.

EStreet20, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep rosewood, little light penetrates, two fingers of khaki head.

Smell -- Very aromatic. Raisins, dark chocolate, some caramel, citrus peel, and some resin. Earthy, spicy inviting.

Taste -- From the outset there is a strong presence of spicy, almost medicinal hops. Highly roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, raisin, molasses, and a sharp char finish. Residual roast malt and pine resin flavor lingers for a great deal of time.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation abounds.

Drinkability -- Very solid hop-forward strong dark ale. I would be tempted to classify this as an American Barleywine. Has a lot of rich malt notes with the raisin and molasses, but with well-matched hops to and a great depth of flavor that makes you want to keep coming back.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of ReDave
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight amber.

Big head took several sips and pours to get it all out of the bottle.

Not quite like an IPA or DIPA... but then again, kinda.
multi layered flavors, hoppy, malty, some fruit?

Nice finish, great aftertaste.

I'd get this again,

ReDave, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't seen this one before and decided to give it a gander after thinking I had tried most of Victory's best offerings. Starts strong with a creamy tan head on a colorful orange/maroon body. The nose is a pleasant blend of citrus hops and cocoa tinged malt with a touch of vanilla.

This does have a strong malt backbone that carries throughout the sip into the aftertaste but piney, citrus drenched hops are at the forefront here. They do a good job of masking the warming, but not too powerful hints of booze. Mouthfeel is crisp, but very smooth, particularly the finish. Maybe a little thick in texture, but it matches the style and has plenty of flavor to carry it.

This is tasty and enjoyable. Not a session beer, but a nice winter or nightcap choice.

daliandragon, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Ruby-brown with a big foamy tan head resting on top.

S - Citrusy hops with a mix of dark malts including hints of vanilla and caramel. Even lighter hint of booze lies in the background.

T - Citrus hops at first followed by a roasty malt aftertaste. This beer finishes kind of bitter like a burnt pot of coffee. Not a pleasant aftertaste. All the flavor seems to stick around on the top of my tongue. This beer seems like it could be tweaked and made into something that tastes great but right now I don't taste much complexity and the aftertaste is not great.

M - medium body with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Not all that great of a beer. The aftertaste is really off putting. It seems like this beer could be tweaked a bit and would come out great but as of now I am not a fan and will not seek this out again.

jpmclaug, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large coppery tinged head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy bright russet color. Aroma of mushrooms, sweet and slightly sour at the same time. Starts earthy and sweet but quickly turns citric bitter. Finish and aftertaste are fairly bitter, mixed with a lingering lightly roasty sweetness. Quite a bit of resin. Pretty warming alcohol.

Seems to become more IPA like as it warms.

htomsirveaux, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of appenzeller
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Smells pungently of pine and American hop varieties. Taste is decidedly bitter, some chocolaty malts evident but the hops play center stage here, and they are of good quality for those not feint of heart. This is basically an IPA, a good but not great one.

appenzeller, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says to enjoy by 10 December 2010.

Appearance: hue is a rich amber-brown with a bit of haziness to go along; head is light tan in color and a giant three fingers in size despite a relatively ginger pour. Head has stellar retention and leaves a thick and attractive terraced lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: aroma is an agglomeration of citrusy and funky/earthy hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. It's good, but this kind of biscuit just isn't my preference in an ale of this type.

Taste: hops are much more complex and to the forefront here, which helps a lot to balance the biscuity base. Actually, "balance" is the wrong word here: the hops are absolutely the raison d'être for this beer. Earthy and funky at first, then they morph into a citrusy blend and then finish with a pretty intense bitterness. There's a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with pretty big carbonation. This gives it a nice creamy feel that actually works with this beer pretty well, I think.

Drinkability: this beer is quite drinkable, despite its high ABV. I find myself getting over the malt characteristics which aren't my favorite in order to sample more of that great dynamic hop flavor. Good stuff!

flagmantho, May 31, 2010
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.