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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 71
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper red color pour with a big long lasting foamy white head , leaving lots of lacing all the way down , lively carbonation , a very nice looking beer ! Aroma is of sweet toasty caramel malt balanced well with a nice amount of citrus and piny hope notes , a little spicy . Flavor is a lot like a IIPA citrus hops to a nice caramel mixed with an earthy spruce hop flavor , nice level of bitterness nice balance , the lively carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect , full body , slight warming effect , with a hoppy finish covering a ever so slight bit of alcohol . Very good , drinkable , and enjoyable all around . Nice work !

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

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

A rocky column of buff foam fills almost half of the glass, obscuring for a few minutes the ruddy slightly hazy (with lots of tiny particles floating around) Bulgarian Rose body. A bright amaranth glow is revealed when the glass is held to the light. Eventually the head settles to a soapy finger with a raised collar that reminds me of the edges of a pancake. Nice rich sticky lacing and oily legs.

Hops fill the nose with a catty/citrus/marijuana blend. Some light esters and malt creep in for contrast.

Hops are still prominent on the palate, but balanced by a strong malty blend of caramel and brisk pils flavors. Bread and valerian appear mid-palate along with the hop flavors corresponding with the aromatics described above. A faint fruitiness suggests underripe honey-dew, though this vanishes quickly in the finish which is a little dry, slightly bitter, earthy and spicy/herbaceous.

Medium-light bodied but effervescent thanks to its high carbonation. Slightly oily which seems fitting with the hops. Alcohol adds heft, but no real heat.

This makes for an interesting comparison to Arrogant Bastard actually, as they have some similarities despite some key differences. The profile of the former seems better integrated, but Yakima seems more full of fresh hop flavors...so it would depend what you are in the mood for.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Yakima Twilight pours a deep crimson to mahogany with a two-finger thick eggshell head that retains very nicely. Lacing is excellent. Also has some haze and sediment.

S: Hops dominate the nose, with piney, citrusy notes. There is almost a bit of a vinous quality in the smell. Malt takes a back seat, showing some caramel.

T: Flavors are intense, but very balanced. Caramel, dried fruit, and some spiciness, followed by a mouthful of resinous, piney hops. There are hints of citrus, mango and flowers, and the finish is crisp and quite bitter. The alcohol has a nice warming effect.

M: Medium to full bodied, but could be just a bit more viscous. Flavors last almost a lifetime on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the most unique brews I have had from Victory, but one of the best. This beer is a beast, but it's very easy to drink.

Photo of jlipski
2.33/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark copper in color with proper head and carbonation. Darker than expected because of dark malts I suspect.

S: Very ordinary for a Strong APA

T: Not great, one dimesional and lacks complexity. The style suggest the alcohole and hops are dominant yet that's all you taste.

M: Ordinary and not much to report.

D: drinkability is low except most of this type of beer is.

Overall this is one of my favorite styles of beer except this beer won't be purchased by me again. Others have compared this to Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard IIPA yet, that is an excellent beer and this does not compare...unimpressed yet, many others are.

Photo of BeerGodz
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark copper/mahogany color, clear, fluffy head with good retention and decent lacing

Smell: Caramel, toffee, sweet malt, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Caramel, toffee. Finish: Pine, citrus, slight metallic taste - pretty complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation, and a bit sticky

Drinkability: Warming and quaffable

Overall Impression: This is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard. It's a flavorful and complex brew. A great beer for the colder months.

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear dark ruby with massive foamy head that leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus, spice, caramel, dark fruit and alcohol. Nice blend of hops and malts in the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruit, caramel, butterscotch, roasted malt, citrus and spice are apparent throughout. Starts off a little more on the sweet side before turning very bitter.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium to full body, quite warming and extremely dry.

Drinkability: Extremely bitter cross between an English Strong Ale and an American Barleywine. While it has a nice complexity, the bitterness overwhelms the nuances that are hidden beneath the surface.

Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of burnstar
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A really pretty beer- clear dark reddish brown with a huge persistent dense off white head. Smell is citrusy hops. Lemons. Taste is again is mostly citrus hops. Nice caramelly malt. Some bitterness but nicely balanced overall. I like that it's just a bit on the hoppy side. Great full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Another great beer from Victory.

Photo of jwillcourt
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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

Bottle poured into large snifter. Dark brown/purple color, fizzy with half an inch of head. Smell is a perfume-ish mix of grains and pine needles. Taste starts grassy with dark malts and finishes bitter with biting alcohol and hops. This an interesting beer with a barleywine-esque quality to it. Despite the high ABV and obvious presence in its flavor, it still isn't too much of a chore to drink.

Photo of ujsplace
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pub glass.

Massive thick chunky antique white head that leaves nice lacing behind. The brew
is a deep ruby/amber in color.

Smells of deep, dark, carmelized sweet malts with a faint earthy, herbal hops.

Initially the taste is sweet, dark malt flavors that are very complex. Next comes
the earthy hops, which make for a nicely bittered finish. The alcohol is there,
but it is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is smooth, medium and very velvety on the tongue.

This would be a welcome treat anytime. Personally for me, this is an outstanding,
highly drinkable brew that has enough balls to warm up with (praise the abv) on
a cold-ass winter night, yet drinkable enough for all seasons. Yet another dangerously
drinkable brew from Victory...

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Brewing Yakima Twilight Ale is gorgeous, dark, and earthy to the extreme.

It poured deep dark copper, like an old dirty penny, with a massive creamy dark tan head. It left huge rings of lace from the top of the glass down. An absolutely perfect-looking strong ale. The smell was subtle pine needles and the flavor was sweet and caramel-like up front, followed by a huge hit of pine, grass, and earth. The feel is thick and bready, with a good amount of bitterness with a nice warmth--it was a pleasure to drink. It did not have the flat feel of many other strong ales.

Yakima Twilight is a dark wood and leather ale with a huge amount of earth. It's a deep and wonderful experience.

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

12oz bottle into snifter

A- Fluffier tan, 2 finger head floats upon a brown body with a slight reddish hue in the light. Pretty decent lacing

S- Sweet floral and earthy hops, with an almost piney smell. Roasted malts and caramel is also aparrent.

T- Delicious malts and caramel create a perfect base blended with a sweet floral, earthy, and almost piney hoppy finish. Some more spicy hops and citrus comes out as it warms as well as maby some tangerine or orange?

M- Solid bodied with a good amount of carbonation to tickle the tounge as it goes down. Leaves a decent bitter, slightly dry finish but not off putting.

Overall this is a great strong ale. So much I would even pass it as an I.P.A if I was the brewer. The hops are very apparent and strong in this brew and overall are pretty much dominant. The delicious caramel malts blend perfectly with the amount of hops. Really good brew and definitely worth a try.


Photo of sitarist
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nut brown with amber highlights. The head is tan and two fingers thick, it last awhile. Lots of heavy lacing.

Smells of dark sweet fruit, herbs, some mint, and pine. A little medicinal.

Taste is tobacco, minty, with a pine resin and ginger finish, there is a leathery/tobacco/butter-pecan aftertaste. It has a taste like nothing Ive ever had before. It is sticky on the tongue, heavy body, with a hint of carbonation. It dries slowly.

Its drinkable with a unique flavor all its own. Its well blended, has interesting flavors, and delivers the alcohol very well.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bountiful creamy head of light tan, thick and with incredible staying power. Color is an entrancing and deep brown-leaning rust. Gobs of lace. Couldn't look more regal. Perfect.

Intriguing smell -- malt is toasty and grainy, almost rye-like, while the hops are sharp and herbal. Good balance. Overall aroma is tea-like and earthy.

More black tea on the tongue; brown sugar; earth; light tobacco hints. Hops are a bright, bristling glimmer in an otherwise robust and seriously toasted malt-forward foundation. Spicy alcohol, not dominant, but present. It's only with warming that the hops put their stamp on the experience. Grassy and citrusy hops in the finish; sharp toasted maltiness still prevails--front, middle, back and finish.

Mouth is smooth and slick, with enough carbonation to carry the serious, nearly coarse malt/hops balance.

Victory hits one out of the park here. This will appeal to fans of super-hoppy ambers (ie. Nugget Nectar), malt-heads, and anyone looking for big beers with lots of attitude, excess of character and, most importantly, balance. YUM.

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

A: Poured into a tulip. Huge, 4 finger creamy khaki head, that rests in a lump. Body is a rich, dark burgundy. Leaves a nice web of lacing.

S: Floral and mellow pine hops, mild roasted malts, dark fruit - raisin. Alcohol.

T: Mild hop bitterness quickly surpassed by sweet malts and alcohol. Get some citrus, grapefruit. A good balance the mellow, alcohol infused flavor is perfect for the colder months.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, but could have been a wee bit heavier.

All and all a very tasty beer.

Photo of blackc5
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval chalice, and paired with lamb chops with potatoes. This beer didn't do the pairing justice unfortunately.

Poured with a nice fizzy head of 2 cm with dark amber appearance and subtle hues of gold. Excellent lacing. Nose really left something to be desired, nothing significant, definitely hops, but very mild - would like to see a bit more fruit or chocolate, or something dynamic.

My first reaction to this was that the taste was as equally undynamic as the nose, but it definitely grew on me. Certainly grainy, hops, but also a bit of acidic spices. Bitterness is in the aftertaste, but with medium body and light carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable brew considering its ABV, but not my favorite strong ale, thats for sure.

Photo of thequeen711
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  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.

Photo of darklordlager
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark orange/ruby, with a brilliant 1.5" light tan head showing great retention.

S: Pale and caramel malt, lightly floral citric hops. Not quite the zest I was expecting. Spicy bitterness emerges as it warms.

T: There they are--fruity citric hops attack the tastebuds. Bitter floral flavor, not much grapefruit/orange citrus like you'll see with a lot of American hops (Cascade, Simcoe, etc.). Spicy floral citrus, with a sturdy caramel and pale malt backbone. The spicy/skunky character is intriguing, wrapping itself around your tongue in the finish and drawing you in for more.

M: High carbonation, which aids in keeping the bitterness alive on the tongue. Perhaps a touch high, but a great experience overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk about this beer. Found it and mixed it in a sixer to review

A - Dark copper in color. Cool lacing as it warms
S - Well hops mostly with a bit of bread in the backround.
T - Wow thats a bitter hoppy brew! Brown Sugga close but a bit milder
M - Harsh and hoppy but satisfying
D - I like hops but I am not in love with it. One and done.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark ruby red with sedimentation floating everywhere. HUGE light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - A little bit faint for a strong ale IMO but it is very crisp. Big hop resin aroma that's semi-citrus smelling with caramalized malts mixed in. In the background there is faint dark sugars and a light apple smell.

T - Differs a bit from the aroma because the hops are first present but more pine/earth flavored. The tart apple is still in the background but it finishes on the bitter side. The caramalized/specialty malts are there all the way through this beer.

M/D - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, rough on the palate (in a good way). Finishes dry due to the high alpha acid content and a nice alcohol warming factor without the taste. Very drinkable and a good, solid strong ale but not something exotic.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is absolutely massive, and recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, with some malt underneath. It is rather underwhelming for a beer of its strength. Its real weakness is its lack of any sort of complexity. In fact, I think I would like it even less if it were stronger as its blandness would be more in my face. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and equally dull too. There is a noticeable bitterness in the finish, but that doesn't really improve anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I could see how this beer might be enjoyed by the crowd who's only criteria for to be good is strength. But I'm not in the crowd, and I expect more from a beer.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.