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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,568 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 54 | 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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Florida9

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown in color. Clear. Pours with a large bubbly, khaki-tan colored head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with an aggressive pine and grapefruit hop aroma.

T: Sweet dark malts. More pine. Some grapefruit. A mild to moderate bitterness on the finish leads to a lingering woodsy flavor.

M: On the heavier side of medium in weight with appropriate amount of carbonation. Slightly astringent.

D: A good beer, but the "woodsiness" of this beer become more prevalent as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:25:16 | More by Florida9
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a very dark murky brown(to dark copper)color with a two inch slightly tan frothy head. Great head retention with little amounts of lacing.

Slight citrus smell with dark bread like malts.

Dominating biscuit like malts with a slight bitterness in the end.

Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation

Not really a beer I would choose to try again

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:56:02 | More by tr4nc3d
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

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

Pours a dark brown color with a distinct red hue to the beer. Giant creamy and thick head that takes eons to dissipate.

The smell is sharp. A astringent scent I can't quite put my finger on with piney hop aromas and rich dark malts.

Bold hops; pine, grapefruit and citrus notes shine through. Huge malt presence, roasted dark German malts are the dominating factor in this beer. Seems a little messy though.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Definitely a dry finish as well.

Drinkability is alright, it is a good beer but I might only want one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 01:45:17 | More by pmccallum86
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Beaver13

Colorado

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a monstrous creamy tan head that retains all the way down and laces the glass. I've had bottles of this that were almost gushers, there's so much carbonation.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some resinous piney hops and some grapefruit and a little astringent cocoa.

The flavor is a touch of sweet nutty caramel malts that quickly leads to a huge resinous tarry bitterness that has a little tangy fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall, this is a completely unbalanced hop bomb, but it's fun.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:46:14 | More by Beaver13
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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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JTahoe

Oregon

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

A - Coppery mahogany with thick, creamy, tan colored head leaving sticky lace.

S - Pine and citrus hops, rather earthy, with some caramel malts.

T - Malty from the start, but the hops really shine through nicely with balanced bitterness. Hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit.

M - Fairly creamy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Very nice.

D - A really well made beer and very pleasing to drink. A touch boozy.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 20:06:47 | More by JTahoe
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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

Pours a clear and deep rust color with a fluffy off white head, good retention and lacing.

The smell is an even balance of malts (brown sugar and caramel) and hops (pine and earthy.) There's a faint scent of fall leaves.

The taste bascially mirrors the smell. The balance favors the malts, but there is a hop kick about it. It's slightly bitter.

Medium to heavy body, average carbonation, and chewey. The aftertaste is sugary sweet.

Alcohol is well masked and no issues with drinkability here. I was expecting a little more on the hop profile and was disappointed from that aspect, but overall a very decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 04:14:31 | More by Vonerichs
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. "Enjoy by" date of December 10, 2010 is clearly printed on the label.

Evidently the brewery uses whole cones of four different Yakima Valley hop varieties to brew this one.

Not sure what exactly I was expecting, but the pour is much darker than anticipated. A beautiful deep mahogany with a huge creamy pillow of light tan foam. The proliferation of hops in this ale undoubtedly provide the staying power that the head displays, as it fades very slowly and holds on in thick rings to the walls of the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

The nose is much more subdued than I had imagined it would be. Somewhat restrained, with just some fruity-floral hop notes and a little citrus, with a tiny bit of something reminiscent of a cherry lolipop.

The hops are much more evident on the palate. Bracing and biting, enamel-devouring, this beer is bitter to the core. Well, not quite to the core, as there's a solid underbody of sweet malt that really shines through before the beer warms, but as the temperature rises every so slightly, the bitterness moves up exponentially. There's some hop flavor there too, though it mostly comes across as bitter grapefruit. The body is medium-full and carbonation is somewhat mild, and the finish is very dry with a lingering citric twang and faint hint of malty sweetness.

The alcohol is pretty well-hidden on the palate but seems to show through in the head. Perhaps a bit of exhaustion is helping it along, though. Either way, this is one of those beers that I will very happily enjoy, but not more than once in a sitting. Delicious, but a bit of a palate-destroyer, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 04:06:00 | More by superdedooperboy
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle was an ever so slight gusher... A voluminous fluffy rich yet delicate dark tan head that displays solid retention... The head fades but shows some retention at one fingers worth where it becomes thicker and richer... A medium to dark chestnut brown body with a serious crimson red undertones... Slightly brooding, but still slightly translucent... Loads of moderate paced carbonation rise throughout... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... This is a damn good looking brew...

S - An intoxicating and complex aroma... A roasted sweetness is at the forefront... Slightly burnt crust... Gooey caramel... A hint of wood... A hint of ginger... Lavender... Floral notes... Sweet candied citrus...

T - Loaded with bready malts and crust at the start... A quick kiss of caramel and toffee... Then I pick up lots of dry wood and smoke... The hops really rise to the forefront on the finish and wreak havoc on the palette as part of the aftertaste... The near 9% ABV becomes slightly more noticeable it warms...

M - Sturdy medium bodied offering... Rich and slightly creamy to start, a quick bite of prickly carbonation, giving way to a very dry and slightly puckering finish...

D - This is a very interesting and though provoking beer all the way around from the fine folks at Victory... I would gladly welcome again, but I'm not sure I could handle more than one of these in a single sitting given its overall aggressiveness...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 02:46:01 | More by philbe311
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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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ommegangpbr

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I meant to review this guy last week but I guess I'd enjoyed a few too many so I forgot.
That's a good sign.
I like to think of this beer more like a big brown ale than a big strong ale but that's mostly quibbling. This is on the drier side of the spectrum which makes me think of a brown ale. Top sweet malts... Kit Kat kind of comes to mind regarding the quality of the sweetness, with hops drying things up right quick. A bit of sweetness lingers on the palate.
Big flavors conceal pretty big alcohol. For something that's almost 9% strong this drinks pretty easily.
Many thanks to Victory brewing co for a another tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:08:49 | More by ommegangpbr
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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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ToddT

Pennsylvania

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

A- Clear brown with a ruby tint capped by a large light tan head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace rings on the glass.

S- Grapefruit, pine resin, malt and a little bit of a caramel undertone.

T- Tart grapefruit and floral notes balanced out by a backbone of malt. Slight amount of sweetness comes in at the end before the final bitter note and hot alcohol heat. Somewhat of an astringent finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, does not have an oily hop aftertaste which is surprising since the hop flavor is so forward in the profile.

D- Pretty drinkable but the 8.7% ABV shows up at the end. Be careful if you try to session this one.

Doesn't disappoint but a little age on this might do some wonders to it. Tried it on draft (missed the cask by 10 minutes) at Victory as well and I don't remember the finish being quite this hot.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:54:39 | More by ToddT
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klewis

Ohio

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

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:08:15 | More by klewis
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 1/20/10 on a pour from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep toffee/ruby color and starts with a solid off-white/tannish head with decent retention that fades to a full, uneven creamy looking skim that leaves immediate lacing but less and less as the drink goes on; body is darker, but you can still see through it as it is quite clear and shows pretty strong carbonation.

Smell: Very hop forward and grassy in nature; a slight maltiness that is sweet kind of hides out in there, but is powned by the hops. Smell is quite robust.

Taste: Wow - much like the smell, it's very hoppy and especially bitter (grassy and slightly citric in nature like the rind of an orange or skin from a grapefruit); there's a very sweet maltiness that tastes like it's trying to fight through the hops, and does a little better as it warms; definite presence of alcohol is left on the breath and in the aftertaste, but at almost 9%, that's to be expected. Quite nice overall, curious to see how it will do with some age.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite strong and even a tad sharp at first - once the initial sharpness passes it becomes considerably smoother; mouth is left a little tingly and fades out with a dry and sticky coating left all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Not too bad -- I would gladly sip through a couple in a night; glad i got a few of these though as I'm going to throw them in the closet and forget about them and see if the hops fade out a bit and give the malts more of a chance to develop in the flavor and potentially smooth out some of the alcohol in it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 04:38:40 | More by bamadog
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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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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

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

A bottle courtesy of aglose45. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: An easy pour into my Mad Elf chalice summons forth a cloudy, deep deep amber colored brew with a massive amount of thick, craggy, off-white colored head. Outstanding retention with some nice lacing going on too.

Smell: Plenty of delicious, bitter hops. A nice mix of floral and citrus, with a very very mild hint of Belgiany sweetness. Very interesting.

Taste: Floral and grapefruity hops take the forefront here, with plenty of Belgian qualities to provide some complexity. There's a nice malt backbone to provide some balance. The 8.7% ABV is masked well, but it is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A little thin in the body, but there's some good carbonation and a nice clean finish on the palate.

Drinkability: A very tasty offering from Victory. Very easy to drink with plenty of hops and a nice Belgian quality to it. Complex enough to make you think, yet not overdone making this beer one that you can enjoy all night long. I will definitely be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:11:14 | More by krisandajt
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, sweet malt and rye. Very potent.

T: Tasted of rye, sweet malt, hops and a little hint of citrus. Well balanced, strongly flavored and bold.

M: A very high rate of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 16:43:35 | More by avalon07
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear amber/dark red color with a finger of very yellow stained head. There are faint particles of yeast stuck in suspension despite a very careful pour. Nose reeks of spice and pine hops. In the background of the nose there is a bit of grain and alcohol. Taste is spiced hop bitterness upfront with a bit of toasted grain about the profile as well. Lingering oil like hop bitterness is left in the mouth. Yeast and warming alcohol notes play quite a part in the flavor as well. It is a medium feel beer with mild carbination. Drinkability is fair for a beer that is still quite fresh and "hot." I will gladly enjoy a few more before setting some in the cellar to see what some time does to these.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 03:19:41 | More by stakem
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deereless

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A solid two inches of frothy head on a hard pour, tons of lacing down the sides of the glass as the beer settles to a meringue-like top , the color reminds me of a dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Nose is much more subdued than I expected though as the beer warms it becomes more prevalent, some faint sweetness and earthy grain, almost a hint of mint and/or grass coupled with some orange aromas - 3.00, T: The palate packs a solid punch of bitter hops and specialty malts, the hops are green and with a prominent grassy finish, I get a good deal of coffee, caramel and nuts along with a slight warming from the alcohol, there is also a soft sweetness that reminds me of raisins, the hops seem to provide some pine sap to the mix- 4.25, M: Smooth and quite creamy - 4.25, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer, interesting union of hop bitterness with a specialty malts, one I would gladly enjoy again - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 01:26:25 | More by deereless
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Dalem

Michigan

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

Dark mahogany in color and a 3/4 inch tan colored head that holds on for quite awhile leaving a thick lacing behind all the way to the bottom of the glass. Scents are quite robust with a Rye ale characteristic big on the tip along with aroma's of brown sugar malts and a pine forest after a summer rain. Sweetness & earthiness rolled into one.
The brew's flavor has quite a levels of complexities to it. A molasses & perhaps cardamon flavor steps up first with some toasted bread right behind it. Very piney hops quickly follow it pushing the OOMPH factor up a bit more. It's almost along the lines of an IPA but there's a dark fruit thing instead of grapefruit and pine that those usually carry. I can't quite put my finger on what I am tasting but it is tasting very interesting and quite good. The finish then throws in another curveball in the taste with a ginger hotness chocolate notes and rye. The mouthfeel is full yet bubbly and has quite a chewiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:56:51 | More by Dalem
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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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MrIncognito

Virginia

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

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Mostly clear mahogony body with a really nice, big khaki head with tight bubbles that retains really well. Fantastic sticky lacing on the glass.

S - I love Munich malts, especially dark ones, and that's what I'm getting in the nose. Biscuity, bread crusty, malts with some spicy alcohol and even a bit of chocolate powder. Dark fruits come through as it warms like raisins and plums. Nice piney hop smell throughout with a touch of citrus.

T&M - The taste follows the smell well. First taste is big and prominent piney hops. Citric notes follow and then the malts really come into play. I really get dark Munich malts in the taste with that bread crust and toasted biscuit flavor. Touch of chocolate in the aftertaste. The hops and the malts really play well together, balancing each other out. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol becomes a bit more prominent and adds a nice spicy element. The mouthfeel is slick at first but the alocohol adds a drying effect once swallowed.

D - This is a great beer. Reminds me of an IPA and more specifically Hop Devil but with darker, more prominent malts. Until I saw the classification on this site, I thought this WAS an IPA. Drinks really well and balanced, but watch that ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 18:37:28 | More by MrIncognito
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psujesus

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after hearing good things about this beer im glad i found this floating around

Pours a deep amber, tons of head on this beer, id say it has too much head retention, smells crisp with some citrus flavors, and of course hops, tons of hops and citrus flavors with a bitter aftertaste

it is very drinkable for a 9ish% beer

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 16:51:23 | More by psujesus
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany body with a bit of a copper tinge. Body is dark but for the most part clear. Full four finger head towers above. I was more than slightly concern the head may pour over the top of the tulip. Head is a frothy khaki color and pulls back slowly. Scattered sticky lacing clings tightly to the side of the glass.

The smell is very balanced with good portions of malt and hops. Toasted dark bread in combination with a pale malt sweetness provide a solid base to build from. Hop profile leans more toward the citric though a substantial spicy and grassy aroma is taken in.

The nose leads the tongue in the right direction. Once again a tremendous amount of balance is in play. Toasted dark bread and caramel malt roll out. Hops present a piny bite which fades into more of a citric pith flavors the further you get in. Earthy tea flavor are interwoven through out.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Texture leans towards the creamier side of the spectrum but fails to reach that level totally. Finish is ever so slightly dry with a lingering bitterness left on the palate.

Yakima Twilight was jumped to the top of my favorites from Victory. While a bit to strong to be sessionable, I would not mind have a few in a sitting. Outstanding balance with strong pleasant flavors. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 17:14:20 | More by kzoobrew
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,568 ratings.