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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1534
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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with a deep amber with some ruby hightlights. A big head is present but it fades quickly to a thin small layer that is substained.
Medium carbonation.
The aroma is that of hops, floral and spiceiness
A hint of malt can be sensed, too.
The taste is very hoppy. Pine resin, spice can be sensed. Maltiness comes through at the end. Bitterness too. I taste a bit of cloying.
This beer drinks and feels very smooth with a nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 11:30:20 | More by micromaniac129
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Kendo

New York

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear but dark mahogany-amber with a 1.5-finger tan/khaki head. Bright ruby when backlit. Some splotches of lace.

S: Very nice -- juicy grapefruit with a touch of brown sugar. If it was a tiny bit stronger, smell-wise, I'd give it a 5. Edit: 2nd bottle consumed had a bit of a "sweatsock" smell to it, so I'm knocking this down to a 4. Weird. Will post again after trying another bottle.

T: Caramel malt is there, but gets beaten down by the hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness follow, with bitterness coating the mouth and lingering well into the aftertaste, causing a mouth-watering response to that dry bitterness and encouraging the next sip. As it warms the caramel, toffee-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more evident. There's even a touch of cocoa powder at times. Alcohol warming is felt in the belly and provides a touch of peppery spice at the back end.

M: A little bit thinner than expected. Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side. Carbonation is active without being prickly.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easily if you like big hoppy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 02:52:02 | More by Kendo
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Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown color with a big tan head that left a sheet of lacing as it dissipated. Big aroma of citrus hop; nice juicy grapefruit profile with a touch of a toasted malt. The taste is of resiny, piney hops with some citrus notes. A toasted bready malt supports the big bitter hop profile. There are some hints of chocolate in the malt as well. The brew has a moderate body with fairly soft carbonation that leads to a silky feel; finishes with quite a bitter asprin blast which is a little rough for my liking. A tasty DIPA for sure, big hop profile. To me the malt was there for color as it didn't really help smooth out the hoppy bitterness. Most will like this but the finish hurts the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:38:40 | More by Gmann
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany/maroon with slightly off white head. Head appears as dense and seems to have nice retention. Leaves heavy lacing on glass.

S: herbal and spicy hops on the front...and back for that matter... this is very hoppy with a hint of caramel malts peaking through

T: The hops aren't quite as aggressive as the nose would suggest, but rather seems to be in balance with the malt profile. The malts are more prominent on the tongue with some bready and caramel character. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too much. Very nice balance.

MF: This is very creamy and silky for a big IPA and I like it. It allows the spicy hops to be prominent without leaving a sharp finish.

D: This beer has an in your face hop profile, as is standard with double IPAs, and it also has a nice malty backbone to balance everything out. This beer is very drinkable considering its high ABV. It is nice to see beers this big in 6 packs. One of the reasons I like Victory so much!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 05:42:04 | More by homebrew311
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gford217

Georgia

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

12oz bottle from Hop City poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber brown with an absolutely massive creamy off-white head that shows exceptional retention and lingers as a big creamy cap and leaves good lacing.

The aroma starts with a big dose of fresh green hops along with some sweet citrus. There is a solid doughy malt aroma in the background.

The taste is bitter with floral hops up front with the hefty malt bill coming in after that to form a healthy backbone underneath. The finish is big and bitter with the pine lingering after each sip.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and bitter with the green hops and citrus. It's slightly dry in the finish with some oily hops on the palate.

A very hoppy, resinous IPA with enough malts to balance things out. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:29:29 | More by gford217
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.

Floral but relatively light hop nose.

Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head's beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 19:11:24 | More by smcolw
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I"m the liquor store the other day and see this on the shelf. I've never had anything bad from these guys and since it's not quite time to enjoy the holiday and winter beers yet, I figured this would be a good chance to try something totally new and take a chance. From what I've seen of other reviews on here, this is one of those beers that you'll either love or hate and certainly after trying out, I think that's the case with this beer. I've never had anything quite like it and since it's well-crafted, any imperfections here are clearly balanced out by the uniqueness of this brew!

Without a doubt this had the best pour I've seen in a beer this year - a rich, long-lasting head of beautiful froth, lacing nearly matching that in intensity, and a gorgeous hue of radiant mahogany. The hops are bold here and certainly do not take any prisoners but this is by no means a "hop bomb". Instead, what we have here is a combination of an IPA, a strong ale, and a bit of an English Brown Ale. The citrus flavors are felt from front to back along with caramel, alcohol, a hint of licorice, and a feel of the aforementioned Brown Ale. The result is a beer with a nice mouthfeel, a strong presence and easy drinkabillity, and probably a bit too much alcohol for it's style. Sure, it's listed as a Double IPA, but the pine, resin, and dry-hoppiness aren't here. Thankfully, the complexity goes way beyond any one style and things are fused pretty nicely here.

No doubt this is strong and one in a session is probably the right number. I heard that Victory will no long be brewing the Prima Pils but take solace in this - this is great beer that goes beyond the bounds that I'm accustomed to. For this time of the year of mild days and cool nights, this fits in perfectly. Without a doubt the most unique beer I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 09:22:15 | More by JerzDevl2000
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

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

Just grabbed this one from the local bottle shop in a mix and match deal. Poured so pretty brown with tan fluffy head, and smelled so damn good I had to log in and tell the BA how good it is.This ale is a deep brown with thick and fluffy head. The taste and smell hold nothing back hops hops hops hops.. welll it is a DIPA so the grain and booze sneak in a little. This brew goes down so smooth and rich. The after taste is not strong for the style and the mouthfeel is not as thick as one expects. Victory has done it again, damn proud to live in PA. I may have found my Christmas brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 05:32:03 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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

The body of Yakima Twilight to a little darker than most IIPAs; it is brown with orange hues. The head is an off-white color. It is huge, billowing, and creamy. Some nice patterns of lacing is left behind.

The hop aroma is big, bitter and grapefruit flavored, but the malt bill is pretty large too. A strong roasted character comes through in the aroma.

The bitterness is powerful and biting in the front end, and then the hops start to bring lots of citrus flavor. Behind that is some sweet malt, but the malt toward the finish tastes slightly like bitter chocolate, with a dark, roasted character. Not the normal malt bill for a IIPA, but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A little oily while in the mouth, and dry after the finish.

Yakima Twilight has solid drinkability for a IIPA and is yet another good beer from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 04:53:51 | More by Hojaminbag
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ithacabaron

California

2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clean, deep brown. Nearly opaque from the side, when held up to the light it shows off its redhead roots. Cap is light tan, with "toad's eyes" bubbles. This soon fades down to a soapy film. Had to save the last little bit back in the bottle due to yeast.

Aroma is very citrusy, bright, with notably sour elements of pure grapefruit juice. Exceptionally fresh, there's still a strong whiff of the brewery here, a little spent yeast, a little grassiness. Way at the back, a sober note of graphite rises in the back. Decent, but has flaws.

Chalky, dark malts hit the palate first. A flavor of chestnuts appears mid-palate, but is quickly overwhelmed. The hops disappear almost entirely into the background, and a aggressively sour, quinine-like lash carries through the difficult swallow. Remarkably unpleasant -- and that comes from someone who usually loves both sour and bitter flavors, Double IPAs and Cantillon alike.

Mouthfeel is fine and mellow.

Drinkability is a tricky beast -- it's not a pleasant beer, but the intoxicating strength of it begins to convince you it's better than you originally thought. Sadly, that's all it is.

I expected so much more from this beer, and it has flaws that could be easily corrected. This is sold as a Dark Double IPA, but the flavor of the dark malts is almost completely overwhelmed. More aroma hops, a little less on the bittering end, a chance for the roaster's art to shine; this has potential, and I hope to see a more balanced formulation should they brew it again next year. Sadly, this time around, it seems to have missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 21:52:19 | More by ithacabaron
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mtbbaboon

Connecticut

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

I've been looking forward to trying this and was thrilled to see it in the beer store. I picked up a six pack. This tasting was a bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. It's a very dark double IPA...a dark brown with amber hues. Thick frothy head that never fully goes away. Lots of lacing on the glass. Interesting that there is a fair amount of sediment floating around. The sediment isn't moving, either...it's just sort of suspended there. Honestly, I wasn't sure what style this was (IPA vs DIPA), but I knew with the first whiff. Big hop presence in the nose. Kind of sweet, too (caramel?). A hint of citrus. The taste follows the nose. Lots of bitter hops. The bitterness certainly lingers. I'd prefer if the bitterness was toned down just a bit. The citrus in the mouth is more noticeable than in the nose. The grapefruit also has me chomping my teeth. It's got a pretty heavy mouthfeel for a DIPA. Leaves lots of stick. It's definitely a sipper. All in all, I like this beer and another double IPA available in a six pack is never a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:34:32 | More by mtbbaboon
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swierczt

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark auburn, almost copper in color. Taupe colored head about 2 fingers. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as you work your way through this beer. On a side note...check out the cool artwork on the label of the bottle. They make a hops cone look as if it is illuminating light.

Smell: Fresh hops; citrus and earthy tones all come through in the smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The citrusy hops hit your palate up front and as they subside, the malty notes come through to balance out the hops. Malts taste like figs and caramel. I almost get a hint of some smoky notes in there as well. Uniquely complex.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A full-bodied beer.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable. Probably a bit too drinkable considering the alc./vol. I would have never guessed that it is 8.7% alc./vol. This brew could catch up on you easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 13:02:51 | More by swierczt
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut colored body with reddish hues and a thin tan head that sticks around for quite some time before leaving just a faint lacing around the glass.

Enormous hop aroma, both citrus and earthy, but a sweet malt aroma follows as well, likely caramel, and then even bread like quality at the end.

Great equilibrium of earthy & wood hops mixed with big sweet malt. There are hints of underlying sweetness, similar to a dark fruit like raisin or fig, and yet back to the bold hop flavor at the end.

Full flavored & full in body with medium carbonation and a woody burn in the finish; what the hops place, the malt takes away leaving an overall satisfying mouthfeel.

I think this is a great beer, and a bit unique. There are not too many beers this big, with this much character and balance that are this easy to drink and not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:48:52 | More by CHADMC3
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asabreed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Appearance: A malty looking deep red. Decent darker white lacing and good bubbles.

Smell: Dank ass weed? Kind of. Sweatsock pungency. Super fresh pungent hops all over the place, along with a bit of caramel and citrus. Hugely aromatic and wild.

Taste: Hugely raucous and hoppy, so much that the malt seems to be a balancing act almost instead of a complement. A squinching pungency to the hops, lots of rind and resin. A bit of caramel coming through along with some dark fruits. This one's a big one.

Mouthfeel: Lots of good tickling carbonation, and for being a seemingly heavier beer, there's a good balance maintained to be big beer without being too cloying, which helps the resiny puckering flavors come through.

Drinkability: A very solid Double IPA, or is this almost a Black IPA? Glad I got to try it. It may almost be too much for people, and though I don't consider myself an exclusive hophead, I do love hops, and this is a brew for those that do. Another solid effort from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 19:06:43 | More by asabreed
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flannelman808

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: looks nice, pours a deep muddy red color and has off white head. Excellent lacing on the head and good head retention... medium sized bubbles.

S: not a gigantic bouquet but very nice just the same. I get citrus rind (orange peel and grapefruit). Also I get a toasty caramel sort of quality.

T: Pretty good, its relatively malt forward for this style but there is a citric hop presence as well. This reminds me of Lagunitas' Lucky 13 or a more intense version of the Alesmith beer "evil dead red". I would classify it as an imperial red and not a double IPA but what do I know... the summation of this is intense malty caramel and fairly intense piny citrus flavors.

M: Relatively creamy with a sticky hoppy mouthfeel. It sticks to the sides of your mouth (and the sides of the glass for that matter).

D: pretty drinkable given the abv, but not over the top.
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Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:03:01 | More by flannelman808
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - ruby red and dark auburn colors swirl around in the glass, this stuff is mysterious looking. Its got a huge, thick fluffy head that looks like pancake batter from above.

Aroma - sweet sticky hop buds and lots of them. Some big citrusy scents along with a good deal of pine. It also has a bit of that "catty" smell that reminds me of simcoe hops. (maybe it is simcoe hops?!?)

Taste - pine, hop juice, pomegranate, red wine, grapefruit, orange peel and perhaps a bit of caramel. All these flavors add up to be a bit on the syrupy side but that might just be the high gravity this one is packing. Nice dry finish with some serious numbing quality to it. I am enjoying the beating my taste buds are receiving.

Overall - chewy, resiny and altogether potent. This is a great beer that will sneak up on you quick. It drinks like a regular IPA but has a punch that will get you. Great stuff to relax with on a cool evening.

Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely. Tell me where and I'll be there. I am told that this may not be widely available up here in New England despite Victory's distribution being quite good in this area. Hopefully that is not the reality as this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:02:46 | More by indiapaleale
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.

Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven't tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.

Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 08:01:03 | More by corby112
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 12 ounce glass into my SA pint glass. It pours a deep caramel color with a mamoth, sticky white head. The aroma is sweetened pine potpouri, IMO a good thing. The beer is sweet pine and citrus, it has a ridiculous malty body to go with the huge amount of hops. The 9% abv is well hidden. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. It is very easy to drink this down, a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:08:02 | More by bonkers
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adamette

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. On tap at Beer Engine in Lakewood. Poured into clean, clear snifter, the only way that you can purchase it here for $4.50.

A Looks incredible with a huge, 3 inch light brown head and a dark brown body that glows a dark mahogany. Very good look, I think much of that is thanks to the cask presentation here at the Engine. Lacing left by this soft, creamy head is excellent as well.

S Malty sweetness with a spike of hops bitterness as well. There is an amber like barely smell too. I smell alcohol which is not a surprise at 8.9%. The smell is nothing if not interesting and makes the observer seek more information (taste it!). 4.0

T Well the bigness of the smell carries right over into the taste. This is a big malt and hops bomb with an amber like medium roast quality to it. Really a unique beer. 4.0

M This is a big beer with big ABV, bit malt, big hops and that amber like medium roast malt woodsy quality to the taste. This particular beer had a nice smoothness that I attribute at least in part to the cask presentation. Nice feel to match the bigness of the beer. 4.0

D Fair as this is such a big beer. This is certainly one and done in my opinion. 3.0

Notes: I am beginning to think that cask is simply the only true way to experience a beer. I never had the regular tap version but I don't think that it would carry the same look, feel as this one.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2009 23:52:47 | More by adamette
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A- Everything about the appearance of this brew screams rye pale ale to me, though I am quite aware that no rye was used in its production. Pours a deep reddish-brown that is thinner (more red) around the edges. The head is huge, 3 fingers and stayed for quite some time. The head is the standard brownish-yellow that I've come to expect from rye ales, which is part of the reason I say this.

S- Weirdly enough, it smells a little like a rye ale (reminds me of Dock Street Rye Pale Ale) and smells slightly soapy. I get some hops, but not as much as other reviewers seem to have gotten.

T- Very interesting. Starts off with a malt bill that I'd attribute to a Doppelbock, or something of the sort. It's not overly sweet, but the roasted malts definitely dominate the initial flavor. This is followed up by a great, mouth-coating bitterness from the hops. As BA is classifying this as a Double/Imperial IPA, the order of the malt bill to hop profile in flavor is reversed from my usual expectations (i.e. starts malty and ends hoppy as opposed to the other way around.)

M- Nice thickness and creaminess with a good amount of carbonation to break it up. Leaves a slick hop oil, resinous feeling on the roof of my mouth and on my tongue.

D- Deceptively drinkable for a nearly 9% beer. The oiliness of the hop finish definitely slows one down a little, but not hard to drink at all. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:49:31 | More by mbudner
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cynicgiraffe

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very flowery pungent aroma, almost lush like a greenhouse. Very hoppy Pours a medium dark brown with a thin white head that's gone quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Very floral hoppiness up front. Some malt bitterness in the back. Lots of anise on the finish that becomes more pronounced the more you drink. Very nice palette, like a DFH 90. Great beer, I like this very much. Great cost/ABV ratio too.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:19:45 | More by cynicgiraffe
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Tromba

Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker than expected - a rich, dark reddish brown. Off white head is minimal (but enough) and leaves no lacing.

S: Not as apparent as expected from the style, but definite floral hop notes.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front! The sweetness is quickly replaced by floral and very cirusy hop notes, bringing about a great bitter, dry finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feel is rich and velvety.

D: As far as DIPAs go, thi one is very drinkable - the bitterness and alcohol are not at all overwhelming. Way to go Victory :)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:27:00 | More by Tromba
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at State Line a while back. I'm always excited by new Victory beers, let's see how this one is.

Is this an IPA? Seriously? Deep crimson in color, there's nothing pale about this, but in this age of black IPAs, I have to let this slide. A dense light brown head caps the beer, receding to a disk, leaving some lace. Quite attractive.

This is not very IPA-like, but is still very good. Strong pine and grapefruit bitterness, along with a delicate herbal, minty character stand toe to toe with a burnt caramel sweetness, with a touch of buckwheat honey, and a tobacco character. While wholly unconventional, this is still great stuff. Fruity, with the combination of hops and caramel reminding me of poached pears. There's also a mild rye-like character present.

The palate isn't half as good, though. This is an explosion of pine up front, with nowhere near as much malt complexity as I got on the nose. Some dark caramel is apparent, but the pine bitterness is quite overpowering, along with grapefruit pith. The pine resin really takes over the finish, leaving a mildly astringent character. A rye-like spiciness is noticeable mid-palate. Whiffs of alcohol are also present. Medium in body with medium carbonation, the palate is OK, but the excessively bitter character of the finish really makes this difficult to appreciate, and enjoy in large amounts. An interesting beer, nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:44:47 | More by DefenCorps
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at GingerMan poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a 1 finger whitish-coffee fine, fluffy head with excellent retention. Brew itself is a nice clear deep, almost black amber. Lacing is layered and full. Great looking black IPA.

S: Musky, citrus hops, bit of sour milk. A bit weird in my opinion.

T: Citrus floral hop opening. Bittering hops throughout that covers the other flavors. Flowery and powdery in the finish with what might be cocoa or coffee.

S: Light to medium bodied and rather coarse and a bit too carbonated. Finish is messy and wet and mouthfeel is very watery.

D: The flavors don't work well together for me here but its still very drinkable and rather complex for an IPA though not as malty as I would like for an imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 02:59:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
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timtim

District of Columbia

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

very interesting... dark brown, almost ruby, with a big tan head that holds and nice, webby lace. milk chocolate, cooked caramel, tons of piney, fruity hop all come together to create an almost jammy scent. it's not stout meets wcipa, it's like scwharz vs dipa. taste is hop all the way, and the malty backbone is filled with goodness carrying it all. a touch out of balance for someone who isn't a total hop head. super long, dry, bitter finish. for me, it would be hard to have more than one of these in a row without some food to tone it down a bit, but also think it could really work with cheese or carrot cake or a ton of ther things. fantastic effort from victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 23:00:24 | More by timtim
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