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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

Yakima GloryYakima Glory

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very good

1,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 1533
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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Photo of Slatetank


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

I had this on cask @ O'Reilly's Tap room served in a shaker pint.

The beer arrives with a dark bronze appearance and crimson highlighted with light tan cap that settles to thin crust, The bead is fine and lace sticks in a sheet. The smell is good
but the cask accentuates the malt with a slight cocoa and toast aroma with some floral and citrus from the hops with hint of brown sugar and alcohol. The feel is decent with som strong roast and moderate bitterness with subtle hop acidity and mild carbonation giving the feel a smoother oily finish with a sharp bite.

The taste is slightly roasted malt with piney hop backing in the swallow, there is a slight citrus edge, not quite what I would call grapefruit in the middle with the resinous element bringing out more spice with slight sweet nutty tinge from the malt with subtle dark toast and mild alcohol in the taste. There is more heat in the finish with sharpness from the hops lingering. Overall I feel this is good, but it straddles the fence between a hoppy Imperial brown and the black IPA which doesn't fit to me. There is a lot of roasted character which seems to cover some of the hops, but overall a nice American strong ale.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2011 13:45:37 | More by Slatetank
Photo of drtth


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is dark rich reddish brown color. The 1/4” thick creamy, long-lasting, light tan head leaves layer of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves some nice foamy lacing.

Smell: The aroma seems much the same as when I had this on tap. It is complex and balanced with rich roasted malts and lots of spicy/citric hops. There are hints of grapefruit rind, some spiciness and pine, all mixed in with some dark bread, dark chocolate and traces of dark caramel

Taste: As the nose predicts there is the rich sweet dark chocolate and caramel along with a rich dark bread flavor. From the hops there’s citrus and spice with bits of pine and pepper. But overall it seems to be the hops taking the lead.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is definitely medium bodied and smooth and creamy from the finely bubbled moderate carbonation. The finish moderately long and generally begins while the hops are dominant and then just tapers off into dry hop bitterness.

Drinkability: At this ABV Yakima Glory a one a night beer for me , but it’s a nicely complex beer that I’ve enjoyed sipping. I won’t hesitate to treat myself to this one again. My over all impression is that this is a well made beer that works quite well as a cask offering. For me much of the difference between this one on cask and the bottled or tap versions lies basically in the mouth feel of the beer. Even though I thought the tap version to be smooth and creamy, this one tops it for creamy smoothness.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2011 18:16:00 | More by drtth
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness and bread. Also present are large amounts of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus hops. The flavor profile dries out midway through the sip as moderate amounts of toasted malts come into play as do pine hops. The toasted malts hold strong through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I still am a very big fan of this beer but I don't believe the cask conditioning did it any favors. Worth a shot however you can get it but it's better on-tap or from a bottle with full carbonation.

Serving type: cask

01-23-2011 21:44:05 | More by glid02
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep brown almost black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is toasted dark malts and mild pine hops. The taste is an interesting blend of toasted caramel malts and sharp pine hops. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth subtle carbonation. I must say, I like this one more this time than either of the other two times I've had it.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2010 23:14:02 | More by atsprings
Photo of Emarble17


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2009 20:39:41 | More by Emarble17
Photo of adamette


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
Photo of taigor

New York

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

From cask into 14oz glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with little head and no lacing.

S - Hops, pine and some fruits.

T - Chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of pine.

M - Medium bodied that goes down smoothly.

D - Very drinkable but not in big quantities.

Serving type: cask

11-11-2009 17:46:34 | More by taigor
Photo of thain709


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

A - This is definitely a dark IPA...deep cooper brown body with a tan head that stands about one finger...the head is pretty creamy which leads to some nice lacing

S - A very balanced nose...lots of roasted characteristics coming at you but then there is a nice crisp hop presence that seems to be a bit floral and earthy

T - The taste shows a lot of balance where neither the hops nor the malts shine...the ending of this beer is all reserved for the hops which I'll get to later...the roasted characteristics really stand out up front...it never becomes to roasted or sweet...some chocolate and caramel notes are present...the middle and ending are where the hops come out...they sneak up on you and smack you in the face with a big bitterness...but once again it never becomes too much...the hops are pretty piney and earthy which provides a nice pairing with the roasted malts

M - Medium bodied...very creamy from the cask...a great lasting bitterness

D - If it weren't for the higher ABV this would be a little higher...but the combination of the taste (roasted malts and earthy hops) and the creamy mouthfeel make this beer stand out

Serving type: cask

10-30-2009 21:08:22 | More by thain709
Photo of pd360


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

A delicious dark IPA. Deep brown in color, small head. Not especially hoppy, as the chocolate and malt flavors are very strong. I enjoyed this beer and could have had a few if not for the incredible selection that made my try others. Enjoyed at Novare Res in Portland Maine.

Serving type: cask

07-05-2009 22:04:22 | More by pd360
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this new beer on cask at David Copperfield's.

Deep dark brown like a hazelnut. The aroma is redolent of sweet, roasted malt.

This is an easy drinking brown beer. Although a double IPA, it is neither pale nor are the hops jumping out at me. I'd call it a hoppy brown ale.

This beer is comfortable on the palate. Creamy, smooth and as it is cask-conditioned, well balanced. There is a touch of alcohol on the palate and it warms you further as it travels your pipes toward the belly.

Very nice.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2009 19:56:20 | More by ChowHound
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New Jersey

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

Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.

T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.

D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2008 19:51:59 | More by maddogruss
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light to darkish chocolate color with that lets some light in, Huge froathy off white head (larger than the liquid)
S- Hops, some subtle malt notes, hops again, flowers
T- Earthy, hops, a little sugar, its hard to pick out what hops, but there are few
M- probably the most deceptivly tasting beer I have had, it looks like a stout, but finishes and has very simular characteristics of An IPA/DIPA
D- I dig this alot, but the high abv make it to high for a session beer , but def if you wanna get tipsy.. have a few of these

I hope Victory decides to make it again, it has great marketing value in my opinion

Serving type: cask

12-18-2008 07:39:56 | More by gdfan47
Photo of HopDerek


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at Victory Brewing on 12/12/08, a small glass.

Poured a muddy chestnut color with 1 finger of creamy tan/creme colored head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, pine resin, chocolate, dark fruits, and rye bread. Tastes of pine, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, caramel, raisins, and a combination of citrus, mint, and earthy hops with a nice warmth of alcohol to finish. Medium-fullish in body, though a little watery with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a good hop bite right from the start, but also a nice balance with the rye and roasted malt. Kind of hard to distinguish what style this beer is, definitely middle ground between a double IPA and a barleywine with even some candidacy for Black IPA. A good brew but hard to classify and therefore hard to determine when I would want to drink it.

Serving type: cask

12-18-2008 03:53:01 | More by HopDerek
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Victory on 12/12/08.

A - Deep chestnut brown body with lighter nut brown and deep reddish hues at the bottom and one-finger creamy beige head that retained quite well.

S - Earthy, woody and herbal notes dominate the aroma, while an underlyng mild rye presence pokes through the hops. Citrus hops also emerge as it warmed up a bit. Malt is crackery/pretzel-ish with a pinch of salt.

T - Dark malt character with a pretty subtle amount of hops for a DIPA. Earthy, herbal and minty hops parade across the taste buds, while some citrus hops emerge in the middle. Malt has a dark roasted character with mild chocolate notes.

M - Smooth and creamy, albeit a tad watery, texture with a soft mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers for a while on the palate. Finish is a bit dry overall.

D - Hard to wrap my head arond this one. There's a lot going on with this one. It's almost more like an American barleywine than a DIPA, but there is also a dark malt aspect with this brew, giving it yet another interesting twist.

Serving type: cask

12-13-2008 22:31:51 | More by ffejherb
Photo of BierJager89


4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, almost black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Pine, floral notes, kiwi and citrus in the nose.

T: Kiwi, grapefruit peel, citrus peel, citrus, lemon and grass, followed by roasted malt, espresso and coffee. Pretty much what you want out of the style, but perhaps not the best fruit flavor profile.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I'd prefer tangerine, mango, fresh orange, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, tropical fruit, etc. mixed with the roasty flavors, but this is still a great beer. I'd definitely recommend it, if you like the black ale style.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:43:36 | More by BierJager89
Photo of hoplover82


3.21/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The nose has lots of pine and citrus notes from the hops. And the grain bill offers burned caramel and milk chocolate, there's toffee and roasty notes too. The taste is much like the aroma with pine trees and caramel and chocolate. There's a huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Silky and creamy body with a noticable hot alcohol that could be hidden a lot more.overall, this beer is pretty decent. Not really impressed though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:23:56 | More by hoplover82
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown color. Great clarity. Towering rocky tan head never dips below two inches. Lacing leaved sheets of thick foam on the glass.

S: Soot and charcoal. Faint steely scent. Bread crust and heavily toasted grain. Hops bring fresh mint, tangerine, freshly cut grass, and orange peel. Tropical esters in the background.

T: Floral hops all over the attack. Tangerine and both lemon and orange peel. Mint jelly. Malts make just as much noise with a deep crusty impression. Heavy toast. Toasted grain. Hints of soot and char. Slightly steely. Alcohol peeks out more as it warms. Lots of soot and bitter dark chocolate on the finish in tandem with minty, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and a little airy in texture. Modest astringency from both hops and roasted malts.

O: Great interplay from both malt and hops, and a modest complexity offered by both. This beer boasts a very unique flavor profile. I also would never have guessed that this fella clocked in at 8.7% abv. A solid American Black Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:54:10 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an overall great, interesting, very hop forward yet somehow not overwhelming beer. Lots of great sweet malt backbone with caramel and subtle roasted oatmeal on the nose. Tons of pine/grassy hops with some peppery yeast notes on the first sip.

From looks alone this one is very appealing and looks delicious. Very dark amber with a nice one inch tall caramel colored head that leaves some nice lacing and even some subtle alcohol legs.

Nicely carbonated at a medium level that doesn't overwhelm but keeps it's bite on the tongue. Go and try this one for sure, especially if your a fan of black ipa's. This one doesn't scream roasted, toasted, dark, caramel, chocolate, coffee like other black ipa's, but that's one of the reasons I'm really enjoying this one. This is supposed to be a winter seasonal but I could easily enjoy this by the campfire on a summer night. Perfect for those fall weekend afternoons as well.

Watch out for it's abv though, can't quite tell.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:34:05 | More by lsummers
Photo of brurevu


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: the Yakima Glory poured a deep ruby brown with a full tan head and loads of hops on the nose. Below the hops there was a hint of sweet malt that subdued the hoppy aroma. The taste was a front load of big juicy hops that faded into a bitter burnt chocolate and sweet toasted malts. The two flavors played well with each other and brought out the shining attributes of each while not allowing the other to take over. There was loads of flavor and lots of dynamic tastes to be had. A delicious beer with plenty of flavor to spare.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 16:28:00 | More by brurevu
Photo of PorterLambic


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Arrives clear brown with red throughout. Head is off white and, as a film, lasts forever while leaving some lace behind.
Smell is hops, roasted malt and a bit of smoke. Good balance.
Taste is hoppy, malty, evergreen, smoke (very light) with coffee showing up late and faint. Good balance.
Medium body, strong effervescence up front. Drying from the start. A really nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 00:41:20 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of BeerDocT


3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 2.0: Poured out with very little head. Not unusual for a growler pour, but worth noting. OK, right off the bat I'm upset at this beer. This is a "black ale" and the beer is dark, amber brown. Dark brown! Why not drop some more black malt in the brew and make the beer BLACK??? Sorry, I just don't understand this. This is embarrassing.

Smell 3.50: Very good nose to this beer. Deep, malt bouquet with slight hop alkaline notes. After the appearance thing, this is promising.

Taste 4.25: Front is very hoppy, an even alkaline hop. Middle is big, with a huge malt punch. Not necessarily sweet, just a lot of malt flavor all at once. Also, there's a big kick to the sides of the palate from a hop overload: I taste primarily pine and deep bitterness...chinook? Nice. Finish is also heavy on the hops and a surprising (and delicious) chocolate hint with some slight smokiness. See? My black malt suggestion would certainly fit the flavor for which this beer was shooting. Aftertaste is long and features a slight burning in the mouth. Focus here is on hops and malt, too.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot on for this beer's flavor. Good heft in the mouth and almost perfect level of carbonation.

Overall 3.75: Excellent tasting beer, but there are some problems here and there with this beer's overall presentation. However, regardless of some cosmetic issues (*ahem!*), this is a fine brew. Actually, it reminds me very much of Northern Brewer's "Black IPA" homebrew recipe that I brewed once. Big, malty middle and lots of excellent hop blending. Makes me wonder who influenced who. Long story short, I recommend this beer on its taste alone.

Serving type: growler

08-15-2013 04:12:44 | More by BeerDocT
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:20:46 | More by Brew_42
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4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing as it dissipates about halfway to sit as a thick disc of foam. Smell is a nice mix of fruity and piney hops, and dark chocolate malts. Taste is absolutely delicious; the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and full, with chocolate dark malts moving seamlessly into juicy fruity hops. It finishes sweet and bitter at the same time, and sticky. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:40:31 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with elegant white head that just sits calmly above the top like ducks on the pond. As Stewart Scott once said it is "Cool as the other side of the pillow.

S - I don't really judge a beer off smell but if i did it would probably lose some points. Smells kind of like a lot of hoppy beers (like shit).

T - This is where the beer gains its points. The beer tastes like a perfert version of a nuru massage (I had to use an Asian reference.

M - Simply splended.

O - Second time having this beer. This isn't much of a summer beer but i remember sipping this during Christmas Eve one year and thats when craft beer became a passion instead of a hobby. Not to sure that this beer tops by 10 but this beer will always be remembers because of how it turned me into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:17:55 | More by wiegs4life
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass pours a large foamy head that is tan in color. The beer is a deep mohagony/amber color with hints of red and copper in light. Head settles at a moderate rate to leave heavy lacing. Smells of deeply roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, bitter dark chocolate, and faint hops with a bit of tobacco.

Taste starts with suprising but welcome citric hops (didn't get much smell of these) which are quickly overtaken by roasty malts with bitterness, chocolate, and tobacco, has a bitter, roasty, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation for a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:58:10 | More by JG-90
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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.