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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,621 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 70
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 beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a healthy 1.5 finger medium cream head. Nice thick sheets of lace all the way around the glass.

Malty, red licorice nose. Earthy hops with a touch of light citrus.

Light up front, but lots of flavor quickly follows. A bit of twizzler from the malt, with a healthy dose of crisp floral citrus. Burnt caramel in the finish as well.

Fairly heavy bodied, but easy to drink 1 or 2.

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber and formed nice foamy light tan head that left lattice lace. Looked like a root beer float. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, hops and cocoa. The body was medium light. The finish was bittersweet.

Photo of Tucquan
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on 2010-11-26 at The Library in Pittsburgh.

A - Dark copper with 1" head and light lacing.

S - Pretty strong hop floral and medium grain. Not much citrus.

T - Some caramel malt, hop bitterness and way too much pepper for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not my cup of tea. The pepper was too over the top and I left the glass only half drained.

Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

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

A-Pours a medium brown but show a more ruby like hue when held up to the light. A one inch khaki colored had has fair retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Citrus and floral hop notes are met by equally strong, slightly sweet smelling dark roasted malt.

T-Citrus hop bite at the lead then the roasted malt comes in. The hops and malt both linger throughout with the ever so slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the finish.

M-Medium body with a crisp carb bite. Finishes dry.

D-Easy to drink and another is certainly an option.

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger high fluffy beige head that slowly dissipated but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with moderate aromas of grapefruit hops and hints of the underlying roasted malts.
T: The beer is extremely well balanced between flavors of dark, roasted malts and bitterness from the citrus hops. Like the smell, the taste of grapefruit is very prominent.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather easy to drink.

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

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy ruby color with a thin white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of rich sweet toffee with candied floral hops and citrus. All of these flavors are complex and inviting! I just want to jump right in. The flavor is exactly what I could have hoped for from the flavors. There is a rich roasted malt with toffee and bitter grapefruit hops. There is also this odd of putting astringency that I don't really dig. The mouthfeel is rich with subtle carbonation.

This is a really solid beer despite the astringency. I'm not sure, but I heard that last years batch wasn't as astringent. The flavor is rich and deep, and I sure hope next year this astringency is taken care of.

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

Exciting new beer - an interesting adaptation on black IPAs.
Pours brown/red not black like many dark IPA s currently being brewed.

Smell is delicious...just what the style should smell like, huge cascade grapefruit, and strawberry piney notes from centenial/simcoes maybe? This mixes with a pleasant woody, malty body...smells really delicious.

Taste is very nice as well...sweet, but not overly so, nice, caramelly, roasty tasting malts, with a very strong hop backbone...finishes smooth and warm.

This gets a 5 for drinkability without a doubt. Considering the fact that this is basically a 9% IPA, I'm not sure I've had anything more drinkable...its smooth, totally balanced, warm but not boozy...just really nice to drink! Somehow the strong malt character totally mellows the hops and vice versa - as borat would say...Great success!

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

A: deep mahogany, good clarity, brief finger deep head fizzles out leaving behind decent lace

S: West Coast hops, leather, sour yeast esters,

T: leather, charcoal and smoke, bitter chocolate, sour cherries, dark rum and a wee bit of sweet molasses.

M: medium body with crisp carbonation and a warming alcoholic bite in the finish.

D: purdy dang good. I'm a fan of this style and this one lived up to my expectations for both the CDA and Victory as a brewery. Very drinkable, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too heavy, not to watery, with just the right amount of alcohol. Suffice it to say, it's incredibly sessionable and I can foresee many more of these in my near future.

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this yesterday at Jasper's for $12.49. Didn't see any "best by" data anywhere on the label or bottle. Here goes...

My imperial pint glass holds a liquid with an absolutely beauteous, deep garnet color. No haze at all, and the carbo is steady and plentiful. The head is light tan and creamy, though thin, yet still covering things well. There's a little lacing here and there, though not in abundance. Aroma has a little toffee and roastiness, along with a rindy hoppiness. Body is a middle of the road medium here. It's pretty smooth overall, with a light airiness on the palate.

Roasty malts lay some bitterness on the tongue, and there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Heaped on top of this are loads of pithy, rindy, earthy hops. Resiny grapefruit oils smother the tastebuds in a most pleasant fashion, and linger long and hard after the bier has vacated the premises. Nicely balanced bitterness is what this is. A supremely solid black IPA, indeed. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown that's ruby red when held up to the light. Very thin beige head that doesn't disappear.
S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus on the finish.
T: Starts out with citrus flavors and a ton of hops, and finishes very smoothly with some sweetness and roast.
M: A bit sticky, but smoothly well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: This is sort of like a darkened double IPA imo. It really is interesting how the hops and citrus blend in with the darker malts. Also, very little alcohol is detected, yet it is 8.7%. Whew!

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

Deep, dark red. Just barely translucent. Two finger head subsides quickly leaving a decent lace. Nice constant stream of co2.

Roasty, caramel, nuts, alcohol, pine. Some spice. Ironically light on hop aromas. A really beautiful and complex aroma.

Caramel malt dominates, with a lingering bitter finish. A tiny bit hot. Not especially complex, but robust. Dry and bitter. Tingling carbonation.

Doesn't cover the entire palate but has a very full mouthfeel. Filling and warming.

Could definitely throw a couple back on a chilly night... but then I'd be drunk. ABV is VERY sneaky, probably because of intense hopping.

Some of the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of porter and scotch ale, and the high hop factor seems to fight with what would otherwise be a delicious, hearty beer. Being a hop-head however, I say kudos to Victory for creating a dark IPA that isn't black. Definitely worth trying more than once.

Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this qualifies as a "black" IPA, but I love the dark reddish amber color. The head is relatively short lived, with little lace.

Roasted malt and floral hops share the aroma and flavor. Bitterness is pretty prominent, especially in the finish, but it is very pleasant and nicely balanced by sweetness from the malt.

This is a tasty brew that I will put on my list to snag when I can find it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus like hops. In the taste, fresh pine hops, and a mellow citrus hop, with a nice malty backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a mixture of hops.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scents of roasted chocolate and molasses malts, and also of piney nuts on the nose. Strong peachy scents as well. Has a two finger head with good lacing down the glass. Is also a very dark red/light black colour. Wow, this one blasts through the palate. Heavy malty flavor mostly of a heavy IPA. Bursts on the back of the tongue with strong hoppiness. This is one hell of a brew. Very comparable to Troegs Nugget Nectar..IMO! Delicious beer!

Photo of Brad007
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Certainly not a black IPA but could pass as a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aroma is a great mix of grassy hops and sweet malt with a hint of raisin to it. Very much similar to a barleywine.

My tongue is greeted by grassy hops with a slight citrus edge to them. Sweet with raisin and warm with alcohol as well. Again, these are the dynamics one would expect from an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, citrusy hops with sweet malt and alcohol heat.

Hmm. This is a tough one. It's very much delicious and all but the style just doesn't seem to fit. I would only rate it lower due to the fact that it's not quite where it should be style-wise.

Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy, piney hops, toasted malt.
Taste-Spicy hops, toasted malt note,definite rye spiciness going on. Pretty dry finish. Not quite a "Black IPA" in color but more in the flavor profile with a nice balance of spicy,toasted malts and piney hops. A bit of a surprise in taste, as no style is listed on the bottle, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of Kayaker
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed my notes from 2009 and I believe this year's release is a bit darker in color and the flavor a tad more intense. Still a great beer and an "A' in my book. It has a beautiful fall color. A light hop and citrus aroma. A full flavored and bodied beer. Little if any unpleasant after taste. I considered this one of the best beers for 2009. A couple more and I will let you know how it rates for 2010.

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

A-Pours the color of grade a maple syrup with an inch of foamy tan head. Leaves moderate lacing.

S-Light roasted malts, a little nutty. Similar to Kostritzer.

T/M-Astringent bittering hops up front. Roasty malts,almonds, pecans. The finish is dry and aggressively bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-A decent release from Victory, but not one of their best. It would be hard to drink a 6 pack of this.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light dark color body from the the dark malt like a 1 row why it's still light in color.

S- Smell of Yakima hops with alittle hint of citrus and smell the robust dark malts.

T- Taste of citrus flavor and bittersweet malt like a coffee background.

M- Semi-dry but a chewyness yet smooth. Flavorful of citrus, hops and dark malts.

D- Different Black IPA from others but has it's own flavors and taste. Well balance with hops and citrus and not that strong hop bite with roll in dark malts giving some more bitterness with sweet.


Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with amber highlights, and a thick and frothy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is equally impressive with huge juicy and citrusy hop notes, along with some orange marmalade, some cocoa and light coffee notes, caramel, fruity esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is a little less intense, with piney and floral hops upfront, along with some milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, orange marmalade, fruity esters, and moderate alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. Really tasty black IPA here, note quite on the level of SSR but not far off either.

Photo of tmcelvain
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Perfect copper tone, with 2" of foamy head when poured into a straight edged pint.

S: A bit of alcohol is apparent behind the very forward hops. One of the strongest smells I've noticed from a beer. My sense of smell is not the best, and this one really hit me right from the pour.

T: I like the combination of hop forward flavor and rich malts, but the finish is very bitter, and the alcohol flavor is not quite balanced on my palette.

M: Fairly carbonated, I would describe this one as lively and refreshing.

D: The bitterness of the finish leaves me wanting to switch beers after just one. Not sessionable.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it because it is an interesting brew. Not one of my favorites, but I wouldn't turn one down, and I may try it again (five more in the fridge anyway).

Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some tan and red. Not much head

Smell - Some hops, some sugars and spices, not real strong

Taste - Ah a black ipa. Has the ipa kick with some more malts and barley added to the mix
Its mild hop kick mixed with the bitter malts give it a nice change up from standard ipa's. The longer i drank this, the more i tasted the brown sugar and spices in it.

Mouthfeel - Its smooth yet bitter on the tounge. Its not very thick so after the swallow not coating is left. Aftertaste is gone fairly quick

Drinkibilty - Was a nice change from normal ipa's. Enjoyed the bitterness and maltness. Would like to drink a few more of these

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.