Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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89
very good

1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a two finger head; good stickage and quite a bit of lace sticks to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Crusty bread, caramel and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a rich, bready flavor that adds caramel and lots of piney hops by mid-palate, with hints of mint and chocolate lingering around; after the swallow, the malt backbone becomes increasingly apparent, providing additional chocolate, caramel and leathery earthy tones to match the hop bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like this much better than Arrogant Bastard as it is not as sticky but has a great flavor profile

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

Wow, If Yakima Twilight is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard, then I think they have succeeded.

Expecting a big IPA, I am surprised to find a very dark beer- dark amber to medium brown in color. A froathy tan head settles to a lacing blanket that evenly coats the beer 'til the very end. A solid, sturdy, and masculine look.

There's the IPA character- found right there in the nose. Strong hops of cascade, chinook, nugget, or other high alpha acid varieties. All backed up by deeply kilned malts that give big elements of toast, bread crust, and heavily caramelized sugars.

Flavors are big, bready, bold, and richly malty. Taking on Dopplebock proportions of malt flavor, melanoidin richness, and toasted breads. But then the hops show equal aggression before completely over-taking the beer. Pine resins, fresh cut grass, bitey-bitter, and citrus rinds give a good slap in the face before the beer fades into a malty-dry finish that prefers alcohol and breadiness to sugars and graininess.

Full and rich up front but the beer quivers a bit in the fullness just enough to allow the onslaught of hops to dominate from mid-palate on. Pine and mint finish the beer and return in the after taste.

A fantastic beer that rides the line between stronger American ales and Imperial IPA's. Thanks Stiggs!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a average size foamy head with good carbonation and light lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light resin and piney notes is satisfying. Taste is more focused on dry roasted malt then hops though some resin and piney notes still comes trough. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure if I had an old bottle or what but this is below the standard of the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head, not much lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is Toasty, nutty and malty. Hazelnut in particular. Pine and coffee. Some roasted malt in the taste. Has a burnt element and decent piney hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It is a very complex beer and hardto appreciate all of its elements. May be a little too complex.

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

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not Victory nor defeat."

--Theodore Roosevelt

Blood orange with a dark coppery glow when sunlight is allowed entry. A pillowy crown of pale caramel colored foam resembles sticky marshmallow cream as it melts, filled more than half the glass on the pour, isn't fading very fast, and is beginning to deposit fine sheets of barely broken lace.

The grain bill includes (at least in part) pilsner, Vienna, Munich, caramel and light chocolate. Caramel-toffee pudding is far and away the dominant malt-derived aroma appreciated in the nose. Whatever hops were used add a fruity, earthy-herbal, slightly citrusy edge.

Yakima Twilight Ale is good stuff for those who like to taste both malt and hops in their high ABV beer. Since flavor balance was one of the brewery's aims, it looks like the mission was accomplished with flying colors. Hopheads will still find plenty to keep them interested. Note: this bottle is about 2 months of age.

Specifics include toasted bread, caramel, baked nuts, black tea leaves, orange peel and grapefruit peel. It's an increasingly delicious combination of flavors, with a sweet-bitter contrast that keeps drinkability on the generous side. The alcohol is masked extremely well, which is yet another plus.

The mouthfeel is fraction lighter than most beer of this ABV and is softly bubbled. Warming adds a silky creaminess that wasn't present right out of the gate. It may not be a stunner from a sensory standpoint, but it works well in the end.

Yakima Twilight is another wonderful brew from the good folks at Victory. It should appeal to wide range of craft beer aficionados, especially those who like their warming winter seasonals to be both malty and hoppy. Love the name. Love the label. Love the beer.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a much darker than expected amber color. The head was pretty big here and needed some time to settle down. The smell of the beer was very hoppy, plenty of citrus and pine on the nose. The taste gives off some deep caramel sweetness upfront and a great floral citrus bite in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer had some decent body to it and a good carbonation. Overall this beer was really good I thought and would be willing to drink this one again sometime.

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

12 ounce bottle - $2.19 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish hued body, yielding a slight ruby hue when held aloft to the light. Quite tall, lightly beige head. Thin coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Near-burnt bread sprinkled liberally with char flecks from a just-scoured Kingsford grill grate. Herbal, resinous, earthy, citrus pith-packed hops with a resolute boldness to it promising a nice kick of bitterness in the taste.

Taste: Staunchly toasted bread crusts with a firm layer of roasted malts yielding a bitter, perhaps even burnt coffee taste. Some sweetish caramel tucked in, but it comes in fast and disappears even faster. As it warms, a hint of chocolate emerges. Earthy, citrusy, moderately resinous pine bark hop character with a bold bitterness and slowly developing a touch of sun-scorched, cut grass. With the bold hop flavors, the high ABV doesn't really register. Dry, earthy, bitter finish with a lingering citric quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Overall: As the trend of Black IPA's has really taken hold in the US, Yakima Glory tends to get lumped in with them, though it's not at all black and not quite as roasty as it's newfound brothers. Still, a good option for the hopheads looking for something different, although...well, let's be honest, with SO MANY on the market nowadays, these dark IPA's are becoming rather commonplace.

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this an old Bert Grant recipe or something?Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a large blooming two finger crown that stuck like glue to the glass and never fully settled.Pine resin and more pine resin in the nose,the citrus is there but takes a back seat to the pine resin,honestly thats all,I pick up no malt profile.Flavors remind me of old school Pacific northwest in the fact the hops in pine and citric form are the lead component and the caramel/bicuit malt is there to show its not 100% percent hops.This is a great beer, more of what an American DIPA should be than what many are,its old school in my mind.Paging MR. Grant....

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and blue label with a hop leaf (or weed?) in the background.
"Yakima Glory" no longer "Yakima Twilight".

Clear russet color, tight cap of foam, sheets of lacing.

Smell reminds me of multivitamins... not sure what's up there.
Green hop herbals and malt sweetness. Medicinal.

Flavor is similarly sweet and medicinal, some roasted malts and resiny hop bitterness bleed through. In the aftertaste the flavors seem to delineate more, up front it's more discordantly bitter and boozy in a muddled way. Clean herbal bitterness at first, husky toasted malts in the middle.

Even carbonation, ok feel.
Not really jiving with this one, probably one and done for me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this aint a black ale, but thats okay! pours a deep deep ruby red meets chocolate brown color. huge rising white head, lacey. hectic yeast floating around. smells very very hoppy, but rounder than an ipa, big sweet dark malt aroma too. taste like a big ipa, many different hop characteristics here, piney and floral, but really sturdy. malt sweetness comes in later adding nice depth. mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and the alchohol is present on the tongue. not as carbonated as maybe it could be, and a little heavy in the tummy. not a session brew, but a good starter for the evening.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Didn't quite understand this style the first time 'round, so let's see how one o' the first CDAs I've tried appears now. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, light cocoa powder, grapefruit peel, light pine, and mint. The taste leans heavier on the hops, primarily with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine. An undercurrent of toasted caramel flows nicely, though definitely hindered by the hops. Things clash a bit here, with balance a lost afterthought. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a decent CDA, but the flavor clash really makes this thing hard to drink with a smile.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with copper highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of foam that left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There is a strong toasty malt aroma.

T - Good toasty maltiness with a roasty flavor like a porter. Nice piney hop flavor with some grapefruit tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Black IPA although it is not as dark in color as most.

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

Although Victory's Yakima Glory offers 8.7% alcohol by volume (which puts it out of style according to current guidelines), I'd still have to call it an American India Black Ale.

The body is a clear, fairly dark ruby-accented mahogany brown at about 35 SRM, and the frothy-then-creamy head is a khaki color. The head retention and lacing are both very good, and it maintains a surface covering throughout the glass while leaving thin veils of lace behind.

The aroma, not unlike the flavor, delivers a combination of chocolatey and caramelsih malt, and floral and citrusy hops. The flavor, however, add a component of piney hops to the mix, as well as a light touch of roastiness. It's initially malty with a touch of fruitiness, and then the hops rise just before the middle. As seems to be the Victory way, rather than just hit you over the head with a juicy blast of citrus, they've combined hops to deliver a more complex and balanced hop character. That keeps it drinkable throughout the serving, and allows the malt character an equal share of your attention. Unlike many beers in this vein that start out two-sided and finish one-side as the hops take over your palate, Yakima Glory is rounded and balanced enough that it maintains both sides. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry with a swirling note of fruitiness that evaporates to leave roasty bitterness, a smear of bittersweet chocolate, and some leafy and grassy hops behind.

Overall what I found in Yakima Glory was immense drinkability. There's a lot of character there but it's not overdone, and what is there is really quite polished - it's superbly balanced! The alcohol might be the only thing that would keep me from having another, but to be honest, I didn't really find it anywhere. Sure, you know it's there, and you can feel it towards the end of the glass, but it never really shows. Nicely done!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap twice now at both the Big Pour in the Burgh and at Piper's Pub both excellent adventures in beerdom. Appears a deep rustic caramel amber not quite a black IPA but deep crimson red for sure, a nice thicket of head forms with khaki tan pigments cookin'. Head is dwindling nicely with speckled sporadic lacing. Aromatics offer up a minty, citrus, and piney, earthy mix of hops absolutely amazing with the dark malts. This really blends well some cocoa and dark chocolate edges with those hops and a touch of hidden alcohol come through. Flavors bring pure hoppiness about on the palate, strong lingering bitterness almost a perfume like herbal quality, strong astringent black tea, citrus mint and pine tip accented hops. Mild cocoa, and watered down astringent coffee accents actually blend nicely with an air of brown sugar added to the malt combination. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with ample carbonation medium to bigger bodied a touch of heat from the well hidden alcohol. Drinkability I love this brew, I can't help but appreciate the effort to do something more extreme from their pretty traditional lineup, I dug the first year of the Hop Wallop after that the beer's initial premise has been lost this is what Victory needed to keep us hopheads praising.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As it pours, the beer foams up into a two finger head of light brown bubbles resting on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, brown malt profile with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Some spicy hops with a hint of mustard and some red apple yeast.

T - Toasted malt and moderately sweet caramel flavors dominate the initial impression of the beer. The sugary malt is joined by sharp, spicy hops with notes of pine and mustard as well as a hint of blue veined cheese. The finish is moderately sweet with lots of toast and caramel as well as a moderate roasted character with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice black IPA, it achieves a balance between the dark malt character and the hops that most don't manage while it also avoids any chocolate or coffee flavor that would confuse it with a stout. The hops are significant, but with the thick malt profile, they are really just barely enough to balance the beer. Very nice, this is definitely a beer that is worth seeking out.

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

On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, topped with a tight finger of of creamy light tan head. Retains with a very rich and frothy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is earthy and sticky smelling in the nose. Dank herbal notes, plenty of spice, and sharp resins that give this a prickly feel. The hop activity if backed up by a hugely sticky base of bready caramel. This is very roasty and sweet smelling, almost like notes of molasses. It reminds me a lot at times of the malt presence of an Imperial Red Ale.

The taste is much the same, with a piney and spicy sharp bitterness that flows into a more mellow herbal feel. This is well balanced by a toasted backbone of tangy toffeed sweetness, which is just as pronounced as the hop profile. The finish is spicy and a bit resinous, with some leftover malty tang lingering on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY easy and mellow feel to the carbonation. I'm barely picking up any alcohol and I'm quite shocked to be reminded that this is nearly 9% ABV. Wow, I honestly had no problem putting away an imperial pint of this!

I really enjoyed this on cask last year at the brewery and I think that I liked even more this go around. It's great that this is going to be the new winter seasonal, as the dark feel and festive tasting hop profile on this really fits the season. Plus the drinkibility on this is just KILLER! I'm going out out to find a sixer of this pronto!

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

This is a good, consistent black ale. Nice resin tones to things. The thick pine that I expect. There is slight shift in the backend of this one that I find so many black ales have. Kind of mildly earthy and all.

This isn't really an ale that is overly showy or carrying a wide character. But it's consistent and full in flavor. I like it.

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

Enjoy by Dec 7, 2011.

Big fluffy head of almost 2 fingers fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over semi clear darker brown rosy mahogany colored beer.

Nose is nice, a nice Belgian like strong ale, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, a bit of an aged malt, and some nice hops, a bit earthy, some light spicy and fruity hops.

Taste starts with a nice dark malt flavor, plenty of sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, candied raisins, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, white raisins, soft aged malts, tons of crystal malts, Munich malt I think too, some toasty malts, a bit thick and slightly syrupy. Then the hops kick in, mostly late but plenty spicy hops, earthy, fairly bitter, light fruity hops, and a light boozy taste. Finishes a bit drier, still some sticky sweetness, lots of the sugary syrupy flavors, and plenty of hop bitterness lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but not much, syrupy, decent carbonation, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Overall pretty good, I thought it was going to be a light IPA like beer with a name like Yakima Glory, but it's a pretty decent beer otherwise, a bit syrupy and sweet, and sticky, but pretty good, bitter, plenty of hops too.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.