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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,617 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,617
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 67 | 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 flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says to enjoy by 10 December 2010.

Appearance: hue is a rich amber-brown with a bit of haziness to go along; head is light tan in color and a giant three fingers in size despite a relatively ginger pour. Head has stellar retention and leaves a thick and attractive terraced lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: aroma is an agglomeration of citrusy and funky/earthy hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. It's good, but this kind of biscuit just isn't my preference in an ale of this type.

Taste: hops are much more complex and to the forefront here, which helps a lot to balance the biscuity base. Actually, "balance" is the wrong word here: the hops are absolutely the raison d'être for this beer. Earthy and funky at first, then they morph into a citrusy blend and then finish with a pretty intense bitterness. There's a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with pretty big carbonation. This gives it a nice creamy feel that actually works with this beer pretty well, I think.

Drinkability: this beer is quite drinkable, despite its high ABV. I find myself getting over the malt characteristics which aren't my favorite in order to sample more of that great dynamic hop flavor. Good stuff!

flagmantho, May 31, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batting third....Yakima Glory....from Victory. Must admit....I was expecting a imperial IPA....instead I find out that it is a potent American Black Ale. It is not too bad...high ABV is definitely present....yikes. I think my lid flipped! The color is a cloudy dark amber. It has a nice foaming head that laces well. The taste is initially overpowered by the high ABV, but eventually settle into a decent sipping beer. No way would I session this and the ABV keeps the score lower for me.

WoodBrew, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped at brawleys in charlotte - consumed on xmas eve

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, dark garnet-mahogany body

smell: stong hop presence, festive christmas tree, sap, bitter grapefruit peel

taste: hoppy - sappy pine, bitter grapefruit, boozy caramel and brown sugar. nice beer, but we've seen it before

mouthfeel: strong hop bitterness, chewy caramel, booze comes through

drinkability: fine

dirtylou, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour unveisl a medium cola and light garnet colored beer. Nice light tan head that recedes a few minutes after the pour with no sipping. The aroma is a sweet orange and grapefruit thats candied from the fruity yeast and sugary malt aromas. Makes me think of a Northwestern IPA and a Belgian dark ale in aroma. The taste starts bitter upfront, but the citrus peels the hops impart sweeten with some coaxing. Medium toasted, faintly roasted malts help give the hops a more marmalade and melba toast flavor. While some Belgian like yeast impart some bitter dried peaches. This is a bitter beer with a gristy feel, especially on the the very back of my palate. As if I'm swallowing some of the grains down after each sip.

Interesting beer, but the difference between bitter and sweet has no harmony in my opinion.

scruffwhor, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

D: An extremely drinkable American Strong Ale.

avalon07, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +1%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in philly

Pours a deep nut brown with some almost burnt orange hues. A thicker tanned head bubbles up and retains for a bit before leaving plenty of patchy lacing and film on the glass.

Assorted scents of pine and citrus hops with some sweeter notes driven by chocolate and caramel.

Plenty of piny hops with some citrus undertones up front. A robust malt base dominates most of the flavor with some chocolate, caramel, and doughy bread flavor. More hop bitterness with slight warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, sticky and bitter on the palate. Pretty tasty drinking, especially since the alcohol is masked well. I'm not totally into black IPAs, but this was pretty tasty.

xnicknj, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

vfgccp, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of tone77
2.45/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is very hoppy, some pine, definatly way to bitter for my liking. Feels bitter in the mouth and 1 of these was enough for me. Overall if you are into hop bombs, this may be for you, otherwise avoid it.

tone77, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught shaker at the Collins pub. Appearance is bright, dark ruby wit ha nice light sand head, nice foamy lace, very attractive.

Smell is bright, a sharp laser-beam of hop resins, big and skuny, woods, loving it.

Taste is also big hops, herbal snap, minty, resinous, very fresh, and well balanced. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel is dry and dusty, like chewing on a hop cone, but less stickiness. Medium heavy, chewy.

Drinkability is very high, loved it. Well done PA! Dangerously tasty.

ccrida, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by Oct 14 2010, 8.7% ABV.

Thanks to johnmichaelson for this bottle in a trade!

A - Pours with a giant pillow of tan, dense head that rises up to three fingers and has great retention with some good lace. The color is a mahogany amber red color that's totally clear.

S - Wow. The aroma is very different from the first whiff. There is a lot of fruitiness here; mango, peach, and a bit of crisp apple. The fruitiness may be derived from the hops. Aside from that there really aren't any hop notes. A funky un-bathed dog aroma slips in between the fruity notes and the sweet, brown sugar like malts.

T - The fruitiness on the nose goes to the back-burner a bit in the flavor. Lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine across the tongue. The malts are toasty like a golden slice of bread and somewhat sweet behind the mountain of hops.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp with a well-balanced carbonation level, the finish is dry and bitter but not tongue-shreddingly so.

D - A different take on the style for me. I like it a lot but wouldn't partake in its uniqueness all that often if given the chance.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of claspada
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

claspada, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Lare453, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +1%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk about this beer. Found it and mixed it in a sixer to review

A - Dark copper in color. Cool lacing as it warms
S - Well hops mostly with a bit of bread in the backround.
T - Wow thats a bitter hoppy brew! Brown Sugga close but a bit milder
M - Harsh and hoppy but satisfying
D - I like hops but I am not in love with it. One and done.

DrDemento456, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown/red with a thin head. Not as dark as other in the style. Little lacing and little head retention.

S- Smells of roasted malts.

T- Hops up front, making way for caramel flavors. Slight licorice taste.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Probably my favroite feature of this beer.

D/O- Good beer. Don't know if I'd want any more than one or two.

Duff27, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

bsuedekum, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some orange/apricots/grapefruit mixed with a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty yest fruity bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - Really good stuff. It's like a flavour explosion when you take your first sip. A nice mix of flavours and a good balance of east and west coast flavours. ABA's are one of my favourite styles, and I'd drink this again any time.

spinrsx, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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

DefenCorps, Nov 15, 2009
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass this DIPA looks dark and brown with orange edges and a full oatmeal colored head that settles to a solid cover with excellent lacing. This brew smells a bit sour with malty peat and cider/orange bite. Very alluring. The first mouthful says piny/grapefruit hops and jumps all over the tip of your tongue with tangy bitterness. There's a slight charcoal dryness which is bathed in this creamy malted hop milk shake goody. It's very smooth yet keeps a steady tingling carbonation throughout. I pick up a near licorice quaity that adds some complexity. This is on the edge of being full bodied but is undoubtedly one Hell of a good beer. Hop heads should be very pleased but there is much more here, particularly the malt sweetness. Very drinkable for such a full flavored beer. Another VICTORY!

Durge, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywoodish blood red color with a mostly smeared glow to its body. Capped with a dense, nearly tan, mostly yellowed foam of medium stacked height. Keeps its immenseness for quite a bit to leave an ever present amount of skim and laces the glass well with an intricate sheeting and lots of holey globs.

Mega wafting hopped up aroma of fresh crisp green hops, earthy, deep, dense, dark, and weedy(both the garden variety and its brother left hemp) with a big toasted malt backing. Nice!

The flavors don't disappoint here as that aroma encapsulates what the taste delivers as its vast display of fresh green hops works its dark magic across the palate. However, I find this has alot more complexity to it. The hops are doing all sorts of wonderful things here, dark, greasy, dirty, earthy, toasty, green, fresh, herbal, and intense. All that with a crunchy toasted malt backing and some easy going dryness of late grassyness and some slight bitterings of greasy, oily pine and dark grapefruit oil. A hop monster of yummy complexity!

Body is about medium with a soild tone the whole way thru of hoppy goodness thats crisp, crunched, toasted, and bold. Hop oiled warmth breathes up thru the finish as it drys with herbal grasses and earthy dark oils dashed with a grace of toasted bitterness. It drinks down pretty damn easy too.

Victory for Victory! A wonderment of scrumptious hops and a wet dream for hopheads. Yum!

tavernjef, Dec 23, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,617 ratings.