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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,567 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,567
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 54 | 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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vfalstad

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-14-2013 17:41:18 | More by vfalstad
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

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

Poured directly from the source..at the Victory Brewpub
A nice dark brownish hue, with a good 1" off white/tan head.

Smell is piny hops, a lot like Hop Devil.

Tastes a lot like Hop Devil. The same dry bitterness as devil and wallop, but has a roastier malt profile.

Very dry from the hops, but it's very tasty.

It's very drinkable, but the abv will come back to bite you.

Overall, a very good black IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 02:22:44 | More by prg1976
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amcmaho1

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-15-2012 01:43:55 | More by amcmaho1
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PhillyNole

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-19-2014 23:30:54 | More by PhillyNole
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howard12

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-12-2012 01:36:33 | More by howard12
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powpig2002

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2013 04:17:36 | More by powpig2002
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benz08

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-17-2011 03:40:27 | More by benz08
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Mancer

New York

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

The bottle poured out a hazy reddish brown body with a half finger high off-white head. The head dissipated to a thin layer of lace moderately. The initial aromas were of hops, caramel, perfume, light fruits and light spices. The initial flavors were of burnt malts, light citrus, moderate pine, moderate resin, and a burnt caramel sweetness. The beer was bitter and dry, and had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, this was an interesting brew. The ingredients meshed into some unique aromas and flavors. This wasn't the best black ale, but it definitely unique and good.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 17:31:53 | More by Mancer
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rm9679

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-05-2012 17:14:59 | More by rm9679
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nitro0292

New York

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

Pours a very dark brown, not black. Ample tan head sits atop and leaves plenty of chunky lacing until the last sip.

Smell is of resinous piney hops with a strong and definite roasted malt aroma. Malts contribute to the aroma more this year than last (or my nose has gotten better).

Taste is bitter and resin hop oil which blends into a smooth onset of caramel and roasted malts. More balanced this year, as it is not puckering. Remains undeniably hop-forward. No taste of alcohol is evident. Dry finish with a strong, pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy.

This year's recipe seems improved over last year's. This is one of the best BIPAs I've had and another "Victory." Keep it coming!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 18:04:17 | More by nitro0292
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LexShaw89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-27-2012 23:22:11 | More by LexShaw89
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Finn

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a deep ruby, nearly brown ale color, with a fluffy tan head. Piney, earthy, biscuity, and sweet aromas dominate. The flavor starts with a big chunk of sweet malts, and fades into the piney, abrasive ipa hops we all know and love. It has a full and chewy mouthfeel, and the finish is a clinging strong bitterness combined with the hefty malt presence. This is a big beer, but it's not overly sweet, and is quite drinkable. Much darker and a touch roastier than I'd expect from a DIPA, but delicious and well made. I'm curious what a few months of aging would do to this beer. It seems like it could do very well in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 01:59:54 | More by Finn
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Philabeerphia

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a barleywine in the glass - the beer is a blend of Ruby and crimson ... Great clarity here. The three finger head in my tulip subsides at a glacial pace. The sticky foam is the color of stained teeth. But yeah this beer looks like a filet mignon. Way dark, way big.
In the nostrils I get a blast of silky maltiness, layered on top of a Forest of hop - I mean that in a literal sense. Dense and minty like evergreens on a crisp morning. Herbal, layered, sweet. Interesting but definitely a malt bomb front and center this portends of the...
Tastes to me like crumb cake and honey. The medicinal hoppiness strands it's way across my tongue and gains traction, opening into a wild bitterness that harmonizes with the the intense maltiness. By the finish, the hop has *almost* taken charge... super piney but still sweet. Silky comes to mind again. Freaky finish.. minty, bitter and sweet all together. One of the great attributes of this beer is the fact that it is packaged cleanly- it never becomes sloppy despite the big malt bill. Maybe the secret is the insane mouthfeel. Very well carbonated, with a medium body that fills the mouth but never lingers or drags. My throat is hot when its over, and the mouth does have a bitter pucker. What a freaking interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:44:04 | More by Philabeerphia
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jlandis

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 21:09:24 | More by jlandis
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.
Enjoy By Date: 10/26/12
Puschased from Whole Foods Portland ME

A: brown with amber red hues. 3 fingers of frothy sand-colored head the recedes slowly and leaves great lacing.

S: bright piney hops up front with a solid backbone of malty brown sugar and caramel notes. Cut grass, saginess, roasted malt, a hint of filbert. Complex smell, though a bit sweet.

T: a lot less sweet malt then I would have guessed from the nose. Nice hop piney bitterness, earthy, floral, with a hint of malty caramel, very well balanced. Very good.

M: nice and smooth, no alcohol heat, good carbonation.

O: wow very good ale. The taste wins out on this one. Nose has a lot going on but seems a bit sweet and malty, but wow the taste is very subtle in all regards and finely balanced. Certainly a brew that is approachable and one I could drink a lot of. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 12:06:01 | More by beerbiatchMD
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NYSPHophead

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-22-2013 12:33:26 | More by NYSPHophead
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

01-15-2013 03:39:30 | More by NeoZaZ
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-07-2013 22:53:13 | More by aengleman
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-20-2013 16:27:23 | More by JMohl3
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rembrant

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's 3 part ode to deluxe hops features Storm King Stout, Hop Wallop IIPA and this which seemed to defy description but IMO came somewhat near Dogfish 90 min. Listing Here as Strong Ale, Victory is calling it Dark IPA

Like DF 90, this is a big beefy hop bomber that has the substance (Dark malts,body) to carry a lot of hop flavors without making you think of a Pine Mulch Smoothie.

Look....handsome, deep red brown,lets through almost no light,frothy 1 finger head, leaves plenty of lacing. A second pour yeilder more head, still frothy and durable.

Aroma...Here's where Yakima Twilight really gets your attention. Pretty much a full spectrum of whole fresh hop flowers from 4 Yakima varieties...the main point to this show.
Citrus,various forest scents,cannabis resins,some dark roasty malt/coffee,a touch of floral,hayloft and...wow.

Flavor....tastes like what the aroma promised. Some rich malts in mid taste The Hops hit first, evolve and linger on. Pretty much the spectrum of hops tastes,a bit of grapefruit + orange zest at the finish after Juniper-Redwood-Pine lead off.

This bottle is chilled up, yet the aroma+ flavor mix remains potent and charming. There's a little more detail in the malt side as it warms. A great thing though is you can damn near freeze one of these for that muggy 90 degree afternoon, and there's still a LOT of flavor.

Hop Wallop and Storm King don't use the same hops blend but both are also BIG hops. Storm King,the Stout, counters with big complex dark malts...more than this. Hop Wallop stays closer to IPA with lighter,less obvious malts.
Mouth on this is full + hearty The hop oils+ resins linger,the toasted malts add substance. Carbonation is fine and subtle but there in balance.

Drinkability....You sense alcohol without tasting it, but it is in there somewhere.
The special hops showcase stirs the taste buds but "less filling" loses to "tastes great" in this I could do another (easily) because it's yummy,but this wasn't built to be one where you might finish a 6 pack watching a ballgame. It says "more" but also says "no need to hurry"

note...now there is a category for these...Black IPA/Dark Cascadian. I'd like to see it become Dark Bitter Ale,which bypasses the oddity of combining black and pale,as well as the geographic matters of India and the Cascades. While IPA has come to mean a Bitter beer,Bitter does stand on it's own.

Whatever...I like this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 17:53:32 | More by rembrant
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bkaj21

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-08-2012 03:53:22 | More by bkaj21
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apbarwood

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as night as the name implies with a big head of cream colored foam. Tons of lacing and great head retention. The aroma is very strong on the bitter hop notes with grapefruit and dried orange peel. These are both present in the flavor with the addition of a stronger malt characteristic. Caramel and particularly chocolate are present behind the hops. It's definitely heavy on the hops which is why it loses a point in my book. I could have used a little more balance but it's not bad. Medium body with good carbonation makes this one pretty drinkable and the hop finish is nice and super bitter. Overall it's a very good beer I think. I can see some people being put off by it's blend of massive hops and chocolaty flavors--in fact I don't really love this one personally--but I think it's very well made and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 16:51:54 | More by apbarwood
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appenzeller

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Smells pungently of pine and American hop varieties. Taste is decidedly bitter, some chocolaty malts evident but the hops play center stage here, and they are of good quality for those not feint of heart. This is basically an IPA, a good but not great one.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 07:16:27 | More by appenzeller
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

04-08-2012 22:52:09 | More by biercycle
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themilkman87

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-19-2013 15:33:19 | More by themilkman87
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,567 ratings.