Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
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....
01-06-2010 02:42:46 | More by oberon
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
05-27-2011 20:08:44 | More by TMoney2591
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
12-10-2010 03:46:51 | More by emerge077
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
01-06-2011 01:45:15 | More by zeff80
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
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!
03-31-2011 14:58:38 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-16-2012 22:17:54 | More by RblWthACoz
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-09-2009 18:01:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-01-2010 06:55:46 | More by nickfl
4.5/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
12-13-2009 07:20:43 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
10-27-2009 12:27:00 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Enjoy by date of Nov-23-11!
Pours chestnut with sliver of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention
S: Piney & herbal notes, some breadyness
T: Caramel, pine needles & grapefruit up front, a faint kiss of roastyness too. Herbal & piney hops mingle with caramel, dryness, woody hops & a touch of brown sugar once warm, plus just a touch of booze sting. Finishes dry, sweet (just a touch of brown sugar too )& bitter, love the piney & grapefruitty notes going on here
MF: Medium bodied, chewy, fairly vigorous carbonation, super balance
Super offering, I wish i could get this in my neck of the woods. True hops heads may think it holds back on the hops, I like the balance delivered here
06-04-2011 04:18:22 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is clear and copper in color. Forms a yellow head of tight small bubbles, falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.
The aroma is filled with some hops and some malt sweetness. The hops are of the pine variety and they are not as strong as I expected.
Moderately sweet up front. Lots of malt character, high bitterness in the back, pine based bitterness. Finishes nicely without an aftertaste. Full bodied beer, completely nearly thick. Drinkability high, I would order it again for sure. A really good DIPA.
11-08-2009 21:41:55 | More by drabmuh
3.85/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-29-2011 13:45:37 | More by Slatetank
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
04-15-2011 01:46:30 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
01-21-2012 00:11:01 | More by StonedTrippin
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a well balanced attack of crystal and roasted malts along with a stiff, bitter hop aroma. The citrus character overwhelms the warm malt scent. The taste is decent. It's damn hoppy which is good for me, but the balance is lost and the malt backbone is really playing second fiddle to the hops. It's goes down easy with a powerful citrus hop blast all the way through to the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I love hops, but I prefer more of a balance when dealing with strong ales.
12-04-2009 18:14:38 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +0.8%
First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA
Assuming this is an alias for Yakima Twilight...
This beer pours a dark carameled amber color with a nice off-white head that laces well. Caramel aroma, fresh piney hops. Taste of toasted bread, honey and caramel, piney hops in generous quantities. Mellows out and gets a bit smoother as the temperature rises. Medium mouthfeel, and quite a good drink overall.
09-10-2011 21:32:48 | More by Rifugium
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown color. This beer is clear when held up to a light and there is a two finger tan head that goes away and leaves some lacing.
Smell: Herbal hops dominate. In the background there is some caramel malt sweetness and a bit of nutty roast as well.
Taste: Again, the dominate tastes are sweet caramel malt and herbal hop bitterness. There is a mild roast in the background. The finish is quite bitter and some mild alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a pretty normal amount of carbonation. This one is pretty slippery on the tongue.
Drinkability: I didn't like this one as much as I remembered from the past, but it is still quite good. I would like a bit more of the nutty roast when I take a sip. That being said, I'm sure I'll end up having it again.
03-05-2011 03:32:10 | More by oline73
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
Sensational mouthful of hops.
Give a shot glass of this stuff to your friend who drinks Corona and say ""this is what hops taste like." Absolute blast of resiny, pitchy, flowery hops. While strongly bitter it has a spicy and aromatic punch. Beautiful red coppery color and good carbonation. Appealing sweetness. I wouldn't call it balanced, but robust mouthfeel and malt is redeeming.
A little too much of a good thing, but great flavors for the IPA enthusiast.
03-17-2010 04:16:39 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.
Pours a dark brownish-red color with a beige head. The aroma is very hoppy, with some piney and resinous notes. The flavor is resiny hops and is quite harsh. There is also some pine and medium bitterness. High carbonation (a little too high in my opinion) and medium mouthfeel.
03-23-2010 23:02:32 | More by Mora2000
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
a - Pours an amber amhogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and sweet fruity malts. Not crazy hopyy, but enjoyable.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and alcohol.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.
d - An ok Black IPA, but too much alcohol in the taste. Would try again.
12-30-2010 15:26:23 | More by mdfb79
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Best by Nov. 5 2010 - Poured into tulip glass:
Pours dark brown/mahogany with a nice thin tan head that stays for most of duration, leaving some lacing.
The smell is of raw hops - pine/resin with citrus - grapefruit/orange/tangerine - and caramel.
The taste is of toffee/chocolate with fruity booze. Raw hops balance sweetness and add layers of pine/resin, citrus and mint. Too often hoppy dark beers clash because of roast and hop bitterness. Here, the roast is mild helping to alleviate that issue. Despite dark(ish) maltiness, a big bitterness and booziness round out the finish.
It's somewhat astringent with a medium-to-full body with medium carbonation.
Plenty of hops here - along with dark-ish malt. Rough, but nice.
12-15-2009 17:17:01 | More by jwc215
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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