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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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769 Reviews

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 1,638
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 80
Gots: 78 | 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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Reviews: 769 | Hads: 1,638
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of dark beige head. Decent retention. Color is a dark ruby copper. A lot of sediment is in the glass.

Aroma: Tons of hops hear. Floral and caramel notes. Some bread flavors. But just really a ton of hops, citrus, and grapefruit.

Taste: Starts out with a nice citrus mix, then comes the floral hops and caramel come in. Lots of bready malts balance this out a bit. I also get a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but kind of crisp. Medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. Ends happy with a touch of booze.

Overall, this is just a big ol' hoppy beer. I like it, but I don't love it. I'd drink it again if it was offered me, but nothing I would go crazy to find.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/dark red color with a finger of very yellow stained head. There are faint particles of yeast stuck in suspension despite a very careful pour. Nose reeks of spice and pine hops. In the background of the nose there is a bit of grain and alcohol. Taste is spiced hop bitterness upfront with a bit of toasted grain about the profile as well. Lingering oil like hop bitterness is left in the mouth. Yeast and warming alcohol notes play quite a part in the flavor as well. It is a medium feel beer with mild carbination. Drinkability is fair for a beer that is still quite fresh and "hot." I will gladly enjoy a few more before setting some in the cellar to see what some time does to these.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a huge amount of light brown head that has outstanding retention. The nose has a strong chocolate malt presence with a light hop aroma. The flavor is bitter throughout with immediate astringency up front followed by a slight bittersweet chocolate finish. The hop character is earthy, piny, and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I'm a little unsure where I stand on this beer. It comes across incredibly bitter and intensely hopped. It's a little much even for a hop head like me. The malt character is a little one dimensional and doesn't really, in my opinion, hold up to the intense hop character. I probably wouldn't have another one.

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Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a dark mahogany color with a frothy off-white head filling about an inch of the glass. Decent head retention to it and a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a nice mix of hoppiness and dark malts. Some grapefruit citrus and bitterness comes through while some dark malts add a bit of roasted flavor as well as a hint of caramel.

The taste has a lot of herbal bitterness to it right off the bat. I get some roasty malts and a bit of caramel to it as well. In the finish it shows more of a pine and grapefruit bitterness mixed with some bitter roasted flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it and was pretty good overall. It was very bitter in the finish with both the hops and roasted malts adding to that. Pretty decent beer overall, but roasted malts and strong hops isn't really my favorite combo overall.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Giant carbonation out of the bottle, creating a big head of tan and large soapy bubbles. Ridiculous head even without an aggressive pour, what is this soda? Head recedes at a real good pace too. Body is a classic dark amber. Some fairly good retention on this surprisingly.

Faint citrus and malt mix on the nose. Almost a bready citrus balance. Small but pleasant. Some hints of faint hop spice and baked bread.

Taste is thick malt, but also with a good spicy hop finish. I was a little worried the carbonation out of the bottle would create a big watery fizzy mess, but it's anything but. Nicely bodied and not syrupy wit a good malt taste. Real spicy but quick finishing hop feel on the swallow almost acidic or borderline hot peppers.

Real interesting beer, good for drinakbility and could have again. This one strikes me as interesting to try on tap I think it might even be better possibly.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottles, best before dating of Nov 16 2010, nice looking spacey, tripped out hop cone artwork on the label. Pours dark maple amber, darker khaki head, nice and puffy, leaving a lush thick film and plenty of splattered bits of sticky lacing. Fragrant, hopped up nose. Full flavor and aggressive brew, definitely reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, which is a real good thing. Luxurious mouth feel. Dangerously drinkable and tasty. Notes of waves of dark malts, rich hoppy assault to counterbalance. Thoroughly enjoyable quaffer. Are your pork tenderloins ready for their 2 day soaking? This will go into the regular rotation, another good sign.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- Yakima Twilight is a dark IPA, probably the darkest I have drank. Twilight is a dark brown color with some red spots and a fading tan head. Some minimal lacing.

S- A nice dose of citrus and other hop scents with a nice malt backing giving off caramel. Some pine coming through as well which is odd on this dark beer.

T- Good stuff, wait this is great. The taste pretty much follows the smell with the malts following the hops of which there are alot of. If the hops used in this are from Yakima valley than I need to find more stuff brewed with it cause this is fine. A sweet malt base gives off a bready character while the hops shine.

M- Powerful but not overbearing, the hops and malts work well with each other leading to a great mouthfeel. Yakima is medium bodied and has good carb plus a spicy aftertaste somehow. Not at all noticing the 8.9% in this DIPA.

D- This might be my favorite Victory brewed beer ever. I dont know, I just gravitated towards it and order it every time I see it. Granted the ABV is a little high and this is draft only so I have to hold back otherwise goodbye clean driving record. Victory please bottle this. Maybe it's the appeal of a dark IPA, either way I love it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby pour with brown tint. Huge foam with signs of rockiness, but doesn quite chunk up. Lacing is nice all the way down.
Hop aroma. Mostly citrus and zest, with pine undertones. Malt aura keeps the hops from running away.

The malt becomes more present in the taste. A good subtle caramel backbone from which the hops spring forward to highlight the contrast. It's not totally balanced, but that's fine with me. Hops are citrus and pine, good bit and freshness.
Clean finish on this one, abv is not huge and fairly hidden.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep garnet color with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly but coats the edges of the glass all the way down. Aromas of citrus, herbal hops mixed with a bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is bitter almost to the point of harshness. The herbal/earthy/citrus is there but not as prevalent and gets mixed with a bitter tea flavor. Some dark caramel, little bit of chocolate, and maybe a hint of dark fruits mixed with some warming alcohol round out the taste experience. Lightly carbonated with a creamy/resinous mouthfeel and medium body. I can appreciate this for what it is, but I didn't particularly care for it. That harsh bitter tea flavor kind of ruined this for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St. Tavern. On one hand, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I don't mean there's a balancing share of malts, but rather that's it's a nice, dry DIPA that let's the hops standout. That said, I wanted more complexity from the hops. It tasted like an over-hopped cascade beer. The flavor is just too much and subtler flavors are lost behind huge, catty grapefruit and pine notes.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory's Yakima Twilight pours a very dark brown with an off white head and some lacing.

Aroma is of toast, roasted malts, and caramel. Hints at the pleasant hoppiness found within.

Hops are forward upfront, laying down a big time bitterness and a sharp bite (pine). The roasted flavors meld perfectly with the hops. Lightly toasted malt that leaves the palate dry and looking for more. Zesty hops are there with all due spicyness.

A quite rediculous mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation that had a smoothness to it. Bubbly with a dry champagne like finish.

Overall I was left pretty impressed with this one. A dark double IPA ? Unique and delicious.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby -chestnut coloring with a decent, thick, foamy, beige colored head of a solid inch. Decent head retention with great cling as you drink. Aromas of rich, roasted caramel balanced with wet, spicy hops. Some earthy and woody aromas blend in, also. Flavors are malty on the forward tongue, with resiny and bitter hops attaching to the mid and rear tongue once the sweet caramel and toffee lightens from its initial showing. Hops are peppery spiced, as well, and the malt backbone has some smokey and roasted qualities that highlight throughout. The aftertaste is slightly cloying sweet, but balanced well with a deep bitterness. The finish is rich and bitter, with a slight drying in the mouth. Decent brew, both tasty and unique. A little heavy to drink in quantity, but a good strong one to enjoy at leisure.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer- I love the blast of bitterness coupled with the deep, dry malt. Pours very drk brown with excellent clarity, but a short head. Big citrus and strong, dry malt aromas with a pine backbone and some alcohol heat. Almost treacly, but more in that heavy carmelized way rather than overly sweet. This is a big flavored beer- lots of hops and big almost oxidised malt flavors. Deep pine and earth with a long almost tannic bitterness and hefty malt background but never becomes sweet overall. Big andnot thick, but with a punch. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber brown with yellow ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had some hops with caramel, citrus, and sweet malty notes but had slight underlying nutty notes. The taste had a better hop profile which meshed well with the caramel flavor with citrusy nutty accents and a decent malt backbone. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, mild hoppy, and slight bitter finish. It drank good and was a solid interpretation of a cascadian IPA. Definitely wanna try a range of the black hoppy brews.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Deep brown with a crimson tinge and a big beige head.

S: Smells like heaven compared to the Titan I just choked down. Lightly roasted with a touch of smoke and some caramel. I detect pine resin and a bit of orange. Pretty nice. Maybe some chocolate.

T: Lightly roasted with notes of chocolate and caramel. Not nearly as aggressive as other beers of the style, but elegant in its restraint. Orange flesh makes an appearance, as does pine. Pine is definitely the most pronounced hop component evident to me. There's a little sweetness, but the beer is on the dry side with ephemeral astringency in the lightly boozy finish.

M: Medium body with moderate draft carbonation and a sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer, I wish the overeager server wouldn't have taken my glass when I got up to get another beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What is a woody, brick-wall auburn colour surprisingly irradiates to an almost dragon fruit pink when held directly against bright light. Its hue notwithstanding, the beer is unremitting of its deep-set opacity, hardly allowing shadows to be visible from the other side. The extravagance of tightly wound spores that tops it takes the appearance of a sponge cake.

Victory has never been one to compromise on its beers' character, so when they put the name of a hop right there in the beer's title, you can darn well expect that it'll be hoppy. The aroma certainly doesn't dance around that fact, it comes right out and says it. It is an unsparing, unsuppressed, yawning bouquet of dryness, bitterness and pithy fruitiness.

Fruits seem to be seething out from both the hops and the malts, the former infusing the beer's flavour with earthy, pithy, stiflingly citric notes while the latter submits a more sugary donation, something more akin to dried fruits. The two seem to lock horns like male rams in mating season; my palate is given both a beating and a buss.

It smacks and then it smooches, the hops kick and then the malts caress. But the fight isn't fair, the teams are lopsided: an ethanol-like alcohol freely helps in the assault. Although the beer's fruity, oxidative and vinous flavors play well into the alcohol, it is a little too assertive and overhasty, like a self-absorbed first date that comes on too strong.

It surely cannot be a coincidence that a brewery named 'Victory' is seemingly incapable of making anything less than stellar, if not spectacular beer. Like I said, Yakima Twilight has a loud, spirited personality, one that probably takes some getting to know before becoming truly comfortable around it, but that's exactly why I keep asking their beers out.

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent dark chestnut toned brown with tons of CO2 rising to the top. A fluffy tan head of silk slowly fades into a floating cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of citrusy, piney hops with notes of rye, cocoa, ripe fruite, spices, and saw dust.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some woody notes that lead to a borderline acidic flavor. Sort of a strange, dry, astringent, grainy flavor follows that I'm on the fence about. I liked it at first but it starts to turn me off and make me wish that I didn't have an entire pint of this to finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, astringent, zingy, spicy, dry, and lip smacking with an astringent bite that makes this less balanced and leaning way on the bitter side of the spectrum than a balanced beer.
I'm not sure I'd classify this as a Double IPA. It reminds me a little bit of a beer my good friend, Shaun Hill brewed a few years back called Isabella(named after my daughter). This one has a unique hoppiness and a distinct dryness to it that gives me a "rye" impression. The lack of a malty backbone is the only thing that seems to be suffering in this beer. I'd be curious to try it on cask at some point.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy light tan head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel notes, very slight bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

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Photo of Duff27
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.