Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,631 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | 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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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 11/30/2012. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color, with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, herbal, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas that are very citrus hop forward. Taste of big chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, orange peel, and a touch of coffee. Nice sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, pine, citrus, biscuit, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop bitterness to roasted malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. It has a nice roasted malt backbone, which I enjoy seeing in the style; and is very enjoyable to sip on.

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with "by" date of 11/11/2011 (i.e., very fresh). Label as pictured but with "Glory" rather than "Twilight"

A - clear {hazy} mahogany; remained clear even after a few drops of sediment at the bottom of the bottle were added and allowed to settled in the glass. Skimpy light tan head.

S - earthy; malty; toasted grains; hoppy (mainly piney {earthy/herbal}); Rich and interesting aroma with good hints of toffee and chocolate.

Interesting and bold flavor profile, with a pronounced and complex hop component dominating, but a substantial roasted malt base. A surprising earthy and roasted malt flavor (with some hoppiness) lingers in the bitter aftertaste. High ABV not obvious.

Lightly carbonated and medium-full body; Semi-dry finish.

{Updated with a older bottle believed to be near best by date. Definitely preferred over fresh one. This aged bottle is one of the best black IPAs I've had.}

Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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

On-Tap.

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.

Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven't tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.

Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.

Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/17/2011

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.

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

A: Poured a dark caramel with good carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Fruits, caramel, some good hop bitterness

T: Hints of some toasted and black malts, caramel, cocoa, citrus and a nice dry bittering

M: Nice hop bitternes lingers, sticky, medium body, some booze

O: Good

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) Enjoy by Nov. 5 2010
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a brown glow and a thick creamy head and a matrix of tiny bubbles.
S- The earthy hops with a slight citrus notes comes through even during the pour. There is a big earthy hops with a soft woody mint quality and a cinnamon with out heat quality.
T- This beer has a big earthy hop flavor that turns pungent in the finish and a faint wood and mint quality to the hops. The finish takes on a dandelion pungent bitterness that lingers for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that enhances the hops in the finish.
D- This beer has the taste of a fresh hop pellet that is full and earthy. The hops are good and has some nice unique depth although malt is hidden under the hops.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of akorsak
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail. I wasn't enamored with the first release, so I'm hoping for some improvement.

A: The strong ale is a chestnut brown color, lightened with orange hues and still translucent. A huge, and I mean huge, head on first pour made a bit of a mess. As the 4 fingers of craggy head receded, dense walls of lace were left behind.

S: The nose is dominated by dark malts, chocolatey with a baker's chocolate edge. A dripping hop presence, overloaded even, is barely able to get through the excess malts.

T: Black IPA? More like a molasses IPA. I'm getting a strong blast of blackstrap up front. The hops barely make it through the thick depth of the those malts. Chocolate and burnt toast are also prominent, but not so much as the molasses. Late in each sip a boozy wall hits you. Sorry, I just can't get into this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy, too much malt, too many hops, too hot. I appreciate the fullness but it is too busy.

D: I just can't get into this beer. It's all over the place and I don't like it.

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.