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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,627 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 72
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 1,627 | Reviews: 767
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Bottle poured into large snifter. Dark brown/purple color, fizzy with half an inch of head. Smell is a perfume-ish mix of grains and pine needles. Taste starts grassy with dark malts and finishes bitter with biting alcohol and hops. This an interesting beer with a barleywine-esque quality to it. Despite the high ABV and obvious presence in its flavor, it still isn't too much of a chore to drink.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Yakima Twilight pours a deep crimson to mahogany with a two-finger thick eggshell head that retains very nicely. Lacing is excellent. Also has some haze and sediment.

S: Hops dominate the nose, with piney, citrusy notes. There is almost a bit of a vinous quality in the smell. Malt takes a back seat, showing some caramel.

T: Flavors are intense, but very balanced. Caramel, dried fruit, and some spiciness, followed by a mouthful of resinous, piney hops. There are hints of citrus, mango and flowers, and the finish is crisp and quite bitter. The alcohol has a nice warming effect.

M: Medium to full bodied, but could be just a bit more viscous. Flavors last almost a lifetime on the palate, with a silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the most unique brews I have had from Victory, but one of the best. This beer is a beast, but it's very easy to drink.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Heritage and thought it was worth a shot. I haven't seen it around yet and this was on the top of my list of beers to try. Tasted on 11/28.

Pours a clear brown, sort of amber color. I would call it mahogany. Nice light tan bubbly head is produced on an aggressive pour. Great retention and leaves a ton of lacing all over the pint glass.

The nose is fantastic! The hop characters remind me (sort of) to Masala Mama. Don't ask why, and I know that side by side they would be very very different, but I pick up lots of similarities here. A nice combination of floral and citrus hops is obviously the focal point, but it's very approachable and not over the top. A hop heads dream, if you will. A light malt backbone is detected in the background, but no alcohol is present.

The taste, while good, is nowhere near as good as the nose. A nice combination of the same earthy and floral hops, but it's just not as good as the nose. More malty and a warming alcohol presence is noticable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, right on par with a DIPA. Has a creamy feel to it. Drinkability is great, I actually did a double take when I read on the bottle that this was 8.9% as it just doesn't seem possible because it's so well hidden.

Overall, another solid brew from Victory. I haven't been disappointed with any of their brews yet, and this one is no exception.

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Brownish

not much of a smell.

sweeter than you think. another good representation of this style. It really highlights the earthy hop quality and the dark roasted malt aspect of the CDA.

Im glad the west coast is starting to get lots of Victory brews now. Great brewery.

Photo of FickleBeast
2.91/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass - Thanks, Nick.

A - pours a ruddy brownish black color with 2 fingers of head, moderate lacing

S - Smells strongly of plum, with a dirty or earthy aroma as well - not digging this.

T - bitterness is harsh with a kiss of sweet malts. Interesting, but not great.

M - low carbonation, bitterness doesn't linger too long

D - The bitterness is just too unbalanced, with the sweet malts imparting a twangy flavor that just isn't appealing to me. Will not seek out another.

Photo of gshak
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber with some dark red shinning through the edges. Has an off white fluffy head that is creamy and settles to a lacy island. Decent lace. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells malty and has a nice caramel malt nose. Dark fruity hops and some resiny hops as well. Good hop and malt blend. Nice character to this one, great blend. Good smell.

Brew is medium bodied, great mixture of floral, fruity(dark fruits, cherries) and piny hops. Some smooth malts balance this one out. Brew has the oily hop resin in there, and finishes slightly dry. The hops coat the tongue as you drink. The brew is very drinkable and goes down easy. Good tasting brew.

This is a nice drinkable brew and has a high alcohol level that is hard to detect. Another winner from Victory.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, best by Nov 2012. This pours dark brown almost black color with a small tan head which quickly dissipates and leaves a lacing. The smells are of pine hops, coffee, molasses and caramel. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty great, lots of spicy black pepper, some dark malts, a little more spice and it finishes with some hop bitterness and a little alcohol burn, dang good stuff.

Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head. The head hangs around for awhile. Aroma is of alcohol, citrus, and bitter hops. Woah. Taste is super dry and bitter with a light sweet malt hint. But the hops dominates and the alcoholic dryness dries the lips. There is a weird fungal/burning rubber flavor that is kinda bugging me. Especially in the burp stage of the brew. Feel is super sharp from the carbonation. This is interesting but not something i would need all the time. This isn't a disaster but it's not very drinkable.

My esophagus is warm.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of aubuc1
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a thick tan head.

Big citrusy and piney smell eminating out.

Taste is exactly what it should be. Malty with a bitter dry finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability despite the high abv. A little stronger than most in the style, but very good.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany body with a bit of a copper tinge. Body is dark but for the most part clear. Full four finger head towers above. I was more than slightly concern the head may pour over the top of the tulip. Head is a frothy khaki color and pulls back slowly. Scattered sticky lacing clings tightly to the side of the glass.

The smell is very balanced with good portions of malt and hops. Toasted dark bread in combination with a pale malt sweetness provide a solid base to build from. Hop profile leans more toward the citric though a substantial spicy and grassy aroma is taken in.

The nose leads the tongue in the right direction. Once again a tremendous amount of balance is in play. Toasted dark bread and caramel malt roll out. Hops present a piny bite which fades into more of a citric pith flavors the further you get in. Earthy tea flavor are interwoven through out.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Texture leans towards the creamier side of the spectrum but fails to reach that level totally. Finish is ever so slightly dry with a lingering bitterness left on the palate.

Yakima Twilight was jumped to the top of my favorites from Victory. While a bit to strong to be sessionable, I would not mind have a few in a sitting. Outstanding balance with strong pleasant flavors. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. "Enjoy by" date of December 10, 2010 is clearly printed on the label.

Evidently the brewery uses whole cones of four different Yakima Valley hop varieties to brew this one.

Not sure what exactly I was expecting, but the pour is much darker than anticipated. A beautiful deep mahogany with a huge creamy pillow of light tan foam. The proliferation of hops in this ale undoubtedly provide the staying power that the head displays, as it fades very slowly and holds on in thick rings to the walls of the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

The nose is much more subdued than I had imagined it would be. Somewhat restrained, with just some fruity-floral hop notes and a little citrus, with a tiny bit of something reminiscent of a cherry lolipop.

The hops are much more evident on the palate. Bracing and biting, enamel-devouring, this beer is bitter to the core. Well, not quite to the core, as there's a solid underbody of sweet malt that really shines through before the beer warms, but as the temperature rises every so slightly, the bitterness moves up exponentially. There's some hop flavor there too, though it mostly comes across as bitter grapefruit. The body is medium-full and carbonation is somewhat mild, and the finish is very dry with a lingering citric twang and faint hint of malty sweetness.

The alcohol is pretty well-hidden on the palate but seems to show through in the head. Perhaps a bit of exhaustion is helping it along, though. Either way, this is one of those beers that I will very happily enjoy, but not more than once in a sitting. Delicious, but a bit of a palate-destroyer, for sure.

Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sort of a cola color with a solid tan head.

Strict hops confront the nose. Pine resins with a chocolate undertone. What I don't like about the aroma is a distinct bile-like essence. I think it's a blend of the hops and alcohol, and not that it's overbearingly rancid, but it doesn't work for me.

The taste is not unlike a Barleywine. Pretty straight forward piney hops with a hint of toffee and chocolate to work with. Has a potent Bigfoot-esque bitter kick late. The bile is toned down and the taste redeems the beer.

The body is kind of lazy, a little transparent, like it's just not trying very hard to have a mouthfeel.

Not bad, probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper red color pour with a big long lasting foamy white head , leaving lots of lacing all the way down , lively carbonation , a very nice looking beer ! Aroma is of sweet toasty caramel malt balanced well with a nice amount of citrus and piny hope notes , a little spicy . Flavor is a lot like a IIPA citrus hops to a nice caramel mixed with an earthy spruce hop flavor , nice level of bitterness nice balance , the lively carbonation gives it a lighter mouthfeel than you would expect , full body , slight warming effect , with a hoppy finish covering a ever so slight bit of alcohol . Very good , drinkable , and enjoyable all around . Nice work !

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful red chestnut colored ale, very clear, with a nice two-finger thick tan head. Picture perfect, really just a work of art in the glass. Head fades slowly and lacing is superb.

Aroma is a big piney, spicy hop blast. Some dark roasted malts and a light fruity character as well. Hops are big in the taste as well, Spicy and citrusy. A nice sweet malt backing, a big warm alcohol taste, and a harsh bitter hop finish that hits hard. lingering bitterness stays with me for quite a while.

This is an interesting beer, with a lot going on aroma and taste-wise. It's fairly heavy though and a bit filling. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a slight burn at the end from carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.