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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,621 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 70
Gots: 70 | 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 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.

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 unclejazz
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very happy to be able to sample this before picking up a growler. It is very tasty. For a black ale it is more of a dark brown. It was roast malt noted with some sweet notes of a banana or pineapple. There was also a bit of smoke under the surface of this stuff. Good complexity. The carbonation was a bit low but allow for a cleaner taste and I think it complimented the beer style. I am curious to try this in a bottle to see if I like it better.

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.

Photo of mmcnaughton
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 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 OgreSanchez
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark, but not like an RIS or something. More like a dark, well steeped and completely translucent ice tea. Head wasn't much of a factor after about a minute. The head actually "crested" at about 3/4" and quickly disappeared.

S - Very nice with a caramel thing happening under the relatively docile and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Much like the nose, a relaxed hop bitterness gives way to a roasted malt caramel taste. Very pleasant and no booziness did I detect at all. Very nice beer

M - Smooth, medium carbonation and not much aftertaste.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan on having more. Soon.

Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA (poured Christmas Eve).

Poured into a pint glass, dark, russet but also clear, like a cola, with a thin dusting of head.

Smell is rich hops, resiny, pine, a little tea.

Taste is super hoppy up front, woody. That hop yields to a toasty flavor without being super-sweet, subtle underlying caramel. I love how the malt presents here: not sugary but just sweet enough, & defined by its toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, some attack from the hops but not overwhelming. A little sticky after a while.

This is a complex character, very good & tasty but challenging, too. Had no idea the ABV was as high as it is, I'd probably stick with the one.

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange approaching red on the color wheel. The head is here and then gone to fast for my taste. What I saw of it was tan and sudsy looking. I love the rich color of this beer. Yakima glory is like staring at a fire or a fine stone. Hours visual entertainment.

The nose is mild for an IPA. I get more warm malts then sharp hops. They are there but not as present as the grain bill and in any kind of IPA I expect them to be up front.

Taste is like the nose with a more malt presence then a hop one. Sweet and slightly nutty and then the flavor transitions into a hop punch. It appears more in the form of a bitterness rather then a citrus, piney, tropical fruit flavor that I really like in an IPA. There are little pieces of citrus but mild ones. All in all a tasty beverage. I'm not mad at the lack of hops, i still find this one very interesting to drink.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer in my opinion. I love how the malts start out the slick feel and moves quickly into a swelling bitterness. That bitter pinch lasts into and through the finish lingering the perfect amount. A great, easy drinking beer.

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

very interesting... dark brown, almost ruby, with a big tan head that holds and nice, webby lace. milk chocolate, cooked caramel, tons of piney, fruity hop all come together to create an almost jammy scent. it's not stout meets wcipa, it's like scwharz vs dipa. taste is hop all the way, and the malty backbone is filled with goodness carrying it all. a touch out of balance for someone who isn't a total hop head. super long, dry, bitter finish. for me, it would be hard to have more than one of these in a row without some food to tone it down a bit, but also think it could really work with cheese or carrot cake or a ton of ther things. fantastic effort from victory.

Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.

T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.

D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights. Average lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Way darker than I was expecting. The nose is pine, spruce, citrus, with a slight tinge of caramel malt. Fairly hoppy nose on this beer... nice. The taste follows the exact profile as the nose- the pine, spruce are really out front on the taste. Feel is medium, crisp, w/ major hop bite and a very dry finish. Overall, an interesting and good brew. Cheers.

Photo of vicsju1991
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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 droomyster
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown/mahogany with one finger of tan head with good retention. Fascinating aromas: malts and hops are equally dominant, and the hops are surprisingly IPA-like. The malt aromas are of charred chocolatey sweetness, and the hops are piney and resinous. The overall effect is that of a smore cooked on a sappy pine stick. Flavor-wise, complex hops actually dominate the front and mid-palates, before dark chocolate comes in on the finish. The taste of chocolate-covered orange peel lingers long. An intriguing beer. One that I'd happily buy again.

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +1%

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.