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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,589 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 62 | 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:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008)
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Photo of beermanbrian
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had no idea what style this was before opening so I was pleasantly surprised with the copper/brown color and the full 1" head. Strong caramel malt smell but tons of west coast hops too. Full malty taste but a strong bitter finish. Piney hops are stong and the evergreen taste holds on through the finish. Full bodied and heavy. Totally not what I was expecting from this one but a pleasant surprise in every way. Nice job Victory.

beermanbrian, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown slightly red color with a off white half inch head that disappears quickly. Only a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Toasty toffee slightly bread malts. wiith herbal citrus hops.

Citrus mildly fruity grassy hops right up front with a full roasted toffee sweetness. Smooth transition to a quick bite of fresh picked hops and a lot of malt sweetness that clings for a while.

Medium/Light body a great balance of hops and malts bitter but not overly pungent.

DrinkingDrake, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark IPA. A ligter dark beer. Kind of looks like a brown ale.

S - Glorious! Yakima hops are the best smelling hop that I have found. Hops jump out. Sweet smelling. A hint of floral.

T - Starts out tasting the hops, then finishes with the malts, and leaves a stout aftertaste. A bitter malt taste at the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, with a bit of head.

D - This beer grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about it, but about half way through the beer I was sold.

BeerDawgs, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of BierJager89
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, almost black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Pine, floral notes, kiwi and citrus in the nose.

T: Kiwi, grapefruit peel, citrus peel, citrus, lemon and grass, followed by roasted malt, espresso and coffee. Pretty much what you want out of the style, but perhaps not the best fruit flavor profile.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I'd prefer tangerine, mango, fresh orange, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, tropical fruit, etc. mixed with the roasty flavors, but this is still a great beer. I'd definitely recommend it, if you like the black ale style.

BierJager89, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of CreekyJarls
4/5  rDev +0.8%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark ruby color into a snifter with a full inch of head that lingers till the last sip.

S: Strong citrus and piney hops come right out and hit you. these aromas combine with a roasted malt backbone.

T: similar hop flavor to the smell. malt flavor evolves during the sip from a caramel flavor up front to a roasted flavor later.Hops linger on the palate long after the finish. As the beer warms, the hop flavor mellows a bit.

M/D: low carbonation with a medium texture. alcohol is felt, not taste. You could have a couple of these but not too many.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of FrankShirley
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

FrankShirley, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of EricCioe
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a one finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. On the nose it is a combination of a conifer with some chocolate and roasted malt underneath. It's a really clean aroma. On the tongue the chocolate flavors hit up front with a whole load of the piney hop bitterness following close behind. In the mouth it's pretty thin but it compensates a little bit with the bitterness sticking around for a while. A pretty good beer, and now I'm interested in the style.

EricCioe, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Petey_the_Quiet, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +0.8%

zenwatts, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Pellinore1, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color bordering on a brownish red, pours with a thin amount of creamy head that quickly disipates

S: incredibly sweet smelling brew backed up by and overwhelming maltiness

T: very malty brew, doesn't have the sweetness of taste that was detected in the scent

D/M: overwhelming maltiness really dominates the pallet and in my opinion it is not a good thing. Drinks heavy and finishes the same. Leaves a lingering malty taste in the mouth

BigPlay1824, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of bigdeuce
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scents of roasted chocolate and molasses malts, and also of piney nuts on the nose. Strong peachy scents as well. Has a two finger head with good lacing down the glass. Is also a very dark red/light black colour. Wow, this one blasts through the palate. Heavy malty flavor mostly of a heavy IPA. Bursts on the back of the tongue with strong hoppiness. This is one hell of a brew. Very comparable to Troegs Nugget Nectar..IMO! Delicious beer!

bigdeuce, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +0.8%

CB2maltygoodness, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

rodlavers, May 21, 2014
Photo of ali1987
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ali1987, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of beergod1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn’t have any Idea what kind of beer this was when I bought it, so I was a little surprised when it came out so dark. The head is thick and sticky and the body is a perfectly clear dark mahogany. Aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted and toasty malts countered by a grapefruit rind bitterness.Delicious. I will be looking to get more of this one.

beergod1, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout thick tan head with a that forms and is noticeably falling into the beer. The color is a transparent amber but very dark mahogany color.

The aroma is sweet to stark with a slight flower citrus aroma

The tastes are all over the place earthy hop, roasted and crystal malts all come together to form an almost blackberry flavor that finishes dry nice

bishopdc0, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Neffbeer, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

weaselchew, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of swierczt
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark auburn, almost copper in color. Taupe colored head about 2 fingers. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as you work your way through this beer. On a side note...check out the cool artwork on the label of the bottle. They make a hops cone look as if it is illuminating light.

Smell: Fresh hops; citrus and earthy tones all come through in the smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The citrusy hops hit your palate up front and as they subside, the malty notes come through to balance out the hops. Malts taste like figs and caramel. I almost get a hint of some smoky notes in there as well. Uniquely complex.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A full-bodied beer.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable. Probably a bit too drinkable considering the alc./vol. I would have never guessed that it is 8.7% alc./vol. This brew could catch up on you easily.

swierczt, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of bmurray10
4/5  rDev +0.8%

bmurray10, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of gshak
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

gshak, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like it bitter you're gonna love this behemoth. BA calls this one a "black ale", but by my palate this is a black IPA. Maybe it was categorized before they style was given a name.

Careful opening this one. I was extra careful on the second one (after I finished mopping the floor and losing half of the first bottle) and still managed to get half a nonic of foam. The foam has great spiderweb structure to it that transfers to the sides of the glass with sticky lace.

The smell is all hops, Pacific Northwest hops throwing off major amounts of grapefruit tang. There's an underlying pine sap there too. The Victory website says "Yakima Valley" hops, so it narrows down the variety actually used a little. My guess is a mixture of the three Cs: Cascade, Chinook and Columbus. But I could be wrong and often am. If you really work at it you can grab some of the malt backbone in the aroma too. It exhibits itself as brown bread.

And the bitterness continues on the tongue, but there's a balancing sweetness from the malts. The grapefruit and sap follow on through, but the malts make a slightly stronger statement and even approach caramel in flavor. The finish is surprisingly clean with only a wisp of the bitterness and sweetness dancing off into the sunset.

So get yourself some blazing hot curry and let this puppy tear right through it and finish the whole thing off with a gingerbread man or too.

Naugros, Jan 14, 2011
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,589 ratings.