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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,574 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 57 | 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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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-07-2012 21:32:38 | More by weaselchew
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BierJager89

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:43:36 | More by BierJager89
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-06-2013 02:14:27 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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Naugros

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 00:50:57 | More by Naugros
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AmitC

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Victory product and it seems exciting.

Deep brown color while pouring and dark chestnut , ruby brown inside the glass. Hazy, translucent. Some hop residue settled at the bottom of the glass. Over one finger thick bubbly and fluffy tan colored head that stays for sometime and then forms a thin layer. Lacing is excellent and sticks very well. A lot of bubbles are seen rising up inside the glass.

Aroma: Grassy and floral aroma that is subdued to an extent by roasted malts that come up just very faintly. No booze is observed in the nose for this 8.7% brew, which is good. Grape fruit and mild piney character. This one is hell complex for me to discover. Too many things going on. Caramel may be, some chocolate and some citrus hops.

Taste: Very upfront bitterness. Wrecks the palate to a certain extent. Enters like a piney and citrus IPA. Middle is when you get a glimpse of roasted malts and some sweetness. Ends again with bitterness. Some booze is felt. Very nice display of intricacies and conflicts going on between hops and malts. Aftertaste is full of bitterness. Bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel :Medium to slightly full body. Oily character is apparent and somewhat abundant. Bitterness leads to some astringency. Well hidden alcohol. Moderate to slightly high on carbonation but it works well. Palette is left numb for a good amount of time. Provides excellent warmth through alcohol and hop sensation.

Nice black IPA. Complex - yes. Heavy - certainly. For what it is, it is excellent.

Personal Rate: 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 02:58:39 | More by AmitC
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ali1987

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-28-2013 00:41:09 | More by ali1987
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A bit of a mahagoney tint with a thick off white head that is about about an inch an a half thick. Also while transparent, there is some sediment floating around at the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing as well

S: Nice herbal hop aroma of fresh cut grass and pine. Also a nice bit of caramel sweetness as well. Also a little bit of citrus arises as well

T: A Much as the smell, a crisp taste of grass, earthiness and pine with just a mild bit of lemon citrus. Also a bit of roastiness comes through in the finish.

M:Good amount of body and nothing harsh about it. No booze either but a slight bit of chalkiness

D: Could probably have another bottle and definitely would have it again

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:13:15 | More by mikey711
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a large but not overwhelming head, 4 fingers in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The beer is brown amber with little active carbonation and even a little haze. Good texture and a little lacing on the head though.

S: This beer immediately gave away why it's called Yakima, a hoppy bouquet was noticeable right away. A more detailed investigation reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, hard to miss, but not overwhelming. I dunno, maybe now I'm getting something earthy or almost malty. It's really nice.

T: Hmm, still really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much better than Hop Wallop. The floral is gone and now it's more classic American Citrus-Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not much bitter to me than the Two Hearted I had earlier tonight, but that was just so much more balanced.

M: This is really nice. It's not over carbed, it actually has some density to it, which is good, helps make it less hop-tea-ish.

D: Meehh, this is one with no je ne sais quois, it's just what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:19:30 | More by mdwalsh
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-09-2012 09:37:45 | More by Dank26
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bishopdc0

Maine

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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 15:33:46 | More by bishopdc0
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twelvsies

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours and nice brownish hue, a shade darker than amber (not black), and with a nice IPA-esque head and lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, pine and tobacco, mingled with a sturdy malt base. This is a really well balanced beer. The focus is on hops, with a nice bitter bite up front, but also plenty of malt character and a nice mellow roastyness, nutty and toasty too. There's enough malt balance that this doesn't come across as a super bitter beer, but the finish is dry and lingering, real nice. This contributes to the drinkability of this beer. Also, I was drinking this last weekend and now I realize why I got a little tipsy - 8.7%?? I was tossing em back, thinking it was a perfect session beer. Well, it kind of is - real nice to drink, as long as you aren't going anywhere! A bold American ale by Victory!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 02:43:51 | More by twelvsies
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the color on this beer, a deep ruby amber color with big sandy brown head. Decent lacing, good retention. Smell is robust, with some spicy and sweet malt notes and some grassy and citrusy hops. Barleywine-esque. Taste follows, reminds me a little of what I would imagine 75% Arrogant Bastard and 25% Double Bastard would be like. Big malty flavors, a fair amount of caramel and lightly roasted notes. Earthy hops follow, grassy and herbal. A fair amount of bitterness here. Full-bodied and creamy, definitely a sipper, though a nice one at that. Good stuff here from Victory, one of the best value breweries, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 05:47:23 | More by LordAdmNelson
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-21-2014 02:55:51 | More by rodlavers
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climax

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one starts off with a bang. The aggressive pour into my SA Perfect Pint yielded a rich mahogany brown with brilliant red highlights. Clarity was very good, and the foamy head was alive and breathing.

The aroma is a hodgepodge of styles all blended into a bold interesting package. The malt profile is very robust and complex, sporting flavors of toasty biscuits, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The earthy hop profile is fleeting, but always present. More diacetyl, ripened fruit (cherries mostly), and a hint of alcohol emerge as it warms. What a lovely nose!

The alcohol announces itself in the flavor, but only adds a slight warming touch. It tastes nice and roasty from beginning to end, the resiny hop character is more pronounced in the finish. The balance is fantastic amongst sweet, roasted, and bitter.

The feel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to lighten it up and add crispness. The body is fantastic, it fills the mouth and slides down wonderfully without being too thick.

This beer delivers in every way, a victory for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:10:49 | More by climax
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gshak

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-18-2012 20:46:51 | More by gshak
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: This pours a deep mahogany color with a huge two and a half finger head that holds and laces well.

S: Strong and fresh piney hops, strong citrus, mild roastiness, and some nuttiness.

T: Piney hops is the main feature; citrus, mild coffee, and some dark chocolate.

M: This has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and a sticky finish.

D: This is terrific and one of the only black ales I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:19:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-19-2012 23:13:54 | More by TheNightwatchman
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yaka-ho, yaka-hoy hey!
hoogolly golly yippee yai yay!
Cascadian? A dark ale, you say?
Oh but so, to my dismay..

Little head here, just a little atop,
and it dissipates quickly, though poured with a plop!
A lacey this ain't, though a dollop of bubbles
floats in the middle, but the appearance is troubled,

Yay hey! ya harry hey! Ya hoy!

Boozey and bright, an aroma of yaki
those victory chaps, why they may be too cocky..
for it smells like a good 'un, though only just,
A world class aroma, well this one's a bust.

Yah! Ya kiki-rah! ooh dally!

A pliffen and pluffin, a sip down the hatch
A bold balanced flavour, but not the best catch
An Event Horizon, or stone SSR
I'd much rather quaff down, for they set the bar.

La dee da, hoo dally, rockalah kaloo...

Well the savoring's quick here, I have to admit,
The hopping and malting both take a hit,
For not very complex, though not for the sink
Despite high alkie, she's easy to drink.

Yoo rah! La-da! Toomolly tah mally!
Latah!

Goolambah, koorah! Quaff with gusto!
But don't get into it expecting a show!
Just a simple strong brown ale, with hopping oer-top
Enjoy this one easy, but reach for the top!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 19:20:01 | More by khiasmus
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spw109

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-17-2013 21:31:05 | More by spw109
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-24-2013 01:14:13 | More by elec
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a tan rim that clings to the glass. It looks like a stout.
The hop smell comes through a a little bit, it is almost as if it it muffled though. There is also a sweet porter like smell.
Much hoppier in the taste than the smell. But the hops fade real quick and give way to a faint roasted malt coffee bitterness.
The feel is like a stout also, it is thick and creamy.
A good sipping beer, but I think the black is stronger than the IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:49:09 | More by confer
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-22-2011 14:27:40 | More by Elfastball7
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask and regular tap both tried at the brewpub. One of the rare beers where when side by side I strongly preferred the regular over cask. Once warmed from regular pour, flavors were great.

A: Dark mahogany- this is an IPA of any sort? Caramel colored body that is pretty vacant of bubbles and thin but creamy head.

S: Citrus and sweet. As it warmed, the bready flavors come out- something of a good hearty rye toasted IPA. Toasty and inviting.

T: Malty sweet finishing with a hop oil residue on the cheeks and tongue. Citrus bitterness that is supremely balanced with woody flavors and hop juice. Balanced as balanced can be. I would not have blindly recognized it as a DIPA, credit the brewer there.

M: Creamy texture, lightly carbonated and not wet. Oily resins are just enough to coat the tongue but not one sided. Virtually no heat whatsoever.

D: This is more of an IPA in flavor to me, its just not an over the top hop kick in the face. I detect zero, I mean zero, alcohol fumes in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. I had several and this could be dangerous but enjoyable.

This should replace (yes, blasphemy to some) should replace the Wallop as their seasonal. Superb beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 00:45:20 | More by marcpal
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JLapadura

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-30-2012 21:39:35 | More by JLapadura
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-25-2012 02:50:28 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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