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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,615 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,615
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 66
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

biegaman, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
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.}

chinchill, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

tdm168, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1%

dmorgan310, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KAF, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

billab914, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

sendbeer, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a crowning 3 finger plus tan colored head that was firm and foamy, mushrooming upwards well above the glass rim remaining sturdy and true. Retention was equally impressive lasting well over 4-5 minutes patiently waiting while the lacing was composed of thick, spongey patches covering a good proportion of the glass wall. A faint chill haze is present as well along with a steady, medium strong effervesce factor. Really loved the deep coloring here and the sturdy crown definitely gave me plenty of time to appreciate this visually.

S: The nose was citrusy pine with a toasty dry breadiness of munich malt. Dry grapefruit and a flowery bitterness of medium strength bids well here.

T: The flavor begins with a sharp, citrusy nature of dripping wet pine needles with a dry grassiness that reminded me a bit of their Hop wallop (definitely a good thing here) that leads the charge of a hop assault on the tongue. The bitterness is further amplified by the heavy carbonation which brings the flavor to life in the mouth. The malting is dry toasted while the hopping is heavy-handed delivering a dry flowery bite of citrus and grass that is accented by the lingering fade, which parched the tongue and forced you to wet the whistle before diving back in for another bittering assault.

M: chewy with a good carbonation bite. Very dry, bittering and coating of flowery hop cones smoother the tongue. An over the top hop assault that will leave your tongue begging for more abuse and a glass of water.

D: Good drink, high level of enjoyment but give your tongue a break, 2-3 of these should be plenty to handle. Six pack worthy.

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2009
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.

HopHead84, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Zaphog, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1%

PEIhop, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Coles rare beer fest.

Pours a pretty clear dark reddish brown, nice ruby hue in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, drops a lot of lacing, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, dark roast, some honey/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, lots of pine and floral hops, grapefruit, touch of chocolate, quite nice and the malts and hops go together pretty well. Taste is good, chocolate and dark roast up front, strawberry candies, some pine and grapefruit, roast and sweet fruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Wow, gotta bump my drinkability up a bit, never would have guessed this was 9%. Hides the alcohol really well and is a nice take on the style.

Viggo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby -chestnut coloring with a decent, thick, foamy, beige colored head of a solid inch. Decent head retention with great cling as you drink. Aromas of rich, roasted caramel balanced with wet, spicy hops. Some earthy and woody aromas blend in, also. Flavors are malty on the forward tongue, with resiny and bitter hops attaching to the mid and rear tongue once the sweet caramel and toffee lightens from its initial showing. Hops are peppery spiced, as well, and the malt backbone has some smokey and roasted qualities that highlight throughout. The aftertaste is slightly cloying sweet, but balanced well with a deep bitterness. The finish is rich and bitter, with a slight drying in the mouth. Decent brew, both tasty and unique. A little heavy to drink in quantity, but a good strong one to enjoy at leisure.

GarthDanielson, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear mahogany. Thick crop of yellow tinted beige. Great staying power and lace properties. Aroma is toasty and piney. Some fruitiness to it as well. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced. There's a nice toasted malt base with some cinnamon bread attributes to it as well. But also some tropical fruit nuances and hoppiness. Pineapples are duly noted as are tangerines. There's a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasant and just a touch of warmth and heat from EtOH. Nicely done Victory.

Bighuge, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like the sunset on the label, orange and brown. Caramel smell.

Taste, hoppy, nice. Thick dark texture plays well with the hops. Very nice to see a beer like this stay crisp and hoppy instead of getting bogged down in alcohol and malt heft, yet stay complex enough with what expect are some chocolate malt and molasses or honey. Any fan of hoppy barleywines should check this out, not quite as sweet, almost as strong as a barleywine.

Defintely better than expectations, victory always seems to be a little underwhelming in the hop department, but this was just right.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky lace. Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest, sweet tarts, caramel and malt, nuts, brown sugar, very floral. Solid bitterness that lingered into the finish. Big maltiness, lots of caramel. Plenty of hoppy pine and citrus with alcohol in the finish. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Nice texture with a bit of warmth. Very good overall. I really liked what the addition of some darker malts did for this beer.

DrJay, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

atrocity, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge, smallish tan head without a ton of retention. Lacing is solid. Tempting aroma of heavily citric hops, sweet malt, and bitter roasted notes.

Really a delicious beer, I’d have to put it clearly in the black IPA category. Very strong and vivid tropical fruit hoppiness, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, roasted flavors, char, medium bitterness, faintly boozy undercurrent. Also aspects of pine, flowers, bittersweet chocolate. Modest sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation with a lingering bitter and slightly boozy finish. Drinks like a DIPA in terms of power. The malty sweetness of that style is mostly supplanted in this beer by the burnt and roasted quality, one I really enjoyed. This is a top notch, big and tasty hop forward brew by Victory.

tobelerone, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of Dec. 10,2010. Poured into balloon goblet. Poured a reddish mahogany color with a tall, thick, medium tan head that had great retention and good lacing.

A semi-sweet malt scent is the first thing across the nose. A slight fruit scent is barely apparent, and some hops at the back, along with a bit of an alcohol scent. The flavors were very similar, The alcohol was much more noticeable, a slight bit of tobacco was present and there wasn't the hoppy taste I expected.

The body was good, full and coating, although a bit sticky. Drinkability was very good for a beer of this strength, I'll certainly have it again.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying when you see it.

beertunes, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness and bread. Also present are large amounts of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus hops. The flavor profile dries out midway through the sip as moderate amounts of toasted malts come into play as do pine hops. The toasted malts hold strong through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I still am a very big fan of this beer but I don't believe the cask conditioning did it any favors. Worth a shot however you can get it but it's better on-tap or from a bottle with full carbonation.

glid02, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red amber. Faint head, but a bit of lacing. Hops and citrus aroma. Nice spicy hops up front, with some citrus and light malts. Pleasant resiny, hoppy bitter finish. Quite a few flavor changes throughout the taste. A fairly complex, interesting hop forward ale. Apparently a renamed Yakima Twilight.

LiquidAmber, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Certainly not a black IPA but could pass as a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aroma is a great mix of grassy hops and sweet malt with a hint of raisin to it. Very much similar to a barleywine.

My tongue is greeted by grassy hops with a slight citrus edge to them. Sweet with raisin and warm with alcohol as well. Again, these are the dynamics one would expect from an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, citrusy hops with sweet malt and alcohol heat.

Hmm. This is a tough one. It's very much delicious and all but the style just doesn't seem to fit. I would only rate it lower due to the fact that it's not quite where it should be style-wise.

Brad007, Nov 12, 2010
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,615 ratings.