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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 61 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

lilsmizzul1225, Mar 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

pschul4, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy dark red-brown with tiny particles and giant three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Herbal pine and notes of grapefruit.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Too bitter with not enough sweet malt to balance. A very faint trace of nice sweet malt is just barely detectable in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Maybe I just don't like American Black Ales - not sure. I felt like the strongly bitter hops were not balanced at all by the burnt, roasted malt. For comparison, I think Victory Hop Devil has similar hops in it, but I enjoyed that much more than this.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Nothing much on the nose, unfortunately. I was really looking forward to a big hop burst, but I got almost nothing of the sort. There is a little floral note on top of some rich caramel maltiness.

The beer looks beautiful. I knew it was hoppy but didn't know it was an American Black Ale. It pours like a porter with a nice slightly off-white head. Lacing is generous but the head drops into the beer quickly.

The taste is where the hops are in Yakima Glory. I get a nice burst of light citrus in the front, but it finishes with heavy floral notes. There is a little bit of roast, which I don't care for in my ABA's, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the beer at all. Nice job on the flavor creations here.

It's somewhat heavy on the body, but not quite in the heavy category. Carbonation is quite high, between your standard APA and Belgian beer I would say. Finishes dry, just how I like them.

Overall this is a fine beer, I would probably buy this again over most other ABA beers out there. I enjoyed it.

tlazaroff, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

A-Pours a dark,dark amber with one finger of lasting tawny head and decent soapy lacing.

S-Dark caramel,sweet citrus,hemp oil,black pepper and toffee.

T-Not as good as I was expecting from the nose.Burnt sugar,coffee,citric hops and well roasted malts.

M-Medium bodied with a syrupy sweetness but also a piney hop oiliness.

D-Decent representation of the black IPA style.

StlHopHead77, Feb 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bconsidine, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours deep dark but clear amber with a nice two finger tan head. retention and lacing are excellent.
Smells like an average IPA.
Hop flavor is dominant with a mostly piney character. Some celery-like flavors present also. Dry bitterness lingers looong into the finish.
Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Hoagie1973, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

pottergator, May 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Peyton5410, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter... Starts with a finger thick off white that disappears leaving behind some strands of lacing. Beer is very dark in color, almost appears black, until held up to light where it turns a brilliant ruby with little activity

S- Very sweet malty, hint of hops

T- Very sweet tasting with a pronounced hop finish

M- Light carbonation, medium to light body

D- Very easy to drink, smooth and tasty... at a reasonable taste


bbeane, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep copper beer, relatively clear with a bit of floaties, and exhibiting lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Big, frothy tan head was overflowing out of the pint off the pour (almost), sustained wonderfully.

S-A unique mixture of hop aromas and malt forwardness.

T-Hop flavor is distincty pine/resiny, which melds throughout a toasty, nutty maltiness. Any malt sweetness was drowned out by resiny hops and an assertive bitterness. Finshed with a residual hoppy flavor and slight toasty-coffee aftertaste.

M-Surprisingly, the carbonation was not overpowering as it appeared out of the bottle, but instead a relatively moderate level. Mouthfeel was on par with expectations.

D-Really, this brew kind of lacks drinkability for me., to an extent. I think it's flavor profile is unique, which deserves merit, but it just isn't there for me.

CHSLBrew, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Pete27lax
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Had this bottle fresh on 7/13/2011

Yakima Glory poured a dark amber color, lighter than i would have expected compared to most black ales. Light brown head with good retention and medium lacing.

Hops dominated the aroma with malts taking a backseat. fruity grapefruit in the smell as well as a faint scent of caramel malts but nothing overpowering here.

Taste was similar to the smell. Slightly bitter with not much malt presence. Citrusy hops, white grapefruit in there. Tiny hints of chocolate as well as caramel and roasted pale malts. Malts became more pronouned as the beer warmed and sat.

Mouthfeel was probably the most enjoyable quality of this beer. Very smooth and thick with decent carbonation.

Enjoyable beer that got better as it sat, bought a six pack and am looking to age the others so im hoping they age well!

Pete27lax, Jul 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: deep mahogany, good clarity, brief finger deep head fizzles out leaving behind decent lace

S: West Coast hops, leather, sour yeast esters,

T: leather, charcoal and smoke, bitter chocolate, sour cherries, dark rum and a wee bit of sweet molasses.

M: medium body with crisp carbonation and a warming alcoholic bite in the finish.

D: purdy dang good. I'm a fan of this style and this one lived up to my expectations for both the CDA and Victory as a brewery. Very drinkable, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too heavy, not to watery, with just the right amount of alcohol. Suffice it to say, it's incredibly sessionable and I can foresee many more of these in my near future.

nickhiller, Nov 23, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a bottle of this, but I was not disappointed.
Poured into my trusty tumbler and got a dark cherry with a voluminous cream hued head.
What a great nose. Malty and piney, floral and citrusy sweet.
Got hit first with a roasted coffee note, followed by the bitterness, which intensified with time.
Oily and adequately carbonated.
A brew of note, though I think one of these bad boys is just right.

brauseboof, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of spicelab
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

355mL bottle thanks to Lukie.

Dark mahogany with a towering tan head. Healthy lacing and a raised ring.

Rich toffee malt character, with raisins, golden syrup and stewed plums. The strength of the malts makes for mostly candied hop character, with pineapple and orange quite apparent. Notwithstanding, there are also notes of Chinese tea and fresh minty pine.

The hops assert a little more in the taste, with strong Chinese tea and a earthy pine bitterness. Later on, roast coffee and burnt toast come through, somewhat alleviating my skepticism as to why this is called an American Black Ale. Caramel and bready malt backbone remains solid enough to balance the domineering elements of the hop character.

Not a huge mouthfeel for the ABV. Pretty smooth overall with moderate mid-palate bitterness that has deceptive length.

Strikes me as more of an (Imperial) Red than an ABA, but it's bloody tasty regardless. The choice and proportions of malt and hops demonstrate a brewer who knows their shit.

spicelab, Oct 08, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

From cask into 14oz glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with little head and no lacing.

S - Hops, pine and some fruits.

T - Chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of pine.

M - Medium bodied that goes down smoothly.

D - Very drinkable but not in big quantities.

taigor, Nov 11, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

unclejazz, Dec 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

mweso2000, Jan 20, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

This stuff really surprised me the first time I had it. Like most other Victory beers, it's a winner. This batch seems a little different from past years, but still really solid. Wicked foamy head when poured. Smell is of hops and malt, with an earthiness. The taste is not overpowering with the hops. There's a toasted, sweet malty flavor that backs it up. Damn, I really love this beer. It's different from everything else I've had, and I dig that.

DrStiffington, Apr 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kayrex, Feb 21, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

A really pretty beer- clear dark reddish brown with a huge persistent dense off white head. Smell is citrusy hops. Lemons. Taste is again is mostly citrus hops. Nice caramelly malt. Some bitterness but nicely balanced overall. I like that it's just a bit on the hoppy side. Great full bodied creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Another great beer from Victory.

burnstar, Mar 08, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

davet100, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +4%

This was a nice brew that I picked up at Nikkis in Providence, RI.

The apperance was dark with a nice frothy head nice lacing on the glass.

S - almost chocolate like? perhaps some woody notes.

T Nice malty character. At the same time not too crazy but still lots of hops as well.

M No sting but feels some what smooth nice though.

D - really nice victory is in Maine but have not seen this one yet anywhere glad to finally try it. Hope it gets here soon.

Casey10, Feb 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

KFrank729, May 02, 2014
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.