Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,620 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,620
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 68 | 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 NumberNone
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of EricCioe
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of bigdeuce
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.05/5  rDev -23%
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

Photo of patrick802
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of KFrank729
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of beergod1
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Pete27lax
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of weaselchew
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Naugros
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's kind of like Hop Devil's bigger brother: more malt & hop character, darker, stronger, etc. I've had this quite a number of times on draft and in a take-home six-pack. While this is a really good beer, the more I try it I seem to find that it greatly resembles the Victory IPA family (Hop Devil, Wild Devil). I guess I wished it had a little more character of its own, but it's still a completely satisfying beer I would seek out more often than not.

Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of Dank26
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of BodiesLexus
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,620 ratings.