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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1534
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%

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 HapWifeHapLife


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing bad to say about this hoppy mo fo-

Appearance: Blacker than shi* for the style. Just makes you want to taste it before you can even smell it.

Taste: This is my kind of IPA. Maybe not for everyone, but I very much appreciate the big boy, in your face, flavor. Perfect amount of bitter for this guy.

Drinkability: Yes please.

This might be my favorite IPA of the 2009 calendar year.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 03:42:14 | More by HapWifeHapLife
Photo of ffenski


4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass as a burnt amber while still letting some light through. Thick, frothy top. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of piney grapefruit, raisins and roasted malts with a heavy lean toward the hops.

Very flavorful. Abundant hoppy bitterness and taste, yet has a sweet body. Roasted caramel malts, pitted fruits, but centered on fresh, green, moist hops.

Very creamy, smooth feel dominates but then a little carb tingle.

These go down quickly for me. Silky and bursting with hop flavor. Thank you Victory.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:34:01 | More by ffenski
Photo of Kayaker


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed my notes from 2009 and I believe this year's release is a bit darker in color and the flavor a tad more intense. Still a great beer and an "A' in my book. It has a beautiful fall color. A light hop and citrus aroma. A full flavored and bodied beer. Little if any unpleasant after taste. I considered this one of the best beers for 2009. A couple more and I will let you know how it rates for 2010.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 17:42:26 | More by Kayaker
Photo of Foamster

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich dark coffee-brown with nice tan head that drops off gently but never disappears. Lace hangs in there nicely.

S - Starts out strong and appealing, but vanishes in mid-imbibe. Opens up with a comforting, solid smell though. This beer's weakest link, I'm afraid.

T - Mostly good from beginning to end, although there are moments when it seems to "go bland." Unsweetened chocolate and strong iced black coffee taste as well as some resiny hops rescue it.

M - Thick and creamy. Approaches whipped cream. Should I take a chance and say custard? Never went thin on this reviewer. Without a doubt, one of its two strongest qualities, the other being its Appearance.

O - Really 4.125. Drank this on an unseasonably cool June evening, half a world away from my loved one. It's a comfort beer, the ideal beverage for someone separated by business or other unwanted necessity from his/her partner. Yakima Glory is warm - evocative of winter, fireplaces, and a pleasantly light touch of loneliness and melancholy.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:22:42 | More by Foamster
Photo of mightyheadbrew


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Victory Brewing Co. I love reading the verbiage on beer bottles and this one is no different. It would have been nice, however, if Victory had listed the different varieties of hops used in this beer, since it is the aroma and flavor of hops that stands in the forefront of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 19:19:17 | More by mightyheadbrew
Photo of diddyb


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a case I purchased from 25th Street Beer and Soda in Easton. Bottled on 11/23/10. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opened and poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark amber, almost opaque copper color. Very generous head. There is little carbonation that bubbles up from the bottom

S- very earthy, caramel notes with a touch of hops

T- This one's a roller coaster. You can really taste the roasted malts that give way to a bit of sweetness and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness

M- medium / almost creamy

D- Overall its another solid delivery from Victory. I enjoy taking my time with this one. As it warms up you can definitely notice the ABV. I bought one and then bought a case and have been enjoying each one ever since

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 10:38:01 | More by diddyb
Photo of coopbrewer

New York

2.1/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark reddish brown; minimal head

S: Odd aroma; difficult to characterize; almost like an unpleasant mix of burnt malts and earthy hops

T: Malty up front then harsh hop bite takes over; rather unbalanced in my view

M: Thick and sweet at first with harsh hop bite soon following

Overall: Not a fan of this beer; I have enjoyed other brews of this style much more; Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 14:53:01 | More by coopbrewer
Photo of psuwiz99


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: not as dark as I expect, more brownish. Pour into a pint glass, not much head.

S: smell the hops, but not overly strong.

T: hoppy up front, but it doesn't linger for long. not quite as roasty as I'd like in a black ipa

M: just average mouthfeel. medium carbonation

O: This is a good brew, just not quite what I was hoping for in a "black" ipa. It's very easy to drink though and I'll have to try it on draft at some point.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:50:27 | More by psuwiz99
Photo of muldersha

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of Dec 10 2010

Drank Jun 6 2012, but the bottle was purchased from a store that keeps most of their beer in a giant walk-in cooler.

A: A deep ruddy brown color with a formidable creamy white head. A thin covering sticks around till the very end. Impressive for being 18 months past the drink by date.

S: Boisterous aromas of tootsie rolls, tobacco, and pine resin mask some more subtle malty and estery notes.

T: Full bodied, rich and malty. But not overbearing or cloying.

M: Impeccably balanced. Its richness and high alcohol content are ameliorated by a gentle purity and plenty of bitter hops and ample carbonation.

O: I hesitated opening this beer on a warm summer evening after a long workout. However, it was surprisingly refreshing. I wish more beers were this balanced and refined. Will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 05:57:09 | More by muldersha
Photo of Emarble17


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2009 20:39:41 | More by Emarble17
Photo of MJasLee

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark chestnut brown with an impressive head. Head retention impressive as well. Good lacing.

You get a bit of the dark malt smell, but the predominant smell I get is the pine and resin of the hops.

Taste comes across in about the same ratio as the nose. You can definitely taste the dark malt, but the hops come through a bit stronger. The 8.7% ABV is not particularly noticeable. At least, not to me.

An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:07:42 | More by MJasLee
Photo of PNeifert


4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 22:56:42 | More by PNeifert
Photo of lyons1005

South Carolina

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

From bottle to pint glass.

Med. dark brown. Off-white head. Lasting lacing.

Yakima hops with a hint of maltiness.

Tastes like it smells. Hops up front gives way to slightly bitter malt that smooths over the course of the beer.

Light on the tongue. Not much carbination. Dry finish.

Not gonna end your night, weigh you down, or kill your palette.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:29:16 | More by lyons1005
Photo of jayrieg

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really a big fan of the Victory brews but this one is pretty awesome. This being my second time having it, I decided to write my first review, and must say I did enjoy it much more the first time (not to say it's not great). I think I may have poured this one a little more vigorously than last time, from a bottle to tulip glass.

A - Dark stained wood, a shade lighter than a cola. Pours about an inch of head, which leaves a nice sparkling golden-copper glittery lace down the side of glass.

S - Awesome aroma of hops but without being overpowering and too up front. One of it's best traits.

T - This is the part that varied mildy upon second tasting. At first you are hit with an appreciable amount of hops until you are left with a great malty, dark cocoa, taste. Not too overpowering on either aspects.

M - Good carbonation. Not too much, not too little. Nice weight.

O - Great find! And it's seasonal. So if you see it out I definitely recommend giving it a try. It has a fun wacky name too. Also at 8.7 abv it leaves you feeling a little wacky, without that sweet alcohol taste left lingering... which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:22:48 | More by jayrieg
Photo of BigGameRick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a best-by date of October 26th 2012, poured into a standard pint glass. About a half inch of tan foam that lasted a couple minutes. Thin lacing remained, nothing crazy. The beer is a deep ruby/mahogany color that lets in only a slight bit of light on the edges.

Right from the start you smell the hops. Citrusy, with hints of grapefruit and alcohol. The taste follows suit, with a piney hit of hops up front that mellows out to a more grapefruit bitterness at the end, and it lingers in your mouth long after the sip. The malt aspect is barely noticeable but what little there is tastes of smoky bread. It is enough to make it slightly sweet and not kill your tastebuds with bitterness. Regardless, the hops are the main attraction here. The alcohol is hidden fairly well but you will still know you're drinking an 8% beer.

This one definitely warms the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Overall an interesting beer, I haven't had too many high hopped ales this dark before. I definitely will be picking this one up again come next winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 00:53:42 | More by BigGameRick
Photo of sweetwater90

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red almost blood color to the beer like a vampire. seems to be very carbonated but we will see with taste.

S- smells pretty florally, with a fruity smell after the floral hop smell. the fruity smell comes along with strong smell that it seems like a combination of fruits to distinguish a specific one from smell

T- Very floral with a semi hop us front taste, and serious floral end. Not much fruitful taste to the beer but non the less a very tasteful feeling throughout. As being a person of not liking hop beers what so ever I am very pleased with this one.

MF- not very carbonated, but if it were more carbonated it would not be as good i feel. Has a medium feel to it but full filling through and through.

O- This beer has not been on my top list of beers as far as hops, I am not a person to buy or consume a more hoppy floral beer, I like the more malt floral beer. But all in all it is a beer that i could enjoy again on a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:33:29 | More by sweetwater90
Photo of palealemale

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

This is one my favorite beers from Victory. Unfortunately its only available fall-winter. I usually get my growlers filled after a pint or two at the Brewery.

One of the best dark IPAs around. Great flavors, color, and ABV.

Can't wait until November when it comes back.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2012 14:38:48 | More by palealemale
Photo of doppletheGOAT


3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST - 12oz bottle poured into a schooner. paid $2.49 at Whole Foods.

appearance - reddish cherry like color

smell - ummm, hops... lots and lots of piney hops.

taste - follows the nose. quite bitter and you really can't taste anything else other than citrus piney like hops.

backend taste - same... just hops.

overall - I liked it but a little too hop filled for me. IMO, appearance is the best thing about this beer, it looks great and you get lacing all the way down the glass and a huge head out of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:24:53 | More by doppletheGOAT
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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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