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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,619 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
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 daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't seen this one before and decided to give it a gander after thinking I had tried most of Victory's best offerings. Starts strong with a creamy tan head on a colorful orange/maroon body. The nose is a pleasant blend of citrus hops and cocoa tinged malt with a touch of vanilla.

This does have a strong malt backbone that carries throughout the sip into the aftertaste but piney, citrus drenched hops are at the forefront here. They do a good job of masking the warming, but not too powerful hints of booze. Mouthfeel is crisp, but very smooth, particularly the finish. Maybe a little thick in texture, but it matches the style and has plenty of flavor to carry it.

This is tasty and enjoyable. Not a session beer, but a nice winter or nightcap choice.

Photo of jpmclaug
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Ruby-brown with a big foamy tan head resting on top.

S - Citrusy hops with a mix of dark malts including hints of vanilla and caramel. Even lighter hint of booze lies in the background.

T - Citrus hops at first followed by a roasty malt aftertaste. This beer finishes kind of bitter like a burnt pot of coffee. Not a pleasant aftertaste. All the flavor seems to stick around on the top of my tongue. This beer seems like it could be tweaked and made into something that tastes great but right now I don't taste much complexity and the aftertaste is not great.

M - medium body with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Not all that great of a beer. The aftertaste is really off putting. It seems like this beer could be tweaked a bit and would come out great but as of now I am not a fan and will not seek this out again.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 17 May 2010.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Extra large coppery tinged head. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy bright russet color. Aroma of mushrooms, sweet and slightly sour at the same time. Starts earthy and sweet but quickly turns citric bitter. Finish and aftertaste are fairly bitter, mixed with a lingering lightly roasty sweetness. Quite a bit of resin. Pretty warming alcohol.

Seems to become more IPA like as it warms.

Photo of appenzeller
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Smells pungently of pine and American hop varieties. Taste is decidedly bitter, some chocolaty malts evident but the hops play center stage here, and they are of good quality for those not feint of heart. This is basically an IPA, a good but not great one.

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says to enjoy by 10 December 2010.

Appearance: hue is a rich amber-brown with a bit of haziness to go along; head is light tan in color and a giant three fingers in size despite a relatively ginger pour. Head has stellar retention and leaves a thick and attractive terraced lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: aroma is an agglomeration of citrusy and funky/earthy hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. It's good, but this kind of biscuit just isn't my preference in an ale of this type.

Taste: hops are much more complex and to the forefront here, which helps a lot to balance the biscuity base. Actually, "balance" is the wrong word here: the hops are absolutely the raison d'être for this beer. Earthy and funky at first, then they morph into a citrusy blend and then finish with a pretty intense bitterness. There's a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with pretty big carbonation. This gives it a nice creamy feel that actually works with this beer pretty well, I think.

Drinkability: this beer is quite drinkable, despite its high ABV. I find myself getting over the malt characteristics which aren't my favorite in order to sample more of that great dynamic hop flavor. Good stuff!

Photo of coachdonovan
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer looks great in the glass. on the table it has a mahogany hue to it, but when held up to the light it's more like a ruby. darker-than-eggshell head has great lacing as it settles to a thin layer. this looks and smells like a strong red ale (which i suppose it could be, while still being an "American strong ale").

pine hops dominate the nose but the alcohol for sure has a presence. in a weird way, this beer smells like the woods. the sweet malt is present in the aroma but more so in the taste- i'll call it a chocolate-leaning caramel.

hmm, this is an interesting one. despite the abv, it's definitely not a double IPA, as the malt backbone is prominent. but it's for sure hoppy enough to be IPA-leaning. drinkability suffers from the complexity, but it's an interesting and fairly unique beer. glad i had it - not necessarily going to buy a case of it.

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark ruby/amber, tight off white head. Nice lace.

S - Malty, a little spicy, hops compliment nicely.

T - Deep almost barleywine caramel malt, backed well by bittering hops.

M - Nice balance for such a big flavored beer. Finish is pretty clean.

D - Dangerously delicious.

Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with some red around the edges where light gets through. Huge off-white three finger head that retains almost as well as Duvel's cap. Very fluffy and creamy looking. Massive lace at the top where the head falls a bit. Lace coats a majority of the glass. The head never actually dies completely and leaves me drinking some foam at the end of the glass, beautiful!

S- Huge caramel malt blasts out of the bottle right as I open it. Dark fruit is one of the main things here was well. Malts are somewhat grainy/corny and raisins are picked up too. Some earthy and grassy hops finish off a nose that has good strength. It is also somewhat viney, which I don't particularly love in this type of beer.

T- Very malty. The malt lends notes of grain, corn, caramel. It is also roasty and nutty, making it taste like a big brown ale. The hops are fairly subtle but are earthy and spicy. This is the first beer where I have noticed spicy hops. Moderately bitter with slight fruit in the end. Once again, the vine notes come a bit too much into play.

MF- Very warm from alcohol. Light body that is creamy with low carbonation, suiting the big flavors. A fairly bitter coat of spicy, roasty and nutty notes coats the palate.

DB- A pretty intensely flavor and warmth make this a sipper/one bottle at a time thing. A pretty cool combo of some flavors that aren't always blended together. Worth trying at a great price. I would say the vine notes keep this one from being great.

Photo of speter
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rubyish brown with a huge, persistent off-white head that fades with good lacing.

S: The hop aroma hits your nose during the pour. It's a wonderful fresh citrus, but not too citrus, hop presence, with just a hint of the underlying malt.

T: The hops kiss your tongue all the way on this one. The initial taste is a bracing hop bitterness, with the hop overtones kicking in in the middle. The finish is rather bitter, which renders it rather different from, say, a 90-minute IPA. Personally, I'd like a bit more malt backbone, but I'm not complaining.

M: Nicely full-bodied. The brisk carbonation keeps it feeling lighter than it actually is.

D: I'd love to have several of these in a sitting, but the ABV hits me harder than others in the same range. Maybe it's just me being mellow from the hops...

Photo of rapidsequence
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by date is Dec 2010.

Appearance: Brownish red beer becomes a bright garnet when held to the light. The head is huge, creamy and tries to escape my tulip. After 20 minutes, its still covering the surface of the beer and the top third of the glass is wrecked with sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malts and citrusy hops. Interesting nose that bounces around a bunch of different smells-- bready, caramel, butterscotch, and citrus and earthy hops. I like it, but its a little weird.

Taste: Also weird. More weird than the smell. The maltiness is more bready and roasty and less sweet than the smell. That combined with the fairly prominent hoppiness leads to a beer that is more bitter than I had hoped for. Again, quite a few different flavors come together, and clash. The finish is bitter (roasty) and sticks to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy, nicely carbonated beer. Sticky on the tongue from the big hop load.

Drinkability: I've been drinking these for the last month or so, thinking it would grow on me and I would see what lots of other people see, but that's not happening. Its just kind of messy and doesnt come together. Not bad, but not great, at all.

Edit 11/22/10-- Just got a very fresh sixpack and its a whole different world. Hoppy, caramelly, and toasty. More like a India brown ale than a black IPA, but damn good. Balanced and cohesive.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date in Oct 2010, so it's a little aged.

A= pours into glass a dark ruby red, really dark with thick head that lasts a good while, leaving behind solid lacing.

Aroma and Taste= sweet malts with some citrus pine hops in the background.

Body= very thick without being too overpowering.

Another outstanding winner from the great Victory Brewing. They never fail to please. Be careful, because at 8.7% ABV, you do not want to have more than a few

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color, fine tan head. The aroma is a balance of dark fruit malt and piney hops. Dark fruit comes through up front, with a touch of sweetness. Slightly vinous malt profile, with a minerally, woody tinge. Hops are plentiful and pervade the palate with citrus rind bitterness and hints of pine. A punchy beer, with equally pronounced malt and hops. For all the fruit flavors from the malt, the beer is pretty clean and finishes semi dry. Another nice one from Victory.

Photo of mdwalsh
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sort of a cola color with a solid tan head.

Strict hops confront the nose. Pine resins with a chocolate undertone. What I don't like about the aroma is a distinct bile-like essence. I think it's a blend of the hops and alcohol, and not that it's overbearingly rancid, but it doesn't work for me.

The taste is not unlike a Barleywine. Pretty straight forward piney hops with a hint of toffee and chocolate to work with. Has a potent Bigfoot-esque bitter kick late. The bile is toned down and the taste redeems the beer.

The body is kind of lazy, a little transparent, like it's just not trying very hard to have a mouthfeel.

Not bad, probably wouldn't buy it again.

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

A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. In the glass it is ruby in color, and has a nice tan head.

S: Piney and earthy. Slight mixture of citrus. Like a combination of orange and grapefruit. There is also a nice malt scent in the background.

T: Huge amount of hoppy bitterness, earthy, grapefruit and pungent. Caramel flavor in the background. I enjoy it, but would like a little more balance. Style wise however it is right on.

M: Medium and syrupy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: One and done for me. It's good, and I feel like it fits the style well, but it's a bit too aggressive on the hops for me.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citus, smells like a strong IPA, no indication that it's a dark beer at all.

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. It's drinks like an IPA on the front, citrus, grapefruit, and a dark ale on the back, bitter and roasted malt flavors.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: They should keep this in the line up. superb.... a new fav of mine

Photo of beertunes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Beer pours a rich mahogany color, with 2 fingersof tan head that dissipate slowly, leaving some nice lacing

S: Lots of floral and piney hop notes, with a bit of licorice, and malt sweetness

T: Piney, floral and citrusy hops at the front, with a good bit of bitterness. Followed by some malt sweetness, with burnt chocolate and licorice notes. Finishes dry with a burnt coffee kind of bitterness.

M: Smooth and medium bodied, with a little bit of carbonation tingle. No real alcohol presence

D: Incredibly drinkable for the abv, but the intence hoppiness coupled with the high abv would probably make one enough for me

Overall, this is a delicious and complex beer that really defies any kind of classification. Another great offering from Victory.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Deep ruby red. Almost looks black in dim light.

Smell: White chocolate, hint of licorice, floral hops give way to maly sweetness.

Taste: Very well balanced, big hops and chocolaty malt. Dry and biscuty on finish. Big, beautiful and rich.

Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Pours almost black until you hold it up to the light. 1/2 inch tan/mocha head that stays the whole time. Medium to sparse lacing.

Overall: A very big, well balnced beer that refuses to be pigeonholed into a style or class (in my opinion) Great with German chocolate cake.

Photo of Greenst82
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut/ruby like reddish brown. Decent cream color head that lasts a good while.

S - Pretty hoppy. Toasted malt and piney aromas. Really fragrant.

T - Piney hops with a sweet malty finish, then comes back to a bitter aftertaste that lasts a while.

M - Med mouthfeel but smooth and warm, sticks with you.

D - I found this very drinkable. Dangerously maybe. I only bought one at the time but I don't see myself making that mistake again.

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chill-hazed copper with a copious head of tan foam.

S - Nose is hoppy grapefruit/pine with a fruity edge and the bare hint of grapes.

T - Light coffee and lots of sweetness. Big hoppy grapefruit and intense bitterness. Some caramel as well.

M - Slight astringency, but otherwise smooth body.

D - OK drinkability. This is a fairly big beer that showcases them hops so balance isn't big part of the equation. I'm very happy to drink one of these, but no more than that in a sitting.

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

Enjoy by Dec. 10 '10

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby tinged copper color with a blossoming steady 2" thick & foamy light tan head. Minimal visible uprising carbonation. Thick globs and sheets of lace for days and days.

Sweet & fruity concoction stimulates my nostrils, making breathe in deeper. Pacific Northwest hops dominate the stage with a thick and supportive foundation of bready pale malts. Very balanced and yet very solid smells here.

Layer upon layer of dry, prickly-earthy hops, followed by a malty backdrop of finely-tuned sweet and fresh barley. Hops become very, very dry after a few big sips - almost to the point where it feels like the tip of my tongue has become slightly numb. It could be the astringent zip of alcohol though. If so, the big, dry blasts of hops sure mask it very well. It reminds me of a much dryer version of Great Lakes Nosferatu.

Mouthfeel is med-full bodied with a perfect amount of fine carbonation. A bit oily in texture with a dry and cutting hoppy finish. Though the hop flavors mix well with the lingering hearty malts in the finish.

Drinkability is great. Too bad i didn't stumble across this in late fall, as I would have gladly secured a case to savor throughout the winter months.

Overall a fantastic and ballsy strong ale from the state of Pennsylvania. I really like this beer's dryness. It has the texture of a top-shelf gin: dry and smooth with a little grit at the finish. The perfect balance of hops and sweet malts really counterbalance each other perfectly, without muting any of their pronounced qualities. There is a little heat in the finish from the high alcohol, but the ultra dry hops disguise it masterfully. A beer I will definitely seek out this November. I sure am enjoying mine on this sunny, 60F early Spring afternoon.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish copper with one-finger head that stays around for awhile. A clear mix of herbal, springy hops and a thick caramel malt base along with hints of raisin, figs and dark fruits. A mix of very large hop base that is tied to a thick a malt base for a leafy, tea-like beer that is dry but unlike an IPA's overpowering hopiness this beer finishes muted and subtle with some sweet malts. A good beer that has a chewey feel along with a drying sensation for a beer that I didn't exactly think was so great but enjoyed drinking and would tell anyone to try once.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.