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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,602
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 64 | 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 CHSLBrew
3.05/5  rDev -23%
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.

CHSLBrew, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

JoeQuinn1, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Greenst82
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Greenst82, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of ffenski
4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

ffenski, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

allergictomacros, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

malty, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

clayrock81, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. This is followed by a light tan head that stays around nicely.

The smell is filled with bitter hops and caramel and chocolate.

The flavor tastes pretty balanced at first. Then the hoppy bitterness comes through and destroys that balance. Finishes bitter but its not pleasant. A quality brew from a quality company but for me this is lacking.

spoons, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a cool temperature a clear dark reddish brown with a thin creamy tan head. Smell is rich toasty malt and herbal hops. Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with a herbal hop middle and a piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I wouldn't want more than 12 oz at a time, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

tronester, Apr 10, 2010
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 emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish browish color, with a tan head sitting astride a somewhat thinnish body. Reminds me a lot of a porter jacked up with tons of beautiful citrusy hops. Very drinkable, as the thin body doesn't fill you up, and the hops remain fresh and vibrant.

emmasdad, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ivw had this one in the bottle and when I saw this one on tap, I couldn't pass it up...

Arrives a reddish brown with a 3 inch head of foam that never dies completely... Very appealing to the eye...

Earthy piney aromas dominate here and have me ready to sip... The maltiness is there but in the background.. This one is still surprisingly hoppy smelling... Very nice..

A biting piney hoppiness up front which lingers all the way through... Sort of sweet and rich in the middle but this one is still all about the hops... I like this one a lot on tap...
Overall I'm loving this one... After 3 of these, my wife dragged me to the door as I was ready to slam these the rest of the night.. A delicious offering from Victory...

Tilley4, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby copper color with a creamy, er... cream head, nice bits of lacing here and there. The head sticks around for quite some time. The aroma reeks of hops, glorious. Great fruits, nice biscuit malts. Taste is equally lovely, lots of hops, a decent malt bill too, bready, caramels, lovely. The hops come in resinous and fruity tones, grapefruit and the likes. The mouth is smooth, creamy, a bit lively, and quite warm, the alcohol giving just a peak. In all, a quite lovely beer.

objectivemonkey, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from The Village Merchant in Buffalo, NY

A: Dark amber, very tight and persistent lacing

S: Roasted malts and sweet hops coming through

T: Resinous pine coats the mouth with sweet alcohol taking over. The roasted malt punches through the sweetness creating a pleasant toasted aftertaste.

M: A good amount of carbonation in this ale, slight syrup viscosity here too.

D: It wouldn't be too difficult to down a couple of these. You can choose to sip or gulp, but the higher ABV will slow you down.

Lazerlobe, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of zoso493
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Southampton pint glass - the last of a sixer.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany-garnet color that is surprisingly consistent throughout, meaning there are no real tints to it when held to the light. Atop the beer is a big, foamy three-finger head that has above-average retention and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: The scent has all the ingredients for a good American strong ale. There is a large and very diverse grain profile to the scent, as well as some other caramel malts. The hops play a much more minor in the smell, but a long smell reveals some notes of piny hops.

Taste: The taste is somewhat of a departure from the smell. The malts and grain still remain as the dominant players in the taste with the hops providing a nice balancing force in the background. This is a very nicely balanced strong ale; however, something between this combination of grains/malts and hops has given this beer an overpowering flavor of anise, which is a bit off-putting to me. If you like licorice, you might enjoy this beer, but as I don't particularly care for it, it is slightly unpalatable to me. This is just a personal taste, though, and I admit this is a very nice beer that is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is not the thickest example of the style, but it does have a bit of silkiness to it. It is a bit cloying, though.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this brew is completely undetectable despite weighing in at 8.7% ABV which is a good thing. Still, I'm not sure how many of these I could down in a night because of that anise aftertaste.

Overall, this is a nice example of the style, though by no means my favorite. The anise taste to it is not a deal-breaker, but was an unexpected twist for me. Still, I'm being harsh - this is a good beer from a very good brewery that is very balanced but still manages to keep some strong flavoring.

zoso493, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

Pours a dark brownish-red color with a beige head. The aroma is very hoppy, with some piney and resinous notes. The flavor is resiny hops and is quite harsh. There is also some pine and medium bitterness. High carbonation (a little too high in my opinion) and medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes

P- O'Reilly's at Four Points Sheraton

A- Clear red color with a foamy finish.

S- a sweet grapefruit hops scent.

T- Huge grapefruit hops. Feels like im eating one.

M-medium bodied and a nice carbonation. Crisp and smooth

D- a struggle at first but then it gets smoother as you drink more.

Dodo2step, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of claminat420
2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On the bottle it says enjoy by dec 17 2010 b5

A- poured a dark amber color. slightly transparent with a tan colored head. medium heavy lacing.

S- just a sweet alcohol scent. nothing special.

T- just really sweet. sweet malt kinda biscuity. it takes a couple sips to really pull out the hops which are just dominated but the sweet malt.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- i'm glad i only bought a single.

Overall- i was expecting alil more from this brew. just sweet malt with hardly any hops to back it up. i guess it's just a malt lover's ale.

claminat420, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of DukeofAle
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

they call this a strong ale -and that's just what it is - strong. Produces plenty of head, which seems to be typical of Victory. As hoppy as a double IPA but perhaps more balanced. Exhibits a deep,dark bronze color. Seems just right to me! If you like plenty of hops you should like this beer.

DukeofAle, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this one throws a bit of a head I pored the brew into a Sam Adams glass and got about a four finger tan head. I had to wait to finish pouring the 12 0z bottle. This head is here to stay a while. The body of the brew is a mahogany colored brown with burgundy highlights. It is a dam pretty brew.

The nose was sweet and roasted with a slight hop earthiness to it. That is the short of it there is a lot going one here in this brew. Almost the same can be said for the flavors coming from it but in reverse. It started of hoppy, roasted and bitter with a nice light sweet finish. I like this one better than Arrogant Bastard but the brew did remind me of it a lot. It hada good mouthfeel with more than enough carbonation for me.

I liked the brew but, one a sitting would be enough for me. Its just to big all around for more than that

joepais, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark amber with a tint of red with an off-white, thin, but lasting head. The initial aroma is of bitter coffee along with dark chocolate, but maintaining a fresh hoppiness as well. The malts are very darkly roasted and smell a bit like oats. The palate begins with the same bitter notes as the aroma giving way to grapefruit, floral notes, and hops on the mid-palate, and ending again with the bitterness. The finish is reminiscent of an endive bitterness, slightly green, and slowly turning back into the familiar grapefruit flavor. This does not feel like a huge beer on the palate, but the carbonation causes a very round feel, due to larger bubbles. Overall, this is a good beer. The alcohol content is very well integrated, and the complexity is more than acceptable. I will gladly drink this beer again.

wedgie9, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light brown in color with some nice copper tones and a big head that comes up quick. It showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hop aroma is tight yet opens up nicely. I'd call them fruity but add that they show a lot of depth and aren't sweet if that makes any sense. There is some nice floral notes as well that are huge and actually form the backbone to the hop bouquet.

The malts are just as big as the hops. There's almost a winey port aroma to the malts but really they are filled with toffee galore. It's not the kind of toffee you get in a Heath bar but more like what you'd make on your stove top. I find some smaller notes of chocolate here as well but this has a nice, robust, malt structure that actually is probably the closest thing I've ever tasted to Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - The aromas meld nicely together at the taste. This is half hops and half malts and I mean split exactly down the middle. If I had to pick one I'd say the malt is just a shade stronger. It is so rich and heavy.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with little bitterness and a flat yet pleasing texture that again reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Drinkability - This is a world-class beer that deserves the highest of accolades. It must be incredibly difficult to pull off this flavor combination but Victory did a tremendous job.

RoyalT, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sensational mouthful of hops.

Give a shot glass of this stuff to your friend who drinks Corona and say ""this is what hops taste like." Absolute blast of resiny, pitchy, flowery hops. While strongly bitter it has a spicy and aromatic punch. Beautiful red coppery color and good carbonation. Appealing sweetness. I wouldn't call it balanced, but robust mouthfeel and malt is redeeming.

A little too much of a good thing, but great flavors for the IPA enthusiast.

mactrail, Mar 17, 2010
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.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a two finger head; good stickage and quite a bit of lace sticks to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Crusty bread, caramel and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a rich, bready flavor that adds caramel and lots of piney hops by mid-palate, with hints of mint and chocolate lingering around; after the swallow, the malt backbone becomes increasingly apparent, providing additional chocolate, caramel and leathery earthy tones to match the hop bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like this much better than Arrogant Bastard as it is not as sticky but has a great flavor profile

brentk56, Mar 14, 2010
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.