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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,618 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,618
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 MPLS
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this per a fellow BA recommendation. I cannot think of the last time I have had a Victory beer. Oh well, here is to you absence Victory. I was told it was a sort of black ipa/epa. We'll see...

A: Poured this 12 oz bottle into a sparkling clean pint glass. The head on this beer is great, cheese cloth city, yum. The color is kind of rusty/copper in color. It's plenty dark and extremely filtered looking. Lace is satisfactory and carbonation is rather animated.

S: I can't decipher everything I'm smelling, but it's mostly malt forward and I'm pulling caramel out more than anything. There is a hop presence too, a bit of pine twang, sort of earthy and tea-like.

T: The taste is pretty spot on as the nose. The balance is the strongest weapon this beer has going for it, the malt and hops compete for dominance. It's very much like a black IPA, although not quite black and without a huge citrus kick. The alcohol is pretty discernible in the finish alongside the fresh piney hops.

M: This is pretty good for a beer with a lot of carbonation. It's prickly on the tongue. The high ABV makes it warm on the tongue a bit, but not on the way down.

D: I like a lot of the elements in this beer, but it doesn't quite do it for me. A decent offering from Victory though, an interesting brew. I can't help but think, though this doesn't fit the style, how popular the black ipa is becoming.

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

pours deep ruby copper, almost cola in color. giant 2 inch head, thick lacing.

light floral hops with a hint of orange citrus. sweet malts and candied dark fruits.

quite hoppy. a bit floral up front that quickly emerges into tons of bitterness. sweetness lingers through out with the malts actually being quite subtle. lots of grapefruit, pine, and tangerine. has a bit of a candy flavor.

pretty full, moderate carbonation, slightly on the chewy side.

almost 9& ABV and tons of hop complexity would stop me at a few. i did enjoy this and plan on trying it again. this is listed as a strong ale, reminds me more of a DIPA or imperial amber.

Photo of drpimento
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good beer. Served with a fine foamy off white to light tan head and a little lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor's dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly like the flavor and is long with alcohol coming out towards the end. Be more drinkable except for the alcohol.

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass produced a two finger thick, creamy, light tan head. Abundant hops are present in the aroma followed by a strong pine scent and just a slight hint of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a quick first taste of caramel/roasted malts and dark chocolate followed nicely by a strong pine and citrus flavored hops bite. With all the pine flavor and aroma I pick up, I feel like I'm hiking through a forest in the Pacific Northwest. Great carbonation level accentuates the hops. Crisp, dry finish. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth for minutes after the beer is completed.

Photo of bum732
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson red, nice creamy head, good lacing. Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops, soft apple and rasberry flavors, floral much like daisies. Tastes similar to the aroma. Good caramel like malt with a strong citrus and grapefruit like bitterness. Good crisp carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good.

A good beer, fairly solid. Nothing really stood out, but good nonetheless.

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

Received in a straight pint glass, a very dark copper-coloured pint with a firm head that doesn't really go away. Both malt and hops in the nose, piney, grassy, citrus, lots of caramel and chocolate. The taste is somewhat muted after the big blast of powerful aroma. Let's just call it subtle and dignified. Bot malt and hops at the friend and a superbly dry, bitter finish with an aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Good, if slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice indeed.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber with a thin tan head and small spots of lace.

S - Strong citrus hops followed by sweet caramel and rounded out with toasted bread and toffee.

T - Bready with rich, sweet malts, caramel and toffee, resiny hops with some citrus and pine.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel with a slight numbing from the alcohol. Sweet but with a lingering, resiny hop finish.

D - Reminds me of a tamer (in aroma/flavor) Arrogant Bastard but with a more noticeable numbing alcohol presence.

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

pours a dark copper color with a big fluffy head that does recede to a tan head and ring that stays to the end..the smell is potent its hops and citrus with a musty peat smell and some roasted caramel..the taste is good its a hop blast full of citrus and grass it has roasted caramel some toasted malts a little bit of semi-sweet chocolate..there is alot going on in this strong..the mouth feel is full and robust with many layer of flavor as the beer warms..another winner from victory who just quietly churns out brew after brew after brew that are solid

Photo of beerwolf77
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this bottle in a trade from wren. The box was on my doorstep this morning when I woke up. The bottles were perfectly chilled so I decided to crack this bad boy.

Poured into my glass the beer is a dark brown hue with orange highlights. The vanilla colored head exploded to a full four fingers and almost escaped the glass. The retention is remarkable. After a serious wait the gobs of lace are thick and plentiful.

The aroma is a generous blend of piney hops along with spices, candied white fruit, caramel malt and a nice earthy dustiness. This smells great.

The flavor is bit more subdued then the nose would have led you to believe. Hops are the main player along with a decent malt backbone. Dry and citrusy with caramel hints.

Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation. Rather dry in the finish.

Overall a very nice beer. After all the hassle wren had to go through to finish this trade I'm going to savor every drop of this beer.

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

12oz, bottled Dec 10, 2009. Pours brown, red under the light with a big foamy light beige head. Leaves rings of very sticky lacing.

Aroma hit me while pouring, a lot of hops, particularly early in the glass, and even more so when I had this a month ago when it was really fresh. Earthy, piney, hops, with a whole lot of sweet caramel and roasted malt on the nose.

Flavor is even better than the aroma, a burst of earthy hops then a big dose of sweet caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts, with a good bitter yet also sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich but also slick, goes down really nice. Medium to high carbonation.

I like to think of this as a dark IPA, especially when it's super fresh. I'm on my second 6-pack for this review, Yakima Twilight is fantastic. I'll save one to cellar to see what this is like more malt-forward, but I don't think it will equal what I'm drinking right now.

Photo of magnj
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2010 expiration date, couldn't help myself when I saw it on the shelf.

A - Very clear brown body with hints of red. Big thick head hangs around a while leaving some lacing but ends up leaving just a film. Some small carbonation bubble apparent. I little darker than I'd like but what the hell it's how it tastes right?

S - Huge pine and earthy nose like I haven't had in months. I mean the hops dominate so much that you can't even perceive the malt beyond the faint hint of sweetness.

T - Big hop bite up front, it would be incredibly offensive to an unsuspecting palate but perfectly pleasing to me. My example is quite warm but the hop flavor still dominates. Obviously at 8.5% there is a great deal of malt involved, it's somewhat sticky but not a lot caramel really. Seriously the hops are intense, and usually supposedly hoppy beers don't phase me...this is awesome. If I had to say something negative I might say it's a bit one dimensional but you can go there with any big IIPA.

M/D - Again somewhat sticky but not nasty, appropriate for the style. Really easy to drink and the awesome flavor keeps me going back for more.

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

3x 12oz into glass 1L Lowenbrau seidel. Hell yeah!

A- Moderate caramel brown with a humongous off-white head. Took me 10 minutes to pour all three bottles.

S- Hops! Smells like simcoe. Piny, a bit fruity, and an octane-like quality.

T- Hoppy as all hell. Very good, new-growth pine hops. Also a lot more citrus hops than the nose alluded to. Sweet, bold malt comes through to add a pretty good depth to this beer. A cross between Hop Hod Rye and Double Simcoe. Very tasty.

M- Good carbonation, right malts go toe-to-toe with the hops, pretty interesting. Creamy... delightfully so.

D- ABV in mind.. pretty damn high. Drank 1L with ease. Would buy again. One of my new favorite Victory beers.

Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of UA8
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep garnet color with billowing khaki colored head that leaves behind thick and chunky lacing.

S- Big dank hops, light malt sweetness, slight mushroom mustiness.

T- Leads with smoky wood notes and aggressive floral hop notes, during the midpalate the malts wage a losing battle trying to balance out the brute force that is the hops. Finishes big and bold with bracing bitter herbal and pine hops.

M- Aggressive carbonation with medium body.

D- Twilight is a bold and assertive beer and makes no excuses about it. Not my favorite use of hops as I prefer citrus a$mnd floral over piny and bitter. However I think this was likely the intent. Not my cup of tea but a solid beer.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - bottle into Orval goblet

Note - This was classified as a double IPA where I bought it from, but is noted as a strong ale on here. My review will lead to my opinion on that matter.

A - Pours an unusually dark brown for an IPA, but fits the American strong ale better I think. A tan head forms from the pour, and this beer leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Good so far.

S - Not a very strong scent (unless I'm catching a cold), but hops, oak, caramel, and possibly dark fruit in there too.

T - Pretty good stuff! Bittering hops dominate the palate, but there is enough malt backbone to prevent it from being overkill. The maltiness provides subtle caramel, dark fruit, and oak/earthy overtones. This one is still for the hopheads though.

M - Superb mouthfeel - Rich and full bodied. Satisfying!

D - Good, but not amazing drinkability. The bitterness would get to be much after more than a few of these, but it goes down smooth for 8.7%

Overall - This definitely comes off as more of a strong ale than an IPA to me, as it lacks the citrus fruit flavors that I've become quite fond of and accustomed to in IPA's. If you're looking for a strong, bitter beer that packs a punch, this one will not disappoint. Try this if you're a fan of Arrogant Bastard, and are curious to try something new.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy light tan head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel notes, very slight bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a dark red maroon colour with lots of foam lacing the duvel glass I used. Smell is of piney hops, but doesn't match the taste. Taste is of dark malt with dark fruits with a lingering of the hops in the background. This beer drinks very smooth for the alc% of 8.7. Its a very interesting beer and seems to fall inbetween the style of iipa and strong ale. Interesting offering.

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

Dark as night as the name implies with a big head of cream colored foam. Tons of lacing and great head retention. The aroma is very strong on the bitter hop notes with grapefruit and dried orange peel. These are both present in the flavor with the addition of a stronger malt characteristic. Caramel and particularly chocolate are present behind the hops. It's definitely heavy on the hops which is why it loses a point in my book. I could have used a little more balance but it's not bad. Medium body with good carbonation makes this one pretty drinkable and the hop finish is nice and super bitter. Overall it's a very good beer I think. I can see some people being put off by it's blend of massive hops and chocolaty flavors--in fact I don't really love this one personally--but I think it's very well made and definitely worth trying.

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.

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

Brew poured to a deep ruby color, maybe even brown with a thick off white head that has great retention.
Hops come to mind first and are hard to look past but malts give a slight sweet aroma, but are in the background. Hops have a floral aroma to them. First thing I notice from the flavor is that the hops are not as big as I thought based on the aroma, or at least give a different flavor than I was expecting ... still pretty big. Malt flavor seems to be a bit hard to pinpoint but give a caramel feel. Slight alcohol flavor is there but well hidden. This was a very nice brew, hops are big, malts are big, though they get muted by the hops, drinks easy, has a nice warming feel, great sipping brew. Would get this one again.

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

Wow, If Yakima Twilight is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard, then I think they have succeeded.

Expecting a big IPA, I am surprised to find a very dark beer- dark amber to medium brown in color. A froathy tan head settles to a lacing blanket that evenly coats the beer 'til the very end. A solid, sturdy, and masculine look.

There's the IPA character- found right there in the nose. Strong hops of cascade, chinook, nugget, or other high alpha acid varieties. All backed up by deeply kilned malts that give big elements of toast, bread crust, and heavily caramelized sugars.

Flavors are big, bready, bold, and richly malty. Taking on Dopplebock proportions of malt flavor, melanoidin richness, and toasted breads. But then the hops show equal aggression before completely over-taking the beer. Pine resins, fresh cut grass, bitey-bitter, and citrus rinds give a good slap in the face before the beer fades into a malty-dry finish that prefers alcohol and breadiness to sugars and graininess.

Full and rich up front but the beer quivers a bit in the fullness just enough to allow the onslaught of hops to dominate from mid-palate on. Pine and mint finish the beer and return in the after taste.

A fantastic beer that rides the line between stronger American ales and Imperial IPA's. Thanks Stiggs!

Photo of ralree
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful deep red color, reddish white head, 2-fingers, great retention and lacing.

S: Very fruity and tangy flowering Northwest hops make this a great smell. Sugary malt fills it in nicely.

T: Deep rich flavor, different from many IPAs. Hops are exceedingly strong, which is how I like them. Alcohol content is just right. A bit of dark fruit, some brown sugar, and chocolate are all mixing around in the flavor.

M: Very syrupy, rather creamy. Carbonation good, not too bubbly.

D: Goes down easily and smoothly. I will definitely try this one again.

Photo of tone77
2.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is very hoppy, some pine, definatly way to bitter for my liking. Feels bitter in the mouth and 1 of these was enough for me. Overall if you are into hop bombs, this may be for you, otherwise avoid it.

Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, deep brown red liquid with a very thick and creamy light brown head that has great retention.

S- Pine, cut grass, swiss cheese, flowers, and caramel. Aromatic and just right for the style.

T- Loads of pine and caramel, but nothing harsh and the alcohol is well hidden.

M- The carbonation level is nice and keeps things smooth. Very nice.

D- This is very drinkable for the style and level of hoppiness. Not too hot or bitter. Definitely worth a try.

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

Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany color with a big tan head that sticks in sporadic slowly dripping sheets. Highly balanced aroma...fresh, sticky hop flowers melding with sweet, dark, roasty goodness. Chocolate, tea, lemon, honey, and pine, all working together. A continuation of balance in the flavor, a dark and bitter creation showcasing the resiny pine and grapefruit pucker of the hops as well as a rich and dark caramel malt base. The hops coat everything in the end, and I like that. It's fairly thick and a good blast of flavor, but I'm craving another so it's not too much to handle at all. Very tasty and well made...East coast style.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.