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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 orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep blood red with a creamy, billowing two finger head of khaki foam that leaves sticky lacing as it slowly falls. Aromas of toasted malts with cocoa powder, caramel and a good, solid roast. Earthy, pungent grassy hops are in the mix and I get a good floral blast from it as well. Quite spicy overall.

First sip brings wonderful deep roasted malts with caramel and cocoa powder. Toasted flavors are kicked up by a charge of bold hops. Herbal, resinous with floral and grassy notes. Bitterness grabs hold as the brew flows down. Strikingly good balance of dark malts and bold hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Steady carbonation throughout. Not overly heavy but viscous enough to grab hold of the palate. Overall, I find myself really enjoying this new Victory brew and it's a nice tribute to Yakima hops! Give this one a go if it's available to you. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the hand off of this one.

Photo of akorsak
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail. I wasn't enamored with the first release, so I'm hoping for some improvement.

A: The strong ale is a chestnut brown color, lightened with orange hues and still translucent. A huge, and I mean huge, head on first pour made a bit of a mess. As the 4 fingers of craggy head receded, dense walls of lace were left behind.

S: The nose is dominated by dark malts, chocolatey with a baker's chocolate edge. A dripping hop presence, overloaded even, is barely able to get through the excess malts.

T: Black IPA? More like a molasses IPA. I'm getting a strong blast of blackstrap up front. The hops barely make it through the thick depth of the those malts. Chocolate and burnt toast are also prominent, but not so much as the molasses. Late in each sip a boozy wall hits you. Sorry, I just can't get into this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy, too much malt, too many hops, too hot. I appreciate the fullness but it is too busy.

D: I just can't get into this beer. It's all over the place and I don't like it.

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

A new brew from Victory; I couldn't say no.

A. An unusually dark brew, scotch-ale russet. Very clear and fizzy. Fine finger tall head that leaves bunches of lace as it falls. I came into this thinking it was a DIPA but it sure does look malty...

S. Pleasingly hoppy and sharp, lots of intense grapefruit here, pungent and more than a little boozy. Malt in the background, but this is a hoppy beer. Not overly complex, but who was asking?

T. Actually quite nice... brilliant hop notes jump and shine - citrus grapefruit, green freshness, bitter without being unappetizing. Malt is sturdy and sweet, but the hops are all over the map here... it works together, well, and reminds me of an amped-up Sierra Celebration ale. Which is to say, good.

M. Ample carbonation keeps this from being too heavy, which it easily could be - there is a lot of malt here. Finish is bitter, hopsweet with promising subtle malt touches - roast, char. Go too long without another sip and the malt reasserts itself a tad and you'd have thought you just drank an old ale.

D. I would indeed! The 8.7% is noticeable but you don't care that much, do you?

Yakima Twilight was a pleasant surprise for me and is really rather hard to fault. This is good, and if you like Arrogant Bastard and its ilk you'll be in heaven here... 'cause this is better.
Drink it fresh, and I hope this becomes a yearly staple for Victory.

Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Dark reddish amber color. Nice light tan head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Nice piney hop scent with hints of citrus and malt.

T&M: Fresh, crisp hops are upfront with a nice mildly sweet matly backbone that follows. Moderate piney hops, citrus and a nice taste that I can't identify hits the back of the tongue. It is a sweet/mildly bitter hop/malt mix. Medium bodied, slightly grainy rough feel with a very dry finish.

What a fantastic brew! This is like a smooth IPA and is very tasty. I got this in a beer of the month pack and will definitely be purchasing 6-packs in the future.

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

Pours a nice darker amber with decent head. I'm a huge fan of Hop devil so I figured I'd love this one.

Nice pine, spice and sitrus on the nose, the palate follows quite well with agressive floral notes and a big hop finish. Goes down very smooth in the end and has great drinkabilty. Worth the 12 dollar 6 pack tag, id say yes.

Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark copper with a thick tan head on top. great retention; left lots of sticky lace and sip rings. Bog floral hoppy scent bursts out. Strong pine needles and citrus rinds. Wow.

Full-bodied crisp beer here. Carbonation level is moderate. Very bitter at the onset. Strong hop tones, with some sugary malts on the middle. Finish is bitter. Slight drying mouth aftertaste. This was really good. Wasn't entirely what I expected, but it was a treat to drink.

Photo of sbw138
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Nice very dark amber/copper color. Had hints of red when you hold it to light. Nice creamy white head, with good retention.

Strong hop smell, but you can also notice some matly smell as well.

The fresh, crisp hops hit your taste buds first, but the matly backbone follows soon after with a nice roasted taste. A really great combination. Almost tastes like an IPA with a little bit of a stout brewed together.

Had a dry mouth feel, but I really enjoyed it. Great drinkability. You can really notice the alcohol.

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

Pours a clear, translucent, dark mahogany. Aroma is spicy and hoppy and just a little malty. The richly hoppy flavor has a spicy undertone and an interesting metallic taste that complements the rest of the body rather than being unpleasant. The sharp, edgy texture has some tingle and a firm alcoholic bite.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. NOTE: I always have trouble reviewing this style of beer 'to style', simply because the style is so varied.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, reddish-mahogany with two fingers of off-white head. The foam lingers for a long time, and leaves tons of lacing. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Lots of piney hops, backed with a little bit of citrus. The alcohol is definitely noticeable on the nose. A boozy, malty, honey sweetness in the background. It is a surprisingly unique scent.

Taste: Bitter hops is the initial taste, which quickly fades into a honey-bready malt sweetness. The taste isn't as complex as the aroma. The bready malt taste lingers on the tip of the tongue for awhile, but there's also a lingering bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat. Some hints of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, which I think detracts from the flavor a little bit.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. This, to me, is much more like a DIPA than a strong ale. I realize that the strong ale category is somewhat of a catch-all, but this one lacked the complexity that characterizes most strong ales. That said, it was very enjoyable. The aroma was complex and unique, but in the end, the taste was good, but not great.

Photo of zoso1967
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer with nice head retention and a wonderful smokey dark amber color.
Smells of hops with a little bit of roastyness and maybe a slight malty astringency in the background.
After the first couple of sips it is clear that there is a lot going on in this beer. Caramel malt and American hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed shortly by roasty flavors and what I perceive to be a noticeable astringency that quickly dries the tongue. While I enjoy the initial flavor, as the malt tones fade I am left with only the bitterness and darker malt flavors which remain in a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. I do, however, enjoy the nice dry finish.
Body is medium with what I perceive to be a near perfect amount of carbonation.
A very intriguing beer, but not a one I find particularly drinkable. I have tried it with food and found it even less appealing. For some reason I think it might go well with good old roasted peanuts.
I am not really sure if I will end up being a fan of the black IPA, but as with most other Victory beers it is well brewed and will likely appeal to those with different preferences.

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

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Beautiful reddish/brown color with a good sized tan head that left a coating of sticky lacing.
The aroma is piney hops and sourdough bread.
Plenty of piney hops hit upfront with enough balance of roasted malt although it never gets sweet finishing dry and espresso-like bitter. Alcohol is never noticable, even as it warms up.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Good drinkability despite the higher abv, a very tasty brew.

Photo of KyleMWood
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Came in a half-pint glass, on tap. Dark copper, red tint, small tan head

S - Strong, fruity hops on the nose, similar to IPAs, think Stone. But, not overpowering, because I still pick up malt sweetness.

T - Crisp, fresh clean taste, well balanced though for a strong beer. You get the hops at the beginning on the nose, and on the backend, but you definitely pick up a great deal of malt in between. The malt taste isn't "sweet," but has a biscuit flavor similar to Fat Tire.

M - dry, but not sweet. Very drinkable for ~9% beer.

Overall: Great beer, I would definitely go and try to find this in the bottle for home consumption. I'll be returning to the pub to try again. Would recommend trying. The bartenders said they loved this beer, and now I understand why. Great beer, try it.

Photo of bret27
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

courtesy of brian brick at k & l wines

A: Dark ruby brn w/brown thick head, little lace

S: Citrusy piney bold american hops. Smells like an aggressive west coast ipa. Little sweetness of caramelly malt but definitely have to think about it.

T: Hops, piney and bitter, and pretty fresh. In the Yakima tradition. Some maltiness, more bready/biscuity than sweet. Tastes like rye is involved. Moderate alcohol presence. Residual bitterness encompasses the palate.

M/D: Mouthfeel medium throughout and good. Drinkability... ok for abv since its so high, but the bitter hoppy and malty and alcohol combo makes drinkability not fantastic.

Overall: Good overall. Would recommend trying. I could see where some people would fall in love w/a beer like this.

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

Is this an old Bert Grant recipe or something?Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a large blooming two finger crown that stuck like glue to the glass and never fully settled.Pine resin and more pine resin in the nose,the citrus is there but takes a back seat to the pine resin,honestly thats all,I pick up no malt profile.Flavors remind me of old school Pacific northwest in the fact the hops in pine and citric form are the lead component and the caramel/bicuit malt is there to show its not 100% percent hops.This is a great beer, more of what an American DIPA should be than what many are,its old school in my mind.Paging MR. Grant....

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a barleywine in the glass - the beer is a blend of Ruby and crimson ... Great clarity here. The three finger head in my tulip subsides at a glacial pace. The sticky foam is the color of stained teeth. But yeah this beer looks like a filet mignon. Way dark, way big.
In the nostrils I get a blast of silky maltiness, layered on top of a Forest of hop - I mean that in a literal sense. Dense and minty like evergreens on a crisp morning. Herbal, layered, sweet. Interesting but definitely a malt bomb front and center this portends of the...
Tastes to me like crumb cake and honey. The medicinal hoppiness strands it's way across my tongue and gains traction, opening into a wild bitterness that harmonizes with the the intense maltiness. By the finish, the hop has *almost* taken charge... super piney but still sweet. Silky comes to mind again. Freaky finish.. minty, bitter and sweet all together. One of the great attributes of this beer is the fact that it is packaged cleanly- it never becomes sloppy despite the big malt bill. Maybe the secret is the insane mouthfeel. Very well carbonated, with a medium body that fills the mouth but never lingers or drags. My throat is hot when its over, and the mouth does have a bitter pucker. What a freaking interesting beer.

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

A: Pours a dark amber with a light tan, very substantial head.

S: Hop upfront (of course) but almost fruity with grapefruit on the nose and something else, apples? Sugary, malty smell but well balanced with the fruit and hop.

T: Again, hops. Goes without saying. Very upfront, but something different, unique - probably the focus on the Yakima Valley hops. Either way, comes with a bitter dry finish that leaves you wanting your next sip.

M: Brilliant and smooth - with a great bitter, dry finish.

D: Great and mellow for such a hop bomb. I read a review here that mentioned the malts balancing out the hops in a brilliant way and I agree. A smooth, mellow double. Enjoying another right when I finish typing this ...

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

Another solid Victory offering. I got a doubl Hop Devil-type vibe here...take Hop Devil and make it more west-coast.

Great entrance, huge head and solid retention, like a great hoppy beer should look. Deep carmel hues like Hop Devil, and these malts are evident in the aroma and flavor, spicy and carmel flavored. Big hop presence dominates over the malts, but the malts do stand their ground. Alcohol is spicy, but not hot or particularly noticable. What you do notice is the chewy body and the fumy esters and big hop bitterness, which spills over a bit into hop aroma (nothing crazy though).

A fine beer, very easy and dangerous to pound. Fresh, i prefer it over Hop Wollop. Cheers!

Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter... Starts with a finger thick off white that disappears leaving behind some strands of lacing. Beer is very dark in color, almost appears black, until held up to light where it turns a brilliant ruby with little activity

S- Very sweet malty, hint of hops

T- Very sweet tasting with a pronounced hop finish

M- Light carbonation, medium to light body

D- Very easy to drink, smooth and tasty... at a reasonable taste

CHEERS!!

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner. Semi-dark ruby red in color, fairly clear, with a huge frothy off-white head. Head dissapates VERY slowly and leaves sticky long lasting lacing. Head reminds me of a root beer head.

Aroma is light, but has notes of spices and hopps. Not much to talk about on the aroma.

Flavor and mouthful is creamy...full of spices and hops. Flavor isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of it as it warms up. It gets a bit too bitter. A decent beer, but not one I care to have again.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue with a nice tall head. Good retention with some nice lace.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma, caramel, and fresh bread.

T: Nice big blast of citrus, caramel, and fresh cut grass. There is a little piny sweetness as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body, smooth.

D: Good, a well crafted beer. I love when great beer comes in a 12 ounce bottle.

Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - Brown with a cherry hue and very good clarity. A moderate beige head that yields some nice lacing.

S - Floral hops and brown sugar.

T - Malty with a mild roasted malt. A firm bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and the malt. I thought it was a bit too dry.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is a decent beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me.

Photo of stewart124
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this is a dark ruby red with a pillow of tan head. This faded farely quick but has left a fine lacing.

Strong pine notes a waft of vanilla caramel in the nose.

Whoa this is complex and my taste buds don't know where to start. Loads of dark caramel character, vanilla, caramel, biscuit and some chocoalte. Then there are the hops, a bit of citrus and just a nice bold piney character that warms my soul.

There is a slight warming from the alcohol but this is really an easy drinking beer. The biscuit comes out even more as I drink on and screams of more complexity. Leaves a lingering pine bitterness.

This is quite the tasty night cap and another treat from Victory!

12/19/2013
I saved a bottle and it has held up wonderfully. The hops have faded a bit. This is still big and bold. Maybe darkened a bit with some slight caramelization and a darker color than originally reviewed. I wish I had another bottle.

Photo of beerman207
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Appearance is a dark amber with a 2 finger high head. The beer appears darker than I was anticipating. However, upon seeing the style I see it's a strong ale.

S - Upon the pour I could smell the pungent hops coming through along with some earthiness. A bit of mollases in the nose as well as some caramel as well.

T - Wow, the first taste just hits like a punch in the mouth that knocks you down and then for the finish, it's like someone kicks your mouth from the side while you're laying down. Very nice bitterness that lingers and truly dominates the taste. As it warms a bit more flavor comes out which brings out a bit of malt nd mollases.

M - Very strong carbonation in my opinion which knocks it down a bit for me but isn't overpowering.

D - The beer certainly displays its strength through the alcohol in the back. You know it's going to pack a punch so you need to show some respect.

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

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not Victory nor defeat."

--Theodore Roosevelt

Blood orange with a dark coppery glow when sunlight is allowed entry. A pillowy crown of pale caramel colored foam resembles sticky marshmallow cream as it melts, filled more than half the glass on the pour, isn't fading very fast, and is beginning to deposit fine sheets of barely broken lace.

The grain bill includes (at least in part) pilsner, Vienna, Munich, caramel and light chocolate. Caramel-toffee pudding is far and away the dominant malt-derived aroma appreciated in the nose. Whatever hops were used add a fruity, earthy-herbal, slightly citrusy edge.

Yakima Twilight Ale is good stuff for those who like to taste both malt and hops in their high ABV beer. Since flavor balance was one of the brewery's aims, it looks like the mission was accomplished with flying colors. Hopheads will still find plenty to keep them interested. Note: this bottle is about 2 months of age.

Specifics include toasted bread, caramel, baked nuts, black tea leaves, orange peel and grapefruit peel. It's an increasingly delicious combination of flavors, with a sweet-bitter contrast that keeps drinkability on the generous side. The alcohol is masked extremely well, which is yet another plus.

The mouthfeel is fraction lighter than most beer of this ABV and is softly bubbled. Warming adds a silky creaminess that wasn't present right out of the gate. It may not be a stunner from a sensory standpoint, but it works well in the end.

Yakima Twilight is another wonderful brew from the good folks at Victory. It should appeal to wide range of craft beer aficionados, especially those who like their warming winter seasonals to be both malty and hoppy. Love the name. Love the label. Love the beer.

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

Enjoyed from both a pint glass and a tulip. No unexpected or noteworthy differences. Is anyone officially referring to this beer as a Black IPA?

A: Average creamy, tan, slow rising head. The body is dark brown (ruby along the glass) and hazy. Nothing extraordinary other than being as dark as it is while containing such an enormous hop aroma/flavor. **Unbelievable lacing, and cloudier

S: Heavy malts. Roasted caramel, chocolate, cashew & almond. Heavy hop character of pine, grapefruit and lemon. The balance between the malts and hops is interesting. Seemingly balanced at times and seemingly unbalanced at other times. Mainly as a result of the temperature of the beer. I found that the malts were much stronger when the beer was on the colder side and as it warmed, the hops showed more prominence. The yeast was light but present in the form of a leathery and earthy aroma. **Grassy, leathery, earthy hops

T: The flavor duration is long with a sweet mid-palate and semi-dry finish. Lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Hard to seek out flavors were caramelized fig, light burnt tar, pepper and dust. The alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A near-full body with a creamy texture that may have been smooth if not for the prickly carbonation and dry finish. **Even creamier and fuller, much tamer carbonation

D: Very drinkable based on the overall flavor but also based on the perceived variability of the hop:malt ratio. The malts were well considered and counter the hops well, making the hops seem like less of a force than they actually are. Don't expect too much from any hoppy beer you might have after this one.

**Had on cask 2/23/10

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