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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,587 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 61 | 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 kiddynamite920
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Burnt copper pour, very dark. Head is fizzy, foamy and is lasting a while. Getting some smokey wood on the nose with some sweet malts and agressive hops of course...Victory. Orange and caramel also come through. A little off balance. Flavor is a tad off balance as the aroma suggests. Aggressive on both the malts and hops and no sign of them agreeing to cooperate. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with the hops dominating the forefront and the end. Relatively drinkable, yet there is something that throws me off with this beer. A tad too bitter perhaps?

kiddynamite920, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours a clear dark amber color with a large, fairly thick tan head and great lacing. northyorksammy was really taking heat for calling this a black IPA, but it really does have some aspects of that style. In low light I could see how this could appear pretty dark.

Aroma is lots of piney and floral hops as well as lots of caramel malt and some mild cardboardy, possibly oxidative notes.

Flavor is similar, the slight cardboard is there but doesn't detract terribly much. Really intense caramel malt and pine, floral, and grapefruit hops. Complex hop character. Maybe even some roast too.

Medium-full on the body, somewhat syrupy, with brutal hop bitterness wrecking the palate (this is a good thing).

Drinkability is above average but not incredibly high. Overall very good, but didn't quite live up to the high expectations I had for it.

nickd717, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy, but creamy head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of resiny, piney hops with some citrus as well. Darker crystal malts and a roastiness to it. Can't smell that much more right now because I'm somewhat ill.

3.5 T: Bitter backbone with a healthy mix of hops and roasted flavors. Citrus and piney hop flavor. Malts consist of complex caramel as well as a bitter roastiness. Not bad, but doesn't impress.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Could be a bit creamier. Otherwise fine.

3.5 D: The meshing of dark flavors with IPA hoppiness is good, but not necessarily better than one or the other.

DavoleBomb, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of northaustin
4.13/5  rDev +4%

pours a nice clean and clear goldish red with a very even off white head with long retention and leaving a very solid coat of lacing.

smells glorious. definately a unique mixture of piney citrus and floral hops. very crisp and the citrus is heavy.

tastes very similiar to many double ipas, but with a nice citrusy acicid bite to it. very enjoyable.

mouthfeel: a tad tart and carbony with a big soda style bite followed by big hop oilyness.

drinkability: very sessionable. no heat and definately full of a unique flavor.

northaustin, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4%

12 ounce bottles, best before dating of Nov 16 2010, nice looking spacey, tripped out hop cone artwork on the label. Pours dark maple amber, darker khaki head, nice and puffy, leaving a lush thick film and plenty of splattered bits of sticky lacing. Fragrant, hopped up nose. Full flavor and aggressive brew, definitely reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, which is a real good thing. Luxurious mouth feel. Dangerously drinkable and tasty. Notes of waves of dark malts, rich hoppy assault to counterbalance. Thoroughly enjoyable quaffer. Are your pork tenderloins ready for their 2 day soaking? This will go into the regular rotation, another good sign.

Billolick, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of ugaterrapin
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown with a slight red hue. There was about a finger and a half of off white head that retains itself fairly well. It has a clean hop aroma with small amount of malty sweetness present. The front of the sip has a nice piney hop present similar to an IPA which is quite enjoyable. The finish lends some nice roasted malt characteristics. This is an excellent beer. It combines some great aspects I love in beers. Definitely one of the best beers I have tried this year.

ugaterrapin, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

The pour unveisl a medium cola and light garnet colored beer. Nice light tan head that recedes a few minutes after the pour with no sipping. The aroma is a sweet orange and grapefruit thats candied from the fruity yeast and sugary malt aromas. Makes me think of a Northwestern IPA and a Belgian dark ale in aroma. The taste starts bitter upfront, but the citrus peels the hops impart sweeten with some coaxing. Medium toasted, faintly roasted malts help give the hops a more marmalade and melba toast flavor. While some Belgian like yeast impart some bitter dried peaches. This is a bitter beer with a gristy feel, especially on the the very back of my palate. As if I'm swallowing some of the grains down after each sip.

Interesting beer, but the difference between bitter and sweet has no harmony in my opinion.

scruffwhor, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Had no idea what style this was before opening so I was pleasantly surprised with the copper/brown color and the full 1" head. Strong caramel malt smell but tons of west coast hops too. Full malty taste but a strong bitter finish. Piney hops are stong and the evergreen taste holds on through the finish. Full bodied and heavy. Totally not what I was expecting from this one but a pleasant surprise in every way. Nice job Victory.

beermanbrian, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of nlmartin
4.05/5  rDev +2%

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark amber coloration. The head is a fluffy light tan coloration. Overall a very inviting appearance.

Smell: Nice interplay of dark cocoa and caramel hints of malt. This plays well with floral pine grassy aroma hops. The hops and malt are chicken and the egg for me in this beer.

Taste: The hops hit my tongue with pine and some grassy notes. The bitterness lingers and combines with an almost chocolate flavor. Long lasting bitterness finishes this out.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is nearing full. Light carbonation works well for me on this beer. The mouth isnt hot with alcohol. Very enjoyable beer drinking experience.

nlmartin, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of billzee
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

Had this on tap at Scooter's in Lititz, PA. Deep scarlet in color with a bronze glow and light tan foamy head with significant lacing. Smells is of sweet caramel, roasted malt and big hops and maybe a hint of apple. Taste is a mix of chocolate,caramel and citrusy hops. Full mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Only a bit of warmth is noticeable. This a is a nicely balanced beer. I really enjoyed this.

billzee, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. The bottle date says Best By Nov. 16, 2010.

Received in a trade from steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

A: Pours a murky mahogany-amber body that lightens to a golden-tinged dark honey translucence at the edges. The head is 1.5 fingers of fluffy head that retains quite well, but after a few minutes there is no sign of life and no lacing. It's disappointing.

S: Bright floral hops, grass, pine, and a touch of citrus. I read through some reviews that suggest this is citrus-forward, and I don't get that at all. I do get a strong malt character, though; it's darkly sweet in the aroma, mostly with semisweet chocolate and a touch of toffee. It's interesting.

T: Malty up front, laying the groundwork with dark chocolate, toffee, and roast. It gets progressively hoppier, with an interesting interplay between the roast and hop flavors. Floral hop and pine fight for center stage, with a touch of grass. I get a light presence of citrus and spice near the finish. It finishes on the malty side with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste that lingers for a long time. Altogether, a very interesting profile.

M: Medium-full bodied. Low-moderate carbonation that doesn't support the flavor very well. Very strongly bitter and sticky, with a lingering aftertaste (I tend to dislike beers like this). Very smooth ABV, although there was a touch of warmth in the finish.

D: I enjoyed it, but I'm not a huge fan of the sticky mouthfeel. I think I'd go with Hop Wallop instead.

Arbitrator, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -3%

Best by Nov. 5 2010 - Poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown/mahogany with a nice thin tan head that stays for most of duration, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of raw hops - pine/resin with citrus - grapefruit/orange/tangerine - and caramel.

The taste is of toffee/chocolate with fruity booze. Raw hops balance sweetness and add layers of pine/resin, citrus and mint. Too often hoppy dark beers clash because of roast and hop bitterness. Here, the roast is mild helping to alleviate that issue. Despite dark(ish) maltiness, a big bitterness and booziness round out the finish.

It's somewhat astringent with a medium-to-full body with medium carbonation.

Plenty of hops here - along with dark-ish malt. Rough, but nice.

jwc215, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a crowning 3 finger plus tan colored head that was firm and foamy, mushrooming upwards well above the glass rim remaining sturdy and true. Retention was equally impressive lasting well over 4-5 minutes patiently waiting while the lacing was composed of thick, spongey patches covering a good proportion of the glass wall. A faint chill haze is present as well along with a steady, medium strong effervesce factor. Really loved the deep coloring here and the sturdy crown definitely gave me plenty of time to appreciate this visually.

S: The nose was citrusy pine with a toasty dry breadiness of munich malt. Dry grapefruit and a flowery bitterness of medium strength bids well here.

T: The flavor begins with a sharp, citrusy nature of dripping wet pine needles with a dry grassiness that reminded me a bit of their Hop wallop (definitely a good thing here) that leads the charge of a hop assault on the tongue. The bitterness is further amplified by the heavy carbonation which brings the flavor to life in the mouth. The malting is dry toasted while the hopping is heavy-handed delivering a dry flowery bite of citrus and grass that is accented by the lingering fade, which parched the tongue and forced you to wet the whistle before diving back in for another bittering assault.

M: chewy with a good carbonation bite. Very dry, bittering and coating of flowery hop cones smoother the tongue. An over the top hop assault that will leave your tongue begging for more abuse and a glass of water.

D: Good drink, high level of enjoyment but give your tongue a break, 2-3 of these should be plenty to handle. Six pack worthy.

beerthulhu, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a mahogany color with fluffy off white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of earthy, grassy, floral and piney hops with a good fresh dried grain background. Taste brings the delicious fresh earthy, grassy, grapefruity, piney and floral hops. A definitely solid fresh bread like background with some nice roasted grain, granola and fresh bread tastes. Great medium body with perfect carbonation... crisp and resfreshing feel, semi-dry finnish. Excellent beer that takes a multitude of fresh ingredients and combines them into a bold, flavorful and fresh brew.

rfgetz, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

This is a tasty, strong, hopped up, substantial ale and very good. It pours a clear mahogany color with tons of creamy slightly orange hued off white head, lots of really good retention, and the lacing is very good. The nose is really nice piney hop with maybe a bit of floral in the aroma too. The nose and appearance are plusses so far.

The taste is very good. Make no mistake, this is a strong beer that doesn't hide its ABV. The beer is quite full bodied, full palated, with lots of piney, orangey, estery, and grapefruit hop. The hop is spot on in that there is a nice balance between tanginess, bittering qualities, orange and fruit burst, and tight drying qualities. There is a malty base underneath, with some charring notes that play off well with the bittering hop qualities. There is some crystal malts going on in the beer, some bready qualities, but some of that gets lost in the ABV. This is more of a sipping beer. There is a bit of ABV throatiness to the beer. It is very good. L'Chaim.

albern, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: A bit of a mahagoney tint with a thick off white head that is about about an inch an a half thick. Also while transparent, there is some sediment floating around at the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing as well

S: Nice herbal hop aroma of fresh cut grass and pine. Also a nice bit of caramel sweetness as well. Also a little bit of citrus arises as well

T: A Much as the smell, a crisp taste of grass, earthiness and pine with just a mild bit of lemon citrus. Also a bit of roastiness comes through in the finish.

M:Good amount of body and nothing harsh about it. No booze either but a slight bit of chalkiness

D: Could probably have another bottle and definitely would have it again

mikey711, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of racer2k
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A - Pours a dark amber brown color with a very large thick tan colored head that is about two inches deep. This dense head sets up some very nice lacing around my glass.

S - Fruity flavors of orange, grapefruit and peach are present with thick hoppy aroma on board. There is also a sweet brown sugary malt aroma that is present.

T - Very nice shot of citrus, hops, and pine all rolled in to a complex flavor profile. The malt content is not over powering but provides a nice toasted bready flavor which balances the hop profile very nicely. The alcohol content is very well hidden in this beer.

M - Medium body with a crisp dry finish. Carbonation is moderate in this beer.

D - This is a dangerously drinkable high octane winter seasonal. I only had a single beer in my fridge but if there were more available I would have been cracking them open. Be aware of the high 8.9% abv. I absolutely love this beer and will be adding it to my winter seasonal lineup. This is one of the best new winter seasonal offerings that I have had in a long time.

racer2k, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I've had this one on tap twice now at both the Big Pour in the Burgh and at Piper's Pub both excellent adventures in beerdom. Appears a deep rustic caramel amber not quite a black IPA but deep crimson red for sure, a nice thicket of head forms with khaki tan pigments cookin'. Head is dwindling nicely with speckled sporadic lacing. Aromatics offer up a minty, citrus, and piney, earthy mix of hops absolutely amazing with the dark malts. This really blends well some cocoa and dark chocolate edges with those hops and a touch of hidden alcohol come through. Flavors bring pure hoppiness about on the palate, strong lingering bitterness almost a perfume like herbal quality, strong astringent black tea, citrus mint and pine tip accented hops. Mild cocoa, and watered down astringent coffee accents actually blend nicely with an air of brown sugar added to the malt combination. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with ample carbonation medium to bigger bodied a touch of heat from the well hidden alcohol. Drinkability I love this brew, I can't help but appreciate the effort to do something more extreme from their pretty traditional lineup, I dug the first year of the Hop Wallop after that the beer's initial premise has been lost this is what Victory needed to keep us hopheads praising.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of gregmoscetti
2.6/5  rDev -34.5%

Maybe it was my palate (though I doubt it), Maybe it was a dirty tap line, or maybe its because the restaurant i had it at told me it was a double IPA but christ I hated this beer...

When the beer was set down, I noticed it was a bit dark, but no darker than the DFH my buddy was drinking. Naturally I thought nothing of it... The smell was my first indicator that i didnt know what I was messing with. smell was stale and dry. Taste... also stale and dry. very dry. I handed it to my friend. He tried and also made a face of a baby being spoon fed gerber spinach... This is all I have to go on here but I vow to change my review if I somehow stumble upon one of these and it doesnt suck ass

gregmoscetti, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Victory's new winter seasonal. I have enjoyed almost every beer from them, and this one does not disappoint. Here is my review:

A: Pours a brownish-red. Pretty dark, but very clear. No haze or sediment to speak of. Head is very creamy and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S/T: The aroma is very fruity. It is both very hoppy and very malty. Taste is very nice. Reminds me a lot of Hop Devil, but kicked up a notch. You get hops upfront. Lots of citrus, grass, and pine. The excellent and complimentary malt profile rounds out the hops. Very toasy and slightly sweet. Finish is pretty clean. Very balanced and drinker friendly.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Both bitter and sweet in the finish. Slight dryness makes you go for another sip. Very drinkable.

This is another winner from Victory. A perfect balance between IPA-like hops and strong malt profile. Pretty sessionable at almost 9%ABV as well. One of Victory's best.

OldSchoolGamer, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

12oz bottle drank from my new belgium globe glass. best by nov 16, 2010.

A- this one pours out a clear dark brown colored body with ruby highlights when held up to the light. a rather large fluffy khaki colored head. the head lasts the entirety of my drink and leaves behind solid walls of lacing.

S- the main attraction here is grapefruit. faint semisweet dark malts and maybe a bit of chocolate. pretty simple.

T- the taste is more complex. sweet dark malts upfront. coffee and chocolate follow that. the end is an enormous blast of bitter grapefruit-like hops.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. leaves the mouth very dry.

D- easy to finish. more of a DIPA than a strong ale. i found it to be mediocre overall.

jwinship83, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Transparent garnet in color with a two finger head of tight fluffy suds that leave tons of lace all over the glass.

Complex scents of sweet bread, bright citric hops, prune and dark berries.

Lots of unsweetened bitter hops. Dark malts, notes of coffee and plenty of grapefruit peel. Some warm alcohol is present. I guess this fits as a hopped up strong ale. I think some age will smooth out the flavor and mellow the extreme bitterness of the hops.

Smooth, slightly creamy carbonation, close to full bodied, pretty bitter on the tongue. Extremely dry on the finish.

Pretty strong in alcohol and especially in the hop department. I'm a hop head, but one of these is enough. I think some age on this will be very positive. Unique beer that's worth a try.

jera1350, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of xanok
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

On tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Psyched to try this.

A-Pours a thick reddish brown that's see-through. Great thick, creamy, 2" white head. Leaves crazy good lacing.

S-Fruity and floral. Great scent of malts and bread as well. Faint hop smell.

T-Grapefruit is the dominant fruit taste. Some malts and toasted charcteristics in the middle. Has a clean hop finish.

M-Great body and medium carb. Just the way I like it.

D-The high abv is well hidden for the most part.. I could probably have two of these in a sitting without any trouble.

This is a helluva brew. To me, it's one of the best of it's type. My oly complaint is a bit too much grapefruit flavor, butI will definitely grab a sixer of these in the near future.

xanok, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

womencantsail, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by Oct 14 2010, 8.7% ABV.

Thanks to johnmichaelson for this bottle in a trade!

A - Pours with a giant pillow of tan, dense head that rises up to three fingers and has great retention with some good lace. The color is a mahogany amber red color that's totally clear.

S - Wow. The aroma is very different from the first whiff. There is a lot of fruitiness here; mango, peach, and a bit of crisp apple. The fruitiness may be derived from the hops. Aside from that there really aren't any hop notes. A funky un-bathed dog aroma slips in between the fruity notes and the sweet, brown sugar like malts.

T - The fruitiness on the nose goes to the back-burner a bit in the flavor. Lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine across the tongue. The malts are toasty like a golden slice of bread and somewhat sweet behind the mountain of hops.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp with a well-balanced carbonation level, the finish is dry and bitter but not tongue-shreddingly so.

D - A different take on the style for me. I like it a lot but wouldn't partake in its uniqueness all that often if given the chance.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 09, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.