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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,621 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,621
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 70
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008

According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.
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Photo of farrago
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge three finger head that can easily our over if you don't watch it, very delicate tan foam, airy and dissipates at a steady clip, plenty of sticky lacing left behind above the dimpled surface. Clear brownish amber color, very consistent until a slight fade to orange at the rims, transparent with a flurry of bubbles visible within. Extremely hoppy nose of grains, unprocessed wheat and meadow grasses, not much citrus or pine, any softness comes from molasses brittle, cocoa powder and a touch of apricot, peach, pear fruit, this as much pit and skin as pulp. Medium-bodied, the carbonation very strong and churns inside your mouth like a commercial grade fan. Borderline bitter, here you get mandarin orange and white grapefruit through the attack, some pine and lots of herbaceousness and cereal grains. At the same time, the molasses, honey and caramel recede in the face of the relentless hoppiness. By the finish a pepperiness comes through and, at times, it feels hot. For all of this, it doesn't seem unbalanced per se, more so an expression of a tightly focused concept. If you're down with the message, impressive.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown color. The tan head is very tall, with a foamy, frothy texture. Retention is very persistent, with attractive lacing trailing along the glass.

S: A spicy, citric hop aroma that recalls bitter grapefruit pith. Some resiny pine notes are also available. The hop load is accompanied by a muted caramel/pale malt backbone that remains hesitant in the background.

T: A modest caramel malt backbone provides somewhere from which the hops can blast off. There's an aggressively bitter citric hop flavor, accompanied by some piney and spicy hop notes. A big dose of young alcohol into the finish - if this weren't so hoppy, I'd recommend letting it mellow out a little.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is mild. A flash of dry, hoppy, alcoholic bitterness into the finish. A long, lingering, somewhat boozy aftertaste.

D: This is an aggressively hoppy strong ale from Victory. Like many of their other offerings, this comes across as unbalanced/unrestrained, which I suppose is kind of what they're aiming for. Still, a beer this hoppy and evidently alcoholic could use a more complementary malt presence. This has good potential, but the combination of the booze and the unbalanced hoppiness leaves its potential somewhat untapped.

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

a big 'hell yea" to fellow BA Swillbilly for the gift of this beer.
Beautiful reddish brass glow. Clear, highly carbonated. Big tan head that lasts and lasts. Thick lacing sticks to the glass. Foam..foam.
Brassy hops dominate the nose.
Wow. Taste. BIG!!!
Very hop dominated. Bitter bitter bitter.
Very heavy malts trying to push through, but the hops are king here. Hops are more floral than citric...
If you are not a total hop lover, this one may not beer your cup of tea.
But I love hops!!!

Edit:As I sip and enjoy I am really picking some flavors. possibly Munich malt? The hops are coming alive as this warms as well.
Give it time to rest and really enjoy.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St. Tavern. On one hand, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I don't mean there's a balancing share of malts, but rather that's it's a nice, dry DIPA that let's the hops standout. That said, I wanted more complexity from the hops. It tasted like an over-hopped cascade beer. The flavor is just too much and subtler flavors are lost behind huge, catty grapefruit and pine notes.

Photo of righthereisay
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm. Smelled a little, um, powerful. This one could hurt.

I bought the single bottle, and I'm happy I only bought one. This just isn't my mug of beer.

Poured into a clear beer mug (nothing fancy, I know), it was a dark brown, with some head, not too much, not too little.

The taste was OK, nothing great. Very bitter aftertaste. I'm not a huge fan of bitterness, but somebody recommended this one to me. Maybe they just wanted me to get drunk. It had some citrus rind, maybe some raisin, pretty complex.There was plenty of carbonation, maybe an 8 out of 10 for carbonation.

Drinkability, nah. Maybe if you had a few of these you could keep drinking them. But at some point (at 8.7%), you would pass out. I would only recommend somebody having 1 of these. That is more than enough. I guess I would have one of these if I was late for a tailgate and needed to get liquored up quick.

These hoppy/bitter beers just aren't my thing. I like stouts. Keep that in mind when reading this review. Peace in the hood.

Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a huge foamy tan head. The head is gigantic with great lacing. The smell is pretty strong with roasted malt,citrus hops,cinnamon,and bread yeast. The taste is strong with bitter hops,bread yeast,roasted malt,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. All in all this is a good quality beer with a great bitter hop bite.

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

Huge thanks go out to SpeedwayJim for this extra! Pours a dark amber, nearly brown color with a large tan head in the tulip glass that fell very slowly leaving some very nice lacing. Can't get much better looking than this! Oh yeah, delicious hop aroma on this one, lots of pine and citrus, with lightly bready and caramel malt background. Flavor starts out bitter, plenty of pine flavors coming through, backed up with a decent amount of caramel malt, and light chocolate in there somewhere. Definitely a big, hoppy brew, but would have liked to have seen just a touch more balance. They must have used and an enormous amouont of hops in this thing, because the mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied, slick and coating. With this body, I would expect more malt to be at play, but the bitter, citrus hops outweigh all else. Nice beer to be sure. It really tastes like a mishmash of DIPA and Old Ale, so I can't complain about that. Thanks again, Jim!

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best by Nov. 2010 indicated on the bottle. Poured with a vigorous, creamy and cascading, 4 inch, tan-colored head (almost looks like a nitro pour) - excellent retention. Appearance was just shy of mahogany and semi-translucent. Some, textured fluffs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals citrusy hops and perhaps a light, roasted quality. Taste follows nose; however, there is clearly some dark malt action and some piny bitterness that comes out in the mix - interesting complexity and character that changes slightly as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive background carbonation (not prickly), and a touch of oiliness on the tongue. This is a really interesting beer. Had the opportunity to try this one at Beervana Providence, and I was really impressed. Abv is well-hidden at 8.9%. Even though American Strong is a catch-all style, I would say that this is closer to a DIPA/Strong hyrbid. Really interesting and tasty; however, at $10.69 a sixer, I won't be picking it up too often.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pint on tap at Goodbar in Buffalo, ended up being free as well! Hard to beat that. Arrives a dark brown, not quite black, not much head on it and even with a swirl not much is raised.

This is an interesting beer that is hard to categorize. The pine resin and hints of citrus hopping that are so prominent in the nose and flavor hint of an IPA. The hint of roast, chocolate and coffee which feature in the taste hint of a porter. The big robust body, hint of biscuit and slightly boozy finish perhaps more of a strong ale. Not sure what it is but it's kinda tasty. A slight odd astringency and the boozy burn hold the drinkability back though.

Neat beer, couldn't drink too much of it though, seems a little disjointed especially when following it with something like Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (which I did) which was much more in sync. Big and slightly brutish, it's worth a try though,

Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger tan head that fades to a nice layer of lace, crystal clear deep dark amber with highlights of burgandy, very attractive brew.

s- mmm, clean malt, not alof of roast, nice earthy hops, pine resin, some fig, grapefruit, very interesting.

t- wow, very tasty, grapefruit rind, great hops blend with dark biscuity, bready flavors, no trace of the 8.7% abv (as the beer warms it becomes ever so slightly noticeable), the finish here is nicely dry with great bitterness that lingers.

m- medium body with a good bit of hop slickness topped off with a prickly tangy hit.

d- great drinkability here, i wonder why they catagorize this as an american strong ale - victory calls it a dark ipa, none the less this is a killer beer, it's got all the highlights of a great ipa (bordering on dipa) and malty brown ale, i could knock back several easily, i only got a single to try this but will definately be picking up at least a sixer more before this disappears for the rest of the year.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of billzee
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,621 ratings.