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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,627 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 72
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 1,627 | Reviews: 767
Photo of billzee
4.57/5  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
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -2.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 +9.8%
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.

Photo of mikey711
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of racer2k
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gregmoscetti
2.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jwinship83
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of xanok
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of loftisCT
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really dark cooper color. It looked almost black at first but clearly some copper colors at the edges. The head has a dark tint to it, not the best retention, but whats left looks really sticky and has some good laceing
S: This beer smells great. Beautifal fresh pine with some citrus in the background. Has a sweet kinda fruity smell going on in there as well
T: The malt hits you up front. Nice roasted malt with some caramel flavor in there. For a moment I think its not as hoppy as it smells but then they hit me. The hops hit hard and they taste delicously dirty. They taste really earthy and almost kinda smokey or herby.
M: The mouthful is medium, with pretty good carbonation
D: The drinkability isn't that high. I do get a little taste of alcohal, about what you expext for almost 9%. The hops are beautifally harsh, but they limit the drinkability a little.

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. It amazes me what little gems you can find in there if you're willing to sort thru the 200 + bottles that are in there. This one had a freshness date on it of 11/3/10 so its got plenty of time before it's past its prime.

The beer poured a clear dark amber color and left a 1-finger creamy tan head that lasted about a minute. It also left behind a decent amount of lacing.

The smell was all hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit scents.

The taste is overpoweringly hoppy. There is a huge amount of grapefruit flavored bitterness to this but there is also quite a lot of malty sweetness as well. No skimping on the hops or the malts in this one, but there is no doubt that the hops win the battle.

The beer has a smooth oily texture to it with only medium carbonation. It also leaves a pretty big dose of bitterness in the aftertaste.

For an 8.7% abv brew, the alcohol stays pretty well hidden amongst the hops and malts so it's easy to drink one or two at a sitting, but any more than that and your head will be spinning.

Photo of errantnight
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beauty.

Pours a deep, dark, rich, crystal clear garnet hue with a fluffy three+ fingers of head into my Spiegalau tulip. Retention and lacing are superb. It's a joy to look at.

Aromas are mildly sweet, citrus and grapefruit hop with a hint of resin.

On the palate this is exceedingly bitter at fridge temp... it really needs to open up and be consumed at warmer temperatures, which allows some dark caramel sweetness to liven things up. There's a note of roast, but nothing approaching what you'd get in a stout. It's neither the IPA in disguise that is Sublimely Self-Righteous nor the Porter with extra hops that is Alpha Klaus... it's its own beast. Think along the lines of Arrogant Bastard without the malt complexity.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium towards full, rich mid palate but with an easy lift (helped by the assertive bitterness).

It masks alcohol well, but it never quite coalesces into anything particularly remarkable.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured dark amber/near-brown, into an American pint glass, with one finger of white head and great lacing. Smelled of earthiness, pine, grapefruit, and orange. The taste yielded more in the way of maltiness, mixed with the aforementioned flavors, and then dissolves to some slight burnt flavor, and then finishes on a woody dry note. A little thicker than expected, but smooth, with only a hint of carbonation. Not a slam-dunk session beer (too heavy and strong for that), but a great beer nonetheless.

Photo of boogyman
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark copper/amber color with a good 2 finger head that had decent staying power. Head looks pretty frothy. Lacing is pretty sticky. Got some crazy looking designs going on in the back of my glass.

S- The first thing i get off this brew is actually sweet dark fruits. Plums and cherries. The next thing that hits me is the malts. Then on the background I get the wonderful hops. This brew smells very fresh and begs me to drink it.

T- Right off the bat I taste the dark malts. It very much starts out as a stout might but it very quickly catches you off guard with the bitter hops. It really is a perfect transition. I definitely enjoy this beer as it has some of the best aspects of my two favorite brews, the stouts and the IPAs. The nose definitely doesn't come out too much to the taste as I start getting more citrus flavors coming out as I drink it.

M- Carbonation is pretty strong. Leaves a bite on my tongue going down. There is a mild warming feeling left on my palate which is nice.

D- I could have a few of these and be happy, not too heavy on the stomach but strong enough that I will be feeling good. Definitely a beer which I will be happy coming back to.

Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks great, 2 fingers of fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit then leaves a devine lacing.

Smells like hops (earthy with a bit of zing) and a deep malt scent like wheat bread crust.

Taste is amazing. This is a hardcore beer, not for the faint of heart. It has some nice, rich malty flavors and an insane amount of hops on top. The hops are grapefruit and pine, sweet and resiny. Everything blends well - this is wonderfully complex and well polished at the same time.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Nice carb is there but not too prickly. A little creamy in the smooth mouthfeel of the finish. Medium body.

Drinkability suffers only from the hardcore aspect of the flavors.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear deep golden copper with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The nose and flavors consist of sweet malts, light molasses, citrus-y hops and a lot of em', some resinous pine, mild perfume, white grapefruit, earthy, pleasantly bitter, and not much alcohol heat to speak of. The ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated. pretty nice overall, something I'd come back to each winter.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head. The head hangs around for awhile. Aroma is of alcohol, citrus, and bitter hops. Woah. Taste is super dry and bitter with a light sweet malt hint. But the hops dominates and the alcoholic dryness dries the lips. There is a weird fungal/burning rubber flavor that is kinda bugging me. Especially in the burp stage of the brew. Feel is super sharp from the carbonation. This is interesting but not something i would need all the time. This isn't a disaster but it's not very drinkable.

My esophagus is warm.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.