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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,593 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,593
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 68
Gots: 62 | 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 BWH3
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Marvelous deep translucent brown with 1-2 finger breadth thick foamy head. Great look for an old ale.

S: Loads of fresh musty damp lupulin aromaphors pellet my nares. The grains give a dry roast aroma but little more. Not the contribution from the grains you expect in an american strong ale.

T: The first brush of those hops on the tongue are awesome. Crisp, earthy and refreshing but this quickly gives way to a dry tea flavor. The high is much higher than the low so this one is not bad. The malts again add little to the complexity.

M: Moderately dense. Very still. Awesome head.

D: Looks and feels like a strong ale. Smells and tastes like a harvest ale. Unique, but not worth visiting over and over again.

BWH3, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a well balanced attack of crystal and roasted malts along with a stiff, bitter hop aroma. The citrus character overwhelms the warm malt scent. The taste is decent. It's damn hoppy which is good for me, but the balance is lost and the malt backbone is really playing second fiddle to the hops. It's goes down easy with a powerful citrus hop blast all the way through to the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I love hops, but I prefer more of a balance when dealing with strong ales.

WesWes, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very dark brown way darker then I was even first expecting, lots of carbonation and a very thick white foamy head, very beautiful appearance for sure

Smell- right off the pour the smell on this beer was certainly very strong even with my nose a foot from the glass, lots of beautiful strong bitter hoppiness on the nose, just has that beautiful hoppy nose you look for in a beer of this style

Taste- hops certainly abosultely dominate every aspect of this beer, super long bitter finish that just lasts and last long after its finished, slight one dimensional in that I wish it had a slight bit more malt to just kick in a tad on the mid palate, overall very strong and flavorful

Mouthfeel- Creamy thick and smooth, actually a very very nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very easily drinkable, the alcohol is with out a doubt super well hidden, if anything actually could kick down the drinkability at least a little bit its that its so hoppy you have to really take it slow, a good beer lacking a touch of balance, one worth seeking out and another very high quality beer from victory, the quality can certainly be appreciated

--Retrying on 4/15/2010-- have to say this beer was still extremely stellar and very much enjoyable beer, this was really adjusted up the drinkability higher and smell down tad, overall though this is a really really really solid hop bomb of a beer with great enjoyability

Stunner97, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer sort of exploded when poured into the glass, filling it full of foam and overflowing. Once things settled down the beer had a dark orange/brown color. The head is off-white and had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus, pine, and manure. Odd thing to pick up, probably most people would say it smells of compost. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter. I think this beer was once listed as a DIPA, and that is what it tastes like to me. All hops. Hints of citrus and hay with a little earthiness. Alcohol is well hidden and not detectable. Has a large body and nice carbonation. Enough body to carry the bitterness. Another beer for hopheads. I enjoyed it but only one beer a night.

morimech, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of PNeifert
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

PNeifert, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a good looking dark ruby brown with a thivk light khaki head.
the aroma has got resinous earthy citrus rind hoppiness, with some sweeter almost candy-like berry aroma.
the taste has a sweet aspect up front with citrusy hop flavor and a something remeniscent of one of those strawberry candies that is wrapped up to look like a strawberry. there are some other berry flavors floating around in there too, the sort you might find in some barleywines. there is a also a substantial toasted malt component in there, sort of like a bitter or scotch ale. the bitterness comes in middle to back and cleans up, but not before dropping some candy/citrus rind flavor. overall, a pretty unique flavor. about 75-25 in favor of hops.
it's medium bodied with active, but soft, non-abrasive carbonation.
the drinkability is pretty damn good for a beer that's almost 9%. the booze is present, but pretty mellow. this beer has a bit of a split personality... one part double IPA, the other part barleywine/scotch ale... or maybe thats three parts... well whatever, it's a bit confused, but a tasty beer. it's arrogant bastard-esque for a good reference beer, albeit with a little different hop profile.

kmo1030, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.

A--Deep plummy chestnut body, quite handsome for the season, with a two finger creme colored head. Decent lacing but retention wasn't all that impressive given the hop levels here.

S--Again, the hops are fine, they're big and floral and raw, with some real biting astringency that comes through even in the aromas. But given how deep the body looks, where are the sniffs of malt? I get very little caramel or munich or spicy rye--I can /see/ it; I just can't /smell/ it. If you blindfolded me I'd think this was Smuttynose Finest Kind.

T--And..the comparison holds for the taste profile as well. Pretty much tastes like Smutty's IPA, with lovely citric, floral, and a little pine on the back end from the hops, except I feel more light headed when I'm finished the bottle. SN Celebration has a bigger malt profile, and it's lighter in body! So, let's review: darker body, without more complexity in the profile, and I get drunk faster. Enh, no thanks.

M&D--No complaints on the mouthfeel, as it's sufficiently smooth and carbonated. But I don't think I'll be going back for more.

I'm not Victory hater, not by far, but why the hype on this one? Tastes sloppily hopped and simplistic to me, but I may be missing something.

TheycallmeTim, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark almost a dark ruby with a thin light brown head. Nose is slightly malty and has a nice amount of hops.

Taste is awesome! Very nice and rich with a nice hoppy and malty backbone. Very rich finish with some light astringent bitterness. Very good brew!

kingcrowing, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to try this new one before committing to a case. Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big, foamy 2-finger tan head on top of an auburn/ruby red colored and clear brew. Head recedes pretty slowly, and leaves nice rings of lace.

Smell: Big hop presence of grape fruit in the nose. Slight hints of roasted malts and an additional sweetness. Not a huge aroma, but fairly well pronounced.

Taste: Delicious. A bready caramel malt backbone introduces itself first followed by a strong grapefruit and pine hop presence that is both pickly from the carbonation and bitter. Through the finish, a peppery sweetness appears and a lingering bitterness remains for quite some time. Finish is also sweet, as the hop flavor subsides a little. As the beer warms, the malts come forward a bit more, and gets a bit sweeter, but by no means is it cloying.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation in the middle, bitter and oily in the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Hides the alcohol real well, just a very light warming on its way down. Medium bodied.

Very very solid beer. Right up there with Hop Devil in my book, but maybe even more dynamic in its flavor profile.

Ezekiel81923, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of chcfan
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Poured a huge head that quickly dissipated. Sort of an amber brownish in color. This beer smells almost identical to a beer that I've had a few times before, but I can't put my finger on it. There's a nice earthy hop presence to the smell. The taste falls a little short for me. I liken it to a hoppier Nosferatu or something.

I was pretty excited about this beer going into it, but I must admit that it really didn't do much for me.

chcfan, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of dougofthefuture
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to this one...

A - Dark, but not quite black. Lots of head. I had to wait to pour the whole bottle. Sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Hops, together with roasted malts. Not overpowering.

T & M - Very dry. Sharp hops, and the alcohol bite isn't very hidden. Mouthfeel is on the watery side. Dark porter-like malty flavors, but without the body to back it up.

D - It has grown on me as it warmed, but the strong bite of the high ABV limits the drinkability.

dougofthefuture, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Brez07
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A: Dark cherry red hue. Leaves a 1 finger sand colored head. Very minimal spotted lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles cascade upwards in the middle of the glass

S: I get hops upfront, then some floral/earthiness. There is a hint of raisin and chocolate

T: Light grapefruit taste, also some orange. There is also a touch of chocolate and cherry

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess. Has a dry finish

D: Considering this is closer to 9%, fantastic drinkability. I find this very similar to a standard IPA. Another great beer from Victory

Brez07, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

Halcyondays, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like oranges and pineapple hops and caramel malt, with earthy roasted barley. It tasted like orange and pineapple and copper hops, with some caramel malt and roasted barley. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had a good clean flavor with nice hops and malt, but it seemed to suffer from an identity crisis. Is it a double IPA? A black IPA? Something in between? The tropical hops seemed great for the summer, and the roasty malts seemed great for the fall or winter. Together they were confusing. I would prefer a straight double IPA followed by a straight scotch ale or doppelbock. It was still easy enough to drink, but didn't end up being as enjoyable or special as I hoped.

Pencible, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown with orange highlights. Big white foam head (surprising given the abv).

Smells like toasted caramel, some bitter, piney hops, and a bit of earthiness.

Taste is surprisingly toasty. Really kind of a strong ale meets ESB. Roasty, toasty caramel backbone, some accompanying earthy, bitter, piney-ness, and a dash of brown sugar sweetness.

Quality. Nicely balanced. But, my heart will go on.

Overlord, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

"Enjoy by: Nov 16 2010" I don't think I'll wait that long, thanks... Into the classic American shaker...

A - Mahogany body, with ample tan head. Some lace sticking and very nice retention. May not win any beauty pageants, but it were the girl next store, I doubt any guy would complain...

S - Malt supplies a nice roasted and smokey aroma with slightly sweeter coffee notes, dry and just simple enough to give the hops lots of room to shine. And they do, showing spicy, rum-like notes balanced out with a big juicy orange quality. More than solid.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate malt and citrus at the entry, with building smokiness quickly joining the palate. The citrus turns juicy and climaxes at the midpalate. A rum-like bite starts right before the swallow, and lasts long after the finish, combining with the hops to create an almost to-assertive finish.

M - Remember the last time you had a good 8-9% ABV beer American Ale? That's what the mouthfeel and body are like.

D - The only complaint I could see people having about this beer would be the big burn (*whine, this beer isn't "smooth..."*) in the finish. I love the hugeness of this beer, and applaud the spicy, rum-like character in this big American-style beast. At a pretty reasonable price for a sixer, sounds like a great way for me to drink away my sorrows after watching my Illini crush my hopes at a special season these last two games... D*mnit...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Heritage and thought it was worth a shot. I haven't seen it around yet and this was on the top of my list of beers to try. Tasted on 11/28.

Pours a clear brown, sort of amber color. I would call it mahogany. Nice light tan bubbly head is produced on an aggressive pour. Great retention and leaves a ton of lacing all over the pint glass.

The nose is fantastic! The hop characters remind me (sort of) to Masala Mama. Don't ask why, and I know that side by side they would be very very different, but I pick up lots of similarities here. A nice combination of floral and citrus hops is obviously the focal point, but it's very approachable and not over the top. A hop heads dream, if you will. A light malt backbone is detected in the background, but no alcohol is present.

The taste, while good, is nowhere near as good as the nose. A nice combination of the same earthy and floral hops, but it's just not as good as the nose. More malty and a warming alcohol presence is noticable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, right on par with a DIPA. Has a creamy feel to it. Drinkability is great, I actually did a double take when I read on the bottle that this was 8.9% as it just doesn't seem possible because it's so well hidden.

Overall, another solid brew from Victory. I haven't been disappointed with any of their brews yet, and this one is no exception.

Mistofminn, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unique brew definitely does stand on the fence between a Dubbel and an Imperial IPA.... However, I must emphasize the hop content is certainly apparent and strongly overrides the malts... A highly drinkable brew for such an elevated abv...
another hit from Victory....
Recommended....

dsa7783, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear and deep burnt umber body, and a dense three finger thick head, gave this beer a dignified appearance. The aroma was quite mild for a beer featuring a hop cone on the artwork so prominently. The hops that were present were earthy and spicy, and backed by caramel malts. The taste was toasty with a large helping of spicy and herbal hops. Some pine and citric hop presence, but not as much as most others of the style. Somewhat sticky in the mouth, although the body was not as thick as most other DIPAs. Aftertaste was mouth tingling but short. Enjoyable DIPA, but there are many others that are more remarkable.

rajendra82, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer when I had it upon the initial release, Yakima Twilight has become somewhat of an enigma to me lately. Maybe I haven't been in the mood for the style, but none of my pints lately have really reach out and grabbed me. But tonight it deserves my full attention, and this bottle (my first) will serve nicely.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a deep, ruddy brown with a huge, light beige head on top. It's tight bubbles hold very well and never really drop at all.

SMELL: Some resinous, citrusy hops. Some charred chocolate. But not a whole lot else. Surprisingly mild.

TASTE: A caramel, bready base forms a nice, sweet base for this beer. The hops take quite a while to come around, but by the finish they've fully announced themselves. Not overly bitter, the flavor really stands out as pure west coast. Balanced if nothing else, this is a killer combination of sticky hops and sweet malt.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe a touch to the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation is lower but still reasonable. There's a real silky texture to this that can mute out any harshness in the taste.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. The aggressive hop flavor isn't the smoothest thing in the world, but there's a decent chance that that's your thing anyway. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and I had to double check and make sure that 8.9% is right.

A fine ale that's nice to have locally available. This experience with the bottled version definitely exceeded by previous tap samplings. But I'm not ready to go all up in arms about this one - not by any stretch. It's a solid local brew and nice to have around.

jmalex, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Mdog
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown, some suspended particles, good head.

Smell: Big grapefruit along with a sweet smell and some roasted aroma.

Taste: Excellent, similar to smell. Pink grapefruit sweetness and bitterness, some caramel and toffee notes, and roasted flavors in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite new beer of the year.

I wasn't sure if this was a fresh hop or DIPA beer but managed to get a sample before buying. Excellent stuff, kind of right on the borderline between DIPA and barleywine, plenty of malt behind the hops. The roasted flavors are a first in my experience too. Highly recommended.

Mdog, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with a deep amber with some ruby hightlights. A big head is present but it fades quickly to a thin small layer that is substained.
Medium carbonation.
The aroma is that of hops, floral and spiceiness
A hint of malt can be sensed, too.
The taste is very hoppy. Pine resin, spice can be sensed. Maltiness comes through at the end. Bitterness too. I taste a bit of cloying.
This beer drinks and feels very smooth with a nice mouthfeel.

micromaniac129, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear but dark mahogany-amber with a 1.5-finger tan/khaki head. Bright ruby when backlit. Some splotches of lace.

S: Very nice -- juicy grapefruit with a touch of brown sugar. If it was a tiny bit stronger, smell-wise, I'd give it a 5. Edit: 2nd bottle consumed had a bit of a "sweatsock" smell to it, so I'm knocking this down to a 4. Weird. Will post again after trying another bottle.

T: Caramel malt is there, but gets beaten down by the hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness follow, with bitterness coating the mouth and lingering well into the aftertaste, causing a mouth-watering response to that dry bitterness and encouraging the next sip. As it warms the caramel, toffee-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more evident. There's even a touch of cocoa powder at times. Alcohol warming is felt in the belly and provides a touch of peppery spice at the back end.

M: A little bit thinner than expected. Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side. Carbonation is active without being prickly.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easily if you like big hoppy bitterness.

Kendo, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown color with a big tan head that left a sheet of lacing as it dissipated. Big aroma of citrus hop; nice juicy grapefruit profile with a touch of a toasted malt. The taste is of resiny, piney hops with some citrus notes. A toasted bready malt supports the big bitter hop profile. There are some hints of chocolate in the malt as well. The brew has a moderate body with fairly soft carbonation that leads to a silky feel; finishes with quite a bitter asprin blast which is a little rough for my liking. A tasty DIPA for sure, big hop profile. To me the malt was there for color as it didn't really help smooth out the hoppy bitterness. Most will like this but the finish hurts the drinkability for me.

Gmann, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of homebrew311
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany/maroon with slightly off white head. Head appears as dense and seems to have nice retention. Leaves heavy lacing on glass.

S: herbal and spicy hops on the front...and back for that matter... this is very hoppy with a hint of caramel malts peaking through

T: The hops aren't quite as aggressive as the nose would suggest, but rather seems to be in balance with the malt profile. The malts are more prominent on the tongue with some bready and caramel character. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too much. Very nice balance.

MF: This is very creamy and silky for a big IPA and I like it. It allows the spicy hops to be prominent without leaving a sharp finish.

D: This beer has an in your face hop profile, as is standard with double IPAs, and it also has a nice malty backbone to balance everything out. This beer is very drinkable considering its high ABV. It is nice to see beers this big in 6 packs. One of the reasons I like Victory so much!

homebrew311, Nov 26, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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