Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
I poured from a 12 ounce glass into my SA pint glass. It pours a deep caramel color with a mamoth, sticky white head. The aroma is sweetened pine potpouri, IMO a good thing. The beer is sweet pine and citrus, it has a ridiculous malty body to go with the huge amount of hops. The 9% abv is well hidden. The brew is full bodied and has a sticky mouthfeel. It is very easy to drink this down, a real winner.
11-18-2009 03:08:02 | More by bonkers
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Live review. On tap at Beer Engine in Lakewood. Poured into clean, clear snifter, the only way that you can purchase it here for $4.50.
A Looks incredible with a huge, 3 inch light brown head and a dark brown body that glows a dark mahogany. Very good look, I think much of that is thanks to the cask presentation here at the Engine. Lacing left by this soft, creamy head is excellent as well.
S Malty sweetness with a spike of hops bitterness as well. There is an amber like barely smell too. I smell alcohol which is not a surprise at 8.9%. The smell is nothing if not interesting and makes the observer seek more information (taste it!). 4.0
T Well the bigness of the smell carries right over into the taste. This is a big malt and hops bomb with an amber like medium roast quality to it. Really a unique beer. 4.0
M This is a big beer with big ABV, bit malt, big hops and that amber like medium roast malt woodsy quality to the taste. This particular beer had a nice smoothness that I attribute at least in part to the cask presentation. Nice feel to match the bigness of the beer. 4.0
D Fair as this is such a big beer. This is certainly one and done in my opinion. 3.0
Notes: I am beginning to think that cask is simply the only true way to experience a beer. I never had the regular tap version but I don't think that it would carry the same look, feel as this one.
11-17-2009 23:52:47 | More by adamette
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
A- Everything about the appearance of this brew screams rye pale ale to me, though I am quite aware that no rye was used in its production. Pours a deep reddish-brown that is thinner (more red) around the edges. The head is huge, 3 fingers and stayed for quite some time. The head is the standard brownish-yellow that I've come to expect from rye ales, which is part of the reason I say this.
S- Weirdly enough, it smells a little like a rye ale (reminds me of Dock Street Rye Pale Ale) and smells slightly soapy. I get some hops, but not as much as other reviewers seem to have gotten.
T- Very interesting. Starts off with a malt bill that I'd attribute to a Doppelbock, or something of the sort. It's not overly sweet, but the roasted malts definitely dominate the initial flavor. This is followed up by a great, mouth-coating bitterness from the hops. As BA is classifying this as a Double/Imperial IPA, the order of the malt bill to hop profile in flavor is reversed from my usual expectations (i.e. starts malty and ends hoppy as opposed to the other way around.)
M- Nice thickness and creaminess with a good amount of carbonation to break it up. Leaves a slick hop oil, resinous feeling on the roof of my mouth and on my tongue.
D- Deceptively drinkable for a nearly 9% beer. The oiliness of the hop finish definitely slows one down a little, but not hard to drink at all. A very interesting beer.
11-17-2009 02:49:31 | More by mbudner
District of Columbia
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Very flowery pungent aroma, almost lush like a greenhouse. Very hoppy Pours a medium dark brown with a thin white head that's gone quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Very floral hoppiness up front. Some malt bitterness in the back. Lots of anise on the finish that becomes more pronounced the more you drink. Very nice palette, like a DFH 90. Great beer, I like this very much. Great cost/ABV ratio too.
11-16-2009 02:19:45 | More by cynicgiraffe
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured into a pint glass.
A: Darker than expected - a rich, dark reddish brown. Off white head is minimal (but enough) and leaves no lacing.
S: Not as apparent as expected from the style, but definite floral hop notes.
T: A lot of sweet malt up front! The sweetness is quickly replaced by floral and very cirusy hop notes, bringing about a great bitter, dry finish.
M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feel is rich and velvety.
D: As far as DIPAs go, thi one is very drinkable - the bitterness and alcohol are not at all overwhelming. Way to go Victory :)
11-15-2009 23:27:00 | More by Tromba
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
Grabbed a bottle at State Line a while back. I'm always excited by new Victory beers, let's see how this one is.
Is this an IPA? Seriously? Deep crimson in color, there's nothing pale about this, but in this age of black IPAs, I have to let this slide. A dense light brown head caps the beer, receding to a disk, leaving some lace. Quite attractive.
This is not very IPA-like, but is still very good. Strong pine and grapefruit bitterness, along with a delicate herbal, minty character stand toe to toe with a burnt caramel sweetness, with a touch of buckwheat honey, and a tobacco character. While wholly unconventional, this is still great stuff. Fruity, with the combination of hops and caramel reminding me of poached pears. There's also a mild rye-like character present.
The palate isn't half as good, though. This is an explosion of pine up front, with nowhere near as much malt complexity as I got on the nose. Some dark caramel is apparent, but the pine bitterness is quite overpowering, along with grapefruit pith. The pine resin really takes over the finish, leaving a mildly astringent character. A rye-like spiciness is noticeable mid-palate. Whiffs of alcohol are also present. Medium in body with medium carbonation, the palate is OK, but the excessively bitter character of the finish really makes this difficult to appreciate, and enjoy in large amounts. An interesting beer, nonetheless
11-15-2009 00:44:47 | More by DefenCorps
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Had this one on tap at GingerMan poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a 1 finger whitish-coffee fine, fluffy head with excellent retention. Brew itself is a nice clear deep, almost black amber. Lacing is layered and full. Great looking black IPA.
S: Musky, citrus hops, bit of sour milk. A bit weird in my opinion.
T: Citrus floral hop opening. Bittering hops throughout that covers the other flavors. Flowery and powdery in the finish with what might be cocoa or coffee.
S: Light to medium bodied and rather coarse and a bit too carbonated. Finish is messy and wet and mouthfeel is very watery.
D: The flavors don't work well together for me here but its still very drinkable and rather complex for an IPA though not as malty as I would like for an imperial.
11-14-2009 02:59:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
very interesting... dark brown, almost ruby, with a big tan head that holds and nice, webby lace. milk chocolate, cooked caramel, tons of piney, fruity hop all come together to create an almost jammy scent. it's not stout meets wcipa, it's like scwharz vs dipa. taste is hop all the way, and the malty backbone is filled with goodness carrying it all. a touch out of balance for someone who isn't a total hop head. super long, dry, bitter finish. for me, it would be hard to have more than one of these in a row without some food to tone it down a bit, but also think it could really work with cheese or carrot cake or a ton of ther things. fantastic effort from victory.
11-13-2009 23:00:24 | More by timtim
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
From cask into 14oz glass.
A - Dark brown, almost black with little head and no lacing.
S - Hops, pine and some fruits.
T - Chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of pine.
M - Medium bodied that goes down smoothly.
D - Very drinkable but not in big quantities.
11-11-2009 17:46:34 | More by taigor
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Reviewed solo on 11/10/09.
Appearance: dark brown, clear with little head, no lacing.
Smell: citrus/ piney and earthy hops
Taste: opens citrus/ piney hops as a forestty hops come in the middle to end as bittering hops emerge in the finish leaving a bittering/ piney and slightly tangy aftertaste.
Moutfeel: light bodied, with moderate carbonation and rather dry.
Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to one who enjoys a simple citrus/ piney opens which fluctuate between the two as a bittering hop takes over the two. Speedwayjim needs to try this. Lol
11-10-2009 19:56:05 | More by capra12
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a deep ruby, nearly brown ale color, with a fluffy tan head. Piney, earthy, biscuity, and sweet aromas dominate. The flavor starts with a big chunk of sweet malts, and fades into the piney, abrasive ipa hops we all know and love. It has a full and chewy mouthfeel, and the finish is a clinging strong bitterness combined with the hefty malt presence. This is a big beer, but it's not overly sweet, and is quite drinkable. Much darker and a touch roastier than I'd expect from a DIPA, but delicious and well made. I'm curious what a few months of aging would do to this beer. It seems like it could do very well in the cellar.
11-10-2009 01:59:54 | More by Finn
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Decided to pick this up when I saw it. Made me think of an old bottle of Grant's from back in the day. Poured into a Chimay goblet.
Pours a dark reddish amber with a frothy head. Has a strong, but sweet hop profile which carries over to the first sip but with a bit of a malty backbone. A really nice blend that catches me by surprise and is really easy to drink.
Overall I really liked this beer and will pick it up again. Not the most traditional DIPA, but definitely worth trying again.
11-10-2009 01:40:16 | More by mirish72
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.(11/07/09) in a 16oz. nonic pint glass at a desired temperature.
A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a ruby hue and one finger of a frothy coffee colored head that left little lacing.
S: Contrary to the appearance this does smell indeed like a DIPA. A citrus and piney hop comes through along with a deep roasted malt character.
T: The roasted malt shines through on the palate along with a complex spicy citrus flavor combined with a piney hop. A pleasant smoke and coffee flavor come into play as well adding even more spice. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected, but certainly interesting.
M: A smooth medium-body beer with no real sense of the 8.9% abv.
D: Fairly drinkable as the flavors are quite interesting and blend well together, but I was not overly impressed.
Overall I find this beer to be certainly interesting, but nothing earth shattering. I enjoyed my 16oz. pour, but was ready to move on from there. Worth a look.
11-09-2009 15:23:24 | More by Lunch
4.78/5 rDev +20.4%
Reviewing bottle 4 from a 6-pack (but my first today)
Heard about this on the VBC twitter feed and watched a youtube of the brewmasters describing it.
A: Dark. Maple. clear with a solid head.
S: Strong citrus hops (pineapple & pine) to start followed by ample earthy malts (maple and chocolate) - very nice balance. Surprising considering the color.
T: Complex. Not as citrusy as expected, but definitely bitter. Malts follow with a strong chocolate presence. Haven't tasted much like this before. Akin to Stone Double Bastard, but fresher.
M: Surprisingly thin for the ABV and little stickiness considering the hops.
D: Way too easy to drink. Delicious and easy to have too many.
Overall: Very pleased with this new offering from VBC. Disappointed in price - $11.99 per sixer in NJ. Anxious to try it on tap at the brewpub or otherwise. Looking forward to sharing with fellow geeks over the holidays. Would love to see in 750ml bottles like the Monkey.
11-08-2009 23:22:21 | More by RuinationMan
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a ruby brown color that shines brightly in the light, a strong sticky tan head rests atop the brew. Grapefruit and pine resiny fresh hop aroma in the nose, YT shows its great balance right from the get go. Obviously hop dominated a rich, caramel/chocolate malt body lay beneath. Medium bodied, great carbonation, dangerously drinkable. Victory has got itself a winner here.
11-08-2009 21:57:30 | More by ATPete
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is clear and copper in color. Forms a yellow head of tight small bubbles, falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.
The aroma is filled with some hops and some malt sweetness. The hops are of the pine variety and they are not as strong as I expected.
Moderately sweet up front. Lots of malt character, high bitterness in the back, pine based bitterness. Finishes nicely without an aftertaste. Full bodied beer, completely nearly thick. Drinkability high, I would order it again for sure. A really good DIPA.
11-08-2009 21:41:55 | More by drabmuh
2.93/5 rDev -26.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass - Thanks, Nick.
A - pours a ruddy brownish black color with 2 fingers of head, moderate lacing
S - Smells strongly of plum, with a dirty or earthy aroma as well - not digging this.
T - bitterness is harsh with a kiss of sweet malts. Interesting, but not great.
M - low carbonation, bitterness doesn't linger too long
D - The bitterness is just too unbalanced, with the sweet malts imparting a twangy flavor that just isn't appealing to me. Will not seek out another.
11-08-2009 02:47:10 | More by FickleBeast
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Quite dark with ruby red highlights in the light. Has a monstrous eggshell creamy head that leaves behind a bunch of lacing.
Smell: Quite citric up front with hops stealing the show in the aroma; touches of grapefruit and pineapple. It is also riddled with massive amounts of pine from the hops and even a touch of dare I say 'wet cat hair'. Just a smidgen of chocolate malt is detectable.
Taste: This one is really unique because it harmoniously ties together two quite diverse ingredients and basically causes it to have two backbones if you will. The hops are herbaceous like a pine branch slapping your palate and throughly bitter almost to the Imperial stance, very citric like the nose led on to and surely a perfect choice of combinations. This intertwines with the big malt charateristic here. There is a massive selection of malts from chocolate, to caramelized and sweet like brown sugar; it not only compliments the hops but it also steals the spotlight a bit to give it a big balancing.
Mouthfeel: This is one full bodied brew, rich and creamy as you quaff and warms you up not in flavor but from its moderate abv it totes around.
Drinkability: Big bodied and surely a sipper but I would enjoy another.
Overall: Should be labeled as a winter warmer because I will surely be seeking this out as the snow drops. Nicely combines two massive worlds of beer being hops and malt in such a way that its chaotic chemistry is awarded. I am not a huge fan of comparing beers but really reminds me some of the Indian brown ale from DFH in that it is a hybrid of two very different styles that is finely tuned.
11-07-2009 04:48:13 | More by craftaholic
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.
A - Dark red under a bright light with a black tint. Pretty interesting. Tan head that faded to a cap pretty quickly. No lacing.
S - Bright, spicy, citric hops. Big pineapple note. A slight whiff of alcohol. Slight malts detectable, but barely so. The nose is nice, but a bit one-dimensional.
T - The nose carries through here, except that a chocolately malt base is detectable. The alcohol isn't really evident in taste, but it's a bit warming on the throat. It's nicely done, but to me it seems like the chocolate malt and the citric hops are more at odds than working together.
MF - Full-bodied, but it has enough carbonation to keep things moving along pretty well. Sticky.
D - One bottle is fine, but I don't think I'd want another right after. I haven't had any terribly drinkable DIPAs, so I won't knock it too much for that.
11-07-2009 04:16:31 | More by HitokiriNate85
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
Victory- Yakima Twilight
A- Deep dark brownish/ black with a huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Big powerful fresh green hops, citrus fruit, and a touch of chocolate malt.
T- Thick sweet ripe hops throughout with a nice touch of citrusy; grapefruit and pineapple fruit. Chocolately malt with a spicy black pepper dusting.
M- Thick malt and even thicker sweet fresh hops. Nice bitter dry hop finish. Sugary and bitter on the back of the tongue.
Overall- Boy, this is good. a 6er of this would be quite an evening!
11-06-2009 22:38:32 | More by NJpadreFan
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured a clear reddish brown into the tulip glass, slightly carbonated, thin head with light lacing. With this type of coloring it's obvious there's alot of toasted malts in this one! The aroma coming from the glass is big time malts with hoppy citrus, some carmel, some chocolate going on. The hops hit the front of your tongue right away, followed by a gush of strong carmel and roasted malts, and finishes with a hint of chocolate trailed with intense hops that lingers for quite awhile. The finish of this beer is very dry. The taste of the malt profile is very Germanesque which is so typical of the flavor and malts that Victory is so known for. The initial smell reminds me of an Imperial Red Ale because of the huge amount of malts. This is an interesting IPA that reminds me of Germany meets the West Coast style of extreme hopping. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and I can see this one as a sleeper that will creep up on you very quickly if you're not paying attention, very drinkable and quite tastey.
I still prefer the Hop Wallop and would like this one more if it weren't so malty. Victory has this love for German malts and I taste it in alot of their beers. I absolutely love alot of hops in my beers and if it weren't for the massive amount of bittering going on here, I would have scored it much lower because I'm not a huge fan of big malt flavors. This is a very unique brew that doesn't really match the description of a IPA typical IPA, it's quite weird but works well. (Thus the beauty of the American brewers, I love it.)
The beer wasn't anything like I anticipated and this is one I wanted to get last year to try and discovered it after the it was all sold out for the season. I've been waiting an entire year to try this beer and it was worth the wait, a very distinct Victory beer. One of the maltiest IPA's I've had.
11-05-2009 03:43:17 | More by jzeilinger
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Yakima Twilight pours clear with a nice creamy head that holds and an awesome hop aroma. The taste as indicated by the smill is heavy on the hops with a huge citrus overtones. Fortunately there is enough maltiness to carry the large amounts of hop flavor so all in all I would highly reccommend this beer especially to Hop Heads looking for a big hoppy beer that I have not encountered regularly.
While delicious, this is a pretty heavy beer with a bit of risidual sugar and therefore I had to knock it a bit on drinkability. I love big beers but they are not what I would standardly call session beers.
Top notch beer that I would definitely buy again . . . I am not surprised given it is made by Victory.
11-04-2009 00:37:01 | More by brewerdrew
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
This beer is a dark reddish brown, slightly carbonated, slightly opague with a very thin head.
The nose is rich in sweet malts, caramelized brown baking sugar and complex sweet hops. This translated well to the taste as the hops, while strong, are not overpowering. Instead they work quite well with the malt, leaving a pleasant sweet citrusy aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is excellent as the first sips really prime the taste buds, not destroy them with a single flavor profile. This is a nice drinkable session beer, but it did cloy during my second 10oz pour.
11-03-2009 17:34:24 | More by garcia2a
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
"The Yakima Valley of Washington is the heartland of American hops, having contributed uniquely flavorful varieties that have helped to redefine American Brewing. Late summer harvest yields the bounty that builds this exciting ale. Vibrant and aromatic, this is their moment of glory as the vines have withered by the time you sip this. Dark malts warm the hops bright edge bringing harmony to the finish. Rest well hop roots! Spring will come and we'll be thirsty again! Cheers."
-from the bottle label
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. An enjoy by date of Oct. 14, 2010 on the bottle.
Pours a clear, moro orange, ruby red color. A huge amount of head with tremendous lacing. Very creamy, thick and rich. Off white in color. A lot darker then your typical DIPA or imperial IPA.
First aroma i'm getting with the nose is tropical fruit. Mainly pineapple. A caramelized citrus smell also. A bit of roasted nuttiness too.
Flavor is definitely maltier then your usual DIPA but i expected that going in. The dark roasted malts are in the forefront here for sure. Sweet brown sugary, caramel and roasted nuttiness on first sip. Followed with a real bitter hoppy finish.
Rich, full and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and warm on the finish. Not a big boozy flavor but it definitely warms the insides after a few sips.
Overall drinkability is good for an 8.7% abv. This will make a great "winter warmer" for me. A very nice sipper. Not the hop bomb that i look for in my DIPA's but a pleasantly different take on the style.
11-03-2009 00:49:20 | More by BigMike
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at VBC, wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it...
A- So the waitresss brings this dark beer to my table, a dark IPA? Twilight is a deep deep amber to dark brown color a tan head.
S- A nice dose of citrus and some earthyness, with a balance of caramel malts.
T- This is great. Bready, hoppy, sweet. A medley of flavor.
M- Medium bodied and has good carb and spicy. No alcohol burn, no off flavors. This is good.
D- 8.9%? Really. Wow, you don't taste it, but you do feel it. I have to stick to one here unless I have someone to drive.
Excellent. Recently had the bottle as well, was a bit nervous that it wouldn't be smooth, boy was I wrong! Nice work VBC!
10-31-2009 15:32:28 | More by djeffbee
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.