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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,589 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
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 Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body of Yakima Twilight to a little darker than most IIPAs; it is brown with orange hues. The head is an off-white color. It is huge, billowing, and creamy. Some nice patterns of lacing is left behind.

The hop aroma is big, bitter and grapefruit flavored, but the malt bill is pretty large too. A strong roasted character comes through in the aroma.

The bitterness is powerful and biting in the front end, and then the hops start to bring lots of citrus flavor. Behind that is some sweet malt, but the malt toward the finish tastes slightly like bitter chocolate, with a dark, roasted character. Not the normal malt bill for a IIPA, but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A little oily while in the mouth, and dry after the finish.

Yakima Twilight has solid drinkability for a IIPA and is yet another good beer from Victory.

Hojaminbag, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of ithacabaron
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clean, deep brown. Nearly opaque from the side, when held up to the light it shows off its redhead roots. Cap is light tan, with "toad's eyes" bubbles. This soon fades down to a soapy film. Had to save the last little bit back in the bottle due to yeast.

Aroma is very citrusy, bright, with notably sour elements of pure grapefruit juice. Exceptionally fresh, there's still a strong whiff of the brewery here, a little spent yeast, a little grassiness. Way at the back, a sober note of graphite rises in the back. Decent, but has flaws.

Chalky, dark malts hit the palate first. A flavor of chestnuts appears mid-palate, but is quickly overwhelmed. The hops disappear almost entirely into the background, and a aggressively sour, quinine-like lash carries through the difficult swallow. Remarkably unpleasant -- and that comes from someone who usually loves both sour and bitter flavors, Double IPAs and Cantillon alike.

Mouthfeel is fine and mellow.

Drinkability is a tricky beast -- it's not a pleasant beer, but the intoxicating strength of it begins to convince you it's better than you originally thought. Sadly, that's all it is.

I expected so much more from this beer, and it has flaws that could be easily corrected. This is sold as a Dark Double IPA, but the flavor of the dark malts is almost completely overwhelmed. More aroma hops, a little less on the bittering end, a chance for the roaster's art to shine; this has potential, and I hope to see a more balanced formulation should they brew it again next year. Sadly, this time around, it seems to have missed the mark.

ithacabaron, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of mtbbaboon
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this and was thrilled to see it in the beer store. I picked up a six pack. This tasting was a bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. It's a very dark double IPA...a dark brown with amber hues. Thick frothy head that never fully goes away. Lots of lacing on the glass. Interesting that there is a fair amount of sediment floating around. The sediment isn't moving, either...it's just sort of suspended there. Honestly, I wasn't sure what style this was (IPA vs DIPA), but I knew with the first whiff. Big hop presence in the nose. Kind of sweet, too (caramel?). A hint of citrus. The taste follows the nose. Lots of bitter hops. The bitterness certainly lingers. I'd prefer if the bitterness was toned down just a bit. The citrus in the mouth is more noticeable than in the nose. The grapefruit also has me chomping my teeth. It's got a pretty heavy mouthfeel for a DIPA. Leaves lots of stick. It's definitely a sipper. All in all, I like this beer and another double IPA available in a six pack is never a bad thing.

mtbbaboon, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of swierczt
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark auburn, almost copper in color. Taupe colored head about 2 fingers. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass as you work your way through this beer. On a side note...check out the cool artwork on the label of the bottle. They make a hops cone look as if it is illuminating light.

Smell: Fresh hops; citrus and earthy tones all come through in the smell. Very aromatic, but not overwhelming.

Taste: The citrusy hops hit your palate up front and as they subside, the malty notes come through to balance out the hops. Malts taste like figs and caramel. I almost get a hint of some smoky notes in there as well. Uniquely complex.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. A full-bodied beer.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable. Probably a bit too drinkable considering the alc./vol. I would have never guessed that it is 8.7% alc./vol. This brew could catch up on you easily.

swierczt, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut colored body with reddish hues and a thin tan head that sticks around for quite some time before leaving just a faint lacing around the glass.

Enormous hop aroma, both citrus and earthy, but a sweet malt aroma follows as well, likely caramel, and then even bread like quality at the end.

Great equilibrium of earthy & wood hops mixed with big sweet malt. There are hints of underlying sweetness, similar to a dark fruit like raisin or fig, and yet back to the bold hop flavor at the end.

Full flavored & full in body with medium carbonation and a woody burn in the finish; what the hops place, the malt takes away leaving an overall satisfying mouthfeel.

I think this is a great beer, and a bit unique. There are not too many beers this big, with this much character and balance that are this easy to drink and not overwhelming.

CHADMC3, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Appearance: A malty looking deep red. Decent darker white lacing and good bubbles.

Smell: Dank ass weed? Kind of. Sweatsock pungency. Super fresh pungent hops all over the place, along with a bit of caramel and citrus. Hugely aromatic and wild.

Taste: Hugely raucous and hoppy, so much that the malt seems to be a balancing act almost instead of a complement. A squinching pungency to the hops, lots of rind and resin. A bit of caramel coming through along with some dark fruits. This one's a big one.

Mouthfeel: Lots of good tickling carbonation, and for being a seemingly heavier beer, there's a good balance maintained to be big beer without being too cloying, which helps the resiny puckering flavors come through.

Drinkability: A very solid Double IPA, or is this almost a Black IPA? Glad I got to try it. It may almost be too much for people, and though I don't consider myself an exclusive hophead, I do love hops, and this is a brew for those that do. Another solid effort from Victory.

asabreed, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of flannelman808
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: looks nice, pours a deep muddy red color and has off white head. Excellent lacing on the head and good head retention... medium sized bubbles.

S: not a gigantic bouquet but very nice just the same. I get citrus rind (orange peel and grapefruit). Also I get a toasty caramel sort of quality.

T: Pretty good, its relatively malt forward for this style but there is a citric hop presence as well. This reminds me of Lagunitas' Lucky 13 or a more intense version of the Alesmith beer "evil dead red". I would classify it as an imperial red and not a double IPA but what do I know... the summation of this is intense malty caramel and fairly intense piny citrus flavors.

M: Relatively creamy with a sticky hoppy mouthfeel. It sticks to the sides of your mouth (and the sides of the glass for that matter).

D: pretty drinkable given the abv, but not over the top.
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flannelman808, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - ruby red and dark auburn colors swirl around in the glass, this stuff is mysterious looking. Its got a huge, thick fluffy head that looks like pancake batter from above.

Aroma - sweet sticky hop buds and lots of them. Some big citrusy scents along with a good deal of pine. It also has a bit of that "catty" smell that reminds me of simcoe hops. (maybe it is simcoe hops?!?)

Taste - pine, hop juice, pomegranate, red wine, grapefruit, orange peel and perhaps a bit of caramel. All these flavors add up to be a bit on the syrupy side but that might just be the high gravity this one is packing. Nice dry finish with some serious numbing quality to it. I am enjoying the beating my taste buds are receiving.

Overall - chewy, resiny and altogether potent. This is a great beer that will sneak up on you quick. It drinks like a regular IPA but has a punch that will get you. Great stuff to relax with on a cool evening.

Would I buy more of it? - Absolutely. Tell me where and I'll be there. I am told that this may not be widely available up here in New England despite Victory's distribution being quite good in this area. Hopefully that is not the reality as this is a great beer.

indiapaleale, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.

Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven't tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.

Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.

corby112, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bonkers, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

adamette, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of mbudner
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mbudner, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

cynicgiraffe, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Tromba
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 :)

Tromba, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

DefenCorps, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

timtim, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

taigor, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

capra12, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Finn, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of mirish72
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mirish72, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Lunch, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of RuinationMan
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RuinationMan, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

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.

ATPete, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

drabmuh, Nov 08, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,589 ratings.