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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 66 | 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 ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +5.6%
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
Photo of FickleBeast
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

FickleBeast, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

craftaholic, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

HitokiriNate85, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NJpadreFan, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jzeilinger, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of brewerdrew
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

brewerdrew, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of garcia2a
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

garcia2a, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

BigMike, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of djeffbee
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

djeffbee, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory's Yakima Twilight pours a very dark brown with an off white head and some lacing.

Aroma is of toast, roasted malts, and caramel. Hints at the pleasant hoppiness found within.

Hops are forward upfront, laying down a big time bitterness and a sharp bite (pine). The roasted flavors meld perfectly with the hops. Lightly toasted malt that leaves the palate dry and looking for more. Zesty hops are there with all due spicyness.

A quite rediculous mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation that had a smoothness to it. Bubbly with a dry champagne like finish.

Overall I was left pretty impressed with this one. A dark double IPA ? Unique and delicious.

Stinkypuss, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby color with a very thick light brown heading that just wants to overflow. Leaves very nice soapy lacing until about halfway through than turns completley flat.

Smell is high in roasted malt with a nice sweet aroma too. A spicier hop profile is also present seems to balance it out nicely.

Taste doesn't disappoint.Slight warmness of alcohol at first then the roasted maltiness takes over. The spiciness of the hops takes over towards the backend and leave a nice linger.

Mouthfeel foams up something fierce with a nice medium to fuller body. A very lingering of hoppiness on the palate.

Drink is good. Although it is 8% ABV it's very sessionable and drinkable.

TheFightfan1, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is definitely a dark IPA...deep cooper brown body with a tan head that stands about one finger...the head is pretty creamy which leads to some nice lacing

S - A very balanced nose...lots of roasted characteristics coming at you but then there is a nice crisp hop presence that seems to be a bit floral and earthy

T - The taste shows a lot of balance where neither the hops nor the malts shine...the ending of this beer is all reserved for the hops which I'll get to later...the roasted characteristics really stand out up front...it never becomes to roasted or sweet...some chocolate and caramel notes are present...the middle and ending are where the hops come out...they sneak up on you and smack you in the face with a big bitterness...but once again it never becomes too much...the hops are pretty piney and earthy which provides a nice pairing with the roasted malts

M - Medium bodied...very creamy from the cask...a great lasting bitterness

D - If it weren't for the higher ABV this would be a little higher...but the combination of the taste (roasted malts and earthy hops) and the creamy mouthfeel make this beer stand out

thain709, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory's Yakima Twight pours deep amber with a small head in a pint glass or goblet. It has great aroma of roasted malt (some caramel and bready notes) and plenty of hops - perfect aroma for the fall. It is rich and provides plenty of alcohol kick, but is a smooth session beer, as long as your session is one of these (it is 9%).

Overall, think of this as Hop Wallop DARK - another great example of why Victory is a great brewery.

WCBCFrank, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, topped with a tight finger of of creamy light tan head. Retains with a very rich and frothy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is earthy and sticky smelling in the nose. Dank herbal notes, plenty of spice, and sharp resins that give this a prickly feel. The hop activity if backed up by a hugely sticky base of bready caramel. This is very roasty and sweet smelling, almost like notes of molasses. It reminds me a lot at times of the malt presence of an Imperial Red Ale.

The taste is much the same, with a piney and spicy sharp bitterness that flows into a more mellow herbal feel. This is well balanced by a toasted backbone of tangy toffeed sweetness, which is just as pronounced as the hop profile. The finish is spicy and a bit resinous, with some leftover malty tang lingering on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY easy and mellow feel to the carbonation. I'm barely picking up any alcohol and I'm quite shocked to be reminded that this is nearly 9% ABV. Wow, I honestly had no problem putting away an imperial pint of this!

I really enjoyed this on cask last year at the brewery and I think that I liked even more this go around. It's great that this is going to be the new winter seasonal, as the dark feel and festive tasting hop profile on this really fits the season. Plus the drinkibility on this is just KILLER! I'm going out out to find a sixer of this pronto!

Kegatron, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.

A: A dark brown color with a hint of red, one finger off white head, not much lacing.

S: Not what I was expecting. Spicy herbal hops with a hefty caramel malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and piney hops are picked up.

T: Wow, dark and spicy. Spicy earthy hops start off with hints of pine and some prevalent floral notes. Peppery too. The hefty malt caramel sweetness does not back down and takes over the flavor with some hints of sweet dark fruits and some faint chocolate notes. Finish is spicy earthy hops again with some slight citrus. I am also picking up a rye type flavor. Nice balance, but not what I expected. Very intense, very.

M: Full, prickly borderline cloying with the massive sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: Medium at best, you cannot have more than one or two of these, intense flavors are going on here.

Overall this was a solid beer, but I liken it to HopDevil on steroids. I was hoping Victory would go a little different direction with this rather than their traditional earthy spicy flavors, but alas they did not. Still a good beer I will seek out on tap.

Kadonny, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a growler of this at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown color, very opaque. The head is 3 fluffy fingers tall, tan in color, big sized bubbles, wonderful retention and stupendous lacing.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, grapfruit and earth notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, grapefruit and roasted earth notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is syurupy, thick and smooth with rigid edge.
Drinkability: This beer is trendously drinkable. The only problem is it's so intense it tough to drink more than one.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a dark reddish brown color to it, with a decent foamy head and with some lacing. Somewhat opaque.
S- Weird baby powder smell to it or something. Not a fan, really.
T- Very bitter aftertaste. It has a fruity, pearish taste to it, perhaps apple. Strange hop taste that just throws me off a little. Quality, but not in love with it.

Amalak, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: as the "twilight" hints - this is a dark dipa, medium chestnut brown in color with a long retained khaki head, heavy curtains of lace adorn the glass walls, gorgeous

s: dark toasted malts with undercurrents of light roast precede a huge dark pine and grapefruit hop aroma, woody with aromas of nutshell, great introduction

m: medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation

t: woody, toasted malts immediately followed by a building, monstrous pine bitterness, pucker-inducing hops completely overwhelm the timid sugars at the start, but linger harmoniously with dry, nutty flavors of deep toasted caramel and pale malts

d: limited only by the relatively high abv - listed as 8.7 - and wonderfully oppressive bitterness

0.4 litre pour at the brewpub

blackie, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very nice dark brown color with some nice head and a tiny bit of lacing. Excellent scent, very hoppy (very much Yakima) with a nice citrus/floral nose. Excellent taste, a very nice pale ale with great hop attributes, but with nice and interesting malt characteristics: thick and deep with a little extra flavor from the dark grains used. Goes down very well with a wonderfully hoppy/bitter aftertaste on the tongue.

JamesS, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of baldmasterflex
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try this after 3 misses due to victory selling out before i got around to making the 20 minute journey to the brewery.

Appearance is very unexpected compared to the smell. Pours a mucky dark brown like a brown ale or doppelbock, but the smell is definitly DIPA.

The taste is very interesting. An IPA with similar bitterness characteristics to their hop wallop, but also roasty flavors of a stout or porter. Not quite as big or in your face as a barleywine in terms of flavors or ABV (ABV of this batch listed at 8.4%).

Drinkability is alright, but certainly more of a sipper. The initial taste is hoppy with the finish being very dry with dark stouty malt.

Definitly an interesting beer, a dark-DIPA. I would probably get this again the next time its available if nothing new strikes my fancy.

baldmasterflex, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of schmitter
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler with a deep brown, very thick head.

Smells primarily of citrus and piney hops.

Tastes is obviously hoppy with a more deep or smokey taste than expected. There are also some notes of coffee present. Bittersweet in a very pleasant way.

Goes well with gouda.

Honestly, I enjoy this much more than wild devil and is definetely an exciting offering from Victory.

schmitter, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of pd360
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A delicious dark IPA. Deep brown in color, small head. Not especially hoppy, as the chocolate and malt flavors are very strong. I enjoyed this beer and could have had a few if not for the incredible selection that made my try others. Enjoyed at Novare Res in Portland Maine.

pd360, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- Yakima Twilight is a dark IPA, probably the darkest I have drank. Twilight is a dark brown color with some red spots and a fading tan head. Some minimal lacing.

S- A nice dose of citrus and other hop scents with a nice malt backing giving off caramel. Some pine coming through as well which is odd on this dark beer.

T- Good stuff, wait this is great. The taste pretty much follows the smell with the malts following the hops of which there are alot of. If the hops used in this are from Yakima valley than I need to find more stuff brewed with it cause this is fine. A sweet malt base gives off a bready character while the hops shine.

M- Powerful but not overbearing, the hops and malts work well with each other leading to a great mouthfeel. Yakima is medium bodied and has good carb plus a spicy aftertaste somehow. Not at all noticing the 8.9% in this DIPA.

D- This might be my favorite Victory brewed beer ever. I dont know, I just gravitated towards it and order it every time I see it. Granted the ABV is a little high and this is draft only so I have to hold back otherwise goodbye clean driving record. Victory please bottle this. Maybe it's the appeal of a dark IPA, either way I love it.

BARFLYB, Apr 30, 2009
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,616 ratings.