Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +24.7%
Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light. A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.
The aroma is floral and fruity. The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.
Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.
The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it's parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.
10-14-2010 22:40:55 | More by Lldeegan
4.93/5 rDev +24.2%
Victory makes a variety of beers that are hoppy. They never cease to amaze me how unique each one of them is. Yakima Glory is another beer that uses fresh hops, not very surprising for Victory.
ORANGES, oranges, and oranges!... If you can tell me with a straight face that this doesn't smell like oranges than you're lying or you couldn't smell dog shit that's right under your nose. Still distinctly highly hopped.
As with a lot of Victorys, the hops are the main event in the middle, but Yakima features a subtle hint of darkness: molassas caremel, coffee, and a lot of orange within the hops. Still lots of sweet/citrusy orange notes dominate. The yeast's character and esters are incredibly smooth that is unique to Victory (I don't know if it's their proprietary strain but I damn sure haven't this yeast flavor profile from any other company). After you swallow your mouth waters. At least mine does cause this ale is damn delicious.
It finishes off dry slightly in the back of your mouth. Still notes of oranges that are less pungent but still very noticible even to the untrained palate.
This beer is world-class in my opinion and tastes amazing. Worth emptying the shelf at the bottle shop. The orange character in this beer is ridiculous from aroma to finish...incredible
If your pallet appreciates hoppiness, seek this brew out. I beleive it's seasonal .
04-14-2011 02:39:31 | More by GreenJetta912
4.88/5 rDev +22.9%
Pours into a pint glass as a burnt amber while still letting some light through. Thick, frothy top. Tons of lacing.
Aromas of piney grapefruit, raisins and roasted malts with a heavy lean toward the hops.
Very flavorful. Abundant hoppy bitterness and taste, yet has a sweet body. Roasted caramel malts, pitted fruits, but centered on fresh, green, moist hops.
Very creamy, smooth feel dominates but then a little carb tingle.
These go down quickly for me. Silky and bursting with hop flavor. Thank you Victory.
04-14-2010 02:34:01 | More by ffenski
4.85/5 rDev +22.2%
Smells juicy as you pour it into your glass and then an huge aromatic smell tells you that this has a lot of resinous hops. You smell some of the dry malt in there too but most hop dominating in the smell. The taste is amazing. Whole flower resinous pine like grapefruit hops hit you right away with an amazing malt sweetness in the middle. The malts also contribute a cherry like character to it that mixes very well with the bitterness. This actually reminds me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale but with more resinous hops. Yakima Valley Washington must be a serene place. It also finishes very dry. On top of that they sell a pretty much 9 percent beer in 6 packs! This is awesome and will really make that 10 dollars I paid for it worth while.
12-05-2010 02:00:09 | More by thebrood1987
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
Drink by date in Oct 2010, so it's a little aged.
A= pours into glass a dark ruby red, really dark with thick head that lasts a good while, leaving behind solid lacing.
Aroma and Taste= sweet malts with some citrus pine hops in the background.
Body= very thick without being too overpowering.
Another outstanding winner from the great Victory Brewing. They never fail to please. Be careful, because at 8.7% ABV, you do not want to have more than a few
05-13-2010 21:11:23 | More by happy4hoppybeer
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
09-14-2009 14:16:30 | More by JamesS
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
This beer has worked its way into my top 5 beers. I go to Victory Brewpub quite frequently and can't help but order the same beer (yakima glory). a nice use of hops providing a nice scent and taste. i rarely see it on tap anywhere outside of the brewpub but definitely gobble it up if you find it.
06-28-2011 04:45:01 | More by Stanhagen
4.78/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
12-03-2009 22:56:42 | More by PNeifert
4.78/5 rDev +20.4%
Victory's 3 part ode to deluxe hops features Storm King Stout, Hop Wallop IIPA and this which seemed to defy description but IMO came somewhat near Dogfish 90 min. Listing Here as Strong Ale, Victory is calling it Dark IPA
Like DF 90, this is a big beefy hop bomber that has the substance (Dark malts,body) to carry a lot of hop flavors without making you think of a Pine Mulch Smoothie.
Look....handsome, deep red brown,lets through almost no light,frothy 1 finger head, leaves plenty of lacing. A second pour yeilder more head, still frothy and durable.
Aroma...Here's where Yakima Twilight really gets your attention. Pretty much a full spectrum of whole fresh hop flowers from 4 Yakima varieties...the main point to this show.
Citrus,various forest scents,cannabis resins,some dark roasty malt/coffee,a touch of floral,hayloft and...wow.
Flavor....tastes like what the aroma promised. Some rich malts in mid taste The Hops hit first, evolve and linger on. Pretty much the spectrum of hops tastes,a bit of grapefruit + orange zest at the finish after Juniper-Redwood-Pine lead off.
This bottle is chilled up, yet the aroma+ flavor mix remains potent and charming. There's a little more detail in the malt side as it warms. A great thing though is you can damn near freeze one of these for that muggy 90 degree afternoon, and there's still a LOT of flavor.
Hop Wallop and Storm King don't use the same hops blend but both are also BIG hops. Storm King,the Stout, counters with big complex dark malts...more than this. Hop Wallop stays closer to IPA with lighter,less obvious malts.
Mouth on this is full + hearty The hop oils+ resins linger,the toasted malts add substance. Carbonation is fine and subtle but there in balance.
Drinkability....You sense alcohol without tasting it, but it is in there somewhere.
The special hops showcase stirs the taste buds but "less filling" loses to "tastes great" in this I could do another (easily) because it's yummy,but this wasn't built to be one where you might finish a 6 pack watching a ballgame. It says "more" but also says "no need to hurry"
note...now there is a category for these...Black IPA/Dark Cascadian. I'd like to see it become Dark Bitter Ale,which bypasses the oddity of combining black and pale,as well as the geographic matters of India and the Cascades. While IPA has come to mean a Bitter beer,Bitter does stand on it's own.
Whatever...I like this stuff.
08-25-2010 17:53:32 | More by rembrant
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
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
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