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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1533
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


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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ChowHound

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this new beer on cask at David Copperfield's.

Deep dark brown like a hazelnut. The aroma is redolent of sweet, roasted malt.

This is an easy drinking brown beer. Although a double IPA, it is neither pale nor are the hops jumping out at me. I'd call it a hoppy brown ale.

This beer is comfortable on the palate. Creamy, smooth and as it is cask-conditioned, well balanced. There is a touch of alcohol on the palate and it warms you further as it travels your pipes toward the belly.

Very nice.

Serving type: cask

01-03-2009 19:56:20 | More by ChowHound
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aerozeppl

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The lacing is off the charts. The crazy thing is I think it has gone down over the 2 weeks I have been drinking mine.

S: Raw hop cones. Bitterness. A touch of roasted malt. Little bit of burnt stick as well. Lets be honest this is all about the hops and it does not disappoint.

T: The great thing about this beer is the massive hop flavor and the touch of roasted malt they used to balance it out. One of the darkest wet hopped beers I have ever seen and I think it benefited from it.

M: Nice and sticky. Just a bit thick.

D: I love this beer. The hops are off the charts and the dark malt are a match in heaven. Too bad this beer is already gone. Drink them ASAP. Cannot wait to get this next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:05:27 | More by aerozeppl
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:02:09 | More by Gavage
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armock

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on sweet malt backbone

T - follows the nose citrus hops upfront the some sweet malt rounds everything out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer that I'm really enjoying it's easy to drink this one too fast if you like hops this a beer to look for

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2010 21:46:20 | More by armock
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magnj

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2010 expiration date, couldn't help myself when I saw it on the shelf.

A - Very clear brown body with hints of red. Big thick head hangs around a while leaving some lacing but ends up leaving just a film. Some small carbonation bubble apparent. I little darker than I'd like but what the hell it's how it tastes right?

S - Huge pine and earthy nose like I haven't had in months. I mean the hops dominate so much that you can't even perceive the malt beyond the faint hint of sweetness.

T - Big hop bite up front, it would be incredibly offensive to an unsuspecting palate but perfectly pleasing to me. My example is quite warm but the hop flavor still dominates. Obviously at 8.5% there is a great deal of malt involved, it's somewhat sticky but not a lot caramel really. Seriously the hops are intense, and usually supposedly hoppy beers don't phase me...this is awesome. If I had to say something negative I might say it's a bit one dimensional but you can go there with any big IIPA.

M/D - Again somewhat sticky but not nasty, appropriate for the style. Really easy to drink and the awesome flavor keeps me going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:02:02 | More by magnj
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby copper color with a creamy, er... cream head, nice bits of lacing here and there. The head sticks around for quite some time. The aroma reeks of hops, glorious. Great fruits, nice biscuit malts. Taste is equally lovely, lots of hops, a decent malt bill too, bready, caramels, lovely. The hops come in resinous and fruity tones, grapefruit and the likes. The mouth is smooth, creamy, a bit lively, and quite warm, the alcohol giving just a peak. In all, a quite lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:37:07 | More by objectivemonkey
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birdman200

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 20:33:30 | More by birdman200
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second year of this brew's existence and it has already undergone a name change (formerly "Yakima Twilight")

A: It was a blast to watch the brownish-orange liquid pour out of the bottle and turn into a dark, witches brew once it hit the glass. Still, it wasn't totally black. Slivers a light around the edges could still be detected. The carbonation was obviously great, due to the fact that the massive 4+ finger head settled into a luscious froth.

S: I tell my wife every time I drink this that I swear I smell blueberries. Overactive imagination? Maybe... Additionally, I also detected Victory's hop profile: cool, smooth, yeasty, and highly recognizable. Fresh, organic hops were also present, along with a very fruity undertone.

T: I have always viewed this brew as Victory's answer to Stone's "Arrogant Bastard." This was very hop forward and floral, but with a certain bready center. It also had fruit galore, and a candy quality that resembled cake icing. The finish was about as smooth as a drink clocking in a 8.7% could get!

M: The booze was detectable, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Also, the bitterness didn't linger due to the cushion of yeast that scrubbed the tongue of the harshness. The lacing was great for this style, and this was remarkable non-syrupy, given the brew's fruity nature.

D: This is one of my favorite Victory brews and one of my go-to drinks this time of year. If only the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop could be this fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 03:30:16 | More by Chaney
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GoalieRon33

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark. Very dark. Borderline black. Slight lacy head. Decent hop aroma, nothing overpowering, but very well balanced. Slightly sweet smell. Pleasing to the nose is an understatement. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Citrus-like hoppinness without an overpowering bitterness bite. Slight sweetness at the end, which mutes down the hops just enough. A little watery for my liking in the feel, but I'll deal with it and leave it at above average. Aside from the heavy alc. content, I could drink this exclusively every day and every night.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 16:02:41 | More by GoalieRon33
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J23hc

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, Lots of malt on this nose, sweet smelling, a little licorice & dark fruit, hint of coacoa with some herbal and citrus hops. Nice appearance as well, ruby red bordering black. Burnt flavor, toffee, ashy, a little coffee, lots of hop bitterness adding just enough balance. Definitely would drink again

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:45:43 | More by J23hc
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brewerdrew

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:37:01 | More by brewerdrew
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ugaterrapin

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown with a slight red hue. There was about a finger and a half of off white head that retains itself fairly well. It has a clean hop aroma with small amount of malty sweetness present. The front of the sip has a nice piney hop present similar to an IPA which is quite enjoyable. The finish lends some nice roasted malt characteristics. This is an excellent beer. It combines some great aspects I love in beers. Definitely one of the best beers I have tried this year.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 02:02:34 | More by ugaterrapin
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this qualifies as a "black" IPA, but I love the dark reddish amber color. The head is relatively short lived, with little lace.

Roasted malt and floral hops share the aroma and flavor. Bitterness is pretty prominent, especially in the finish, but it is very pleasant and nicely balanced by sweetness from the malt.

This is a tasty brew that I will put on my list to snag when I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 23:11:35 | More by CliffBrake
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with "Imported, German malts, Four whole flower Yakima Valley hops". ABV=8.7%"

Apparently filtered, pouring out to a clear dark chestnut, forming a tall dark yellow creamy head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of sticky lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is very nice. Fresh green leafy floral and skunky hops with some apple and pear fruit esters and a hint of toasted grain. Mouthfeel is prickly, syrupy, with a dense big body. The taste hits you with a pungent blast of hops, followed by toast, malt husk, a medium herbal bitterness, and lingering sweet carob overtones. Lingering resinous hops in the aftertaste with suggestion of leather.

A really good brew. Victory's take on Arrogant Bastard, but in a more drinkable, more balanced presentation. I would buy this again, despite the hefty price tag. Not a black IPA as the video on the web site would have you believe. Too bitter and not enough dark roast character for that style. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:54:45 | More by Mitchster
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass- pours a slightly translucent mahogany color with a two finger head, great retention, and splashes of lacing.

The smell is not overwhelming- faintly of piney hops. Could be more fragrant but pleasant.

Tastes excellent- smacks of malty sweetness throughout, punctuated by piney hops with a slightly dry finish. Tastes faintly of molasses?

Mouthfeel is also excellent; a little syrupy but lightly-moderately carbonated so it is certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:53:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
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llllDrGONZOllll

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed this one from the local bottle shop in a mix and match deal. Poured so pretty brown with tan fluffy head, and smelled so damn good I had to log in and tell the BA how good it is.This ale is a deep brown with thick and fluffy head. The taste and smell hold nothing back hops hops hops hops.. welll it is a DIPA so the grain and booze sneak in a little. This brew goes down so smooth and rich. The after taste is not strong for the style and the mouthfeel is not as thick as one expects. Victory has done it again, damn proud to live in PA. I may have found my Christmas brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 05:32:03 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby pour with brown tint. Huge foam with signs of rockiness, but doesn quite chunk up. Lacing is nice all the way down.
Hop aroma. Mostly citrus and zest, with pine undertones. Malt aura keeps the hops from running away.

The malt becomes more present in the taste. A good subtle caramel backbone from which the hops spring forward to highlight the contrast. It's not totally balanced, but that's fine with me. Hops are citrus and pine, good bit and freshness.
Clean finish on this one, abv is not huge and fairly hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:01:37 | More by Mebuzzard
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear mahogany. Thick crop of yellow tinted beige. Great staying power and lace properties. Aroma is toasty and piney. Some fruitiness to it as well. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced. There's a nice toasted malt base with some cinnamon bread attributes to it as well. But also some tropical fruit nuances and hoppiness. Pineapples are duly noted as are tangerines. There's a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasant and just a touch of warmth and heat from EtOH. Nicely done Victory.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:25:08 | More by Bighuge
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klewis

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:08:15 | More by klewis
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass produced a two finger thick, creamy, light tan head. Abundant hops are present in the aroma followed by a strong pine scent and just a slight hint of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a quick first taste of caramel/roasted malts and dark chocolate followed nicely by a strong pine and citrus flavored hops bite. With all the pine flavor and aroma I pick up, I feel like I'm hiking through a forest in the Pacific Northwest. Great carbonation level accentuates the hops. Crisp, dry finish. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth for minutes after the beer is completed.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 20:50:05 | More by garuda
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DukeofAle

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

they call this a strong ale -and that's just what it is - strong. Produces plenty of head, which seems to be typical of Victory. As hoppy as a double IPA but perhaps more balanced. Exhibits a deep,dark bronze color. Seems just right to me! If you like plenty of hops you should like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 01:29:46 | More by DukeofAle
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lovindahops

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I have wanted to try this brew for a while. Victory is one of my favs and black ipa's have really been growing on me

A- pours very dark but not completely opaque. A great of foam stays around briefly, and then recides to a fair amount of foam on top

S- massive hops that seem to "know the power of the darkside." There is no question the maltly tones are present. They essentially enrobe the yakima hops. Its a very good scent in my opinion

T- as aforementioned, an excellent malty entrance with an earthy hop flavor. Dark themes participate is a dry exit of the brew. Some herbal spices round it out. Again delicious

M- creamy syrupy and full of mouth waxing action

D- what I expected. An amazing presentation on a black ipa. Dark malt with a prized hop profile leave an incredibly drinkable beer. The 8.7 percent is not even recognizable. An amazing brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 23:52:59 | More by lovindahops
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brick red with a yellow-tinged head that dissipates to a froth and leaves behind some lacing.

Balanced aromas of citrus and pine hops with toasted malts and a hint of grass.

Taste begins with citrus hops which smoothly transfers to the middle backbone of malts- toasted and roasted. Followed by a light appricot sweentness and ending with a hop bitterness. A nice crescendo of taste.

Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a sticky hop finish. ABV% is more in the nose than on the palette, but is minimally detected.

Another good one from Victory. Well balanced but complex, dark but an ale, not a contradiction but a confirmation that "black" and "ale" can co-exist on a beer label!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 23:19:20 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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drowninginhops

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled at the Charleston Beer Exchange on February 6th 2011. Enjoyed on the same day for the Super Bowl. Review from notes.

A: Dark, Mahogany wood dark with little head.

S: Earthy with a lot of pine hops. The pine is of putting for the style in my opinion.

T: Holy smokes, this is where is shines. Body and characteristics of an IPA (citrus hop flavor) but with the addition of the slight piney hops is wonderful. Grains and malts round out the rest of the palate.

M: On the thick side. Good carbonation level.

D: At 8.7% ABV I thought I was going to have to muscle thru half of it and end up giving the rest to one of my friends. But it was gone before halftime.

Serving type: growler

02-17-2011 19:50:32 | More by drowninginhops
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with one inch tan head, that sticks around awhile and then settles into a film of bubbles. Plenty of lacing. Smell is pine, grapefruit, hints dark chocolate, and some grass. The taste is all of that, but much more intense. Some strong coffee notes and boy is this a hoppy beast. Body is perfect, neither thick or thin and that makes it dangerously drinkable. Lots of life and on the dry side. This is a great beer, with a great price, and you know how old it is. This beauty is 17 days old.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 16:25:04 | More by SawDog505
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89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.