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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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1,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 67
Gots: 68 | 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 JonathanCrites
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a bottle at a Christmas party.

A - Drank from a bottle.

S - Herbal hoppy notes, some sort of sweet aroma comes through too, maybe caramel?

T - Lots of hops but beautifully balanced by the malt. The bitterness is just right; not overwhelming drink on drink.

M - Medium+ body and mouthfeel, definitely has a little more weight to it.

D - Hop bitterness does not affect the drinkability however the ABV is a little too high for me in regards to drinkability.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields just a short, soapy tan head over a very dense amber body. Spot of lacing.

Slightly piney hop sharpness in the aroma, balanced really well with caramel and chocolate sweetness

Good level of hops in the flavor, with plenty of malty balance to counter - toasted bread. Slightly smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel overall is pretty rich and slick, but has a little bit of a minerally finish, too - not distracting, but noticeable.

This one's pretty thick as you might expect from the style, but one that I could see having 2-3 of.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, freshness date is illegible. Pours a dark reddish brown with amber highlights. Very dense off-white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is very fruity - strawberries and raisins. A bit of hay, some light herbal hop aroma in back.

Medium bodied with some syrupy slickness.

Fruity sweetness up front with hints of cherry and raisins. Some herbal and grassy hop flavors kick in midway and finish with a dry citrusy bitterness. There is a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. The bitterness balances the fruity sweetness well.

This beer is decently balanced and drinkable despite a rather high abv. I was hoping for a little more hop profile. But still a good beer.


Photo of depechemode1983
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep amber red in color. Has a lasting off-white head. minimal lacing on the glass. Very balanced smell between the malts and hops. Smell is sweet, slightly bitter. I can smell a somewhat toasted character along with grapefruits and a little piny smell towards the end. Very simple in that area. Lots of sweet toasted malts at first but then citric hops come in. Not too much though. Somewhat light for an IPA. It finishes bitter and leaves a citric hops lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel on this one is thick, with lots of carbonation. Washes over the palate cleanly. I dont think i would be able to drink more than a couple of these. Flavors are well balanced but something seems to be missing. The ABV is pertty hight as well. A sixer of these I would be pretty drunk. Thanks to johnnnniee I was able to try this one out.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and blue label with a hop leaf (or weed?) in the background.
"Yakima Glory" no longer "Yakima Twilight".

Clear russet color, tight cap of foam, sheets of lacing.

Smell reminds me of multivitamins... not sure what's up there.
Green hop herbals and malt sweetness. Medicinal.

Flavor is similarly sweet and medicinal, some roasted malts and resiny hop bitterness bleed through. In the aftertaste the flavors seem to delineate more, up front it's more discordantly bitter and boozy in a muddled way. Clean herbal bitterness at first, husky toasted malts in the middle.

Even carbonation, ok feel.
Not really jiving with this one, probably one and done for me.

Photo of scottyshades
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good

S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note

T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don't quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive

Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap't Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this

Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a dark brown, the shade of black tea. Not much of a head. Aroma is surprisingly complex: toast, malt, cherries, orange, cocoa. Taste is bitter and hoppy, with a big malt backbone. Finish is dry and hoppy, with hints of cherry or something that I can't quite place. Taste was a little less complex than I was expecting, given the aroma. Still quite nice. Mouthfeel is nice. It's well carbonated, and the alcohol provides a little warmth but is hidden well. Fairly drinkable. It's somewhat heavy, and so not a beer I'd probably want to have more than one of.

Photo of tweeder263
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy dark amber beer with a big fluffy tan head. Smells of a big malty backbone followed by hints of hops. I really dont smell much in the way of hops in this beer. Still it smells damn good. Moderately bitter not much sweetness, semi dry with a slight hint of coffee. Alcohol hidden well. Nice mouthfeel.
Mildly drinkable beer, tiny bit too much bite for me.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer.
Dark amber color, thick tan head. Very good retention, and a lot of lace.
Very fragrant. Sweet malt, very mauch malty, in fact. Intensely floral.
Upfront big malt taste, quickly followed by piney hops. The hop bitterness persisted.
Nice balance. The 8.7% ABV is not at all noticeable, so be careful with this one.

Photo of dnarx
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark tea color with a light tan head

S= brown sugar and caramel

T = hops upfront and in the finish for me, medium body, not as sweet as I anticipated from the bouquet, which was enjoyable.

very enjoyable as I am not so into the sweet browns. I could have this beer again and again.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red-brown in color, almost two fingers of head with moderate retention and spotty lacing.

S - Grapefruit hope aroma, dark roasted malt, red and black licorice notes, some spice present as well.

T - Grapefruit hops and roasted malts are battling it out. Nice balance between the two, with hints of anise, pine, clove, spice and a nice bitter malt finish.

M - Medium body, decent carbonation, a little thin.

D - Very drinkable, very nice black IPA.

Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and generally clear mahogany brown with a tight beige cap that sags somewhat quickly towards the surface leaving spotty cloaks of lacework.
Mild roast coffee, cocoa nibs, burnt toast, black cherry, plum, toffee, all combined into a simpler, lesser aroma, and countered with grapefruit pith, bitter dried weeds, acrid metalics, and pine cones.
The malt is more layered and distinct in the mouth. Though it covers the same bases. Bitter cocoa, mild roast coffee beans, toast. It expands towards cherry and plum, with a toffee glaze. There's a template for a stock ale or an English-styled Barleywine through it's initial revolutions. Hops hail down, electrically bitter, but lacking a bit in clarity. Piney, floral, grapefruit, metallic, but never definitively so. Pulpy, weedy, oxidized bronze carries the day. It actually works in counter-harmony with the wooly malt blanket, but if you were here for a hop experience, you'll leave disappointed. Yeah, it's bitter and hoppy, but it's not specific, and it's maltier than most. There a twitch of alcoholic warmth, but it really a nonfactor given the actual strength. The swallow is continually roasty, a bit boozy, with some woody cedar and generalized green bitterness.
The full mouthfeel is buffered by the trickling carbonation that stays the duration. It's a big malty beer and drinks that way, but the hops give a masking gulp of confusion.
This is one I'd actually age and expect improvement. The hops, while large, lack a defined statement on their own, and the textured maltiness is certainly up to the task. It seems confused right now.
Everything I've written above is basically a longer version of: I like the malts here, but don't particularly enjoy the hops and the sooner they fade away, the better.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard some, let's say, positive and negative things about this beer. I'd say, it's a bit split down the middle as far as the good and bad (with a little ugly thrown in).

GOOD: Looks stunning poured into my Unibroue Euro pint glass. The dark maroon color sits in wonderful contrast to the big creamy frothy magnificent off-white (w/ a tinge of the body color) head - very nice retention and stellar sheets of medium-thick lacing. Underneath the hops (which I'll get to in a sec), the malt base is fairly thick - porter-like - with a chocolaty/nutty (similar to box chocolates with peanuts) flavor, with some nice crystal and toasted malt accenting. Very nice - rich and candy sweet and it, at first, keeps the alcohol in check amazingly, however...

BAD/UGLY (depending on your taste): What is going on with the hop profile here?! I'll admit it's unique - unlike anything I've come across before. I'll try my best to describe it.

Fuzzy and fresh, forceful and caustic, and just really 'green', my immediate thoughts of the hop aroma was: cat piss, powder detergent, and pine air freshener - not something I'd readily associate with tasty beer. Truly assaulting in it's intensity. Carrying over to the taste, the hops (I'm assuming) now display again lots of pine and detergent, but now some nail polish remover (in combo with the emerging alcohol?) and flower petals. Up front, stepping aside, and returning in the finish, a sharp peppery bite. Hardly ideal for drinking, but strangely arranged to where I maintained curiosity as to how it would develop. What developed was the hold of stingy alcohol slowly cutting deeper through the middle.

I dug the malt profile that I somehow could discern through it all. A different hop combination could turn this into a winner. It's a vague reference, but my overall take on the hop flavors was a scent I remember vividly of a Styrofoam block used to hold a silk flower arrangement. Help me out with this if you know what I'm talking about.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color bordering on a brownish red, pours with a thin amount of creamy head that quickly disipates

S: incredibly sweet smelling brew backed up by and overwhelming maltiness

T: very malty brew, doesn't have the sweetness of taste that was detected in the scent

D/M: overwhelming maltiness really dominates the pallet and in my opinion it is not a good thing. Drinks heavy and finishes the same. Leaves a lingering malty taste in the mouth

Photo of thebrood1987
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BB1313
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark brown w/ a bright haze. The color can differ depending on the lighting. Smells very hoppy and fruity, and tastes the same. There are also slight hints of chocolate. Notes of pine and resin are present as well. Although the flavors are very good, it's very one-note w/ no depth. The mouthfeel is amazing.. very smooth, creamy, and rich; full-bodied. Drinkabilty is ok. I kind of found myself nursing it towards the end. I think it's due to the lack of depth and how it's one-note, like I mentioned. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer that should be seeked out. Hopheads should enjoy.

Is it me, or does Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, and Yakima Glory all smell and taste the same?

Photo of Star80
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown hazy color with tan head which quickly dissappated. Not very effervescent upon pour. Not much lacing, which seems odd. Smells like deep resinous pine, strange that this beer smells slightly reminiscent of their Imperial Stout Storm King, same hops I am thinking give it that familiar spiceyness and citric quality. Wow, the taste is actually very smooth for such a big beer, I can see these going down toooo easy. Big leafy hop grapefruit bite followed by some sweet malt, but not too sweet and pine finish. This beer is a bit hard to place, definitely a few shades darker than my other favorite hoppy beer Alpha King, more toastyness from the darker malts, perhaps some toffee. There is a lot going on here besides big hops...mouthfeel is quite smooth and this beer is extremely drinkable, little alcohol coming through in the taste. Overall this beer is quite nicely balanced, makes me wish more beers came off this way. If your a fan of Victory brews, specifically Storm King, think of this as perhaps a Storm King light, if that is not totally beyond absurd?

Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yaka-ho, yaka-hoy hey!
hoogolly golly yippee yai yay!
Cascadian? A dark ale, you say?
Oh but so, to my dismay..

Little head here, just a little atop,
and it dissipates quickly, though poured with a plop!
A lacey this ain't, though a dollop of bubbles
floats in the middle, but the appearance is troubled,

Yay hey! ya harry hey! Ya hoy!

Boozey and bright, an aroma of yaki
those victory chaps, why they may be too cocky..
for it smells like a good 'un, though only just,
A world class aroma, well this one's a bust.

Yah! Ya kiki-rah! ooh dally!

A pliffen and pluffin, a sip down the hatch
A bold balanced flavour, but not the best catch
An Event Horizon, or stone SSR
I'd much rather quaff down, for they set the bar.

La dee da, hoo dally, rockalah kaloo...

Well the savoring's quick here, I have to admit,
The hopping and malting both take a hit,
For not very complex, though not for the sink
Despite high alkie, she's easy to drink.

Yoo rah! La-da! Toomolly tah mally!

Goolambah, koorah! Quaff with gusto!
But don't get into it expecting a show!
Just a simple strong brown ale, with hopping oer-top
Enjoy this one easy, but reach for the top!

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As it pours, the beer foams up into a two finger head of light brown bubbles resting on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, brown malt profile with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Some spicy hops with a hint of mustard and some red apple yeast.

T - Toasted malt and moderately sweet caramel flavors dominate the initial impression of the beer. The sugary malt is joined by sharp, spicy hops with notes of pine and mustard as well as a hint of blue veined cheese. The finish is moderately sweet with lots of toast and caramel as well as a moderate roasted character with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice black IPA, it achieves a balance between the dark malt character and the hops that most don't manage while it also avoids any chocolate or coffee flavor that would confuse it with a stout. The hops are significant, but with the thick malt profile, they are really just barely enough to balance the beer. Very nice, this is definitely a beer that is worth seeking out.

Photo of Chaney
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!

Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bernardus chalice. This beer is very dark, with about a quarter inch of foam forming on top, lasting a long time. The nose is overwhelmingly hoppy, very resinous. slightly peppery. Excellent blend of hops and malt. There's a lot of piney, rosiny flavor, and moderately high bitterness, balanced by a good caramel, bready malt sweetness. At the finish, some light roast and a few chocolate notes become apparent. Decent creamy body, not too heavy.

One of the "Black IPA"'s I've had that's actually well-done, and worth buying again.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark, but not like an RIS or something. More like a dark, well steeped and completely translucent ice tea. Head wasn't much of a factor after about a minute. The head actually "crested" at about 3/4" and quickly disappeared.

S - Very nice with a caramel thing happening under the relatively docile and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Much like the nose, a relaxed hop bitterness gives way to a roasted malt caramel taste. Very pleasant and no booziness did I detect at all. Very nice beer

M - Smooth, medium carbonation and not much aftertaste.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan on having more. Soon.

Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a healthy 1.5 finger medium cream head. Nice thick sheets of lace all the way around the glass.

Malty, red licorice nose. Earthy hops with a touch of light citrus.

Light up front, but lots of flavor quickly follows. A bit of twizzler from the malt, with a healthy dose of crisp floral citrus. Burnt caramel in the finish as well.

Fairly heavy bodied, but easy to drink 1 or 2.

Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber and formed nice foamy light tan head that left lattice lace. Looked like a root beer float. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, hops and cocoa. The body was medium light. The finish was bittersweet.

Photo of Tucquan
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on 2010-11-26 at The Library in Pittsburgh.

A - Dark copper with 1" head and light lacing.

S - Pretty strong hop floral and medium grain. Not much citrus.

T - Some caramel malt, hop bitterness and way too much pepper for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not my cup of tea. The pepper was too over the top and I left the glass only half drained.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.