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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,599 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,599
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 64 | 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 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

On-Tap.

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
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Cole's - they must have had a keg or two saved over from the rare beer fest.

Dark oak colour with ruby highlights and a majestic tan coloured head that laced profusely. The appearance cannot be faulted. Huge grapefruit aroma with caramel and roasted malts providing support. The flavour goes long on the grapefruit and pine, and it somewhat overpowers the other elements, which include caramel, chocolate and smoky burned toast. Too bad really... a little more balance would make this a real winner. The body and carbonation are medium and the alcohol is well-hidden.

While still a solid beer, this doesn't hold a candle to the other black IPAs I've had so far - the balance between the traditional IPA flavours and the roasted notes is just a little skewed. I'd like to see more brewers take a run at this style because I think it has massive promise.

bobsy, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the coles rare beer festival, jan 24/09.

pours deep red-brown with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. pine, grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. nice light slightly sweet citrus component too. caramel. just a touch of toasty character too.

taste is good. fairly high bitterness level. hiding inside and behind that is pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and a bit of tangerine. white bread with maybe a hint of toasty character. bit of biscuit and cracker. i love the hops in this one.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a pretty dry, almost powdery finish. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. a bit wacky, but really nice.

grub, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Coles rare beer fest.

Pours a pretty clear dark reddish brown, nice ruby hue in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, drops a lot of lacing, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, dark roast, some honey/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, lots of pine and floral hops, grapefruit, touch of chocolate, quite nice and the malts and hops go together pretty well. Taste is good, chocolate and dark roast up front, strawberry candies, some pine and grapefruit, roast and sweet fruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Wow, gotta bump my drinkability up a bit, never would have guessed this was 9%. Hides the alcohol really well and is a nice take on the style.

Viggo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark ruby color into a snifter with a full inch of head that lingers till the last sip.

S: Strong citrus and piney hops come right out and hit you. these aromas combine with a roasted malt backbone.

T: similar hop flavor to the smell. malt flavor evolves during the sip from a caramel flavor up front to a roasted flavor later.Hops linger on the palate long after the finish. As the beer warms, the hop flavor mellows a bit.

M/D: low carbonation with a medium texture. alcohol is felt, not taste. You could have a couple of these but not too many.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Tria. Pours dark brown with a small thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops. Flavor of roasted malt with a slight citrusy finish. Astringent and a harsh palate. Just a little too harsh and bitter for me.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20
(3.3/5

LilBeerDoctor, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of ChowHound
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

ChowHound, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.

T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.

D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.

maddogruss, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky lace. Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest, sweet tarts, caramel and malt, nuts, brown sugar, very floral. Solid bitterness that lingered into the finish. Big maltiness, lots of caramel. Plenty of hoppy pine and citrus with alcohol in the finish. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Nice texture with a bit of warmth. Very good overall. I really liked what the addition of some darker malts did for this beer.

DrJay, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color, very pretty. It poured with a sticky off-white frothy head.

s: This is definitely hop forward with aromas of lemon rind and some freshly broken pine needles. More citrus than pine though. Strong, sweet caramel malts punctuated by some solventy heat.

t: Up front, big fresh lemony hops fade into sweet caramel malts with some surprising chocolate flavors. This last part caught me off-guard at first, but it works extremely well with this one. The finish brings a piny hop bite that leaves a residual, generic tasting astringent bitterness. Too bad about the finish, this was almost great.

m: Spot-on long lasting carbonation. I love Victory's automated growler filler! That lingering astringency is a drawback unfortunately.

d: I did like this a lot, but I wanted to like it more. As others have mentioned, this does walk the line between American b-wine and DIPA. It looks like a b-wine, but I think it is more of a DIPA. Interesting stuff from Victory.

DIM, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of marcpal
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask and regular tap both tried at the brewpub. One of the rare beers where when side by side I strongly preferred the regular over cask. Once warmed from regular pour, flavors were great.

A: Dark mahogany- this is an IPA of any sort? Caramel colored body that is pretty vacant of bubbles and thin but creamy head.

S: Citrus and sweet. As it warmed, the bready flavors come out- something of a good hearty rye toasted IPA. Toasty and inviting.

T: Malty sweet finishing with a hop oil residue on the cheeks and tongue. Citrus bitterness that is supremely balanced with woody flavors and hop juice. Balanced as balanced can be. I would not have blindly recognized it as a DIPA, credit the brewer there.

M: Creamy texture, lightly carbonated and not wet. Oily resins are just enough to coat the tongue but not one sided. Virtually no heat whatsoever.

D: This is more of an IPA in flavor to me, its just not an over the top hop kick in the face. I detect zero, I mean zero, alcohol fumes in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. I had several and this could be dangerous but enjoyable.

This should replace (yes, blasphemy to some) should replace the Wallop as their seasonal. Superb beer.

marcpal, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of gdfan47
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light to darkish chocolate color with that lets some light in, Huge froathy off white head (larger than the liquid)
S- Hops, some subtle malt notes, hops again, flowers
T- Earthy, hops, a little sugar, its hard to pick out what hops, but there are few
M- probably the most deceptivly tasting beer I have had, it looks like a stout, but finishes and has very simular characteristics of An IPA/DIPA
D- I dig this alot, but the high abv make it to high for a session beer , but def if you wanna get tipsy.. have a few of these

I hope Victory decides to make it again, it has great marketing value in my opinion

gdfan47, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask at Victory Brewing on 12/12/08, a small glass.

Poured a muddy chestnut color with 1 finger of creamy tan/creme colored head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, pine resin, chocolate, dark fruits, and rye bread. Tastes of pine, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, caramel, raisins, and a combination of citrus, mint, and earthy hops with a nice warmth of alcohol to finish. Medium-fullish in body, though a little watery with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a good hop bite right from the start, but also a nice balance with the rye and roasted malt. Kind of hard to distinguish what style this beer is, definitely middle ground between a double IPA and a barleywine with even some candidacy for Black IPA. A good brew but hard to classify and therefore hard to determine when I would want to drink it.

HopDerek, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Capones.

Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earhty, roasty, floral, toasted malts, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, roasted malts, earthy, citrus, and lighter caramel. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. More on the hoppy side vs. a balanced IIPA. If I had to choose, I would list this under and IPA, although if a Black IPA were a style, this would fit that.

hopdog, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Victory on 12/12/08.

A - Deep chestnut brown body with lighter nut brown and deep reddish hues at the bottom and one-finger creamy beige head that retained quite well.

S - Earthy, woody and herbal notes dominate the aroma, while an underlyng mild rye presence pokes through the hops. Citrus hops also emerge as it warmed up a bit. Malt is crackery/pretzel-ish with a pinch of salt.

T - Dark malt character with a pretty subtle amount of hops for a DIPA. Earthy, herbal and minty hops parade across the taste buds, while some citrus hops emerge in the middle. Malt has a dark roasted character with mild chocolate notes.

M - Smooth and creamy, albeit a tad watery, texture with a soft mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers for a while on the palate. Finish is a bit dry overall.

D - Hard to wrap my head arond this one. There's a lot going on with this one. It's almost more like an American barleywine than a DIPA, but there is also a dark malt aspect with this brew, giving it yet another interesting twist.

ffejherb, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent dark chestnut toned brown with tons of CO2 rising to the top. A fluffy tan head of silk slowly fades into a floating cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of citrusy, piney hops with notes of rye, cocoa, ripe fruite, spices, and saw dust.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some woody notes that lead to a borderline acidic flavor. Sort of a strange, dry, astringent, grainy flavor follows that I'm on the fence about. I liked it at first but it starts to turn me off and make me wish that I didn't have an entire pint of this to finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, astringent, zingy, spicy, dry, and lip smacking with an astringent bite that makes this less balanced and leaning way on the bitter side of the spectrum than a balanced beer.
I'm not sure I'd classify this as a Double IPA. It reminds me a little bit of a beer my good friend, Shaun Hill brewed a few years back called Isabella(named after my daughter). This one has a unique hoppiness and a distinct dryness to it that gives me a "rye" impression. The lack of a malty backbone is the only thing that seems to be suffering in this beer. I'd be curious to try it on cask at some point.

weeare138, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Drafting Room Exton, this is another in a line of first time beers brewed in the new, larger facility. I don't think I had a dark DIPA before.

A-A very dark amber brown, with a very thin white head an a little bit of lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts with some floral and citrus hops. A bit light on the hops for the style.

T-Kind of a disappointment. The malt sweetness and the floral hop flavors never really blend together. I can taste them separately but very distinctly.

M-Nice, a bit heavy on the medium side.

D-Yeah, not bad, but not my favorite thing.

I love the new styles and challenges the new Victory capacity allows. I did not care a lot for this one, though. Maybe my expectations were too high.

HV

sholland119, Dec 06, 2008
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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,599 ratings.