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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,588 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,588
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 69
Gots: 62 | 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 NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -23.2%
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 +11.6%
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.

ChowHound, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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 +9.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +12.1%
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 +12.6%
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 -7.3%
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 +12.1%
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 +0.8%
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 -15.6%
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 -18.1%
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 1,588 ratings.