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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

768 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 768
Hads: 1,636
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 78
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008

According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.
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Photo of palma
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark ruby color. Nice head.

Tobacco, burnt, bitter rye bread notes. Victory american hops big time. Very hoppy profile. Spicy in the finish. Slightly herbal hidden behind the big malt and hop flavors. Big full body. One of the best black ipas in my opinion. Most of them are crap these days. (302 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off-white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and ending in a solid persistent lace..

S: Sharp hop aroma with a sweet malty background.

T: Great piney hop and sweet malt mix. There is a nice alcoholic bite and finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Love this beer – super hoppy but balanced well by the malt - and enough alcohol to make it interesting. (545 characters)

Photo of EORS
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly opaque, hints of ruby when held up to the light. Medium carbonation and a brown/tan head that dies down to about 1/4in.

S: Sweet malt and spicy, floral hops. Almost no citrus to be had. Wonderful combination.

T: Again that sweet (caramel, little bit of honey, roasted barley) malt balanced with the spicy , earthy hop. Lingering bitterness on the tongue but, just like it smells, none of the citrus/grassy/grapefruit that characterizes IPA

M: Little bit of carbonation, medium body. Drinkable.

O: Call it what you want (Dark IPA, American Black Ale, Cascadian Dark) this is a great combination of the right malts with the right hops. Great by itself, or with some hearty food. (690 characters)

Photo of doppletheGOAT
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST - 12oz bottle poured into a schooner. paid $2.49 at Whole Foods.

appearance - reddish cherry like color

smell - ummm, hops... lots and lots of piney hops.

taste - follows the nose. quite bitter and you really can't taste anything else other than citrus piney like hops.

backend taste - same... just hops.

overall - I liked it but a little too hop filled for me. IMO, appearance is the best thing about this beer, it looks great and you get lacing all the way down the glass and a huge head out of it. (513 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy mahogany color with an initial massive 4 finger khaki head that sticks around for a while before receding to a collar and leaves moderate, spidery lacing.

Pine and citrus hops intermingle with sweet and roasted malt, hazelnut, and some brown sugar. Very interesting for a black IPA.

There's a nice (and strong) nutty flavor throughout, with some sweet and biscuity malts, earthy hops, slight brown sugar, and slight alcohol on the finish. More malt forward than most black IPA's I've had, but very tasty nonetheless. The hops give a nice kick on the finish as well, and some cocoa makes a brief appearance as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. Have I mentioned it's smooth?

One of my favorite black IPA's, even if it doesn't hit you over the head with hops. A delicious beer that I look forward to every year. (904 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz at Duckworths. About the lightest dark ale I've ever seen. A ruby brien with a finger of white. Frothy and laced ok.

Aroma, quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Some limited toasted malt.

Taste, also crisp and hoppy. Minimal roast. Citrus herbal pine is all there. Not much roast, just a mild malt backbone. Nearly a straight ipa to me. The roast and cocoa qualities open up a bit as it warms.

About mid body, mid-high level of carb. Drinks easy enough, pretty dry. A fine beer, just mis-classified. (503 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don't know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!

More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.

Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter. (924 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up from Deli Lama in Lake Villa, served in pint glass

A- Pours dark with hints of red when held up to the light. A nice frothy, tan head of about one and a half fingers is present. Has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrusy and piney hop smell is the dominating aroma in this beer.

T- The taste is an interesting combination of roasted malt flavor and hops. In my opinion, it tastes a little bit like an APA with a richer, sweeter, more malty taste. Bitterness of the hops and roasted malts cover the strong ABV%.

M- Medium-heavy bodied that is smooth at the way through. Carbonation, in my opinion, is just right for this style.

O- This is a very interesting beer that I enjoyed and would certainly have again. I like the combination of bitter hop and malt flavors. Also enjoyed the high ABV% that was hardly noticeable. Could definitely have a few of these and enjoy a nice little buzz. (930 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 12-7-12.

A: Dark brown beer—opaque. Shines ruby where the light penetrates. Tan foam head has good lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma is a little bitter, but does remind me a lot of a forrest.

T: Great mixture of bitter and roasted flavors. BOth linger, but the hops outlast the malts.

M: Good sized body. Lots of hops and carbonation give off a large tingling sensation. Coat has roasty flavors and a lingering bitterness.

O: An enjoyable black IPA. I'm glad I finally gave this brew a shot. (520 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Glory Ale - Victory Brewing Co. - 

What initially caught my eye was "Yakima" - my hometown where I grew up in Central WA before moving East. However Victory Brewing Co is out of PA, but use hops from the Yakima Valley (subsequently 75% of Anheuser-Busch's hops come from this valley)

A- deep dark red amber with thin tan head, minimal lacing
S- earthy aroma, sweet smell on the back-end
T- very hoppy, some almost caramel undertones, lasting aftertaste 
M- buttery and smooth across palate
D- great for sipping, would pair well with pub style food or a chocolate dessert
O- great taste, ABV is high without overpowering on bitterness, I highly recommend

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Photo of Altrurian
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive deep russet hue, topped by a respectable ecru head that lingers a bit. Unexceptional but perfectly good malty aroma. Nice, toasty flavor, brings in elements of cocoa and dates, followed up by a little hoppy volatility. Texture nearly creamy. While not a chart-topper, worthy of becoming a staple. (307 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a light tan head that provides some lacing, but eventually falls flat while drinking. The nose is piney/hoppy with a slight bite from the alcohol and a touch of sweetness. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced in the beer's nose. When tasting the beer I'm a bit surprised as it lacks the roastiness I was expecting based on the beer's appearance and nose. It has a lot more resiny bitterness than I'd expected and a touch of caramel in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mild-medium bodied with a bit of caramel and a pronounced, residual, hoppy/bitter punch to the palate. Overall I'm not too impressed and think a bit more citrus/fruity/floral hops would go a long way with making this beer significantly better. (761 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp Imperial pint glass.

A- Dark ruby-red color, clear and clean. This pour resulted in a 2-plus finger head, just a bit off-white, fluffy as well; and it left a lot of lacing beind, times two! Wow.

S-A bit of semi-sweet dark roasted malt followed by a hop rush. Earthy, some alcohol, too.

T- Roasted malt followed by the grapefruit citus hops, The hops are in charge, there's some deep citrus hop goodness standing strong to the alcohol.

M- Solidly full, thick and chewy, especially as it warms. A little semi-sweetness then a slightly bitter hop-bomb finish. Not overly boozy @ 8.7% abv.

O- Hearty and tasty, a perfectly drinkable fit for the season. (689 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy dark red-brown with tiny particles and giant three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Herbal pine and notes of grapefruit.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Too bitter with not enough sweet malt to balance. A very faint trace of nice sweet malt is just barely detectable in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Maybe I just don't like American Black Ales - not sure. I felt like the strongly bitter hops were not balanced at all by the burnt, roasted malt. For comparison, I think Victory Hop Devil has similar hops in it, but I enjoyed that much more than this. (686 characters)

Photo of AmitC
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Victory product and it seems exciting.

Deep brown color while pouring and dark chestnut , ruby brown inside the glass. Hazy, translucent. Some hop residue settled at the bottom of the glass. Over one finger thick bubbly and fluffy tan colored head that stays for sometime and then forms a thin layer. Lacing is excellent and sticks very well. A lot of bubbles are seen rising up inside the glass.

Aroma: Grassy and floral aroma that is subdued to an extent by roasted malts that come up just very faintly. No booze is observed in the nose for this 8.7% brew, which is good. Grape fruit and mild piney character. This one is hell complex for me to discover. Too many things going on. Caramel may be, some chocolate and some citrus hops.

Taste: Very upfront bitterness. Wrecks the palate to a certain extent. Enters like a piney and citrus IPA. Middle is when you get a glimpse of roasted malts and some sweetness. Ends again with bitterness. Some booze is felt. Very nice display of intricacies and conflicts going on between hops and malts. Aftertaste is full of bitterness. Bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel :Medium to slightly full body. Oily character is apparent and somewhat abundant. Bitterness leads to some astringency. Well hidden alcohol. Moderate to slightly high on carbonation but it works well. Palette is left numb for a good amount of time. Provides excellent warmth through alcohol and hop sensation.

Nice black IPA. Complex - yes. Heavy - certainly. For what it is, it is excellent.

Personal Rate: 4.25 (1,534 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister-in-law for a mixer sixer that included this one. Served in a hybrid snifter.

A. Pours a medium tobacco brown. One finger of cream colored head and a fine sheen of lacing. Good retention. Beautiful color.

S. Herbal, grassy hops blend with darker, roasted chocolate and a little dark fruit. Very piney and hop forward. Great.

T. Pine and lemon hop oils. Dry, smokey malt with slightly burnt chocolate. Bitterness is a little imbalanced and the dryness of the malt results in a little bit of burn, but overall it is good.

M. High carbonation is balanced with some roasted creaminess. Slightly imbalanced and dry, with some alcohol burn coming through on the back end. Weakest part of the beer for me.

O. A good black ale. Not my favorite style to begin with, but this is one of the better examples. (825 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep rust color with a tight, off-white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of herbal and earthy hops along with some toasted malts.

Tastes of toasted malts with a large hop layer to it. Toffee notes lead off with a bit of caramel as well. Some toasted bread notes come through in the middle and nuttiness. A wave of hops marches in next with earthy and leafy herbal notes. Touches of orange zest add light touches as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and find it falls in line with some of the better examples of the style. (603 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark brown, a little haze, two fingers worth of creamy head that clung nicely and persisted. Aroma was hops and the malts, definite roasted notes, not much citrus on the nose. First taste was overwhelming bitterness, but the sweetness from the malts kicked in to balance that out nicely. On the aftertaste, the citrus comes to the party with a nice grapefruit bitterness. Carbonation was low, a little warmth at the end and some longing syrupy sweetness. Thought it enjoyable, nicely balanced, would have again. (526 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown and clear. Granted its dark brown, but it almost displays more of a crimson or reddish hue than anything approaching black. Tan head grows up and dies before my eyes. The head leaves a ton of lacing.

S-Deep and rich notes of pine and grapefruit. The hops float upon a wave of rich maltiness. Light powdered cocoa, cream soda and liquified caramel. Hops also display a bitter flower petal/stem aroma. Oniony. Balanced and big. The malt is far less roasty and dark than I expected before the pour. After seeing the color of the beer I wasn't surprised any more.

T-This brew is pretty damn bitter. Bitter dandelion stems and pine needles. A bit of green onion. The hops really deliver power but not very much intricacy. The malt delivers more in the market of burnt toast than pure sweetness. Maybe a steeped tea flavor too. The flavor is brawny but somewhat obtuse. To its credit, it does tend to sweeten up as it warms. It helps to tame the abrasiveness of the beer's initial flavors.

M-Booze really comes through here. It combines with the bitterness to impart an intense dryness. High bitterness, high dryness, lower drinkability. Medium bodied with lightly buzzing bubbles.

O/D-I was expecting a much darker beer here. It was at times a pleasantly surprising experience. During other sips, it wasn't as enjoyable. This is a sipper due to the bitterness and alcohol. I enjoyed it, but I can see two or three of the bottles from my six-pack hanging around in the fridge for a longer period than other beers. (1,526 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark amber/brown, with a moderate-sized and quickly fading tan head.

S: Really interesting mix of dark, roasty, chocolatey malts with equally strong citrus and pine hops. The malts have a slight dominance, giving the aroma an overall roasty, smoky, bittersweet character.

T/M: Toasted malts up front, sweet and dark, gradually giving way to bitter hops on the back end. Chocolate and coffee linger at the end. The dark roasted flavors clash with the equally strong hops, leaving a slightly off aftertaste that detracts from the beer.

O: Not the greatest "black IPA." The distinct flavors don't mesh as well as they do in the very best examples of the style. The result is a little harsher than it should be. (718 characters)

Photo of JohannBock
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a mug, one fingers worth of off-white head that recedes into a thin patchwork on top. Deep deep brown that shows red when held up to the light.

S: Caramel and toffee notes right up front followed by juicy hop aromas: grapefruit and pine and a slight flowery smell in there too.

T: Strong malt backbone that really balances out the hops. Balance really is the word to describe this beer. Some hop bitterness toward the middle and back but nothing crazy. Not a hint of alcohol in the flavor which is pretty impressive. Long sticky finish that lingers with some caramel malt.

M: Medium/heavy mouthfeel, doesn't detract from the beer at all.

O: Good beer, great to have during a cold winter night. The hops are what make the beer but they wouldn't be anything without the huge malt backbone. Something to look forward to every winter. (849 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark burgundy color where it looks very dark brown. Thin head from a careful draft pull.

Large roast, pine hops, and brassy fruits. Pine, earthiness, red apple, and booze.

Sweet, yet hoppy, black ale with awesome fruitiness for the style. Juicy apple, acidic hop oils, copper kettle, basil leaf, sappy pine, alcohol, and tart pomegranate. The beer almost has a hard salinity to it, accentuated in a long and toasty bitter almond finish.

A little boozy, but it's a great warming effect. Medium-plus body and medium carbonation.

Excellent. One of my favorites of the style. (575 characters)

Photo of DAllspaw
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut color, certainly not black, with a deep beige head. Smell is bready malts, and caramel/toffee then follows up with piney hop punch, I would guess chinook or simcoe. Also get some dark fruit in the aroma.

Taste is heavy on the bready malts, and frankly a bit boozy, more than I would like, but It is 8.7. taste smooths out a bit as it warms up. reminds me of a chewy pumpernickel. This one has characteristics of Belgian dark ales and dopplebocks. certainly Complex, but lacks a certain cohesiveness to hold it all together. (546 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best By Oct 24 2013

A: Beautiful deep amber with shades of brown. A light brown, frothy, creamy head that leaves great lacing and retention. Head hangs around for a while. Very inviting.

S: Big aromas of fresh, resiny hops and sweet roasted malt. There's hints of delicious booze, brown sugar, molasses, and other roasted characteristics found in most Stouts and Porters.

T: Great roasted flavors hit the palate first, followed by hops, and finished with more robust, almost smoky qualities. In the middle of each sip the hops are quite juicy. They linger through the finish with the strength of the malt coming through as oak, smoke, char, and even dark chocolate. As the beer warms, the hops come through more, bringing fruity and piney flavors. But the malt always shows itself to remind you what kind of beer this is.

M: Massive amounts of flavor from the roasted malts and plenty of delicious hop oils to balance out the sweetness. Fairly bitter and dry finish but very smooth throughout. Carbonation is nearly spot on. The body is fantastic and fits the beer very well.

O: I think this truly stays to the style of ABA/Black IPA as originally intended. Most beers of this style end up being IPA's that have some roasted malt thrown in. Not this one. The hops complement the malt flavors but not overpower or take center stage, which I really enjoy. This is top quality stuff and met my high expectations as I have been waiting to drink this beer for nearly a year after just missing last years release. With the high ABV, you also feel pretty good at the end of a 12oz. bottle. Well done, Victory! (1,607 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruby/mahogany color with 2 fingers worth of tan head

S: Very hoppy, with some nice fruity, spicy, and floral hops. This mixes well with some dark roasted malts

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a blast of fruity and floral hops which is then overtaken by the roasty malts. The hops then make a reappearance and mix with the malts, leaving a slightly dry and bitter finish

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and drying

O: A more than solid ABA. Surprisingly (very) hoppy with just enough roasted malts to make this one a black ale. Definitely recommended if you're a fan of the style and can find it fresh (643 characters)

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.