Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,631 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | 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 ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of LeRose
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of sevenarts
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of JohannBock
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Gatch
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Photo of babaracas
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown-tinged red with one finger thick khaki colored head. Settles quickly to a thin ring, leaving a few splotches of lace behind. Smell: lots of pine, slightly herbal, then plum skin, light caramel sweetness and toasted bread with faint char as it warms. Taste: pine with mild caramel and plum-ish sweetness upfront, then exclusively a butt-ton of pine, plus a little booze. Some citrus rind and tannin-ness in the finish. Medium+ bodied with creamy carbonation into prickly, relentless pine and booze bombardment, finishing dry with some residual sugar stickiness. I'm not a fan of this hop profile when dialed up this high, but as a seasonal is a nice change of pace to mix in.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at Gainesville House of Beer. Solid black ale. Nice hop presence with a sweet aroma, a sort of blend of chocolates and pine needles. Good hop bite with a complex black currant flavor, some good roast, but the two are melded rather well in this one. One of the better Black IPAs out there, and I have mixed feelings on the style. This one is definitely worth drinking.

Photo of scvance
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark ruby amber color with a thin tan head. Poor retention and minimal lacing. Smells very strongly of earth and pine hop notes, slight grass. There's also a faint caramel component to the aroma. Taste is sweet up front, fading to an alcoholic flavor, and finishing with a long lasting bitterness. Sweetness reminds me of dark fruits, cherries and plums. Bitterness is very pine like and has resin like qualities to it. Medium carbonation, full bodied, with a rather thick, resiny mouthfeel to it. Overall, very interesting beer. Well done, however not necessarily a classic example stylistically. I'm definitely glad I tried it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, consistent black ale. Nice resin tones to things. The thick pine that I expect. There is slight shift in the backend of this one that I find so many black ales have. Kind of mildly earthy and all.

This isn't really an ale that is overly showy or carrying a wide character. But it's consistent and full in flavor. I like it.

Photo of harrymel
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by 30NOV12

Pours a dark brown with a solid sheet of toasted cracker foam, the ale is surprisingly translucent. Lots of pine and resin in the nose with a bit of spruce character; the malts are toasted and like a brown ale: some tea character, a touch of spice and rye bread. Flavor is toasted malts, refined and soft bitterness and plenty of pine flavor. The malts are slightly spicy and a bit dry. Thin body with hi carb and a slick finish. This beer was worth trying, not sure I'd seek it out often.

Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperence- Red, Dark, amber color with a thick tan head. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity floral hop notes, Piney, earthy, a sweet malt aroma, bready, carmel, roasty malt.

Taste- hop forward a bit out of season, but still a nice hop flavor, roasted malts, grapefruit, tobacco like roasty, bitter and well balanced, earthy hops piney.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy resin, leaving a sappy mouth a nice malt sweetness cleaning the palate and leaving a dry, lingering bitterness in the mouth.

Photo of 57md
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a ruby colored brown with more than a finger of head, some of which is maintained for a decent period. There is also a nice amount of lacing left on the glass afterward. The nose has a distinct hoppiness to it. This offering has a terrific blend of malt and hops. It finishes bitter, but is certainly not a hop bomb.

Paired this with some rosemary chicken and stuffing for a delicious dinner.

Photo of palealemale
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one my favorite beers from Victory. Unfortunately its only available fall-winter. I usually get my growlers filled after a pint or two at the Brewery.

One of the best dark IPAs around. Great flavors, color, and ABV.

Can't wait until November when it comes back.

Photo of GeckoPunk
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copied from DarkMagus82

For my personal opinion however: The head is more of a tan, I don't smell the lemon (but certainly smell the caramel/toffee/coffee/chocolate maltiness). I also don't smell the grapefruit. It is a sweet malt, almost "syruppy". I agree with the roasted creamy bitterness. The hops are a little bitey, and the alcohol is present in the aftertaste. It's certainly what I would consider a "Black IPA" blending a porter/stout with an IPA. If you like Pale Ale IPA's, this is not for you. If you like your IPA with a strong malt-backbone, I'd recommend it for the $3/6-pack that was paid for it. Other than that, I'd say it's slightly above average.
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Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby -chestnut coloring with a decent, thick, foamy, beige colored head of a solid inch. Decent head retention with great cling as you drink. Aromas of rich, roasted caramel balanced with wet, spicy hops. Some earthy and woody aromas blend in, also. Flavors are malty on the forward tongue, with resiny and bitter hops attaching to the mid and rear tongue once the sweet caramel and toffee lightens from its initial showing. Hops are peppery spiced, as well, and the malt backbone has some smokey and roasted qualities that highlight throughout. The aftertaste is slightly cloying sweet, but balanced well with a deep bitterness. The finish is rich and bitter, with a slight drying in the mouth. Decent brew, both tasty and unique. A little heavy to drink in quantity, but a good strong one to enjoy at leisure.

Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is reddish brown with orangish amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan to mocha head.

S - It is a combination of caramel malt and some citrus.

T - The taste has some more roasted taste to it. I get some bitter coffee and grapefruit.

M - Full

O - It looks lighter colored than any beer that I have had in this style, but the taste is there. It has more of a mellow hops presence than others, but it was a good beer.

Photo of littlelorib
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, almost black, with not quite a finger of head that quickly disappeared into lacing. The smell contains bread and roasted coffee and caramel as well as a hint of hops and alcohol. The taste contains a lot more hops than i expected based on the smell. It is probably more malty than bitter, though. I like the balance of the hops and malts, though in a perfect world i would want a little more hops.

Overall, another likeable beer from Victory. I'd get this again.

Photo of DCon
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.

Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.

Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB Globe. Surprisingly, this is more brown than black..even has a bit of a reddish/caramel hue. Thick thick foamy head!
Very malty but very hoppy aromas, mixed with hoppy caramel.
Very hop forward flavors...caramel, amber like toffee. Something I cant really put my finger on here...I think its the caramel-like malts mixed with the intense hop and some citrus. Its pretty bitter. I would think it would balance with the darker malts, but its still pretty bitter. Overall, a good brew. Its not the almost 9% that keeps you from really drinking this brew, for me its the off-bitterness. Otherwise, nice unique brew and work a try.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.

Photo of mattcrill
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light pine resin notes with a bit of roast and sweet milk chocolate notes. Clean fermentation character and just a touch of citrus rind hop notes as it warms up.

Appearance: Dark ruby red pour with brick red highlights. A moderate off-white head retains well.

Flavor: More pine-like hop flavors up front with some chocolate sweetness to provide a smooth and understated foundation. Biscuity background malt notes appear but are quickly assaulted by pine resin and citrus rind-like hop flavors. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: More like an American Brown Ale than an American Black Ale but it's all good. Probably won't have it again but glad I tried it once.

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.