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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,532 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1532
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%


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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BMMillsy

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2012 18:18:53 | More by BMMillsy
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scvance

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 19:20:29 | More by scvance
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 22:17:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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harrymel

Washington

2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 06:19:30 | More by harrymel
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isaiahcutright

Oklahoma

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 23:19:30 | More by isaiahcutright
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 12:25:02 | More by 57md
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palealemale


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-17-2012 14:38:48 | More by palealemale
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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:57:13 | More by GeckoPunk
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 22:52:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 21:42:24 | More by buschbeer
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littlelorib

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:43:49 | More by littlelorib
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DCon

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 15:44:08 | More by DCon
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:04:50 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:45:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.7/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:15:07 | More by mattcrill
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tony223366

California

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: First of all this head is really impressive. It's 3+ fingers and towering atleast another finger above the glass. Really hearty and fluffy. Nice lacing and retention. The color is a dark chestnut brown with red streaks. All around a gorgeous beer.

S: Tons of dark chocolate and roasty malts. I'm a little stuffy but I feel like the hops don't smell overly citrusy and fresh. There is actually more of a pine note to it. Not even close to the best aroma that I've seen in a Black Ale.

T: Hmm... this is pretty decent. It's different than other black ale's I've had. There are definitely hops and plenty of hops bitterness on the finish, but it doesn't taste bright at all. I guess that's what I miss. There is, however, tons of rich roasty chocolate and coffee notes that is of course awesome. So this definitely takes like 8 steps forward from the aroma. It's actually a really great nightcap.

M: Great medium mouthfeel and body.

O: There's definitely an off flavor that I can't put my finger on, but besides that I think it's really great. It's really bitter but you actually don't get a ton of clean hop flavors. So the malt notes really take the floor.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 06:30:58 | More by tony223366
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muldersha

New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of Dec 10 2010

Drank Jun 6 2012, but the bottle was purchased from a store that keeps most of their beer in a giant walk-in cooler.

A: A deep ruddy brown color with a formidable creamy white head. A thin covering sticks around till the very end. Impressive for being 18 months past the drink by date.

S: Boisterous aromas of tootsie rolls, tobacco, and pine resin mask some more subtle malty and estery notes.

T: Full bodied, rich and malty. But not overbearing or cloying.

M: Impeccably balanced. Its richness and high alcohol content are ameliorated by a gentle purity and plenty of bitter hops and ample carbonation.

O: I hesitated opening this beer on a warm summer evening after a long workout. However, it was surprisingly refreshing. I wish more beers were this balanced and refined. Will definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 05:57:09 | More by muldersha
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Foamster

New York

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

A - Rich dark coffee-brown with nice tan head that drops off gently but never disappears. Lace hangs in there nicely.

S - Starts out strong and appealing, but vanishes in mid-imbibe. Opens up with a comforting, solid smell though. This beer's weakest link, I'm afraid.

T - Mostly good from beginning to end, although there are moments when it seems to "go bland." Unsweetened chocolate and strong iced black coffee taste as well as some resiny hops rescue it.

M - Thick and creamy. Approaches whipped cream. Should I take a chance and say custard? Never went thin on this reviewer. Without a doubt, one of its two strongest qualities, the other being its Appearance.

O - Really 4.125. Drank this on an unseasonably cool June evening, half a world away from my loved one. It's a comfort beer, the ideal beverage for someone separated by business or other unwanted necessity from his/her partner. Yakima Glory is warm - evocative of winter, fireplaces, and a pleasantly light touch of loneliness and melancholy.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:22:42 | More by Foamster
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2011 served in a nonical glass

A - Mostly clear ruby brown with 2 finger soapy tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Robust malt, caramel and a bit of tobacco spice and herbal hops.

T - Follows the nose with a bit of sweet flavors to start then a climax of complex malts and herbal hops with a touch of citrus with a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy finish.

O - Big malt character and herbal hop presence in this complex black ale. Great winter comfort beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 16:27:17 | More by williamjbauer
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mattbk

New York

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown, not black, I suppose this is ok? Nice head on it. Appears sort of watery though.
S- Slight hoppiness, sweet, not much here though. Definitely not a full hop bouquet I was expecting from this style. The hops I get are sort of... soapy?
T- Bitterness, some malt/caramel sweetness, no roastiness present, alcohol drying in the finish. But not a whole lot of taste actually. I checked the date? Enjoy by Oct 26, 2012. This doesn't seem right.
M- Best part of this beer, medium full, creamy texture, just the right amount of carbonation.
O- Usually my complaint on black IPAs is that the malt doesn't add enough to the IPA dimension. In this case the hops were clearly muted, and what was left didn't have much taste. Disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:22:44 | More by mattbk
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Clear deep amber orange, two finger head with some lacing

S-Lots of citrus hops, caramel malts, grassy notes as well.

T-Caramel, more malt than I though there would be, some roasted malt, coffee, grassy and citrus hops, some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, somewhere between smooth and thick.

O-A good beer but like most Black IPAs the balance between the roasted malt and the hops is not where it should be.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:10:31 | More by rlee1390
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A reddish brown brew with a large frothy head and thick bands of lacing. They don't come too much prettier than this.

S - Grapefruit pith, soap and caramel. Simple, but nice.

T - Delicious hops, an untraceable citrus pith, white pepper, lilies, faint caramel, oatmeal. Very umami.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, mostly refreshing - a teensy bit gummy.

D - Damn good. I will have again for sure. I'm thrilled to still have two left from the six pack after this one. I'd say american black ale isn't really the style though. IPA is more like.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 04:27:50 | More by mrasskicktastic
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 11/30/2012. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color, with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, herbal, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas that are very citrus hop forward. Taste of big chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, orange peel, and a touch of coffee. Nice sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, pine, citrus, biscuit, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop bitterness to roasted malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. It has a nice roasted malt backbone, which I enjoy seeing in the style; and is very enjoyable to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 03:38:51 | More by superspak
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KajII

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky mahogany brown with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing finally to a thick film and a medium collar with some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, herbal and floral hops with notes of caramel, licorice, citrus (grapefruit), a very mild scent of chocolate and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was a little malty and bitter sweet with hints of licorice and caramel from the onset and finished with a nice bold hoppy taste and had notes of citrus, a bit of smoke and a slight notion of alcohol. The flavor hung around for a really nice long time with a pronounced hoppiness overshadowing everything else at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall a brew that settled rather nicely on the taste buds, with a good mix of flavors which virtually hides most of the high ABV...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:34:13 | More by KajII
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cjgator3

Florida

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with hints of dark red with a tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and a lot of fresh hops. This is similar to an IPA but it has darker fruitier malts.

T- The taste has a malt presence up front that lasts a split second before the hops kick in and create a long lingering finish. I can pick up hints of coffee flavors in the taste as well. The finish also has a considerable warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:15:37 | More by cjgator3
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,532 ratings.