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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,533 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1533
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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claspada

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 17:26:10 | More by claspada
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ToAzwethinkweizm

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 18 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Begins with a 2-finger head, slowly reduces to a 1-finger head, color is a brown-crimson, beige head, lacing is slightly runny. There is no bottle date, and I am not sure this an old bottle or not.

Aroma is a little bit soapy...reminds me of Saranac beers. Hop resins are bitter yet light in concentration. There are some notes of toasted malts present, and very little hop freshness. Taste of lightly toasted bitter malts, and only the slightest touch of caramel, with some butter (possible diacetyl?) and soapiness.

Hints of bitter pine come out in the aroma and taste as the beer descends to the wider portion of the snifter. The bitterness sticks to the palate and it's not super pleasant. This is a easy-drinking beer for 8.7% ABV, but there are more fun Victory beers available.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 22:42:55 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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litheum94

California

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed on 2/13/11.

Dark brown body, similar to the color of a mud puddle. Fizzy, brownish head that's short and disappears quickly.

Roasted tones on the nose. Chocolate covered oranges. Floral and honey suckle sweetness. Some caramel malts.

Floral at first, leading to a chocolate sweetness in the middle. Bright, sour citrus flavors from the hops. Roasty, coffee like bitterness. Very dry, and doesn't linger much in the mouth.

An average example of the style, but with so many better versions out there, I won't be seeking this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 05:29:31 | More by litheum94
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doppletheGOAT

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:24:53 | More by doppletheGOAT
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 02:29:51 | More by sholland119
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madvermin

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby reddish orange, with some brown tones and a healthy tan white head that has large bubbling and good retention. Pretty frothy in the middle, and coarse at the sides. Lacing is spotty.

Nose is perfectly described as jackfruit - for those that don't know, it's a combo of pineapple, overripe fruit, and caramel. Smells pungently sweet and sticky. It's a one dimensional nose, but it does its dimension incredibly well. Get a couple leafy hops in the back after a bit, but it is mostly sweet fruit and sticky sugars.

Taste is much different at first, as the initial taste is of bitter leafy hops, with a dash of sour pineapple. The beer then moves to a very roasty, almost charred malty middle. Don't get nearly as much caramel in the middle of this, and the malt is good, but a bit unpleasant at times. Finally, the beer ends up in a dry, slightly bitter hoppy finish, with the 8.7% abv showing itself a bit. I usually like bitter finishes, but in this one it lacks any pleasing characteristics - it's almost bitter for no reason. Could have used some sticky character or some sort of hop flavoring, but it lacks either.

Mouthfeel is great, as the beer is very full and creamy at times. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the finish, and also due to the 8.7% abv being pretty visible, and not in a good way. I like this beer, but it was a bit disappointing to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:46:31 | More by madvermin
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Deep copper color with red hues. This looks a bit like a lager. Off white, slight brown head.

S- I'm left searching a bit here. Hints of hops, and strong carmel roast malt. More of a malt profile in the nose. But the hops are somewhat weak.

T- Starts as a chocolate roasty malt sweetness. Flavor then transitions into a fruity hop profile. Mostly citrus and orange. Then it rounds out with a milky creamy taste.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with medium carbonation. Mouth is up and down. Starts out smooth and rich, then a tingly bitterness, and then smooths out again. Pretty interesting.

O- Definitely an interesting brew. I like the combo here in the taste, but the nose was a bit of a let down.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 02:20:59 | More by haazer
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:20:46 | More by Brew_42
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer with nice head retention and a wonderful smokey dark amber color.
Smells of hops with a little bit of roastyness and maybe a slight malty astringency in the background.
After the first couple of sips it is clear that there is a lot going on in this beer. Caramel malt and American hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed shortly by roasty flavors and what I perceive to be a noticeable astringency that quickly dries the tongue. While I enjoy the initial flavor, as the malt tones fade I am left with only the bitterness and darker malt flavors which remain in a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. I do, however, enjoy the nice dry finish.
Body is medium with what I perceive to be a near perfect amount of carbonation.
A very intriguing beer, but not a one I find particularly drinkable. I have tried it with food and found it even less appealing. For some reason I think it might go well with good old roasted peanuts.
I am not really sure if I will end up being a fan of the black IPA, but as with most other Victory beers it is well brewed and will likely appeal to those with different preferences.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 01:27:58 | More by zoso1967
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vfgccp

New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 23:35:51 | More by vfgccp
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with some reddish hues around the edges. Provides a nice one finger tan foam head, with moderate lacing.

S: Smells of quite prevalent but seem to be fighting each other for dominance. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate or citrus hops.

T: Starts off different then the smell. The hop bitterness is most noticeable up front. The middle is where the big flavors of rich roasted malt and sweet caramel come in. Seems like a constant battle for supremacy.

M: Seems a little bitter with some mild alcohol on the palate, then it seems creamy at times.

D: This is a very complex beer, with both the hops and malt flavors battling each other. I will give this another shot or two in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 12:27:47 | More by IronCitySteve
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ItsTheLimit

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I saw this on the shelf at Total Wine in Sarasota and had to try one of the few major releases from Victory that I hadn't yet.

A: Poured into a standard pint glass, small tight head that doesn't stick around. Really cool ruby/brownish color with great highlights.

S: Smell is pretty hop forward with some dry fruit maybe. A little sweetness in there too. I'm getting over a cold, so I may have to revisit that when I'm feeling 100%.

T: Sweet up front with a lot of malty, carmel notes and a pretty big hop-bitterness. However, the bitterness lingers a bit too long and too bitter for my liking. the longer I work on each sip, the less I want to take another due to the bitterness at the back of my mouth. If not for this, it would have scored much higher.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Judging on this alone, I'm surprised at the high alcohol content.

D: Besides the longstanding bitterness I was getting on the finish, I'd love this beer. However, the unpleasant aftertaste is probably going to make this a one-and-done selection for me. Victory is a killer brewery and everything they make is worth drinking. This one may just be a matter of my own personal preference, but I'll stick to Hopdevil if I'm looking for bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:49:26 | More by ItsTheLimit
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sevenarts

New York

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:07:45 | More by sevenarts
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 15:54:30 | More by ImusBeer
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with decent enough staying power. Some nice legs on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of malt character with some dark fruits and candied dark sugar. Also a fair amount of piney, resinous hops. The taste is a letdown, with some sweet malt failing to really interact with the piney hops, and the darker fruits get lost in the background. Feel is somewhat sweet, yet still a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer with some decent characteristics, but not my favorite and pales in comparison to some others within this emerging style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 00:28:38 | More by Thorpe429
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep garnet color with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly but coats the edges of the glass all the way down. Aromas of citrus, herbal hops mixed with a bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is bitter almost to the point of harshness. The herbal/earthy/citrus is there but not as prevalent and gets mixed with a bitter tea flavor. Some dark caramel, little bit of chocolate, and maybe a hint of dark fruits mixed with some warming alcohol round out the taste experience. Lightly carbonated with a creamy/resinous mouthfeel and medium body. I can appreciate this for what it is, but I didn't particularly care for it. That harsh bitter tea flavor kind of ruined this for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:10:05 | More by johnnnniee
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Hoagie1973

New York

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark but clear amber with a nice two finger tan head. retention and lacing are excellent.
Smells like an average IPA.
Hop flavor is dominant with a mostly piney character. Some celery-like flavors present also. Dry bitterness lingers looong into the finish.
Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 22:26:59 | More by Hoagie1973
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:20:03 | More by ThePorterSorter
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JeffH

Washington

3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing white head.
N- Nose is full of brown sugar and malt followed but a big hop wallop.
T- Beginning pallet is very malty sweet with some dark fruits, the hop character takes a while to develop but finishes big and piney.
O- This is a great winter beer. Enough bittering hops to balance out the initial sweetness of the malt. This is a solid east coast dark IPA, not to be confused with a NW CDA

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 09:13:12 | More by JeffH
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a large but not overwhelming head, 4 fingers in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The beer is brown amber with little active carbonation and even a little haze. Good texture and a little lacing on the head though.

S: This beer immediately gave away why it's called Yakima, a hoppy bouquet was noticeable right away. A more detailed investigation reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, hard to miss, but not overwhelming. I dunno, maybe now I'm getting something earthy or almost malty. It's really nice.

T: Hmm, still really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much better than Hop Wallop. The floral is gone and now it's more classic American Citrus-Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not much bitter to me than the Two Hearted I had earlier tonight, but that was just so much more balanced.

M: This is really nice. It's not over carbed, it actually has some density to it, which is good, helps make it less hop-tea-ish.

D: Meehh, this is one with no je ne sais quois, it's just what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:19:30 | More by mdwalsh
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle matches the pic but it says Yakima Twilight... The words glory aren't on it. If this isn't the same beer someone let me know please.

A= The pour is a dark hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head on it that rises up to about four fingers and holds some steady retention and lacing. What's the deal with the head on this. Why is it soooo big. Nice lacing.

S= The best by date is Dec. 10 2010 so I'm not late but the hop character is a little lacking for a CDA. It is there but a little more focused on the malt character here. Roasty malt and piney hops.

T= Like the smell this beer focuses on the malt character more for a CDA. There is a good bit of caramel malt and a little roast but the hop character and malt character meld together nicely to make a fruity pineapple taste to it more than either individually. Not bad tasting.

M= Big on carbonation. Tone it down a bit.

D= Not a bad beer but not quite what I'm looking for in a CDA. This as a beer is not too bad though. It has a time and place but sort of falls into a unique category.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:12:24 | More by jjanega08
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SiepJones

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown. The beer looks black on top brown on the bottom. An inch of head sits on top like a haystack. This beer reminds me of a Smithwicks.

S: Light floral hops on the nose with a malty finish.

T: The hop flavor is a little more resin in the taste than the scent. There is a strong malt backbone. A touch of tobacco on the finish.

M: Slippery mouth, this beer slides right over the tongue. There is a slight tingle of carbonation on the finish.

D: A drinkable beer as there is nothing overwhelming about it. If your in the mood for a maltier, dark pale ale than this is a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 21:39:54 | More by SiepJones
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eclipse54

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks!

A deep ruby color with a thin layer of khaki bubbles drifting about the top. Smells of caramel, plum, toasted malt, and floral hops. Tastes of buttery, toasted malt, dark fruit, and burnt rice. Leaves an odd aftertaste that just doesn’t quite add up. Mouthfeel is smooth and wet, but the odd flavor left behind takes away from an otherwise good beer. Not one I'd be opposed to having again, but not one I'll seek out either.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:47:00 | More by eclipse54
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2008 02:10:11 | More by weeare138
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Didn't quite understand this style the first time 'round, so let's see how one o' the first CDAs I've tried appears now. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, light cocoa powder, grapefruit peel, light pine, and mint. The taste leans heavier on the hops, primarily with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine. An undercurrent of toasted caramel flows nicely, though definitely hindered by the hops. Things clash a bit here, with balance a lost afterthought. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a decent CDA, but the flavor clash really makes this thing hard to drink with a smile.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:08:44 | More by TMoney2591
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.