Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Victory's Yakima Twilight pours a very dark brown with an off white head and some lacing.
Aroma is of toast, roasted malts, and caramel. Hints at the pleasant hoppiness found within.
Hops are forward upfront, laying down a big time bitterness and a sharp bite (pine). The roasted flavors meld perfectly with the hops. Lightly toasted malt that leaves the palate dry and looking for more. Zesty hops are there with all due spicyness.
A quite rediculous mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation that had a smoothness to it. Bubbly with a dry champagne like finish.
Overall I was left pretty impressed with this one. A dark double IPA ? Unique and delicious.
10-31-2009 15:29:05 | More by Stinkypuss
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby color with a very thick light brown heading that just wants to overflow. Leaves very nice soapy lacing until about halfway through than turns completley flat.
Smell is high in roasted malt with a nice sweet aroma too. A spicier hop profile is also present seems to balance it out nicely.
Taste doesn't disappoint.Slight warmness of alcohol at first then the roasted maltiness takes over. The spiciness of the hops takes over towards the backend and leave a nice linger.
Mouthfeel foams up something fierce with a nice medium to fuller body. A very lingering of hoppiness on the palate.
Drink is good. Although it is 8% ABV it's very sessionable and drinkable.
10-31-2009 02:15:59 | More by TheFightfan1
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
A - This is definitely a dark IPA...deep cooper brown body with a tan head that stands about one finger...the head is pretty creamy which leads to some nice lacing
S - A very balanced nose...lots of roasted characteristics coming at you but then there is a nice crisp hop presence that seems to be a bit floral and earthy
T - The taste shows a lot of balance where neither the hops nor the malts shine...the ending of this beer is all reserved for the hops which I'll get to later...the roasted characteristics really stand out up front...it never becomes to roasted or sweet...some chocolate and caramel notes are present...the middle and ending are where the hops come out...they sneak up on you and smack you in the face with a big bitterness...but once again it never becomes too much...the hops are pretty piney and earthy which provides a nice pairing with the roasted malts
M - Medium bodied...very creamy from the cask...a great lasting bitterness
D - If it weren't for the higher ABV this would be a little higher...but the combination of the taste (roasted malts and earthy hops) and the creamy mouthfeel make this beer stand out
10-30-2009 21:08:22 | More by thain709
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
Victory's Yakima Twight pours deep amber with a small head in a pint glass or goblet. It has great aroma of roasted malt (some caramel and bready notes) and plenty of hops - perfect aroma for the fall. It is rich and provides plenty of alcohol kick, but is a smooth session beer, as long as your session is one of these (it is 9%).
Overall, think of this as Hop Wallop DARK - another great example of why Victory is a great brewery.
10-30-2009 16:03:24 | More by WCBCFrank
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a pint glass.
Pours a DEEP clear amber, topped with a tight finger of of creamy light tan head. Retains with a very rich and frothy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is earthy and sticky smelling in the nose. Dank herbal notes, plenty of spice, and sharp resins that give this a prickly feel. The hop activity if backed up by a hugely sticky base of bready caramel. This is very roasty and sweet smelling, almost like notes of molasses. It reminds me a lot at times of the malt presence of an Imperial Red Ale.
The taste is much the same, with a piney and spicy sharp bitterness that flows into a more mellow herbal feel. This is well balanced by a toasted backbone of tangy toffeed sweetness, which is just as pronounced as the hop profile. The finish is spicy and a bit resinous, with some leftover malty tang lingering on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY easy and mellow feel to the carbonation. I'm barely picking up any alcohol and I'm quite shocked to be reminded that this is nearly 9% ABV. Wow, I honestly had no problem putting away an imperial pint of this!
I really enjoyed this on cask last year at the brewery and I think that I liked even more this go around. It's great that this is going to be the new winter seasonal, as the dark feel and festive tasting hop profile on this really fits the season. Plus the drinkibility on this is just KILLER! I'm going out out to find a sixer of this pronto!
10-27-2009 12:27:00 | More by Kegatron
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.
A: A dark brown color with a hint of red, one finger off white head, not much lacing.
S: Not what I was expecting. Spicy herbal hops with a hefty caramel malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and piney hops are picked up.
T: Wow, dark and spicy. Spicy earthy hops start off with hints of pine and some prevalent floral notes. Peppery too. The hefty malt caramel sweetness does not back down and takes over the flavor with some hints of sweet dark fruits and some faint chocolate notes. Finish is spicy earthy hops again with some slight citrus. I am also picking up a rye type flavor. Nice balance, but not what I expected. Very intense, very.
M: Full, prickly borderline cloying with the massive sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden.
D: Medium at best, you cannot have more than one or two of these, intense flavors are going on here.
Overall this was a solid beer, but I liken it to HopDevil on steroids. I was hoping Victory would go a little different direction with this rather than their traditional earthy spicy flavors, but alas they did not. Still a good beer I will seek out on tap.
10-22-2009 15:18:12 | More by Kadonny
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
I bought a growler of this at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown color, very opaque. The head is 3 fluffy fingers tall, tan in color, big sized bubbles, wonderful retention and stupendous lacing.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, grapfruit and earth notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, grapefruit and roasted earth notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is syurupy, thick and smooth with rigid edge.
Drinkability: This beer is trendously drinkable. The only problem is it's so intense it tough to drink more than one.
Don't drink and review.
09-22-2009 11:14:08 | More by treehugger02010
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a dark reddish brown color to it, with a decent foamy head and with some lacing. Somewhat opaque.
S- Weird baby powder smell to it or something. Not a fan, really.
T- Very bitter aftertaste. It has a fruity, pearish taste to it, perhaps apple. Strange hop taste that just throws me off a little. Quality, but not in love with it.
09-18-2009 20:25:23 | More by Amalak
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
a: as the "twilight" hints - this is a dark dipa, medium chestnut brown in color with a long retained khaki head, heavy curtains of lace adorn the glass walls, gorgeous
s: dark toasted malts with undercurrents of light roast precede a huge dark pine and grapefruit hop aroma, woody with aromas of nutshell, great introduction
m: medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation
t: woody, toasted malts immediately followed by a building, monstrous pine bitterness, pucker-inducing hops completely overwhelm the timid sugars at the start, but linger harmoniously with dry, nutty flavors of deep toasted caramel and pale malts
d: limited only by the relatively high abv - listed as 8.7 - and wonderfully oppressive bitterness
0.4 litre pour at the brewpub
09-16-2009 03:54:07 | More by blackie
4.8/5 rDev +20.9%
Poured a very nice dark brown color with some nice head and a tiny bit of lacing. Excellent scent, very hoppy (very much Yakima) with a nice citrus/floral nose. Excellent taste, a very nice pale ale with great hop attributes, but with nice and interesting malt characteristics: thick and deep with a little extra flavor from the dark grains used. Goes down very well with a wonderfully hoppy/bitter aftertaste on the tongue.
09-14-2009 14:16:30 | More by JamesS
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Finally got to try this after 3 misses due to victory selling out before i got around to making the 20 minute journey to the brewery.
Appearance is very unexpected compared to the smell. Pours a mucky dark brown like a brown ale or doppelbock, but the smell is definitly DIPA.
The taste is very interesting. An IPA with similar bitterness characteristics to their hop wallop, but also roasty flavors of a stout or porter. Not quite as big or in your face as a barleywine in terms of flavors or ABV (ABV of this batch listed at 8.4%).
Drinkability is alright, but certainly more of a sipper. The initial taste is hoppy with the finish being very dry with dark stouty malt.
Definitly an interesting beer, a dark-DIPA. I would probably get this again the next time its available if nothing new strikes my fancy.
08-30-2009 22:55:30 | More by baldmasterflex
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Poured from the growler with a deep brown, very thick head.
Smells primarily of citrus and piney hops.
Tastes is obviously hoppy with a more deep or smokey taste than expected. There are also some notes of coffee present. Bittersweet in a very pleasant way.
Goes well with gouda.
Honestly, I enjoy this much more than wild devil and is definetely an exciting offering from Victory.
08-29-2009 00:36:03 | More by schmitter
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
A delicious dark IPA. Deep brown in color, small head. Not especially hoppy, as the chocolate and malt flavors are very strong. I enjoyed this beer and could have had a few if not for the incredible selection that made my try others. Enjoyed at Novare Res in Portland Maine.
07-05-2009 22:04:22 | More by pd360
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
A- Yakima Twilight is a dark IPA, probably the darkest I have drank. Twilight is a dark brown color with some red spots and a fading tan head. Some minimal lacing.
S- A nice dose of citrus and other hop scents with a nice malt backing giving off caramel. Some pine coming through as well which is odd on this dark beer.
T- Good stuff, wait this is great. The taste pretty much follows the smell with the malts following the hops of which there are alot of. If the hops used in this are from Yakima valley than I need to find more stuff brewed with it cause this is fine. A sweet malt base gives off a bready character while the hops shine.
M- Powerful but not overbearing, the hops and malts work well with each other leading to a great mouthfeel. Yakima is medium bodied and has good carb plus a spicy aftertaste somehow. Not at all noticing the 8.9% in this DIPA.
D- This might be my favorite Victory brewed beer ever. I dont know, I just gravitated towards it and order it every time I see it. Granted the ABV is a little high and this is draft only so I have to hold back otherwise goodbye clean driving record. Victory please bottle this. Maybe it's the appeal of a dark IPA, either way I love it.
04-30-2009 01:22:02 | More by BARFLYB
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
Draft at Cole's - they must have had a keg or two saved over from the rare beer fest.
Dark oak colour with ruby highlights and a majestic tan coloured head that laced profusely. The appearance cannot be faulted. Huge grapefruit aroma with caramel and roasted malts providing support. The flavour goes long on the grapefruit and pine, and it somewhat overpowers the other elements, which include caramel, chocolate and smoky burned toast. Too bad really... a little more balance would make this a real winner. The body and carbonation are medium and the alcohol is well-hidden.
While still a solid beer, this doesn't hold a candle to the other black IPAs I've had so far - the balance between the traditional IPA flavours and the roasted notes is just a little skewed. I'd like to see more brewers take a run at this style because I think it has massive promise.
02-09-2009 15:25:04 | More by bobsy
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
sampled on tap at the coles rare beer festival, jan 24/09.
pours deep red-brown with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is great. pine, grapefruit, orange, bit of tangerine. white bread and cracker. light alcohol. nice light slightly sweet citrus component too. caramel. just a touch of toasty character too.
taste is good. fairly high bitterness level. hiding inside and behind that is pine, grapefruit, orange peel, and a bit of tangerine. white bread with maybe a hint of toasty character. bit of biscuit and cracker. i love the hops in this one.
mouthfeel is good. medium body with a pretty dry, almost powdery finish. just under medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. good balance. a bit wacky, but really nice.
02-05-2009 17:52:18 | More by grub
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
On tap at the Coles rare beer fest.
Pours a pretty clear dark reddish brown, nice ruby hue in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, drops a lot of lacing, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, dark roast, some honey/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, lots of pine and floral hops, grapefruit, touch of chocolate, quite nice and the malts and hops go together pretty well. Taste is good, chocolate and dark roast up front, strawberry candies, some pine and grapefruit, roast and sweet fruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Wow, gotta bump my drinkability up a bit, never would have guessed this was 9%. Hides the alcohol really well and is a nice take on the style.
01-26-2009 19:38:10 | More by Viggo
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
A: pours a dark ruby color into a snifter with a full inch of head that lingers till the last sip.
S: Strong citrus and piney hops come right out and hit you. these aromas combine with a roasted malt backbone.
T: similar hop flavor to the smell. malt flavor evolves during the sip from a caramel flavor up front to a roasted flavor later.Hops linger on the palate long after the finish. As the beer warms, the hop flavor mellows a bit.
M/D: low carbonation with a medium texture. alcohol is felt, not taste. You could have a couple of these but not too many.
01-18-2009 01:07:02 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.05/5 rDev -23.2%
On tap at Tria. Pours dark brown with a small thick tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops. Flavor of roasted malt with a slight citrusy finish. Astringent and a harsh palate. Just a little too harsh and bitter for me.
01-11-2009 02:12:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
I tried this new beer on cask at David Copperfield's.
Deep dark brown like a hazelnut. The aroma is redolent of sweet, roasted malt.
This is an easy drinking brown beer. Although a double IPA, it is neither pale nor are the hops jumping out at me. I'd call it a hoppy brown ale.
This beer is comfortable on the palate. Creamy, smooth and as it is cask-conditioned, well balanced. There is a touch of alcohol on the palate and it warms you further as it travels your pipes toward the belly.
01-03-2009 19:56:20 | More by ChowHound
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.
A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.
S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.
T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.
M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.
D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.
12-28-2008 19:51:59 | More by maddogruss
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Clear, very dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky lace. Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest, sweet tarts, caramel and malt, nuts, brown sugar, very floral. Solid bitterness that lingered into the finish. Big maltiness, lots of caramel. Plenty of hoppy pine and citrus with alcohol in the finish. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Nice texture with a bit of warmth. Very good overall. I really liked what the addition of some darker malts did for this beer.
12-26-2008 20:59:32 | More by DrJay
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
a: This was a clear, dark mahogany color, very pretty. It poured with a sticky off-white frothy head.
s: This is definitely hop forward with aromas of lemon rind and some freshly broken pine needles. More citrus than pine though. Strong, sweet caramel malts punctuated by some solventy heat.
t: Up front, big fresh lemony hops fade into sweet caramel malts with some surprising chocolate flavors. This last part caught me off-guard at first, but it works extremely well with this one. The finish brings a piny hop bite that leaves a residual, generic tasting astringent bitterness. Too bad about the finish, this was almost great.
m: Spot-on long lasting carbonation. I love Victory's automated growler filler! That lingering astringency is a drawback unfortunately.
d: I did like this a lot, but I wanted to like it more. As others have mentioned, this does walk the line between American b-wine and DIPA. It looks like a b-wine, but I think it is more of a DIPA. Interesting stuff from Victory.
12-24-2008 11:49:42 | More by DIM
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
On cask and regular tap both tried at the brewpub. One of the rare beers where when side by side I strongly preferred the regular over cask. Once warmed from regular pour, flavors were great.
A: Dark mahogany- this is an IPA of any sort? Caramel colored body that is pretty vacant of bubbles and thin but creamy head.
S: Citrus and sweet. As it warmed, the bready flavors come out- something of a good hearty rye toasted IPA. Toasty and inviting.
T: Malty sweet finishing with a hop oil residue on the cheeks and tongue. Citrus bitterness that is supremely balanced with woody flavors and hop juice. Balanced as balanced can be. I would not have blindly recognized it as a DIPA, credit the brewer there.
M: Creamy texture, lightly carbonated and not wet. Oily resins are just enough to coat the tongue but not one sided. Virtually no heat whatsoever.
D: This is more of an IPA in flavor to me, its just not an over the top hop kick in the face. I detect zero, I mean zero, alcohol fumes in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. I had several and this could be dangerous but enjoyable.
This should replace (yes, blasphemy to some) should replace the Wallop as their seasonal. Superb beer.
12-19-2008 00:45:20 | More by marcpal
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
A- Pours a light to darkish chocolate color with that lets some light in, Huge froathy off white head (larger than the liquid)
S- Hops, some subtle malt notes, hops again, flowers
T- Earthy, hops, a little sugar, its hard to pick out what hops, but there are few
M- probably the most deceptivly tasting beer I have had, it looks like a stout, but finishes and has very simular characteristics of An IPA/DIPA
D- I dig this alot, but the high abv make it to high for a session beer , but def if you wanna get tipsy.. have a few of these
I hope Victory decides to make it again, it has great marketing value in my opinion
12-18-2008 07:39:56 | More by gdfan47
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.