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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

1,533 Ratings

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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,533 | Reviews: 768 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of IronLover


4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle - best by November 2012. Dark brown in color with deep ruby red hues and good clarity despite the dark color. Poured with a dense, rocky beige foam with good staying power that also left sheets of thick sticky lacings on the glass. Complex combination of dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate malt aromas along with citrus, floral and and pine hops that intensify as this warms. Rich, smooth feel with aggressive carbonation. Dark roasted and lightly burnt malt flavors up front, floral and citrus hop bitterness from the middle thru to the end. A hint of dark chocolate flavor toward the end as the dark and burnt roasted malt flavor intensify at the finish in combination with a delayed bitter pine hop aftertaste. A multitude of aromas and flavors make this a beer to be sought out.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 19:22:44 | More by IronLover
Photo of SpoonMeForkMe


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced. Bitter all the way through. when the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA medium bodied, nice lacing light carbonation very easy to drink but not sessionable. Licorice.
Off tap served in a tulip.

A - Pours a deep ruby/brown with a two finger thick, creamy, off white head.

S - Pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, toffee.

T - The smell correlates well with the taste. Piney, resinous, fresh herb, rosemary, chocolate, licorice, caramel, toffee.

M - Nice carbonation. Slightly buttery/creamy. Medium bodied.

O - Balanced. Bitter all the way through. When the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much for some people. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA. Very easy to drink but not sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 19:12:00 | More by SpoonMeForkMe
Photo of NoLeafClover44


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Best by date: Nov 12, 2012

A - Very dark amber brown. Nice two finger head which leaves a beautiful speckled lacing all the way down the glass. Somewhat transparent for a beer this dark.

S - Pine, citrus, maple syrup, toasty malts, rich hops. Interesting combo of smells.

T - Tastes like it smells. The combination of the pine and hops works perfectly with the nutty malt backbone. Nice and hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Very drinkable at 8.7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Delicious.

M - Good carbonation, not very heavy bodied but has a creaminess I didn't expect.

O - This has come to be one of my favorite beers, from one of my favorite breweries. There is a very unique taste that I have trouble describing. The flavors culminate to create a very distinct, balanced, and delicious beer. I don't know if it completely fits the style based on color and flavor, but I can't come up with a style that better suits it. I have a hard time ever passing this beer up and I will soon miss it greatly until it returns next November.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:49:37 | More by NoLeafClover44
Photo of Emerson1310


3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with a use by of Nov. 30, 2012.

Appearance: Mahogany in glass, basically clear. Thick 3-finger foamy light brown head. Plenty of lacing in glass, minimal carbonation/bubbling.

Smell: Definite fruity hops, but with another rather strange smell within, malty, yeasty.

Taste: OK, I know this sounds strange, but here goes: A (very) quick taste of fruity hops which is immediately overwhelmed by malts and...well...the taste of liquid fiberglass (!!!) The bitterness very quickly builds up on your tongue. I am drinking this on a fresh palate. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and not dominant, like you'd think in an almost 9%ABV beer. I just burped...Empty stomach, but the flavor of this beer-burp was like redoing a surfboard!! I have never experienced a flavor like this in a craft...

Overall: If you like extremely bitter hop-beers, then you'll like this one. The bitterness factor is growing at an exceptional pace as I continue drinking this.
As I prefer crafts with a mother-lode of fruitiness (Like Pliny and Alesmith-X), I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 21:54:51 | More by Emerson1310
Photo of BigGameRick

New York

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

Brown bottle with a best-by date of October 26th 2012, poured into a standard pint glass. About a half inch of tan foam that lasted a couple minutes. Thin lacing remained, nothing crazy. The beer is a deep ruby/mahogany color that lets in only a slight bit of light on the edges.

Right from the start you smell the hops. Citrusy, with hints of grapefruit and alcohol. The taste follows suit, with a piney hit of hops up front that mellows out to a more grapefruit bitterness at the end, and it lingers in your mouth long after the sip. The malt aspect is barely noticeable but what little there is tastes of smoky bread. It is enough to make it slightly sweet and not kill your tastebuds with bitterness. Regardless, the hops are the main attraction here. The alcohol is hidden fairly well but you will still know you're drinking an 8% beer.

This one definitely warms the mouth. Not too much carbonation. Overall an interesting beer, I haven't had too many high hopped ales this dark before. I definitely will be picking this one up again come next winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 00:53:42 | More by BigGameRick
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a dark amber color body with not a lot of head but some nice tan lace around the edge. The smell is strong of hops. The taste hits the tongue very malty and sweet. Then after that the piney hops comes on the back. The mouthfeel is nice and overall a good winter style beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:08:25 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass- pours a slightly translucent mahogany color with a two finger head, great retention, and splashes of lacing.

The smell is not overwhelming- faintly of piney hops. Could be more fragrant but pleasant.

Tastes excellent- smacks of malty sweetness throughout, punctuated by piney hops with a slightly dry finish. Tastes faintly of molasses?

Mouthfeel is also excellent; a little syrupy but lightly-moderately carbonated so it is certainly very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:53:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Village Draft House in Raleigh. Poured a dark black color with some dark brown foam.

At first, the taste was smooth piney hops, followed by a chocolate and malty flavor. This is a very drinkable beer, especially for how bold its flavor is.

Overall, this is a very good beer in a style that I intend to start drinking more often.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 01:28:20 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of PicoPapa


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By Date of Nov 02 2012. Pours a dark brown color with light brown hues and a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aroma is piney and chocolatey with some citrus notes. Sweet. Taste is pine and floral hops upfront with hints of chocolate and a floral finish. Not really getting any citrus like I did in the nose. Flavor is mostly floral hop bitterness with pine. Overall, decent and worth having once in awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 04:42:32 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep caramel brown with a huge amount of light brown head that has outstanding retention. The nose has a strong chocolate malt presence with a light hop aroma. The flavor is bitter throughout with immediate astringency up front followed by a slight bittersweet chocolate finish. The hop character is earthy, piny, and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I'm a little unsure where I stand on this beer. It comes across incredibly bitter and intensely hopped. It's a little much even for a hop head like me. The malt character is a little one dimensional and doesn't really, in my opinion, hold up to the intense hop character. I probably wouldn't have another one.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:49:06 | More by tdm168
Photo of jraras


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a "dark ale" vs. "black". Ruby red/chestnut brown colors. The head forms beautifully, 1.25 fingers of light brown and quickly reduces to a slight ring. Nice lacing and plenty of carb visible as it keeps the ring intact. Quite a nice looking view from the side/top angle in my Stone RIS snifter.

Off the bat lots of hop aromas, but as I get into the glass less, but still materially there. Carmel malts and a bit of bread smell, but still hops. No lack of hops for me here. I'm sure freshness or a lack thereof would play a large part in variances between reviews on the hop profile.

Citrusy and resiny. Awesome! There's a bitter punch and as an herbal flavor that I love, but can't describe all that well.

Solid mouthfeel--certainly not thin, but doesn't linger with viscosity. However, the bitter/herbal/citric goodness does linger and for that I'm grateful.

I love this stuff, drink time I see it on tap and keep a six pack around as long as it lasts.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:26:15 | More by jraras
Photo of J23hc

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, Lots of malt on this nose, sweet smelling, a little licorice & dark fruit, hint of coacoa with some herbal and citrus hops. Nice appearance as well, ruby red bordering black. Burnt flavor, toffee, ashy, a little coffee, lots of hop bitterness adding just enough balance. Definitely would drink again

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 18:45:43 | More by J23hc
Photo of tlazaroff


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing much on the nose, unfortunately. I was really looking forward to a big hop burst, but I got almost nothing of the sort. There is a little floral note on top of some rich caramel maltiness.

The beer looks beautiful. I knew it was hoppy but didn't know it was an American Black Ale. It pours like a porter with a nice slightly off-white head. Lacing is generous but the head drops into the beer quickly.

The taste is where the hops are in Yakima Glory. I get a nice burst of light citrus in the front, but it finishes with heavy floral notes. There is a little bit of roast, which I don't care for in my ABA's, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the beer at all. Nice job on the flavor creations here.

It's somewhat heavy on the body, but not quite in the heavy category. Carbonation is quite high, between your standard APA and Belgian beer I would say. Finishes dry, just how I like them.

Overall this is a fine beer, I would probably buy this again over most other ABA beers out there. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:44:57 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this aint a black ale, but thats okay! pours a deep deep ruby red meets chocolate brown color. huge rising white head, lacey. hectic yeast floating around. smells very very hoppy, but rounder than an ipa, big sweet dark malt aroma too. taste like a big ipa, many different hop characteristics here, piney and floral, but really sturdy. malt sweetness comes in later adding nice depth. mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and the alchohol is present on the tongue. not as carbonated as maybe it could be, and a little heavy in the tummy. not a session brew, but a good starter for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:11:01 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of psuwiz99


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: not as dark as I expect, more brownish. Pour into a pint glass, not much head.

S: smell the hops, but not overly strong.

T: hoppy up front, but it doesn't linger for long. not quite as roasty as I'd like in a black ipa

M: just average mouthfeel. medium carbonation

O: This is a good brew, just not quite what I was hoping for in a "black" ipa. It's very easy to drink though and I'll have to try it on draft at some point.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:50:27 | More by psuwiz99
Photo of elNopalero


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I felt like using my Christmas gift so I poured this into my Bell’s wheat beer glass. What’s the technical term for it? Ah, I don’t know. After reviewing on a regular basis I pretty much stopped mentioning the type of glassware I was using. But I’m doing so this time since it’s a cool effect.
Sometimes improper glassware leads to fun results. And this beer looks good in a wheat glass. So sue me.

It pours a malty burnt caramel color. Rich, dark malt. Took my time pouring and topped it off with several fingers of thick, toast-colored billowy foam that dissipated into a heavy layer of cream. Looking good, Yakima Glory, looking good!

I wasn't sure of the classification (at the time I had it) but I didn't think it was a Cascadian pale ale. Not dark enough. Hoppier than an amber, and stronger too. Aromas aren’t giving it away so let’s move on to tasting it.

There’s definitely a subdued hoppiness on the palate. Bitter, sharp, a little herbal. There’s a light maltiness to balance it out without being too sweet and I taste the alcohol, more than I’d expect to for a 8.7% brew. I’m liking but not loving this one. Layer in some more roast, perhaps, to match the hops, or dial back the booze and I’d really dig this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 20:39:10 | More by elNopalero
Photo of RappAttack


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark amber almost red
S: smells like pinetrees
T: piney hop bitterness with a hint ofsweet malts at the fiish
M: light carbonation and very refreshing
O: a good one here folks. it reminds me of winter storm from heavy seas with a nice little sweet malty goodness at the end. price-per-sixpack is a little steep but this is something i will buy again

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:08:27 | More by RappAttack
Photo of jayhawk73


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

Pours a dark brown with crimson highlights. Average lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Way darker than I was expecting. The nose is pine, spruce, citrus, with a slight tinge of caramel malt. Fairly hoppy nose on this beer... nice. The taste follows the exact profile as the nose- the pine, spruce are really out front on the taste. Feel is medium, crisp, w/ major hop bite and a very dry finish. Overall, an interesting and good brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:15:53 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head, not much lacing on a clear amber body. Aroma is Toasty, nutty and malty. Hazelnut in particular. Pine and coffee. Some roasted malt in the taste. Has a burnt element and decent piney hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. It is a very complex beer and hardto appreciate all of its elements. May be a little too complex.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:55:31 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of MrKennedy


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

12oz bottle from Cellarbrations Carlisle, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip. Thanks to bluebetty for grabbing this!

Pours a dark colour, a lot of red shows up against the light. Nice tan head of foam that laces very well and gets a bit of orange about it when agitated.

Chocolate, roasted and burnt chocolate comes through with the smell. Sensing a fair bit of hop-fade. Little bit of light pine late that comes in to show what was probably the brewers intention.

Taste is a mix of chocolate cookies, cocoa and some hop pine along with pine resin. Seems to work well, the chocolate first and the pine later.

Mouthfeel is full. Sweetness early and some bitterness late to even things out. Body is on the bigger side, adding some punch to this.

Even though it was sourced through the official channels, it doesn't seem to have the punch that was intended. Still, its a good go at the style. Plenty of chocolate in this, would still buy again. I do like how Victory seem to work with their beers, with this another beer that is just fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 10:05:11 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of cyclonece09


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark red, almost black, with little head. Smell of fruits with a hint of alcohol, almost like a barleywine. Tastes more like a barleywine than a dark IPA at first, but has a good hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty well for a high ABV beer, although it is more of a sipper than a session. Overall, a very fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:53:31 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Jimmys


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a medium brown hue. head is rich and almost stout-like. retention is reasonable and the lacing is thick and sticky. also stout-like. wouldnt say it is a 'black' IPA, but certainly a dark brown IPA.

S: a blast of upfront, in your face, american grown hops. there is a very grainy, very toasty aspect in there as well, but this one is all about the hops.

T: the flavors on this thing are so much closer to a big AIPA than an black IPA. the hops are very much at the forefront of the palate and while yes, there is some roasted grain in there, it is not nearly as intense as your average black IPA.

M: moderate carbonation on a brew that is dancing on the line of medium and full bodied.

D: like i said in appearance, i wouldnt classify this as an american black as much as i would call it a very hoppy american brown ale. the hops are so refreshing and drinkable and with the roasted backdrop there is a really nice added dimension that gives this brew some depth. well done victory.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:58:21 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Ryanm1


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fun is in the name with this one. I like this Vicotry product probably because its one of their highest ABVs. This sounds like a Japanese Kamakaze pilot beer.

I had this a few times but this particular review is out of a bottle. Nut brown in color. Hazelnut fragerance. A lot of head when poured.

A black ale but has hops and floral undertones in boquet. You can barely see through this beer when held to light. Not very bubbly. Bitter upon tasting with some chocolate taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:55:02 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of Flounder57


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on draft at the Union Brewhouse. Beer was poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Slight head, a deep mahogany crimson red with a little clarity and no signs of carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: mocha, sweet malts, and pine. Interesting mix. Hmmmm. Hoppy black ale. This explains things.

Taste: pine, mocha, and subtle bitterness. A little biscuit and sweet malts too.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, interestingly delicious.

Overall: Probably the most interesting hoppy black ale I have had yet. Will be getting mote of this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 05:53:37 | More by Flounder57
Photo of jhartley


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug. Best by date: November 8, 2012.

A-Dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Almost looks like root beer. Dark and lovely.

S-Hops right away for me. Malty aroma.

T-Immediate hops up front. Perfect amount of aggressiveness. Grapefruit-citrus and something like dry fruits in the finish. Very nice for when the winter months come on.

M-Nice smooth malts then slam into overdrive with the hops. It's like a tennis match back and forth between the 2.

O-I love this beer. I can definitely go for more of this one! I think this is a big win for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 22:54:59 | More by jhartley
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,533 ratings.