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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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769 Reviews

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 1,638
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 80
Gots: 78 | 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 drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good beer. Served with a fine foamy off white to light tan head and a little lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor's dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly like the flavor and is long with alcohol coming out towards the end. Be more drinkable except for the alcohol.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz at Duckworths. About the lightest dark ale I've ever seen. A ruby brien with a finger of white. Frothy and laced ok.

Aroma, quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Some limited toasted malt.

Taste, also crisp and hoppy. Minimal roast. Citrus herbal pine is all there. Not much roast, just a mild malt backbone. Nearly a straight ipa to me. The roast and cocoa qualities open up a bit as it warms.

About mid body, mid-high level of carb. Drinks easy enough, pretty dry. A fine beer, just mis-classified.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark chestnut brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: cocoa and floral hops. Very weak for the style that usually has bolder smells

Taste: A caramel start with some floral hops on the finish. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body,sweet start with a sharp bitter body and finish

Overall: OK for the style. I like this style a lot and this one is more hop forward and less roasty. I like a bit more balance as I generally like this style. Not a bad beer, but not one I would go for again given all the better alternatives in the style.

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Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Going through some older notes...

This brew, far from being black, is in fact a surprising burnished copper verging on bronzed in color. A solid light brown head retains its form well and deposits a good portion of sticky lacing in as this beer recedes down the glass.
This is hop-forward, as expected from the style despite the color, with a fairly varied malt bill adding to the complexity and balance. Hops are citrus-forward, but there's certainly an earthy element to the bitterness and offer a light herbal note as well. Malts add mostly caramel/toffee and maybe a slight biscuit note.
This really is balanced in the flavor as well, hoppy but not skimping on malts or going overboard. Malts give up some biscuit/bread and caramel, while hops offer plenty of citrus with a citrus rind bitterness and an herbal element. There's a touch of piny, resinous hops bitterness secondarily. It's important to note that there's no way I would have guessed the ABV was almost 9%. It's very well masked.
Carbonation is moderate and the elements work together to offer a balance of crispness and smoothness that won't blow anyone away but certainly makes each sip pleasant. The body is medium, fitting for the overall character if not quite in line with the typical ABA.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus like hops. In the taste, fresh pine hops, and a mellow citrus hop, with a nice malty backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a mixture of hops.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with some red around the edges where light gets through. Huge off-white three finger head that retains almost as well as Duvel's cap. Very fluffy and creamy looking. Massive lace at the top where the head falls a bit. Lace coats a majority of the glass. The head never actually dies completely and leaves me drinking some foam at the end of the glass, beautiful!

S- Huge caramel malt blasts out of the bottle right as I open it. Dark fruit is one of the main things here was well. Malts are somewhat grainy/corny and raisins are picked up too. Some earthy and grassy hops finish off a nose that has good strength. It is also somewhat viney, which I don't particularly love in this type of beer.

T- Very malty. The malt lends notes of grain, corn, caramel. It is also roasty and nutty, making it taste like a big brown ale. The hops are fairly subtle but are earthy and spicy. This is the first beer where I have noticed spicy hops. Moderately bitter with slight fruit in the end. Once again, the vine notes come a bit too much into play.

MF- Very warm from alcohol. Light body that is creamy with low carbonation, suiting the big flavors. A fairly bitter coat of spicy, roasty and nutty notes coats the palate.

DB- A pretty intensely flavor and warmth make this a sipper/one bottle at a time thing. A pretty cool combo of some flavors that aren't always blended together. Worth trying at a great price. I would say the vine notes keep this one from being great.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywoodish blood red color with a mostly smeared glow to its body. Capped with a dense, nearly tan, mostly yellowed foam of medium stacked height. Keeps its immenseness for quite a bit to leave an ever present amount of skim and laces the glass well with an intricate sheeting and lots of holey globs.

Mega wafting hopped up aroma of fresh crisp green hops, earthy, deep, dense, dark, and weedy(both the garden variety and its brother left hemp) with a big toasted malt backing. Nice!

The flavors don't disappoint here as that aroma encapsulates what the taste delivers as its vast display of fresh green hops works its dark magic across the palate. However, I find this has alot more complexity to it. The hops are doing all sorts of wonderful things here, dark, greasy, dirty, earthy, toasty, green, fresh, herbal, and intense. All that with a crunchy toasted malt backing and some easy going dryness of late grassyness and some slight bitterings of greasy, oily pine and dark grapefruit oil. A hop monster of yummy complexity!

Body is about medium with a soild tone the whole way thru of hoppy goodness thats crisp, crunched, toasted, and bold. Hop oiled warmth breathes up thru the finish as it drys with herbal grasses and earthy dark oils dashed with a grace of toasted bitterness. It drinks down pretty damn easy too.

Victory for Victory! A wonderment of scrumptious hops and a wet dream for hopheads. Yum!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer.
Dark amber color, thick tan head. Very good retention, and a lot of lace.
Very fragrant. Sweet malt, very mauch malty, in fact. Intensely floral.
Upfront big malt taste, quickly followed by piney hops. The hop bitterness persisted.
Nice balance. The 8.7% ABV is not at all noticeable, so be careful with this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle says enjoy by November 2011. dated a year out?

appears a brilliant deep garnet color with thick frothy head, that leaves decent lacing. good head retention

super hoppy nose, pleasant floral and piney aromas. the taste however is much more balanced. its got a good toasted malt base supporting that crisp hop flavor.

lower carbonation, fairly smooth mouthfeel and creamy head. no hint of the almost 9% abv.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light brown in color with some nice copper tones and a big head that comes up quick. It showed great retention and left tons of lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell - The hop aroma is tight yet opens up nicely. I'd call them fruity but add that they show a lot of depth and aren't sweet if that makes any sense. There is some nice floral notes as well that are huge and actually form the backbone to the hop bouquet.

The malts are just as big as the hops. There's almost a winey port aroma to the malts but really they are filled with toffee galore. It's not the kind of toffee you get in a Heath bar but more like what you'd make on your stove top. I find some smaller notes of chocolate here as well but this has a nice, robust, malt structure that actually is probably the closest thing I've ever tasted to Arrogant Bastard.

Taste - The aromas meld nicely together at the taste. This is half hops and half malts and I mean split exactly down the middle. If I had to pick one I'd say the malt is just a shade stronger. It is so rich and heavy.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied with little bitterness and a flat yet pleasing texture that again reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.

Drinkability - This is a world-class beer that deserves the highest of accolades. It must be incredibly difficult to pull off this flavor combination but Victory did a tremendous job.

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

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like oranges and pineapple hops and caramel malt, with earthy roasted barley. It tasted like orange and pineapple and copper hops, with some caramel malt and roasted barley. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had a good clean flavor with nice hops and malt, but it seemed to suffer from an identity crisis. Is it a double IPA? A black IPA? Something in between? The tropical hops seemed great for the summer, and the roasty malts seemed great for the fall or winter. Together they were confusing. I would prefer a straight double IPA followed by a straight scotch ale or doppelbock. It was still easy enough to drink, but didn't end up being as enjoyable or special as I hoped.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/11; sampled 2/10/11

Pours a deep, almost ruby reddish brown with 2.5 fingers of tan head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

Smell is sweet malts up front with a very faint citrus and pine hoppiness behind. Hops are much more present in the taste than the smell, followed by toffee malts. Finishes with a nice snap of hops. Overall, a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice stickiness from the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

This went down pretty smoothly, so I guess drinkability is pretty high for me. I'm not completely sold on the style, but this is one on the better black IPAs I've had.

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Hop City poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber brown with an absolutely massive creamy off-white head that shows exceptional retention and lingers as a big creamy cap and leaves good lacing.

The aroma starts with a big dose of fresh green hops along with some sweet citrus. There is a solid doughy malt aroma in the background.

The taste is bitter with floral hops up front with the hefty malt bill coming in after that to form a healthy backbone underneath. The finish is big and bitter with the pine lingering after each sip.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and bitter with the green hops and citrus. It's slightly dry in the finish with some oily hops on the palate.

A very hoppy, resinous IPA with enough malts to balance things out. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark red hue with a white head, nice and frothy and retaining well. Lace is pretty nice; not very sticky but creates cool patterns on the glass. Nice.

Smells tasty, but quite intense: very distinct peppermint notes with chocolate malt underlying. Hint of passionfruit maybe, but yeah a sharp, fresh yet rounded mint note mostly. Impressive, and I'm certainly not averse.

Taste is quite dark upfront with earthy, slightly roasted malt. Develops spicy notes midway with more mint, aniseed and some cocoa. Bit sharp, but the roasty malts come through late to soothe the palate. Maybe a bit too much pique in the middle but an impressive, refreshing, brooding dark beer.

Bit spicy and tickly on the front and quite dry. OK.

Intriguing beer with lots of mysterious personality, and a piquant spark of life that ignites, but also slightly overcooks.

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Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The smell blows me away. It's like sniffing a cup full of wet hops. It also has some fruit scents, but mostly hops.

T: The taste is a lot more settle than I expected. It sort of taste like pineapple, some pine and a bit of malt.

M: The beer is super smooth and has hardly any crispness. For sure one of the better feeling beers.

O: This is a great beer. I enjoy the Arrogant Bastard style scent, but how it suprises you with a very easy and settle taste.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is absolutely massive, and recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, with some malt underneath. It is rather underwhelming for a beer of its strength. Its real weakness is its lack of any sort of complexity. In fact, I think I would like it even less if it were stronger as its blandness would be more in my face. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and equally dull too. There is a noticeable bitterness in the finish, but that doesn't really improve anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I could see how this beer might be enjoyed by the crowd who's only criteria for to be good is strength. But I'm not in the crowd, and I expect more from a beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber with beige lumpu head that holds, rims and leaves good lacey rings. Gooey resiny orange nose and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Milk chocolate and nectarine jam with fresh leaf hop, a bit of citrus, plus herbal and funkiness that cloys as it warms.
Compote end and cherry skin bitter linger. Medium to full, chewy, sticky, a bit of oil, slight burn.

Tastes like wet hop, and a funky one at that. But it degrades into something like bad homebrew – the dangers of over dry-hopping, I think. Too harsh, I don’t get the balance everyone else mentions and not dark enough to be a CDA.

A mess, and a surprise coming from Victory.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a shadowy ruby colored liquid, topped with a creamy off-white head. It's a pretty brew, but the appearance doesn't foreshadow that this is one powerful hop-bomb. The smell is all about hops....piny, resiny, citric, oily, sharp, and serious. It's like rubbing your nose in your homebrewing buddy's hop harvest. There is a little malt in the distance, but it's hard to discern a specific character behind all the hop scents. The taste is also hop-centric. It's bitterness has a no-nonsense intensity, and the resiny, tannic, slightly oily sensations are amazing. There is a little more malt in the taste....bread-crumbs and toasted crackers. The finish is long and bitter. Full body...warming. This is one adventurous beer!

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent garnet in color with a two finger head of tight fluffy suds that leave tons of lace all over the glass.

Complex scents of sweet bread, bright citric hops, prune and dark berries.

Lots of unsweetened bitter hops. Dark malts, notes of coffee and plenty of grapefruit peel. Some warm alcohol is present. I guess this fits as a hopped up strong ale. I think some age will smooth out the flavor and mellow the extreme bitterness of the hops.

Smooth, slightly creamy carbonation, close to full bodied, pretty bitter on the tongue. Extremely dry on the finish.

Pretty strong in alcohol and especially in the hop department. I'm a hop head, but one of these is enough. I think some age on this will be very positive. Unique beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear reddish brown into the tulip glass, slightly carbonated, thin head with light lacing. With this type of coloring it's obvious there's alot of toasted malts in this one! The aroma coming from the glass is big time malts with hoppy citrus, some carmel, some chocolate going on. The hops hit the front of your tongue right away, followed by a gush of strong carmel and roasted malts, and finishes with a hint of chocolate trailed with intense hops that lingers for quite awhile. The finish of this beer is very dry. The taste of the malt profile is very Germanesque which is so typical of the flavor and malts that Victory is so known for. The initial smell reminds me of an Imperial Red Ale because of the huge amount of malts. This is an interesting IPA that reminds me of Germany meets the West Coast style of extreme hopping. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and I can see this one as a sleeper that will creep up on you very quickly if you're not paying attention, very drinkable and quite tastey.

I still prefer the Hop Wallop and would like this one more if it weren't so malty. Victory has this love for German malts and I taste it in alot of their beers. I absolutely love alot of hops in my beers and if it weren't for the massive amount of bittering going on here, I would have scored it much lower because I'm not a huge fan of big malt flavors. This is a very unique brew that doesn't really match the description of a IPA typical IPA, it's quite weird but works well. (Thus the beauty of the American brewers, I love it.)

The beer wasn't anything like I anticipated and this is one I wanted to get last year to try and discovered it after the it was all sold out for the season. I've been waiting an entire year to try this beer and it was worth the wait, a very distinct Victory beer. One of the maltiest IPA's I've had.

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Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown color with a big tan head that left a sheet of lacing as it dissipated. Big aroma of citrus hop; nice juicy grapefruit profile with a touch of a toasted malt. The taste is of resiny, piney hops with some citrus notes. A toasted bready malt supports the big bitter hop profile. There are some hints of chocolate in the malt as well. The brew has a moderate body with fairly soft carbonation that leads to a silky feel; finishes with quite a bitter asprin blast which is a little rough for my liking. A tasty DIPA for sure, big hop profile. To me the malt was there for color as it didn't really help smooth out the hoppy bitterness. Most will like this but the finish hurts the drinkability for me.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle (best by 11/23/11) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours dark brown/red with stiff 1+ finger head that takes a while to dissipate. Leaves good lacing.

S: Floral and leafy hops, some citrus (lemon mainly), roasted malts.

T: Just like the nose, Lots of hop presence. There's the leafy hop flavors right up front with the lemon/grapefruit citrus bursting through the top. This is in counter-point to the roasted malt base that has a good bit of slightly burned caramel and licorice. I get maybe a hint of chocolate at the beginning and returning for the finish. While not overwhelming, there's is a good bit of bitterness, especially in the finish. The Finish is dry, char, and leafy hop bitterness. It leaves a really bitter leafy aftertaste that I find unpleasant (pretty much any dark beer with leafy hops), almost like chewing on dry, bitter grass root.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, extremely resinous, I find the mouthfeel a bit harsh, mainly due to the clashing of the leafy bitter hops and dark roasted malts.

D: I imagine this is a pretty good example of the style, but I just find the flavors to clash and leave a unpleasant aftertaste. One and done is good for me. I'll scale the grade with style in mind.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

So its brother, Hop Wallop, has gained year-round status, and this new hop concoction has taken the winter seasonal reins within Victory's portfolio.

Dark chestnut color, decent crowning of lace. Quick hit of roasted malt in the nose, mostly all hops after that with suggestions of tobacco, grapefruit rind and peppermint. Fresh, peppy hop character, the bitterness takes hold quick and drops layers of complex citric and herbal flavors. Flexed roasted malt tone; unsweetened chocolate comes to mind. Hops don't let go at all, so the aftertaste is packed with lingering hop resin.

A dream of a beer for all you hopheads out there. Perhaps a bit to harsh for the "faint of palate" beer drinkers--nothing we had a problem with though.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.