Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,631 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | 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 williamjbauer
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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!

Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows roasted malt alongside resinous, earthy and spicy hops. Also some chocolate and nutty notes.
The flavours are less roasty, more hop-focussed with big piney notes. Some nutty hints also show but not much malt otherwise. Subtle spicy hops too. Pretty nice stuff.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tigg924
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance is a deep burnt orange with a two finger head.
Its` smell has hops, roasted malt and some lemon as well for the citrus aspect. YG hits you with malts, then coffee, hops, a bitter finish. This leans toward full bodied, with the right balance. YG is a nice beer and another solid offering from Victory.

Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

12 oz bottle, best by 11/16/2010, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, well-carbonated, prune-red body underneath a rich three-finger head of dense, long-lasting foam. Admirably retention and a solid deposit of ringed lacing. Excellent.

S: Deep, piney, grassy hop aroma balanced with smooth, sweet amber malts and a touch of appealing cinnamon spice. Quite appealing.

T: Follows the nose, but with slightly less flavorful hops, more spice, and a dry, bitter, doughy finish. Interesting to be sure, but not terribly appealing to me.

M: Nice clean medium body with abundant soft carbonation.

D: Too bitter and spicy to be super drinkable, despite the fact that it does an excellent job hiding the high ABV.

Notes: Definitely one of my preferred offerings from Victory (which just happens to be a brewery that I consistently like less than the average BA), but not my favorite of the style. Nice malt/hops balance, but a little out of whack with the dry spiciness. Certainly worth a shot.

Cheers!

Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and generally clear mahogany brown with a tight beige cap that sags somewhat quickly towards the surface leaving spotty cloaks of lacework.
Mild roast coffee, cocoa nibs, burnt toast, black cherry, plum, toffee, all combined into a simpler, lesser aroma, and countered with grapefruit pith, bitter dried weeds, acrid metalics, and pine cones.
The malt is more layered and distinct in the mouth. Though it covers the same bases. Bitter cocoa, mild roast coffee beans, toast. It expands towards cherry and plum, with a toffee glaze. There's a template for a stock ale or an English-styled Barleywine through it's initial revolutions. Hops hail down, electrically bitter, but lacking a bit in clarity. Piney, floral, grapefruit, metallic, but never definitively so. Pulpy, weedy, oxidized bronze carries the day. It actually works in counter-harmony with the wooly malt blanket, but if you were here for a hop experience, you'll leave disappointed. Yeah, it's bitter and hoppy, but it's not specific, and it's maltier than most. There a twitch of alcoholic warmth, but it really a nonfactor given the actual strength. The swallow is continually roasty, a bit boozy, with some woody cedar and generalized green bitterness.
The full mouthfeel is buffered by the trickling carbonation that stays the duration. It's a big malty beer and drinks that way, but the hops give a masking gulp of confusion.
This is one I'd actually age and expect improvement. The hops, while large, lack a defined statement on their own, and the textured maltiness is certainly up to the task. It seems confused right now.
Everything I've written above is basically a longer version of: I like the malts here, but don't particularly enjoy the hops and the sooner they fade away, the better.

Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

143rd review on BA
bottle to mug
Enjoy by 12/17/10- A few days late but worth a shot.

App- A very dark amber/brown that lightens from top to bottom. A nice 1 1/2 finger head that was pretty flat and didn't retain very long.

Smell- Smells of citrus, nuttiness and had a touch of spice and some medium hops.

Taste- This has a lot of spicy hops behind the flavor but it also has tastes of some earthy herbs. Also had that nice bitter taste on the backend.

Mouth- It's a medium bodied beer with a pretty high carbonation for the style. Was a little creamy during the drink while it warmed.

Drink- I like what Victory does. Solid beers and not too over hyped. Will have to recommend this to some friends.

Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +1%
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!

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a peculiar tan foam, not particularly aberrant, but pleasing.

S: Smell is faintly hoppy with pine and citrus notes but, more notably, is sweet with orange citrus and white grape juice and supporting maltiness.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation cover the tongue in bubbles and lead to a refreshing earthy, citrus hoppiness. More faint orange fruit accompanies a slightly bitter citrus zest hoppiness while light malt attempts to balance out the profile. Hints of plum and some graininess are reminiscent of a red ale, albeit a hoppy one.

This is a bright flavor for something so seemingly dark.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,631 ratings.