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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 JonathanCrites
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a bottle at a Christmas party.

A - Drank from a bottle.

S - Herbal hoppy notes, some sort of sweet aroma comes through too, maybe caramel?

T - Lots of hops but beautifully balanced by the malt. The bitterness is just right; not overwhelming drink on drink.

M - Medium+ body and mouthfeel, definitely has a little more weight to it.

D - Hop bitterness does not affect the drinkability however the ABV is a little too high for me in regards to drinkability.

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Photo of MikeyRx
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich red-brown with a light tan, soapy head that lingers and leaves slight lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, raisins, and hints of spicy hops, chocolate, toffee and esters.

Taste: Toasted malt flavors start sweet with hints of raisin, plum, chocolate and licorice. Dark, spicy ester/floral/hop flavor takes over and finishes with an increasing earthy bitterness as the beer warms. A boozy quality also become evident as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Heavier body, with slightly syrupy quality that finishes tacky at the back of the palate.

Overall: This is not one of my favorite styles but a complex and tasty beer. I liked the dark, warm, fruity qualities of this black ale versus others in the style The bitter and boozy flavors increased as the brew warmed, which I didn't love but others might.

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Photo of pd360
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of loftisCT
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Really dark cooper color. It looked almost black at first but clearly some copper colors at the edges. The head has a dark tint to it, not the best retention, but whats left looks really sticky and has some good laceing
S: This beer smells great. Beautifal fresh pine with some citrus in the background. Has a sweet kinda fruity smell going on in there as well
T: The malt hits you up front. Nice roasted malt with some caramel flavor in there. For a moment I think its not as hoppy as it smells but then they hit me. The hops hit hard and they taste delicously dirty. They taste really earthy and almost kinda smokey or herby.
M: The mouthful is medium, with pretty good carbonation
D: The drinkability isn't that high. I do get a little taste of alcohal, about what you expext for almost 9%. The hops are beautifally harsh, but they limit the drinkability a little.

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Photo of sturner26
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a normal pint glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with 2 fingers of tan head with good retention. Leaves some lacing behind.

S: More sweet malts up front than expected. Citrus and hops follow. Not as hoppy as expected for a "Black IPA", but still very nice and well balanced.

T: Very nice. As hoppy as expected for an IPA with nice roasted notes. More bitter than citrus due to hops and roastyness.

M: Good, a nice stickiness from the hops and lingering bitterness that is not off-putting.

D: Very good. Not my favorite black IPA, but an excellent example, one I will revisit frequently.

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Photo of Emerson1310
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of BigGameRick
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of xpoweruser
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/brown color. Off-white head that sticks around. Clear body with some sediment.

Aroma: Nice citrusy hop notes. Some sweet caramel, toffee and roast notes.

Taste: Nice citrusy hop bite, piney, maybe a little dry, bitterness lingers. Burnt caramel, toffee and roast flavors from the malts. Slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel . Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid black IPA, but I have had better.

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Photo of jchow79
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a beer snifter.

Pours a dark/black color. Light cannot penetrate this beer.

Aroma has a very fresh hop character. I really dig the smell - I suppose this is what Yakima hops smells like.

Had a thick and luxurious foamy head. The head fades slowly and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing on the glass.

The taste is great. I enjoyed this a lot. Its caramaly, bisquity, and full of hoppy goodness.

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Photo of adsomers
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red. Just barely translucent. Two finger head subsides quickly leaving a decent lace. Nice constant stream of co2.

Roasty, caramel, nuts, alcohol, pine. Some spice. Ironically light on hop aromas. A really beautiful and complex aroma.

Caramel malt dominates, with a lingering bitter finish. A tiny bit hot. Not especially complex, but robust. Dry and bitter. Tingling carbonation.

Doesn't cover the entire palate but has a very full mouthfeel. Filling and warming.

Could definitely throw a couple back on a chilly night... but then I'd be drunk. ABV is VERY sneaky, probably because of intense hopping.

Some of the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of porter and scotch ale, and the high hop factor seems to fight with what would otherwise be a delicious, hearty beer. Being a hop-head however, I say kudos to Victory for creating a dark IPA that isn't black. Definitely worth trying more than once.

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Photo of jraras
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very flowery pungent aroma, almost lush like a greenhouse. Very hoppy Pours a medium dark brown with a thin white head that's gone quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. Very floral hoppiness up front. Some malt bitterness in the back. Lots of anise on the finish that becomes more pronounced the more you drink. Very nice palette, like a DFH 90. Great beer, I like this very much. Great cost/ABV ratio too.

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Photo of braski
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- dark stained cheery wood with not much of a head or lacing.

smell- sweet roasty malts and citrus hops.

taste- "YUM" lots of things going on in this beer. sweet roasty malts upfront followed by a fair amount of bitterness from citrus hops that ends with chacolate notes and a little alcohal burn.

mouthfeel- medium to full body with little carbonation and a tart bitter end.

overall- a great balanced beer that pushes the boundaries of two styles to create a new one.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Very nice.

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Photo of TapTitan
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight has to be one if not my favorite beers of all time!

Dark Ruby color is gorgeous, perfect blend of Hops isn't overkill but just right. Very smooth beer that leaves an amazing aftertaste that to me screams "Damn this is a good beer"!

Had this on tap at Theresa's in Wayne, PA and hounded the bartenders for a few weeks on where I could snatch this up on Tap for my home bar. Unsuccessful thus far as a sixtel is concerned but found a 6-pack today and didn't mind shelling pout $12 for a 6-pack!

A must for any beer fan!

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Photo of Tombomb
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this beer on tap.

A: This beer looked awsome at the pour. Dark in color with a slight tan head about 3/4 inch in a tulip glass.

S: Lot going on, I can smell the hops and dark malts right away. The hops have a nice aroma and blend well with the spicy notes of toasted almonds.

T: Lot going on with the first sim, hops up front followed by the sweet malt, the an bitter finish, the bitter is more of a burnt toffee or coffee not citrus. I thought of Starbucks coffee...

M: A little thick and oily. Nice!

D: This is a sipper, would not drink more than one of these at a time.

I enjoyed this beer. first time I've tried a dark IPA, I would certainly try the style again.

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Photo of KyleMWood
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Came in a half-pint glass, on tap. Dark copper, red tint, small tan head

S - Strong, fruity hops on the nose, similar to IPAs, think Stone. But, not overpowering, because I still pick up malt sweetness.

T - Crisp, fresh clean taste, well balanced though for a strong beer. You get the hops at the beginning on the nose, and on the backend, but you definitely pick up a great deal of malt in between. The malt taste isn't "sweet," but has a biscuit flavor similar to Fat Tire.

M - dry, but not sweet. Very drinkable for ~9% beer.

Overall: Great beer, I would definitely go and try to find this in the bottle for home consumption. I'll be returning to the pub to try again. Would recommend trying. The bartenders said they loved this beer, and now I understand why. Great beer, try it.

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

Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep brown with slight reddish tones. I get just enough light through it to determine that it's cloudy. Nice thick 2-finger head.

S: I get lots of caramel and toffee, as well as floral hops.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, followed by nice hop bitterness, and finishing off with deep grapefruit and piney hops.

M: Very smooth early on, then hop astringency at the end.

D: Despite the high ABV, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of masstransplant
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color is a nice deep amber, almost red, with a half-inch white head that lingers for some time. Crystal clear. Balanced smell of malt and hops, with some citrus and dried fruit as well. With closed eyes, could almost mistake it for a double IPA, but the malts give it away. Hoppy, but not too bitter, and extremely well balanced. THe malts lead off, and the hops closes. I'm still working on evaluating mouthfeel in general, so unless I 'feel' something unusual, the rating will be a 4. This is a nice winter to summer transition beer. Pairs well with a good cheddar. Another good showing from Victory.

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Photo of baldben
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark copper beer which pours with some head but not much retention. Some foamy residue apparent down the glass as it empties.

Smells primarily of dark malts with a citrus background.

While the nose is malty the taste begins with a punch of hops, peppery and herbal with some grapefruit. Mid to finish the roasted malts give the beer a nice balance, though it remains aggressively hop-forward. There is a lingering aftertaste of spicy hop.

The body is on the heavier side of medium. There is average carbonation and a creamy swallow.

The powerful hop presence and 8.7% abv mean that one may not like to have many of these consecutively, but it is nonetheless a great hop showpiece displayed on a canvas of dark, roasted malts.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight pours clear with a nice creamy head that holds and an awesome hop aroma. The taste as indicated by the smill is heavy on the hops with a huge citrus overtones. Fortunately there is enough maltiness to carry the large amounts of hop flavor so all in all I would highly reccommend this beer especially to Hop Heads looking for a big hoppy beer that I have not encountered regularly.

While delicious, this is a pretty heavy beer with a bit of risidual sugar and therefore I had to knock it a bit on drinkability. I love big beers but they are not what I would standardly call session beers.

Top notch beer that I would definitely buy again . . . I am not surprised given it is made by Victory.

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Photo of Greenst82
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut/ruby like reddish brown. Decent cream color head that lasts a good while.

S - Pretty hoppy. Toasted malt and piney aromas. Really fragrant.

T - Piney hops with a sweet malty finish, then comes back to a bitter aftertaste that lasts a while.

M - Med mouthfeel but smooth and warm, sticks with you.

D - I found this very drinkable. Dangerously maybe. I only bought one at the time but I don't see myself making that mistake again.

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of Stanhagen
4.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has worked its way into my top 5 beers. I go to Victory Brewpub quite frequently and can't help but order the same beer (yakima glory). a nice use of hops providing a nice scent and taste. i rarely see it on tap anywhere outside of the brewpub but definitely gobble it up if you find it.

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Photo of Haufniensis
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.23.2011. First beer review ever. Yakima Glory Ale – Victory Brewing. ABV: 8.7

I acquired this beer as part of a variety pack. The variety pack had a much sought after Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and a Chub Scotch Ale in it along with some others I’ve wanted to try but never had. Never heard of this one. Don’t know Victory Brewing. Who knows what I am getting into here with a “dark IPA”…

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Half inch head dissipates quickly, but not completely. Leaves a little lacing. Color looks unlike any other IPA I have ever had. I’ve had pale, black, reddish… nothing like this. But it’s a good different. Nice color. Grade: 4.5

Smell: Malty, almost stout like. Red wine. Nuts. Very pleasant. But again, not very IPA-like. Grade: 4.5
Taste: Not as hoppy as I was expecting from the IPA label. Probably best not to call this an IPA. Taste is consistent with appearance and nose. Tastes like a strong red lager more than a standard IPA. A little citrus. Sweet candy. Some coffee. No alcohol burn, but something in there bites the tongue a little. Guess that’s the well-hidden hops. Grade: 3.5

Mouth: Medium body. Sticky. A little too much carbonation. Grade: 3.5

Overall: I could drink this again. Not excellent, but something a little different. A solid B overall.

Served: 12-Bottle poured into a hurricane glass (Relatively new to the craft world. I’ve requested proper beerware for Xmas. For now, my very old free-with-the-purchase-of-a-long-island-iced-tea glass does the job)

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