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Yakima Glory - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,607 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,607
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 67
Gots: 64 | 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:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

(Beer added by: sholland119 on 12-06-2008)
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Photo of unclejazz
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very happy to be able to sample this before picking up a growler. It is very tasty. For a black ale it is more of a dark brown. It was roast malt noted with some sweet notes of a banana or pineapple. There was also a bit of smoke under the surface of this stuff. Good complexity. The carbonation was a bit low but allow for a cleaner taste and I think it complimented the beer style. I am curious to try this in a bottle to see if I like it better.

unclejazz, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours and nice brownish hue, a shade darker than amber (not black), and with a nice IPA-esque head and lacing. Nice hoppy aroma, pine and tobacco, mingled with a sturdy malt base. This is a really well balanced beer. The focus is on hops, with a nice bitter bite up front, but also plenty of malt character and a nice mellow roastyness, nutty and toasty too. There's enough malt balance that this doesn't come across as a super bitter beer, but the finish is dry and lingering, real nice. This contributes to the drinkability of this beer. Also, I was drinking this last weekend and now I realize why I got a little tipsy - 8.7%?? I was tossing em back, thinking it was a perfect session beer. Well, it kind of is - real nice to drink, as long as you aren't going anywhere! A bold American ale by Victory!

twelvsies, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the color on this beer, a deep ruby amber color with big sandy brown head. Decent lacing, good retention. Smell is robust, with some spicy and sweet malt notes and some grassy and citrusy hops. Barleywine-esque. Taste follows, reminds me a little of what I would imagine 75% Arrogant Bastard and 25% Double Bastard would be like. Big malty flavors, a fair amount of caramel and lightly roasted notes. Earthy hops follow, grassy and herbal. A fair amount of bitterness here. Full-bodied and creamy, definitely a sipper, though a nice one at that. Good stuff here from Victory, one of the best value breweries, IMO.

LordAdmNelson, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of climax
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one starts off with a bang. The aggressive pour into my SA Perfect Pint yielded a rich mahogany brown with brilliant red highlights. Clarity was very good, and the foamy head was alive and breathing.

The aroma is a hodgepodge of styles all blended into a bold interesting package. The malt profile is very robust and complex, sporting flavors of toasty biscuits, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The earthy hop profile is fleeting, but always present. More diacetyl, ripened fruit (cherries mostly), and a hint of alcohol emerge as it warms. What a lovely nose!

The alcohol announces itself in the flavor, but only adds a slight warming touch. It tastes nice and roasty from beginning to end, the resiny hop character is more pronounced in the finish. The balance is fantastic amongst sweet, roasted, and bitter.

The feel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to lighten it up and add crispness. The body is fantastic, it fills the mouth and slides down wonderfully without being too thick.

This beer delivers in every way, a victory for Victory.

climax, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: This pours a deep mahogany color with a huge two and a half finger head that holds and laces well.

S: Strong and fresh piney hops, strong citrus, mild roastiness, and some nuttiness.

T: Piney hops is the main feature; citrus, mild coffee, and some dark chocolate.

M: This has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and a sticky finish.

D: This is terrific and one of the only black ales I enjoy.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of LoganMc
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%

LoganMc, Tuesday at 12:46 AM
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

jp312, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Mark5252, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of khiasmus
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yaka-ho, yaka-hoy hey!
hoogolly golly yippee yai yay!
Cascadian? A dark ale, you say?
Oh but so, to my dismay..

Little head here, just a little atop,
and it dissipates quickly, though poured with a plop!
A lacey this ain't, though a dollop of bubbles
floats in the middle, but the appearance is troubled,

Yay hey! ya harry hey! Ya hoy!

Boozey and bright, an aroma of yaki
those victory chaps, why they may be too cocky..
for it smells like a good 'un, though only just,
A world class aroma, well this one's a bust.

Yah! Ya kiki-rah! ooh dally!

A pliffen and pluffin, a sip down the hatch
A bold balanced flavour, but not the best catch
An Event Horizon, or stone SSR
I'd much rather quaff down, for they set the bar.

La dee da, hoo dally, rockalah kaloo...

Well the savoring's quick here, I have to admit,
The hopping and malting both take a hit,
For not very complex, though not for the sink
Despite high alkie, she's easy to drink.

Yoo rah! La-da! Toomolly tah mally!
Latah!

Goolambah, koorah! Quaff with gusto!
But don't get into it expecting a show!
Just a simple strong brown ale, with hopping oer-top
Enjoy this one easy, but reach for the top!

khiasmus, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Pete27lax
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle fresh on 7/13/2011

Yakima Glory poured a dark amber color, lighter than i would have expected compared to most black ales. Light brown head with good retention and medium lacing.

Hops dominated the aroma with malts taking a backseat. fruity grapefruit in the smell as well as a faint scent of caramel malts but nothing overpowering here.

Taste was similar to the smell. Slightly bitter with not much malt presence. Citrusy hops, white grapefruit in there. Tiny hints of chocolate as well as caramel and roasted pale malts. Malts became more pronouned as the beer warmed and sat.

Mouthfeel was probably the most enjoyable quality of this beer. Very smooth and thick with decent carbonation.

Enjoyable beer that got better as it sat, bought a six pack and am looking to age the others so im hoping they age well!

Pete27lax, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of brauseboof
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a bottle of this, but I was not disappointed.
Poured into my trusty tumbler and got a dark cherry with a voluminous cream hued head.
What a great nose. Malty and piney, floral and citrusy sweet.
Got hit first with a roasted coffee note, followed by the bitterness, which intensified with time.
Oily and adequately carbonated.
A brew of note, though I think one of these bad boys is just right.

brauseboof, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Elfastball7, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of marcpal
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask and regular tap both tried at the brewpub. One of the rare beers where when side by side I strongly preferred the regular over cask. Once warmed from regular pour, flavors were great.

A: Dark mahogany- this is an IPA of any sort? Caramel colored body that is pretty vacant of bubbles and thin but creamy head.

S: Citrus and sweet. As it warmed, the bready flavors come out- something of a good hearty rye toasted IPA. Toasty and inviting.

T: Malty sweet finishing with a hop oil residue on the cheeks and tongue. Citrus bitterness that is supremely balanced with woody flavors and hop juice. Balanced as balanced can be. I would not have blindly recognized it as a DIPA, credit the brewer there.

M: Creamy texture, lightly carbonated and not wet. Oily resins are just enough to coat the tongue but not one sided. Virtually no heat whatsoever.

D: This is more of an IPA in flavor to me, its just not an over the top hop kick in the face. I detect zero, I mean zero, alcohol fumes in the taste, smell, or mouthfeel. I had several and this could be dangerous but enjoyable.

This should replace (yes, blasphemy to some) should replace the Wallop as their seasonal. Superb beer.

marcpal, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of pat_usher
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of CSO
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

CSO, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of KFrank729
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

KFrank729, May 02, 2014
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark,dark amber with one finger of lasting tawny head and decent soapy lacing.

S-Dark caramel,sweet citrus,hemp oil,black pepper and toffee.

T-Not as good as I was expecting from the nose.Burnt sugar,coffee,citric hops and well roasted malts.

M-Medium bodied with a syrupy sweetness but also a piney hop oiliness.

D-Decent representation of the black IPA style.

StlHopHead77, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Notacraftdrinker, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of paulys55
4/5  rDev +1%

paulys55, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

pschul4, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev +1%

pottergator, May 26, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy dark red-brown with tiny particles and giant three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Herbal pine and notes of grapefruit.

T: Light sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Too bitter with not enough sweet malt to balance. A very faint trace of nice sweet malt is just barely detectable in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Maybe I just don't like American Black Ales - not sure. I felt like the strongly bitter hops were not balanced at all by the burnt, roasted malt. For comparison, I think Victory Hop Devil has similar hops in it, but I enjoyed that much more than this.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

hozersr, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of tlazaroff
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

tlazaroff, Jan 24, 2012
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,607 ratings.