Yakima Glory
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #68
Ranked #8,281
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Yakima GloryYakima Glory
Notes: According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.
Reviews: 774 | Ratings: 1,661 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours brown and yields a slightly darker colored body. A nice foamy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good minute before becoming lumpy and settling nicely at the top of the body. A fair amount of spider web yet foamy lacing occurs. Though a slightly transparent body when held up to the light, no carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the hops and the pine up front, a bit of grapefruit there, very subdued. The taste is bitter with the hops and pine dominating this aspect. The mouthfeel is a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a decent dryness. Though a fairly high ABV, still drinkable, the alcohol isn’t really noted or felt. Overall, a good beer by Victory.

Jun 24, 2017
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How in the F is this a black ale? Don't they have to be dark colored? This one is a mixture of sunset colors like on the label. Brown, orange, red. Aroma of caramel more than hops. The label made me think hops. False advertising all around.

Taste did drop some hops. Not a ton, but more than the nose. A mix of brown malt, chocolate, honey, just a mix of all kinds of styles on this one.

Oct 27, 2016
Photo of fredmugs
fredmugs from Indiana

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Nothing about this states black IPA. The color was not dark. There was no hop aroma or taste. It was just incredibly bland. Definitely a case of false advertising.

Jun 27, 2016
Photo of Jjski
Jjski from New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard bearer for American Black Ales. The complexity and integration of flavors are superb. Malty and thickly hoppy. It suits those palates that enjoy barley wines, and @ 9%, it drinks so easy. I referenced this ale in my Recent Project Pam review, so I noticed I had never rated this. Most "black IPAs " ain't so great. This one put the serious schnizzle in my nizzle. Nuff said.

Nov 30, 2015
Photo of thepenguin
thepenguin from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 1/17/12

L: Pours a very dark brown, near black. Good deal of lacing.

S: C-variety hop aroma that is simultaneously citrusy and resinous. Backed up and subdued by dark malts. Slight roastiness.

T: Strong, assertive hop flavor with citrus notes. Hop bitterness with roasty bitterness to match; both linger considerably. Tastes of highly kilned and roasted malts. Reminiscent of black coffee. Some taste of alcohol, but ABV is pretty well masked. Fairly dry, bitter finish.

F: Lingering alcoholic warmth, which is welcomed and not overdone. Full, lush mouthfeel. Low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Very nice beer—my favorite black IPA to date and my current favorite Victory offering. Nice seasonal to look forward to each year.

Sep 04, 2015
Photo of SitkaSteve
SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Though a winter seasonal, after smelling and tasting, I'd say it held up. Here's the rest:
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a thick black color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a messy lacing.
The smell started off with bitter pine to a light citrus rind. Dark roasted malts developed as it warmed.
The taste was extremely bitter in the beginning and loses its cool as the bitterness really takes over. Pine and citrus take a backseat.
The mouthfeel was sharp and bitter with the hops pounding my tongue into submission. It sat about a medium on the body with not much sessionability about it.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good black IPA that I'd have again.

Jul 22, 2015
Photo of patre_tim
patre_tim from Thailand

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep woody brown with a red tinge, lots of carbonation, slightly unfiltered, 2 finger beige head.

S: Citrus hops, pine, tropical fruits, hot pepper, freezer burn, deep malty caramel, sweetness. Smells like an American Double.

T: Taste like an American double with dark malts. First its creamy and smooth, pine and tropical fruits, citrus hops, then a long lingering bitterness comes. Some coffee.

M: Heavy syrupy malty body, lots of foamy carbonation.

O: Delicious, unique brew with lots to love on. Unique style unto its own. Beatiful, tasteful, great name, great bottle great company. Would go well with hot wings.

May 04, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
BierJager89 from California

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, almost black with a creamy mocha head.

S: Pine, floral notes, kiwi and citrus in the nose.

T: Kiwi, grapefruit peel, citrus peel, citrus, lemon and grass, followed by roasted malt, espresso and coffee. Pretty much what you want out of the style, but perhaps not the best fruit flavor profile.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: I'd prefer tangerine, mango, fresh orange, pineapple, papaya, passionfruit, tropical fruit, etc. mixed with the roasty flavors, but this is still a great beer. I'd definitely recommend it, if you like the black ale style.

Feb 05, 2014
Photo of hoplover82
hoplover82 from Texas

3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thick and creamy off white head that has excellent retention and lacing. The nose has lots of pine and citrus notes from the hops. And the grain bill offers burned caramel and milk chocolate, there's toffee and roasty notes too. The taste is much like the aroma with pine trees and caramel and chocolate. There's a huge resiny bitterness that lingers long into the finish. Silky and creamy body with a noticable hot alcohol that could be hidden a lot more.overall, this beer is pretty decent. Not really impressed though.

Dec 06, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark red-brown color. Great clarity. Towering rocky tan head never dips below two inches. Lacing leaved sheets of thick foam on the glass.

S: Soot and charcoal. Faint steely scent. Bread crust and heavily toasted grain. Hops bring fresh mint, tangerine, freshly cut grass, and orange peel. Tropical esters in the background.

T: Floral hops all over the attack. Tangerine and both lemon and orange peel. Mint jelly. Malts make just as much noise with a deep crusty impression. Heavy toast. Toasted grain. Hints of soot and char. Slightly steely. Alcohol peeks out more as it warms. Lots of soot and bitter dark chocolate on the finish in tandem with minty, oily hops.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and a little airy in texture. Modest astringency from both hops and roasted malts.

O: Great interplay from both malt and hops, and a modest complexity offered by both. This beer boasts a very unique flavor profile. I also would never have guessed that this fella clocked in at 8.7% abv. A solid American Black Ale.

Nov 04, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the few good black IPAs in the world. The smooth and dark roast character plays well with the citrusy hop bite- grapefruit rind and juice, with a touch of orange as well.

Oct 24, 2013
Photo of lsummers
lsummers from California

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What an overall great, interesting, very hop forward yet somehow not overwhelming beer. Lots of great sweet malt backbone with caramel and subtle roasted oatmeal on the nose. Tons of pine/grassy hops with some peppery yeast notes on the first sip.

From looks alone this one is very appealing and looks delicious. Very dark amber with a nice one inch tall caramel colored head that leaves some nice lacing and even some subtle alcohol legs.

Nicely carbonated at a medium level that doesn't overwhelm but keeps it's bite on the tongue. Go and try this one for sure, especially if your a fan of black ipa's. This one doesn't scream roasted, toasted, dark, caramel, chocolate, coffee like other black ipa's, but that's one of the reasons I'm really enjoying this one. This is supposed to be a winter seasonal but I could easily enjoy this by the campfire on a summer night. Perfect for those fall weekend afternoons as well.

Watch out for it's abv though, can't quite tell.

Sep 07, 2013
Photo of brurevu
brurevu from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: the Yakima Glory poured a deep ruby brown with a full tan head and loads of hops on the nose. Below the hops there was a hint of sweet malt that subdued the hoppy aroma. The taste was a front load of big juicy hops that faded into a bitter burnt chocolate and sweet toasted malts. The two flavors played well with each other and brought out the shining attributes of each while not allowing the other to take over. There was loads of flavor and lots of dynamic tastes to be had. A delicious beer with plenty of flavor to spare.

Sep 06, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
PorterLambic from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Arrives clear brown with red throughout. Head is off white and, as a film, lasts forever while leaving some lace behind.
Smell is hops, roasted malt and a bit of smoke. Good balance.
Taste is hoppy, malty, evergreen, smoke (very light) with coffee showing up late and faint. Good balance.
Medium body, strong effervescence up front. Drying from the start. A really nice beer.

Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
BeerDocT from Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 2.0: Poured out with very little head. Not unusual for a growler pour, but worth noting. OK, right off the bat I'm upset at this beer. This is a "black ale" and the beer is dark, amber brown. Dark brown! Why not drop some more black malt in the brew and make the beer BLACK??? Sorry, I just don't understand this. This is embarrassing.

Smell 3.50: Very good nose to this beer. Deep, malt bouquet with slight hop alkaline notes. After the appearance thing, this is promising.

Taste 4.25: Front is very hoppy, an even alkaline hop. Middle is big, with a huge malt punch. Not necessarily sweet, just a lot of malt flavor all at once. Also, there's a big kick to the sides of the palate from a hop overload: I taste primarily pine and deep bitterness...chinook? Nice. Finish is also heavy on the hops and a surprising (and delicious) chocolate hint with some slight smokiness. See? My black malt suggestion would certainly fit the flavor for which this beer was shooting. Aftertaste is long and features a slight burning in the mouth. Focus here is on hops and malt, too.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot on for this beer's flavor. Good heft in the mouth and almost perfect level of carbonation.

Overall 3.75: Excellent tasting beer, but there are some problems here and there with this beer's overall presentation. However, regardless of some cosmetic issues (*ahem!*), this is a fine brew. Actually, it reminds me very much of Northern Brewer's "Black IPA" homebrew recipe that I brewed once. Big, malty middle and lots of excellent hop blending. Makes me wonder who influenced who. Long story short, I recommend this beer on its taste alone.

Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Brew_42
Brew_42 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing as it dissipates about halfway to sit as a thick disc of foam. Smell is a nice mix of fruity and piney hops, and dark chocolate malts. Taste is absolutely delicious; the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and full, with chocolate dark malts moving seamlessly into juicy fruity hops. It finishes sweet and bitter at the same time, and sticky. Awesome.

Jun 22, 2013
Photo of wiegs4life
wiegs4life from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with elegant white head that just sits calmly above the top like ducks on the pond. As Stewart Scott once said it is "Cool as the other side of the pillow.

S - I don't really judge a beer off smell but if i did it would probably lose some points. Smells kind of like a lot of hoppy beers (like shit).

T - This is where the beer gains its points. The beer tastes like a perfert version of a nuru massage (I had to use an Asian reference.

M - Simply splended.

O - Second time having this beer. This isn't much of a summer beer but i remember sipping this during Christmas Eve one year and thats when craft beer became a passion instead of a hobby. Not to sure that this beer tops by 10 but this beer will always be remembers because of how it turned me into craft beer.

Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JG-90
JG-90 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass pours a large foamy head that is tan in color. The beer is a deep mohagony/amber color with hints of red and copper in light. Head settles at a moderate rate to leave heavy lacing. Smells of deeply roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, bitter dark chocolate, and faint hops with a bit of tobacco.

Taste starts with suprising but welcome citric hops (didn't get much smell of these) which are quickly overtaken by roasty malts with bitterness, chocolate, and tobacco, has a bitter, roasty, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation for a black IPA.

May 15, 2013
Photo of DerAtomsmasher
DerAtomsmasher from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not exactly as dark as the other ABAs I've had, if I recall - amber.

Smells of roasted malts, shortbread or biscuity with the smallest hint of apple or pear somewhere in the background.

Is a surprising first sip - big hops - not overwhelmingly bitter, or stingingly astringent necessarily - but spicy and fruity. You know it's Victory immediately. Afterward, as it starts to warm up, you get a malty backbone strong enough to hang those juicy hops on; they're almost bitter orange & linger on the exit. It's just the slightest bit toward the heavy side; it's too hefty to be "sessionable," it'd do you well to savor it.

Apr 08, 2013
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown and mostly clear, almost an auburn color, very nice lasting head and good lace.

Smell is subdued but consists mostly of citrus and hops, with a touch of dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is all hops with accents of other stuff, including dark roasted malts, heavier grades of caramel malts (giving it a slight dark fruitiness), and citrus rinds.

Carbonation is fairly low despite the big creamy head. It's a pretty strong tasting and feeling beer, not something I'd drink quickly, more of a moderate sipper.

Very tasty. A bit unusual for a black ale/black IPA but worth trying for sure.

Apr 02, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some orange/apricots/grapefruit mixed with a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty yest fruity bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - Really good stuff. It's like a flavour explosion when you take your first sip. A nice mix of flavours and a good balance of east and west coast flavours. ABA's are one of my favourite styles, and I'd drink this again any time.

Mar 19, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84 from California

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 10/24/13.

Pours a hazy super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and some spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor that lingers on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Mar 18, 2013
Photo of JeffH
JeffH from Washington

3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing white head.
N- Nose is full of brown sugar and malt followed but a big hop wallop.
T- Beginning pallet is very malty sweet with some dark fruits, the hop character takes a while to develop but finishes big and piney.
O- This is a great winter beer. Enough bittering hops to balance out the initial sweetness of the malt. This is a solid east coast dark IPA, not to be confused with a NW CDA

Mar 02, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
tjsdomer2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ink black with some brown at the edges. Exceptional lacing and foam.

Smell: Coffee and pine. Fairly subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very Christmasy. Spiked coffee and pine. Definitely some boozy notes to this beer. Fairly creamy, but a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall Drinkability: I definitely want to try more Victory if I can find it. Not my favorite black IPA, but I have yet to have a bad one.

Feb 17, 2013
Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1661 ratings