Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
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Yakima GloryYakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange approaching red on the color wheel. The head is here and then gone to fast for my taste. What I saw of it was tan and sudsy looking. I love the rich color of this beer. Yakima glory is like staring at a fire or a fine stone. Hours visual entertainment.

The nose is mild for an IPA. I get more warm malts then sharp hops. They are there but not as present as the grain bill and in any kind of IPA I expect them to be up front.

Taste is like the nose with a more malt presence then a hop one. Sweet and slightly nutty and then the flavor transitions into a hop punch. It appears more in the form of a bitterness rather then a citrus, piney, tropical fruit flavor that I really like in an IPA. There are little pieces of citrus but mild ones. All in all a tasty beverage. I'm not mad at the lack of hops, i still find this one very interesting to drink.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer in my opinion. I love how the malts start out the slick feel and moves quickly into a swelling bitterness. That bitter pinch lasts into and through the finish lingering the perfect amount. A great, easy drinking beer.

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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.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark amber almost red
S: smells like pinetrees
T: piney hop bitterness with a hint ofsweet malts at the fiish
M: light carbonation and very refreshing
O: a good one here folks. it reminds me of winter storm from heavy seas with a nice little sweet malty goodness at the end. price-per-sixpack is a little steep but this is something i will buy again

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. NOTE: I always have trouble reviewing this style of beer 'to style', simply because the style is so varied.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, reddish-mahogany with two fingers of off-white head. The foam lingers for a long time, and leaves tons of lacing. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Lots of piney hops, backed with a little bit of citrus. The alcohol is definitely noticeable on the nose. A boozy, malty, honey sweetness in the background. It is a surprisingly unique scent.

Taste: Bitter hops is the initial taste, which quickly fades into a honey-bready malt sweetness. The taste isn't as complex as the aroma. The bready malt taste lingers on the tip of the tongue for awhile, but there's also a lingering bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat. Some hints of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, which I think detracts from the flavor a little bit.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. This, to me, is much more like a DIPA than a strong ale. I realize that the strong ale category is somewhat of a catch-all, but this one lacked the complexity that characterizes most strong ales. That said, it was very enjoyable. The aroma was complex and unique, but in the end, the taste was good, but not great.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yakima Glory

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Looks like pepsi coming out of the bottle. Fills my glass with a cola brown liquid thats head dissipates quickly.  Leaves a small layer of foam about the top of glass.   

Smells sweet, like caramel wrapped in hops.  The smell isn't as pungent as i would like for an IPA, especially with some brews I have had from victory.  

Did I just taste orange juice in this beer?  Had a very fruity hopy taste to it up front, with a chocolate malt and caramel middle and finishes with a really pleasant bitterness. The hop finish is really crackly, and its a surprisingly light, refreshing beer for it's color.  I am starting to really love cascadians because I love juxtaposition, and this is a great version of the style.  

Medium mouthfeel with some good carbonation.  

Slight booze bight, but is really well balanced from the fruity sweetness of the hops.  I could drink a six pack of these easy.  

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to this one...

A - Dark, but not quite black. Lots of head. I had to wait to pour the whole bottle. Sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Hops, together with roasted malts. Not overpowering.

T & M - Very dry. Sharp hops, and the alcohol bite isn't very hidden. Mouthfeel is on the watery side. Dark porter-like malty flavors, but without the body to back it up.

D - It has grown on me as it warmed, but the strong bite of the high ABV limits the drinkability.

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Photo of Proclarush
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JArt
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this after a recommendation from a friend.

Deep copper/brown color that I could barely see my fingers through when held up to the light. Strong floral hop aroma with a slight caramel backbone, but mostly hops with this IIPA.

The alcohol is well-hidden for a beer of its strength, which makes the drinkability good as well. A pretty average IIPA, but a decent offering and worth trying.

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Photo of Whimpers
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of blackc5
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a one-finger head. Outstanding lacing - could count each of my sips as I drank this.

S - Mild nose on this. Some caramel and malt, and a little bit of citrusy hops.

T - More citrus than expected based on how it smelled. Some basic grapefruit and orange zest, but nothing too extraordinary. Quite bitter, but not in the expected good way. I guess I am complaining too much - it was decent, just not great.

M - Great cabonation levels here - very small champagne like bubbles in the head. Medium-bodied.

D - Surely hides the ABV well, I was guessing closer to 7% until I checked it here on BA. A solid brew, but not a great one.

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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.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Dark brown color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy, but creamy head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of resiny, piney hops with some citrus as well. Darker crystal malts and a roastiness to it. Can't smell that much more right now because I'm somewhat ill.

3.5 T: Bitter backbone with a healthy mix of hops and roasted flavors. Citrus and piney hop flavor. Malts consist of complex caramel as well as a bitter roastiness. Not bad, but doesn't impress.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Could be a bit creamier. Otherwise fine.

3.5 D: The meshing of dark flavors with IPA hoppiness is good, but not necessarily better than one or the other.

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

On-tap at Loxleys
Served to me in a chilled pint glass. Dark amber in color with a nice head with decent lacing. Smells pretty hop forward with a good bit of pine and mango. The palate is a bit more balanced with some sweet and smokey malts countering the hops. Good amount of bitterness in the finish. All in all this is a good representation of the style but is not a standout.

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

Picked up a single of this per a fellow BA recommendation. I cannot think of the last time I have had a Victory beer. Oh well, here is to you absence Victory. I was told it was a sort of black ipa/epa. We'll see...

A: Poured this 12 oz bottle into a sparkling clean pint glass. The head on this beer is great, cheese cloth city, yum. The color is kind of rusty/copper in color. It's plenty dark and extremely filtered looking. Lace is satisfactory and carbonation is rather animated.

S: I can't decipher everything I'm smelling, but it's mostly malt forward and I'm pulling caramel out more than anything. There is a hop presence too, a bit of pine twang, sort of earthy and tea-like.

T: The taste is pretty spot on as the nose. The balance is the strongest weapon this beer has going for it, the malt and hops compete for dominance. It's very much like a black IPA, although not quite black and without a huge citrus kick. The alcohol is pretty discernible in the finish alongside the fresh piney hops.

M: This is pretty good for a beer with a lot of carbonation. It's prickly on the tongue. The high ABV makes it warm on the tongue a bit, but not on the way down.

D: I like a lot of the elements in this beer, but it doesn't quite do it for me. A decent offering from Victory though, an interesting brew. I can't help but think, though this doesn't fit the style, how popular the black ipa is becoming.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle labeled Yakima Twilight; I guess before there was a name change. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with ruby red highlights and hues. A bubbly eggshell white head forms about 1 finger thick and retains nicely. Lacing is light.

S - The aroma is a nice earthy hop aroma with some bright pine notea as well. Floral and almost herb like. Some light roasted malt aromas break through the hops at times.

T - Flavors of earthy hops and some slight citrus. Theres some roasted malts and some peppery spice to it as well. Slight caramel at times. The hops give a nice floral component to an otherwise very earthy flavor.

M - Medium bodied beer and quite carbonated; not overly so, but just more than I expected.

O - Not too bad. Still not sure how I feel about American Black Ale's, but this seems like a nice go to.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber with a thin tan head and small spots of lace.

S - Strong citrus hops followed by sweet caramel and rounded out with toasted bread and toffee.

T - Bready with rich, sweet malts, caramel and toffee, resiny hops with some citrus and pine.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel with a slight numbing from the alcohol. Sweet but with a lingering, resiny hop finish.

D - Reminds me of a tamer (in aroma/flavor) Arrogant Bastard but with a more noticeable numbing alcohol presence.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish copper with one-finger head that stays around for awhile. A clear mix of herbal, springy hops and a thick caramel malt base along with hints of raisin, figs and dark fruits. A mix of very large hop base that is tied to a thick a malt base for a leafy, tea-like beer that is dry but unlike an IPA's overpowering hopiness this beer finishes muted and subtle with some sweet malts. A good beer that has a chewey feel along with a drying sensation for a beer that I didn't exactly think was so great but enjoyed drinking and would tell anyone to try once.

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

Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.

A: A dark brown color with a hint of red, one finger off white head, not much lacing.

S: Not what I was expecting. Spicy herbal hops with a hefty caramel malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and piney hops are picked up.

T: Wow, dark and spicy. Spicy earthy hops start off with hints of pine and some prevalent floral notes. Peppery too. The hefty malt caramel sweetness does not back down and takes over the flavor with some hints of sweet dark fruits and some faint chocolate notes. Finish is spicy earthy hops again with some slight citrus. I am also picking up a rye type flavor. Nice balance, but not what I expected. Very intense, very.

M: Full, prickly borderline cloying with the massive sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: Medium at best, you cannot have more than one or two of these, intense flavors are going on here.

Overall this was a solid beer, but I liken it to HopDevil on steroids. I was hoping Victory would go a little different direction with this rather than their traditional earthy spicy flavors, but alas they did not. Still a good beer I will seek out on tap.

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Photo of Spica66
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this an extra from knarf231. Thanks, Franklin!

Enjoyed with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence for 15th anniversary celebration.

A: Deep red color. Excellent head formation and retention. Some lacing left behind.

S: Caramel malt and earthy hops. Lots of nose.

T: Prodigious hop bite from start to finish. The malt is is there with some roasty notes - like a porter, almost. The harmony/balance seems slightly off to me. To much hops and not enough maltiness, maybe?

M: Medium body and good creaminess. No alcohol showing.

O: My first time with this style. I would like to try another one to see if it had better balance. Overall, pretty tasty.

T) Hop bite all the way through from start to finish. The malt comes in half way through. Roasty notes and dark chocolate.
M) Medium body. Low carbonation and fairly smooth. Dry in the finish with a lingering tannin feel. A slight syrupy feel.
O) A decent brew. I'd have another one.

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

Served on cask at Victory Brewing on 12/12/08, a small glass.

Poured a muddy chestnut color with 1 finger of creamy tan/creme colored head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, pine resin, chocolate, dark fruits, and rye bread. Tastes of pine, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, caramel, raisins, and a combination of citrus, mint, and earthy hops with a nice warmth of alcohol to finish. Medium-fullish in body, though a little watery with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a good hop bite right from the start, but also a nice balance with the rye and roasted malt. Kind of hard to distinguish what style this beer is, definitely middle ground between a double IPA and a barleywine with even some candidacy for Black IPA. A good brew but hard to classify and therefore hard to determine when I would want to drink it.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt copper pour, very dark. Head is fizzy, foamy and is lasting a while. Getting some smokey wood on the nose with some sweet malts and agressive hops of course...Victory. Orange and caramel also come through. A little off balance. Flavor is a tad off balance as the aroma suggests. Aggressive on both the malts and hops and no sign of them agreeing to cooperate. Crisp and clean mouthfeel with the hops dominating the forefront and the end. Relatively drinkable, yet there is something that throws me off with this beer. A tad too bitter perhaps?

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Photo of sweetwater90
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red almost blood color to the beer like a vampire. seems to be very carbonated but we will see with taste.

S- smells pretty florally, with a fruity smell after the floral hop smell. the fruity smell comes along with strong smell that it seems like a combination of fruits to distinguish a specific one from smell

T- Very floral with a semi hop us front taste, and serious floral end. Not much fruitful taste to the beer but non the less a very tasteful feeling throughout. As being a person of not liking hop beers what so ever I am very pleased with this one.

MF- not very carbonated, but if it were more carbonated it would not be as good i feel. Has a medium feel to it but full filling through and through.

O- This beer has not been on my top list of beers as far as hops, I am not a person to buy or consume a more hoppy floral beer, I like the more malt floral beer. But all in all it is a beer that i could enjoy again on a summer day.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer looks great in the glass. on the table it has a mahogany hue to it, but when held up to the light it's more like a ruby. darker-than-eggshell head has great lacing as it settles to a thin layer. this looks and smells like a strong red ale (which i suppose it could be, while still being an "American strong ale").

pine hops dominate the nose but the alcohol for sure has a presence. in a weird way, this beer smells like the woods. the sweet malt is present in the aroma but more so in the taste- i'll call it a chocolate-leaning caramel.

hmm, this is an interesting one. despite the abv, it's definitely not a double IPA, as the malt backbone is prominent. but it's for sure hoppy enough to be IPA-leaning. drinkability suffers from the complexity, but it's an interesting and fairly unique beer. glad i had it - not necessarily going to buy a case of it.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 79.6% out of 100 with 1,660 ratings
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