Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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.

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Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger tan head that fades to a nice layer of lace, crystal clear deep dark amber with highlights of burgandy, very attractive brew.

s- mmm, clean malt, not alof of roast, nice earthy hops, pine resin, some fig, grapefruit, very interesting.

t- wow, very tasty, grapefruit rind, great hops blend with dark biscuity, bready flavors, no trace of the 8.7% abv (as the beer warms it becomes ever so slightly noticeable), the finish here is nicely dry with great bitterness that lingers.

m- medium body with a good bit of hop slickness topped off with a prickly tangy hit.

d- great drinkability here, i wonder why they catagorize this as an american strong ale - victory calls it a dark ipa, none the less this is a killer beer, it's got all the highlights of a great ipa (bordering on dipa) and malty brown ale, i could knock back several easily, i only got a single to try this but will definately be picking up at least a sixer more before this disappears for the rest of the year.

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Photo of albern
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty, strong, hopped up, substantial ale and very good. It pours a clear mahogany color with tons of creamy slightly orange hued off white head, lots of really good retention, and the lacing is very good. The nose is really nice piney hop with maybe a bit of floral in the aroma too. The nose and appearance are plusses so far.

The taste is very good. Make no mistake, this is a strong beer that doesn't hide its ABV. The beer is quite full bodied, full palated, with lots of piney, orangey, estery, and grapefruit hop. The hop is spot on in that there is a nice balance between tanginess, bittering qualities, orange and fruit burst, and tight drying qualities. There is a malty base underneath, with some charring notes that play off well with the bittering hop qualities. There is some crystal malts going on in the beer, some bready qualities, but some of that gets lost in the ABV. This is more of a sipping beer. There is a bit of ABV throatiness to the beer. It is very good. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby pour with brown tint. Huge foam with signs of rockiness, but doesn quite chunk up. Lacing is nice all the way down.
Hop aroma. Mostly citrus and zest, with pine undertones. Malt aura keeps the hops from running away.

The malt becomes more present in the taste. A good subtle caramel backbone from which the hops spring forward to highlight the contrast. It's not totally balanced, but that's fine with me. Hops are citrus and pine, good bit and freshness.
Clean finish on this one, abv is not huge and fairly hidden.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany/maroon with slightly off white head. Head appears as dense and seems to have nice retention. Leaves heavy lacing on glass.

S: herbal and spicy hops on the front...and back for that matter... this is very hoppy with a hint of caramel malts peaking through

T: The hops aren't quite as aggressive as the nose would suggest, but rather seems to be in balance with the malt profile. The malts are more prominent on the tongue with some bready and caramel character. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too much. Very nice balance.

MF: This is very creamy and silky for a big IPA and I like it. It allows the spicy hops to be prominent without leaving a sharp finish.

D: This beer has an in your face hop profile, as is standard with double IPAs, and it also has a nice malty backbone to balance everything out. This beer is very drinkable considering its high ABV. It is nice to see beers this big in 6 packs. One of the reasons I like Victory so much!

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I have wanted to try this brew for a while. Victory is one of my favs and black ipa's have really been growing on me

A- pours very dark but not completely opaque. A great of foam stays around briefly, and then recides to a fair amount of foam on top

S- massive hops that seem to "know the power of the darkside." There is no question the maltly tones are present. They essentially enrobe the yakima hops. Its a very good scent in my opinion

T- as aforementioned, an excellent malty entrance with an earthy hop flavor. Dark themes participate is a dry exit of the brew. Some herbal spices round it out. Again delicious

M- creamy syrupy and full of mouth waxing action

D- what I expected. An amazing presentation on a black ipa. Dark malt with a prized hop profile leave an incredibly drinkable beer. The 8.7 percent is not even recognizable. An amazing brew!

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky lace. Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest, sweet tarts, caramel and malt, nuts, brown sugar, very floral. Solid bitterness that lingered into the finish. Big maltiness, lots of caramel. Plenty of hoppy pine and citrus with alcohol in the finish. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Nice texture with a bit of warmth. Very good overall. I really liked what the addition of some darker malts did for this beer.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that leaves some decent retention and a beautiful ring of lacing around the beer. The smell is a nice combination of chocolate malts and citrus hops. The taste starts out with some hops followed by some chocolate malts and than more hops attack the palate followed by some sweet malts and the finish leaves some hops on the tongue. A very complex hoppy beer that has a nice smooth, easy to drink mouthfeel that leaves you dry and wanting more. With a beer this good all I can say is Victory Brewing is living up to its name.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with significant dark red hues. Thick frothy 3 full fingers of light tan colored head off the pour. Spattered nice layered lacing down the glass.

S- Dark fruits (figs), light roasted notes, citrus and piney character of hops.

T- The dark fruits are nice up front, raisin, caramelized apple notes, deep vanilla pudding character, toffee, roasted malt, followed by a deep piney resinous bitterness on the finish, lingers nicely.

M- Full body to this one, deep complex flavors, creamy coating texture, good medium carbonation which delivers the flavors well.

D- Pretty big on this one, 8.7% hidden pretty well though, fantastic complex beer, the depth of the flavor is great, with enough body to work really well as a nice IPA option for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of HapWifeHapLife
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing bad to say about this hoppy mo fo-

Appearance: Blacker than shi* for the style. Just makes you want to taste it before you can even smell it.

Taste: This is my kind of IPA. Maybe not for everyone, but I very much appreciate the big boy, in your face, flavor. Perfect amount of bitter for this guy.

Drinkability: Yes please.

This might be my favorite IPA of the 2009 calendar year.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very dark brown, with one inch tan head, that sticks around awhile and then settles into a film of bubbles. Plenty of lacing. Smell is pine, grapefruit, hints dark chocolate, and some grass. The taste is all of that, but much more intense. Some strong coffee notes and boy is this a hoppy beast. Body is perfect, neither thick or thin and that makes it dangerously drinkable. Lots of life and on the dry side. This is a great beer, with a great price, and you know how old it is. This beauty is 17 days old.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany with a pillowy white head, lots of lacing. Smells like pine, spice, damp forest floor, with some herbatious citrus to it. delicious! Lush malts with a sharp but ballanced hop bitterness give way to a creamy caramel candy middleground, and is spicey and warm in the finish. Has a lingering bitterness. Full bodied, dancing carbonation and a well rounded flavor profile. Didn't like how it finished a little sticky, but overall a wonderful beer.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of braski
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer for a while, but passed on it because of the price. Finally decided to cave. Enjoy by Nov 16, 2010 printed on the bottle, so it's two months old today.

Yakima Twilight is a beautiful beer. It has a very deep, dark red color that looks black without much light. The head forms a thick head of sand colored foam very quickly and then fades down to a solid cap, with good lacing.

I was expecting this to be a hops dominated brew, so I picked up the American hops first. They are bright, herbal, and piney with good strength. After the hops, I found that the malts might have more strength in the nose than the hops. It's very sweet, with caramel candy and some other baked goods going on. Vanilla pudding or creme brulee maybe? I haven't smelled either in a while but that is what I thought of.

The taste is mostly sweet, as expected. It has a creamy, caramel flavor for the front portion. The finish is bitter, with a burnt wood character in the finish from the dark roasty malts combined with a wood-like character. It's rich, sweet, and dessert like. There is a lingering burnt flavor that reminds me of food off a charcoal grill.

The beer has a moderate body, perhaps a bit light for it's high strength and sweetness. The moderate level of carbonation might help with that. This beer really grew on me. It wasn't what I was expecting, but by the second glass I really liked it. I'd recommend it, but don't expect it to be as hop forward as the name and label suggest.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Dark, transparent, ruby red in color. Two fingers of bubbly off white head, good lacing.

S: Hoppy grapefruit, pine, and citrus with hints of toasty malt and dark cherries.

T: Heavy on the hops up front. Tastes very fresh and clean. Underlying tastes of bittersweet chocolate and toastiness. Hop tastes stays strong throughout with lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Surprisingly light bodied for the high abv. Medium carbonation. Nice consistency.

O: I will buy this every winter from now on.

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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear but dark mahogany-amber with a 1.5-finger tan/khaki head. Bright ruby when backlit. Some splotches of lace.

S: Very nice -- juicy grapefruit with a touch of brown sugar. If it was a tiny bit stronger, smell-wise, I'd give it a 5. Edit: 2nd bottle consumed had a bit of a "sweatsock" smell to it, so I'm knocking this down to a 4. Weird. Will post again after trying another bottle.

T: Caramel malt is there, but gets beaten down by the hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness follow, with bitterness coating the mouth and lingering well into the aftertaste, causing a mouth-watering response to that dry bitterness and encouraging the next sip. As it warms the caramel, toffee-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more evident. There's even a touch of cocoa powder at times. Alcohol warming is felt in the belly and provides a touch of peppery spice at the back end.

M: A little bit thinner than expected. Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side. Carbonation is active without being prickly.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easily if you like big hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of mklinger
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Thick, billowy head that is very, very stiff. Nice tan color on the head. The beer is a dark ruby-brown color. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is very much that of an IPA -- citrus & floral hops popping out of the glass. Some bit of caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of coffee roast, but just a hint. Nice aroma.

Flavor is very hop forward with a complex sweet finish that wasn't expected at all -- almost alcohol soaked raisins (bit of licorice, too) and a dry roast at the very end. Wow! This is a lot more complex than I thought it would be. Interesting nice taste.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, a bit dry. Very nice, easy to drink beer. This goes down awfully smoothly. It would be way too easy to drink 3 or 4 of these & end up totally snockered. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of malty
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Dec. 10 '10

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby tinged copper color with a blossoming steady 2" thick & foamy light tan head. Minimal visible uprising carbonation. Thick globs and sheets of lace for days and days.

Sweet & fruity concoction stimulates my nostrils, making breathe in deeper. Pacific Northwest hops dominate the stage with a thick and supportive foundation of bready pale malts. Very balanced and yet very solid smells here.

Layer upon layer of dry, prickly-earthy hops, followed by a malty backdrop of finely-tuned sweet and fresh barley. Hops become very, very dry after a few big sips - almost to the point where it feels like the tip of my tongue has become slightly numb. It could be the astringent zip of alcohol though. If so, the big, dry blasts of hops sure mask it very well. It reminds me of a much dryer version of Great Lakes Nosferatu.

Mouthfeel is med-full bodied with a perfect amount of fine carbonation. A bit oily in texture with a dry and cutting hoppy finish. Though the hop flavors mix well with the lingering hearty malts in the finish.

Drinkability is great. Too bad i didn't stumble across this in late fall, as I would have gladly secured a case to savor throughout the winter months.

Overall a fantastic and ballsy strong ale from the state of Pennsylvania. I really like this beer's dryness. It has the texture of a top-shelf gin: dry and smooth with a little grit at the finish. The perfect balance of hops and sweet malts really counterbalance each other perfectly, without muting any of their pronounced qualities. There is a little heat in the finish from the high alcohol, but the ultra dry hops disguise it masterfully. A beer I will definitely seek out this November. I sure am enjoying mine on this sunny, 60F early Spring afternoon.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Best by date: Nov 12, 2012

A - Very dark amber brown. Nice two finger head which leaves a beautiful speckled lacing all the way down the glass. Somewhat transparent for a beer this dark.

S - Pine, citrus, maple syrup, toasty malts, rich hops. Interesting combo of smells.

T - Tastes like it smells. The combination of the pine and hops works perfectly with the nutty malt backbone. Nice and hoppy, but incredibly balanced. Very drinkable at 8.7%, the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Delicious.

M - Good carbonation, not very heavy bodied but has a creaminess I didn't expect.

O - This has come to be one of my favorite beers, from one of my favorite breweries. There is a very unique taste that I have trouble describing. The flavors culminate to create a very distinct, balanced, and delicious beer. I don't know if it completely fits the style based on color and flavor, but I can't come up with a style that better suits it. I have a hard time ever passing this beer up and I will soon miss it greatly until it returns next November.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark IPA. A ligter dark beer. Kind of looks like a brown ale.

S - Glorious! Yakima hops are the best smelling hop that I have found. Hops jump out. Sweet smelling. A hint of floral.

T - Starts out tasting the hops, then finishes with the malts, and leaves a stout aftertaste. A bitter malt taste at the end. Very enjoyable.

M - Fairly strong carbonation, with a bit of head.

D - This beer grew on me. At first I wasn't sure about it, but about half way through the beer I was sold.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this yesterday at Jasper's for $12.49. Didn't see any "best by" data anywhere on the label or bottle. Here goes...

My imperial pint glass holds a liquid with an absolutely beauteous, deep garnet color. No haze at all, and the carbo is steady and plentiful. The head is light tan and creamy, though thin, yet still covering things well. There's a little lacing here and there, though not in abundance. Aroma has a little toffee and roastiness, along with a rindy hoppiness. Body is a middle of the road medium here. It's pretty smooth overall, with a light airiness on the palate.

Roasty malts lay some bitterness on the tongue, and there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Heaped on top of this are loads of pithy, rindy, earthy hops. Resiny grapefruit oils smother the tastebuds in a most pleasant fashion, and linger long and hard after the bier has vacated the premises. Nicely balanced bitterness is what this is. A supremely solid black IPA, indeed. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of feylure
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh this is a nice one.

Pours dark brown, like a dark brown that could be interchanged with a night sky kind of dark. You can barely see thru it. Nice, moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is straight up bold, hoppy goodness with a kind of bitter sense that tells you to prepare for the taste.

And taste is great. Malty, dark tastes surround your tongue as little hints of carbonation usher the beer down. A lovely spike of hops ensues and a great harmony with the malts. The ending tails is a fantastic, bitter-sweet, hoppy taste, so well rounded that it makes me want to have another sip.

Extremely drinkable and great beer!


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Photo of Jeplacek
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a brown color but appears much more amber in color in a well lit room.

S- smells of raisins, citrus, caramel

T- initially very hoppy but as the beer starts to sit a little it becomes very balanced. The dark malts perfectly complement this hoppy beer.

M- moderately carbonated

Overall a very interesting beer. I like how the sweet malts offset the bitter grapefruit

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass) Enjoy by Nov. 5 2010
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a brown glow and a thick creamy head and a matrix of tiny bubbles.
S- The earthy hops with a slight citrus notes comes through even during the pour. There is a big earthy hops with a soft woody mint quality and a cinnamon with out heat quality.
T- This beer has a big earthy hop flavor that turns pungent in the finish and a faint wood and mint quality to the hops. The finish takes on a dandelion pungent bitterness that lingers for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that enhances the hops in the finish.
D- This beer has the taste of a fresh hop pellet that is full and earthy. The hops are good and has some nice unique depth although malt is hidden under the hops.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,659 ratings.
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