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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 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 TheycallmeTim
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.

A--Deep plummy chestnut body, quite handsome for the season, with a two finger creme colored head. Decent lacing but retention wasn't all that impressive given the hop levels here.

S--Again, the hops are fine, they're big and floral and raw, with some real biting astringency that comes through even in the aromas. But given how deep the body looks, where are the sniffs of malt? I get very little caramel or munich or spicy rye--I can /see/ it; I just can't /smell/ it. If you blindfolded me I'd think this was Smuttynose Finest Kind.

T--And..the comparison holds for the taste profile as well. Pretty much tastes like Smutty's IPA, with lovely citric, floral, and a little pine on the back end from the hops, except I feel more light headed when I'm finished the bottle. SN Celebration has a bigger malt profile, and it's lighter in body! So, let's review: darker body, without more complexity in the profile, and I get drunk faster. Enh, no thanks.

M&D--No complaints on the mouthfeel, as it's sufficiently smooth and carbonated. But I don't think I'll be going back for more.

I'm not Victory hater, not by far, but why the hype on this one? Tastes sloppily hopped and simplistic to me, but I may be missing something.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Far from black; more like a brownish amber. The pillowy tan head and sticky lacing make up for the hue misfire.

There's no shortage of citrus and grass in the nose, a touch of chocolate, but little in the way of dark roast. Taste is more of the same; it's more like a malty (but flavorful) east coast IPA instead of a proper CDA. Plenty of pine and grassy hops with a nice juicy citrus presence as well. Respectably bitter. Finish is all juicy hops and caramel; where's the roast? I'd be scoring this significantly higher as a regular IPA, but as a CDA it falls flat. On a positive note, it's more bitter and flavorful than most east coast IPAs.

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Photo of stangski83
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours dark, almost maple syrup in color. Good head that retains and laces nicely. The smell is reminiscent of Christmas trees. Might be the same smell/taste experienced by Clark Griswald in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as he opens the family tree. Lots of sap in here! Anyhow, aftertaste is a little harsh at first but smoothes out nicely as it goes down. I like this better than many of the hoppy pale ales out there since the dark malts help to smooth it out a bit. Recommended if you want a hoppy adventure from Victory.

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Photo of Swim424
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into hoegaarden mug/glass

Pours a dark amberish brown color, with a nice head and nice head retention as I drink. Smells of hoppy scent with sort of some chocolate, maybe oatmeal type malt. Very different than most beers I have had. Taste different. Mostly hops on the back end, and some up front as well. Can't really describe the malt flavor very well. Can taste a bit of alcohol at the tail end as well. Medium, to heavy body. Low carbonation.
Overall this is a decent beer, nothing I would go out of my way to get though.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head. The head hangs around for awhile. Aroma is of alcohol, citrus, and bitter hops. Woah. Taste is super dry and bitter with a light sweet malt hint. But the hops dominates and the alcoholic dryness dries the lips. There is a weird fungal/burning rubber flavor that is kinda bugging me. Especially in the burp stage of the brew. Feel is super sharp from the carbonation. This is interesting but not something i would need all the time. This isn't a disaster but it's not very drinkable.

My esophagus is warm.

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Photo of haazer
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Deep copper color with red hues. This looks a bit like a lager. Off white, slight brown head.

S- I'm left searching a bit here. Hints of hops, and strong carmel roast malt. More of a malt profile in the nose. But the hops are somewhat weak.

T- Starts as a chocolate roasty malt sweetness. Flavor then transitions into a fruity hop profile. Mostly citrus and orange. Then it rounds out with a milky creamy taste.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with medium carbonation. Mouth is up and down. Starts out smooth and rich, then a tingly bitterness, and then smooths out again. Pretty interesting.

O- Definitely an interesting brew. I like the combo here in the taste, but the nose was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

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Photo of litheum94
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed on 2/13/11.

Dark brown body, similar to the color of a mud puddle. Fizzy, brownish head that's short and disappears quickly.

Roasted tones on the nose. Chocolate covered oranges. Floral and honey suckle sweetness. Some caramel malts.

Floral at first, leading to a chocolate sweetness in the middle. Bright, sour citrus flavors from the hops. Roasty, coffee like bitterness. Very dry, and doesn't linger much in the mouth.

An average example of the style, but with so many better versions out there, I won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of richkrull
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a very dark amber/brown color with a good amount of head an decent lacing on it. The smell is pretty heavy with alcohol, not all that pleasant. Taste is heavy caramel malt with some alcohol taste coming through. Not bad, but could be better I think. Medium mouthfeel, not too smooth though. OK beer, but not great. I'd try it again, but won't search it out.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a brownish color, maybe a deep red, with bright ruby highlights. The beer is crystal clear, and the head pours to be enormous, I was barely able to fit a 12 oz bottle into a 20oz glass because of the head. The bubbles are clingy, but still a little loose, and they are quite cavernous as the head starts to fall back. Really, a brilliant looking beer. Smells like citrusy hops, with some grapefruit and orange notes, but with more sweetness and less rindy smells than an IPA, but similar hop profile. There's a nutty, raisiny note in the background, with a hint of caramel/cola. Nice balance, overall, good smells. The bitterness really comes through in the flavor, resinous bitterness. Really polleny and leafy, which I kind of expected - but it's not quite what I was wanting to taste. Raisins and toffee come through in the taste, with some esters, and a hint of peachy alcohol. It comes across as a sharp, almost astringent, tea. I'm somewhat interested in the taste, but it just isn't doing it for me overall. The carbonation is moderate, not sharp, there's no sting, but it's present. The body is kind of medium, maybe thinned out by the alcohol. Still, I could be happy with this. But the drinkability is not incredible. I think the alcohol is a little too much at this point, though I would guess that the somewhat interesting hoppiness would fade as well as the peachy alcohol faded. I think this is a decent beer, but probably not one I would go to again.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 18 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Begins with a 2-finger head, slowly reduces to a 1-finger head, color is a brown-crimson, beige head, lacing is slightly runny. There is no bottle date, and I am not sure this an old bottle or not.

Aroma is a little bit soapy...reminds me of Saranac beers. Hop resins are bitter yet light in concentration. There are some notes of toasted malts present, and very little hop freshness. Taste of lightly toasted bitter malts, and only the slightest touch of caramel, with some butter (possible diacetyl?) and soapiness.

Hints of bitter pine come out in the aroma and taste as the beer descends to the wider portion of the snifter. The bitterness sticks to the palate and it's not super pleasant. This is a easy-drinking beer for 8.7% ABV, but there are more fun Victory beers available.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner. Semi-dark ruby red in color, fairly clear, with a huge frothy off-white head. Head dissapates VERY slowly and leaves sticky long lasting lacing. Head reminds me of a root beer head.

Aroma is light, but has notes of spices and hopps. Not much to talk about on the aroma.

Flavor and mouthful is creamy...full of spices and hops. Flavor isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of it as it warms up. It gets a bit too bitter. A decent beer, but not one I care to have again.

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Photo of doppletheGOAT
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST - 12oz bottle poured into a schooner. paid $2.49 at Whole Foods.

appearance - reddish cherry like color

smell - ummm, hops... lots and lots of piney hops.

taste - follows the nose. quite bitter and you really can't taste anything else other than citrus piney like hops.

backend taste - same... just hops.

overall - I liked it but a little too hop filled for me. IMO, appearance is the best thing about this beer, it looks great and you get lacing all the way down the glass and a huge head out of it.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with some reddish hues around the edges. Provides a nice one finger tan foam head, with moderate lacing.

S: Smells of quite prevalent but seem to be fighting each other for dominance. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate or citrus hops.

T: Starts off different then the smell. The hop bitterness is most noticeable up front. The middle is where the big flavors of rich roasted malt and sweet caramel come in. Seems like a constant battle for supremacy.

M: Seems a little bitter with some mild alcohol on the palate, then it seems creamy at times.

D: This is a very complex beer, with both the hops and malt flavors battling each other. I will give this another shot or two in the future.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I saw this on the shelf at Total Wine in Sarasota and had to try one of the few major releases from Victory that I hadn't yet.

A: Poured into a standard pint glass, small tight head that doesn't stick around. Really cool ruby/brownish color with great highlights.

S: Smell is pretty hop forward with some dry fruit maybe. A little sweetness in there too. I'm getting over a cold, so I may have to revisit that when I'm feeling 100%.

T: Sweet up front with a lot of malty, carmel notes and a pretty big hop-bitterness. However, the bitterness lingers a bit too long and too bitter for my liking. the longer I work on each sip, the less I want to take another due to the bitterness at the back of my mouth. If not for this, it would have scored much higher.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Judging on this alone, I'm surprised at the high alcohol content.

D: Besides the longstanding bitterness I was getting on the finish, I'd love this beer. However, the unpleasant aftertaste is probably going to make this a one-and-done selection for me. Victory is a killer brewery and everything they make is worth drinking. This one may just be a matter of my own personal preference, but I'll stick to Hopdevil if I'm looking for bitterness.

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Photo of sholland119
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Drafting Room Exton, this is another in a line of first time beers brewed in the new, larger facility. I don't think I had a dark DIPA before.

A-A very dark amber brown, with a very thin white head an a little bit of lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts with some floral and citrus hops. A bit light on the hops for the style.

T-Kind of a disappointment. The malt sweetness and the floral hop flavors never really blend together. I can taste them separately but very distinctly.

M-Nice, a bit heavy on the medium side.

D-Yeah, not bad, but not my favorite thing.

I love the new styles and challenges the new Victory capacity allows. I did not care a lot for this one, though. Maybe my expectations were too high.


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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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

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Photo of SiepJones
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown. The beer looks black on top brown on the bottom. An inch of head sits on top like a haystack. This beer reminds me of a Smithwicks.

S: Light floral hops on the nose with a malty finish.

T: The hop flavor is a little more resin in the taste than the scent. There is a strong malt backbone. A touch of tobacco on the finish.

M: Slippery mouth, this beer slides right over the tongue. There is a slight tingle of carbonation on the finish.

D: A drinkable beer as there is nothing overwhelming about it. If your in the mood for a maltier, dark pale ale than this is a decent choice.

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Photo of veinless
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep ruby reddish orange, with some brown tones and a healthy tan white head that has large bubbling and good retention. Pretty frothy in the middle, and coarse at the sides. Lacing is spotty.

Nose is perfectly described as jackfruit - for those that don't know, it's a combo of pineapple, overripe fruit, and caramel. Smells pungently sweet and sticky. It's a one dimensional nose, but it does its dimension incredibly well. Get a couple leafy hops in the back after a bit, but it is mostly sweet fruit and sticky sugars.

Taste is much different at first, as the initial taste is of bitter leafy hops, with a dash of sour pineapple. The beer then moves to a very roasty, almost charred malty middle. Don't get nearly as much caramel in the middle of this, and the malt is good, but a bit unpleasant at times. Finally, the beer ends up in a dry, slightly bitter hoppy finish, with the 8.7% abv showing itself a bit. I usually like bitter finishes, but in this one it lacks any pleasing characteristics - it's almost bitter for no reason. Could have used some sticky character or some sort of hop flavoring, but it lacks either.

Mouthfeel is great, as the beer is very full and creamy at times. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the finish, and also due to the 8.7% abv being pretty visible, and not in a good way. I like this beer, but it was a bit disappointing to me.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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