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 klewis
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear mahogany. Thick crop of yellow tinted beige. Great staying power and lace properties. Aroma is toasty and piney. Some fruitiness to it as well. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced. There's a nice toasted malt base with some cinnamon bread attributes to it as well. But also some tropical fruit nuances and hoppiness. Pineapples are duly noted as are tangerines. There's a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasant and just a touch of warmth and heat from EtOH. Nicely done Victory.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed this one from the local bottle shop in a mix and match deal. Poured so pretty brown with tan fluffy head, and smelled so damn good I had to log in and tell the BA how good it is.This ale is a deep brown with thick and fluffy head. The taste and smell hold nothing back hops hops hops hops.. welll it is a DIPA so the grain and booze sneak in a little. This brew goes down so smooth and rich. The after taste is not strong for the style and the mouthfeel is not as thick as one expects. Victory has done it again, damn proud to live in PA. I may have found my Christmas brew.

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Photo of DukeofAle
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

they call this a strong ale -and that's just what it is - strong. Produces plenty of head, which seems to be typical of Victory. As hoppy as a double IPA but perhaps more balanced. Exhibits a deep,dark bronze color. Seems just right to me! If you like plenty of hops you should like this beer.

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Photo of garuda
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass produced a two finger thick, creamy, light tan head. Abundant hops are present in the aroma followed by a strong pine scent and just a slight hint of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a quick first taste of caramel/roasted malts and dark chocolate followed nicely by a strong pine and citrus flavored hops bite. With all the pine flavor and aroma I pick up, I feel like I'm hiking through a forest in the Pacific Northwest. Great carbonation level accentuates the hops. Crisp, dry finish. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth for minutes after the beer is completed.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass- pours a slightly translucent mahogany color with a two finger head, great retention, and splashes of lacing.

The smell is not overwhelming- faintly of piney hops. Could be more fragrant but pleasant.

Tastes excellent- smacks of malty sweetness throughout, punctuated by piney hops with a slightly dry finish. Tastes faintly of molasses?

Mouthfeel is also excellent; a little syrupy but lightly-moderately carbonated so it is certainly very drinkable.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark. Very dark. Borderline black. Slight lacy head. Decent hop aroma, nothing overpowering, but very well balanced. Slightly sweet smell. Pleasing to the nose is an understatement. One of the best tasting beers I've ever had. Citrus-like hoppinness without an overpowering bitterness bite. Slight sweetness at the end, which mutes down the hops just enough. A little watery for my liking in the feel, but I'll deal with it and leave it at above average. Aside from the heavy alc. content, I could drink this exclusively every day and every night.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with "Imported, German malts, Four whole flower Yakima Valley hops". ABV=8.7%"

Apparently filtered, pouring out to a clear dark chestnut, forming a tall dark yellow creamy head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of sticky lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is very nice. Fresh green leafy floral and skunky hops with some apple and pear fruit esters and a hint of toasted grain. Mouthfeel is prickly, syrupy, with a dense big body. The taste hits you with a pungent blast of hops, followed by toast, malt husk, a medium herbal bitterness, and lingering sweet carob overtones. Lingering resinous hops in the aftertaste with suggestion of leather.

A really good brew. Victory's take on Arrogant Bastard, but in a more drinkable, more balanced presentation. I would buy this again, despite the hefty price tag. Not a black IPA as the video on the web site would have you believe. Too bitter and not enough dark roast character for that style. Recommended.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this qualifies as a "black" IPA, but I love the dark reddish amber color. The head is relatively short lived, with little lace.

Roasted malt and floral hops share the aroma and flavor. Bitterness is pretty prominent, especially in the finish, but it is very pleasant and nicely balanced by sweetness from the malt.

This is a tasty brew that I will put on my list to snag when I can find it.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight pours clear with a nice creamy head that holds and an awesome hop aroma. The taste as indicated by the smill is heavy on the hops with a huge citrus overtones. Fortunately there is enough maltiness to carry the large amounts of hop flavor so all in all I would highly reccommend this beer especially to Hop Heads looking for a big hoppy beer that I have not encountered regularly.

While delicious, this is a pretty heavy beer with a bit of risidual sugar and therefore I had to knock it a bit on drinkability. I love big beers but they are not what I would standardly call session beers.

Top notch beer that I would definitely buy again . . . I am not surprised given it is made by Victory.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep brown with a slight red hue. There was about a finger and a half of off white head that retains itself fairly well. It has a clean hop aroma with small amount of malty sweetness present. The front of the sip has a nice piney hop present similar to an IPA which is quite enjoyable. The finish lends some nice roasted malt characteristics. This is an excellent beer. It combines some great aspects I love in beers. Definitely one of the best beers I have tried this year.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this new beer on cask at David Copperfield's.

Deep dark brown like a hazelnut. The aroma is redolent of sweet, roasted malt.

This is an easy drinking brown beer. Although a double IPA, it is neither pale nor are the hops jumping out at me. I'd call it a hoppy brown ale.

This beer is comfortable on the palate. Creamy, smooth and as it is cask-conditioned, well balanced. There is a touch of alcohol on the palate and it warms you further as it travels your pipes toward the belly.

Very nice.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scents of roasted chocolate and molasses malts, and also of piney nuts on the nose. Strong peachy scents as well. Has a two finger head with good lacing down the glass. Is also a very dark red/light black colour. Wow, this one blasts through the palate. Heavy malty flavor mostly of a heavy IPA. Bursts on the back of the tongue with strong hoppiness. This is one hell of a brew. Very comparable to Troegs Nugget Nectar..IMO! Delicious beer!

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

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Photo of marcpal
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby copper color with a creamy, er... cream head, nice bits of lacing here and there. The head sticks around for quite some time. The aroma reeks of hops, glorious. Great fruits, nice biscuit malts. Taste is equally lovely, lots of hops, a decent malt bill too, bready, caramels, lovely. The hops come in resinous and fruity tones, grapefruit and the likes. The mouth is smooth, creamy, a bit lively, and quite warm, the alcohol giving just a peak. In all, a quite lovely beer.

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Photo of magnj
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2010 expiration date, couldn't help myself when I saw it on the shelf.

A - Very clear brown body with hints of red. Big thick head hangs around a while leaving some lacing but ends up leaving just a film. Some small carbonation bubble apparent. I little darker than I'd like but what the hell it's how it tastes right?

S - Huge pine and earthy nose like I haven't had in months. I mean the hops dominate so much that you can't even perceive the malt beyond the faint hint of sweetness.

T - Big hop bite up front, it would be incredibly offensive to an unsuspecting palate but perfectly pleasing to me. My example is quite warm but the hop flavor still dominates. Obviously at 8.5% there is a great deal of malt involved, it's somewhat sticky but not a lot caramel really. Seriously the hops are intense, and usually supposedly hoppy beers don't phase me...this is awesome. If I had to say something negative I might say it's a bit one dimensional but you can go there with any big IIPA.

M/D - Again somewhat sticky but not nasty, appropriate for the style. Really easy to drink and the awesome flavor keeps me going back for more.

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Photo of J23hc
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, Lots of malt on this nose, sweet smelling, a little licorice & dark fruit, hint of coacoa with some herbal and citrus hops. Nice appearance as well, ruby red bordering black. Burnt flavor, toffee, ashy, a little coffee, lots of hop bitterness adding just enough balance. Definitely would drink again

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on sweet malt backbone

T - follows the nose citrus hops upfront the some sweet malt rounds everything out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer that I'm really enjoying it's easy to drink this one too fast if you like hops this a beer to look for

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Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The lacing is off the charts. The crazy thing is I think it has gone down over the 2 weeks I have been drinking mine.

S: Raw hop cones. Bitterness. A touch of roasted malt. Little bit of burnt stick as well. Lets be honest this is all about the hops and it does not disappoint.

T: The great thing about this beer is the massive hop flavor and the touch of roasted malt they used to balance it out. One of the darkest wet hopped beers I have ever seen and I think it benefited from it.

M: Nice and sticky. Just a bit thick.

D: I love this beer. The hops are off the charts and the dark malt are a match in heaven. Too bad this beer is already gone. Drink them ASAP. Cannot wait to get this next year.

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Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The smell blows me away. It's like sniffing a cup full of wet hops. It also has some fruit scents, but mostly hops.

T: The taste is a lot more settle than I expected. It sort of taste like pineapple, some pine and a bit of malt.

M: The beer is super smooth and has hardly any crispness. For sure one of the better feeling beers.

O: This is a great beer. I enjoy the Arrogant Bastard style scent, but how it suprises you with a very easy and settle taste.

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Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second year of this brew's existence and it has already undergone a name change (formerly "Yakima Twilight")

A: It was a blast to watch the brownish-orange liquid pour out of the bottle and turn into a dark, witches brew once it hit the glass. Still, it wasn't totally black. Slivers a light around the edges could still be detected. The carbonation was obviously great, due to the fact that the massive 4+ finger head settled into a luscious froth.

S: I tell my wife every time I drink this that I swear I smell blueberries. Overactive imagination? Maybe... Additionally, I also detected Victory's hop profile: cool, smooth, yeasty, and highly recognizable. Fresh, organic hops were also present, along with a very fruity undertone.

T: I have always viewed this brew as Victory's answer to Stone's "Arrogant Bastard." This was very hop forward and floral, but with a certain bready center. It also had fruit galore, and a candy quality that resembled cake icing. The finish was about as smooth as a drink clocking in a 8.7% could get!

M: The booze was detectable, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Also, the bitterness didn't linger due to the cushion of yeast that scrubbed the tongue of the harshness. The lacing was great for this style, and this was remarkable non-syrupy, given the brew's fruity nature.

D: This is one of my favorite Victory brews and one of my go-to drinks this time of year. If only the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop could be this fantastic!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, seems like I like this one a fair bit more than most folks. Dark brown color with a tan head on top that sits around for a good while. Really enjoyed the dark IPA, big hops flavor, some citrus, and then all kinds of darker, dried fruit flavors in there as well. Roastiness, some lighter chocolate and some light caramel as well. Big, mixed flavors that mix nicely together. Would definitely pick it up again, although the price tag was a little higher than I'd hope.

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Photo of hopdog
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at Capones.

Poured a darker brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pine, earhty, roasty, floral, toasted malts, and some citrus. Tastes of pine, roasted malts, earthy, citrus, and lighter caramel. Alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass. More on the hoppy side vs. a balanced IIPA. If I had to choose, I would list this under and IPA, although if a Black IPA were a style, this would fit that.

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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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