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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber amhogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and sweet fruity malts. Not crazy hopyy, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok Black IPA, but too much alcohol in the taste. Would try again.

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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 FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

143rd review on BA
bottle to mug
Enjoy by 12/17/10- A few days late but worth a shot.

App- A very dark amber/brown that lightens from top to bottom. A nice 1 1/2 finger head that was pretty flat and didn't retain very long.

Smell- Smells of citrus, nuttiness and had a touch of spice and some medium hops.

Taste- This has a lot of spicy hops behind the flavor but it also has tastes of some earthy herbs. Also had that nice bitter taste on the backend.

Mouth- It's a medium bodied beer with a pretty high carbonation for the style. Was a little creamy during the drink while it warmed.

Drink- I like what Victory does. Solid beers and not too over hyped. Will have to recommend this to some friends.

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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 hopsolutely
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful colour, slightly less expansive aroma, and a delightfully robust taste profile - albeit tasting far boozier than its 8.7% should require. Not quite as hoppy as I had hoped for a "Black IPA", but still a drinkable pint. Would like to find a draught tap to see what, if any, complexity or balance is added via time in a barrel...

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Photo of LtCracker20
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

A- Pours a dark, but clear, reddish brown with a 2-finger khaki head. Very good retention and lace.

S- Smell is of hops up front. A little astringent aroma as well. Just a touch of sweetness. Alchohol is present. Smells of an American Strong Ale smell.

T- Bitter, piney hops, touch of alchohol, but malt is there. Again, more like an American Strong Ale.

MF/D- Full bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability is good for being big on the palate. Again, not to be a jerk, but this should be an American Strong Ale.

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Photo of jsanford
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown with a generous ivory head. Great lacing and retention.
S - Earthy caramel malts, chocolate, coffee and floral hops.
T Sweet and chocolate-y with a very bitter hop finish. Bitterness lingers on the very tip of the tongue. Slight booziness.
M - Full and creamy with crisp, sharp carbonation.
D - Decent drinkability but the with the 8% ABV one or two would be my limit.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber brown with yellow ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had some hops with caramel, citrus, and sweet malty notes but had slight underlying nutty notes. The taste had a better hop profile which meshed well with the caramel flavor with citrusy nutty accents and a decent malt backbone. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, nutty, mild hoppy, and slight bitter finish. It drank good and was a solid interpretation of a cascadian IPA. Definitely wanna try a range of the black hoppy brews.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


not much of a smell.

sweeter than you think. another good representation of this style. It really highlights the earthy hop quality and the dark roasted malt aspect of the CDA.

Im glad the west coast is starting to get lots of Victory brews now. Great brewery.

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Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a deep mahogany brew, not quite an opaque black, with a nice dense beach sand colored head that raises to a good height, settles to a thick film after a couple of minutes and laces well.

aroma is relatively weak for a hopped-up beer and with plenty of smooth caramel and toffee. a punch of hops can be found and provides some spice and citrus.

definitely more hoppy in flavor than aroma. its a distinct resiny hop flavor that is quite pleasant. no pine, but plenty of earthy herbs, smooth citrus juices, a bit of bitterness, and some subtle spices. there is some brown sugar and toasted caramel maltiness that sweetens things up. not bad at all, though not as roasty as many "black IPAs I've had" this falls in between categories, even with a new category being created.

medium bodied with a perfectly modest level of carbonation and a touch syrupy and sweet on the back end.

no alcohol heat for a relatively strong brew makes this an easy drink. the flavors are a tad odd and not perfect for me, though they are not harsh or a hindrance. would drink again (and again).

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 OakedCanuck
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into shaker

This beer is not really black, it's kind of a dark red to brownish colour. The best part about this beer is the nice, light tan, rocky head. Nose is kind of off as well as the taste. It doesn't have enough of that roasty character associated with this emerging style. It was almost like they were scared to fully commit to the process and sort of just stopped half way through. Yakima hops are good tasting but with the sense of incompleteness in the roasting, they are left to fend for themselves. An okay beer, not great though. Probably won't come back.

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Photo of prg1976
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the source..at the Victory Brewpub
A nice dark brownish hue, with a good 1" off white/tan head.

Smell is piny hops, a lot like Hop Devil.

Tastes a lot like Hop Devil. The same dry bitterness as devil and wallop, but has a roastier malt profile.

Very dry from the hops, but it's very tasty.

It's very drinkable, but the abv will come back to bite you.

Overall, a very good black IPA.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 FLBeerGuy
3.02/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a thin tan head that leaves decent lacing. Doesn't look like a black IPA to me.

Nose is medicinal, muted and not very appealing.

Taste is better than the nose, sweet malts, some bitterness, but not very IPA like. The nose is ruining the taste for me

Don't know if bad tap lines or what, but I this did not taste or smell like I expected it to.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Glory pours a deep red color. It's mostly clear, and looks positively crimson with backlighting. A tan head caps the top and stands about two fingers tall. It's very slow to recede, and leaves a very thick, sticky web of lace behind. It's a nice looking beer, but it doesn't look much like a Black IPA. Just sayin'....

The nose is a little weak, but is pretty good. There's a healthy amount of caramel malt here. It smells a little sugary and sweet. Hops are easily noted, and have quite a bit of breadth. They're floral, herbal, somewhat spicy, and citric (grapefruit and orange). There's really not much in terms of dark or roasted malts. Still doesn't strike me as a Black IPA. Alcohol is blended pretty well and isn't offensive.

I like the flavor quite a bit. It kicks off with sweet caramel and toffee. The malt base is rather sturdy. Hops follow and take over from there. The hop flavor is very diverse. There's a little citrus grapefruit and orange, some grassy and herbal notes, and a spicy twist. It's a nice flavor, but seems to lack focus and control. It definitely has a bitter, but is balanced to a large degree by the malt presence. Alcohol is there, but isn't warm or hot. Finishes herbal, bitter, and dry.

Yakima Glory has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light, but it doesn't feel smooth. Close, but not quite. Drinkability is good. Ultimately, this is an intriguing, tasty beer. It goes down rather easy for a beer of its size. A bottle or two is probably enough for me.

I can't help but find each sip of Yakima Glory more and more intriguing. Personally, I wouldn't call it a Black IPA. It's more of a hoppy, herbal Amber/Red Ale. While it is good beer, it could easily be improved. I think a narrower hop profile would give it more of an identity and more focus. More body would be good. Definitely worth checking out though. Good luck putting your finger on this one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep garnet color with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly but coats the edges of the glass all the way down. Aromas of citrus, herbal hops mixed with a bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is bitter almost to the point of harshness. The herbal/earthy/citrus is there but not as prevalent and gets mixed with a bitter tea flavor. Some dark caramel, little bit of chocolate, and maybe a hint of dark fruits mixed with some warming alcohol round out the taste experience. Lightly carbonated with a creamy/resinous mouthfeel and medium body. I can appreciate this for what it is, but I didn't particularly care for it. That harsh bitter tea flavor kind of ruined this for me.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From bottle poured into standard pint glass)

Appearance: crystal clear dark brown malt color. Not much in the way of head, but foam ring lasts a while.

Smell: Muted is the nice way to put it. Get some malty hop notes, but it's really subdued on this one. More malt than hop.

Taste: Hops and malt! Truth in advertising on the bottle. Immediately, piney hop notes with a moderate level of bitterness. Progression into sweet malt middle. A bit "toasty", but not really dark. Finish is long and bitter with a bit of alcohol "hotness" at the beginning. Quite good for what they wanted this to be; a showcase of variatial hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderately viscous. Would not be mistaken for a lighter style.

Drinkability: Other than the mild touch of "hotness", almost dangerously drinkable. But the ABV would really come and bite you in the end. Sip this one.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a bottle at a Christmas party.

A - Drank from a bottle.

S - Herbal hoppy notes, some sort of sweet aroma comes through too, maybe caramel?

T - Lots of hops but beautifully balanced by the malt. The bitterness is just right; not overwhelming drink on drink.

M - Medium+ body and mouthfeel, definitely has a little more weight to it.

D - Hop bitterness does not affect the drinkability however the ABV is a little too high for me in regards to drinkability.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields just a short, soapy tan head over a very dense amber body. Spot of lacing.

Slightly piney hop sharpness in the aroma, balanced really well with caramel and chocolate sweetness

Good level of hops in the flavor, with plenty of malty balance to counter - toasted bread. Slightly smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel overall is pretty rich and slick, but has a little bit of a minerally finish, too - not distracting, but noticeable.

This one's pretty thick as you might expect from the style, but one that I could see having 2-3 of.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, freshness date is illegible. Pours a dark reddish brown with amber highlights. Very dense off-white head. Great lacing.

Aroma is very fruity - strawberries and raisins. A bit of hay, some light herbal hop aroma in back.

Medium bodied with some syrupy slickness.

Fruity sweetness up front with hints of cherry and raisins. Some herbal and grassy hop flavors kick in midway and finish with a dry citrusy bitterness. There is a bit of a medicinal aftertaste. The bitterness balances the fruity sweetness well.

This beer is decently balanced and drinkable despite a rather high abv. I was hoping for a little more hop profile. But still a good beer.


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Photo of depechemode1983
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful deep amber red in color. Has a lasting off-white head. minimal lacing on the glass. Very balanced smell between the malts and hops. Smell is sweet, slightly bitter. I can smell a somewhat toasted character along with grapefruits and a little piny smell towards the end. Very simple in that area. Lots of sweet toasted malts at first but then citric hops come in. Not too much though. Somewhat light for an IPA. It finishes bitter and leaves a citric hops lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel on this one is thick, with lots of carbonation. Washes over the palate cleanly. I dont think i would be able to drink more than a couple of these. Flavors are well balanced but something seems to be missing. The ABV is pertty hight as well. A sixer of these I would be pretty drunk. Thanks to johnnnniee I was able to try this one out.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown and blue label with a hop leaf (or weed?) in the background.
"Yakima Glory" no longer "Yakima Twilight".

Clear russet color, tight cap of foam, sheets of lacing.

Smell reminds me of multivitamins... not sure what's up there.
Green hop herbals and malt sweetness. Medicinal.

Flavor is similarly sweet and medicinal, some roasted malts and resiny hop bitterness bleed through. In the aftertaste the flavors seem to delineate more, up front it's more discordantly bitter and boozy in a muddled way. Clean herbal bitterness at first, husky toasted malts in the middle.

Even carbonation, ok feel.
Not really jiving with this one, probably one and done for me.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good

S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note

T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don't quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive

Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap't Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this

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Photo of DoreenAndDave
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a dark brown, the shade of black tea. Not much of a head. Aroma is surprisingly complex: toast, malt, cherries, orange, cocoa. Taste is bitter and hoppy, with a big malt backbone. Finish is dry and hoppy, with hints of cherry or something that I can't quite place. Taste was a little less complex than I was expecting, given the aroma. Still quite nice. Mouthfeel is nice. It's well carbonated, and the alcohol provides a little warmth but is hidden well. Fairly drinkable. It's somewhat heavy, and so not a beer I'd probably want to have more than one of.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,661 ratings
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