Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
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3.96/5
1,661 Ratings
Yakima GloryYakima Glory
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,557
Reviews:
773
Ratings:
1,661
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of speter
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep rubyish brown with a huge, persistent off-white head that fades with good lacing.

S: The hop aroma hits your nose during the pour. It's a wonderful fresh citrus, but not too citrus, hop presence, with just a hint of the underlying malt.

T: The hops kiss your tongue all the way on this one. The initial taste is a bracing hop bitterness, with the hop overtones kicking in in the middle. The finish is rather bitter, which renders it rather different from, say, a 90-minute IPA. Personally, I'd like a bit more malt backbone, but I'm not complaining.

M: Nicely full-bodied. The brisk carbonation keeps it feeling lighter than it actually is.

D: I'd love to have several of these in a sitting, but the ABV hits me harder than others in the same range. Maybe it's just me being mellow from the hops...

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by date is Dec 2010.

Appearance: Brownish red beer becomes a bright garnet when held to the light. The head is huge, creamy and tries to escape my tulip. After 20 minutes, its still covering the surface of the beer and the top third of the glass is wrecked with sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malts and citrusy hops. Interesting nose that bounces around a bunch of different smells-- bready, caramel, butterscotch, and citrus and earthy hops. I like it, but its a little weird.

Taste: Also weird. More weird than the smell. The maltiness is more bready and roasty and less sweet than the smell. That combined with the fairly prominent hoppiness leads to a beer that is more bitter than I had hoped for. Again, quite a few different flavors come together, and clash. The finish is bitter (roasty) and sticks to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy, nicely carbonated beer. Sticky on the tongue from the big hop load.

Drinkability: I've been drinking these for the last month or so, thinking it would grow on me and I would see what lots of other people see, but that's not happening. Its just kind of messy and doesnt come together. Not bad, but not great, at all.

Edit 11/22/10-- Just got a very fresh sixpack and its a whole different world. Hoppy, caramelly, and toasty. More like a India brown ale than a black IPA, but damn good. Balanced and cohesive.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drink by date in Oct 2010, so it's a little aged.

A= pours into glass a dark ruby red, really dark with thick head that lasts a good while, leaving behind solid lacing.

Aroma and Taste= sweet malts with some citrus pine hops in the background.

Body= very thick without being too overpowering.

Another outstanding winner from the great Victory Brewing. They never fail to please. Be careful, because at 8.7% ABV, you do not want to have more than a few

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color, fine tan head. The aroma is a balance of dark fruit malt and piney hops. Dark fruit comes through up front, with a touch of sweetness. Slightly vinous malt profile, with a minerally, woody tinge. Hops are plentiful and pervade the palate with citrus rind bitterness and hints of pine. A punchy beer, with equally pronounced malt and hops. For all the fruit flavors from the malt, the beer is pretty clean and finishes semi dry. Another nice one from Victory.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a large but not overwhelming head, 4 fingers in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The beer is brown amber with little active carbonation and even a little haze. Good texture and a little lacing on the head though.

S: This beer immediately gave away why it's called Yakima, a hoppy bouquet was noticeable right away. A more detailed investigation reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, hard to miss, but not overwhelming. I dunno, maybe now I'm getting something earthy or almost malty. It's really nice.

T: Hmm, still really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much better than Hop Wallop. The floral is gone and now it's more classic 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 much bitter to me than the Two Hearted I had earlier tonight, but that was just so much more balanced.

M: This is really nice. It's not over carbed, it actually has some density to it, which is good, helps make it less hop-tea-ish.

D: Meehh, this is one with no je ne sais quois, it's just what it is.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours sort of a cola color with a solid tan head.

Strict hops confront the nose. Pine resins with a chocolate undertone. What I don't like about the aroma is a distinct bile-like essence. I think it's a blend of the hops and alcohol, and not that it's overbearingly rancid, but it doesn't work for me.

The taste is not unlike a Barleywine. Pretty straight forward piney hops with a hint of toffee and chocolate to work with. Has a potent Bigfoot-esque bitter kick late. The bile is toned down and the taste redeems the beer.

The body is kind of lazy, a little transparent, like it's just not trying very hard to have a mouthfeel.

Not bad, probably wouldn't buy it again.

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

A: Pours a hazy chestnut color. In the glass it is ruby in color, and has a nice tan head.

S: Piney and earthy. Slight mixture of citrus. Like a combination of orange and grapefruit. There is also a nice malt scent in the background.

T: Huge amount of hoppy bitterness, earthy, grapefruit and pungent. Caramel flavor in the background. I enjoy it, but would like a little more balance. Style wise however it is right on.

M: Medium and syrupy. Plenty of carbonation.

D: One and done for me. It's good, and I feel like it fits the style well, but it's a bit too aggressive on the hops for me.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: big citus, smells like a strong IPA, no indication that it's a dark beer at all.

taste: very complex and complicated beer. which makes it interesting. It's drinks like an IPA on the front, citrus, grapefruit, and a dark ale on the back, bitter and roasted malt flavors.

mouthfeel: medium and light for a dark beer

drinkability: They should keep this in the line up. superb.... a new fav of mine

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

Enjoy by date of Dec. 10,2010. Poured into balloon goblet. Poured a reddish mahogany color with a tall, thick, medium tan head that had great retention and good lacing.

A semi-sweet malt scent is the first thing across the nose. A slight fruit scent is barely apparent, and some hops at the back, along with a bit of an alcohol scent. The flavors were very similar, The alcohol was much more noticeable, a slight bit of tobacco was present and there wasn't the hoppy taste I expected.

The body was good, full and coating, although a bit sticky. Drinkability was very good for a beer of this strength, I'll certainly have it again.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Beer pours a rich mahogany color, with 2 fingersof tan head that dissipate slowly, leaving some nice lacing

S: Lots of floral and piney hop notes, with a bit of licorice, and malt sweetness

T: Piney, floral and citrusy hops at the front, with a good bit of bitterness. Followed by some malt sweetness, with burnt chocolate and licorice notes. Finishes dry with a burnt coffee kind of bitterness.

M: Smooth and medium bodied, with a little bit of carbonation tingle. No real alcohol presence

D: Incredibly drinkable for the abv, but the intence hoppiness coupled with the high abv would probably make one enough for me

Overall, this is a delicious and complex beer that really defies any kind of classification. Another great offering from Victory.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Deep copper beer, relatively clear with a bit of floaties, and exhibiting lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Big, frothy tan head was overflowing out of the pint off the pour (almost), sustained wonderfully.

S-A unique mixture of hop aromas and malt forwardness.

T-Hop flavor is distincty pine/resiny, which melds throughout a toasty, nutty maltiness. Any malt sweetness was drowned out by resiny hops and an assertive bitterness. Finshed with a residual hoppy flavor and slight toasty-coffee aftertaste.

M-Surprisingly, the carbonation was not overpowering as it appeared out of the bottle, but instead a relatively moderate level. Mouthfeel was on par with expectations.

D-Really, this brew kind of lacks drinkability for me., to an extent. I think it's flavor profile is unique, which deserves merit, but it just isn't there for me.

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Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Deep ruby red. Almost looks black in dim light.

Smell: White chocolate, hint of licorice, floral hops give way to maly sweetness.

Taste: Very well balanced, big hops and chocolaty malt. Dry and biscuty on finish. Big, beautiful and rich.

Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Pours almost black until you hold it up to the light. 1/2 inch tan/mocha head that stays the whole time. Medium to sparse lacing.

Overall: A very big, well balnced beer that refuses to be pigeonholed into a style or class (in my opinion) Great with German chocolate cake.

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Photo of Greenst82
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep chestnut/ruby like reddish brown. Decent cream color head that lasts a good while.

S - Pretty hoppy. Toasted malt and piney aromas. Really fragrant.

T - Piney hops with a sweet malty finish, then comes back to a bitter aftertaste that lasts a while.

M - Med mouthfeel but smooth and warm, sticks with you.

D - I found this very drinkable. Dangerously maybe. I only bought one at the time but I don't see myself making that mistake again.

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Photo of ffenski
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass as a burnt amber while still letting some light through. Thick, frothy top. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of piney grapefruit, raisins and roasted malts with a heavy lean toward the hops.

Very flavorful. Abundant hoppy bitterness and taste, yet has a sweet body. Roasted caramel malts, pitted fruits, but centered on fresh, green, moist hops.

Very creamy, smooth feel dominates but then a little carb tingle.

These go down quickly for me. Silky and bursting with hop flavor. Thank you Victory.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a chill-hazed copper with a copious head of tan foam.

S - Nose is hoppy grapefruit/pine with a fruity edge and the bare hint of grapes.

T - Light coffee and lots of sweetness. Big hoppy grapefruit and intense bitterness. Some caramel as well.

M - Slight astringency, but otherwise smooth body.

D - OK drinkability. This is a fairly big beer that showcases them hops so balance isn't big part of the equation. I'm very happy to drink one of these, but no more than that in a sitting.

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Photo of malty
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 spoons
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a red hue. This is followed by a light tan head that stays around nicely.

The smell is filled with bitter hops and caramel and chocolate.

The flavor tastes pretty balanced at first. Then the hoppy bitterness comes through and destroys that balance. Finishes bitter but its not pleasant. A quality brew from a quality company but for me this is lacking.

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Photo of tronester
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at a cool temperature a clear dark reddish brown with a thin creamy tan head. Smell is rich toasty malt and herbal hops. Taste is chocolate and caramel up front with a herbal hop middle and a piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I wouldn't want more than 12 oz at a time, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What is a woody, brick-wall auburn colour surprisingly irradiates to an almost dragon fruit pink when held directly against bright light. Its hue notwithstanding, the beer is unremitting of its deep-set opacity, hardly allowing shadows to be visible from the other side. The extravagance of tightly wound spores that tops it takes the appearance of a sponge cake.

Victory has never been one to compromise on its beers' character, so when they put the name of a hop right there in the beer's title, you can darn well expect that it'll be hoppy. The aroma certainly doesn't dance around that fact, it comes right out and says it. It is an unsparing, unsuppressed, yawning bouquet of dryness, bitterness and pithy fruitiness.

Fruits seem to be seething out from both the hops and the malts, the former infusing the beer's flavour with earthy, pithy, stiflingly citric notes while the latter submits a more sugary donation, something more akin to dried fruits. The two seem to lock horns like male rams in mating season; my palate is given both a beating and a buss.

It smacks and then it smooches, the hops kick and then the malts caress. But the fight isn't fair, the teams are lopsided: an ethanol-like alcohol freely helps in the assault. Although the beer's fruity, oxidative and vinous flavors play well into the alcohol, it is a little too assertive and overhasty, like a self-absorbed first date that comes on too strong.

It surely cannot be a coincidence that a brewery named 'Victory' is seemingly incapable of making anything less than stellar, if not spectacular beer. Like I said, Yakima Twilight has a loud, spirited personality, one that probably takes some getting to know before becoming truly comfortable around it, but that's exactly why I keep asking their beers out.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish browish color, with a tan head sitting astride a somewhat thinnish body. Reminds me a lot of a porter jacked up with tons of beautiful citrusy hops. Very drinkable, as the thin body doesn't fill you up, and the hops remain fresh and vibrant.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ivw had this one in the bottle and when I saw this one on tap, I couldn't pass it up...

Arrives a reddish brown with a 3 inch head of foam that never dies completely... Very appealing to the eye...

Earthy piney aromas dominate here and have me ready to sip... The maltiness is there but in the background.. This one is still surprisingly hoppy smelling... Very nice..

A biting piney hoppiness up front which lingers all the way through... Sort of sweet and rich in the middle but this one is still all about the hops... I like this one a lot on tap...
Overall I'm loving this one... After 3 of these, my wife dragged me to the door as I was ready to slam these the rest of the night.. A delicious offering from Victory...

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from The Village Merchant in Buffalo, NY

A: Dark amber, very tight and persistent lacing

S: Roasted malts and sweet hops coming through

T: Resinous pine coats the mouth with sweet alcohol taking over. The roasted malt punches through the sweetness creating a pleasant toasted aftertaste.

M: A good amount of carbonation in this ale, slight syrup viscosity here too.

D: It wouldn't be too difficult to down a couple of these. You can choose to sip or gulp, but the higher ABV will slow you down.

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Photo of zoso493
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Southampton pint glass - the last of a sixer.

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany-garnet color that is surprisingly consistent throughout, meaning there are no real tints to it when held to the light. Atop the beer is a big, foamy three-finger head that has above-average retention and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: The scent has all the ingredients for a good American strong ale. There is a large and very diverse grain profile to the scent, as well as some other caramel malts. The hops play a much more minor in the smell, but a long smell reveals some notes of piny hops.

Taste: The taste is somewhat of a departure from the smell. The malts and grain still remain as the dominant players in the taste with the hops providing a nice balancing force in the background. This is a very nicely balanced strong ale; however, something between this combination of grains/malts and hops has given this beer an overpowering flavor of anise, which is a bit off-putting to me. If you like licorice, you might enjoy this beer, but as I don't particularly care for it, it is slightly unpalatable to me. This is just a personal taste, though, and I admit this is a very nice beer that is well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: This is not the thickest example of the style, but it does have a bit of silkiness to it. It is a bit cloying, though.

Drinkability: The alcohol in this brew is completely undetectable despite weighing in at 8.7% ABV which is a good thing. Still, I'm not sure how many of these I could down in a night because of that anise aftertaste.

Overall, this is a nice example of the style, though by no means my favorite. The anise taste to it is not a deal-breaker, but was an unexpected twist for me. Still, I'm being harsh - this is a good beer from a very good brewery that is very balanced but still manages to keep some strong flavoring.

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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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