Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,659 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
Ratings:
1,659
Reviews:
772
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

New beer from Victory in CT.. had to try it, love all of their other offerings. This one is no different... an absolute delicious beer. A little too hoppy and bitter to have a few in a night but as a sipper and/or a nightcap it's perfect. Nice mouthfeel and great body to it along with quite a flavor punch to your taste buds. I recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it and you love super hoppy beers.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger high fluffy beige head that slowly dissipated but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with moderate aromas of grapefruit hops and hints of the underlying roasted malts.
T: The beer is extremely well balanced between flavors of dark, roasted malts and bitterness from the citrus hops. Like the smell, the taste of grapefruit is very prominent.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, If Yakima Twilight is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard, then I think they have succeeded.

Expecting a big IPA, I am surprised to find a very dark beer- dark amber to medium brown in color. A froathy tan head settles to a lacing blanket that evenly coats the beer 'til the very end. A solid, sturdy, and masculine look.

There's the IPA character- found right there in the nose. Strong hops of cascade, chinook, nugget, or other high alpha acid varieties. All backed up by deeply kilned malts that give big elements of toast, bread crust, and heavily caramelized sugars.

Flavors are big, bready, bold, and richly malty. Taking on Dopplebock proportions of malt flavor, melanoidin richness, and toasted breads. But then the hops show equal aggression before completely over-taking the beer. Pine resins, fresh cut grass, bitey-bitter, and citrus rinds give a good slap in the face before the beer fades into a malty-dry finish that prefers alcohol and breadiness to sugars and graininess.

Full and rich up front but the beer quivers a bit in the fullness just enough to allow the onslaught of hops to dominate from mid-palate on. Pine and mint finish the beer and return in the after taste.

A fantastic beer that rides the line between stronger American ales and Imperial IPA's. Thanks Stiggs!

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt caramel color with a two finger head; good stickage and quite a bit of lace sticks to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Crusty bread, caramel and piney hops

Taste: Opens with a rich, bready flavor that adds caramel and lots of piney hops by mid-palate, with hints of mint and chocolate lingering around; after the swallow, the malt backbone becomes increasingly apparent, providing additional chocolate, caramel and leathery earthy tones to match the hop bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I like this much better than Arrogant Bastard as it is not as sticky but has a great flavor profile

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Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown color. This beer is clear when held up to a light and there is a two finger tan head that goes away and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Herbal hops dominate. In the background there is some caramel malt sweetness and a bit of nutty roast as well.

Taste: Again, the dominate tastes are sweet caramel malt and herbal hop bitterness. There is a mild roast in the background. The finish is quite bitter and some mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a pretty normal amount of carbonation. This one is pretty slippery on the tongue.

Drinkability: I didn't like this one as much as I remembered from the past, but it is still quite good. I would like a bit more of the nutty roast when I take a sip. That being said, I'm sure I'll end up having it again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a average size foamy head with good carbonation and light lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light resin and piney notes is satisfying. Taste is more focused on dry roasted malt then hops though some resin and piney notes still comes trough. Body is light with good carbonation. Not sure if I had an old bottle or what but this is below the standard of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with copper highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of foam that left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There is a strong toasty malt aroma.

T - Good toasty maltiness with a roasty flavor like a porter. Nice piney hop flavor with some grapefruit tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Black IPA although it is not as dark in color as most.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 11/30/2012. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color, with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, herbal, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas that are very citrus hop forward. Taste of big chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, orange peel, and a touch of coffee. Nice sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, pine, citrus, biscuit, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop bitterness to roasted malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. It has a nice roasted malt backbone, which I enjoy seeing in the style; and is very enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with decent enough staying power. Some nice legs on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of malt character with some dark fruits and candied dark sugar. Also a fair amount of piney, resinous hops. The taste is a letdown, with some sweet malt failing to really interact with the piney hops, and the darker fruits get lost in the background. Feel is somewhat sweet, yet still a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer with some decent characteristics, but not my favorite and pales in comparison to some others within this emerging style.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of dark beige head. Decent retention. Color is a dark ruby copper. A lot of sediment is in the glass.

Aroma: Tons of hops hear. Floral and caramel notes. Some bread flavors. But just really a ton of hops, citrus, and grapefruit.

Taste: Starts out with a nice citrus mix, then comes the floral hops and caramel come in. Lots of bready malts balance this out a bit. I also get a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but kind of crisp. Medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. Ends happy with a touch of booze.

Overall, this is just a big ol' hoppy beer. I like it, but I don't love it. I'd drink it again if it was offered me, but nothing I would go crazy to find.

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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As it pours, the beer foams up into a two finger head of light brown bubbles resting on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, brown malt profile with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Some spicy hops with a hint of mustard and some red apple yeast.

T - Toasted malt and moderately sweet caramel flavors dominate the initial impression of the beer. The sugary malt is joined by sharp, spicy hops with notes of pine and mustard as well as a hint of blue veined cheese. The finish is moderately sweet with lots of toast and caramel as well as a moderate roasted character with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice black IPA, it achieves a balance between the dark malt character and the hops that most don't manage while it also avoids any chocolate or coffee flavor that would confuse it with a stout. The hops are significant, but with the thick malt profile, they are really just barely enough to balance the beer. Very nice, this is definitely a beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this an old Bert Grant recipe or something?Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a large blooming two finger crown that stuck like glue to the glass and never fully settled.Pine resin and more pine resin in the nose,the citrus is there but takes a back seat to the pine resin,honestly thats all,I pick up no malt profile.Flavors remind me of old school Pacific northwest in the fact the hops in pine and citric form are the lead component and the caramel/bicuit malt is there to show its not 100% percent hops.This is a great beer, more of what an American DIPA should be than what many are,its old school in my mind.Paging MR. Grant....

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Dec 7, 2011.

Big fluffy head of almost 2 fingers fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, over semi clear darker brown rosy mahogany colored beer.

Nose is nice, a nice Belgian like strong ale, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, a bit of an aged malt, and some nice hops, a bit earthy, some light spicy and fruity hops.

Taste starts with a nice dark malt flavor, plenty of sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, candied raisins, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, white raisins, soft aged malts, tons of crystal malts, Munich malt I think too, some toasty malts, a bit thick and slightly syrupy. Then the hops kick in, mostly late but plenty spicy hops, earthy, fairly bitter, light fruity hops, and a light boozy taste. Finishes a bit drier, still some sticky sweetness, lots of the sugary syrupy flavors, and plenty of hop bitterness lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but not much, syrupy, decent carbonation, and a bit of boozy warmth.

Overall pretty good, I thought it was going to be a light IPA like beer with a name like Yakima Glory, but it's a pretty decent beer otherwise, a bit syrupy and sweet, and sticky, but pretty good, bitter, plenty of hops too.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although Victory's Yakima Glory offers 8.7% alcohol by volume (which puts it out of style according to current guidelines), I'd still have to call it an American India Black Ale.

The body is a clear, fairly dark ruby-accented mahogany brown at about 35 SRM, and the frothy-then-creamy head is a khaki color. The head retention and lacing are both very good, and it maintains a surface covering throughout the glass while leaving thin veils of lace behind.

The aroma, not unlike the flavor, delivers a combination of chocolatey and caramelsih malt, and floral and citrusy hops. The flavor, however, add a component of piney hops to the mix, as well as a light touch of roastiness. It's initially malty with a touch of fruitiness, and then the hops rise just before the middle. As seems to be the Victory way, rather than just hit you over the head with a juicy blast of citrus, they've combined hops to deliver a more complex and balanced hop character. That keeps it drinkable throughout the serving, and allows the malt character an equal share of your attention. Unlike many beers in this vein that start out two-sided and finish one-side as the hops take over your palate, Yakima Glory is rounded and balanced enough that it maintains both sides. It's solidly bitter, and it finishes dry with a swirling note of fruitiness that evaporates to leave roasty bitterness, a smear of bittersweet chocolate, and some leafy and grassy hops behind.

Overall what I found in Yakima Glory was immense drinkability. There's a lot of character there but it's not overdone, and what is there is really quite polished - it's superbly balanced! The alcohol might be the only thing that would keep me from having another, but to be honest, I didn't really find it anywhere. Sure, you know it's there, and you can feel it towards the end of the glass, but it never really shows. Nicely done!

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with "by" date of 11/11/2011 (i.e., very fresh). Label as pictured but with "Glory" rather than "Twilight"

A - clear {hazy} mahogany; remained clear even after a few drops of sediment at the bottom of the bottle were added and allowed to settled in the glass. Skimpy light tan head.

S - earthy; malty; toasted grains; hoppy (mainly piney {earthy/herbal}); Rich and interesting aroma with good hints of toffee and chocolate.

Interesting and bold flavor profile, with a pronounced and complex hop component dominating, but a substantial roasted malt base. A surprising earthy and roasted malt flavor (with some hoppiness) lingers in the bitter aftertaste. High ABV not obvious.

Lightly carbonated and medium-full body; Semi-dry finish.

{Updated with a older bottle believed to be near best by date. Definitely preferred over fresh one. This aged bottle is one of the best black IPAs I've had.}

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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 Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, topped with a tight finger of of creamy light tan head. Retains with a very rich and frothy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is earthy and sticky smelling in the nose. Dank herbal notes, plenty of spice, and sharp resins that give this a prickly feel. The hop activity if backed up by a hugely sticky base of bready caramel. This is very roasty and sweet smelling, almost like notes of molasses. It reminds me a lot at times of the malt presence of an Imperial Red Ale.

The taste is much the same, with a piney and spicy sharp bitterness that flows into a more mellow herbal feel. This is well balanced by a toasted backbone of tangy toffeed sweetness, which is just as pronounced as the hop profile. The finish is spicy and a bit resinous, with some leftover malty tang lingering on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY easy and mellow feel to the carbonation. I'm barely picking up any alcohol and I'm quite shocked to be reminded that this is nearly 9% ABV. Wow, I honestly had no problem putting away an imperial pint of this!

I really enjoyed this on cask last year at the brewery and I think that I liked even more this go around. It's great that this is going to be the new winter seasonal, as the dark feel and festive tasting hop profile on this really fits the season. Plus the drinkibility on this is just KILLER! I'm going out out to find a sixer of this pronto!

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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