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.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of wiegs4life
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with elegant white head that just sits calmly above the top like ducks on the pond. As Stewart Scott once said it is "Cool as the other side of the pillow.

S - I don't really judge a beer off smell but if i did it would probably lose some points. Smells kind of like a lot of hoppy beers (like shit).

T - This is where the beer gains its points. The beer tastes like a perfert version of a nuru massage (I had to use an Asian reference.

M - Simply splended.

O - Second time having this beer. This isn't much of a summer beer but i remember sipping this during Christmas Eve one year and thats when craft beer became a passion instead of a hobby. Not to sure that this beer tops by 10 but this beer will always be remembers because of how it turned me into craft beer.

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

The bottle poured out a hazy reddish brown body with a half finger high off-white head. The head dissipated to a thin layer of lace moderately. The initial aromas were of hops, caramel, perfume, light fruits and light spices. The initial flavors were of burnt malts, light citrus, moderate pine, moderate resin, and a burnt caramel sweetness. The beer was bitter and dry, and had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, this was an interesting brew. The ingredients meshed into some unique aromas and flavors. This wasn't the best black ale, but it definitely unique and good.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copied from DarkMagus82

For my personal opinion however: The head is more of a tan, I don't smell the lemon (but certainly smell the caramel/toffee/coffee/chocolate maltiness). I also don't smell the grapefruit. It is a sweet malt, almost "syruppy". I agree with the roasted creamy bitterness. The hops are a little bitey, and the alcohol is present in the aftertaste. It's certainly what I would consider a "Black IPA" blending a porter/stout with an IPA. If you like Pale Ale IPA's, this is not for you. If you like your IPA with a strong malt-backbone, I'd recommend it for the $3/6-pack that was paid for it. Other than that, I'd say it's slightly above average.
Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a barleywine in the glass - the beer is a blend of Ruby and crimson ... Great clarity here. The three finger head in my tulip subsides at a glacial pace. The sticky foam is the color of stained teeth. But yeah this beer looks like a filet mignon. Way dark, way big.
In the nostrils I get a blast of silky maltiness, layered on top of a Forest of hop - I mean that in a literal sense. Dense and minty like evergreens on a crisp morning. Herbal, layered, sweet. Interesting but definitely a malt bomb front and center this portends of the...
Tastes to me like crumb cake and honey. The medicinal hoppiness strands it's way across my tongue and gains traction, opening into a wild bitterness that harmonizes with the the intense maltiness. By the finish, the hop has *almost* taken charge... super piney but still sweet. Silky comes to mind again. Freaky finish.. minty, bitter and sweet all together. One of the great attributes of this beer is the fact that it is packaged cleanly- it never becomes sloppy despite the big malt bill. Maybe the secret is the insane mouthfeel. Very well carbonated, with a medium body that fills the mouth but never lingers or drags. My throat is hot when its over, and the mouth does have a bitter pucker. What a freaking interesting beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Pours a deep ruby, nearly brown ale color, with a fluffy tan head. Piney, earthy, biscuity, and sweet aromas dominate. The flavor starts with a big chunk of sweet malts, and fades into the piney, abrasive ipa hops we all know and love. It has a full and chewy mouthfeel, and the finish is a clinging strong bitterness combined with the hefty malt presence. This is a big beer, but it's not overly sweet, and is quite drinkable. Much darker and a touch roastier than I'd expect from a DIPA, but delicious and well made. I'm curious what a few months of aging would do to this beer. It seems like it could do very well in the cellar.

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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy ruby color with a thin white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of rich sweet toffee with candied floral hops and citrus. All of these flavors are complex and inviting! I just want to jump right in. The flavor is exactly what I could have hoped for from the flavors. There is a rich roasted malt with toffee and bitter grapefruit hops. There is also this odd of putting astringency that I don't really dig. The mouthfeel is rich with subtle carbonation.

This is a really solid beer despite the astringency. I'm not sure, but I heard that last years batch wasn't as astringent. The flavor is rich and deep, and I sure hope next year this astringency is taken care of.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a grand Bordeaux wine glass.
Enjoy By Date: 10/26/12
Puschased from Whole Foods Portland ME

A: brown with amber red hues. 3 fingers of frothy sand-colored head the recedes slowly and leaves great lacing.

S: bright piney hops up front with a solid backbone of malty brown sugar and caramel notes. Cut grass, saginess, roasted malt, a hint of filbert. Complex smell, though a bit sweet.

T: a lot less sweet malt then I would have guessed from the nose. Nice hop piney bitterness, earthy, floral, with a hint of malty caramel, very well balanced. Very good.

M: nice and smooth, no alcohol heat, good carbonation.

O: wow very good ale. The taste wins out on this one. Nose has a lot going on but seems a bit sweet and malty, but wow the taste is very subtle in all regards and finely balanced. Certainly a brew that is approachable and one I could drink a lot of. Recommend.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Victory's 3 part ode to deluxe hops features Storm King Stout, Hop Wallop IIPA and this which seemed to defy description but IMO came somewhat near Dogfish 90 min. Listing Here as Strong Ale, Victory is calling it Dark IPA

Like DF 90, this is a big beefy hop bomber that has the substance (Dark malts,body) to carry a lot of hop flavors without making you think of a Pine Mulch Smoothie.

Look....handsome, deep red brown,lets through almost no light,frothy 1 finger head, leaves plenty of lacing. A second pour yeilder more head, still frothy and durable.

Aroma...Here's where Yakima Twilight really gets your attention. Pretty much a full spectrum of whole fresh hop flowers from 4 Yakima varieties...the main point to this show.
Citrus,various forest scents,cannabis resins,some dark roasty malt/coffee,a touch of floral,hayloft and...wow.

Flavor....tastes like what the aroma promised. Some rich malts in mid taste The Hops hit first, evolve and linger on. Pretty much the spectrum of hops tastes,a bit of grapefruit + orange zest at the finish after Juniper-Redwood-Pine lead off.

This bottle is chilled up, yet the aroma+ flavor mix remains potent and charming. There's a little more detail in the malt side as it warms. A great thing though is you can damn near freeze one of these for that muggy 90 degree afternoon, and there's still a LOT of flavor.

Hop Wallop and Storm King don't use the same hops blend but both are also BIG hops. Storm King,the Stout, counters with big complex dark malts...more than this. Hop Wallop stays closer to IPA with lighter,less obvious malts.
Mouth on this is full + hearty The hop oils+ resins linger,the toasted malts add substance. Carbonation is fine and subtle but there in balance.

Drinkability....You sense alcohol without tasting it, but it is in there somewhere.
The special hops showcase stirs the taste buds but "less filling" loses to "tastes great" in this I could do another (easily) because it's yummy,but this wasn't built to be one where you might finish a 6 pack watching a ballgame. It says "more" but also says "no need to hurry"

note...now there is a category for these...Black IPA/Dark Cascadian. I'd like to see it become Dark Bitter Ale,which bypasses the oddity of combining black and pale,as well as the geographic matters of India and the Cascades. While IPA has come to mean a Bitter beer,Bitter does stand on it's own.

Whatever...I like this stuff.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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

Dark as night as the name implies with a big head of cream colored foam. Tons of lacing and great head retention. The aroma is very strong on the bitter hop notes with grapefruit and dried orange peel. These are both present in the flavor with the addition of a stronger malt characteristic. Caramel and particularly chocolate are present behind the hops. It's definitely heavy on the hops which is why it loses a point in my book. I could have used a little more balance but it's not bad. Medium body with good carbonation makes this one pretty drinkable and the hop finish is nice and super bitter. Overall it's a very good beer I think. I can see some people being put off by it's blend of massive hops and chocolaty flavors--in fact I don't really love this one personally--but I think it's very well made and definitely worth trying.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head. Smells pungently of pine and American hop varieties. Taste is decidedly bitter, some chocolaty malts evident but the hops play center stage here, and they are of good quality for those not feint of heart. This is basically an IPA, a good but not great one.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 79.6% out of 100 with 1,660 ratings
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