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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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89
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771 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.19 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish hued body, yielding a slight ruby hue when held aloft to the light. Quite tall, lightly beige head. Thin coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Near-burnt bread sprinkled liberally with char flecks from a just-scoured Kingsford grill grate. Herbal, resinous, earthy, citrus pith-packed hops with a resolute boldness to it promising a nice kick of bitterness in the taste.

Taste: Staunchly toasted bread crusts with a firm layer of roasted malts yielding a bitter, perhaps even burnt coffee taste. Some sweetish caramel tucked in, but it comes in fast and disappears even faster. As it warms, a hint of chocolate emerges. Earthy, citrusy, moderately resinous pine bark hop character with a bold bitterness and slowly developing a touch of sun-scorched, cut grass. With the bold hop flavors, the high ABV doesn't really register. Dry, earthy, bitter finish with a lingering citric quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Overall: As the trend of Black IPA's has really taken hold in the US, Yakima Glory tends to get lumped in with them, though it's not at all black and not quite as roasty as it's newfound brothers. Still, a good option for the hopheads looking for something different, although...well, let's be honest, with SO MANY on the market nowadays, these dark IPA's are becoming rather commonplace.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
 
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
 
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

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

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

Assuming this is an alias for Yakima Twilight...

This beer pours a dark carameled amber color with a nice off-white head that laces well. Caramel aroma, fresh piney hops. Taste of toasted bread, honey and caramel, piney hops in generous quantities. Mellows out and gets a bit smoother as the temperature rises. Medium mouthfeel, and quite a good drink overall.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask @ O'Reilly's Tap room served in a shaker pint.

The beer arrives with a dark bronze appearance and crimson highlighted with light tan cap that settles to thin crust, The bead is fine and lace sticks in a sheet. The smell is good
but the cask accentuates the malt with a slight cocoa and toast aroma with some floral and citrus from the hops with hint of brown sugar and alcohol. The feel is decent with som strong roast and moderate bitterness with subtle hop acidity and mild carbonation giving the feel a smoother oily finish with a sharp bite.

The taste is slightly roasted malt with piney hop backing in the swallow, there is a slight citrus edge, not quite what I would call grapefruit in the middle with the resinous element bringing out more spice with slight sweet nutty tinge from the malt with subtle dark toast and mild alcohol in the taste. There is more heat in the finish with sharpness from the hops lingering. Overall I feel this is good, but it straddles the fence between a hoppy Imperial brown and the black IPA which doesn't fit to me. There is a lot of roasted character which seems to cover some of the hops, but overall a nice American strong ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Didn't quite understand this style the first time 'round, so let's see how one o' the first CDAs I've tried appears now. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, light cocoa powder, grapefruit peel, light pine, and mint. The taste leans heavier on the hops, primarily with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine. An undercurrent of toasted caramel flows nicely, though definitely hindered by the hops. Things clash a bit here, with balance a lost afterthought. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a decent CDA, but the flavor clash really makes this thing hard to drink with a smile.

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Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of Nov-23-11!

Pours chestnut with sliver of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Piney & herbal notes, some breadyness

T: Caramel, pine needles & grapefruit up front, a faint kiss of roastyness too. Herbal & piney hops mingle with caramel, dryness, woody hops & a touch of brown sugar once warm, plus just a touch of booze sting. Finishes dry, sweet (just a touch of brown sugar too )& bitter, love the piney & grapefruitty notes going on here

MF: Medium bodied, chewy, fairly vigorous carbonation, super balance

Super offering, I wish i could get this in my neck of the woods. True hops heads may think it holds back on the hops, I like the balance delivered here

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.

Floral but relatively light hop nose.

Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head's beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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 billab914
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a dark mahogany color with a frothy off-white head filling about an inch of the glass. Decent head retention to it and a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a nice mix of hoppiness and dark malts. Some grapefruit citrus and bitterness comes through while some dark malts add a bit of roasted flavor as well as a hint of caramel.

The taste has a lot of herbal bitterness to it right off the bat. I get some roasty malts and a bit of caramel to it as well. In the finish it shows more of a pine and grapefruit bitterness mixed with some bitter roasted flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it and was pretty good overall. It was very bitter in the finish with both the hops and roasted malts adding to that. Pretty decent beer overall, but roasted malts and strong hops isn't really my favorite combo overall.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap twice now at both the Big Pour in the Burgh and at Piper's Pub both excellent adventures in beerdom. Appears a deep rustic caramel amber not quite a black IPA but deep crimson red for sure, a nice thicket of head forms with khaki tan pigments cookin'. Head is dwindling nicely with speckled sporadic lacing. Aromatics offer up a minty, citrus, and piney, earthy mix of hops absolutely amazing with the dark malts. This really blends well some cocoa and dark chocolate edges with those hops and a touch of hidden alcohol come through. Flavors bring pure hoppiness about on the palate, strong lingering bitterness almost a perfume like herbal quality, strong astringent black tea, citrus mint and pine tip accented hops. Mild cocoa, and watered down astringent coffee accents actually blend nicely with an air of brown sugar added to the malt combination. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with ample carbonation medium to bigger bodied a touch of heat from the well hidden alcohol. Drinkability I love this brew, I can't help but appreciate the effort to do something more extreme from their pretty traditional lineup, I dug the first year of the Hop Wallop after that the beer's initial premise has been lost this is what Victory needed to keep us hopheads praising.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, consistent black ale. Nice resin tones to things. The thick pine that I expect. There is slight shift in the backend of this one that I find so many black ales have. Kind of mildly earthy and all.

This isn't really an ale that is overly showy or carrying a wide character. But it's consistent and full in flavor. I like it.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/dark red color with a finger of very yellow stained head. There are faint particles of yeast stuck in suspension despite a very careful pour. Nose reeks of spice and pine hops. In the background of the nose there is a bit of grain and alcohol. Taste is spiced hop bitterness upfront with a bit of toasted grain about the profile as well. Lingering oil like hop bitterness is left in the mouth. Yeast and warming alcohol notes play quite a part in the flavor as well. It is a medium feel beer with mild carbination. Drinkability is fair for a beer that is still quite fresh and "hot." I will gladly enjoy a few more before setting some in the cellar to see what some time does to these.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by Nov. 5 2010 - Poured into tulip glass:

Pours dark brown/mahogany with a nice thin tan head that stays for most of duration, leaving some lacing.

The smell is of raw hops - pine/resin with citrus - grapefruit/orange/tangerine - and caramel.

The taste is of toffee/chocolate with fruity booze. Raw hops balance sweetness and add layers of pine/resin, citrus and mint. Too often hoppy dark beers clash because of roast and hop bitterness. Here, the roast is mild helping to alleviate that issue. Despite dark(ish) maltiness, a big bitterness and booziness round out the finish.

It's somewhat astringent with a medium-to-full body with medium carbonation.

Plenty of hops here - along with dark-ish malt. Rough, but nice.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a huge amount of light brown head that has outstanding retention. The nose has a strong chocolate malt presence with a light hop aroma. The flavor is bitter throughout with immediate astringency up front followed by a slight bittersweet chocolate finish. The hop character is earthy, piny, and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I'm a little unsure where I stand on this beer. It comes across incredibly bitter and intensely hopped. It's a little much even for a hop head like me. The malt character is a little one dimensional and doesn't really, in my opinion, hold up to the intense hop character. I probably wouldn't have another one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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 smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Giant carbonation out of the bottle, creating a big head of tan and large soapy bubbles. Ridiculous head even without an aggressive pour, what is this soda? Head recedes at a real good pace too. Body is a classic dark amber. Some fairly good retention on this surprisingly.

Faint citrus and malt mix on the nose. Almost a bready citrus balance. Small but pleasant. Some hints of faint hop spice and baked bread.

Taste is thick malt, but also with a good spicy hop finish. I was a little worried the carbonation out of the bottle would create a big watery fizzy mess, but it's anything but. Nicely bodied and not syrupy wit a good malt taste. Real spicy but quick finishing hop feel on the swallow almost acidic or borderline hot peppers.

Real interesting beer, good for drinakbility and could have again. This one strikes me as interesting to try on tap I think it might even be better possibly.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is clear and copper in color. Forms a yellow head of tight small bubbles, falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

The aroma is filled with some hops and some malt sweetness. The hops are of the pine variety and they are not as strong as I expected.

Moderately sweet up front. Lots of malt character, high bitterness in the back, pine based bitterness. Finishes nicely without an aftertaste. Full bodied beer, completely nearly thick. Drinkability high, I would order it again for sure. A really good DIPA.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottles, best before dating of Nov 16 2010, nice looking spacey, tripped out hop cone artwork on the label. Pours dark maple amber, darker khaki head, nice and puffy, leaving a lush thick film and plenty of splattered bits of sticky lacing. Fragrant, hopped up nose. Full flavor and aggressive brew, definitely reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, which is a real good thing. Luxurious mouth feel. Dangerously drinkable and tasty. Notes of waves of dark malts, rich hoppy assault to counterbalance. Thoroughly enjoyable quaffer. Are your pork tenderloins ready for their 2 day soaking? This will go into the regular rotation, another good sign.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batting third....Yakima Glory....from Victory. Must admit....I was expecting a imperial IPA....instead I find out that it is a potent American Black Ale. It is not too bad...high ABV is definitely present....yikes. I think my lid flipped! The color is a cloudy dark amber. It has a nice foaming head that laces well. The taste is initially overpowered by the high ABV, but eventually settle into a decent sipping beer. No way would I session this and the ABV keeps the score lower for me.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
89 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.
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