Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Reviews:
771
Ratings:
1,656
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
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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 vfgccp
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brown with cherry cola highlights.

S - Semi-bright citrus, orange peel. Backdrop of pine.

T - Bitter pine hops up front. Backbone of black roasted malt: char, burnt bread, smoke. The citrus hops struggle to say hello, but you can hear them in the background.

M - Light-medium body appropriate for the style, but a little light for the flavor profile in my personal taste.

D - Fairly drinkable, but the light body and sharp roast hurt the overall drinkability.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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 tempest
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St. Tavern. On one hand, this is a well-balanced DIPA. I don't mean there's a balancing share of malts, but rather that's it's a nice, dry DIPA that let's the hops standout. That said, I wanted more complexity from the hops. It tasted like an over-hopped cascade beer. The flavor is just too much and subtler flavors are lost behind huge, catty grapefruit and pine notes.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby pour with brown tint. Huge foam with signs of rockiness, but doesn quite chunk up. Lacing is nice all the way down.
Hop aroma. Mostly citrus and zest, with pine undertones. Malt aura keeps the hops from running away.

The malt becomes more present in the taste. A good subtle caramel backbone from which the hops spring forward to highlight the contrast. It's not totally balanced, but that's fine with me. Hops are citrus and pine, good bit and freshness.
Clean finish on this one, abv is not huge and fairly hidden.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a well balanced attack of crystal and roasted malts along with a stiff, bitter hop aroma. The citrus character overwhelms the warm malt scent. The taste is decent. It's damn hoppy which is good for me, but the balance is lost and the malt backbone is really playing second fiddle to the hops. It's goes down easy with a powerful citrus hop blast all the way through to the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I love hops, but I prefer more of a balance when dealing with strong ales.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc215 for sending me this bottle.

Pours a dark brownish-red color with a beige head. The aroma is very hoppy, with some piney and resinous notes. The flavor is resiny hops and is quite harsh. There is also some pine and medium bitterness. High carbonation (a little too high in my opinion) and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Duff27
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark brown/red with a thin head. Not as dark as other in the style. Little lacing and little head retention.

S- Smells of roasted malts.

T- Hops up front, making way for caramel flavors. Slight licorice taste.

M- Very full mouthfeel. Probably my favroite feature of this beer.

D/O- Good beer. Don't know if I'd want any more than one or two.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red amber. Faint head, but a bit of lacing. Hops and citrus aroma. Nice spicy hops up front, with some citrus and light malts. Pleasant resiny, hoppy bitter finish. Quite a few flavor changes throughout the taste. A fairly complex, interesting hop forward ale. Apparently a renamed Yakima Twilight.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy light tan head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel notes, very slight bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap.

A- Yakima Twilight is a dark IPA, probably the darkest I have drank. Twilight is a dark brown color with some red spots and a fading tan head. Some minimal lacing.

S- A nice dose of citrus and other hop scents with a nice malt backing giving off caramel. Some pine coming through as well which is odd on this dark beer.

T- Good stuff, wait this is great. The taste pretty much follows the smell with the malts following the hops of which there are alot of. If the hops used in this are from Yakima valley than I need to find more stuff brewed with it cause this is fine. A sweet malt base gives off a bready character while the hops shine.

M- Powerful but not overbearing, the hops and malts work well with each other leading to a great mouthfeel. Yakima is medium bodied and has good carb plus a spicy aftertaste somehow. Not at all noticing the 8.9% in this DIPA.

D- This might be my favorite Victory brewed beer ever. I dont know, I just gravitated towards it and order it every time I see it. Granted the ABV is a little high and this is draft only so I have to hold back otherwise goodbye clean driving record. Victory please bottle this. Maybe it's the appeal of a dark IPA, either way I love it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Victory's Yakima Twilight pours a very dark brown with an off white head and some lacing.

Aroma is of toast, roasted malts, and caramel. Hints at the pleasant hoppiness found within.

Hops are forward upfront, laying down a big time bitterness and a sharp bite (pine). The roasted flavors meld perfectly with the hops. Lightly toasted malt that leaves the palate dry and looking for more. Zesty hops are there with all due spicyness.

A quite rediculous mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation that had a smoothness to it. Bubbly with a dry champagne like finish.

Overall I was left pretty impressed with this one. A dark double IPA ? Unique and delicious.

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Photo of tone77
2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is very hoppy, some pine, definatly way to bitter for my liking. Feels bitter in the mouth and 1 of these was enough for me. Overall if you are into hop bombs, this may be for you, otherwise avoid it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer- I love the blast of bitterness coupled with the deep, dry malt. Pours very drk brown with excellent clarity, but a short head. Big citrus and strong, dry malt aromas with a pine backbone and some alcohol heat. Almost treacly, but more in that heavy carmelized way rather than overly sweet. This is a big flavored beer- lots of hops and big almost oxidised malt flavors. Deep pine and earth with a long almost tannic bitterness and hefty malt background but never becomes sweet overall. Big andnot thick, but with a punch. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottle says to enjoy by 10 December 2010.

Appearance: hue is a rich amber-brown with a bit of haziness to go along; head is light tan in color and a giant three fingers in size despite a relatively ginger pour. Head has stellar retention and leaves a thick and attractive terraced lace on the glass as I drink.

Smell: aroma is an agglomeration of citrusy and funky/earthy hops on top of a rather biscuity malt base. It's good, but this kind of biscuit just isn't my preference in an ale of this type.

Taste: hops are much more complex and to the forefront here, which helps a lot to balance the biscuity base. Actually, "balance" is the wrong word here: the hops are absolutely the raison d'être for this beer. Earthy and funky at first, then they morph into a citrusy blend and then finish with a pretty intense bitterness. There's a lot to like here.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with pretty big carbonation. This gives it a nice creamy feel that actually works with this beer pretty well, I think.

Drinkability: this beer is quite drinkable, despite its high ABV. I find myself getting over the malt characteristics which aren't my favorite in order to sample more of that great dynamic hop flavor. Good stuff!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge, smallish tan head without a ton of retention. Lacing is solid. Tempting aroma of heavily citric hops, sweet malt, and bitter roasted notes.

Really a delicious beer, I’d have to put it clearly in the black IPA category. Very strong and vivid tropical fruit hoppiness, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, roasted flavors, char, medium bitterness, faintly boozy undercurrent. Also aspects of pine, flowers, bittersweet chocolate. Modest sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation with a lingering bitter and slightly boozy finish. Drinks like a DIPA in terms of power. The malty sweetness of that style is mostly supplanted in this beer by the burnt and roasted quality, one I really enjoyed. This is a top notch, big and tasty hop forward brew by Victory.

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Photo of fredmugs
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Nothing about this states black IPA. The color was not dark. There was no hop aroma or taste. It was just incredibly bland. Definitely a case of false advertising.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

01/17/2011

On tap at Stone.

A: Deep brown with a crimson tinge and a big beige head.

S: Smells like heaven compared to the Titan I just choked down. Lightly roasted with a touch of smoke and some caramel. I detect pine resin and a bit of orange. Pretty nice. Maybe some chocolate.

T: Lightly roasted with notes of chocolate and caramel. Not nearly as aggressive as other beers of the style, but elegant in its restraint. Orange flesh makes an appearance, as does pine. Pine is definitely the most pronounced hop component evident to me. There's a little sweetness, but the beer is on the dry side with ephemeral astringency in the lightly boozy finish.

M: Medium body with moderate draft carbonation and a sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice beer, I wish the overeager server wouldn't have taken my glass when I got up to get another beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a semi-transparent dark chestnut toned brown with tons of CO2 rising to the top. A fluffy tan head of silk slowly fades into a floating cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of citrusy, piney hops with notes of rye, cocoa, ripe fruite, spices, and saw dust.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some woody notes that lead to a borderline acidic flavor. Sort of a strange, dry, astringent, grainy flavor follows that I'm on the fence about. I liked it at first but it starts to turn me off and make me wish that I didn't have an entire pint of this to finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, astringent, zingy, spicy, dry, and lip smacking with an astringent bite that makes this less balanced and leaning way on the bitter side of the spectrum than a balanced beer.
I'm not sure I'd classify this as a Double IPA. It reminds me a little bit of a beer my good friend, Shaun Hill brewed a few years back called Isabella(named after my daughter). This one has a unique hoppiness and a distinct dryness to it that gives me a "rye" impression. The lack of a malty backbone is the only thing that seems to be suffering in this beer. I'd be curious to try it on cask at some point.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up today at Hawthornes after hearing good thing about this beer.

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown color with dark golden orange/ruby edged when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish light beige head that quickly dissipaes into a thin lasting ring that coats the glass with lacing.

Fresh earthy and floral hop aroma with subtle citrus notes and a prominent toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of dry piney notes as well as some citrus peel an grapefruit but there is a very prominent hazelnut/biscuit malt aroma that kind of takes away from the more pleasing aromas. I haven't tasted it yet but it seems like another east coast IPA that has way too much balance and not enough dry citrus piney hops.

Medium bodied and very hop forward with a lot of earthy, dry piney hop bitterness that is countered by a strong malt back bone with hints of sweet caramel and biscuit. Slightly toasty with hints of hazlenut. The bitterness and dry palate remain prominent throughout even though the malt character is a bit too strong. All of the pleasant dry bitter hops are half cut down halfway through. This beer started off amazing but like most IPAs from around here the malt backbon balances things out a bit too much for me. Still, this is a pretty comex and the high ABV is excellently masked, making this very easy to drink.

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

A: Poured a dark caramel with good carbonation leaving a small white cap

S: Fruits, caramel, some good hop bitterness

T: Hints of some toasted and black malts, caramel, cocoa, citrus and a nice dry bittering

M: Nice hop bitternes lingers, sticky, medium body, some booze

O: Good

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a beautiful deep ruby with a crowning 3 finger plus tan colored head that was firm and foamy, mushrooming upwards well above the glass rim remaining sturdy and true. Retention was equally impressive lasting well over 4-5 minutes patiently waiting while the lacing was composed of thick, spongey patches covering a good proportion of the glass wall. A faint chill haze is present as well along with a steady, medium strong effervesce factor. Really loved the deep coloring here and the sturdy crown definitely gave me plenty of time to appreciate this visually.

S: The nose was citrusy pine with a toasty dry breadiness of munich malt. Dry grapefruit and a flowery bitterness of medium strength bids well here.

T: The flavor begins with a sharp, citrusy nature of dripping wet pine needles with a dry grassiness that reminded me a bit of their Hop wallop (definitely a good thing here) that leads the charge of a hop assault on the tongue. The bitterness is further amplified by the heavy carbonation which brings the flavor to life in the mouth. The malting is dry toasted while the hopping is heavy-handed delivering a dry flowery bite of citrus and grass that is accented by the lingering fade, which parched the tongue and forced you to wet the whistle before diving back in for another bittering assault.

M: chewy with a good carbonation bite. Very dry, bittering and coating of flowery hop cones smoother the tongue. An over the top hop assault that will leave your tongue begging for more abuse and a glass of water.

D: Good drink, high level of enjoyment but give your tongue a break, 2-3 of these should be plenty to handle. Six pack worthy.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,656 ratings.
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