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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Photo of ajaxivan
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my victory tulip.
A: great dark copper color with 2 finger head. Good lacing.
S: sweet pine , pretty unique

T: Sweet, pine, citrus,
M: medium , sticky
D: I really like this beer. It's good to grab when you need a change of pace. It's goes down a helluva lot easier than the abv would have you think and it's another fine offering from Victory.

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Photo of oceanman
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very rich reddish hue, almost like cranberry juice. Healthy head with good retention.

Hop aromas lean towards grass/pine, clearly underscored by bready malt notes. Faintly earthy. Somewhat yeasty, perhaps chalky.

Unusual palate. Fairly nutty. Full bitterness without being harsh. Interesting earthy flavors. Quite unique.

Perfect mouthfeel - enough creaminess and carbonation to soften the bitterness and create a warm, rich feel.

8.7% abv doesn't even make an impression. Also gets bonus points for character and personality. Not a typical hop bomb.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DukeofAle
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

they call this a strong ale -and that's just what it is - strong. Produces plenty of head, which seems to be typical of Victory. As hoppy as a double IPA but perhaps more balanced. Exhibits a deep,dark bronze color. Seems just right to me! If you like plenty of hops you should like this beer.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Date Drunk: 12/27/10

12oz into pint glass

Very dry, malty mouthful. It tastes like sweet yellow grapefruit but then very bitter on the back end. This beer tastes best when it is cold, because the high ABV (8.7) starts to present itself when on the warm side. In fact, I didn't even know it was that high in ABV until I looked on BA. Victory is slowly becoming one of my staple beers for cost and quality.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperence- Red, Dark, amber color with a thick tan head. Very nice lacing.

Smell- Fruity floral hop notes, Piney, earthy, a sweet malt aroma, bready, carmel, roasty malt.

Taste- hop forward a bit out of season, but still a nice hop flavor, roasted malts, grapefruit, tobacco like roasty, bitter and well balanced, earthy hops piney.

Mouthfeel- Hoppy resin, leaving a sappy mouth a nice malt sweetness cleaning the palate and leaving a dry, lingering bitterness in the mouth.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - definitely not black... this is a very very deep orange, ALMOST red. about an inch of solid light yellow / cream colored head with medium retention

honestly danieelol in the review before me nailed the smell and taste pretty spot on, so i'm quoting on this section (hope you don't mind danieelol!)

"Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste."

i will add that the hop character is mostly spicy, very slightly citrus/floral

m - probably my favorite part of this brew. it is very smooth, medium body, and not dry at all for how bitter the brew is.

o - pretty hoppy and bitter, i would say this is more of a darker (not black) ipa for sure. the higher alcohol percentage gives a subtle warming feeling after you swallow and wait a little bit. i could myself see enjoying this on a chilly day again, even though the beer didn't stand out to me too much

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing white head.
N- Nose is full of brown sugar and malt followed but a big hop wallop.
T- Beginning pallet is very malty sweet with some dark fruits, the hop character takes a while to develop but finishes big and piney.
O- This is a great winter beer. Enough bittering hops to balance out the initial sweetness of the malt. This is a solid east coast dark IPA, not to be confused with a NW CDA

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From bottle poured into standard pint glass)

Appearance: crystal clear dark brown malt color. Not much in the way of head, but foam ring lasts a while.

Smell: Muted is the nice way to put it. Get some malty hop notes, but it's really subdued on this one. More malt than hop.

Taste: Hops and malt! Truth in advertising on the bottle. Immediately, piney hop notes with a moderate level of bitterness. Progression into sweet malt middle. A bit "toasty", but not really dark. Finish is long and bitter with a bit of alcohol "hotness" at the beginning. Quite good for what they wanted this to be; a showcase of variatial hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderately viscous. Would not be mistaken for a lighter style.

Drinkability: Other than the mild touch of "hotness", almost dangerously drinkable. But the ABV would really come and bite you in the end. Sip this one.

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Photo of ItsTheLimit
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I saw this on the shelf at Total Wine in Sarasota and had to try one of the few major releases from Victory that I hadn't yet.

A: Poured into a standard pint glass, small tight head that doesn't stick around. Really cool ruby/brownish color with great highlights.

S: Smell is pretty hop forward with some dry fruit maybe. A little sweetness in there too. I'm getting over a cold, so I may have to revisit that when I'm feeling 100%.

T: Sweet up front with a lot of malty, carmel notes and a pretty big hop-bitterness. However, the bitterness lingers a bit too long and too bitter for my liking. the longer I work on each sip, the less I want to take another due to the bitterness at the back of my mouth. If not for this, it would have scored much higher.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Judging on this alone, I'm surprised at the high alcohol content.

D: Besides the longstanding bitterness I was getting on the finish, I'd love this beer. However, the unpleasant aftertaste is probably going to make this a one-and-done selection for me. Victory is a killer brewery and everything they make is worth drinking. This one may just be a matter of my own personal preference, but I'll stick to Hopdevil if I'm looking for bitterness.

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Photo of sbw138
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Nice very dark amber/copper color. Had hints of red when you hold it to light. Nice creamy white head, with good retention.

Strong hop smell, but you can also notice some matly smell as well.

The fresh, crisp hops hit your taste buds first, but the matly backbone follows soon after with a nice roasted taste. A really great combination. Almost tastes like an IPA with a little bit of a stout brewed together.

Had a dry mouth feel, but I really enjoyed it. Great drinkability. You can really notice the alcohol.

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

I got this one in a trade from a homebrewing friend, Jesse.

A - A light-mahogany colored beer with a finger of creamy head and ringlets of lacing that last throughout.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, a bit earthy, some light spice and fruity hops.

T - A nice dark malt flavor, molasses, raisins, caramel, & dark chocolate. Some toasty malts, a bit thick and slightly syrupy. Some spice and earthy hops with a slight bitterness, a slight alcohol heat. Finishes a bit drier, almost astringent.

M - Medium to heavy body, syrupy, moderate carbonation and the alcohol heat lingers, but is pleasant.

D - With 8.7% ABV, I don't expect to have more than 1 or two, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Another fine beer from Victory. I hope to sample a "Hop Wallop" next.

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

Dark, deep ruby color. Good sized foamy head, decent lacing.

Smells rich and malty, with some floral notes.

Quite hoppy but it's very pleasant. Some bright herb flavors and bittering notes that aren't too overpowering. Pretty sweet finish.

Good body and carbonation. Nice hoppy bite to it, but is still pretty drinkable.

This is quite nice. Victory did well with this one, not surprisingly.

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge creamy head with good lacing. The color is a deep amber brown. It has a good roasted malt aroma with a bit of chocolate. The bitter hops kick in early but the sweet malt is also there around the edges of the tongue. Lots of roasted flavors throughout. Under it is a bit of floral notes and a hint of grapefruit. The alcohol (8.7%) kicks in mid-tongue through the back. It leaves an oily coating in the mouth with residual flavors of the roasted malt and hops. Lots of flavor and very well crafted. An excellent big beer.

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Photo of EORS
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly opaque, hints of ruby when held up to the light. Medium carbonation and a brown/tan head that dies down to about 1/4in.

S: Sweet malt and spicy, floral hops. Almost no citrus to be had. Wonderful combination.

T: Again that sweet (caramel, little bit of honey, roasted barley) malt balanced with the spicy , earthy hop. Lingering bitterness on the tongue but, just like it smells, none of the citrus/grassy/grapefruit that characterizes IPA

M: Little bit of carbonation, medium body. Drinkable.

O: Call it what you want (Dark IPA, American Black Ale, Cascadian Dark) this is a great combination of the right malts with the right hops. Great by itself, or with some hearty food.

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Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with two fingers of fine tan head.

S: Roasted coffee

T: Sweet mocha caramel flavor from the roasted malts with considerable hop presence.

M: Well carbonated

D: This is a very good black ale, with unique characteristics of both IPAs and stouts combined in a manner I have only found in this beer. It is an excellent example of what hybrid styles can be and is my favorite black IPA.

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Photo of Tromba
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker than expected - a rich, dark reddish brown. Off white head is minimal (but enough) and leaves no lacing.

S: Not as apparent as expected from the style, but definite floral hop notes.

T: A lot of sweet malt up front! The sweetness is quickly replaced by floral and very cirusy hop notes, bringing about a great bitter, dry finish.

M: Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation. Feel is rich and velvety.

D: As far as DIPAs go, thi one is very drinkable - the bitterness and alcohol are not at all overwhelming. Way to go Victory :)

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

A-The beer poured a clear dark garnet color that was capped with a thick light tan head. The beer had a slight haze

S-The initial aroma gives off tobacco and ripe fruit aromas. There is an underlying spicy/grassy aroma that is integrated with the other aromas.

T-There is a slight sweetness initially that is backed up by biscut or toasted notes. This quickly changes over to a balance of roasted chocolate flavors and hop bitterness and flavor. The flavors are well blended and balanced.

M-The mouthfeel is full bodied despite the low level of carbonation.

D-I enjoyed this beer. It is not a session beer. The body is full and the beer can be filling but the flavor ranges over a broad spectrum of tastes that makes for an experience.

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Photo of HapWifeHapLife
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing bad to say about this hoppy mo fo-

Appearance: Blacker than shi* for the style. Just makes you want to taste it before you can even smell it.

Taste: This is my kind of IPA. Maybe not for everyone, but I very much appreciate the big boy, in your face, flavor. Perfect amount of bitter for this guy.

Drinkability: Yes please.

This might be my favorite IPA of the 2009 calendar year.

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Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of baldmasterflex
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got to try this after 3 misses due to victory selling out before i got around to making the 20 minute journey to the brewery.

Appearance is very unexpected compared to the smell. Pours a mucky dark brown like a brown ale or doppelbock, but the smell is definitly DIPA.

The taste is very interesting. An IPA with similar bitterness characteristics to their hop wallop, but also roasty flavors of a stout or porter. Not quite as big or in your face as a barleywine in terms of flavors or ABV (ABV of this batch listed at 8.4%).

Drinkability is alright, but certainly more of a sipper. The initial taste is hoppy with the finish being very dry with dark stouty malt.

Definitly an interesting beer, a dark-DIPA. I would probably get this again the next time its available if nothing new strikes my fancy.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a light tan, very substantial head.

S: Hop upfront (of course) but almost fruity with grapefruit on the nose and something else, apples? Sugary, malty smell but well balanced with the fruit and hop.

T: Again, hops. Goes without saying. Very upfront, but something different, unique - probably the focus on the Yakima Valley hops. Either way, comes with a bitter dry finish that leaves you wanting your next sip.

M: Brilliant and smooth - with a great bitter, dry finish.

D: Great and mellow for such a hop bomb. I read a review here that mentioned the malts balancing out the hops in a brilliant way and I agree. A smooth, mellow double. Enjoying another right when I finish typing this ...

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Photo of RappAttack
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dark amber almost red
S: smells like pinetrees
T: piney hop bitterness with a hint ofsweet malts at the fiish
M: light carbonation and very refreshing
O: a good one here folks. it reminds me of winter storm from heavy seas with a nice little sweet malty goodness at the end. price-per-sixpack is a little steep but this is something i will buy again

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Photo of Adam5150
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a dark ruddy brown with two fingers of light beige head. Good amount of lacing. Nose was powerful citrusy hops, floral bouquet, malt, and a bit of pine. Taste was strong hops, but the malt and citrus mellowed the burst. Very drinkable with nice palate.

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Photo of psuwiz99
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: not as dark as I expect, more brownish. Pour into a pint glass, not much head.

S: smell the hops, but not overly strong.

T: hoppy up front, but it doesn't linger for long. not quite as roasty as I'd like in a black ipa

M: just average mouthfeel. medium carbonation

O: This is a good brew, just not quite what I was hoping for in a "black" ipa. It's very easy to drink though and I'll have to try it on draft at some point.

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