Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a room-temp Imperial pint glass.

A- Dark ruby-red color, clear and clean. This pour resulted in a 2-plus finger head, just a bit off-white, fluffy as well; and it left a lot of lacing beind, times two! Wow.

S-A bit of semi-sweet dark roasted malt followed by a hop rush. Earthy, some alcohol, too.

T- Roasted malt followed by the grapefruit citus hops, The hops are in charge, there's some deep citrus hop goodness standing strong to the alcohol.

M- Solidly full, thick and chewy, especially as it warms. A little semi-sweetness then a slightly bitter hop-bomb finish. Not overly boozy @ 8.7% abv.

O- Hearty and tasty, a perfectly drinkable fit for the season.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra by Jwiss22 - What a great guy!

Appearance -- Pours a deep rosewood, little light penetrates, two fingers of khaki head.

Smell -- Very aromatic. Raisins, dark chocolate, some caramel, citrus peel, and some resin. Earthy, spicy inviting.

Taste -- From the outset there is a strong presence of spicy, almost medicinal hops. Highly roasted malt, a little bit of chocolate, raisin, molasses, and a sharp char finish. Residual roast malt and pine resin flavor lingers for a great deal of time.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, creamy carbonation abounds.

Drinkability -- Very solid hop-forward strong dark ale. I would be tempted to classify this as an American Barleywine. Has a lot of rich malt notes with the raisin and molasses, but with well-matched hops to and a great depth of flavor that makes you want to keep coming back.

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4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ink black with some brown at the edges. Exceptional lacing and foam.

Smell: Coffee and pine. Fairly subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very Christmasy. Spiked coffee and pine. Definitely some boozy notes to this beer. Fairly creamy, but a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall Drinkability: I definitely want to try more Victory if I can find it. Not my favorite black IPA, but I have yet to have a bad one.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a deep ruby color, maybe even brown with a thick off white head that has great retention.
Hops come to mind first and are hard to look past but malts give a slight sweet aroma, but are in the background. Hops have a floral aroma to them. First thing I notice from the flavor is that the hops are not as big as I thought based on the aroma, or at least give a different flavor than I was expecting ... still pretty big. Malt flavor seems to be a bit hard to pinpoint but give a caramel feel. Slight alcohol flavor is there but well hidden. This was a very nice brew, hops are big, malts are big, though they get muted by the hops, drinks easy, has a nice warming feel, great sipping brew. Would get this one again.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new brew from Victory; I couldn't say no.

A. An unusually dark brew, scotch-ale russet. Very clear and fizzy. Fine finger tall head that leaves bunches of lace as it falls. I came into this thinking it was a DIPA but it sure does look malty...

S. Pleasingly hoppy and sharp, lots of intense grapefruit here, pungent and more than a little boozy. Malt in the background, but this is a hoppy beer. Not overly complex, but who was asking?

T. Actually quite nice... brilliant hop notes jump and shine - citrus grapefruit, green freshness, bitter without being unappetizing. Malt is sturdy and sweet, but the hops are all over the map here... it works together, well, and reminds me of an amped-up Sierra Celebration ale. Which is to say, good.

M. Ample carbonation keeps this from being too heavy, which it easily could be - there is a lot of malt here. Finish is bitter, hopsweet with promising subtle malt touches - roast, char. Go too long without another sip and the malt reasserts itself a tad and you'd have thought you just drank an old ale.

D. I would indeed! The 8.7% is noticeable but you don't care that much, do you?

Yakima Twilight was a pleasant surprise for me and is really rather hard to fault. This is good, and if you like Arrogant Bastard and its ilk you'll be in heaven here... 'cause this is better.
Drink it fresh, and I hope this becomes a yearly staple for Victory.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark, malt toffee colour. Good head and lacing. Looks more like a brown ale than a black IPA.

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.

Mouthfeel is medium. Lots of bitterness.

Overall I don't think this is really a Black IPA at all. Drinks more like a strong ale with some English influences. Lots of toffee and caramel malt with punishing bitterness. Very interesting and unique beer which is worth trying.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby copper color with a creamy, er... cream head, nice bits of lacing here and there. The head sticks around for quite some time. The aroma reeks of hops, glorious. Great fruits, nice biscuit malts. Taste is equally lovely, lots of hops, a decent malt bill too, bready, caramels, lovely. The hops come in resinous and fruity tones, grapefruit and the likes. The mouth is smooth, creamy, a bit lively, and quite warm, the alcohol giving just a peak. In all, a quite lovely beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.

A: A dark brown color with a hint of red, one finger off white head, not much lacing.

S: Not what I was expecting. Spicy herbal hops with a hefty caramel malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and piney hops are picked up.

T: Wow, dark and spicy. Spicy earthy hops start off with hints of pine and some prevalent floral notes. Peppery too. The hefty malt caramel sweetness does not back down and takes over the flavor with some hints of sweet dark fruits and some faint chocolate notes. Finish is spicy earthy hops again with some slight citrus. I am also picking up a rye type flavor. Nice balance, but not what I expected. Very intense, very.

M: Full, prickly borderline cloying with the massive sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: Medium at best, you cannot have more than one or two of these, intense flavors are going on here.

Overall this was a solid beer, but I liken it to HopDevil on steroids. I was hoping Victory would go a little different direction with this rather than their traditional earthy spicy flavors, but alas they did not. Still a good beer I will seek out on tap.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

12 oz. bottle, dated best by Nov 23, 2012, so plenty of life in this bottle. Pours a clear mixture of brown and red in the body with a three-finger light tan head. The color could be described as a dark red ale or a light brown ale. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like an IPA to me. Citrus hops dominate the aroma with a bit of pine resin. Only a slight notice of the malt and, in the aroma, it does not smell roasted to me.

The flavor is still IPA-leaning, but not overly hoppy. The balance of malt and hops is good, and the hop notes tend more toward the bitter pine and grapefruit in the flavor. A slight earthy spiciness finishes the flavor nicely.

Light to medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Ususual and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Yakima Glory has a dark reddish colour and a nice 5 mm head that fades to decent lacing. The smell is of piney hops with some sourness. There may be some yeastiness too. The initial flavour is hoppy, but the taste develops into a roasty charcoal finish.The flavour is lovely, probably my favourite example of this style. This beer feels creamy in my mouth. The charcoal flavour builds as you drink more, but it's still a delicious beer that combines some interesting elements of an IPA and a stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut colored body with reddish hues and a thin tan head that sticks around for quite some time before leaving just a faint lacing around the glass.

Enormous hop aroma, both citrus and earthy, but a sweet malt aroma follows as well, likely caramel, and then even bread like quality at the end.

Great equilibrium of earthy & wood hops mixed with big sweet malt. There are hints of underlying sweetness, similar to a dark fruit like raisin or fig, and yet back to the bold hop flavor at the end.

Full flavored & full in body with medium carbonation and a woody burn in the finish; what the hops place, the malt takes away leaving an overall satisfying mouthfeel.

I think this is a great beer, and a bit unique. There are not too many beers this big, with this much character and balance that are this easy to drink and not overwhelming.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a good looking dark ruby brown with a thivk light khaki head.
the aroma has got resinous earthy citrus rind hoppiness, with some sweeter almost candy-like berry aroma.
the taste has a sweet aspect up front with citrusy hop flavor and a something remeniscent of one of those strawberry candies that is wrapped up to look like a strawberry. there are some other berry flavors floating around in there too, the sort you might find in some barleywines. there is a also a substantial toasted malt component in there, sort of like a bitter or scotch ale. the bitterness comes in middle to back and cleans up, but not before dropping some candy/citrus rind flavor. overall, a pretty unique flavor. about 75-25 in favor of hops.
it's medium bodied with active, but soft, non-abrasive carbonation.
the drinkability is pretty damn good for a beer that's almost 9%. the booze is present, but pretty mellow. this beer has a bit of a split personality... one part double IPA, the other part barleywine/scotch ale... or maybe thats three parts... well whatever, it's a bit confused, but a tasty beer. it's arrogant bastard-esque for a good reference beer, albeit with a little different hop profile.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,661 ratings