Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
1,660 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,660 |  Reviews: 773
Photo of klewis
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 12-7-12.

A: Dark brown beer—opaque. Shines ruby where the light penetrates. Tan foam head has good lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma is a little bitter, but does remind me a lot of a forrest.

T: Great mixture of bitter and roasted flavors. BOth linger, but the hops outlast the malts.

M: Good sized body. Lots of hops and carbonation give off a large tingling sensation. Coat has roasty flavors and a lingering bitterness.

O: An enjoyable black IPA. I'm glad I finally gave this brew a shot.

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

Served on cask at Victory Brewing on 12/12/08, a small glass.

Poured a muddy chestnut color with 1 finger of creamy tan/creme colored head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing blotches. Smells of floral hops, pine resin, chocolate, dark fruits, and rye bread. Tastes of pine, chocolate, roasted malt, rye, caramel, raisins, and a combination of citrus, mint, and earthy hops with a nice warmth of alcohol to finish. Medium-fullish in body, though a little watery with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a good hop bite right from the start, but also a nice balance with the rye and roasted malt. Kind of hard to distinguish what style this beer is, definitely middle ground between a double IPA and a barleywine with even some candidacy for Black IPA. A good brew but hard to classify and therefore hard to determine when I would want to drink it.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown color. The tan head is very tall, with a foamy, frothy texture. Retention is very persistent, with attractive lacing trailing along the glass.

S: A spicy, citric hop aroma that recalls bitter grapefruit pith. Some resiny pine notes are also available. The hop load is accompanied by a muted caramel/pale malt backbone that remains hesitant in the background.

T: A modest caramel malt backbone provides somewhere from which the hops can blast off. There's an aggressively bitter citric hop flavor, accompanied by some piney and spicy hop notes. A big dose of young alcohol into the finish - if this weren't so hoppy, I'd recommend letting it mellow out a little.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is mild. A flash of dry, hoppy, alcoholic bitterness into the finish. A long, lingering, somewhat boozy aftertaste.

D: This is an aggressively hoppy strong ale from Victory. Like many of their other offerings, this comes across as unbalanced/unrestrained, which I suppose is kind of what they're aiming for. Still, a beer this hoppy and evidently alcoholic could use a more complementary malt presence. This has good potential, but the combination of the booze and the unbalanced hoppiness leaves its potential somewhat untapped.

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Photo of tswater
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not had anything from Victory for a while. Good to see them come out with something new. This beer pours a rustic ruby color, with a good two inches worth of heading. Lots of chunky yeast can be seen floating around in this brew. I am not getting a whole hell of a lot from the smell, but the subtleties of the hops and malt make it pretty decent. Taste is much hoppier than I was expecting. Really earthy, well rounded hops mix with the dark malt really well. Extremely well balanced as well, everything plays well together. It does not come off hot at any point in spite of a pretty high ABV. Black IPAs seem like a sort of trendy new style, but if this one were to fall within that category, it would be a standout. This beer further solidifies Victory Brewing's reputation for being one of the most solid out there. Cheers

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. For a black ale, it is rather reddish brown in color. Pours with minimal head that reduces to a mere ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of brown sugar, minor malt, and molasses. Smell, though, is mostly subdued.

Has a burnt caramel taste, with toffee/coffee unrdertones. A hint of chocolate as well, with mild malt. I know this is reading like a review of a stout but trust me when I say that this is no stout. There's a mild dark fruit that hits you mid to back tongue.

Medium bodied, with minor bitterness.

Vey tasty, I'm glad I bought this as a sixes rather than a solo bottle. I'm looking forward to enjoying this smooth, slightly sweet and totally tasty ale.

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Photo of mkennedy119
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with an off white half finger head. Great head retention. The hue is abnormal, I enjoy it.

Heavy malts in the nose wich remind me of raisins. Some vanilla and chocolate can be faintly recognized. The overall impression is cookie like.

Roasty malts with flavors of burnt sugar and molasses meet sweet pear. The finish provides a pithy like bitterness. The taste can be divided into 3 distinct flavor sections: roasty malt, fruit sweetness, and fruit rind bitterness.

The feel is medium to full full with a sticky finish.

This is a very interesting beer which reminds me of a mix between a black IPA and a barleywine. I can't say I've had too many like it. Victory makes some good brews.

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Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JLapadura
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of twenteone
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this is a dark ruby red with a pillow of tan head. This faded farely quick but has left a fine lacing.

Strong pine notes a waft of vanilla caramel in the nose.

Whoa this is complex and my taste buds don't know where to start. Loads of dark caramel character, vanilla, caramel, biscuit and some chocoalte. Then there are the hops, a bit of citrus and just a nice bold piney character that warms my soul.

There is a slight warming from the alcohol but this is really an easy drinking beer. The biscuit comes out even more as I drink on and screams of more complexity. Leaves a lingering pine bitterness.

This is quite the tasty night cap and another treat from Victory!

I saved a bottle and it has held up wonderfully. The hops have faded a bit. This is still big and bold. Maybe darkened a bit with some slight caramelization and a darker color than originally reviewed. I wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with some reddish hues around the edges. Provides a nice one finger tan foam head, with moderate lacing.

S: Smells of quite prevalent but seem to be fighting each other for dominance. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate or citrus hops.

T: Starts off different then the smell. The hop bitterness is most noticeable up front. The middle is where the big flavors of rich roasted malt and sweet caramel come in. Seems like a constant battle for supremacy.

M: Seems a little bitter with some mild alcohol on the palate, then it seems creamy at times.

D: This is a very complex beer, with both the hops and malt flavors battling each other. I will give this another shot or two in the future.

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Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mweso2000
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,660 ratings
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