Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,659 Ratings
Yakima GloryYakima Glory
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,659
Reviews:
772
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,659 |  Reviews: 772
Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark red, almost black, with little head. Smell of fruits with a hint of alcohol, almost like a barleywine. Tastes more like a barleywine than a dark IPA at first, but has a good hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty well for a high ABV beer, although it is more of a sipper than a session. Overall, a very fine beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 scottyshades
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good

S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note

T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don't quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive

Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap't Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this

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Photo of mkennedy119
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of TCgoalie
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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 SammyJaxxxx
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of NiceTaps
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of DSlim71
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of twenteone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

12/19/2013
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 +14.2%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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 JLapadura
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of vcoggins
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dcguitar
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mweso2000
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the Victory Brewpub.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, frothy, off-white head with pretty nice retention and lacing until the finish of the beer.

S: A bitter, roasted malt smell that was not too significant.

T: A strong, bitter taste with an equally, strong bitter aftertaste. The taste was not the typical earthy, bitter IPA taste, but a smoother bitter taste, like an ESB.

M: A smooth and silky mouthfeel that was fairly thick, but not too much.

D: An ok combination of mouthfeel and taste that yielded a pretty easy drinking beer. The thickness of the beer got to be later and helped fill me up pretty good. Overall, a nice drinking beer and a pretty good Real ale.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Pizzeria Uno's. Poured into a pint glass, furnishes a 1" head that quickly dissolves leaving some thin, spotty lacing. A pretty dark, lager like brown that lets minimal ligh through. The nose is a great mix of hops and malt. The taste is quits unique. It's both hop and malt foward at the same time. This is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit bitter, and lingers for quite a while. Overall, a solid beer.

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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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