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 SpoonMeForkMe
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Balanced. Bitter all the way through. when the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA medium bodied, nice lacing light carbonation very easy to drink but not sessionable. Licorice.
Off tap served in a tulip.

A - Pours a deep ruby/brown with a two finger thick, creamy, off white head.

S - Pine, citrus, chocolate, caramel, toffee.

T - The smell correlates well with the taste. Piney, resinous, fresh herb, rosemary, chocolate, licorice, caramel, toffee.

M - Nice carbonation. Slightly buttery/creamy. Medium bodied.

O - Balanced. Bitter all the way through. When the roasted bitterness meets the hops on the back end it could be a bit much for some people. The bartender did state they are marketing this as a black IPA. Very easy to drink but not sessionable.

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Photo of Stanhagen
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has worked its way into my top 5 beers. I go to Victory Brewpub quite frequently and can't help but order the same beer (yakima glory). a nice use of hops providing a nice scent and taste. i rarely see it on tap anywhere outside of the brewpub but definitely gobble it up if you find it.

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Photo of Haufniensis
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.23.2011. First beer review ever. Yakima Glory Ale – Victory Brewing. ABV: 8.7

I acquired this beer as part of a variety pack. The variety pack had a much sought after Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and a Chub Scotch Ale in it along with some others I’ve wanted to try but never had. Never heard of this one. Don’t know Victory Brewing. Who knows what I am getting into here with a “dark IPA”…

Appearance: Reddish-brown color. Half inch head dissipates quickly, but not completely. Leaves a little lacing. Color looks unlike any other IPA I have ever had. I’ve had pale, black, reddish… nothing like this. But it’s a good different. Nice color. Grade: 4.5

Smell: Malty, almost stout like. Red wine. Nuts. Very pleasant. But again, not very IPA-like. Grade: 4.5
Taste: Not as hoppy as I was expecting from the IPA label. Probably best not to call this an IPA. Taste is consistent with appearance and nose. Tastes like a strong red lager more than a standard IPA. A little citrus. Sweet candy. Some coffee. No alcohol burn, but something in there bites the tongue a little. Guess that’s the well-hidden hops. Grade: 3.5

Mouth: Medium body. Sticky. A little too much carbonation. Grade: 3.5

Overall: I could drink this again. Not excellent, but something a little different. A solid B overall.

Served: 12-Bottle poured into a hurricane glass (Relatively new to the craft world. I’ve requested proper beerware for Xmas. For now, my very old free-with-the-purchase-of-a-long-island-iced-tea glass does the job)

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Photo of jlipski
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark copper in color with proper head and carbonation. Darker than expected because of dark malts I suspect.

S: Very ordinary for a Strong APA

T: Not great, one dimesional and lacks complexity. The style suggest the alcohole and hops are dominant yet that's all you taste.

M: Ordinary and not much to report.

D: drinkability is low except most of this type of beer is.

Overall this is one of my favorite styles of beer except this beer won't be purchased by me again. Others have compared this to Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard IIPA yet, that is an excellent beer and this does not compare...unimpressed yet, many others are.

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Photo of dnarx
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= dark tea color with a light tan head

S= brown sugar and caramel

T = hops upfront and in the finish for me, medium body, not as sweet as I anticipated from the bouquet, which was enjoyable.

very enjoyable as I am not so into the sweet browns. I could have this beer again and again.

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Photo of wsantas
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Crafty Draught GA

A: red Amber Brown, slight rim of froth
S: Citrus, Malt, Airy, Syrup
T: Malts, nutty, bitter, tobacco back end
M: medium, creamy
O: Bold and bitter, but lacking uniqueness. Good beer, not great for me. Would pass over for something a little less bitter.

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Photo of RuinationMan
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing bottle 4 from a 6-pack (but my first today)

Heard about this on the VBC twitter feed and watched a youtube of the brewmasters describing it.

A: Dark. Maple. clear with a solid head.

S: Strong citrus hops (pineapple & pine) to start followed by ample earthy malts (maple and chocolate) - very nice balance. Surprising considering the color.

T: Complex. Not as citrusy as expected, but definitely bitter. Malts follow with a strong chocolate presence. Haven't tasted much like this before. Akin to Stone Double Bastard, but fresher.

M: Surprisingly thin for the ABV and little stickiness considering the hops.

D: Way too easy to drink. Delicious and easy to have too many.

Overall: Very pleased with this new offering from VBC. Disappointed in price - $11.99 per sixer in NJ. Anxious to try it on tap at the brewpub or otherwise. Looking forward to sharing with fellow geeks over the holidays. Would love to see in 750ml bottles like the Monkey.

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Photo of Jeplacek
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- poured a brown color but appears much more amber in color in a well lit room.

S- smells of raisins, citrus, caramel

T- initially very hoppy but as the beer starts to sit a little it becomes very balanced. The dark malts perfectly complement this hoppy beer.

M- moderately carbonated

Overall a very interesting beer. I like how the sweet malts offset the bitter grapefruit

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Photo of ffenski
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass as a burnt amber while still letting some light through. Thick, frothy top. Tons of lacing.

Aromas of piney grapefruit, raisins and roasted malts with a heavy lean toward the hops.

Very flavorful. Abundant hoppy bitterness and taste, yet has a sweet body. Roasted caramel malts, pitted fruits, but centered on fresh, green, moist hops.

Very creamy, smooth feel dominates but then a little carb tingle.

These go down quickly for me. Silky and bursting with hop flavor. Thank you Victory.

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Photo of JoeQuinn1
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Deep ruby red. Almost looks black in dim light.

Smell: White chocolate, hint of licorice, floral hops give way to maly sweetness.

Taste: Very well balanced, big hops and chocolaty malt. Dry and biscuty on finish. Big, beautiful and rich.

Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Pours almost black until you hold it up to the light. 1/2 inch tan/mocha head that stays the whole time. Medium to sparse lacing.

Overall: A very big, well balnced beer that refuses to be pigeonholed into a style or class (in my opinion) Great with German chocolate cake.

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Photo of Foamster
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Rich dark coffee-brown with nice tan head that drops off gently but never disappears. Lace hangs in there nicely.

S - Starts out strong and appealing, but vanishes in mid-imbibe. Opens up with a comforting, solid smell though. This beer's weakest link, I'm afraid.

T - Mostly good from beginning to end, although there are moments when it seems to "go bland." Unsweetened chocolate and strong iced black coffee taste as well as some resiny hops rescue it.

M - Thick and creamy. Approaches whipped cream. Should I take a chance and say custard? Never went thin on this reviewer. Without a doubt, one of its two strongest qualities, the other being its Appearance.

O - Really 4.125. Drank this on an unseasonably cool June evening, half a world away from my loved one. It's a comfort beer, the ideal beverage for someone separated by business or other unwanted necessity from his/her partner. Yakima Glory is warm - evocative of winter, fireplaces, and a pleasantly light touch of loneliness and melancholy.

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Photo of coopbrewer
2.11/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark reddish brown; minimal head

S: Odd aroma; difficult to characterize; almost like an unpleasant mix of burnt malts and earthy hops

T: Malty up front then harsh hop bite takes over; rather unbalanced in my view

M: Thick and sweet at first with harsh hop bite soon following

Overall: Not a fan of this beer; I have enjoyed other brews of this style much more; Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet comes to mind.

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Photo of mightyheadbrew
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Victory Brewing Co. I love reading the verbiage on beer bottles and this one is no different. It would have been nice, however, if Victory had listed the different varieties of hops used in this beer, since it is the aroma and flavor of hops that stands in the forefront of this brew.

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Photo of diddyb
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a case I purchased from 25th Street Beer and Soda in Easton. Bottled on 11/23/10. Opened with my trusty Homer Simpson bottle opened and poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark amber, almost opaque copper color. Very generous head. There is little carbonation that bubbles up from the bottom

S- very earthy, caramel notes with a touch of hops

T- This one's a roller coaster. You can really taste the roasted malts that give way to a bit of sweetness and finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness

M- medium / almost creamy

D- Overall its another solid delivery from Victory. I enjoy taking my time with this one. As it warms up you can definitely notice the ABV. I bought one and then bought a case and have been enjoying each one ever since

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Photo of Emarble17
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this on cask at Victory at the end of November. Bought a case upon arriving home for Winter break between semesters, and poured a beer for my dad and me. Color is a dark ruby red when held up to a light source. The head bubbly and forms quickly into a rather robust topping. Smell is of fresh, clean cascade hops with a subtle hint of malt -- I suppose this is to be expected. Very drinkable if you like IPA's.

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Photo of lyons1005
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

Med. dark brown. Off-white head. Lasting lacing.

Yakima hops with a hint of maltiness.

Tastes like it smells. Hops up front gives way to slightly bitter malt that smooths over the course of the beer.

Light on the tongue. Not much carbination. Dry finish.

Not gonna end your night, weigh you down, or kill your palette.

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Photo of MJasLee
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with an impressive head. Head retention impressive as well. Good lacing.

You get a bit of the dark malt smell, but the predominant smell I get is the pine and resin of the hops.

Taste comes across in about the same ratio as the nose. You can definitely taste the dark malt, but the hops come through a bit stronger. The 8.7% ABV is not particularly noticeable. At least, not to me.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of PNeifert
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

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Photo of jayrieg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really a big fan of the Victory brews but this one is pretty awesome. This being my second time having it, I decided to write my first review, and must say I did enjoy it much more the first time (not to say it's not great). I think I may have poured this one a little more vigorously than last time, from a bottle to tulip glass.

A - Dark stained wood, a shade lighter than a cola. Pours about an inch of head, which leaves a nice sparkling golden-copper glittery lace down the side of glass.

S - Awesome aroma of hops but without being overpowering and too up front. One of it's best traits.

T - This is the part that varied mildy upon second tasting. At first you are hit with an appreciable amount of hops until you are left with a great malty, dark cocoa, taste. Not too overpowering on either aspects.

M - Good carbonation. Not too much, not too little. Nice weight.

O - Great find! And it's seasonal. So if you see it out I definitely recommend giving it a try. It has a fun wacky name too. Also at 8.7 abv it leaves you feeling a little wacky, without that sweet alcohol taste left lingering... which is nice.

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Photo of sweetwater90
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red almost blood color to the beer like a vampire. seems to be very carbonated but we will see with taste.

S- smells pretty florally, with a fruity smell after the floral hop smell. the fruity smell comes along with strong smell that it seems like a combination of fruits to distinguish a specific one from smell

T- Very floral with a semi hop us front taste, and serious floral end. Not much fruitful taste to the beer but non the less a very tasteful feeling throughout. As being a person of not liking hop beers what so ever I am very pleased with this one.

MF- not very carbonated, but if it were more carbonated it would not be as good i feel. Has a medium feel to it but full filling through and through.

O- This beer has not been on my top list of beers as far as hops, I am not a person to buy or consume a more hoppy floral beer, I like the more malt floral beer. But all in all it is a beer that i could enjoy again on a summer day.

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

This is one my favorite beers from Victory. Unfortunately its only available fall-winter. I usually get my growlers filled after a pint or two at the Brewery.

One of the best dark IPAs around. Great flavors, color, and ABV.

Can't wait until November when it comes back.

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Photo of doppletheGOAT
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST - 12oz bottle poured into a schooner. paid $2.49 at Whole Foods.

appearance - reddish cherry like color

smell - ummm, hops... lots and lots of piney hops.

taste - follows the nose. quite bitter and you really can't taste anything else other than citrus piney like hops.

backend taste - same... just hops.

overall - I liked it but a little too hop filled for me. IMO, appearance is the best thing about this beer, it looks great and you get lacing all the way down the glass and a huge head out of it.

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