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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Ratings: 1,661 |  Reviews: 773
Photo of jwhancher
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's kind of like Hop Devil's bigger brother: more malt & hop character, darker, stronger, etc. I've had this quite a number of times on draft and in a take-home six-pack. While this is a really good beer, the more I try it I seem to find that it greatly resembles the Victory IPA family (Hop Devil, Wild Devil). I guess I wished it had a little more character of its own, but it's still a completely satisfying beer I would seek out more often than not.

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.(11/07/09) in a 16oz. nonic pint glass at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a ruby hue and one finger of a frothy coffee colored head that left little lacing.

S: Contrary to the appearance this does smell indeed like a DIPA. A citrus and piney hop comes through along with a deep roasted malt character.

T: The roasted malt shines through on the palate along with a complex spicy citrus flavor combined with a piney hop. A pleasant smoke and coffee flavor come into play as well adding even more spice. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected, but certainly interesting.

M: A smooth medium-body beer with no real sense of the 8.9% abv.

D: Fairly drinkable as the flavors are quite interesting and blend well together, but I was not overly impressed.

Overall I find this beer to be certainly interesting, but nothing earth shattering. I enjoyed my 16oz. pour, but was ready to move on from there. Worth a look.

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Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut brown with a tan rim that clings to the glass. It looks like a stout.
The hop smell comes through a a little bit, it is almost as if it it muffled though. There is also a sweet porter like smell.
Much hoppier in the taste than the smell. But the hops fade real quick and give way to a faint roasted malt coffee bitterness.
The feel is like a stout also, it is thick and creamy.
A good sipping beer, but I think the black is stronger than the IPA.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into becker pint glass; dark brown with a big fluffy tan head that leaves tons of lacing as it dissipates about halfway to sit as a thick disc of foam. Smell is a nice mix of fruity and piney hops, and dark chocolate malts. Taste is absolutely delicious; the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and full, with chocolate dark malts moving seamlessly into juicy fruity hops. It finishes sweet and bitter at the same time, and sticky. Awesome.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best by date is Dec 2010.

Appearance: Brownish red beer becomes a bright garnet when held to the light. The head is huge, creamy and tries to escape my tulip. After 20 minutes, its still covering the surface of the beer and the top third of the glass is wrecked with sticky lace.

Smell: Sweet dark malts and citrusy hops. Interesting nose that bounces around a bunch of different smells-- bready, caramel, butterscotch, and citrus and earthy hops. I like it, but its a little weird.

Taste: Also weird. More weird than the smell. The maltiness is more bready and roasty and less sweet than the smell. That combined with the fairly prominent hoppiness leads to a beer that is more bitter than I had hoped for. Again, quite a few different flavors come together, and clash. The finish is bitter (roasty) and sticks to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This is a very smooth, almost creamy, nicely carbonated beer. Sticky on the tongue from the big hop load.

Drinkability: I've been drinking these for the last month or so, thinking it would grow on me and I would see what lots of other people see, but that's not happening. Its just kind of messy and doesnt come together. Not bad, but not great, at all.

Edit 11/22/10-- Just got a very fresh sixpack and its a whole different world. Hoppy, caramelly, and toasty. More like a India brown ale than a black IPA, but damn good. Balanced and cohesive.

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Photo of richbrew
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Duvel tulip, best by 11/5/12. Thank you to Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Purple red like an heirloom tomato quickly denies the light near the center. A poofy dark khaki head does well in sticking to the glass, creating a screen on a third of it, well done.

I smelled pine initially, but this turns to what I can nicely describe as earthy. For the first time I seem to experience what some must describe as "cat pee" or "onions"; this mimics spiced sausage or earthy mushrooms. From the bottle conditioning yeast there is the aroma of the Chico strain yeast, neutral unless poured, it hangs like a cloud when it is. And oh yes, grapefruit and milk chocolate.

Piney, earthy bitterness with a bit of grapefruit. Dark toast, toast with melted cinnamon sugar, and cocoa show the slight differences between this and an IPA. That Chico yeast is still evident and hard to describe.

On medium carbonation is a slick medium body.

For me this is just one of those very nice beers where everything seems to work. This may be the best crafted Black IPA or whatever I've run across.

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3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark,dark amber with one finger of lasting tawny head and decent soapy lacing.

S-Dark caramel,sweet citrus,hemp oil,black pepper and toffee.

T-Not as good as I was expecting from the nose.Burnt sugar,coffee,citric hops and well roasted malts.

M-Medium bodied with a syrupy sweetness but also a piney hop oiliness.

D-Decent representation of the black IPA style.

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

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep brown, the head is around 2 to three fingers and a deep mocha. poured vigorously into a tulip.

Smell - Chocolate malts, bitter hops.

taste - This is a very interesting beer. Biscuity right up front but rounded out with a very nice hop bite. Victory is known for making hoppy beers (awesome) but this one is beautifully balanced. Some nice chocolate notes on this one to me and the hops are no where close to floral, all pine and bitter but in a good way. It works.

Mouthfeel - Creamy soft and great carbonation

Overall - A year ago this was my favorite beer. I haven't drank it in over a year so i was nervous since i knew my palate has changed a lot. I was underwhelmed honestly, but this one is very nostalgic and still a very good beer. My favorite beer to this date? No. But that is the fun of being a beer advocate, you keep on evolving.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark ruby red with sedimentation floating everywhere. HUGE light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - A little bit faint for a strong ale IMO but it is very crisp. Big hop resin aroma that's semi-citrus smelling with caramalized malts mixed in. In the background there is faint dark sugars and a light apple smell.

T - Differs a bit from the aroma because the hops are first present but more pine/earth flavored. The tart apple is still in the background but it finishes on the bitter side. The caramalized/specialty malts are there all the way through this beer.

M/D - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation, rough on the palate (in a good way). Finishes dry due to the high alpha acid content and a nice alcohol warming factor without the taste. Very drinkable and a good, solid strong ale but not something exotic.

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