Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,660 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:
1,660
Reviews:
773
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,660 |  Reviews: 773
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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Photo of AlexM
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of fdig23
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RobDB
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JoeLacy
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lunch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -12.9%
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 +26.9%

Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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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4.52/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +4.6%
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%
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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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours the color of grade a maple syrup with an inch of foamy tan head. Leaves moderate lacing.

S-Light roasted malts, a little nutty. Similar to Kostritzer.

T/M-Astringent bittering hops up front. Roasty malts,almonds, pecans. The finish is dry and aggressively bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-A decent release from Victory, but not one of their best. It would be hard to drink a 6 pack of this.

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Photo of Jodio
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wdarcy77
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,660 ratings.
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