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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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88
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772 Reviews
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
Reviews:
772
Ratings:
1,657
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Photo of brurevu
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: the Yakima Glory poured a deep ruby brown with a full tan head and loads of hops on the nose. Below the hops there was a hint of sweet malt that subdued the hoppy aroma. The taste was a front load of big juicy hops that faded into a bitter burnt chocolate and sweet toasted malts. The two flavors played well with each other and brought out the shining attributes of each while not allowing the other to take over. There was loads of flavor and lots of dynamic tastes to be had. A delicious beer with plenty of flavor to spare.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Arrives clear brown with red throughout. Head is off white and, as a film, lasts forever while leaving some lace behind.
Smell is hops, roasted malt and a bit of smoke. Good balance.
Taste is hoppy, malty, evergreen, smoke (very light) with coffee showing up late and faint. Good balance.
Medium body, strong effervescence up front. Drying from the start. A really nice beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 2.0: Poured out with very little head. Not unusual for a growler pour, but worth noting. OK, right off the bat I'm upset at this beer. This is a "black ale" and the beer is dark, amber brown. Dark brown! Why not drop some more black malt in the brew and make the beer BLACK??? Sorry, I just don't understand this. This is embarrassing.

Smell 3.50: Very good nose to this beer. Deep, malt bouquet with slight hop alkaline notes. After the appearance thing, this is promising.

Taste 4.25: Front is very hoppy, an even alkaline hop. Middle is big, with a huge malt punch. Not necessarily sweet, just a lot of malt flavor all at once. Also, there's a big kick to the sides of the palate from a hop overload: I taste primarily pine and deep bitterness...chinook? Nice. Finish is also heavy on the hops and a surprising (and delicious) chocolate hint with some slight smokiness. See? My black malt suggestion would certainly fit the flavor for which this beer was shooting. Aftertaste is long and features a slight burning in the mouth. Focus here is on hops and malt, too.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Really spot on for this beer's flavor. Good heft in the mouth and almost perfect level of carbonation.

Overall 3.75: Excellent tasting beer, but there are some problems here and there with this beer's overall presentation. However, regardless of some cosmetic issues (*ahem!*), this is a fine brew. Actually, it reminds me very much of Northern Brewer's "Black IPA" homebrew recipe that I brewed once. Big, malty middle and lots of excellent hop blending. Makes me wonder who influenced who. Long story short, I recommend this beer on its taste alone.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My GF is from Yakima so I bought a 6 pack when I saw it without thinking much.

Pours dark brown with an off white head.

Smells like hops with some residual citrus.

Tastes- Super hoppy and piney. I bought this beer unaware that Yakima was known for it's hops so I was surprised. There is a little bit of sweetness, just enough to take it out of the IPA territory but a fairly bitter beer.

MF-Slight carbonation.

Overall- It was okay. I didn't enjoy it much but thats my dumbass fault for buying a beer that pays tribute to a place that produces a lot of hops when I don't like ym beers to be supper hoppy.

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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 wiegs4life
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany with elegant white head that just sits calmly above the top like ducks on the pond. As Stewart Scott once said it is "Cool as the other side of the pillow.

S - I don't really judge a beer off smell but if i did it would probably lose some points. Smells kind of like a lot of hoppy beers (like shit).

T - This is where the beer gains its points. The beer tastes like a perfert version of a nuru massage (I had to use an Asian reference.

M - Simply splended.

O - Second time having this beer. This isn't much of a summer beer but i remember sipping this during Christmas Eve one year and thats when craft beer became a passion instead of a hobby. Not to sure that this beer tops by 10 but this beer will always be remembers because of how it turned me into craft beer.

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Photo of JG-90
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into glass pours a large foamy head that is tan in color. The beer is a deep mohagony/amber color with hints of red and copper in light. Head settles at a moderate rate to leave heavy lacing. Smells of deeply roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, bitter dark chocolate, and faint hops with a bit of tobacco.

Taste starts with suprising but welcome citric hops (didn't get much smell of these) which are quickly overtaken by roasty malts with bitterness, chocolate, and tobacco, has a bitter, roasty, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light with moderate carbonation for a black IPA.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not exactly as dark as the other ABAs I've had, if I recall - amber.

Smells of roasted malts, shortbread or biscuity with the smallest hint of apple or pear somewhere in the background.

Is a surprising first sip - big hops - not overwhelmingly bitter, or stingingly astringent necessarily - but spicy and fruity. You know it's Victory immediately. Afterward, as it starts to warm up, you get a malty backbone strong enough to hang those juicy hops on; they're almost bitter orange & linger on the exit. It's just the slightest bit toward the heavy side; it's too hefty to be "sessionable," it'd do you well to savor it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown and mostly clear, almost an auburn color, very nice lasting head and good lace.

Smell is subdued but consists mostly of citrus and hops, with a touch of dark malts and chocolate.

Flavor is all hops with accents of other stuff, including dark roasted malts, heavier grades of caramel malts (giving it a slight dark fruitiness), and citrus rinds.

Carbonation is fairly low despite the big creamy head. It's a pretty strong tasting and feeling beer, not something I'd drink quickly, more of a moderate sipper.

Very tasty. A bit unusual for a black ale/black IPA but worth trying for sure.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some orange/apricots/grapefruit mixed with a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty yest fruity bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - Really good stuff. It's like a flavour explosion when you take your first sip. A nice mix of flavours and a good balance of east and west coast flavours. ABA's are one of my favourite styles, and I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 10/24/13.

Pours a hazy super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and some spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor that lingers on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of JeffH
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a deep brown with a quickly disappearing white head.
N- Nose is full of brown sugar and malt followed but a big hop wallop.
T- Beginning pallet is very malty sweet with some dark fruits, the hop character takes a while to develop but finishes big and piney.
O- This is a great winter beer. Enough bittering hops to balance out the initial sweetness of the malt. This is a solid east coast dark IPA, not to be confused with a NW CDA

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ink black with some brown at the edges. Exceptional lacing and foam.

Smell: Coffee and pine. Fairly subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very Christmasy. Spiked coffee and pine. Definitely some boozy notes to this beer. Fairly creamy, but a bit thinner than I'd like.

Overall Drinkability: I definitely want to try more Victory if I can find it. Not my favorite black IPA, but I have yet to have a bad one.

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Photo of Efay
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A dark amber color with a manilla colored head of foam. Great head retention and lots of lacing.

S- Earthy caramel malt with lots of pine. There's also a nice sweet grapefruit aroma that is very pleasant.

T- After a great start with appearance and taste, it goes downhill fast. It tastes of bitter pine, with some bitter malt at the end. Mostly pine though, nothing else. It's like Victory thought they could just put hops in and it would end up good. This taste isn't pleasant.

M- Moderate body with high amounts of carbonation. The bitterness from the taste dries your mouth and makes this hard to go down.

O- I really dislike it when breweries put hops upon hops in their beers. Hops does not make your beer good. There's so much more to a beer and it annoys me when the only attribute I can really describe is the hop, and the hops used in this beer are very simple and have no complexity to them at all.

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Photo of palma
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark ruby color. Nice head.

Tobacco, burnt, bitter rye bread notes. Victory american hops big time. Very hoppy profile. Spicy in the finish. Slightly herbal hidden behind the big malt and hop flavors. Big full body. One of the best black ipas in my opinion. Most of them are crap these days.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with an off-white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and ending in a solid persistent lace..

S: Sharp hop aroma with a sweet malty background.

T: Great piney hop and sweet malt mix. There is a nice alcoholic bite and finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Love this beer – super hoppy but balanced well by the malt - and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of EORS
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Nearly opaque, hints of ruby when held up to the light. Medium carbonation and a brown/tan head that dies down to about 1/4in.

S: Sweet malt and spicy, floral hops. Almost no citrus to be had. Wonderful combination.

T: Again that sweet (caramel, little bit of honey, roasted barley) malt balanced with the spicy , earthy hop. Lingering bitterness on the tongue but, just like it smells, none of the citrus/grassy/grapefruit that characterizes IPA

M: Little bit of carbonation, medium body. Drinkable.

O: Call it what you want (Dark IPA, American Black Ale, Cascadian Dark) this is a great combination of the right malts with the right hops. Great by itself, or with some hearty food.

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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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Photo of cjoc83
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, hazy mahogany color with an initial massive 4 finger khaki head that sticks around for a while before receding to a collar and leaves moderate, spidery lacing.

Pine and citrus hops intermingle with sweet and roasted malt, hazelnut, and some brown sugar. Very interesting for a black IPA.

There's a nice (and strong) nutty flavor throughout, with some sweet and biscuity malts, earthy hops, slight brown sugar, and slight alcohol on the finish. More malt forward than most black IPA's I've had, but very tasty nonetheless. The hops give a nice kick on the finish as well, and some cocoa makes a brief appearance as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Pretty easy drinking. Have I mentioned it's smooth?

One of my favorite black IPA's, even if it doesn't hit you over the head with hops. A delicious beer that I look forward to every year.

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Photo of Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz at Duckworths. About the lightest dark ale I've ever seen. A ruby brien with a finger of white. Frothy and laced ok.

Aroma, quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Some limited toasted malt.

Taste, also crisp and hoppy. Minimal roast. Citrus herbal pine is all there. Not much roast, just a mild malt backbone. Nearly a straight ipa to me. The roast and cocoa qualities open up a bit as it warms.

About mid body, mid-high level of carb. Drinks easy enough, pretty dry. A fine beer, just mis-classified.

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Photo of rangerred
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Nice fluffy head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma is different than any other ABA I have had. Very nutty, almost like hazelnut, along with cocoa and a little bit of caramel and cinnamon. Nice Earthy hop undertones to prop it up. I don't know how they got that aroma without the use of spices!

More cocoa and hazelnut in the taste. Lots of caramel too almost reminds me of cinnamon roasted almonds or something. Wonderful light earthy hop flavor along with assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side but just barely stays restrained. Finish is a little sticky but understandable given the abv and amount of specialty malt.

Overall, a really great example of an American Black Ale. Great, unique, malt character and wonderful interaction between malt and hops. I really need to get some more of this this winter.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up from Deli Lama in Lake Villa, served in pint glass

A- Pours dark with hints of red when held up to the light. A nice frothy, tan head of about one and a half fingers is present. Has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Citrusy and piney hop smell is the dominating aroma in this beer.

T- The taste is an interesting combination of roasted malt flavor and hops. In my opinion, it tastes a little bit like an APA with a richer, sweeter, more malty taste. Bitterness of the hops and roasted malts cover the strong ABV%.

M- Medium-heavy bodied that is smooth at the way through. Carbonation, in my opinion, is just right for this style.

O- This is a very interesting beer that I enjoyed and would certainly have again. I like the combination of bitter hop and malt flavors. Also enjoyed the high ABV% that was hardly noticeable. Could definitely have a few of these and enjoy a nice little buzz.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 da_beers
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Glory Ale - Victory Brewing Co. - 

What initially caught my eye was "Yakima" - my hometown where I grew up in Central WA before moving East. However Victory Brewing Co is out of PA, but use hops from the Yakima Valley (subsequently 75% of Anheuser-Busch's hops come from this valley)

A- deep dark red amber with thin tan head, minimal lacing
S- earthy aroma, sweet smell on the back-end
T- very hoppy, some almost caramel undertones, lasting aftertaste 
M- buttery and smooth across palate
D- great for sipping, would pair well with pub style food or a chocolate dessert
O- great taste, ABV is high without overpowering on bitterness, I highly recommend

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Photo of Altrurian
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive deep russet hue, topped by a respectable ecru head that lingers a bit. Unexceptional but perfectly good malty aroma. Nice, toasty flavor, brings in elements of cocoa and dates, followed up by a little hoppy volatility. Texture nearly creamy. While not a chart-topper, worthy of becoming a staple.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,657 ratings.
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