Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
1,660 Ratings
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 lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer.
Dark amber color, thick tan head. Very good retention, and a lot of lace.
Very fragrant. Sweet malt, very mauch malty, in fact. Intensely floral.
Upfront big malt taste, quickly followed by piney hops. The hop bitterness persisted.
Nice balance. The 8.7% ABV is not at all noticeable, so be careful with this one.

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Photo of dnarx
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark red-brown in color, almost two fingers of head with moderate retention and spotty lacing.

S - Grapefruit hope aroma, dark roasted malt, red and black licorice notes, some spice present as well.

T - Grapefruit hops and roasted malts are battling it out. Nice balance between the two, with hints of anise, pine, clove, spice and a nice bitter malt finish.

M - Medium body, decent carbonation, a little thin.

D - Very drinkable, very nice black IPA.

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and generally clear mahogany brown with a tight beige cap that sags somewhat quickly towards the surface leaving spotty cloaks of lacework.
Mild roast coffee, cocoa nibs, burnt toast, black cherry, plum, toffee, all combined into a simpler, lesser aroma, and countered with grapefruit pith, bitter dried weeds, acrid metalics, and pine cones.
The malt is more layered and distinct in the mouth. Though it covers the same bases. Bitter cocoa, mild roast coffee beans, toast. It expands towards cherry and plum, with a toffee glaze. There's a template for a stock ale or an English-styled Barleywine through it's initial revolutions. Hops hail down, electrically bitter, but lacking a bit in clarity. Piney, floral, grapefruit, metallic, but never definitively so. Pulpy, weedy, oxidized bronze carries the day. It actually works in counter-harmony with the wooly malt blanket, but if you were here for a hop experience, you'll leave disappointed. Yeah, it's bitter and hoppy, but it's not specific, and it's maltier than most. There a twitch of alcoholic warmth, but it really a nonfactor given the actual strength. The swallow is continually roasty, a bit boozy, with some woody cedar and generalized green bitterness.
The full mouthfeel is buffered by the trickling carbonation that stays the duration. It's a big malty beer and drinks that way, but the hops give a masking gulp of confusion.
This is one I'd actually age and expect improvement. The hops, while large, lack a defined statement on their own, and the textured maltiness is certainly up to the task. It seems confused right now.
Everything I've written above is basically a longer version of: I like the malts here, but don't particularly enjoy the hops and the sooner they fade away, the better.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard some, let's say, positive and negative things about this beer. I'd say, it's a bit split down the middle as far as the good and bad (with a little ugly thrown in).

GOOD: Looks stunning poured into my Unibroue Euro pint glass. The dark maroon color sits in wonderful contrast to the big creamy frothy magnificent off-white (w/ a tinge of the body color) head - very nice retention and stellar sheets of medium-thick lacing. Underneath the hops (which I'll get to in a sec), the malt base is fairly thick - porter-like - with a chocolaty/nutty (similar to box chocolates with peanuts) flavor, with some nice crystal and toasted malt accenting. Very nice - rich and candy sweet and it, at first, keeps the alcohol in check amazingly, however...

BAD/UGLY (depending on your taste): What is going on with the hop profile here?! I'll admit it's unique - unlike anything I've come across before. I'll try my best to describe it.

Fuzzy and fresh, forceful and caustic, and just really 'green', my immediate thoughts of the hop aroma was: cat piss, powder detergent, and pine air freshener - not something I'd readily associate with tasty beer. Truly assaulting in it's intensity. Carrying over to the taste, the hops (I'm assuming) now display again lots of pine and detergent, but now some nail polish remover (in combo with the emerging alcohol?) and flower petals. Up front, stepping aside, and returning in the finish, a sharp peppery bite. Hardly ideal for drinking, but strangely arranged to where I maintained curiosity as to how it would develop. What developed was the hold of stingy alcohol slowly cutting deeper through the middle.

I dug the malt profile that I somehow could discern through it all. A different hop combination could turn this into a winner. It's a vague reference, but my overall take on the hop flavors was a scent I remember vividly of a Styrofoam block used to hold a silk flower arrangement. Help me out with this if you know what I'm talking about.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber color bordering on a brownish red, pours with a thin amount of creamy head that quickly disipates

S: incredibly sweet smelling brew backed up by and overwhelming maltiness

T: very malty brew, doesn't have the sweetness of taste that was detected in the scent

D/M: overwhelming maltiness really dominates the pallet and in my opinion it is not a good thing. Drinks heavy and finishes the same. Leaves a lingering malty taste in the mouth

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smells juicy as you pour it into your glass and then an huge aromatic smell tells you that this has a lot of resinous hops. You smell some of the dry malt in there too but most hop dominating in the smell. The taste is amazing. Whole flower resinous pine like grapefruit hops hit you right away with an amazing malt sweetness in the middle. The malts also contribute a cherry like character to it that mixes very well with the bitterness. This actually reminds me of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale but with more resinous hops. Yakima Valley Washington must be a serene place. It also finishes very dry. On top of that they sell a pretty much 9 percent beer in 6 packs! This is awesome and will really make that 10 dollars I paid for it worth while.

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Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark brown w/ a bright haze. The color can differ depending on the lighting. Smells very hoppy and fruity, and tastes the same. There are also slight hints of chocolate. Notes of pine and resin are present as well. Although the flavors are very good, it's very one-note w/ no depth. The mouthfeel is amazing.. very smooth, creamy, and rich; full-bodied. Drinkabilty is ok. I kind of found myself nursing it towards the end. I think it's due to the lack of depth and how it's one-note, like I mentioned. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer that should be seeked out. Hopheads should enjoy.

Is it me, or does Hop Devil, Hop Wallop, and Yakima Glory all smell and taste the same?

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Photo of Star80
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brown hazy color with tan head which quickly dissappated. Not very effervescent upon pour. Not much lacing, which seems odd. Smells like deep resinous pine, strange that this beer smells slightly reminiscent of their Imperial Stout Storm King, same hops I am thinking give it that familiar spiceyness and citric quality. Wow, the taste is actually very smooth for such a big beer, I can see these going down toooo easy. Big leafy hop grapefruit bite followed by some sweet malt, but not too sweet and pine finish. This beer is a bit hard to place, definitely a few shades darker than my other favorite hoppy beer Alpha King, more toastyness from the darker malts, perhaps some toffee. There is a lot going on here besides big hops...mouthfeel is quite smooth and this beer is extremely drinkable, little alcohol coming through in the taste. Overall this beer is quite nicely balanced, makes me wish more beers came off this way. If your a fan of Victory brews, specifically Storm King, think of this as perhaps a Storm King light, if that is not totally beyond absurd?

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Photo of khiasmus
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yaka-ho, yaka-hoy hey!
hoogolly golly yippee yai yay!
Cascadian? A dark ale, you say?
Oh but so, to my dismay..

Little head here, just a little atop,
and it dissipates quickly, though poured with a plop!
A lacey this ain't, though a dollop of bubbles
floats in the middle, but the appearance is troubled,

Yay hey! ya harry hey! Ya hoy!

Boozey and bright, an aroma of yaki
those victory chaps, why they may be too cocky..
for it smells like a good 'un, though only just,
A world class aroma, well this one's a bust.

Yah! Ya kiki-rah! ooh dally!

A pliffen and pluffin, a sip down the hatch
A bold balanced flavour, but not the best catch
An Event Horizon, or stone SSR
I'd much rather quaff down, for they set the bar.

La dee da, hoo dally, rockalah kaloo...

Well the savoring's quick here, I have to admit,
The hopping and malting both take a hit,
For not very complex, though not for the sink
Despite high alkie, she's easy to drink.

Yoo rah! La-da! Toomolly tah mally!

Goolambah, koorah! Quaff with gusto!
But don't get into it expecting a show!
Just a simple strong brown ale, with hopping oer-top
Enjoy this one easy, but reach for the top!

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Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - As it pours, the beer foams up into a two finger head of light brown bubbles resting on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A rich, brown malt profile with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Some spicy hops with a hint of mustard and some red apple yeast.

T - Toasted malt and moderately sweet caramel flavors dominate the initial impression of the beer. The sugary malt is joined by sharp, spicy hops with notes of pine and mustard as well as a hint of blue veined cheese. The finish is moderately sweet with lots of toast and caramel as well as a moderate roasted character with balancing bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice black IPA, it achieves a balance between the dark malt character and the hops that most don't manage while it also avoids any chocolate or coffee flavor that would confuse it with a stout. The hops are significant, but with the thick malt profile, they are really just barely enough to balance the beer. Very nice, this is definitely a beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of Chaney
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second year of this brew's existence and it has already undergone a name change (formerly "Yakima Twilight")

A: It was a blast to watch the brownish-orange liquid pour out of the bottle and turn into a dark, witches brew once it hit the glass. Still, it wasn't totally black. Slivers a light around the edges could still be detected. The carbonation was obviously great, due to the fact that the massive 4+ finger head settled into a luscious froth.

S: I tell my wife every time I drink this that I swear I smell blueberries. Overactive imagination? Maybe... Additionally, I also detected Victory's hop profile: cool, smooth, yeasty, and highly recognizable. Fresh, organic hops were also present, along with a very fruity undertone.

T: I have always viewed this brew as Victory's answer to Stone's "Arrogant Bastard." This was very hop forward and floral, but with a certain bready center. It also had fruit galore, and a candy quality that resembled cake icing. The finish was about as smooth as a drink clocking in a 8.7% could get!

M: The booze was detectable, but in a candy-coated sort of way. Also, the bitterness didn't linger due to the cushion of yeast that scrubbed the tongue of the harshness. The lacing was great for this style, and this was remarkable non-syrupy, given the brew's fruity nature.

D: This is one of my favorite Victory brews and one of my go-to drinks this time of year. If only the Hop Devil and Hop Wallop could be this fantastic!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bernardus chalice. This beer is very dark, with about a quarter inch of foam forming on top, lasting a long time. The nose is overwhelmingly hoppy, very resinous. slightly peppery. Excellent blend of hops and malt. There's a lot of piney, rosiny flavor, and moderately high bitterness, balanced by a good caramel, bready malt sweetness. At the finish, some light roast and a few chocolate notes become apparent. Decent creamy body, not too heavy.

One of the "Black IPA"'s I've had that's actually well-done, and worth buying again.

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Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty dark, but not like an RIS or something. More like a dark, well steeped and completely translucent ice tea. Head wasn't much of a factor after about a minute. The head actually "crested" at about 3/4" and quickly disappeared.

S - Very nice with a caramel thing happening under the relatively docile and citrusy hoppiness.

T - Much like the nose, a relaxed hop bitterness gives way to a roasted malt caramel taste. Very pleasant and no booziness did I detect at all. Very nice beer

M - Smooth, medium carbonation and not much aftertaste.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan on having more. Soon.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a healthy 1.5 finger medium cream head. Nice thick sheets of lace all the way around the glass.

Malty, red licorice nose. Earthy hops with a touch of light citrus.

Light up front, but lots of flavor quickly follows. A bit of twizzler from the malt, with a healthy dose of crisp floral citrus. Burnt caramel in the finish as well.

Fairly heavy bodied, but easy to drink 1 or 2.

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Photo of Wildman
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark amber and formed nice foamy light tan head that left lattice lace. Looked like a root beer float. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops, caramel and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, hops and cocoa. The body was medium light. The finish was bittersweet.

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Photo of Tucquan
2.96/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on 2010-11-26 at The Library in Pittsburgh.

A - Dark copper with 1" head and light lacing.

S - Pretty strong hop floral and medium grain. Not much citrus.

T - Some caramel malt, hop bitterness and way too much pepper for my tastes.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

D - Not my cup of tea. The pepper was too over the top and I left the glass only half drained.

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Photo of birdman200
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers - but I felt the need to review this one because of how good it is.

Had this yesterday for Thanksgiving. Pours a dark caramel brown color with a dark tan head with minimal head.

Smells fantastic - huge hoppy smell comes off with little alcohol burn.

FANTASTIC taste. Great balance of malts and hops. Nice grapefruit taste to show the hop presence. Not too overpowering (but then again, I love hoppy beers).

This was just amazing. Probably one of the best IPA's I've ever had, regardless of it being a black IPA.

Highly recommended.

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

A-Pours a medium brown but show a more ruby like hue when held up to the light. A one inch khaki colored had has fair retention and leaves some spotty lace.

S-Citrus and floral hop notes are met by equally strong, slightly sweet smelling dark roasted malt.

T-Citrus hop bite at the lead then the roasted malt comes in. The hops and malt both linger throughout with the ever so slight sweetness from the malt coming in at the finish.

M-Medium body with a crisp carb bite. Finishes dry.

D-Easy to drink and another is certainly an option.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear dark amber in color with a finger high fluffy beige head that slowly dissipated but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The nose is filled with moderate aromas of grapefruit hops and hints of the underlying roasted malts.
T: The beer is extremely well balanced between flavors of dark, roasted malts and bitterness from the citrus hops. Like the smell, the taste of grapefruit is very prominent.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness.
D: The alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste, which makes this beer rather easy to drink.

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

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy ruby color with a thin white head. The aroma is an interesting combination of rich sweet toffee with candied floral hops and citrus. All of these flavors are complex and inviting! I just want to jump right in. The flavor is exactly what I could have hoped for from the flavors. There is a rich roasted malt with toffee and bitter grapefruit hops. There is also this odd of putting astringency that I don't really dig. The mouthfeel is rich with subtle carbonation.

This is a really solid beer despite the astringency. I'm not sure, but I heard that last years batch wasn't as astringent. The flavor is rich and deep, and I sure hope next year this astringency is taken care of.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Exciting new beer - an interesting adaptation on black IPAs.
Pours brown/red not black like many dark IPA s currently being brewed.

Smell is delicious...just what the style should smell like, huge cascade grapefruit, and strawberry piney notes from centenial/simcoes maybe? This mixes with a pleasant woody, malty body...smells really delicious.

Taste is very nice as well...sweet, but not overly so, nice, caramelly, roasty tasting malts, with a very strong hop backbone...finishes smooth and warm.

This gets a 5 for drinkability without a doubt. Considering the fact that this is basically a 9% IPA, I'm not sure I've had anything more drinkable...its smooth, totally balanced, warm but not boozy...just really nice to drink! Somehow the strong malt character totally mellows the hops and vice versa - as borat would say...Great success!

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

A: deep mahogany, good clarity, brief finger deep head fizzles out leaving behind decent lace

S: West Coast hops, leather, sour yeast esters,

T: leather, charcoal and smoke, bitter chocolate, sour cherries, dark rum and a wee bit of sweet molasses.

M: medium body with crisp carbonation and a warming alcoholic bite in the finish.

D: purdy dang good. I'm a fan of this style and this one lived up to my expectations for both the CDA and Victory as a brewery. Very drinkable, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too heavy, not to watery, with just the right amount of alcohol. Suffice it to say, it's incredibly sessionable and I can foresee many more of these in my near future.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6-pack of this yesterday at Jasper's for $12.49. Didn't see any "best by" data anywhere on the label or bottle. Here goes...

My imperial pint glass holds a liquid with an absolutely beauteous, deep garnet color. No haze at all, and the carbo is steady and plentiful. The head is light tan and creamy, though thin, yet still covering things well. There's a little lacing here and there, though not in abundance. Aroma has a little toffee and roastiness, along with a rindy hoppiness. Body is a middle of the road medium here. It's pretty smooth overall, with a light airiness on the palate.

Roasty malts lay some bitterness on the tongue, and there are hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Heaped on top of this are loads of pithy, rindy, earthy hops. Resiny grapefruit oils smother the tastebuds in a most pleasant fashion, and linger long and hard after the bier has vacated the premises. Nicely balanced bitterness is what this is. A supremely solid black IPA, indeed. Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


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Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown that's ruby red when held up to the light. Very thin beige head that doesn't disappear.
S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Citrus on the finish.
T: Starts out with citrus flavors and a ton of hops, and finishes very smoothly with some sweetness and roast.
M: A bit sticky, but smoothly well carbonated and medium bodied.
D: This is sort of like a darkened double IPA imo. It really is interesting how the hops and citrus blend in with the darker malts. Also, very little alcohol is detected, yet it is 8.7%. Whew!

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,660 ratings
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