Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
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 adsomers
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark red. Just barely translucent. Two finger head subsides quickly leaving a decent lace. Nice constant stream of co2.

Roasty, caramel, nuts, alcohol, pine. Some spice. Ironically light on hop aromas. A really beautiful and complex aroma.

Caramel malt dominates, with a lingering bitter finish. A tiny bit hot. Not especially complex, but robust. Dry and bitter. Tingling carbonation.

Doesn't cover the entire palate but has a very full mouthfeel. Filling and warming.

Could definitely throw a couple back on a chilly night... but then I'd be drunk. ABV is VERY sneaky, probably because of intense hopping.

Some of the flavors and aromas are reminiscent of porter and scotch ale, and the high hop factor seems to fight with what would otherwise be a delicious, hearty beer. Being a hop-head however, I say kudos to Victory for creating a dark IPA that isn't black. Definitely worth trying more than once.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not sure this qualifies as a "black" IPA, but I love the dark reddish amber color. The head is relatively short lived, with little lace.

Roasted malt and floral hops share the aroma and flavor. Bitterness is pretty prominent, especially in the finish, but it is very pleasant and nicely balanced by sweetness from the malt.

This is a tasty brew that I will put on my list to snag when I can find it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus like hops. In the taste, fresh pine hops, and a mellow citrus hop, with a nice malty backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a mixture of hops.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scents of roasted chocolate and molasses malts, and also of piney nuts on the nose. Strong peachy scents as well. Has a two finger head with good lacing down the glass. Is also a very dark red/light black colour. Wow, this one blasts through the palate. Heavy malty flavor mostly of a heavy IPA. Bursts on the back of the tongue with strong hoppiness. This is one hell of a brew. Very comparable to Troegs Nugget Nectar..IMO! Delicious beer!

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Photo of Brad007
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Certainly not a black IPA but could pass as a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aroma is a great mix of grassy hops and sweet malt with a hint of raisin to it. Very much similar to a barleywine.

My tongue is greeted by grassy hops with a slight citrus edge to them. Sweet with raisin and warm with alcohol as well. Again, these are the dynamics one would expect from an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, citrusy hops with sweet malt and alcohol heat.

Hmm. This is a tough one. It's very much delicious and all but the style just doesn't seem to fit. I would only rate it lower due to the fact that it's not quite where it should be style-wise.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is more like a brown IPA.

Brown with a light khaki head.

Aromas of dark sweet fruity malts and something floral with a dough-like quality.

Tastes like sweet dark malts - almost like a Belgian ale - with some floral hops and alcohol.

Medium-full body with a lingering bitterness on the finish as more sips get swallowed.

Drinkability suffers as my impressions change from first sip through to the last - my enjoyment steadily decreases as I pick up more sweetness and yeast and bitterness and alcohol as I go along. I'm kind of flying into a rage right now as I ponder the 12.99 spent on this six pack, but I"m calming down because there are objectively good things I detect amidst all the downers.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper in color, with a big, fluffy head of tan foam.
Aroma-Spicy, piney hops, toasted malt.
Taste-Spicy hops, toasted malt note,definite rye spiciness going on. Pretty dry finish. Not quite a "Black IPA" in color but more in the flavor profile with a nice balance of spicy,toasted malts and piney hops. A bit of a surprise in taste, as no style is listed on the bottle, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Kayaker
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I reviewed my notes from 2009 and I believe this year's release is a bit darker in color and the flavor a tad more intense. Still a great beer and an "A' in my book. It has a beautiful fall color. A light hop and citrus aroma. A full flavored and bodied beer. Little if any unpleasant after taste. I considered this one of the best beers for 2009. A couple more and I will let you know how it rates for 2010.

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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 SamuelJackson45
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light dark color body from the the dark malt like a 1 row why it's still light in color.

S- Smell of Yakima hops with alittle hint of citrus and smell the robust dark malts.

T- Taste of citrus flavor and bittersweet malt like a coffee background.

M- Semi-dry but a chewyness yet smooth. Flavorful of citrus, hops and dark malts.

D- Different Black IPA from others but has it's own flavors and taste. Well balance with hops and citrus and not that strong hop bite with roll in dark malts giving some more bitterness with sweet.


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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep brown almost black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is toasted dark malts and mild pine hops. The taste is an interesting blend of toasted caramel malts and sharp pine hops. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth subtle carbonation. I must say, I like this one more this time than either of the other two times I've had it.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with amber highlights, and a thick and frothy tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is equally impressive with huge juicy and citrusy hop notes, along with some orange marmalade, some cocoa and light coffee notes, caramel, fruity esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is a little less intense, with piney and floral hops upfront, along with some milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, orange marmalade, fruity esters, and moderate alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good. Really tasty black IPA here, note quite on the level of SSR but not far off either.

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Photo of tmcelvain
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Perfect copper tone, with 2" of foamy head when poured into a straight edged pint.

S: A bit of alcohol is apparent behind the very forward hops. One of the strongest smells I've noticed from a beer. My sense of smell is not the best, and this one really hit me right from the pour.

T: I like the combination of hop forward flavor and rich malts, but the finish is very bitter, and the alcohol flavor is not quite balanced on my palette.

M: Fairly carbonated, I would describe this one as lively and refreshing.

D: The bitterness of the finish leaves me wanting to switch beers after just one. Not sessionable.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it because it is an interesting brew. Not one of my favorites, but I wouldn't turn one down, and I may try it again (five more in the fridge anyway).

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some tan and red. Not much head

Smell - Some hops, some sugars and spices, not real strong

Taste - Ah a black ipa. Has the ipa kick with some more malts and barley added to the mix
Its mild hop kick mixed with the bitter malts give it a nice change up from standard ipa's. The longer i drank this, the more i tasted the brown sugar and spices in it.

Mouthfeel - Its smooth yet bitter on the tounge. Its not very thick so after the swallow not coating is left. Aftertaste is gone fairly quick

Drinkibilty - Was a nice change from normal ipa's. Enjoyed the bitterness and maltness. Would like to drink a few more of these

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle matches the pic but it says Yakima Twilight... The words glory aren't on it. If this isn't the same beer someone let me know please.

A= The pour is a dark hazy brown color with a huge tan colored head on it that rises up to about four fingers and holds some steady retention and lacing. What's the deal with the head on this. Why is it soooo big. Nice lacing.

S= The best by date is Dec. 10 2010 so I'm not late but the hop character is a little lacking for a CDA. It is there but a little more focused on the malt character here. Roasty malt and piney hops.

T= Like the smell this beer focuses on the malt character more for a CDA. There is a good bit of caramel malt and a little roast but the hop character and malt character meld together nicely to make a fruity pineapple taste to it more than either individually. Not bad tasting.

M= Big on carbonation. Tone it down a bit.

D= Not a bad beer but not quite what I'm looking for in a CDA. This as a beer is not too bad though. It has a time and place but sort of falls into a unique category.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish brown with a nice off white head with decent enough staying power. Some nice legs on the way down. The nose brings forward quite a bit of malt character with some dark fruits and candied dark sugar. Also a fair amount of piney, resinous hops. The taste is a letdown, with some sweet malt failing to really interact with the piney hops, and the darker fruits get lost in the background. Feel is somewhat sweet, yet still a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer with some decent characteristics, but not my favorite and pales in comparison to some others within this emerging style.

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Photo of krausenman
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer poured a clear dark garnet color that was capped with a thick light tan head. The beer had a slight haze

S-The initial aroma gives off tobacco and ripe fruit aromas. There is an underlying spicy/grassy aroma that is integrated with the other aromas.

T-There is a slight sweetness initially that is backed up by biscut or toasted notes. This quickly changes over to a balance of roasted chocolate flavors and hop bitterness and flavor. The flavors are well blended and balanced.

M-The mouthfeel is full bodied despite the low level of carbonation.

D-I enjoyed this beer. It is not a session beer. The body is full and the beer can be filling but the flavor ranges over a broad spectrum of tastes that makes for an experience.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper with some ruby red highlights and looks great when held up to the light. A head of fine khaki colored bubbles tops the beer.
The aroma is floral and fruity. The hops lend grapefruit, pineapple and bright green grassy smells.
Sweet malt washes in on the first sip of this creamy beer and quickly turns into juicy red grapefruit flavors with a bittersweet finish.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's velvety smooth but has some lively bubbles and a full body with excellent balance on the palate.
The beer is not overly bitter as the sweeter malts succeed in acting against the hops but both the dark, bready malt sweetness and the bright, fruity and floral hop flavors create a flavor greater than the sum of it's parts and the Black IPA is true harmony in a glass.

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

Dark brown pour into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Huge tan head with excellent retention and lacing.
Bitter chocolate notes in the aroma, not too much else is perceptible.
Really delicious. The bitter chocolate notes continue into the flavor, followed by a really long grapefruity finish. The combination hops and the dark malts make for a really tasty beer.
Full bodied mouthfeel with some nice carbonation.
Easy to drink, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.
Black IPAs are moving way up the ladder in my preferred beer styles, and this one is a very strong contender. Another really strong offering from Victory.

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Photo of injuredreserve
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Brown with huge head, lots of carbonation.

S-A unique mixture of hop aromas and malt forwardness.

T-Hop flavor, coffee and caramel malts. Uneven bitterness linger

M-Surprisingly, the carbonation was not overpowering as it appeared out of the bottle, but instead a relatively moderate level.

D-Seems unbalanced...

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Photo of brystmar
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Full disclosure: I don't particularly like IPAs.

Deep brownish amber with healthy amounts of head; good retention and moderate lacing on the glass. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, malts, and an earthy scent that reminds me of walking through an evergreen forest...sans teenage vampires.

It's an IPA, so malts and hops galore. Pretty well balanced with a touch of sweetness creeping up halfway through, but this all gets pushed aside once the hoppy bitterness steps up to dominate the aftertaste. I could honestly become an IPA convert with this brew if the aftertaste weren't so strongly hoppy. Mild boozy warmth, but surprisingly subtle for an 8.7%.

Much heavier in the mouth than most IPAs, yet still oily. Good on drinkability even though I can't see myself ever drinking more than one of these (taste preferences). Fans of the style should love this brew.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a pint glass. Rich amber color, almost like hardwood, topped with a moderate size, thick, off-white foam. Very good retention, bit of lacing.

S - dark fruit up front. interesting pine notes: not overly sweet, only a little citrus zest, but plenty spicy. There's a richness to it that suggests thick tree sap or bark rather than the chemical Pine-Sol aroma you sometimes get from very hoppy beers.

T - very hoppy, even moreso than the complex piney smells might indicate. aside from caramel malts, though, there's not much else to taste behind that wall of bitter hops goodness.

M - moderate to heavy body (!), very smooth, coats nicely with oily residue. makes great use of every bit of its 8.7%

D - tons of flavor and body -- and yes, alcohol too -- but it's never overwhelming. not a huge IPA person but this is simply superb craftmanship.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A red/brown color with decent clarity, a slight haze. It produced a 2-3 finger tan head that held very well. Moderate C02 can be seen, it didn't really leave lacing at all, a splotch here and a little dot there but that's about it.

S - Pine, sap, a bit of bark and rind in there, wonder hop aroma. I get a big malt character here as well, candied plum and raisin like aroma's, caramel and soft toffee like notes. Aroma is very well balanced, very very good.

T - Wonderful blend of malts and hops! Upfront I get sap, pine and rind like flavors, brown sugar and raisin quickly follow. It unfolds into robust, roasted and smokey malts that hang on the tongue with a pretty big bitterness long after the sip. Just a touch of the alcohol is noticeable on the finish as well as floral and dry hop flavors.

M - Soft crispness with a smooth and creamy feel. Around medium-full bodied.

D - I had pretty high expectations on this beer and it stacked up well for me. I really enjoyed the blend of hops/malts as well as the hidden alcohol that basically lends a warming in the throat. The alcohol is dangerously hidden so watch out! I could see myself sitting down with a couple bottles of this bitter brew, pretty damn good and worth the $10.50 a sixer price tag. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

Interesting red-brown color. It's not completely clear or transparent. Pour yielded a 2 finger tan head, kina pillowy, not creamy.

First smell gave off lots of sweet candied fruit, lots of raisin, raspberry and date. There's a zip of citrus there with some floral notes and a great resinous that seem to blend with the malts pretty well.

What an excellent blend of hops and malt. It's much more hopped then the nose lead me to believe. The mouthfeel is full and lightly syrupy. Hops and malt are right there to greet you from the tip of your tongue to the lingering aftertaste. It's fairly bitter, especially at the end. All the sweet candied malt are in the taste, reminding me a bit of a double bock. Lots of resiny hops with a touch of pine.

An assault on the pallete for sure. If you want to pair this one with food, make sure you have some strong flavors going on in your dish. Great beer. My only criticism would be that it's just a bit too bitter for my liking. Other than that, it's awesome.

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