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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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Photo of sitarist
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep nut brown with amber highlights. The head is tan and two fingers thick, it last awhile. Lots of heavy lacing.

Smells of dark sweet fruit, herbs, some mint, and pine. A little medicinal.

Taste is tobacco, minty, with a pine resin and ginger finish, there is a leathery/tobacco/butter-pecan aftertaste. It has a taste like nothing Ive ever had before. It is sticky on the tongue, heavy body, with a hint of carbonation. It dries slowly.

Its drinkable with a unique flavor all its own. Its well blended, has interesting flavors, and delivers the alcohol very well.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bountiful creamy head of light tan, thick and with incredible staying power. Color is an entrancing and deep brown-leaning rust. Gobs of lace. Couldn't look more regal. Perfect.

Intriguing smell -- malt is toasty and grainy, almost rye-like, while the hops are sharp and herbal. Good balance. Overall aroma is tea-like and earthy.

More black tea on the tongue; brown sugar; earth; light tobacco hints. Hops are a bright, bristling glimmer in an otherwise robust and seriously toasted malt-forward foundation. Spicy alcohol, not dominant, but present. It's only with warming that the hops put their stamp on the experience. Grassy and citrusy hops in the finish; sharp toasted maltiness still prevails--front, middle, back and finish.

Mouth is smooth and slick, with enough carbonation to carry the serious, nearly coarse malt/hops balance.

Victory hits one out of the park here. This will appeal to fans of super-hoppy ambers (ie. Nugget Nectar), malt-heads, and anyone looking for big beers with lots of attitude, excess of character and, most importantly, balance. YUM.

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Photo of cpone
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip. Huge, 4 finger creamy khaki head, that rests in a lump. Body is a rich, dark burgundy. Leaves a nice web of lacing.

S: Floral and mellow pine hops, mild roasted malts, dark fruit - raisin. Alcohol.

T: Mild hop bitterness quickly surpassed by sweet malts and alcohol. Get some citrus, grapefruit. A good balance the mellow, alcohol infused flavor is perfect for the colder months.

M: Mouthfeel is decent, but could have been a wee bit heavier.

All and all a very tasty beer.

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Photo of blackc5
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a one-finger head. Outstanding lacing - could count each of my sips as I drank this.

S - Mild nose on this. Some caramel and malt, and a little bit of citrusy hops.

T - More citrus than expected based on how it smelled. Some basic grapefruit and orange zest, but nothing too extraordinary. Quite bitter, but not in the expected good way. I guess I am complaining too much - it was decent, just not great.

M - Great cabonation levels here - very small champagne like bubbles in the head. Medium-bodied.

D - Surely hides the ABV well, I was guessing closer to 7% until I checked it here on BA. A solid brew, but not a great one.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.41/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval chalice, and paired with lamb chops with potatoes. This beer didn't do the pairing justice unfortunately.

Poured with a nice fizzy head of 2 cm with dark amber appearance and subtle hues of gold. Excellent lacing. Nose really left something to be desired, nothing significant, definitely hops, but very mild - would like to see a bit more fruit or chocolate, or something dynamic.

My first reaction to this was that the taste was as equally undynamic as the nose, but it definitely grew on me. Certainly grainy, hops, but also a bit of acidic spices. Bitterness is in the aftertaste, but with medium body and light carbonation. Overall this is a drinkable brew considering its ABV, but not my favorite strong ale, thats for sure.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from the Whole Foods Store in Plymouth Meetin, PA. Deep rich copper pour with 2 finger head, calming down to a light froth during the drinking stage. Nose of hops, and the taste was a great combination of malts and hops, combining sweet with bitter. For an ale, I enjoyed this offering, it treated me to the appreciation of fine brewed ales, which I was not appreciating until this point, being a stout/porter lover, and shied away from hop brews!

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Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Ginger Man NYC. Hops in the nose.
Pours dark bodied with a small amount of off-white head and is citrus hoppy above else.Closer to a sipper in drinkability, it is married with a vienna. This is not sessionable alcohol, and I was getting a tad of alcohol warming.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark orange/ruby, with a brilliant 1.5" light tan head showing great retention.

S: Pale and caramel malt, lightly floral citric hops. Not quite the zest I was expecting. Spicy bitterness emerges as it warms.

T: There they are--fruity citric hops attack the tastebuds. Bitter floral flavor, not much grapefruit/orange citrus like you'll see with a lot of American hops (Cascade, Simcoe, etc.). Spicy floral citrus, with a sturdy caramel and pale malt backbone. The spicy/skunky character is intriguing, wrapping itself around your tongue in the finish and drawing you in for more.

M: High carbonation, which aids in keeping the bitterness alive on the tongue. Perhaps a touch high, but a great experience overall.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk about this beer. Found it and mixed it in a sixer to review

A - Dark copper in color. Cool lacing as it warms
S - Well hops mostly with a bit of bread in the backround.
T - Wow thats a bitter hoppy brew! Brown Sugga close but a bit milder
M - Harsh and hoppy but satisfying
D - I like hops but I am not in love with it. One and done.

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is absolutely massive, and recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, with some malt underneath. It is rather underwhelming for a beer of its strength. Its real weakness is its lack of any sort of complexity. In fact, I think I would like it even less if it were stronger as its blandness would be more in my face. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and equally dull too. There is a noticeable bitterness in the finish, but that doesn't really improve anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I could see how this beer might be enjoyed by the crowd who's only criteria for to be good is strength. But I'm not in the crowd, and I expect more from a beer.

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Photo of marvin213
2.93/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A great head, this frothy, sticky brews looks like an imperial amber. The froth is milkshake-like, and as it slowly dissipates, thick lacing latches on to my glass sides. It looks brown and it looks strong, and the appearance leaves me hopeful....

The nose is less alluring, as hop and malt presence tussle for notice, but neither one seems to win. And, unfortunately, it's not like the balanced effect accomplishes aroma. There's a carbonated amber from malt and barley, and enough hops to have them just leave the surface. Though less optimistic, I'm still hopeful....

Rich and malty, I wanted more hops. It's got a picture of a hop on the bottle, for cyring-out-loud! I know it's not a DIPA, but there's a picture of a hop!! Isn't it?? It tastes like a regular strong ale, but a bit bland and new. At 8.7%, it's not really strong. With a one-year max freshness duration, it's blah. Shouldn't strong ales be ripe for cellaring? The carbonation is well-done (as I'd expect from Victory), but it's just a hop-influenced malt beer. Though I'll go with a relatively average rating, I must admit I'm disappointed. In fact, the feel is where I'll take it down a notch. Malt blahness, it's left begging for more hop influence. Kinda rich without significant backing, it feels like a miss. As for drinkability, I will not be seeking this one out again....

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

This beer is a shadowy ruby colored liquid, topped with a creamy off-white head. It's a pretty brew, but the appearance doesn't foreshadow that this is one powerful hop-bomb. The smell is all about hops....piny, resiny, citric, oily, sharp, and serious. It's like rubbing your nose in your homebrewing buddy's hop harvest. There is a little malt in the distance, but it's hard to discern a specific character behind all the hop scents. The taste is also hop-centric. It's bitterness has a no-nonsense intensity, and the resiny, tannic, slightly oily sensations are amazing. There is a little more malt in the taste....bread-crumbs and toasted crackers. The finish is long and bitter. Full body...warming. This is one adventurous beer!

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

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Thick, billowy head that is very, very stiff. Nice tan color on the head. The beer is a dark ruby-brown color. Very clear with lots of visible carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is very much that of an IPA -- citrus & floral hops popping out of the glass. Some bit of caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of coffee roast, but just a hint. Nice aroma.

Flavor is very hop forward with a complex sweet finish that wasn't expected at all -- almost alcohol soaked raisins (bit of licorice, too) and a dry roast at the very end. Wow! This is a lot more complex than I thought it would be. Interesting nice taste.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, a bit dry. Very nice, easy to drink beer. This goes down awfully smoothly. It would be way too easy to drink 3 or 4 of these & end up totally snockered. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish color. Three fingers of plush foam retain very well, and leave behind nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is of dark malts and resinous hops, with also maybe some citric sweetness.

Tastes like a dark IPA. Not quite like a black IPA because it lacks the roast, but maybe more like a brown IPA (or I guess India Brown Ale). Very piney bitterness.

Body is a little heavier than medium. Appropriately carbonated. Smooth, surprisingly easy drinker for 8.7%. Tasty, with good bitterness. Not much lasting flavor, which knocks it down a notch in that category.

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

12 oz. bottle. Enjoy by Dec. 17, 2010.

Clean dark ruby body. Tall, thick, creamy, light khaki head. Looks delicious! Sappy hops dominate the nose. We're talking super sappy and piny here. Also getting some notes of toffee, pineapple, scorched caramel, and peppery-fruity alcohol. Toasted malts and herbal hop bitterness up front. Bitterness becomes pinier, sappier, and gently numbing. Caramel cookie dough malt makes for some nice balance. Spicy, fruity alcohol follows, before the pinesap and resin hops take over the finish. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. A very tasty, sappy-hoppy, American strong ale.

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

Solid hoppy offering, a bit more biting, and darker in the bottled version.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Glowing psychedelic-esque label design with hops emerging from the sunset. Short Bill Ron narrative on the side noting main characteristics, ingredients, and intent of the brew. Notes beer freshness/drinking by date (0CT 14 2010) and Alc. by Vol. (8.7%). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown and dark copper pour with a generous head, fair retention and nice lacing.

S - Hoppy nose. Grapefruit predominates with a sweet malty note.

T - Caramel malt sweetness support a nice hoppy profile, grapefruit, resin, and even a touch of spice. A biting and bitter character takes over nicely throughout, far more assertive in bottled form.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a sticky finish.

D - DIPA or not, as a hoppy serving it goes rather well.

Notes: Interesting how the color is far darker on the bottle and the nose is a bit more consistent. Likewise, an assertive but pleasing hoppy bitterness feels better accomplished here.

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

Picked up a single of this per a fellow BA recommendation. I cannot think of the last time I have had a Victory beer. Oh well, here is to you absence Victory. I was told it was a sort of black ipa/epa. We'll see...

A: Poured this 12 oz bottle into a sparkling clean pint glass. The head on this beer is great, cheese cloth city, yum. The color is kind of rusty/copper in color. It's plenty dark and extremely filtered looking. Lace is satisfactory and carbonation is rather animated.

S: I can't decipher everything I'm smelling, but it's mostly malt forward and I'm pulling caramel out more than anything. There is a hop presence too, a bit of pine twang, sort of earthy and tea-like.

T: The taste is pretty spot on as the nose. The balance is the strongest weapon this beer has going for it, the malt and hops compete for dominance. It's very much like a black IPA, although not quite black and without a huge citrus kick. The alcohol is pretty discernible in the finish alongside the fresh piney hops.

M: This is pretty good for a beer with a lot of carbonation. It's prickly on the tongue. The high ABV makes it warm on the tongue a bit, but not on the way down.

D: I like a lot of the elements in this beer, but it doesn't quite do it for me. A decent offering from Victory though, an interesting brew. I can't help but think, though this doesn't fit the style, how popular the black ipa is becoming.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours deep ruby copper, almost cola in color. giant 2 inch head, thick lacing.

light floral hops with a hint of orange citrus. sweet malts and candied dark fruits.

quite hoppy. a bit floral up front that quickly emerges into tons of bitterness. sweetness lingers through out with the malts actually being quite subtle. lots of grapefruit, pine, and tangerine. has a bit of a candy flavor.

pretty full, moderate carbonation, slightly on the chewy side.

almost 9& ABV and tons of hop complexity would stop me at a few. i did enjoy this and plan on trying it again. this is listed as a strong ale, reminds me more of a DIPA or imperial amber.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good beer. Served with a fine foamy off white to light tan head and a little lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor's dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly like the flavor and is long with alcohol coming out towards the end. Be more drinkable except for the alcohol.

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Photo of garuda
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass produced a two finger thick, creamy, light tan head. Abundant hops are present in the aroma followed by a strong pine scent and just a slight hint of roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a quick first taste of caramel/roasted malts and dark chocolate followed nicely by a strong pine and citrus flavored hops bite. With all the pine flavor and aroma I pick up, I feel like I'm hiking through a forest in the Pacific Northwest. Great carbonation level accentuates the hops. Crisp, dry finish. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth for minutes after the beer is completed.

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Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson red, nice creamy head, good lacing. Smells of caramel malt, citrus hops, soft apple and rasberry flavors, floral much like daisies. Tastes similar to the aroma. Good caramel like malt with a strong citrus and grapefruit like bitterness. Good crisp carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good.

A good beer, fairly solid. Nothing really stood out, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a straight pint glass, a very dark copper-coloured pint with a firm head that doesn't really go away. Both malt and hops in the nose, piney, grassy, citrus, lots of caramel and chocolate. The taste is somewhat muted after the big blast of powerful aroma. Let's just call it subtle and dignified. Bot malt and hops at the friend and a superbly dry, bitter finish with an aftertaste that lingers and lingers. Good, if slightly oily mouthfeel. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark amber with a thin tan head and small spots of lace.

S - Strong citrus hops followed by sweet caramel and rounded out with toasted bread and toffee.

T - Bready with rich, sweet malts, caramel and toffee, resiny hops with some citrus and pine.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel with a slight numbing from the alcohol. Sweet but with a lingering, resiny hop finish.

D - Reminds me of a tamer (in aroma/flavor) Arrogant Bastard but with a more noticeable numbing alcohol presence.

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