Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,659 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:
1,659
Reviews:
772
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Photo of elgiacomo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled Dec 10, 2009. Pours brown, red under the light with a big foamy light beige head. Leaves rings of very sticky lacing.

Aroma hit me while pouring, a lot of hops, particularly early in the glass, and even more so when I had this a month ago when it was really fresh. Earthy, piney, hops, with a whole lot of sweet caramel and roasted malt on the nose.

Flavor is even better than the aroma, a burst of earthy hops then a big dose of sweet caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts, with a good bitter yet also sweet lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich but also slick, goes down really nice. Medium to high carbonation.

I like to think of this as a dark IPA, especially when it's super fresh. I'm on my second 6-pack for this review, Yakima Twilight is fantastic. I'll save one to cellar to see what this is like more malt-forward, but I don't think it will equal what I'm drinking right now.

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Photo of magnj
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dec 2010 expiration date, couldn't help myself when I saw it on the shelf.

A - Very clear brown body with hints of red. Big thick head hangs around a while leaving some lacing but ends up leaving just a film. Some small carbonation bubble apparent. I little darker than I'd like but what the hell it's how it tastes right?

S - Huge pine and earthy nose like I haven't had in months. I mean the hops dominate so much that you can't even perceive the malt beyond the faint hint of sweetness.

T - Big hop bite up front, it would be incredibly offensive to an unsuspecting palate but perfectly pleasing to me. My example is quite warm but the hop flavor still dominates. Obviously at 8.5% there is a great deal of malt involved, it's somewhat sticky but not a lot caramel really. Seriously the hops are intense, and usually supposedly hoppy beers don't phase me...this is awesome. If I had to say something negative I might say it's a bit one dimensional but you can go there with any big IIPA.

M/D - Again somewhat sticky but not nasty, appropriate for the style. Really easy to drink and the awesome flavor keeps me going back for more.

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

3x 12oz into glass 1L Lowenbrau seidel. Hell yeah!

A- Moderate caramel brown with a humongous off-white head. Took me 10 minutes to pour all three bottles.

S- Hops! Smells like simcoe. Piny, a bit fruity, and an octane-like quality.

T- Hoppy as all hell. Very good, new-growth pine hops. Also a lot more citrus hops than the nose alluded to. Sweet, bold malt comes through to add a pretty good depth to this beer. A cross between Hop Hod Rye and Double Simcoe. Very tasty.

M- Good carbonation, right malts go toe-to-toe with the hops, pretty interesting. Creamy... delightfully so.

D- ABV in mind.. pretty damn high. Drank 1L with ease. Would buy again. One of my new favorite Victory beers.

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Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice brew that I picked up at Nikkis in Providence, RI.

The apperance was dark with a nice frothy head nice lacing on the glass.

S - almost chocolate like? perhaps some woody notes.

T Nice malty character. At the same time not too crazy but still lots of hops as well.

M No sting but feels some what smooth nice though.

D - really nice victory is in Maine but have not seen this one yet anywhere glad to finally try it. Hope it gets here soon.

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Photo of UA8
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep garnet color with billowing khaki colored head that leaves behind thick and chunky lacing.

S- Big dank hops, light malt sweetness, slight mushroom mustiness.

T- Leads with smoky wood notes and aggressive floral hop notes, during the midpalate the malts wage a losing battle trying to balance out the brute force that is the hops. Finishes big and bold with bracing bitter herbal and pine hops.

M- Aggressive carbonation with medium body.

D- Twilight is a bold and assertive beer and makes no excuses about it. Not my favorite use of hops as I prefer citrus a$mnd floral over piny and bitter. However I think this was likely the intent. Not my cup of tea but a solid beer.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - bottle into Orval goblet

Note - This was classified as a double IPA where I bought it from, but is noted as a strong ale on here. My review will lead to my opinion on that matter.

A - Pours an unusually dark brown for an IPA, but fits the American strong ale better I think. A tan head forms from the pour, and this beer leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Good so far.

S - Not a very strong scent (unless I'm catching a cold), but hops, oak, caramel, and possibly dark fruit in there too.

T - Pretty good stuff! Bittering hops dominate the palate, but there is enough malt backbone to prevent it from being overkill. The maltiness provides subtle caramel, dark fruit, and oak/earthy overtones. This one is still for the hopheads though.

M - Superb mouthfeel - Rich and full bodied. Satisfying!

D - Good, but not amazing drinkability. The bitterness would get to be much after more than a few of these, but it goes down smooth for 8.7%

Overall - This definitely comes off as more of a strong ale than an IPA to me, as it lacks the citrus fruit flavors that I've become quite fond of and accustomed to in IPA's. If you're looking for a strong, bitter beer that packs a punch, this one will not disappoint. Try this if you're a fan of Arrogant Bastard, and are curious to try something new.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy light tan head, with tons of thick/creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is big on malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with lots of caramel notes, very slight bitterness. Medium body. Drinkable, really liking this one.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours a dark red maroon colour with lots of foam lacing the duvel glass I used. Smell is of piney hops, but doesn't match the taste. Taste is of dark malt with dark fruits with a lingering of the hops in the background. This beer drinks very smooth for the alc% of 8.7. Its a very interesting beer and seems to fall inbetween the style of iipa and strong ale. Interesting offering.

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

Dark as night as the name implies with a big head of cream colored foam. Tons of lacing and great head retention. The aroma is very strong on the bitter hop notes with grapefruit and dried orange peel. These are both present in the flavor with the addition of a stronger malt characteristic. Caramel and particularly chocolate are present behind the hops. It's definitely heavy on the hops which is why it loses a point in my book. I could have used a little more balance but it's not bad. Medium body with good carbonation makes this one pretty drinkable and the hop finish is nice and super bitter. Overall it's a very good beer I think. I can see some people being put off by it's blend of massive hops and chocolaty flavors--in fact I don't really love this one personally--but I think it's very well made and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of HapWifeHapLife
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing bad to say about this hoppy mo fo-

Appearance: Blacker than shi* for the style. Just makes you want to taste it before you can even smell it.

Taste: This is my kind of IPA. Maybe not for everyone, but I very much appreciate the big boy, in your face, flavor. Perfect amount of bitter for this guy.

Drinkability: Yes please.

This might be my favorite IPA of the 2009 calendar year.

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Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a deep ruby color, maybe even brown with a thick off white head that has great retention.
Hops come to mind first and are hard to look past but malts give a slight sweet aroma, but are in the background. Hops have a floral aroma to them. First thing I notice from the flavor is that the hops are not as big as I thought based on the aroma, or at least give a different flavor than I was expecting ... still pretty big. Malt flavor seems to be a bit hard to pinpoint but give a caramel feel. Slight alcohol flavor is there but well hidden. This was a very nice brew, hops are big, malts are big, though they get muted by the hops, drinks easy, has a nice warming feel, great sipping brew. Would get this one again.

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

Wow, If Yakima Twilight is Victory's answer to Stone's Arrogant Bastard, then I think they have succeeded.

Expecting a big IPA, I am surprised to find a very dark beer- dark amber to medium brown in color. A froathy tan head settles to a lacing blanket that evenly coats the beer 'til the very end. A solid, sturdy, and masculine look.

There's the IPA character- found right there in the nose. Strong hops of cascade, chinook, nugget, or other high alpha acid varieties. All backed up by deeply kilned malts that give big elements of toast, bread crust, and heavily caramelized sugars.

Flavors are big, bready, bold, and richly malty. Taking on Dopplebock proportions of malt flavor, melanoidin richness, and toasted breads. But then the hops show equal aggression before completely over-taking the beer. Pine resins, fresh cut grass, bitey-bitter, and citrus rinds give a good slap in the face before the beer fades into a malty-dry finish that prefers alcohol and breadiness to sugars and graininess.

Full and rich up front but the beer quivers a bit in the fullness just enough to allow the onslaught of hops to dominate from mid-palate on. Pine and mint finish the beer and return in the after taste.

A fantastic beer that rides the line between stronger American ales and Imperial IPA's. Thanks Stiggs!

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Photo of ralree
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful deep red color, reddish white head, 2-fingers, great retention and lacing.

S: Very fruity and tangy flowering Northwest hops make this a great smell. Sugary malt fills it in nicely.

T: Deep rich flavor, different from many IPAs. Hops are exceedingly strong, which is how I like them. Alcohol content is just right. A bit of dark fruit, some brown sugar, and chocolate are all mixing around in the flavor.

M: Very syrupy, rather creamy. Carbonation good, not too bubbly.

D: Goes down easily and smoothly. I will definitely try this one again.

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Photo of tone77
2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops. Taste is very hoppy, some pine, definatly way to bitter for my liking. Feels bitter in the mouth and 1 of these was enough for me. Overall if you are into hop bombs, this may be for you, otherwise avoid it.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, deep brown red liquid with a very thick and creamy light brown head that has great retention.

S- Pine, cut grass, swiss cheese, flowers, and caramel. Aromatic and just right for the style.

T- Loads of pine and caramel, but nothing harsh and the alcohol is well hidden.

M- The carbonation level is nice and keeps things smooth. Very nice.

D- This is very drinkable for the style and level of hoppiness. Not too hot or bitter. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wedge
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly dark mahogany color with a big tan head that sticks in sporadic slowly dripping sheets. Highly balanced aroma...fresh, sticky hop flowers melding with sweet, dark, roasty goodness. Chocolate, tea, lemon, honey, and pine, all working together. A continuation of balance in the flavor, a dark and bitter creation showcasing the resiny pine and grapefruit pucker of the hops as well as a rich and dark caramel malt base. The hops coat everything in the end, and I like that. It's fairly thick and a good blast of flavor, but I'm craving another so it's not too much to handle at all. Very tasty and well made...East coast style.

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Photo of lyons1005
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass.

Med. dark brown. Off-white head. Lasting lacing.

Yakima hops with a hint of maltiness.

Tastes like it smells. Hops up front gives way to slightly bitter malt that smooths over the course of the beer.

Light on the tongue. Not much carbination. Dry finish.

Not gonna end your night, weigh you down, or kill your palette.

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Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany brown in color. Clear. Pours with a large bubbly, khaki-tan colored head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with an aggressive pine and grapefruit hop aroma.

T: Sweet dark malts. More pine. Some grapefruit. A mild to moderate bitterness on the finish leads to a lingering woodsy flavor.

M: On the heavier side of medium in weight with appropriate amount of carbonation. Slightly astringent.

D: A good beer, but the "woodsiness" of this beer become more prevalent as it warms.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Pours a very dark murky brown(to dark copper)color with a two inch slightly tan frothy head. Great head retention with little amounts of lacing.

Slight citrus smell with dark bread like malts.

Dominating biscuit like malts with a slight bitterness in the end.

Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation

Not really a beer I would choose to try again

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a distinct red hue to the beer. Giant creamy and thick head that takes eons to dissipate.

The smell is sharp. A astringent scent I can't quite put my finger on with piney hop aromas and rich dark malts.

Bold hops; pine, grapefruit and citrus notes shine through. Huge malt presence, roasted dark German malts are the dominating factor in this beer. Seems a little messy though.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Definitely a dry finish as well.

Drinkability is alright, it is a good beer but I might only want one at a time.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a monstrous creamy tan head that retains all the way down and laces the glass. I've had bottles of this that were almost gushers, there's so much carbonation.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some resinous piney hops and some grapefruit and a little astringent cocoa.

The flavor is a touch of sweet nutty caramel malts that quickly leads to a huge resinous tarry bitterness that has a little tangy fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall, this is a completely unbalanced hop bomb, but it's fun.

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

Poured into a goblet glass.

An interesting dark, clear ale a thin head and mouthfeel.

Obviously the yakima hops play a significant role in the aroma - lending an earthy, sour scent to it.

The taste follows; there is a rich maltiness with an overlay of the sharp and dominant hops. It is clean, citrus-pine, and smooth. Grape-fruit is predominant. The taste is wholly unique even among the hop-heavy beers.

It is drinkable though with a noticeable bitter dominance coming in towards the end of the warmer glass.

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

A - Coppery mahogany with thick, creamy, tan colored head leaving sticky lace.

S - Pine and citrus hops, rather earthy, with some caramel malts.

T - Malty from the start, but the hops really shine through nicely with balanced bitterness. Hints of pine resin, grass, and grapefruit.

M - Fairly creamy mouthfeel with medium body and carbonation. Very nice.

D - A really well made beer and very pleasing to drink. A touch boozy.

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

Pours a clear and deep rust color with a fluffy off white head, good retention and lacing.

The smell is an even balance of malts (brown sugar and caramel) and hops (pine and earthy.) There's a faint scent of fall leaves.

The taste bascially mirrors the smell. The balance favors the malts, but there is a hop kick about it. It's slightly bitter.

Medium to heavy body, average carbonation, and chewey. The aftertaste is sugary sweet.

Alcohol is well masked and no issues with drinkability here. I was expecting a little more on the hop profile and was disappointed from that aspect, but overall a very decent beer.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. "Enjoy by" date of December 10, 2010 is clearly printed on the label.

Evidently the brewery uses whole cones of four different Yakima Valley hop varieties to brew this one.

Not sure what exactly I was expecting, but the pour is much darker than anticipated. A beautiful deep mahogany with a huge creamy pillow of light tan foam. The proliferation of hops in this ale undoubtedly provide the staying power that the head displays, as it fades very slowly and holds on in thick rings to the walls of the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

The nose is much more subdued than I had imagined it would be. Somewhat restrained, with just some fruity-floral hop notes and a little citrus, with a tiny bit of something reminiscent of a cherry lolipop.

The hops are much more evident on the palate. Bracing and biting, enamel-devouring, this beer is bitter to the core. Well, not quite to the core, as there's a solid underbody of sweet malt that really shines through before the beer warms, but as the temperature rises every so slightly, the bitterness moves up exponentially. There's some hop flavor there too, though it mostly comes across as bitter grapefruit. The body is medium-full and carbonation is somewhat mild, and the finish is very dry with a lingering citric twang and faint hint of malty sweetness.

The alcohol is pretty well-hidden on the palate but seems to show through in the head. Perhaps a bit of exhaustion is helping it along, though. Either way, this is one of those beers that I will very happily enjoy, but not more than once in a sitting. Delicious, but a bit of a palate-destroyer, for sure.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,659 ratings.
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