Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,660 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:
1,660
Reviews:
773
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of philbe311
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The bottle was an ever so slight gusher... A voluminous fluffy rich yet delicate dark tan head that displays solid retention... The head fades but shows some retention at one fingers worth where it becomes thicker and richer... A medium to dark chestnut brown body with a serious crimson red undertones... Slightly brooding, but still slightly translucent... Loads of moderate paced carbonation rise throughout... Loads of lacing clings to the sides of the glass... This is a damn good looking brew...

S - An intoxicating and complex aroma... A roasted sweetness is at the forefront... Slightly burnt crust... Gooey caramel... A hint of wood... A hint of ginger... Lavender... Floral notes... Sweet candied citrus...

T - Loaded with bready malts and crust at the start... A quick kiss of caramel and toffee... Then I pick up lots of dry wood and smoke... The hops really rise to the forefront on the finish and wreak havoc on the palette as part of the aftertaste... The near 9% ABV becomes slightly more noticeable it warms...

M - Sturdy medium bodied offering... Rich and slightly creamy to start, a quick bite of prickly carbonation, giving way to a very dry and slightly puckering finish...

D - This is a very interesting and though provoking beer all the way around from the fine folks at Victory... I would gladly welcome again, but I'm not sure I could handle more than one of these in a single sitting given its overall aggressiveness...

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Photo of Deuane
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Dark reddish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left some nice lacing.

S-Citrus and floral hops combine with roasted malt and a touch of brown sugar.

T-Surprisingly strong roasted malt up front with decent backing from citrus hops. Not bad but this one comes off a bit too raw and ends too dry for me to really get into.

M-Medium bodied quite sharp with long lasting roasted malt and hop bitterness.

D-This is certainly a well made beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me. I found it to be too harsh and raw. Not a beer I will seek out. The cask version I had when it was first made was MUCH better.

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

I meant to review this guy last week but I guess I'd enjoyed a few too many so I forgot.
That's a good sign.
I like to think of this beer more like a big brown ale than a big strong ale but that's mostly quibbling. This is on the drier side of the spectrum which makes me think of a brown ale. Top sweet malts... Kit Kat kind of comes to mind regarding the quality of the sweetness, with hops drying things up right quick. A bit of sweetness lingers on the palate.
Big flavors conceal pretty big alcohol. For something that's almost 9% strong this drinks pretty easily.
Many thanks to Victory brewing co for a another tasty beer.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a tulip glass

Pours a rich mahogany color with a thick creamy, sticky tan head. Was quite impressed with the head on this.

Aroma of caramel malts is quickly followed by a pronounced hop citrus smell. Assumption of complexity just with the aroma itself.

Flavor supports the aroma. Malts hit you up front with the well incorporated hop bitterness right behind it. there's also a surprising roasted flavor with this that adds to the mix. Well balanced overall.

A little bite to the mouthfeel, but no complaints. Decent carbonation.

The ABV hits me with this brew. I've tried it several times, each time I felt this rather quickly. Might be hard to do more than 2 of these.

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Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear brown with a ruby tint capped by a large light tan head. Head is sticky and leaves lots of lace rings on the glass.

S- Grapefruit, pine resin, malt and a little bit of a caramel undertone.

T- Tart grapefruit and floral notes balanced out by a backbone of malt. Slight amount of sweetness comes in at the end before the final bitter note and hot alcohol heat. Somewhat of an astringent finish.

M- Medium in body and well carbonated, does not have an oily hop aftertaste which is surprising since the hop flavor is so forward in the profile.

D- Pretty drinkable but the 8.7% ABV shows up at the end. Be careful if you try to session this one.

Doesn't disappoint but a little age on this might do some wonders to it. Tried it on draft (missed the cask by 10 minutes) at Victory as well and I don't remember the finish being quite this hot.

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Photo of klewis
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

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

Review is from notes taken on 1/20/10 on a pour from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep toffee/ruby color and starts with a solid off-white/tannish head with decent retention that fades to a full, uneven creamy looking skim that leaves immediate lacing but less and less as the drink goes on; body is darker, but you can still see through it as it is quite clear and shows pretty strong carbonation.

Smell: Very hop forward and grassy in nature; a slight maltiness that is sweet kind of hides out in there, but is powned by the hops. Smell is quite robust.

Taste: Wow - much like the smell, it's very hoppy and especially bitter (grassy and slightly citric in nature like the rind of an orange or skin from a grapefruit); there's a very sweet maltiness that tastes like it's trying to fight through the hops, and does a little better as it warms; definite presence of alcohol is left on the breath and in the aftertaste, but at almost 9%, that's to be expected. Quite nice overall, curious to see how it will do with some age.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite strong and even a tad sharp at first - once the initial sharpness passes it becomes considerably smoother; mouth is left a little tingly and fades out with a dry and sticky coating left all over the mouth.

Drinkability: Not too bad -- I would gladly sip through a couple in a night; glad i got a few of these though as I'm going to throw them in the closet and forget about them and see if the hops fade out a bit and give the malts more of a chance to develop in the flavor and potentially smooth out some of the alcohol in it.

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Photo of inspektor
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with no head. Minimal lacing

Surprisingly hoppy smell, complimented by malt and honey.

The taste is malty with a honey flavor and a caramel finish

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation, definite taste of alcohol.

Very drinkable to be so dark

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

A bottle courtesy of aglose45. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: An easy pour into my Mad Elf chalice summons forth a cloudy, deep deep amber colored brew with a massive amount of thick, craggy, off-white colored head. Outstanding retention with some nice lacing going on too.

Smell: Plenty of delicious, bitter hops. A nice mix of floral and citrus, with a very very mild hint of Belgiany sweetness. Very interesting.

Taste: Floral and grapefruity hops take the forefront here, with plenty of Belgian qualities to provide some complexity. There's a nice malt backbone to provide some balance. The 8.7% ABV is masked well, but it is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A little thin in the body, but there's some good carbonation and a nice clean finish on the palate.

Drinkability: A very tasty offering from Victory. Very easy to drink with plenty of hops and a nice Belgian quality to it. Complex enough to make you think, yet not overdone making this beer one that you can enjoy all night long. I will definitely be picking up more of this.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, sweet malt and rye. Very potent.

T: Tasted of rye, sweet malt, hops and a little hint of citrus. Well balanced, strongly flavored and bold.

M: A very high rate of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable American Strong Ale.

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

Pours a clear amber/dark red color with a finger of very yellow stained head. There are faint particles of yeast stuck in suspension despite a very careful pour. Nose reeks of spice and pine hops. In the background of the nose there is a bit of grain and alcohol. Taste is spiced hop bitterness upfront with a bit of toasted grain about the profile as well. Lingering oil like hop bitterness is left in the mouth. Yeast and warming alcohol notes play quite a part in the flavor as well. It is a medium feel beer with mild carbination. Drinkability is fair for a beer that is still quite fresh and "hot." I will gladly enjoy a few more before setting some in the cellar to see what some time does to these.

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Photo of deereless
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A solid two inches of frothy head on a hard pour, tons of lacing down the sides of the glass as the beer settles to a meringue-like top , the color reminds me of a dark iced tea - 4.00, S: Nose is much more subdued than I expected though as the beer warms it becomes more prevalent, some faint sweetness and earthy grain, almost a hint of mint and/or grass coupled with some orange aromas - 3.00, T: The palate packs a solid punch of bitter hops and specialty malts, the hops are green and with a prominent grassy finish, I get a good deal of coffee, caramel and nuts along with a slight warming from the alcohol, there is also a soft sweetness that reminds me of raisins, the hops seem to provide some pine sap to the mix- 4.25, M: Smooth and quite creamy - 4.25, D: A very enjoyable and drinkable beer, interesting union of hop bitterness with a specialty malts, one I would gladly enjoy again - 4.00

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

Dark mahogany in color and a 3/4 inch tan colored head that holds on for quite awhile leaving a thick lacing behind all the way to the bottom of the glass. Scents are quite robust with a Rye ale characteristic big on the tip along with aroma's of brown sugar malts and a pine forest after a summer rain. Sweetness & earthiness rolled into one.
The brew's flavor has quite a levels of complexities to it. A molasses & perhaps cardamon flavor steps up first with some toasted bread right behind it. Very piney hops quickly follow it pushing the OOMPH factor up a bit more. It's almost along the lines of an IPA but there's a dark fruit thing instead of grapefruit and pine that those usually carry. I can't quite put my finger on what I am tasting but it is tasting very interesting and quite good. The finish then throws in another curveball in the taste with a ginger hotness chocolate notes and rye. The mouthfeel is full yet bubbly and has quite a chewiness to it.

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

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on sweet malt backbone

T - follows the nose citrus hops upfront the some sweet malt rounds everything out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer that I'm really enjoying it's easy to drink this one too fast if you like hops this a beer to look for

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

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Mostly clear mahogony body with a really nice, big khaki head with tight bubbles that retains really well. Fantastic sticky lacing on the glass.

S - I love Munich malts, especially dark ones, and that's what I'm getting in the nose. Biscuity, bread crusty, malts with some spicy alcohol and even a bit of chocolate powder. Dark fruits come through as it warms like raisins and plums. Nice piney hop smell throughout with a touch of citrus.

T&M - The taste follows the smell well. First taste is big and prominent piney hops. Citric notes follow and then the malts really come into play. I really get dark Munich malts in the taste with that bread crust and toasted biscuit flavor. Touch of chocolate in the aftertaste. The hops and the malts really play well together, balancing each other out. As the beer warms a bit the alcohol becomes a bit more prominent and adds a nice spicy element. The mouthfeel is slick at first but the alocohol adds a drying effect once swallowed.

D - This is a great beer. Reminds me of an IPA and more specifically Hop Devil but with darker, more prominent malts. Until I saw the classification on this site, I thought this WAS an IPA. Drinks really well and balanced, but watch that ABV.

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Photo of psujesus
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

after hearing good things about this beer im glad i found this floating around

Pours a deep amber, tons of head on this beer, id say it has too much head retention, smells crisp with some citrus flavors, and of course hops, tons of hops and citrus flavors with a bitter aftertaste

it is very drinkable for a 9ish% beer

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

Mahogany body with a bit of a copper tinge. Body is dark but for the most part clear. Full four finger head towers above. I was more than slightly concern the head may pour over the top of the tulip. Head is a frothy khaki color and pulls back slowly. Scattered sticky lacing clings tightly to the side of the glass.

The smell is very balanced with good portions of malt and hops. Toasted dark bread in combination with a pale malt sweetness provide a solid base to build from. Hop profile leans more toward the citric though a substantial spicy and grassy aroma is taken in.

The nose leads the tongue in the right direction. Once again a tremendous amount of balance is in play. Toasted dark bread and caramel malt roll out. Hops present a piny bite which fades into more of a citric pith flavors the further you get in. Earthy tea flavor are interwoven through out.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Texture leans towards the creamier side of the spectrum but fails to reach that level totally. Finish is ever so slightly dry with a lingering bitterness left on the palate.

Yakima Twilight was jumped to the top of my favorites from Victory. While a bit to strong to be sessionable, I would not mind have a few in a sitting. Outstanding balance with strong pleasant flavors. Highly recommended.

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

I'm a definite Victory fan, so I was glad to see this one made it to my area.
Pours a really dark mahogany brown and every bottle I've had to date foams up the instant I pop the cap. Probably the craziest gusher I've ever seen. The head's a tannish color once it finally settles, but beware of beer overflow.
The nose is really fruity and jammy. While you pick up the hop notes, they blend really well with the biscuity malt to remind me of toast with strawberry jam. The hops are very fruity with peaches, berries, and tropical sweetness. Really really nice.
The taste is dare I say...a letdown? Yes, it's hoppy, but the malt body doesn't really support it like I'd like. It ends up being a combination of bitter flavors, and not really the kind I'm looking for. Lots of grapefruit and bitter earthy tones that are accentuated by the darker malts. The sweeter fruit flavors really aren't coming through as much, and it's really just 1-dimensional with only hints of caramel or dark chocolate. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, but without the depth of flavor from the hops and almost no malt body.
Mouthfeel is odd because the beer is so foamy up-front, the carbonation dissipates quickly, too. It laces the glassware beautifully, but it's a little flat after a few minutes.
One of these is enough for me.
Not too bad, but not as good as Victory's other hop bombs. The crazy foaming and malt base that doesn't add much hurt this one in my eyes. Oh well - I still love HopDevil.

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

In my Foothills taster glass, Yakima Twilight is brightly-clear and gleams a brilliant ruby color when held before incandescent light. A thick cap of creamy beige foam tops it off, and slowly receding, leaves a fine-grained film of ragged lacing clinging to the inside walls of the vessel. Further additions from bottle to glass pump the foam factor up quite a bit, leaving a relaxing, misshapen cloudscape to coat the glass completely.

The aroma is jam-packed with herbal-green citrus and a spike of mildly-medicinal evergreen, and is deeply enriched by a dark-kilned malty background. Notes of burnt caramel, roasted nuts, and a whiff of smoked orange peel abound.

The taste is hop-forward, with bittering notes of powdery pine resin, green herbs, and unripened citrus peel oil. Behind the hoppy bitchslap on the palate is a dark, roasty malt backbone that contributes only minimal sweetness. Strong light-roast coffee, dark-toasted nuts, and unsweeetened chocolate flavors add heft and grow more pronounced as the encounter progresses, but still offer very little in the way of malty sugar. Alcohol is detectably fruity in the flavor and in an evaporative finish, and a bit of cocoa-bitter roasted grain lingers in the aftertaste.

The drink is full-bodied with fine and proportional carbonation. A high-quality sipper from Victory.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a deep dark copper with ruby highlights, one-inch ivory head with great retention and lacing, fairly cloudy

s - big aroma of piney and orange citrus hops mixed, considerable graininess almost lager-like, some lighter caramel notes

t - like the smell, big piney hops up front with a bitterness that envelops the mid-palate and finish, lighter citrus notes develop on the mid-palate along with a grainy, caramel malt flavor, but the piney hop bitterness is the predominant flavor, very dry on the finish with some light boozy heat

m - medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish, some alcohol warming

d - the intense bitterness limits the drinkability and the flavor, though nice, is not all that interesting or complex

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Photo of woosterbill
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/16/2010, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, well-carbonated, prune-red body underneath a rich three-finger head of dense, long-lasting foam. Admirably retention and a solid deposit of ringed lacing. Excellent.

S: Deep, piney, grassy hop aroma balanced with smooth, sweet amber malts and a touch of appealing cinnamon spice. Quite appealing.

T: Follows the nose, but with slightly less flavorful hops, more spice, and a dry, bitter, doughy finish. Interesting to be sure, but not terribly appealing to me.

M: Nice clean medium body with abundant soft carbonation.

D: Too bitter and spicy to be super drinkable, despite the fact that it does an excellent job hiding the high ABV.

Notes: Definitely one of my preferred offerings from Victory (which just happens to be a brewery that I consistently like less than the average BA), but not my favorite of the style. Nice malt/hops balance, but a little out of whack with the dry spiciness. Certainly worth a shot.

Cheers!

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Photo of portia99
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Enjoy by Dec 17,2010 on the label) pours into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a transparent dark brown with ruby red highlights. Two plus fingers of tan colored, dense head rest atop the beer...looks like they won't be going anywhere for a while - really good staying power. When it finally falls, leaves some nice, sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Nice and fruity, good amount of citrusy hops up front. Noticeable from a couple of feet away from the glass. On a closer approach, there is a strong toasted component, a hint of smokiness, some dirt, and definite roasted malts.

T - Hoppy up front, bitter with a metallic touch to it. Good roasted flavors throughout. Tastes somewhat like a good, strong American brown ale. Small touches of caramel and breadiness, but the dark roasted malts shine here. Plenty of Cascade hop flavors combine nicely.

M - Light to medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation...a touch foamy feeling in the mouth. Alcohol lightly makes its presence known and a bitter and metallic flavor remains after the swallow.

D - Pretty good overall beer. Could probably use a little bit more body - seems a little thin for the strength it is. Good overall flavors, almost and imperial brown ale. Alcohol shows its presence, but this doesn't feel like an 8.7% beer. Pretty smooth for what it is - a couple in a session is quite possible. Thought I mised out on this one, glad to come across this accidentally at the local beer store.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've wanted to try this beer for a while, but passed on it because of the price. Finally decided to cave. Enjoy by Nov 16, 2010 printed on the bottle, so it's two months old today.

Yakima Twilight is a beautiful beer. It has a very deep, dark red color that looks black without much light. The head forms a thick head of sand colored foam very quickly and then fades down to a solid cap, with good lacing.

I was expecting this to be a hops dominated brew, so I picked up the American hops first. They are bright, herbal, and piney with good strength. After the hops, I found that the malts might have more strength in the nose than the hops. It's very sweet, with caramel candy and some other baked goods going on. Vanilla pudding or creme brulee maybe? I haven't smelled either in a while but that is what I thought of.

The taste is mostly sweet, as expected. It has a creamy, caramel flavor for the front portion. The finish is bitter, with a burnt wood character in the finish from the dark roasty malts combined with a wood-like character. It's rich, sweet, and dessert like. There is a lingering burnt flavor that reminds me of food off a charcoal grill.

The beer has a moderate body, perhaps a bit light for it's high strength and sweetness. The moderate level of carbonation might help with that. This beer really grew on me. It wasn't what I was expecting, but by the second glass I really liked it. I'd recommend it, but don't expect it to be as hop forward as the name and label suggest.

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Photo of tapman
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A conservative pour yields a substantial light brown head. Very thick, the head was not quick to dissipate , but after several minutes a nice, rocky, dense head formed a tight lacing. Ruby-amber in color, this beer looks like a dark belgium strong, but with a darker tinted foam.

I get some dry hopping up front, which could be what some other people on the site are referring to as soapy. I recently brewed an all centennial pale with 1oz. of centennial for the dry hop for a week and I would bet that this sucker is dry hopped with that hop. A generous amount of melanoidins balance the grassy hop aroma. while I perceive a suggestion of burnt, buttered toast, and dark caramel, I could use a little more balance and a little less hop per the aroma of the grist contents.

Too bitter. I wanted to defend this brew, but the bitterness is not at an optimal balance for me. Too biting, the finish comes almost immediately leaving me no time to sense any kind of hop/malt union. (I will taste again in 8 minutes after some warming). *After 8 mins. The grassy hops are more apparent, but the soapiness grows also. All that is left from the malt is scorched carbon.

Good mouthfeel up front, but the hop resins in the too quick finish abruptly interrupt any dextrinous texture by drying out the palate absolutely.

I like Victory brewing. Prima Pils, Storm King, Whirlwind... they're all great, however I am disappointed in this brew. I taste a giant load of Centennial with too much 300+ Lovibond malt. (I want to say roasted barley, but Chocolate surprises me sometimes at the roastiness, parhaps sopme black patent. Anyways, a miss for my palate, but others seem to like it and I would say that a little less roasty, more toasty, with a better hop bill would make this beer an "A" for me. I love the concept, not crazy about the product.

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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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