Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Yakima GloryYakima Glory
1,660 Ratings
Yakima GloryYakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
According to the brewery's website: "A dark IPA".

Available November to January.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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Photo of aglose45
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a lighter tan frothy head. This beer looks really good. 4.5/5

S: There are some grassy hops up front before giving way to a sweeter maltyness. The lingering smell that u keep coming back to is one that smells like a cigar wrapper. There is also a a soapy scent in there. 2.5/5

T: There is a nice bitterness to this beer up front, that eventually gives way to a burnt malt taste - maybe this is the cigar wrapper hint that I picked up in the nose. As it warms there is a bit of alcohol flavor in there as well. 2/5

M: Medium bodied with minimal hop resin left behind. 3.5/5

D: This beer has two things I don't enjoy in it; a burnt flavoring, and an alcohol taste. This is not one that I would pick up again. With a name like Yakima Twilight, I had hope for a bit more hops. 1/5

---Consumed 12/10/10 - Renamed Yakima Glory. I'm glad I tried this again, I must have had a bad bottle last year.---

A: Pours a very dark brown the slightest hint of ruby.  The head is tan and frothy, but thins out after about a minute.

S: Piney and juicy fruits, pineapple.  The hop aroma is backed up by some roasted malts.

T: The hops are much more subdued in the taste.  The roasted malts dominate the palate.  There's lots of flavor, just a bit all over the map though.

M: Medium bodied, medium to high bitterness, light to medium carbonation.

D: Maybe I don't understand this style of beer.  When I'm drinking a beer, I either want it hoppy or I want it toasty and malty, not both.  With that said, this beer doesn't taste bad, it's just not what I look for in beer.

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

(Served in a tulip glass) Enjoy by Nov. 5 2010
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a brown glow and a thick creamy head and a matrix of tiny bubbles.
S- The earthy hops with a slight citrus notes comes through even during the pour. There is a big earthy hops with a soft woody mint quality and a cinnamon with out heat quality.
T- This beer has a big earthy hop flavor that turns pungent in the finish and a faint wood and mint quality to the hops. The finish takes on a dandelion pungent bitterness that lingers for a bit.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight little fizz that enhances the hops in the finish.
D- This beer has the taste of a fresh hop pellet that is full and earthy. The hops are good and has some nice unique depth although malt is hidden under the hops.

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

This is my very first Victory beer. I've seen them often but haven't given them a chance.

Pours a beautiful mahogany red in my tulip glass surmounted by a ivory colored cap with huge retention and lacing. The lacing reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, just sticks around forever.

Aroma is crisp, pine, dark citrus, and above all, hops. The malt composition really makes this beer shine. I pick up scents of caramel, candied sugar, and a light twang of brown sugar. Looks promising with big hops and big malts.

Flavor is pretty jam packed, and all over the place. Malty sweetness of caramel and burnt grians gives way to bitterness, pine, and a dry side of hops. Finish is long and strong, must be the dryness attributing to that. Overall, not bad at all. Its got alot to offer for drinkers who want malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly below par. Good, but could be just a bit stronger. But for a session beer, it is good.

The alcohol is hidden at the back end with its dry finish hiding the burn, but is still a damn good beer to enjoy. It's really hard to pick up the 8.7% ABV.

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Photo of Doodler
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep reddish body, 2 finger head, decent lacing

S - Pretty interesting. Pine and sweet citrus, light nose of malt and hops.

T - Hoppy / wheaty with slight bitterness, well balanced for the ABVs. The hop flavors jump out on the first sip and show up again on the finish. The roasted malt flavor smoothes out the bitterness in the end.

M - See why people like this beer. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Decent flavors.

D - Enjoyable overall. Harder to find and a little pricey compared to other beers I enjoy. Still, I would buy again when available. If you get a chance - try this and see for yourself.

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Photo of strangefate
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gorgeously - a dark clear amber with a nice frothy almost root beer-like head. The smell, although not very prominent is malty with a floral hint. The taste is hoppy - floral and citrusy alongside a toasted malt which is bready at times. There is a touch of grapefuit in there as well. It's at times similar to a hoppy barleywine. It's a medium-bodied brew, although with an 8.7% ABV - still I can put down several of these.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, reddish copper amber color with a thin head of lavish white foam which left a nice curtain of clingy lace. A little residual chill haze from protein and yeast.

S: Smells floral and bitter with a sweet, juicy ale aroma layered over pine and citric hops. Deep and robust nose.

T: Sweet roasted caramel malts blend at first with a fine bittersweet crystal malt and fruity ale taste; plum, cherry and pear. This soon gives way to waves of citrus and pine hops, with a very dry yet coating oily grapefruit finish. Slight notes of alcohol picked up along the way, but actually quite smooth and hoppy.

M: Full bodied flavor with a slick, oily and prickly dry feel at times. A sipper for sure.

D: The big ABV of a strong ale and DIPA rolled into the fruity ale complexity and strong hop backbone and finish as, well, a strong ale and DIPA. At 8.9%, quaff one back or age to see where the flavors lean towards in terms of malty ale qualities.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear mahogany. Thick crop of yellow tinted beige. Great staying power and lace properties. Aroma is toasty and piney. Some fruitiness to it as well. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced. There's a nice toasted malt base with some cinnamon bread attributes to it as well. But also some tropical fruit nuances and hoppiness. Pineapples are duly noted as are tangerines. There's a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasant and just a touch of warmth and heat from EtOH. Nicely done Victory.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

New beer from Victory in CT.. had to try it, love all of their other offerings. This one is no different... an absolute delicious beer. A little too hoppy and bitter to have a few in a night but as a sipper and/or a nightcap it's perfect. Nice mouthfeel and great body to it along with quite a flavor punch to your taste buds. I recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it and you love super hoppy beers.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mahogany with a pillowy white head, lots of lacing. Smells like pine, spice, damp forest floor, with some herbatious citrus to it. delicious! Lush malts with a sharp but ballanced hop bitterness give way to a creamy caramel candy middleground, and is spicey and warm in the finish. Has a lingering bitterness. Full bodied, dancing carbonation and a well rounded flavor profile. Didn't like how it finished a little sticky, but overall a wonderful beer.

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

Pours ruby red with a very fluffy and sticky head...I poured a little aggressively and the head almost overflowed. Have to be careful with this one in the future.

Aroma is of citrus hops, pine, roasted malts

Taste is a big hit of the pine, citrus, hops with a good toasted malt coming in to balance it out

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and with good levels of carbonation. Very drinkable, even if its a strong ale.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is another brew that I have heard great things about. This was a very good beer but not great. I would purchase it again though.

A- Dark brown almost translucent black color. Tons of foamy head on this one and some serious lacing.

S- Lots of malt in the nose. I thought the hops were supposed to shine through? Still an enticing smell nonetheless...

T- Very strange, but in a good way. Marshmallow, cocoa, hop, malt, and even some buttry syrup. Sweet, yet still retaining some biterness with the hops.

M- Medium bodied. This would taste better if it were more bold and thick.

D- Easy drinking SA. 2.00 a bottle. Not bad!

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a HUGE stiff tan head that decomposes in 3D, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. The smell is a balanced mix of sweet malted goodness and piny hops. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and sharply tangy hop bomb yet it cleans up, almost dry...it's into vapor before you know it. A reasonable remnant of grassy pine lingers lightly coaxing on the next sample. Full flavored, malty sweet, hop monster pineapple grassy pine resin. Way too easy to drink...8.7% ABV is well integrated. A lot to consider...sooo not your average fizzy yellow brethren.

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

There is something uncharacteristic about this beer for Victory, which specializes in restrained, precise and delicious beers. This one is delicious, all right, but it has got a raw, exuberant quality, like an incredibly talented homebrewer has been turned loose in the brewhouse.

Pours deep ruby red with small shortlived head, which is itself slightly purple. Aroma malty and almost ryelike, with a slightly sour overripe edge. Flavor is malty, dark caramel with an overripe flower hop character and a deep sharp bite on the finish, almost peppery. Mouthfeel is fairly slight. The beer is unexpectedly raw, with a young, almost unfinished quality to it.

Seems like the brewers at Victory let themselves go for an experiment - and it paid off.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful red chestnut colored ale, very clear, with a nice two-finger thick tan head. Picture perfect, really just a work of art in the glass. Head fades slowly and lacing is superb.

Aroma is a big piney, spicy hop blast. Some dark roasted malts and a light fruity character as well. Hops are big in the taste as well, Spicy and citrusy. A nice sweet malt backing, a big warm alcohol taste, and a harsh bitter hop finish that hits hard. lingering bitterness stays with me for quite a while.

This is an interesting beer, with a lot going on aroma and taste-wise. It's fairly heavy though and a bit filling. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a slight burn at the end from carbonation.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, this deep mahogany brew needs an easy pour, or it's gonna foam outa the Corsendonk tulip. Floating on top like tan marshmallow, leaving Brussels lace in the glass on the way down.

The label states 8.7%, and that hop cone is not lying - plenty of citrus hop in the aroma, but the quaff revels more pine and wood chips. This is a combo brew, like a hoppy winter warmer with all the spice mixed in it. And , very close to an American hop barleywine, like Bigfoot - a lot going on here.

Damn fine brew, at $2ish a bottle, a steal.

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Photo of Morey
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep cherry reddish-brown with good clarity that's only noticable when held up to the light. Very fluffy cream colored head which stands about 3 inches tall following a medium pour, and this thing is going nowhere fast. The head retention on this beer is not to be reckoned with.

Smell is a nice combination of sticky hops and roasted malts.

This beer taste alot like it smells...hop and malt flavors delivering jabs, blows, and upper cuts to you palate. After the onslaught of punches your palate is left with a sticky lingering hop flavor that is not for the faint of heart.

Mouthfeel is sticky and slighty chewy with moderate carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these, but this a big beer to say the least.

Morey's Bottom Line: Reminds me a bit of Great Lakes Nosferatu, but with a bigger hop presence. This is one serious beer, and it is among my favorites.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep blood red with a creamy, billowing two finger head of khaki foam that leaves sticky lacing as it slowly falls. Aromas of toasted malts with cocoa powder, caramel and a good, solid roast. Earthy, pungent grassy hops are in the mix and I get a good floral blast from it as well. Quite spicy overall.

First sip brings wonderful deep roasted malts with caramel and cocoa powder. Toasted flavors are kicked up by a charge of bold hops. Herbal, resinous with floral and grassy notes. Bitterness grabs hold as the brew flows down. Strikingly good balance of dark malts and bold hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Steady carbonation throughout. Not overly heavy but viscous enough to grab hold of the palate. Overall, I find myself really enjoying this new Victory brew and it's a nice tribute to Yakima hops! Give this one a go if it's available to you. Thanks to kmpitz2 for the hand off of this one.

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Photo of akorsak
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail. I wasn't enamored with the first release, so I'm hoping for some improvement.

A: The strong ale is a chestnut brown color, lightened with orange hues and still translucent. A huge, and I mean huge, head on first pour made a bit of a mess. As the 4 fingers of craggy head receded, dense walls of lace were left behind.

S: The nose is dominated by dark malts, chocolatey with a baker's chocolate edge. A dripping hop presence, overloaded even, is barely able to get through the excess malts.

T: Black IPA? More like a molasses IPA. I'm getting a strong blast of blackstrap up front. The hops barely make it through the thick depth of the those malts. Chocolate and burnt toast are also prominent, but not so much as the molasses. Late in each sip a boozy wall hits you. Sorry, I just can't get into this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is heavy, too much malt, too many hops, too hot. I appreciate the fullness but it is too busy.

D: I just can't get into this beer. It's all over the place and I don't like it.

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

A new brew from Victory; I couldn't say no.

A. An unusually dark brew, scotch-ale russet. Very clear and fizzy. Fine finger tall head that leaves bunches of lace as it falls. I came into this thinking it was a DIPA but it sure does look malty...

S. Pleasingly hoppy and sharp, lots of intense grapefruit here, pungent and more than a little boozy. Malt in the background, but this is a hoppy beer. Not overly complex, but who was asking?

T. Actually quite nice... brilliant hop notes jump and shine - citrus grapefruit, green freshness, bitter without being unappetizing. Malt is sturdy and sweet, but the hops are all over the map here... it works together, well, and reminds me of an amped-up Sierra Celebration ale. Which is to say, good.

M. Ample carbonation keeps this from being too heavy, which it easily could be - there is a lot of malt here. Finish is bitter, hopsweet with promising subtle malt touches - roast, char. Go too long without another sip and the malt reasserts itself a tad and you'd have thought you just drank an old ale.

D. I would indeed! The 8.7% is noticeable but you don't care that much, do you?

Yakima Twilight was a pleasant surprise for me and is really rather hard to fault. This is good, and if you like Arrogant Bastard and its ilk you'll be in heaven here... 'cause this is better.
Drink it fresh, and I hope this becomes a yearly staple for Victory.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Dark reddish amber color. Nice light tan head with light to moderate lacing.

S: Nice piney hop scent with hints of citrus and malt.

T&M: Fresh, crisp hops are upfront with a nice mildly sweet matly backbone that follows. Moderate piney hops, citrus and a nice taste that I can't identify hits the back of the tongue. It is a sweet/mildly bitter hop/malt mix. Medium bodied, slightly grainy rough feel with a very dry finish.

What a fantastic brew! This is like a smooth IPA and is very tasty. I got this in a beer of the month pack and will definitely be purchasing 6-packs in the future.

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

Pours a nice darker amber with decent head. I'm a huge fan of Hop devil so I figured I'd love this one.

Nice pine, spice and sitrus on the nose, the palate follows quite well with agressive floral notes and a big hop finish. Goes down very smooth in the end and has great drinkabilty. Worth the 12 dollar 6 pack tag, id say yes.

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Photo of Onenote81
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my pint glass. Pours a very dark copper with a thick tan head on top. great retention; left lots of sticky lace and sip rings. Bog floral hoppy scent bursts out. Strong pine needles and citrus rinds. Wow.

Full-bodied crisp beer here. Carbonation level is moderate. Very bitter at the onset. Strong hop tones, with some sugary malts on the middle. Finish is bitter. Slight drying mouth aftertaste. This was really good. Wasn't entirely what I expected, but it was a treat to drink.

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Photo of sbw138
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at The Foodery, poured into a pint glass.

Nice very dark amber/copper color. Had hints of red when you hold it to light. Nice creamy white head, with good retention.

Strong hop smell, but you can also notice some matly smell as well.

The fresh, crisp hops hit your taste buds first, but the matly backbone follows soon after with a nice roasted taste. A really great combination. Almost tastes like an IPA with a little bit of a stout brewed together.

Had a dry mouth feel, but I really enjoyed it. Great drinkability. You can really notice the alcohol.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, translucent, dark mahogany. Aroma is spicy and hoppy and just a little malty. The richly hoppy flavor has a spicy undertone and an interesting metallic taste that complements the rest of the body rather than being unpleasant. The sharp, edgy texture has some tingle and a firm alcoholic bite.

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. NOTE: I always have trouble reviewing this style of beer 'to style', simply because the style is so varied.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear, reddish-mahogany with two fingers of off-white head. The foam lingers for a long time, and leaves tons of lacing. Really great looking beer.

Smell: Lots of piney hops, backed with a little bit of citrus. The alcohol is definitely noticeable on the nose. A boozy, malty, honey sweetness in the background. It is a surprisingly unique scent.

Taste: Bitter hops is the initial taste, which quickly fades into a honey-bready malt sweetness. The taste isn't as complex as the aroma. The bready malt taste lingers on the tip of the tongue for awhile, but there's also a lingering bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat. Some hints of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin, which I think detracts from the flavor a little bit.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. This, to me, is much more like a DIPA than a strong ale. I realize that the strong ale category is somewhat of a catch-all, but this one lacked the complexity that characterizes most strong ales. That said, it was very enjoyable. The aroma was complex and unique, but in the end, the taste was good, but not great.

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