Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 zoso1967
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer with nice head retention and a wonderful smokey dark amber color.
Smells of hops with a little bit of roastyness and maybe a slight malty astringency in the background.
After the first couple of sips it is clear that there is a lot going on in this beer. Caramel malt and American hop flavors hit the tongue first, followed shortly by roasty flavors and what I perceive to be a noticeable astringency that quickly dries the tongue. While I enjoy the initial flavor, as the malt tones fade I am left with only the bitterness and darker malt flavors which remain in a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste. I do, however, enjoy the nice dry finish.
Body is medium with what I perceive to be a near perfect amount of carbonation.
A very intriguing beer, but not a one I find particularly drinkable. I have tried it with food and found it even less appealing. For some reason I think it might go well with good old roasted peanuts.
I am not really sure if I will end up being a fan of the black IPA, but as with most other Victory beers it is well brewed and will likely appeal to those with different preferences.

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

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Beautiful reddish/brown color with a good sized tan head that left a coating of sticky lacing.
The aroma is piney hops and sourdough bread.
Plenty of piney hops hit upfront with enough balance of roasted malt although it never gets sweet finishing dry and espresso-like bitter. Alcohol is never noticable, even as it warms up.
Medium bodied with a smooth feel.
Good drinkability despite the higher abv, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of KyleMWood
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Came in a half-pint glass, on tap. Dark copper, red tint, small tan head

S - Strong, fruity hops on the nose, similar to IPAs, think Stone. But, not overpowering, because I still pick up malt sweetness.

T - Crisp, fresh clean taste, well balanced though for a strong beer. You get the hops at the beginning on the nose, and on the backend, but you definitely pick up a great deal of malt in between. The malt taste isn't "sweet," but has a biscuit flavor similar to Fat Tire.

M - dry, but not sweet. Very drinkable for ~9% beer.

Overall: Great beer, I would definitely go and try to find this in the bottle for home consumption. I'll be returning to the pub to try again. Would recommend trying. The bartenders said they loved this beer, and now I understand why. Great beer, try it.

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Photo of bret27
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

courtesy of brian brick at k & l wines

A: Dark ruby brn w/brown thick head, little lace

S: Citrusy piney bold american hops. Smells like an aggressive west coast ipa. Little sweetness of caramelly malt but definitely have to think about it.

T: Hops, piney and bitter, and pretty fresh. In the Yakima tradition. Some maltiness, more bready/biscuity than sweet. Tastes like rye is involved. Moderate alcohol presence. Residual bitterness encompasses the palate.

M/D: Mouthfeel medium throughout and good. Drinkability... ok for abv since its so high, but the bitter hoppy and malty and alcohol combo makes drinkability not fantastic.

Overall: Good overall. Would recommend trying. I could see where some people would fall in love w/a beer like this.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this an old Bert Grant recipe or something?Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a large blooming two finger crown that stuck like glue to the glass and never fully settled.Pine resin and more pine resin in the nose,the citrus is there but takes a back seat to the pine resin,honestly thats all,I pick up no malt profile.Flavors remind me of old school Pacific northwest in the fact the hops in pine and citric form are the lead component and the caramel/bicuit malt is there to show its not 100% percent hops.This is a great beer, more of what an American DIPA should be than what many are,its old school in my mind.Paging MR. Grant....

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Photo of Philabeerphia
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like a barleywine in the glass - the beer is a blend of Ruby and crimson ... Great clarity here. The three finger head in my tulip subsides at a glacial pace. The sticky foam is the color of stained teeth. But yeah this beer looks like a filet mignon. Way dark, way big.
In the nostrils I get a blast of silky maltiness, layered on top of a Forest of hop - I mean that in a literal sense. Dense and minty like evergreens on a crisp morning. Herbal, layered, sweet. Interesting but definitely a malt bomb front and center this portends of the...
Tastes to me like crumb cake and honey. The medicinal hoppiness strands it's way across my tongue and gains traction, opening into a wild bitterness that harmonizes with the the intense maltiness. By the finish, the hop has *almost* taken charge... super piney but still sweet. Silky comes to mind again. Freaky finish.. minty, bitter and sweet all together. One of the great attributes of this beer is the fact that it is packaged cleanly- it never becomes sloppy despite the big malt bill. Maybe the secret is the insane mouthfeel. Very well carbonated, with a medium body that fills the mouth but never lingers or drags. My throat is hot when its over, and the mouth does have a bitter pucker. What a freaking interesting beer.

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

A: Pours a dark amber with a light tan, very substantial head.

S: Hop upfront (of course) but almost fruity with grapefruit on the nose and something else, apples? Sugary, malty smell but well balanced with the fruit and hop.

T: Again, hops. Goes without saying. Very upfront, but something different, unique - probably the focus on the Yakima Valley hops. Either way, comes with a bitter dry finish that leaves you wanting your next sip.

M: Brilliant and smooth - with a great bitter, dry finish.

D: Great and mellow for such a hop bomb. I read a review here that mentioned the malts balancing out the hops in a brilliant way and I agree. A smooth, mellow double. Enjoying another right when I finish typing this ...

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

Another solid Victory offering. I got a doubl Hop Devil-type vibe here...take Hop Devil and make it more west-coast.

Great entrance, huge head and solid retention, like a great hoppy beer should look. Deep carmel hues like Hop Devil, and these malts are evident in the aroma and flavor, spicy and carmel flavored. Big hop presence dominates over the malts, but the malts do stand their ground. Alcohol is spicy, but not hot or particularly noticable. What you do notice is the chewy body and the fumy esters and big hop bitterness, which spills over a bit into hop aroma (nothing crazy though).

A fine beer, very easy and dangerous to pound. Fresh, i prefer it over Hop Wollop. Cheers!

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Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter... Starts with a finger thick off white that disappears leaving behind some strands of lacing. Beer is very dark in color, almost appears black, until held up to light where it turns a brilliant ruby with little activity

S- Very sweet malty, hint of hops

T- Very sweet tasting with a pronounced hop finish

M- Light carbonation, medium to light body

D- Very easy to drink, smooth and tasty... at a reasonable taste


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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner. Semi-dark ruby red in color, fairly clear, with a huge frothy off-white head. Head dissapates VERY slowly and leaves sticky long lasting lacing. Head reminds me of a root beer head.

Aroma is light, but has notes of spices and hopps. Not much to talk about on the aroma.

Flavor and mouthful is creamy...full of spices and hops. Flavor isn't bad, but I'm not a fan of it as it warms up. It gets a bit too bitter. A decent beer, but not one I care to have again.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue with a nice tall head. Good retention with some nice lace.

S: Wonderful citrus aroma, caramel, and fresh bread.

T: Nice big blast of citrus, caramel, and fresh cut grass. There is a little piny sweetness as well.

M: On the fuller side of medium in body, smooth.

D: Good, a well crafted beer. I love when great beer comes in a 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of GJ40
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

A - Brown with a cherry hue and very good clarity. A moderate beige head that yields some nice lacing.

S - Floral hops and brown sugar.

T - Malty with a mild roasted malt. A firm bitterness that seems to come from both the hops and the malt. I thought it was a bit too dry.

M - A moderate consistency with a nice low carbonation.

D - This is a decent beer but the flavors just didn't come together for me.

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Photo of stewart124
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice this is a dark ruby red with a pillow of tan head. This faded farely quick but has left a fine lacing.

Strong pine notes a waft of vanilla caramel in the nose.

Whoa this is complex and my taste buds don't know where to start. Loads of dark caramel character, vanilla, caramel, biscuit and some chocoalte. Then there are the hops, a bit of citrus and just a nice bold piney character that warms my soul.

There is a slight warming from the alcohol but this is really an easy drinking beer. The biscuit comes out even more as I drink on and screams of more complexity. Leaves a lingering pine bitterness.

This is quite the tasty night cap and another treat from Victory!

I saved a bottle and it has held up wonderfully. The hops have faded a bit. This is still big and bold. Maybe darkened a bit with some slight caramelization and a darker color than originally reviewed. I wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of beerman207
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Appearance is a dark amber with a 2 finger high head. The beer appears darker than I was anticipating. However, upon seeing the style I see it's a strong ale.

S - Upon the pour I could smell the pungent hops coming through along with some earthiness. A bit of mollases in the nose as well as some caramel as well.

T - Wow, the first taste just hits like a punch in the mouth that knocks you down and then for the finish, it's like someone kicks your mouth from the side while you're laying down. Very nice bitterness that lingers and truly dominates the taste. As it warms a bit more flavor comes out which brings out a bit of malt nd mollases.

M - Very strong carbonation in my opinion which knocks it down a bit for me but isn't overpowering.

D - The beer certainly displays its strength through the alcohol in the back. You know it's going to pack a punch so you need to show some respect.

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

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not Victory nor defeat."

--Theodore Roosevelt

Blood orange with a dark coppery glow when sunlight is allowed entry. A pillowy crown of pale caramel colored foam resembles sticky marshmallow cream as it melts, filled more than half the glass on the pour, isn't fading very fast, and is beginning to deposit fine sheets of barely broken lace.

The grain bill includes (at least in part) pilsner, Vienna, Munich, caramel and light chocolate. Caramel-toffee pudding is far and away the dominant malt-derived aroma appreciated in the nose. Whatever hops were used add a fruity, earthy-herbal, slightly citrusy edge.

Yakima Twilight Ale is good stuff for those who like to taste both malt and hops in their high ABV beer. Since flavor balance was one of the brewery's aims, it looks like the mission was accomplished with flying colors. Hopheads will still find plenty to keep them interested. Note: this bottle is about 2 months of age.

Specifics include toasted bread, caramel, baked nuts, black tea leaves, orange peel and grapefruit peel. It's an increasingly delicious combination of flavors, with a sweet-bitter contrast that keeps drinkability on the generous side. The alcohol is masked extremely well, which is yet another plus.

The mouthfeel is fraction lighter than most beer of this ABV and is softly bubbled. Warming adds a silky creaminess that wasn't present right out of the gate. It may not be a stunner from a sensory standpoint, but it works well in the end.

Yakima Twilight is another wonderful brew from the good folks at Victory. It should appeal to wide range of craft beer aficionados, especially those who like their warming winter seasonals to be both malty and hoppy. Love the name. Love the label. Love the beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from both a pint glass and a tulip. No unexpected or noteworthy differences. Is anyone officially referring to this beer as a Black IPA?

A: Average creamy, tan, slow rising head. The body is dark brown (ruby along the glass) and hazy. Nothing extraordinary other than being as dark as it is while containing such an enormous hop aroma/flavor. **Unbelievable lacing, and cloudier

S: Heavy malts. Roasted caramel, chocolate, cashew & almond. Heavy hop character of pine, grapefruit and lemon. The balance between the malts and hops is interesting. Seemingly balanced at times and seemingly unbalanced at other times. Mainly as a result of the temperature of the beer. I found that the malts were much stronger when the beer was on the colder side and as it warmed, the hops showed more prominence. The yeast was light but present in the form of a leathery and earthy aroma. **Grassy, leathery, earthy hops

T: The flavor duration is long with a sweet mid-palate and semi-dry finish. Lightly acidic and heavily bitter. Hard to seek out flavors were caramelized fig, light burnt tar, pepper and dust. The alcohol is very well-hidden.

M: A near-full body with a creamy texture that may have been smooth if not for the prickly carbonation and dry finish. **Even creamier and fuller, much tamer carbonation

D: Very drinkable based on the overall flavor but also based on the perceived variability of the hop:malt ratio. The malts were well considered and counter the hops well, making the hops seem like less of a force than they actually are. Don't expect too much from any hoppy beer you might have after this one.

**Had on cask 2/23/10

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Doherty's in Pawtucket RI
A - Deep brown with a reddish tint. Big tan head that lasts. Tons of lacing.
S - Malty/hoppy mix-up. Piney, resin, Little cat urine smell
T - Bitter up front, sweet malt follows. I get some licorice as well. Pine. Tart fruit. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
M/F -Active carbonation but fairly fine in structure. Quite nice that way. Medium body...rather filling like.
D - Looks wonderful and feels wonderful in the mouth but the raw bitterness doesn't match the elegance in it's framework.

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

A dark ruby pour with brown tint. Huge foam with signs of rockiness, but doesn quite chunk up. Lacing is nice all the way down.
Hop aroma. Mostly citrus and zest, with pine undertones. Malt aura keeps the hops from running away.

The malt becomes more present in the taste. A good subtle caramel backbone from which the hops spring forward to highlight the contrast. It's not totally balanced, but that's fine with me. Hops are citrus and pine, good bit and freshness.
Clean finish on this one, abv is not huge and fairly hidden.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up a bottle of this, but I was not disappointed.
Poured into my trusty tumbler and got a dark cherry with a voluminous cream hued head.
What a great nose. Malty and piney, floral and citrusy sweet.
Got hit first with a roasted coffee note, followed by the bitterness, which intensified with time.
Oily and adequately carbonated.
A brew of note, though I think one of these bad boys is just right.

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

Yaikma Twilight, served in a 10 oz. nonic at Capital Ale House, Innsbrook location.

Appearance: Served a crystalline amber, dark and mahogany, capped my one finger of dull tan head with admirable retention. The lacing is sticky, clumpy initially, but ultimately a little runny, with hardly any surface lacing and only a thick, frumpy, uneven collar.

Aroma: Huge spicy, piney, and floral hop aromatics - a very varied bouquet here - mingle with tons of dark and in some cases blackened malts. "Candied hops" is a term I've heard thrown around that seems apropos here.

Taste: The closest I've ever come to eating the pine cone of an orange tree dipped in chocolate. Of course, orange trees don't have pinecones, but if they did, it'd taste like this - huge "C" hops (definitely the grapefruit, orange and pineyness of a Cascade or a Centennial, but also the spiciness and herbal minty and tobacco notes of a Chinook or a Columbus) over a bed of heavily toasted malts, astringently dry in some places, and more like darkly roasted toffee in others. A moderate to high bitterness compliments the biscuity dryness well.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with moderate carbonation says it all. Perhaps a little dry and bitter to be this thick, not that it doesn't work - just a little unusual.

Drinkability: Not a black IPA, but ... a brown IPA? A deep red IPA? A blackened Imperial Amber? Alright ... it's an American strong ale. Whatever. This is definitely a beer that defies easy categorization, and though it's not an instant classic, it is an interesting amalgamation that pushes the envelope just a little on what American brewers have been doing as of late. At 8.9%, one of the tendencies of what American brewers have been doing as of late does detract from the drinkability a little, but other than that, it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Oily, soapy, and slightly bitter hops up front. A candy like sweetness follows.
T: Follows the nose. Oily, soapy, and sticky hops that is a little bitter. Really sweet candy like malt in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the alcohol.

This is not bad, just a little odd. The malt and hops do not mesh well IMO. Worth a try though.

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

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA (poured Christmas Eve).

Poured into a pint glass, dark, russet but also clear, like a cola, with a thin dusting of head.

Smell is rich hops, resiny, pine, a little tea.

Taste is super hoppy up front, woody. That hop yields to a toasty flavor without being super-sweet, subtle underlying caramel. I love how the malt presents here: not sugary but just sweet enough, & defined by its toasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is full, some attack from the hops but not overwhelming. A little sticky after a while.

This is a complex character, very good & tasty but challenging, too. Had no idea the ABV was as high as it is, I'd probably stick with the one.

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Photo of Durge
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass this DIPA looks dark and brown with orange edges and a full oatmeal colored head that settles to a solid cover with excellent lacing. This brew smells a bit sour with malty peat and cider/orange bite. Very alluring. The first mouthful says piny/grapefruit hops and jumps all over the tip of your tongue with tangy bitterness. There's a slight charcoal dryness which is bathed in this creamy malted hop milk shake goody. It's very smooth yet keeps a steady tingling carbonation throughout. I pick up a near licorice quaity that adds some complexity. This is on the edge of being full bodied but is undoubtedly one Hell of a good beer. Hop heads should be very pleased but there is much more here, particularly the malt sweetness. Very drinkable for such a full flavored beer. Another VICTORY!

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

Poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of dark beige head. Decent retention. Color is a dark ruby copper. A lot of sediment is in the glass.

Aroma: Tons of hops hear. Floral and caramel notes. Some bread flavors. But just really a ton of hops, citrus, and grapefruit.

Taste: Starts out with a nice citrus mix, then comes the floral hops and caramel come in. Lots of bready malts balance this out a bit. I also get a touch of toffee.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter, but kind of crisp. Medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. Ends happy with a touch of booze.

Overall, this is just a big ol' hoppy beer. I like it, but I don't love it. I'd drink it again if it was offered me, but nothing I would go crazy to find.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A large pour at TMac, brownish red with a light tan head some lacing don the sides as I drank.

Smell was really understated, couldn't detect much. The pine hop taste hits you hard and then the malt sweetness kicks in.

It hits the tongue light with the harsh bitterness of the hops and then feels heaveier by the aftertaste. Drinkability is OK, but more than one would be a bit too much IMHO.

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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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