Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not had anything from Victory for a while. Good to see them come out with something new. This beer pours a rustic ruby color, with a good two inches worth of heading. Lots of chunky yeast can be seen floating around in this brew. I am not getting a whole hell of a lot from the smell, but the subtleties of the hops and malt make it pretty decent. Taste is much hoppier than I was expecting. Really earthy, well rounded hops mix with the dark malt really well. Extremely well balanced as well, everything plays well together. It does not come off hot at any point in spite of a pretty high ABV. Black IPAs seem like a sort of trendy new style, but if this one were to fall within that category, it would be a standout. This beer further solidifies Victory Brewing's reputation for being one of the most solid out there. Cheers

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished copper colored with a low oatmeal colored head that settles quickly. Particulate matter is suspended.

Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit hops.

Fresh and bright hops flavors upfront, lots of fresh ruby grapefruit and orange rind, faint pine. Mild honey malt backbone rides beneath, but this one is mostly tasty hops. Firm bitterness emerges in the lingering finish.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of bminor7
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from Savemore in Clifton Park NY.

A - clear copper brown. light tan foam that laces well.
S - strong hop presence. dark malts are muted. almost marzen-y.
T - hoppy. not excessive, well done with the malts. like a baby barleywine. the bitterness is almost undetectable in the finish.
M - creamy carbonation that isn't over the top. teeth's enamel under attack.
D - good. despite the 8.7% (not 8.9% as indicated above). could manage 3-4

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this in Maryland.

The pint came with a thick tan head that showed very good retention. The beer was very dark and allowed light in around the edges. Like a super dark brown sugar color. A nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is bold and of pine & lemon. I was actually a touch shocked how strong the aroma was.

Bang, out of the shoot the hops make their presence known and let you know, they are not leaving. Very strong hop bitterness mingles with some abv heat.

Mouth feel is almost warming from the ABV. There are beers that I am shocked how much ABV there is based on the flavor. This is one where I thought it was higher based on the amount of alcohol that is present.

This certainly cuts down on the drinkability for me.

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

A: Super dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The lacing is off the charts. The crazy thing is I think it has gone down over the 2 weeks I have been drinking mine.

S: Raw hop cones. Bitterness. A touch of roasted malt. Little bit of burnt stick as well. Lets be honest this is all about the hops and it does not disappoint.

T: The great thing about this beer is the massive hop flavor and the touch of roasted malt they used to balance it out. One of the darkest wet hopped beers I have ever seen and I think it benefited from it.

M: Nice and sticky. Just a bit thick.

D: I love this beer. The hops are off the charts and the dark malt are a match in heaven. Too bad this beer is already gone. Drink them ASAP. Cannot wait to get this next year.

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Photo of BWH3
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Marvelous deep translucent brown with 1-2 finger breadth thick foamy head. Great look for an old ale.

S: Loads of fresh musty damp lupulin aromaphors pellet my nares. The grains give a dry roast aroma but little more. Not the contribution from the grains you expect in an american strong ale.

T: The first brush of those hops on the tongue are awesome. Crisp, earthy and refreshing but this quickly gives way to a dry tea flavor. The high is much higher than the low so this one is not bad. The malts again add little to the complexity.

M: Moderately dense. Very still. Awesome head.

D: Looks and feels like a strong ale. Smells and tastes like a harvest ale. Unique, but not worth visiting over and over again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a well balanced attack of crystal and roasted malts along with a stiff, bitter hop aroma. The citrus character overwhelms the warm malt scent. The taste is decent. It's damn hoppy which is good for me, but the balance is lost and the malt backbone is really playing second fiddle to the hops. It's goes down easy with a powerful citrus hop blast all the way through to the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I love hops, but I prefer more of a balance when dealing with strong ales.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very dark brown way darker then I was even first expecting, lots of carbonation and a very thick white foamy head, very beautiful appearance for sure

Smell- right off the pour the smell on this beer was certainly very strong even with my nose a foot from the glass, lots of beautiful strong bitter hoppiness on the nose, just has that beautiful hoppy nose you look for in a beer of this style

Taste- hops certainly abosultely dominate every aspect of this beer, super long bitter finish that just lasts and last long after its finished, slight one dimensional in that I wish it had a slight bit more malt to just kick in a tad on the mid palate, overall very strong and flavorful

Mouthfeel- Creamy thick and smooth, actually a very very nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very easily drinkable, the alcohol is with out a doubt super well hidden, if anything actually could kick down the drinkability at least a little bit its that its so hoppy you have to really take it slow, a good beer lacking a touch of balance, one worth seeking out and another very high quality beer from victory, the quality can certainly be appreciated

--Retrying on 4/15/2010-- have to say this beer was still extremely stellar and very much enjoyable beer, this was really adjusted up the drinkability higher and smell down tad, overall though this is a really really really solid hop bomb of a beer with great enjoyability

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

The beer sort of exploded when poured into the glass, filling it full of foam and overflowing. Once things settled down the beer had a dark orange/brown color. The head is off-white and had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus, pine, and manure. Odd thing to pick up, probably most people would say it smells of compost. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter. I think this beer was once listed as a DIPA, and that is what it tastes like to me. All hops. Hints of citrus and hay with a little earthiness. Alcohol is well hidden and not detectable. Has a large body and nice carbonation. Enough body to carry the bitterness. Another beer for hopheads. I enjoyed it but only one beer a night.

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

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a good looking dark ruby brown with a thivk light khaki head.
the aroma has got resinous earthy citrus rind hoppiness, with some sweeter almost candy-like berry aroma.
the taste has a sweet aspect up front with citrusy hop flavor and a something remeniscent of one of those strawberry candies that is wrapped up to look like a strawberry. there are some other berry flavors floating around in there too, the sort you might find in some barleywines. there is a also a substantial toasted malt component in there, sort of like a bitter or scotch ale. the bitterness comes in middle to back and cleans up, but not before dropping some candy/citrus rind flavor. overall, a pretty unique flavor. about 75-25 in favor of hops.
it's medium bodied with active, but soft, non-abrasive carbonation.
the drinkability is pretty damn good for a beer that's almost 9%. the booze is present, but pretty mellow. this beer has a bit of a split personality... one part double IPA, the other part barleywine/scotch ale... or maybe thats three parts... well whatever, it's a bit confused, but a tasty beer. it's arrogant bastard-esque for a good reference beer, albeit with a little different hop profile.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint.

A--Deep plummy chestnut body, quite handsome for the season, with a two finger creme colored head. Decent lacing but retention wasn't all that impressive given the hop levels here.

S--Again, the hops are fine, they're big and floral and raw, with some real biting astringency that comes through even in the aromas. But given how deep the body looks, where are the sniffs of malt? I get very little caramel or munich or spicy rye--I can /see/ it; I just can't /smell/ it. If you blindfolded me I'd think this was Smuttynose Finest Kind.

T--And..the comparison holds for the taste profile as well. Pretty much tastes like Smutty's IPA, with lovely citric, floral, and a little pine on the back end from the hops, except I feel more light headed when I'm finished the bottle. SN Celebration has a bigger malt profile, and it's lighter in body! So, let's review: darker body, without more complexity in the profile, and I get drunk faster. Enh, no thanks.

M&D--No complaints on the mouthfeel, as it's sufficiently smooth and carbonated. But I don't think I'll be going back for more.

I'm not Victory hater, not by far, but why the hype on this one? Tastes sloppily hopped and simplistic to me, but I may be missing something.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a surprisingly dark almost a dark ruby with a thin light brown head. Nose is slightly malty and has a nice amount of hops.

Taste is awesome! Very nice and rich with a nice hoppy and malty backbone. Very rich finish with some light astringent bitterness. Very good brew!

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to try this new one before committing to a case. Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big, foamy 2-finger tan head on top of an auburn/ruby red colored and clear brew. Head recedes pretty slowly, and leaves nice rings of lace.

Smell: Big hop presence of grape fruit in the nose. Slight hints of roasted malts and an additional sweetness. Not a huge aroma, but fairly well pronounced.

Taste: Delicious. A bready caramel malt backbone introduces itself first followed by a strong grapefruit and pine hop presence that is both pickly from the carbonation and bitter. Through the finish, a peppery sweetness appears and a lingering bitterness remains for quite some time. Finish is also sweet, as the hop flavor subsides a little. As the beer warms, the malts come forward a bit more, and gets a bit sweeter, but by no means is it cloying.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation in the middle, bitter and oily in the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Hides the alcohol real well, just a very light warming on its way down. Medium bodied.

Very very solid beer. Right up there with Hop Devil in my book, but maybe even more dynamic in its flavor profile.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been looking forward to this one...

A - Dark, but not quite black. Lots of head. I had to wait to pour the whole bottle. Sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Hops, together with roasted malts. Not overpowering.

T & M - Very dry. Sharp hops, and the alcohol bite isn't very hidden. Mouthfeel is on the watery side. Dark porter-like malty flavors, but without the body to back it up.

D - It has grown on me as it warmed, but the strong bite of the high ABV limits the drinkability.

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Photo of Brez07
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint Glass

A: Dark cherry red hue. Leaves a 1 finger sand colored head. Very minimal spotted lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles cascade upwards in the middle of the glass

S: I get hops upfront, then some floral/earthiness. There is a hint of raisin and chocolate

T: Light grapefruit taste, also some orange. There is also a touch of chocolate and cherry

M: Medium bodied with some creaminess. Has a dry finish

D: Considering this is closer to 9%, fantastic drinkability. I find this very similar to a standard IPA. Another great beer from Victory

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

12 oz. bottle, excited to see a new Victory product around,

A: Pours a dark brown, much darker than I thought it would be, rich creamy head, with light lace.

S: Dark cedar/pine nose with some dark bread/pumpernickel.

T: This ale certainly has a lot of malt, bordering on Barleywine. Molasses, sweet maple with a clear bitter melon/white grapefruit hop flavour. Not a lot of complexity in the hops here for me. Booze is noticable.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, resinous, nicely done.

D: A good beer, it isn't exactly what I was expecting. In the end above average, though I found it monotonous at times, hence the 3. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like oranges and pineapple hops and caramel malt, with earthy roasted barley. It tasted like orange and pineapple and copper hops, with some caramel malt and roasted barley. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this beer had a good clean flavor with nice hops and malt, but it seemed to suffer from an identity crisis. Is it a double IPA? A black IPA? Something in between? The tropical hops seemed great for the summer, and the roasty malts seemed great for the fall or winter. Together they were confusing. I would prefer a straight double IPA followed by a straight scotch ale or doppelbock. It was still easy enough to drink, but didn't end up being as enjoyable or special as I hoped.

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

Pours a dark amber/brown with orange highlights. Big white foam head (surprising given the abv).

Smells like toasted caramel, some bitter, piney hops, and a bit of earthiness.

Taste is surprisingly toasty. Really kind of a strong ale meets ESB. Roasty, toasty caramel backbone, some accompanying earthy, bitter, piney-ness, and a dash of brown sugar sweetness.

Quality. Nicely balanced. But, my heart will go on.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

"Enjoy by: Nov 16 2010" I don't think I'll wait that long, thanks... Into the classic American shaker...

A - Mahogany body, with ample tan head. Some lace sticking and very nice retention. May not win any beauty pageants, but it were the girl next store, I doubt any guy would complain...

S - Malt supplies a nice roasted and smokey aroma with slightly sweeter coffee notes, dry and just simple enough to give the hops lots of room to shine. And they do, showing spicy, rum-like notes balanced out with a big juicy orange quality. More than solid.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate malt and citrus at the entry, with building smokiness quickly joining the palate. The citrus turns juicy and climaxes at the midpalate. A rum-like bite starts right before the swallow, and lasts long after the finish, combining with the hops to create an almost to-assertive finish.

M - Remember the last time you had a good 8-9% ABV beer American Ale? That's what the mouthfeel and body are like.

D - The only complaint I could see people having about this beer would be the big burn (*whine, this beer isn't "smooth..."*) in the finish. I love the hugeness of this beer, and applaud the spicy, rum-like character in this big American-style beast. At a pretty reasonable price for a sixer, sounds like a great way for me to drink away my sorrows after watching my Illini crush my hopes at a special season these last two games... D*mnit...

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Heritage and thought it was worth a shot. I haven't seen it around yet and this was on the top of my list of beers to try. Tasted on 11/28.

Pours a clear brown, sort of amber color. I would call it mahogany. Nice light tan bubbly head is produced on an aggressive pour. Great retention and leaves a ton of lacing all over the pint glass.

The nose is fantastic! The hop characters remind me (sort of) to Masala Mama. Don't ask why, and I know that side by side they would be very very different, but I pick up lots of similarities here. A nice combination of floral and citrus hops is obviously the focal point, but it's very approachable and not over the top. A hop heads dream, if you will. A light malt backbone is detected in the background, but no alcohol is present.

The taste, while good, is nowhere near as good as the nose. A nice combination of the same earthy and floral hops, but it's just not as good as the nose. More malty and a warming alcohol presence is noticable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, right on par with a DIPA. Has a creamy feel to it. Drinkability is great, I actually did a double take when I read on the bottle that this was 8.9% as it just doesn't seem possible because it's so well hidden.

Overall, another solid brew from Victory. I haven't been disappointed with any of their brews yet, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This unique brew definitely does stand on the fence between a Dubbel and an Imperial IPA.... However, I must emphasize the hop content is certainly apparent and strongly overrides the malts... A highly drinkable brew for such an elevated abv...
another hit from Victory....

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clear and deep burnt umber body, and a dense three finger thick head, gave this beer a dignified appearance. The aroma was quite mild for a beer featuring a hop cone on the artwork so prominently. The hops that were present were earthy and spicy, and backed by caramel malts. The taste was toasty with a large helping of spicy and herbal hops. Some pine and citric hop presence, but not as much as most others of the style. Somewhat sticky in the mouth, although the body was not as thick as most other DIPAs. Aftertaste was mouth tingling but short. Enjoyable DIPA, but there are many others that are more remarkable.

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

A great beer when I had it upon the initial release, Yakima Twilight has become somewhat of an enigma to me lately. Maybe I haven't been in the mood for the style, but none of my pints lately have really reach out and grabbed me. But tonight it deserves my full attention, and this bottle (my first) will serve nicely.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a deep, ruddy brown with a huge, light beige head on top. It's tight bubbles hold very well and never really drop at all.

SMELL: Some resinous, citrusy hops. Some charred chocolate. But not a whole lot else. Surprisingly mild.

TASTE: A caramel, bready base forms a nice, sweet base for this beer. The hops take quite a while to come around, but by the finish they've fully announced themselves. Not overly bitter, the flavor really stands out as pure west coast. Balanced if nothing else, this is a killer combination of sticky hops and sweet malt.

MOUTHFEEL: Maybe a touch to the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation is lower but still reasonable. There's a real silky texture to this that can mute out any harshness in the taste.

DRINKABILITY: Not bad. The aggressive hop flavor isn't the smoothest thing in the world, but there's a decent chance that that's your thing anyway. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, and I had to double check and make sure that 8.9% is right.

A fine ale that's nice to have locally available. This experience with the bottled version definitely exceeded by previous tap samplings. But I'm not ready to go all up in arms about this one - not by any stretch. It's a solid local brew and nice to have around.

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Photo of Mdog
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown, some suspended particles, good head.

Smell: Big grapefruit along with a sweet smell and some roasted aroma.

Taste: Excellent, similar to smell. Pink grapefruit sweetness and bitterness, some caramel and toffee notes, and roasted flavors in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite new beer of the year.

I wasn't sure if this was a fresh hop or DIPA beer but managed to get a sample before buying. Excellent stuff, kind of right on the borderline between DIPA and barleywine, plenty of malt behind the hops. The roasted flavors are a first in my experience too. Highly recommended.

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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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