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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 SiepJones
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown. The beer looks black on top brown on the bottom. An inch of head sits on top like a haystack. This beer reminds me of a Smithwicks.

S: Light floral hops on the nose with a malty finish.

T: The hop flavor is a little more resin in the taste than the scent. There is a strong malt backbone. A touch of tobacco on the finish.

M: Slippery mouth, this beer slides right over the tongue. There is a slight tingle of carbonation on the finish.

D: A drinkable beer as there is nothing overwhelming about it. If your in the mood for a maltier, dark pale ale than this is a decent choice.

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Photo of ebby82
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red into a pint glass with a significant head. The head sticks around a long time, and the lacing is also significant.

Aroma is hops and dark malt.

Taste is really great. Dark malts, almost brown sugary in flavor, mix with potent hops. I really enjoy the mixture of dark roasty malts and hops.

Very drinkable, but at almost 9%, it's certainly not a session beer. Works well as a winter beer, but it would suit any season. Another great beer from Victory.

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Photo of ism
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear but very dark amber with ruby sheen, a luxurious two-finger off-white head retains very well, leaving rings and walls of lacing. Deep malt in the nose, with a grassy-citrus hop presence. Strong carbonation in a medium body. Strong citrus hops, but balanced well by dark malt, pine resin emerging as it goes down, with a bright citrus note lingering. The alcohol is hidden expertly.

An exciting, delicious brew fit for hopheads.

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

If you like it bitter you're gonna love this behemoth. BA calls this one a "black ale", but by my palate this is a black IPA. Maybe it was categorized before they style was given a name.

Careful opening this one. I was extra careful on the second one (after I finished mopping the floor and losing half of the first bottle) and still managed to get half a nonic of foam. The foam has great spiderweb structure to it that transfers to the sides of the glass with sticky lace.

The smell is all hops, Pacific Northwest hops throwing off major amounts of grapefruit tang. There's an underlying pine sap there too. The Victory website says "Yakima Valley" hops, so it narrows down the variety actually used a little. My guess is a mixture of the three Cs: Cascade, Chinook and Columbus. But I could be wrong and often am. If you really work at it you can grab some of the malt backbone in the aroma too. It exhibits itself as brown bread.

And the bitterness continues on the tongue, but there's a balancing sweetness from the malts. The grapefruit and sap follow on through, but the malts make a slightly stronger statement and even approach caramel in flavor. The finish is surprisingly clean with only a wisp of the bitterness and sweetness dancing off into the sunset.

So get yourself some blazing hot curry and let this puppy tear right through it and finish the whole thing off with a gingerbread man or too.

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Photo of MJasLee
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown with an impressive head. Head retention impressive as well. Good lacing.

You get a bit of the dark malt smell, but the predominant smell I get is the pine and resin of the hops.

Taste comes across in about the same ratio as the nose. You can definitely taste the dark malt, but the hops come through a bit stronger. The 8.7% ABV is not particularly noticeable. At least, not to me.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of wingman14
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a frothy mocha head. The smell is sweet, with a hoppy nose and subtle malt undertone. The flavor is big, much bigger than the smell. The flavor starts with a hop kick and some bitterness that sticks through the aftertaste. The beer moves into a nice malt background, but the star of the beer is that citrus hop flavor that continues to build as you drink. The mouthfeel could be better, not so smooth but still enjoyable, a medium mouthfeel. This is a nice drinker, lots of flavor, the higher ABV isn't noticeable.

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Photo of kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Pony Bar in New York City. Pours a dark brown colour with a finger of white head. Nice head retention, as some head remained all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus hops with a huge roasted malt. Flavour has some bitterness, but the roasty sweetness seems to shine more here. Medium bodied carbonation. This is a very nice Cascadian Dark Ale, and I'm sure to have it when I'm in the US agian.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout thick tan head with a that forms and is noticeably falling into the beer. The color is a transparent amber but very dark mahogany color.

The aroma is sweet to stark with a slight flower citrus aroma

The tastes are all over the place earthy hop, roasted and crystal malts all come together to form an almost blackberry flavor that finishes dry nice

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Photo of Frosty80
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours medium-dark brown with a golden hue. sits clear, dark amber with ruby highlights

Smell: herbal/grassy hops well balanced by a sweet malt backbone that is clean and caramely. aromas are fairly mellow and elegant

Taste: medium citrusy hop flavor balanced with a clean, caramely malt character. bitterness is low-medium throughout. finish is lightly dry where the bitterness comes through a little more and just a hint of malt. just a tinge of dark fruit perhaps, reminding me somewhat of an overly hoppy scottish ale

Mouthfeel: high-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: solid IPA with a bigger malt backbone than typical, though no where near a barleywine. great option if you wanted something very flavorful and more balanced

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Photo of stonermouse
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, chocolate brown with a minimal head.

Smell is potent and malt-forward. A little chocolate and a little woodiness. Interesting.

Flavor is a bit more malt forward than other Black IPAs I've tried, and more than I expected. Still, it rates well because there's a clean, complex flavor here. Since the hops are secondary, they add a bit of bitterness and dryness, and a little bit of earthiness to the flavor. This is quite complimentary with the chewy malts.

Mouthfeel is nice, and suprisingly clean for how malty it is. A little bitterness sticks around, but not much.

Drinkability is quite good. I'm glad this came in a sixer, because I'm going to keep teasing out flavors as I go, and perhaps revisit my review.

I'm intriged by this brew. It was not what I expected, but it's interesting. The challenge of Black IPAs is to balance the hops and malt, obviously, and somehow get them to compliment one another. Kind of a water-and-oil thing. This one does this well.

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Photo of xpoweruser
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/brown color. Off-white head that sticks around. Clear body with some sediment.

Aroma: Nice citrusy hop notes. Some sweet caramel, toffee and roast notes.

Taste: Nice citrusy hop bite, piney, maybe a little dry, bitterness lingers. Burnt caramel, toffee and roast flavors from the malts. Slight alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel . Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Solid black IPA, but I have had better.

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

The beer poured a nice cola color, but when held up to light there was a noticeable reddish hue that appeared. The beer presented a very nice, thick, dense and big brown head (depending on the pour, I got anywhere from a good two-finger head to as big as a four finger head) that was very well maintained, A nice thin cap was maintained throughout the beer and some nice lacing was left behind as well.

The beer gave off a very nice aroma, not as hoppy as expected, but pretty well balanced with an edge to the hops with a nice toasted malty aroma mixed in. Well done.

The taste was good. Followed the nose well, the beer had a very nice malty flavor with the flavor edge to the hops. I expected the beer's flavor to be the other way around.

The beer had a medium body to it with a nice dry, hop aftertaste. The beer had good drinkability and was smooth but as the beer warmed, the alcohol was noticeable in the aroma and some in the taste, but this did not distract from the enjoyment of the beer. Overall, another quality beer from one of my favorite brewers and I could see myself really enjoying this style of beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with copper highlights. It had a one-finger, light brown head of foam that left thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and grapefruit. There is a strong toasty malt aroma.

T - Good toasty maltiness with a roasty flavor like a porter. Nice piney hop flavor with some grapefruit tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Black IPA although it is not as dark in color as most.

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Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown, this has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps with some hints of weak lace.

Aroma is burnt caramelised citrus, candied citrus, some dark caramelised barley and bread crust. It is like a lot of other, mostly west-coast, standards and, like them, one-dimensionally citrusy-spicy.

Taste is similar to aroma, bitter-spicy burnt citrus up front (not too strong), joined by caramelised raisin and citrus-candy sweetness, some juicy yeastiness. It is fairly balanced up front but after the finish, lingering spicy bitterness hangs around too long. It has light raisiny alcohol but not boozy despite the ABV. It is a bit one-dimensional as with aroma, very humdrum, etc., but it is a well-made beer otherwise and what flavours it has are clear and bright, reasonably balanced and drinkable despite the failings, tediousness and high abv.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red-amber color, not at all black, certainly dark for an IPA. A thick light-mocha coloerd head looks healthy with slow retention.

Sweet-syruppy caramel and oak woodiness in the malt with a quick whiff. Pepper, sweet floral, citric sharpness and a strange sour-dark-wheat aroma with a bit of oatmeal.

The first sip reveals a true Hop monster, Big juicy and also earthy dry bite, citric sharp bite like grapefruit. The malt can olny provide slight relief to the relentless hop massacre of the tastebuds. The dry and bitter tang ranks right up there at the top with any big hop bombs. A heavy, smooth medium-to full feel, slightly too dry becomes chalky in the finish, almost hidden with the smoothness.

a dial 911 hop attack.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

So its brother, Hop Wallop, has gained year-round status, and this new hop concoction has taken the winter seasonal reins within Victory's portfolio.

Dark chestnut color, decent crowning of lace. Quick hit of roasted malt in the nose, mostly all hops after that with suggestions of tobacco, grapefruit rind and peppermint. Fresh, peppy hop character, the bitterness takes hold quick and drops layers of complex citric and herbal flavors. Flexed roasted malt tone; unsweetened chocolate comes to mind. Hops don't let go at all, so the aftertaste is packed with lingering hop resin.

A dream of a beer for all you hopheads out there. Perhaps a bit to harsh for the "faint of palate" beer drinkers--nothing we had a problem with though.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Winter seasonal so fresh. Was dark in color - soda like. Some visible carbonation. It had a small head that quickly settled into a collar and some central wisps.

The aroma was very good especially for the style. Nice mix of pine and leafy hops mixed with dark bready and caramel malts. The taste was also really good and again a good blend of piney hop flavor and dark malts. They kept each other balanced and delivered a very satisfying taste. Only compliant is that it is a bit boozy as it warms up. This review is from the bottle but had on-tap last week and it was even better. Mouthfeel was full with good carbonation and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a really good BIPA that is very refreshing and balanced. High recommend. Avail here in TX. Winter seasonal so I'll have to get my fill now and add to my list to look out for next winter. If avail year end, this would make the rotation. [R;Y]

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Photo of hardy008
2.36/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with orange highlights. Has a thin tan head with little lacing. The aroma is grapefruit peeling, orange peeling, and toasted bread. I hope it tastes better than it smells.

Sadly, it tastes just like it smells. The grapefruit and orange peeling with toasted bread malt do not go together well, and I find this to be rather disappointing.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry. This is not a beer I would recommend or try again.

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Photo of billab914
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a dark mahogany color with a frothy off-white head filling about an inch of the glass. Decent head retention to it and a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a nice mix of hoppiness and dark malts. Some grapefruit citrus and bitterness comes through while some dark malts add a bit of roasted flavor as well as a hint of caramel.

The taste has a lot of herbal bitterness to it right off the bat. I get some roasty malts and a bit of caramel to it as well. In the finish it shows more of a pine and grapefruit bitterness mixed with some bitter roasted flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had a lot of flavor to it and was pretty good overall. It was very bitter in the finish with both the hops and roasted malts adding to that. Pretty decent beer overall, but roasted malts and strong hops isn't really my favorite combo overall.

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Photo of pvsob
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep garnet color with a one inch head (off white) that fades quickly and leaves very little lacing.

S- Aromas of roasted grains, grapefruit, tiniest hint of chocolate, faint smokiness, pine resin, and as the beer warms, light tropical fruit and alcohol. A pretty balanced aroma. No one aspect dominates the aroma. Very nice.

T- Roasted malts upfront followed by a earthy/spicy hop bitterness that carries through to the finish. A little alcohol warming is present as well.

M- Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Feels slick on the tongue.

D/O- All in all a good Black IPA. Personally, I've got a sneaking suspicion that Black IPAs just might not be my cup of tea. Victory is one of my favorite breweries, but I'll more than likely reach for one of their other beers before this one. Worth a try. Cheers.

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

A -Very Dark red, almost brown. 3 fingers of glorious bubbly head. Great lacing too!
S - Smells rich. Strong piny and citrus notes.
T - Sharp orange taste up front, caramel and malt in the middle with a piny hoppy finish. Really interesting taste.
M - Fairly heavy with high carbonation.
D - This tastes in between a strong amber ale and a pale ale. I think it's really intriguing and different but overall I wouldn't drink this regularly. Not too bad though.

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Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark reddish brown with two fingers of off white head.

Smell: A lot of lighty citrusy and floral hops along with a fair amount of malt.

Taste: Bitter hops upfront with a nice malty finish. I really liked the hop's flavor in this beer, but it is a little short lived if I am looking for something to complain about.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is fairly obvious making the beer fairly warm. The beer has a medium body. A very smooth finish as well.

Drinkablity: Dangerously high for a beer with an abv of 8.7%.

A very tasty and interesting beer, haven't had anything quite like it before. Although when it gets warm the alcohol flavor begins to overpower everything else, when drank cold to cool the alcohol is not nearly as obvious.

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

Appearance: A crystal-clear, dark brown-orange body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Lots of leafy, herbal, and lightly citrusy hops over an earthy and toffee-like malt body. Just a hint of alcohol once it's warmed.

Flavor: Up front, the same leafy, herbal, and citrusy hops take charge and provide good bitterness. Underneath, there's a solid backbone of earthy and biscuity malt that keeps everything from being unbalanced (though it's appropriately hop-forward). Just a little spice from the alcohol as it warms. Dark biscuity malt and citrusy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with medium carbonation and a drying finish. No signs of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable given the moderately high alcohol content, this could get you into trouble quickly.

Verdict: Yakima Glory is a solid and easily drinkable Black IPA with a well-hidden punch. Ultimately though, it's a little too leafy and not citrusy enough for my personal tastes.

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

A: I was expecting it to beer darker. It didn't really have a head on it, but all signs of head point to a tan color. The beer itself is more of a very dark ruby color that is a strange shade of brown. It is still possible to easily see through the beer and the beer is rather clear.

S: The aroma is rather pungent. The smell is really strange. Up front, even as you just open the bottle, hops really dominate everything. But on actually smelling the beer there is a lot of caramel and chocolate aromas, as well as an earthy aroma. All of these smells mix together to kind of give a hint towards Dubble like dark fruit aromas. Very unique.

T: The flavor is incredibly complex, and I am still not sure if I enjoyed it or not. There was a roasted malt quality and slight astringency that contributed to a dark chocolate taste. This astringency was combined with a bit of hop bitterness to really create a strange, and not exactly appealing taste. However, there was also a bit of spice and of course citrus. As well as some general and slightly caramel sweetness. Surprisingly balanced, and flavorful with insane complexity. Really the only serious negative is when the bitterness and astringency combine together towards the end of the taste and kinda linger. There was also a slight nutty taste thrown in as well.

M: Medium body and decent carbonation. It seems the glass was more at fault than the actual carbonation level in the beer, when it comes to the lack of head.

D: This beer exhibits a slight astringent note at the end of the taste, which lowers the drinkablity of the beer. Overall, really interesting beer. It is a hybrid, but I have no idea what the mix is (as in which styles were slammed together to bring together the concept for this beer).

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Photo of beagle75
2.58/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Clear, dark brown color with one finger of diminishing cinnamon-tinted foam head.

S: Husky but also vinous fermented grain shares the smell with dark earthy hops and fruit. Fusile alcohols and carbon dioxide are also detected, suggesting an uncomfortable drinking experience to come.

T: Begins sweet, awash with acidity that seems to mask and muddle other flavors early. There is certainly malt in there, tasting of toffee, fruitcake, and candy sugar, but the hop flavors tend to get lost in amongst the acidity. Flavors dry out considerably toward the middle, where a whiff of bitter grapefruit peel emerges, passing by the waning acidity. The finish is dry, roasty, herbaceous, and definitely bitter with the grapefruit peel quality lingering. A fair amount of booziness is detectable throughout.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky but very harsh--burning the palate from the tip of the tongue to the back of the throat--with prickly carbonation.

D: This beer is massively flawed, not really requiring further dissection in that regard. What is interesting is the stylistic place from where this beer takes its inspiration. Whereas most black IPAs inherit their dark "genes" from a beer of porter or stout parentage, leading to a dominating black roast/coffee malt profile, this beer seems to have decidedly Belgian roots. Stylistically its dark qualities remind of a quad--albeit not a very refined one. With hop flavors that are mostly dark as well--nuanced, perhaps--there just isn't the expected clash that somehow ends up working in the best examples of this style. As a strong sipper this beer is not an unqualified mess, but Yakima Glory lags behind many other, worthier, examples of the style.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,661 ratings
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