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 FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated best by Nov 23, 2012, so plenty of life in this bottle. Pours a clear mixture of brown and red in the body with a three-finger light tan head. The color could be described as a dark red ale or a light brown ale. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like an IPA to me. Citrus hops dominate the aroma with a bit of pine resin. Only a slight notice of the malt and, in the aroma, it does not smell roasted to me.

The flavor is still IPA-leaning, but not overly hoppy. The balance of malt and hops is good, and the hop notes tend more toward the bitter pine and grapefruit in the flavor. A slight earthy spiciness finishes the flavor nicely.

Light to medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Ususual and enjoyable.

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

Pours brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows roasted malt alongside resinous, earthy and spicy hops. Also some chocolate and nutty notes.
The flavours are less roasty, more hop-focussed with big piney notes. Some nutty hints also show but not much malt otherwise. Subtle spicy hops too. Pretty nice stuff.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a fresh growler into a 16oz. pint glass. Deep ruby brown with a 1-finger head the color of sun-faded beige wallpaper. A touch of lacing.

S: Sharp, bright, crisp and citrusy. Bitter grapefruit, lemon zest, some dried pine needles, and a small hint of roasted malts.

T: A vanilla-smooth front with a bone-dry and bitter finish. Chocolate malts and rounded hops in the mouth with a nice dry, grassy bite of hops (like biting freshly-grown hops!) in the aftertaste. Some robust maltiness in the overall flavor with a nice hint of citrus hops and some chewy nuttiness in there as well. Not what one would expect from this beer after smelling it, but it's delicious regardless!

M: Unexpectedly smooth up-front with a frothy, cloud-like texture in the mouth. A dry after-feel with some nicely inviting tannins sticking around.

O: A nice beer to be sure, but I wish it tasted a bit more like it smells! A good experiment with a great result!

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one tonight from a pint glass with hummus and pita chips. The glor6y pours kinda weak, like flat soda. I had to adjust the angle to get any kind of a head on it, which faded fast. The smell screams citrus, clover and lemon. The taste is rich dark malts with hop assertive presence that tastes nicely hoppy and fun. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with some warming and phelonic aftertastes. Overall, quite nice.

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Photo of nitro0292
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, not black. Ample tan head sits atop and leaves plenty of chunky lacing until the last sip.

Smell is of resinous piney hops with a strong and definite roasted malt aroma. Malts contribute to the aroma more this year than last (or my nose has gotten better).

Taste is bitter and resin hop oil which blends into a smooth onset of caramel and roasted malts. More balanced this year, as it is not puckering. Remains undeniably hop-forward. No taste of alcohol is evident. Dry finish with a strong, pleasantly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly creamy.

This year's recipe seems improved over last year's. This is one of the best BIPAs I've had and another "Victory." Keep it coming!

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Pizzeria Uno's. Poured into a pint glass, furnishes a 1" head that quickly dissolves leaving some thin, spotty lacing. A pretty dark, lager like brown that lets minimal ligh through. The nose is a great mix of hops and malt. The taste is quits unique. It's both hop and malt foward at the same time. This is quite refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit bitter, and lingers for quite a while. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with ruby translucence and beige head.

Smell is pine-forward with burnt brown sugar for balance. Pine is not overdone or artificial. Earthy and fresh.

Taste offers similar pine notes with more grapefruit citrus, caramel malt balance. Some roast comes through with a bit of smoke and oak where citrus bitterness takes over.

Well bodied with even carbonation and some stickiness.

Solid black IPA

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into NB globe glass.

A: Dark, transparent, ruby red in color. Two fingers of bubbly off white head, good lacing.

S: Hoppy grapefruit, pine, and citrus with hints of toasty malt and dark cherries.

T: Heavy on the hops up front. Tastes very fresh and clean. Underlying tastes of bittersweet chocolate and toastiness. Hop tastes stays strong throughout with lingering grapefruit bitterness.

M: Surprisingly light bodied for the high abv. Medium carbonation. Nice consistency.

O: I will buy this every winter from now on.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Duvel tulip, best by 11/5/12. Thank you to Jayli via Secret Santa 2011.

Purple red like an heirloom tomato quickly denies the light near the center. A poofy dark khaki head does well in sticking to the glass, creating a screen on a third of it, well done.

I smelled pine initially, but this turns to what I can nicely describe as earthy. For the first time I seem to experience what some must describe as "cat pee" or "onions"; this mimics spiced sausage or earthy mushrooms. From the bottle conditioning yeast there is the aroma of the Chico strain yeast, neutral unless poured, it hangs like a cloud when it is. And oh yes, grapefruit and milk chocolate.

Piney, earthy bitterness with a bit of grapefruit. Dark toast, toast with melted cinnamon sugar, and cocoa show the slight differences between this and an IPA. That Chico yeast is still evident and hard to describe.

On medium carbonation is a slick medium body.

For me this is just one of those very nice beers where everything seems to work. This may be the best crafted Black IPA or whatever I've run across.

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Photo of dcook11
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber/blood red body. No visible carbonation. Two finger off white head with good lacing.

S- Pine, Citrus, Juniper, Dark berries, some roasted malt.

T- Excellent taste! Piney hops initially, followed by dark roasted malt and coffee. Leaves a lingering bitterness on the tongue, but backed up solidly by a strong malt backbone.

M- Medium verging on heavy bodied.

O- Excellent.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: An attractive redish brown color. Thick off-white/tan head, dense. Lots of lacing and nice, foamy cap. A little darker and this would be a 5.0.

S: A good bit of citrus and pine hops. Not really getting much more than caramel malts.

T: Pretty balanced, but no doubt this is a BIPA. Tropical/citrus and resinous pine. Caramel, roasted malts. Big hop finish. This is a tasty beer. Given the high ABV, the alcohol manages to remain fairly hidden.

M: Creamy, full and smooth. No alcohol burn.

O: I like Yakima Glory a good bit. It's a hop forward, but balanced BIPA..another Victory, another solid beer.

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

Dark brown beer with a reddish tinge, smallish tan head without a ton of retention. Lacing is solid. Tempting aroma of heavily citric hops, sweet malt, and bitter roasted notes.

Really a delicious beer, I’d have to put it clearly in the black IPA category. Very strong and vivid tropical fruit hoppiness, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, roasted flavors, char, medium bitterness, faintly boozy undercurrent. Also aspects of pine, flowers, bittersweet chocolate. Modest sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation with a lingering bitter and slightly boozy finish. Drinks like a DIPA in terms of power. The malty sweetness of that style is mostly supplanted in this beer by the burnt and roasted quality, one I really enjoyed. This is a top notch, big and tasty hop forward brew by Victory.

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

Dark, but clean amber in complexion. Very thick, rich head of tan bubbles. Lace is extraordinarily detailed, like a wonderful lingerie, enticing on the glass.

Nose says clean pine hops. But rather than being all hop-bomb, there's a sweet, caramel malt presence, too, taking the edge off the hops. Wonderful.

Taste is strong and rich, with tangy pine hops colliding with thick, sticky malts.

A potent, balanced, and all-around wonderful brew. Exquisite!

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, marked on bottle “Enjoy by Nov 20 2012”, purchased 12/2011. This is this year’s release. Arrived locally about 3-4 weeks ago.

Poured into a British Imperial Nonic.

Pours a very nice, one finger head, which reduces rather rapidly to a thin cap. There is some nice lace though.
Very, very deep dark amber color, beautiful, perfect color. Ale to the max.

The aroma is a wonderful blend of yeast/malt/hops.
The smell is on the light side distinction wise.
The hops and yeast wax and wane as the temperature changes in your glass, but neither are the dominate smell. Good full mouthfeel.
The lack of a distinctive, piney or citrus, hop aroma is the weakest part of this ale. That being said the aroma is quite refined and enjoyable, with hints of vanilla, and nuts. Complex.

Wonderfully crisp, malty, hopped entry into the palate. Wow! Just flat out delicious! Sorry I digress.
The entry is followed by an extremely balanced attack of bitter hops and a malt flavor that is somewhat indescribable, though there is a noticeable chocolate component.
The malt is rich, yet this ale is rather dry compared to its peers.
Very refreshing!
The flavor begs one to have another and another! Drink on!

Long finish of hops and malt, balanced, neither one dominating.

I eagerly await this release every year. What incredibly delicious ale.
An almost perfect balance of hops, malt, and ale yeast.
Despite the relatively weak aroma this is one of my top ten in the black IPA category.
The 8.7% ABV is not noticeable in any meaningful way and for that reason this is a drinker for me.
Delicious!!!, and highly recommended!

Full disclosure: After posting this review I looked at the other reviews and was amazed at the lower ratings on the average. This did not influence my assessment, but I was truly surprised more BA members are not on board with this one. I feel that it is underrated.
Despite the drink by date on the bottle, I do not believe this is one to age, which could be a factor.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark but clear amber with a nice two finger tan head. retention and lacing are excellent.
Smells like an average IPA.
Hop flavor is dominant with a mostly piney character. Some celery-like flavors present also. Dry bitterness lingers looong into the finish.
Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very happy to be able to sample this before picking up a growler. It is very tasty. For a black ale it is more of a dark brown. It was roast malt noted with some sweet notes of a banana or pineapple. There was also a bit of smoke under the surface of this stuff. Good complexity. The carbonation was a bit low but allow for a cleaner taste and I think it complimented the beer style. I am curious to try this in a bottle to see if I like it better.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours up a crystal clear With a lingering off white head.

Smell: Faint piney hop notes and some malt.

Taste: Starts with a slight malt sweetness, that quickly fades as the piney citrus notes come in, leaving a nice ring of bitterness at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, which is nice considering the alcohol content.

Overall: Frankly, until last summer, I thought this whole CDA thing was overrated and a pain in the neck. Since I don't live in the Pacific Northwest, I hadn't been exposed to these beers. Now I'm a believer! Great beer.

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Photo of jayrieg
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not really a big fan of the Victory brews but this one is pretty awesome. This being my second time having it, I decided to write my first review, and must say I did enjoy it much more the first time (not to say it's not great). I think I may have poured this one a little more vigorously than last time, from a bottle to tulip glass.

A - Dark stained wood, a shade lighter than a cola. Pours about an inch of head, which leaves a nice sparkling golden-copper glittery lace down the side of glass.

S - Awesome aroma of hops but without being overpowering and too up front. One of it's best traits.

T - This is the part that varied mildy upon second tasting. At first you are hit with an appreciable amount of hops until you are left with a great malty, dark cocoa, taste. Not too overpowering on either aspects.

M - Good carbonation. Not too much, not too little. Nice weight.

O - Great find! And it's seasonal. So if you see it out I definitely recommend giving it a try. It has a fun wacky name too. Also at 8.7 abv it leaves you feeling a little wacky, without that sweet alcohol taste left lingering... which is nice.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/burgundy color with a quick dissipating, cream colored head. There are walls of lace. Looks pretty nice but I've seen darker.

The nose is a bit disutbing at first as there is an odd scent going on. Maybe a bit too cold but still... There are some hops matched with some nutty malt.

The taste erases the weird nose and slays it with a nice balance of some bitter, floral hops and nutty, sweet malt. The balance here is quite nice and pretty much makes this brew good.

The mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated, leaving a nice dry feel.

Overall, nice balance and good flavors make this brew pretty damn good.

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Photo of aorloski
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a beautiful deep brown, the head is around 2 to three fingers and a deep mocha. poured vigorously into a tulip.

Smell - Chocolate malts, bitter hops.

taste - This is a very interesting beer. Biscuity right up front but rounded out with a very nice hop bite. Victory is known for making hoppy beers (awesome) but this one is beautifully balanced. Some nice chocolate notes on this one to me and the hops are no where close to floral, all pine and bitter but in a good way. It works.

Mouthfeel - Creamy soft and great carbonation

Overall - A year ago this was my favorite beer. I haven't drank it in over a year so i was nervous since i knew my palate has changed a lot. I was underwhelmed honestly, but this one is very nostalgic and still a very good beer. My favorite beer to this date? No. But that is the fun of being a beer advocate, you keep on evolving.

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Photo of Noxious26
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with pry off cap poured in a pilsner glass at Bushwakker.

Dark ruby red with a thin beige cap. Minimal carbonation and no lacing.

Big citrus notes in the aroma. Grapefruit with hints of pine and caramel.

Hop bomb! Assault on the taste buds. Hops smashing the palate. A little malt to balance but all hops.

Medium bodied and a little oily. Minimal carbonation.

A true hop head delight. A little hoppy for me, but a good all around brew.

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

Pours a deep brown red with inch tall light tan head.

Big citrus on the nose with caramel and some darker malts. Light note of mint and also chocolate.

Very fruit forward with a bitterness throughout. Citrus and some tropical. The dark malts appear on the back end, with a slight roasty character. Good bitterness mingles with the roasty dark malt.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium body.

Overall pretty good.

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

appearance- dark stained cheery wood with not much of a head or lacing.

smell- sweet roasty malts and citrus hops.

taste- "YUM" lots of things going on in this beer. sweet roasty malts upfront followed by a fair amount of bitterness from citrus hops that ends with chacolate notes and a little alcohal burn.

mouthfeel- medium to full body with little carbonation and a tart bitter end.

overall- a great balanced beer that pushes the boundaries of two styles to create a new one.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Matt for this Victory brew. Always a treat. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle in DFH Pint. Bottle says drink by December 7, 2011. So here we go.

A: Pours a hazelnut/brown mixture with some nice red hues around the edge of the glass. Minimal head is formed after a vigorous pour. Kind of a light brown, cream color. Lacing is apparent, good signs.

N: Big caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, molasses. Grassy hop character come through, slightly piney. I think the hops have faded quite a bit.

T: Good amount of bitterness to offset some residual sticky sweetness and some nice pine character. More caramel, raisons, prunes. Borderline burnt malt flavor.

M: Prickly carbonation support this sticky brew. Leaves some burnt/piney character after taste on my tongue.

D and O: I dont know how to feel about this beer. I was within the "best by date", but I also feel like the hops had faded quite a bit, and I didn't really feel like it was an American Black Ale, so rating to style is hard. It reminds me of an American Barleywine...It's drinkable, tasty. Just confusing. I like it.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottle labeled Yakima Twilight; I guess before there was a name change. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip...

A - Pours a dark mahogany color with ruby red highlights and hues. A bubbly eggshell white head forms about 1 finger thick and retains nicely. Lacing is light.

S - The aroma is a nice earthy hop aroma with some bright pine notea as well. Floral and almost herb like. Some light roasted malt aromas break through the hops at times.

T - Flavors of earthy hops and some slight citrus. Theres some roasted malts and some peppery spice to it as well. Slight caramel at times. The hops give a nice floral component to an otherwise very earthy flavor.

M - Medium bodied beer and quite carbonated; not overly so, but just more than I expected.

O - Not too bad. Still not sure how I feel about American Black Ale's, but this seems like a nice go to.

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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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