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 TheycallmeTim
3.16/5  rDev -20.2%
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%
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 +4.3%
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 -5.8%
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%
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 -9.1%
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 -4%
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%
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 +12.9%
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 +6.6%
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%
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%
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 -5.1%
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 +18.7%
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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Photo of micromaniac129
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours with a deep amber with some ruby hightlights. A big head is present but it fades quickly to a thin small layer that is substained.
Medium carbonation.
The aroma is that of hops, floral and spiceiness
A hint of malt can be sensed, too.
The taste is very hoppy. Pine resin, spice can be sensed. Maltiness comes through at the end. Bitterness too. I taste a bit of cloying.
This beer drinks and feels very smooth with a nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear but dark mahogany-amber with a 1.5-finger tan/khaki head. Bright ruby when backlit. Some splotches of lace.

S: Very nice -- juicy grapefruit with a touch of brown sugar. If it was a tiny bit stronger, smell-wise, I'd give it a 5. Edit: 2nd bottle consumed had a bit of a "sweatsock" smell to it, so I'm knocking this down to a 4. Weird. Will post again after trying another bottle.

T: Caramel malt is there, but gets beaten down by the hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit and pine hop bitterness follow, with bitterness coating the mouth and lingering well into the aftertaste, causing a mouth-watering response to that dry bitterness and encouraging the next sip. As it warms the caramel, toffee-like malt sweetness becomes a bit more evident. There's even a touch of cocoa powder at times. Alcohol warming is felt in the belly and provides a touch of peppery spice at the back end.

M: A little bit thinner than expected. Call it medium in heft, though on the lighter side. Carbonation is active without being prickly.

D: Excellent. Goes down real easily if you like big hoppy bitterness.

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

Pours a crystal clear ruby brown color with a big tan head that left a sheet of lacing as it dissipated. Big aroma of citrus hop; nice juicy grapefruit profile with a touch of a toasted malt. The taste is of resiny, piney hops with some citrus notes. A toasted bready malt supports the big bitter hop profile. There are some hints of chocolate in the malt as well. The brew has a moderate body with fairly soft carbonation that leads to a silky feel; finishes with quite a bitter asprin blast which is a little rough for my liking. A tasty DIPA for sure, big hop profile. To me the malt was there for color as it didn't really help smooth out the hoppy bitterness. Most will like this but the finish hurts the drinkability for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark mahogany/maroon with slightly off white head. Head appears as dense and seems to have nice retention. Leaves heavy lacing on glass.

S: herbal and spicy hops on the front...and back for that matter... this is very hoppy with a hint of caramel malts peaking through

T: The hops aren't quite as aggressive as the nose would suggest, but rather seems to be in balance with the malt profile. The malts are more prominent on the tongue with some bready and caramel character. The finish is slightly bitter, but not too much. Very nice balance.

MF: This is very creamy and silky for a big IPA and I like it. It allows the spicy hops to be prominent without leaving a sharp finish.

D: This beer has an in your face hop profile, as is standard with double IPAs, and it also has a nice malty backbone to balance everything out. This beer is very drinkable considering its high ABV. It is nice to see beers this big in 6 packs. One of the reasons I like Victory so much!

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Hop City poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep amber brown with an absolutely massive creamy off-white head that shows exceptional retention and lingers as a big creamy cap and leaves good lacing.

The aroma starts with a big dose of fresh green hops along with some sweet citrus. There is a solid doughy malt aroma in the background.

The taste is bitter with floral hops up front with the hefty malt bill coming in after that to form a healthy backbone underneath. The finish is big and bitter with the pine lingering after each sip.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and bitter with the green hops and citrus. It's slightly dry in the finish with some oily hops on the palate.

A very hoppy, resinous IPA with enough malts to balance things out. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.

Floral but relatively light hop nose.

Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head's beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I"m the liquor store the other day and see this on the shelf. I've never had anything bad from these guys and since it's not quite time to enjoy the holiday and winter beers yet, I figured this would be a good chance to try something totally new and take a chance. From what I've seen of other reviews on here, this is one of those beers that you'll either love or hate and certainly after trying out, I think that's the case with this beer. I've never had anything quite like it and since it's well-crafted, any imperfections here are clearly balanced out by the uniqueness of this brew!

Without a doubt this had the best pour I've seen in a beer this year - a rich, long-lasting head of beautiful froth, lacing nearly matching that in intensity, and a gorgeous hue of radiant mahogany. The hops are bold here and certainly do not take any prisoners but this is by no means a "hop bomb". Instead, what we have here is a combination of an IPA, a strong ale, and a bit of an English Brown Ale. The citrus flavors are felt from front to back along with caramel, alcohol, a hint of licorice, and a feel of the aforementioned Brown Ale. The result is a beer with a nice mouthfeel, a strong presence and easy drinkabillity, and probably a bit too much alcohol for it's style. Sure, it's listed as a Double IPA, but the pine, resin, and dry-hoppiness aren't here. Thankfully, the complexity goes way beyond any one style and things are fused pretty nicely here.

No doubt this is strong and one in a session is probably the right number. I heard that Victory will no long be brewing the Prima Pils but take solace in this - this is great beer that goes beyond the bounds that I'm accustomed to. For this time of the year of mild days and cool nights, this fits in perfectly. Without a doubt the most unique beer I've had this year.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just grabbed this one from the local bottle shop in a mix and match deal. Poured so pretty brown with tan fluffy head, and smelled so damn good I had to log in and tell the BA how good it is.This ale is a deep brown with thick and fluffy head. The taste and smell hold nothing back hops hops hops hops.. welll it is a DIPA so the grain and booze sneak in a little. This brew goes down so smooth and rich. The after taste is not strong for the style and the mouthfeel is not as thick as one expects. Victory has done it again, damn proud to live in PA. I may have found my Christmas brew.

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

The body of Yakima Twilight to a little darker than most IIPAs; it is brown with orange hues. The head is an off-white color. It is huge, billowing, and creamy. Some nice patterns of lacing is left behind.

The hop aroma is big, bitter and grapefruit flavored, but the malt bill is pretty large too. A strong roasted character comes through in the aroma.

The bitterness is powerful and biting in the front end, and then the hops start to bring lots of citrus flavor. Behind that is some sweet malt, but the malt toward the finish tastes slightly like bitter chocolate, with a dark, roasted character. Not the normal malt bill for a IIPA, but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A little oily while in the mouth, and dry after the finish.

Yakima Twilight has solid drinkability for a IIPA and is yet another good beer from Victory.

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Photo of ithacabaron
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clean, deep brown. Nearly opaque from the side, when held up to the light it shows off its redhead roots. Cap is light tan, with "toad's eyes" bubbles. This soon fades down to a soapy film. Had to save the last little bit back in the bottle due to yeast.

Aroma is very citrusy, bright, with notably sour elements of pure grapefruit juice. Exceptionally fresh, there's still a strong whiff of the brewery here, a little spent yeast, a little grassiness. Way at the back, a sober note of graphite rises in the back. Decent, but has flaws.

Chalky, dark malts hit the palate first. A flavor of chestnuts appears mid-palate, but is quickly overwhelmed. The hops disappear almost entirely into the background, and a aggressively sour, quinine-like lash carries through the difficult swallow. Remarkably unpleasant -- and that comes from someone who usually loves both sour and bitter flavors, Double IPAs and Cantillon alike.

Mouthfeel is fine and mellow.

Drinkability is a tricky beast -- it's not a pleasant beer, but the intoxicating strength of it begins to convince you it's better than you originally thought. Sadly, that's all it is.

I expected so much more from this beer, and it has flaws that could be easily corrected. This is sold as a Dark Double IPA, but the flavor of the dark malts is almost completely overwhelmed. More aroma hops, a little less on the bittering end, a chance for the roaster's art to shine; this has potential, and I hope to see a more balanced formulation should they brew it again next year. Sadly, this time around, it seems to have missed the mark.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this and was thrilled to see it in the beer store. I picked up a six pack. This tasting was a bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. It's a very dark double IPA...a dark brown with amber hues. Thick frothy head that never fully goes away. Lots of lacing on the glass. Interesting that there is a fair amount of sediment floating around. The sediment isn't moving, either...it's just sort of suspended there. Honestly, I wasn't sure what style this was (IPA vs DIPA), but I knew with the first whiff. Big hop presence in the nose. Kind of sweet, too (caramel?). A hint of citrus. The taste follows the nose. Lots of bitter hops. The bitterness certainly lingers. I'd prefer if the bitterness was toned down just a bit. The citrus in the mouth is more noticeable than in the nose. The grapefruit also has me chomping my teeth. It's got a pretty heavy mouthfeel for a DIPA. Leaves lots of stick. It's definitely a sipper. All in all, I like this beer and another double IPA available in a six pack is never a bad thing.

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