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

Poured a dark, almost black, with not quite a finger of head that quickly disappeared into lacing. The smell contains bread and roasted coffee and caramel as well as a hint of hops and alcohol. The taste contains a lot more hops than i expected based on the smell. It is probably more malty than bitter, though. I like the balance of the hops and malts, though in a perfect world i would want a little more hops.

Overall, another likeable beer from Victory. I'd get this again.

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

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $2.40. Poured from the Yellow/Green/Purple/Orange and Semi-Tie Dyed label into 16oz Arcadia IPA Pint Glass. Has ENJOY BY: NOV 30 2012 on the front of the label in white.

Aroma- Has tons of hops and caramel blend from the beginning. Malts and sweetness shoots in towards the end of the nose. Well balanced!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a deep brown, semi-hazy body. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Sweet, hoppy, malty, and light sugars pop through. Medium-High Bitterness. Lacks a bit of character...

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and has a caramel finish.

Overall Impression- Very nicely done by Victory but almost a dull Black IPA in my books... Nonetheless, its still an above average brew and wondering who else besides Schlafly and Victory who brews their own "Yakima" brand labeled beer? Good stuff.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into NB Globe. Surprisingly, this is more brown than black..even has a bit of a reddish/caramel hue. Thick thick foamy head!
Very malty but very hoppy aromas, mixed with hoppy caramel.
Very hop forward flavors...caramel, amber like toffee. Something I cant really put my finger on here...I think its the caramel-like malts mixed with the intense hop and some citrus. Its pretty bitter. I would think it would balance with the darker malts, but its still pretty bitter. Overall, a good brew. Its not the almost 9% that keeps you from really drinking this brew, for me its the off-bitterness. Otherwise, nice unique brew and work a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.

Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light pine resin notes with a bit of roast and sweet milk chocolate notes. Clean fermentation character and just a touch of citrus rind hop notes as it warms up.

Appearance: Dark ruby red pour with brick red highlights. A moderate off-white head retains well.

Flavor: More pine-like hop flavors up front with some chocolate sweetness to provide a smooth and understated foundation. Biscuity background malt notes appear but are quickly assaulted by pine resin and citrus rind-like hop flavors. Balance is to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: More like an American Brown Ale than an American Black Ale but it's all good. Probably won't have it again but glad I tried it once.

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Photo of tony223366
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: First of all this head is really impressive. It's 3+ fingers and towering atleast another finger above the glass. Really hearty and fluffy. Nice lacing and retention. The color is a dark chestnut brown with red streaks. All around a gorgeous beer.

S: Tons of dark chocolate and roasty malts. I'm a little stuffy but I feel like the hops don't smell overly citrusy and fresh. There is actually more of a pine note to it. Not even close to the best aroma that I've seen in a Black Ale.

T: Hmm... this is pretty decent. It's different than other black ale's I've had. There are definitely hops and plenty of hops bitterness on the finish, but it doesn't taste bright at all. I guess that's what I miss. There is, however, tons of rich roasty chocolate and coffee notes that is of course awesome. So this definitely takes like 8 steps forward from the aroma. It's actually a really great nightcap.

M: Great medium mouthfeel and body.

O: There's definitely an off flavor that I can't put my finger on, but besides that I think it's really great. It's really bitter but you actually don't get a ton of clean hop flavors. So the malt notes really take the floor.

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

12oz bottle with an Enjoy By date of Dec 10 2010

Drank Jun 6 2012, but the bottle was purchased from a store that keeps most of their beer in a giant walk-in cooler.

A: A deep ruddy brown color with a formidable creamy white head. A thin covering sticks around till the very end. Impressive for being 18 months past the drink by date.

S: Boisterous aromas of tootsie rolls, tobacco, and pine resin mask some more subtle malty and estery notes.

T: Full bodied, rich and malty. But not overbearing or cloying.

M: Impeccably balanced. Its richness and high alcohol content are ameliorated by a gentle purity and plenty of bitter hops and ample carbonation.

O: I hesitated opening this beer on a warm summer evening after a long workout. However, it was surprisingly refreshing. I wish more beers were this balanced and refined. Will definitely purchase again.

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

A - Rich dark coffee-brown with nice tan head that drops off gently but never disappears. Lace hangs in there nicely.

S - Starts out strong and appealing, but vanishes in mid-imbibe. Opens up with a comforting, solid smell though. This beer's weakest link, I'm afraid.

T - Mostly good from beginning to end, although there are moments when it seems to "go bland." Unsweetened chocolate and strong iced black coffee taste as well as some resiny hops rescue it.

M - Thick and creamy. Approaches whipped cream. Should I take a chance and say custard? Never went thin on this reviewer. Without a doubt, one of its two strongest qualities, the other being its Appearance.

O - Really 4.125. Drank this on an unseasonably cool June evening, half a world away from my loved one. It's a comfort beer, the ideal beverage for someone separated by business or other unwanted necessity from his/her partner. Yakima Glory is warm - evocative of winter, fireplaces, and a pleasantly light touch of loneliness and melancholy.

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

Bottled 2011 served in a nonical glass

A - Mostly clear ruby brown with 2 finger soapy tan head with good retention and lacing.

S - Robust malt, caramel and a bit of tobacco spice and herbal hops.

T - Follows the nose with a bit of sweet flavors to start then a climax of complex malts and herbal hops with a touch of citrus with a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy finish.

O - Big malt character and herbal hop presence in this complex black ale. Great winter comfort beer.

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Photo of mattbk
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown, not black, I suppose this is ok? Nice head on it. Appears sort of watery though.
S- Slight hoppiness, sweet, not much here though. Definitely not a full hop bouquet I was expecting from this style. The hops I get are sort of... soapy?
T- Bitterness, some malt/caramel sweetness, no roastiness present, alcohol drying in the finish. But not a whole lot of taste actually. I checked the date? Enjoy by Oct 26, 2012. This doesn't seem right.
M- Best part of this beer, medium full, creamy texture, just the right amount of carbonation.
O- Usually my complaint on black IPAs is that the malt doesn't add enough to the IPA dimension. In this case the hops were clearly muted, and what was left didn't have much taste. Disappointed.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep amber orange, two finger head with some lacing

S-Lots of citrus hops, caramel malts, grassy notes as well.

T-Caramel, more malt than I though there would be, some roasted malt, coffee, grassy and citrus hops, some bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, somewhere between smooth and thick.

O-A good beer but like most Black IPAs the balance between the roasted malt and the hops is not where it should be.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A reddish brown brew with a large frothy head and thick bands of lacing. They don't come too much prettier than this.

S - Grapefruit pith, soap and caramel. Simple, but nice.

T - Delicious hops, an untraceable citrus pith, white pepper, lilies, faint caramel, oatmeal. Very umami.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, mostly refreshing - a teensy bit gummy.

D - Damn good. I will have again for sure. I'm thrilled to still have two left from the six pack after this one. I'd say american black ale isn't really the style though. IPA is more like.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 11/30/2012. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown color, with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, pine, grapefruit, orange peel, floral, herbal, toasted malt, and a touch of alcohol. Some pretty nice aromas that are very citrus hop forward. Taste of big chocolate, pine, grapefruit, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, herbal, orange peel, and a touch of coffee. Nice sized bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, pine, citrus, biscuit, roasted malt, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop bitterness to roasted malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a very nice black IPA. It has a nice roasted malt backbone, which I enjoy seeing in the style; and is very enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky mahogany brown with a large (2-3 finger) tan creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing finally to a thick film and a medium collar with some excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark roasted malt, herbal and floral hops with notes of caramel, licorice, citrus (grapefruit), a very mild scent of chocolate and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was a little malty and bitter sweet with hints of licorice and caramel from the onset and finished with a nice bold hoppy taste and had notes of citrus, a bit of smoke and a slight notion of alcohol. The flavor hung around for a really nice long time with a pronounced hoppiness overshadowing everything else at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a solid medium carbonation.

Overall a brew that settled rather nicely on the taste buds, with a good mix of flavors which virtually hides most of the high ABV...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with hints of dark red with a tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt, caramel and a lot of fresh hops. This is similar to an IPA but it has darker fruitier malts.

T- The taste has a malt presence up front that lasts a split second before the hops kick in and create a long lingering finish. I can pick up hints of coffee flavors in the taste as well. The finish also has a considerable warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Recommended!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark red amber. Faint head, but a bit of lacing. Hops and citrus aroma. Nice spicy hops up front, with some citrus and light malts. Pleasant resiny, hoppy bitter finish. Quite a few flavor changes throughout the taste. A fairly complex, interesting hop forward ale. Apparently a renamed Yakima Twilight.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pouring from a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany hue with a creamy beige head of 3 cm foaming up on a gentle pour. Aroma is some pine sap and grassy hops with just a hint of caramel.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very minimal yet slightly tingly carbonation.
Flavor is a bit of sweet malt and caramel rolls to some pine tree and grass. Finishes very dry with a the slightly astringent bite and also a bit of peppery booze. A nice sipping beer without a lot of complexity. The smooth texture and fairly well hidden booze make it easy to drink.

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Photo of Swim424
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into hoegaarden mug/glass

Pours a dark amberish brown color, with a nice head and nice head retention as I drink. Smells of hoppy scent with sort of some chocolate, maybe oatmeal type malt. Very different than most beers I have had. Taste different. Mostly hops on the back end, and some up front as well. Can't really describe the malt flavor very well. Can taste a bit of alcohol at the tail end as well. Medium, to heavy body. Low carbonation.
Overall this is a decent beer, nothing I would go out of my way to get though.

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Photo of sweetwater90
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark red almost blood color to the beer like a vampire. seems to be very carbonated but we will see with taste.

S- smells pretty florally, with a fruity smell after the floral hop smell. the fruity smell comes along with strong smell that it seems like a combination of fruits to distinguish a specific one from smell

T- Very floral with a semi hop us front taste, and serious floral end. Not much fruitful taste to the beer but non the less a very tasteful feeling throughout. As being a person of not liking hop beers what so ever I am very pleased with this one.

MF- not very carbonated, but if it were more carbonated it would not be as good i feel. Has a medium feel to it but full filling through and through.

O- This beer has not been on my top list of beers as far as hops, I am not a person to buy or consume a more hoppy floral beer, I like the more malt floral beer. But all in all it is a beer that i could enjoy again on a summer day.

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

Dark, deep ruby color. Good sized foamy head, decent lacing.

Smells rich and malty, with some floral notes.

Quite hoppy but it's very pleasant. Some bright herb flavors and bittering notes that aren't too overpowering. Pretty sweet finish.

Good body and carbonation. Nice hoppy bite to it, but is still pretty drinkable.

This is quite nice. Victory did well with this one, not surprisingly.

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

Poured a dark, yet clear, brown/mahogany color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and 'best-by' date clearly marked on the label.
One finger off-white to mocha colored head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is a see-saw between rich roasted malt notes and floral hop notes. Nothing too overwhelming, just pleasant aromas coming through.
The aroma definitely leads you into the taste. Upfront there is just a hint of hop bitterness which then gets usurped by the roasted malt. Towards the finish, the malt and hops battle to a truce with both flavors subsiding to a nice pleasant aftertaste. There is a very good balance between the hops and malts.
Not a lot of lacing around the insides of the glass.
Good drinkability and mouthfeel (although at times it feels slightly thin).
Overall this is a very good interpretation of a black ale. Definitely worth a try and comes recommended.

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

Nice Black Ale..This one is more on the malty than hoppy side but still fairly balanced. Pours a translucent mahogany color, mostly reddish when held to a light. Light tan head, good size and slow fading good retention Significant bands of lace around the glass.

Nose is a bit weak, mostly roasted malts with a little floral thing going on.

Taste is fairly solid. Mostly roasted malt with a significant bitter hops finish. The overall balance is toward the malty side but the hops are fairly pronounced as well.

Mouthfeel is rich but with a crisp hops "bite" at the end. A nice slow sipper that is not too sweet or malty.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle - enjoy by nov 2012

More of a dark mahogany than black. 2 finger tan head that dissipates down to a frothy 2cm that laces the glass. Smell is chocolate, malt, and hops. Well balanced and inviting. Taste has the same malt and chocolate as the nose, but the bitter hops dominate- and not in a good way. It numbs the tongue and goes flat.

Worth a try, but something I won't revisit.

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Photo of haazer
3.19/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mccooles.

A- Deep copper color with red hues. This looks a bit like a lager. Off white, slight brown head.

S- I'm left searching a bit here. Hints of hops, and strong carmel roast malt. More of a malt profile in the nose. But the hops are somewhat weak.

T- Starts as a chocolate roasty malt sweetness. Flavor then transitions into a fruity hop profile. Mostly citrus and orange. Then it rounds out with a milky creamy taste.

M- Medium to full bodied brew with medium carbonation. Mouth is up and down. Starts out smooth and rich, then a tingly bitterness, and then smooths out again. Pretty interesting.

O- Definitely an interesting brew. I like the combo here in the taste, but the nose was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of Adam5150
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a dark ruddy brown with two fingers of light beige head. Good amount of lacing. Nose was powerful citrusy hops, floral bouquet, malt, and a bit of pine. Taste was strong hops, but the malt and citrus mellowed the burst. Very drinkable with nice palate.

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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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