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

From cask into 14oz glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black with little head and no lacing.

S - Hops, pine and some fruits.

T - Chocolate with roasted malts and a hint of pine.

M - Medium bodied that goes down smoothly.

D - Very drinkable but not in big quantities.

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Photo of capra12
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on 11/10/09.

Appearance: dark brown, clear with little head, no lacing.

Smell: citrus/ piney and earthy hops

Taste: opens citrus/ piney hops as a forestty hops come in the middle to end as bittering hops emerge in the finish leaving a bittering/ piney and slightly tangy aftertaste.

Moutfeel: light bodied, with moderate carbonation and rather dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to one who enjoys a simple citrus/ piney opens which fluctuate between the two as a bittering hop takes over the two. Speedwayjim needs to try this. Lol

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

Pours a deep ruby, nearly brown ale color, with a fluffy tan head. Piney, earthy, biscuity, and sweet aromas dominate. The flavor starts with a big chunk of sweet malts, and fades into the piney, abrasive ipa hops we all know and love. It has a full and chewy mouthfeel, and the finish is a clinging strong bitterness combined with the hefty malt presence. This is a big beer, but it's not overly sweet, and is quite drinkable. Much darker and a touch roastier than I'd expect from a DIPA, but delicious and well made. I'm curious what a few months of aging would do to this beer. It seems like it could do very well in the cellar.

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Photo of mirish72
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to pick this up when I saw it. Made me think of an old bottle of Grant's from back in the day. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark reddish amber with a frothy head. Has a strong, but sweet hop profile which carries over to the first sip but with a bit of a malty backbone. A really nice blend that catches me by surprise and is really easy to drink.

Overall I really liked this beer and will pick it up again. Not the most traditional DIPA, but definitely worth trying again.

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

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.(11/07/09) in a 16oz. nonic pint glass at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a ruby hue and one finger of a frothy coffee colored head that left little lacing.

S: Contrary to the appearance this does smell indeed like a DIPA. A citrus and piney hop comes through along with a deep roasted malt character.

T: The roasted malt shines through on the palate along with a complex spicy citrus flavor combined with a piney hop. A pleasant smoke and coffee flavor come into play as well adding even more spice. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected, but certainly interesting.

M: A smooth medium-body beer with no real sense of the 8.9% abv.

D: Fairly drinkable as the flavors are quite interesting and blend well together, but I was not overly impressed.

Overall I find this beer to be certainly interesting, but nothing earth shattering. I enjoyed my 16oz. pour, but was ready to move on from there. Worth a look.

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

Reviewing bottle 4 from a 6-pack (but my first today)

Heard about this on the VBC twitter feed and watched a youtube of the brewmasters describing it.

A: Dark. Maple. clear with a solid head.

S: Strong citrus hops (pineapple & pine) to start followed by ample earthy malts (maple and chocolate) - very nice balance. Surprising considering the color.

T: Complex. Not as citrusy as expected, but definitely bitter. Malts follow with a strong chocolate presence. Haven't tasted much like this before. Akin to Stone Double Bastard, but fresher.

M: Surprisingly thin for the ABV and little stickiness considering the hops.

D: Way too easy to drink. Delicious and easy to have too many.

Overall: Very pleased with this new offering from VBC. Disappointed in price - $11.99 per sixer in NJ. Anxious to try it on tap at the brewpub or otherwise. Looking forward to sharing with fellow geeks over the holidays. Would love to see in 750ml bottles like the Monkey.

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

12oz bottle

Pours a ruby brown color that shines brightly in the light, a strong sticky tan head rests atop the brew. Grapefruit and pine resiny fresh hop aroma in the nose, YT shows its great balance right from the get go. Obviously hop dominated a rich, caramel/chocolate malt body lay beneath. Medium bodied, great carbonation, dangerously drinkable. Victory has got itself a winner here.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is clear and copper in color. Forms a yellow head of tight small bubbles, falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

The aroma is filled with some hops and some malt sweetness. The hops are of the pine variety and they are not as strong as I expected.

Moderately sweet up front. Lots of malt character, high bitterness in the back, pine based bitterness. Finishes nicely without an aftertaste. Full bodied beer, completely nearly thick. Drinkability high, I would order it again for sure. A really good DIPA.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass - Thanks, Nick.

A - pours a ruddy brownish black color with 2 fingers of head, moderate lacing

S - Smells strongly of plum, with a dirty or earthy aroma as well - not digging this.

T - bitterness is harsh with a kiss of sweet malts. Interesting, but not great.

M - low carbonation, bitterness doesn't linger too long

D - The bitterness is just too unbalanced, with the sweet malts imparting a twangy flavor that just isn't appealing to me. Will not seek out another.

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

Appearance: Quite dark with ruby red highlights in the light. Has a monstrous eggshell creamy head that leaves behind a bunch of lacing.

Smell: Quite citric up front with hops stealing the show in the aroma; touches of grapefruit and pineapple. It is also riddled with massive amounts of pine from the hops and even a touch of dare I say 'wet cat hair'. Just a smidgen of chocolate malt is detectable.

Taste: This one is really unique because it harmoniously ties together two quite diverse ingredients and basically causes it to have two backbones if you will. The hops are herbaceous like a pine branch slapping your palate and throughly bitter almost to the Imperial stance, very citric like the nose led on to and surely a perfect choice of combinations. This intertwines with the big malt charateristic here. There is a massive selection of malts from chocolate, to caramelized and sweet like brown sugar; it not only compliments the hops but it also steals the spotlight a bit to give it a big balancing.

Mouthfeel: This is one full bodied brew, rich and creamy as you quaff and warms you up not in flavor but from its moderate abv it totes around.

Drinkability: Big bodied and surely a sipper but I would enjoy another.

Overall: Should be labeled as a winter warmer because I will surely be seeking this out as the snow drops. Nicely combines two massive worlds of beer being hops and malt in such a way that its chaotic chemistry is awarded. I am not a huge fan of comparing beers but really reminds me some of the Indian brown ale from DFH in that it is a hybrid of two very different styles that is finely tuned.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Dark red under a bright light with a black tint. Pretty interesting. Tan head that faded to a cap pretty quickly. No lacing.

S - Bright, spicy, citric hops. Big pineapple note. A slight whiff of alcohol. Slight malts detectable, but barely so. The nose is nice, but a bit one-dimensional.

T - The nose carries through here, except that a chocolately malt base is detectable. The alcohol isn't really evident in taste, but it's a bit warming on the throat. It's nicely done, but to me it seems like the chocolate malt and the citric hops are more at odds than working together.

MF - Full-bodied, but it has enough carbonation to keep things moving along pretty well. Sticky.

D - One bottle is fine, but I don't think I'd want another right after. I haven't had any terribly drinkable DIPAs, so I won't knock it too much for that.

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

Victory- Yakima Twilight

A- Deep dark brownish/ black with a huge thick frothy head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Big powerful fresh green hops, citrus fruit, and a touch of chocolate malt.
T- Thick sweet ripe hops throughout with a nice touch of citrusy; grapefruit and pineapple fruit. Chocolately malt with a spicy black pepper dusting.
M- Thick malt and even thicker sweet fresh hops. Nice bitter dry hop finish. Sugary and bitter on the back of the tongue.

Overall- Boy, this is good. a 6er of this would be quite an evening!

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

Poured a clear reddish brown into the tulip glass, slightly carbonated, thin head with light lacing. With this type of coloring it's obvious there's alot of toasted malts in this one! The aroma coming from the glass is big time malts with hoppy citrus, some carmel, some chocolate going on. The hops hit the front of your tongue right away, followed by a gush of strong carmel and roasted malts, and finishes with a hint of chocolate trailed with intense hops that lingers for quite awhile. The finish of this beer is very dry. The taste of the malt profile is very Germanesque which is so typical of the flavor and malts that Victory is so known for. The initial smell reminds me of an Imperial Red Ale because of the huge amount of malts. This is an interesting IPA that reminds me of Germany meets the West Coast style of extreme hopping. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden and I can see this one as a sleeper that will creep up on you very quickly if you're not paying attention, very drinkable and quite tastey.

I still prefer the Hop Wallop and would like this one more if it weren't so malty. Victory has this love for German malts and I taste it in alot of their beers. I absolutely love alot of hops in my beers and if it weren't for the massive amount of bittering going on here, I would have scored it much lower because I'm not a huge fan of big malt flavors. This is a very unique brew that doesn't really match the description of a IPA typical IPA, it's quite weird but works well. (Thus the beauty of the American brewers, I love it.)

The beer wasn't anything like I anticipated and this is one I wanted to get last year to try and discovered it after the it was all sold out for the season. I've been waiting an entire year to try this beer and it was worth the wait, a very distinct Victory beer. One of the maltiest IPA's I've had.

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Photo of brewerdrew
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yakima Twilight pours clear with a nice creamy head that holds and an awesome hop aroma. The taste as indicated by the smill is heavy on the hops with a huge citrus overtones. Fortunately there is enough maltiness to carry the large amounts of hop flavor so all in all I would highly reccommend this beer especially to Hop Heads looking for a big hoppy beer that I have not encountered regularly.

While delicious, this is a pretty heavy beer with a bit of risidual sugar and therefore I had to knock it a bit on drinkability. I love big beers but they are not what I would standardly call session beers.

Top notch beer that I would definitely buy again . . . I am not surprised given it is made by Victory.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark reddish brown, slightly carbonated, slightly opague with a very thin head.

The nose is rich in sweet malts, caramelized brown baking sugar and complex sweet hops. This translated well to the taste as the hops, while strong, are not overpowering. Instead they work quite well with the malt, leaving a pleasant sweet citrusy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is excellent as the first sips really prime the taste buds, not destroy them with a single flavor profile. This is a nice drinkable session beer, but it did cloy during my second 10oz pour.

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

"The Yakima Valley of Washington is the heartland of American hops, having contributed uniquely flavorful varieties that have helped to redefine American Brewing. Late summer harvest yields the bounty that builds this exciting ale. Vibrant and aromatic, this is their moment of glory as the vines have withered by the time you sip this. Dark malts warm the hops bright edge bringing harmony to the finish. Rest well hop roots! Spring will come and we'll be thirsty again! Cheers."

-from the bottle label

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. An enjoy by date of Oct. 14, 2010 on the bottle.

Pours a clear, moro orange, ruby red color. A huge amount of head with tremendous lacing. Very creamy, thick and rich. Off white in color. A lot darker then your typical DIPA or imperial IPA.

First aroma i'm getting with the nose is tropical fruit. Mainly pineapple. A caramelized citrus smell also. A bit of roasted nuttiness too.

Flavor is definitely maltier then your usual DIPA but i expected that going in. The dark roasted malts are in the forefront here for sure. Sweet brown sugary, caramel and roasted nuttiness on first sip. Followed with a real bitter hoppy finish.

Rich, full and creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and warm on the finish. Not a big boozy flavor but it definitely warms the insides after a few sips.

Overall drinkability is good for an 8.7% abv. This will make a great "winter warmer" for me. A very nice sipper. Not the hop bomb that i look for in my DIPA's but a pleasantly different take on the style.

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

On tap at VBC, wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered it...

A- So the waitresss brings this dark beer to my table, a dark IPA? Twilight is a deep deep amber to dark brown color a tan head.

S- A nice dose of citrus and some earthyness, with a balance of caramel malts.

T- This is great. Bready, hoppy, sweet. A medley of flavor.

M- Medium bodied and has good carb and spicy. No alcohol burn, no off flavors. This is good.

D- 8.9%? Really. Wow, you don't taste it, but you do feel it. I have to stick to one here unless I have someone to drive.

Excellent. Recently had the bottle as well, was a bit nervous that it wouldn't be smooth, boy was I wrong! Nice work VBC!

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

Victory's Yakima Twilight pours a very dark brown with an off white head and some lacing.

Aroma is of toast, roasted malts, and caramel. Hints at the pleasant hoppiness found within.

Hops are forward upfront, laying down a big time bitterness and a sharp bite (pine). The roasted flavors meld perfectly with the hops. Lightly toasted malt that leaves the palate dry and looking for more. Zesty hops are there with all due spicyness.

A quite rediculous mouthfeel, spritzy carbonation that had a smoothness to it. Bubbly with a dry champagne like finish.

Overall I was left pretty impressed with this one. A dark double IPA ? Unique and delicious.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby color with a very thick light brown heading that just wants to overflow. Leaves very nice soapy lacing until about halfway through than turns completley flat.

Smell is high in roasted malt with a nice sweet aroma too. A spicier hop profile is also present seems to balance it out nicely.

Taste doesn't disappoint.Slight warmness of alcohol at first then the roasted maltiness takes over. The spiciness of the hops takes over towards the backend and leave a nice linger.

Mouthfeel foams up something fierce with a nice medium to fuller body. A very lingering of hoppiness on the palate.

Drink is good. Although it is 8% ABV it's very sessionable and drinkable.

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Photo of thain709
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is definitely a dark IPA...deep cooper brown body with a tan head that stands about one finger...the head is pretty creamy which leads to some nice lacing

S - A very balanced nose...lots of roasted characteristics coming at you but then there is a nice crisp hop presence that seems to be a bit floral and earthy

T - The taste shows a lot of balance where neither the hops nor the malts shine...the ending of this beer is all reserved for the hops which I'll get to later...the roasted characteristics really stand out up front...it never becomes to roasted or sweet...some chocolate and caramel notes are present...the middle and ending are where the hops come out...they sneak up on you and smack you in the face with a big bitterness...but once again it never becomes too much...the hops are pretty piney and earthy which provides a nice pairing with the roasted malts

M - Medium bodied...very creamy from the cask...a great lasting bitterness

D - If it weren't for the higher ABV this would be a little higher...but the combination of the taste (roasted malts and earthy hops) and the creamy mouthfeel make this beer stand out

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

Victory's Yakima Twight pours deep amber with a small head in a pint glass or goblet. It has great aroma of roasted malt (some caramel and bready notes) and plenty of hops - perfect aroma for the fall. It is rich and provides plenty of alcohol kick, but is a smooth session beer, as long as your session is one of these (it is 9%).

Overall, think of this as Hop Wallop DARK - another great example of why Victory is a great brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewery on 10/25/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a DEEP clear amber, topped with a tight finger of of creamy light tan head. Retains with a very rich and frothy look, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy lacing. The aroma is earthy and sticky smelling in the nose. Dank herbal notes, plenty of spice, and sharp resins that give this a prickly feel. The hop activity if backed up by a hugely sticky base of bready caramel. This is very roasty and sweet smelling, almost like notes of molasses. It reminds me a lot at times of the malt presence of an Imperial Red Ale.

The taste is much the same, with a piney and spicy sharp bitterness that flows into a more mellow herbal feel. This is well balanced by a toasted backbone of tangy toffeed sweetness, which is just as pronounced as the hop profile. The finish is spicy and a bit resinous, with some leftover malty tang lingering on. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY easy and mellow feel to the carbonation. I'm barely picking up any alcohol and I'm quite shocked to be reminded that this is nearly 9% ABV. Wow, I honestly had no problem putting away an imperial pint of this!

I really enjoyed this on cask last year at the brewery and I think that I liked even more this go around. It's great that this is going to be the new winter seasonal, as the dark feel and festive tasting hop profile on this really fits the season. Plus the drinkibility on this is just KILLER! I'm going out out to find a sixer of this pronto!

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

Poured from a bottle into my tulip glass.

A: A dark brown color with a hint of red, one finger off white head, not much lacing.

S: Not what I was expecting. Spicy herbal hops with a hefty caramel malt sweetness. A touch of citrus and piney hops are picked up.

T: Wow, dark and spicy. Spicy earthy hops start off with hints of pine and some prevalent floral notes. Peppery too. The hefty malt caramel sweetness does not back down and takes over the flavor with some hints of sweet dark fruits and some faint chocolate notes. Finish is spicy earthy hops again with some slight citrus. I am also picking up a rye type flavor. Nice balance, but not what I expected. Very intense, very.

M: Full, prickly borderline cloying with the massive sweetness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D: Medium at best, you cannot have more than one or two of these, intense flavors are going on here.

Overall this was a solid beer, but I liken it to HopDevil on steroids. I was hoping Victory would go a little different direction with this rather than their traditional earthy spicy flavors, but alas they did not. Still a good beer I will seek out on tap.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a growler of this at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Dowingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep brown color, very opaque. The head is 3 fluffy fingers tall, tan in color, big sized bubbles, wonderful retention and stupendous lacing.
Smell: The aromas are pine resin, grapfruit and earth notes.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, grapefruit and roasted earth notes.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is syurupy, thick and smooth with rigid edge.
Drinkability: This beer is trendously drinkable. The only problem is it's so intense it tough to drink more than one.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Amalak
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had off the tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a dark reddish brown color to it, with a decent foamy head and with some lacing. Somewhat opaque.
S- Weird baby powder smell to it or something. Not a fan, really.
T- Very bitter aftertaste. It has a fruity, pearish taste to it, perhaps apple. Strange hop taste that just throws me off a little. Quality, but not in love with it.

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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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