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.

Added by sholland119 on 12-06-2008

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

On-tap 12/3/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, caramelized malts, dark fruits and citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness followed by mildly sweet flavors of citrus, dark fruits and caramel. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a very good beer to drink for a long time, however I couldn't stop thinking that it seemed like a clone of Arrogant Bastard.

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

A: Really dark cooper color. It looked almost black at first but clearly some copper colors at the edges. The head has a dark tint to it, not the best retention, but whats left looks really sticky and has some good laceing
S: This beer smells great. Beautifal fresh pine with some citrus in the background. Has a sweet kinda fruity smell going on in there as well
T: The malt hits you up front. Nice roasted malt with some caramel flavor in there. For a moment I think its not as hoppy as it smells but then they hit me. The hops hit hard and they taste delicously dirty. They taste really earthy and almost kinda smokey or herby.
M: The mouthful is medium, with pretty good carbonation
D: The drinkability isn't that high. I do get a little taste of alcohal, about what you expext for almost 9%. The hops are beautifally harsh, but they limit the drinkability a little.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle in the discount bin at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. It amazes me what little gems you can find in there if you're willing to sort thru the 200 + bottles that are in there. This one had a freshness date on it of 11/3/10 so its got plenty of time before it's past its prime.

The beer poured a clear dark amber color and left a 1-finger creamy tan head that lasted about a minute. It also left behind a decent amount of lacing.

The smell was all hops. Lots of pine and grapefruit scents.

The taste is overpoweringly hoppy. There is a huge amount of grapefruit flavored bitterness to this but there is also quite a lot of malty sweetness as well. No skimping on the hops or the malts in this one, but there is no doubt that the hops win the battle.

The beer has a smooth oily texture to it with only medium carbonation. It also leaves a pretty big dose of bitterness in the aftertaste.

For an 8.7% abv brew, the alcohol stays pretty well hidden amongst the hops and malts so it's easy to drink one or two at a sitting, but any more than that and your head will be spinning.

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Photo of errantnight
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beauty.

Pours a deep, dark, rich, crystal clear garnet hue with a fluffy three+ fingers of head into my Spiegalau tulip. Retention and lacing are superb. It's a joy to look at.

Aromas are mildly sweet, citrus and grapefruit hop with a hint of resin.

On the palate this is exceedingly bitter at fridge temp... it really needs to open up and be consumed at warmer temperatures, which allows some dark caramel sweetness to liven things up. There's a note of roast, but nothing approaching what you'd get in a stout. It's neither the IPA in disguise that is Sublimely Self-Righteous nor the Porter with extra hops that is Alpha Klaus... it's its own beast. Think along the lines of Arrogant Bastard without the malt complexity.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium towards full, rich mid palate but with an easy lift (helped by the assertive bitterness).

It masks alcohol well, but it never quite coalesces into anything particularly remarkable.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured dark amber/near-brown, into an American pint glass, with one finger of white head and great lacing. Smelled of earthiness, pine, grapefruit, and orange. The taste yielded more in the way of maltiness, mixed with the aforementioned flavors, and then dissolves to some slight burnt flavor, and then finishes on a woody dry note. A little thicker than expected, but smooth, with only a hint of carbonation. Not a slam-dunk session beer (too heavy and strong for that), but a great beer nonetheless.

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

A- Pours a very dark copper/amber color with a good 2 finger head that had decent staying power. Head looks pretty frothy. Lacing is pretty sticky. Got some crazy looking designs going on in the back of my glass.

S- The first thing i get off this brew is actually sweet dark fruits. Plums and cherries. The next thing that hits me is the malts. Then on the background I get the wonderful hops. This brew smells very fresh and begs me to drink it.

T- Right off the bat I taste the dark malts. It very much starts out as a stout might but it very quickly catches you off guard with the bitter hops. It really is a perfect transition. I definitely enjoy this beer as it has some of the best aspects of my two favorite brews, the stouts and the IPAs. The nose definitely doesn't come out too much to the taste as I start getting more citrus flavors coming out as I drink it.

M- Carbonation is pretty strong. Leaves a bite on my tongue going down. There is a mild warming feeling left on my palate which is nice.

D- I could have a few of these and be happy, not too heavy on the stomach but strong enough that I will be feeling good. Definitely a beer which I will be happy coming back to.

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks great, 2 fingers of fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit then leaves a devine lacing.

Smells like hops (earthy with a bit of zing) and a deep malt scent like wheat bread crust.

Taste is amazing. This is a hardcore beer, not for the faint of heart. It has some nice, rich malty flavors and an insane amount of hops on top. The hops are grapefruit and pine, sweet and resiny. Everything blends well - this is wonderfully complex and well polished at the same time.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Nice carb is there but not too prickly. A little creamy in the smooth mouthfeel of the finish. Medium body.

Drinkability suffers only from the hardcore aspect of the flavors.

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

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for $2. Poured into a standard shaker glass. The ale appears a clear deep golden copper with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The nose and flavors consist of sweet malts, light molasses, citrus-y hops and a lot of em', some resinous pine, mild perfume, white grapefruit, earthy, pleasantly bitter, and not much alcohol heat to speak of. The ale is medium bodied and amply carbonated. pretty nice overall, something I'd come back to each winter.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a super dark amber color with a thick frothy tan head. The head hangs around for awhile. Aroma is of alcohol, citrus, and bitter hops. Woah. Taste is super dry and bitter with a light sweet malt hint. But the hops dominates and the alcoholic dryness dries the lips. There is a weird fungal/burning rubber flavor that is kinda bugging me. Especially in the burp stage of the brew. Feel is super sharp from the carbonation. This is interesting but not something i would need all the time. This isn't a disaster but it's not very drinkable.

My esophagus is warm.

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

Very interesting beer- I love the blast of bitterness coupled with the deep, dry malt. Pours very drk brown with excellent clarity, but a short head. Big citrus and strong, dry malt aromas with a pine backbone and some alcohol heat. Almost treacly, but more in that heavy carmelized way rather than overly sweet. This is a big flavored beer- lots of hops and big almost oxidised malt flavors. Deep pine and earth with a long almost tannic bitterness and hefty malt background but never becomes sweet overall. Big andnot thick, but with a punch. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this after a recommendation from a friend.

Deep copper/brown color that I could barely see my fingers through when held up to the light. Strong floral hop aroma with a slight caramel backbone, but mostly hops with this IIPA.

The alcohol is well-hidden for a beer of its strength, which makes the drinkability good as well. A pretty average IIPA, but a decent offering and worth trying.

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Photo of Gavage
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper almost brown in color with a 2" head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and floral hop bitterness provides a nice aroma.

Taste: nice malt profile with big floral hop bitterness, plums, lemon citrus, hint of pine, and a bit of earthiness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Long aftertaste as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: this is an extremely easy to drink beer but the alcohol is dangerously hidden here. One of the better offerings from Victory IMHO.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duvel glass. Pretty carbonated pour, with a good 4 fingers of beige froth. Mahogany in appearance, with really good clarity.
Aroma of earthy grassy hops. Fungal whiffs as well.
Good and fresh piney on the nose. Fragrant spruce tips. Rich malt presence of sourdough pretzel. Extremely aromatic and beautifully hopped. Creamy, spruce tip sappy mouthfeel. Excellent offering by Victory.

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

An ale to showcase an ingredient most revere,
with a spread of fine aromatics to trigger memory fine,
A deep brown pour a reddish tinge quite a leer,
robust head with many a frothy line.

An ode to flora and conifers abound
but the voice of sweet malt craves attention as well,
and with some warmth the malt aroma is found,
some earthy resin stops by but now for the taste I must tell.

A surge of bitter like hitting a wall that does not give,
thankfully sweet from roasted malts and caramel pad the blow,
A slap of the tongue the bitter aftertaste must live,
with only the faintest warmth at the end of the swallow.

A creamy delight that on the tongue plays it slick,
a light/medium body that makes you crave for a sip.
Malt and hops alternating solos ah what a delicious trick,
such a fine subtle balance worthy of another dip.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have not had anything from Victory for a while. Good to see them come out with something new. This beer pours a rustic ruby color, with a good two inches worth of heading. Lots of chunky yeast can be seen floating around in this brew. I am not getting a whole hell of a lot from the smell, but the subtleties of the hops and malt make it pretty decent. Taste is much hoppier than I was expecting. Really earthy, well rounded hops mix with the dark malt really well. Extremely well balanced as well, everything plays well together. It does not come off hot at any point in spite of a pretty high ABV. Black IPAs seem like a sort of trendy new style, but if this one were to fall within that category, it would be a standout. This beer further solidifies Victory Brewing's reputation for being one of the most solid out there. Cheers

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnished copper colored with a low oatmeal colored head that settles quickly. Particulate matter is suspended.

Aroma of tangerine and grapefruit hops.

Fresh and bright hops flavors upfront, lots of fresh ruby grapefruit and orange rind, faint pine. Mild honey malt backbone rides beneath, but this one is mostly tasty hops. Firm bitterness emerges in the lingering finish.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes crisp. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of bminor7
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz from Savemore in Clifton Park NY.

A - clear copper brown. light tan foam that laces well.
S - strong hop presence. dark malts are muted. almost marzen-y.
T - hoppy. not excessive, well done with the malts. like a baby barleywine. the bitterness is almost undetectable in the finish.
M - creamy carbonation that isn't over the top. teeth's enamel under attack.
D - good. despite the 8.7% (not 8.9% as indicated above). could manage 3-4

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally had a chance to try this in Maryland.

The pint came with a thick tan head that showed very good retention. The beer was very dark and allowed light in around the edges. Like a super dark brown sugar color. A nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is bold and of pine & lemon. I was actually a touch shocked how strong the aroma was.

Bang, out of the shoot the hops make their presence known and let you know, they are not leaving. Very strong hop bitterness mingles with some abv heat.

Mouth feel is almost warming from the ABV. There are beers that I am shocked how much ABV there is based on the flavor. This is one where I thought it was higher based on the amount of alcohol that is present.

This certainly cuts down on the drinkability for me.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The lacing is off the charts. The crazy thing is I think it has gone down over the 2 weeks I have been drinking mine.

S: Raw hop cones. Bitterness. A touch of roasted malt. Little bit of burnt stick as well. Lets be honest this is all about the hops and it does not disappoint.

T: The great thing about this beer is the massive hop flavor and the touch of roasted malt they used to balance it out. One of the darkest wet hopped beers I have ever seen and I think it benefited from it.

M: Nice and sticky. Just a bit thick.

D: I love this beer. The hops are off the charts and the dark malt are a match in heaven. Too bad this beer is already gone. Drink them ASAP. Cannot wait to get this next year.

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Photo of BWH3
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Marvelous deep translucent brown with 1-2 finger breadth thick foamy head. Great look for an old ale.

S: Loads of fresh musty damp lupulin aromaphors pellet my nares. The grains give a dry roast aroma but little more. Not the contribution from the grains you expect in an american strong ale.

T: The first brush of those hops on the tongue are awesome. Crisp, earthy and refreshing but this quickly gives way to a dry tea flavor. The high is much higher than the low so this one is not bad. The malts again add little to the complexity.

M: Moderately dense. Very still. Awesome head.

D: Looks and feels like a strong ale. Smells and tastes like a harvest ale. Unique, but not worth visiting over and over again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a well balanced attack of crystal and roasted malts along with a stiff, bitter hop aroma. The citrus character overwhelms the warm malt scent. The taste is decent. It's damn hoppy which is good for me, but the balance is lost and the malt backbone is really playing second fiddle to the hops. It's goes down easy with a powerful citrus hop blast all the way through to the finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I love hops, but I prefer more of a balance when dealing with strong ales.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- very dark brown way darker then I was even first expecting, lots of carbonation and a very thick white foamy head, very beautiful appearance for sure

Smell- right off the pour the smell on this beer was certainly very strong even with my nose a foot from the glass, lots of beautiful strong bitter hoppiness on the nose, just has that beautiful hoppy nose you look for in a beer of this style

Taste- hops certainly abosultely dominate every aspect of this beer, super long bitter finish that just lasts and last long after its finished, slight one dimensional in that I wish it had a slight bit more malt to just kick in a tad on the mid palate, overall very strong and flavorful

Mouthfeel- Creamy thick and smooth, actually a very very nice mouthfeel

Drinkability- Very easily drinkable, the alcohol is with out a doubt super well hidden, if anything actually could kick down the drinkability at least a little bit its that its so hoppy you have to really take it slow, a good beer lacking a touch of balance, one worth seeking out and another very high quality beer from victory, the quality can certainly be appreciated

--Retrying on 4/15/2010-- have to say this beer was still extremely stellar and very much enjoyable beer, this was really adjusted up the drinkability higher and smell down tad, overall though this is a really really really solid hop bomb of a beer with great enjoyability

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer sort of exploded when poured into the glass, filling it full of foam and overflowing. Once things settled down the beer had a dark orange/brown color. The head is off-white and had good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Big hoppy aroma. Hints of citrus, pine, and manure. Odd thing to pick up, probably most people would say it smells of compost. The flavor is very hoppy and bitter. I think this beer was once listed as a DIPA, and that is what it tastes like to me. All hops. Hints of citrus and hay with a little earthiness. Alcohol is well hidden and not detectable. Has a large body and nice carbonation. Enough body to carry the bitterness. Another beer for hopheads. I enjoyed it but only one beer a night.

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Photo of PNeifert
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite possibly my new favorite beer. It's basically a winter version of - to borrow a phrase from Sierra - an Extra IPA. Drinks like an IPA with a dark color and a winter warmer feel to it. I'm going out this week to buy a kegerator so I can have this at home all the time - the cases don't last a week and are getting expensive! I'm a big Hop Devil fan but this just adds a whole new dimension that gives it a leg up - at least until summer comes.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a good looking dark ruby brown with a thivk light khaki head.
the aroma has got resinous earthy citrus rind hoppiness, with some sweeter almost candy-like berry aroma.
the taste has a sweet aspect up front with citrusy hop flavor and a something remeniscent of one of those strawberry candies that is wrapped up to look like a strawberry. there are some other berry flavors floating around in there too, the sort you might find in some barleywines. there is a also a substantial toasted malt component in there, sort of like a bitter or scotch ale. the bitterness comes in middle to back and cleans up, but not before dropping some candy/citrus rind flavor. overall, a pretty unique flavor. about 75-25 in favor of hops.
it's medium bodied with active, but soft, non-abrasive carbonation.
the drinkability is pretty damn good for a beer that's almost 9%. the booze is present, but pretty mellow. this beer has a bit of a split personality... one part double IPA, the other part barleywine/scotch ale... or maybe thats three parts... well whatever, it's a bit confused, but a tasty beer. it's arrogant bastard-esque for a good reference beer, albeit with a little different hop profile.

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