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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Yakima GloryYakima Glory
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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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772
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1,657
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
16.75%
 
 
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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 glid02
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-copper color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deep caramel malts with hints of toastiness and bread. Also present are large amounts of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of citrus hops. The flavor profile dries out midway through the sip as moderate amounts of toasted malts come into play as do pine hops. The toasted malts hold strong through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I still am a very big fan of this beer but I don't believe the cask conditioning did it any favors. Worth a shot however you can get it but it's better on-tap or from a bottle with full carbonation.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms, but recedes after a minute. Light lace.
S: Oily, soapy, and slightly bitter hops up front. A candy like sweetness follows.
T: Follows the nose. Oily, soapy, and sticky hops that is a little bitter. Really sweet candy like malt in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Pretty easy to drink considering the alcohol.

This is not bad, just a little odd. The malt and hops do not mesh well IMO. Worth a try though.

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

Interesting beer.
Dark amber color, thick tan head. Very good retention, and a lot of lace.
Very fragrant. Sweet malt, very mauch malty, in fact. Intensely floral.
Upfront big malt taste, quickly followed by piney hops. The hop bitterness persisted.
Nice balance. The 8.7% ABV is not at all noticeable, so be careful with this one.

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

This beer is a shadowy ruby colored liquid, topped with a creamy off-white head. It's a pretty brew, but the appearance doesn't foreshadow that this is one powerful hop-bomb. The smell is all about hops....piny, resiny, citric, oily, sharp, and serious. It's like rubbing your nose in your homebrewing buddy's hop harvest. There is a little malt in the distance, but it's hard to discern a specific character behind all the hop scents. The taste is also hop-centric. It's bitterness has a no-nonsense intensity, and the resiny, tannic, slightly oily sensations are amazing. There is a little more malt in the taste....bread-crumbs and toasted crackers. The finish is long and bitter. Full body...warming. This is one adventurous beer!

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

12oz single, scooped at brawleys in charlotte - consumed on xmas eve

cellphone notes

appearance: served in a standard pint, dark garnet-mahogany body

smell: stong hop presence, festive christmas tree, sap, bitter grapefruit peel

taste: hoppy - sappy pine, bitter grapefruit, boozy caramel and brown sugar. nice beer, but we've seen it before

mouthfeel: strong hop bitterness, chewy caramel, booze comes through

drinkability: fine

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Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught shaker at the Collins pub. Appearance is bright, dark ruby wit ha nice light sand head, nice foamy lace, very attractive.

Smell is bright, a sharp laser-beam of hop resins, big and skuny, woods, loving it.

Taste is also big hops, herbal snap, minty, resinous, very fresh, and well balanced. Very yummy.

Mouthfeel is dry and dusty, like chewing on a hop cone, but less stickiness. Medium heavy, chewy.

Drinkability is very high, loved it. Well done PA! Dangerously tasty.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Best by Oct 14 2010, 8.7% ABV.

Thanks to johnmichaelson for this bottle in a trade!

A - Pours with a giant pillow of tan, dense head that rises up to three fingers and has great retention with some good lace. The color is a mahogany amber red color that's totally clear.

S - Wow. The aroma is very different from the first whiff. There is a lot of fruitiness here; mango, peach, and a bit of crisp apple. The fruitiness may be derived from the hops. Aside from that there really aren't any hop notes. A funky un-bathed dog aroma slips in between the fruity notes and the sweet, brown sugar like malts.

T - The fruitiness on the nose goes to the back-burner a bit in the flavor. Lots of grapefruit citrus and some pine across the tongue. The malts are toasty like a golden slice of bread and somewhat sweet behind the mountain of hops.

M - Medium-bodied and crisp with a well-balanced carbonation level, the finish is dry and bitter but not tongue-shreddingly so.

D - A different take on the style for me. I like it a lot but wouldn't partake in its uniqueness all that often if given the chance.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber with beige lumpu head that holds, rims and leaves good lacey rings. Gooey resiny orange nose and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Milk chocolate and nectarine jam with fresh leaf hop, a bit of citrus, plus herbal and funkiness that cloys as it warms.
Compote end and cherry skin bitter linger. Medium to full, chewy, sticky, a bit of oil, slight burn.

Tastes like wet hop, and a funky one at that. But it degrades into something like bad homebrew – the dangers of over dry-hopping, I think. Too harsh, I don’t get the balance everyone else mentions and not dark enough to be a CDA.

A mess, and a surprise coming from Victory.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled at Gainesville House of Beer. Solid black ale. Nice hop presence with a sweet aroma, a sort of blend of chocolates and pine needles. Good hop bite with a complex black currant flavor, some good roast, but the two are melded rather well in this one. One of the better Black IPAs out there, and I have mixed feelings on the style. This one is definitely worth drinking.

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

on tap in philly

Pours a deep nut brown with some almost burnt orange hues. A thicker tanned head bubbles up and retains for a bit before leaving plenty of patchy lacing and film on the glass.

Assorted scents of pine and citrus hops with some sweeter notes driven by chocolate and caramel.

Plenty of piny hops with some citrus undertones up front. A robust malt base dominates most of the flavor with some chocolate, caramel, and doughy bread flavor. More hop bitterness with slight warmth towards the finish.

Medium body, sticky and bitter on the palate. Pretty tasty drinking, especially since the alcohol is masked well. I'm not totally into black IPAs, but this was pretty tasty.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Cyberkedi
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, translucent, dark mahogany. Aroma is spicy and hoppy and just a little malty. The richly hoppy flavor has a spicy undertone and an interesting metallic taste that complements the rest of the body rather than being unpleasant. The sharp, edgy texture has some tingle and a firm alcoholic bite.

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Photo of jera1350
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent garnet in color with a two finger head of tight fluffy suds that leave tons of lace all over the glass.

Complex scents of sweet bread, bright citric hops, prune and dark berries.

Lots of unsweetened bitter hops. Dark malts, notes of coffee and plenty of grapefruit peel. Some warm alcohol is present. I guess this fits as a hopped up strong ale. I think some age will smooth out the flavor and mellow the extreme bitterness of the hops.

Smooth, slightly creamy carbonation, close to full bodied, pretty bitter on the tongue. Extremely dry on the finish.

Pretty strong in alcohol and especially in the hop department. I'm a hop head, but one of these is enough. I think some age on this will be very positive. Unique beer that's worth a try.

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

Poured cold into a pint glass this DIPA looks dark and brown with orange edges and a full oatmeal colored head that settles to a solid cover with excellent lacing. This brew smells a bit sour with malty peat and cider/orange bite. Very alluring. The first mouthful says piny/grapefruit hops and jumps all over the tip of your tongue with tangy bitterness. There's a slight charcoal dryness which is bathed in this creamy malted hop milk shake goody. It's very smooth yet keeps a steady tingling carbonation throughout. I pick up a near licorice quaity that adds some complexity. This is on the edge of being full bodied but is undoubtedly one Hell of a good beer. Hop heads should be very pleased but there is much more here, particularly the malt sweetness. Very drinkable for such a full flavored beer. Another VICTORY!

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

Best by 11/11; sampled 2/10/11

Pours a deep, almost ruby reddish brown with 2.5 fingers of tan head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lacing behind.

Smell is sweet malts up front with a very faint citrus and pine hoppiness behind. Hops are much more present in the taste than the smell, followed by toffee malts. Finishes with a nice snap of hops. Overall, a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice stickiness from the hops. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

This went down pretty smoothly, so I guess drinkability is pretty high for me. I'm not completely sold on the style, but this is one on the better black IPAs I've had.

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

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

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Photo of gtermi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours a nice dark brown with a thin white head.

S: The smell blows me away. It's like sniffing a cup full of wet hops. It also has some fruit scents, but mostly hops.

T: The taste is a lot more settle than I expected. It sort of taste like pineapple, some pine and a bit of malt.

M: The beer is super smooth and has hardly any crispness. For sure one of the better feeling beers.

O: This is a great beer. I enjoy the Arrogant Bastard style scent, but how it suprises you with a very easy and settle taste.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown almost black color. The head is absolutely massive, and recedes at a glacial pace. This is a very attractive looking beer. The aroma is grapefruit, pine, with some malt underneath. It is rather underwhelming for a beer of its strength. Its real weakness is its lack of any sort of complexity. In fact, I think I would like it even less if it were stronger as its blandness would be more in my face. The taste is a mirror image of the aroma, and equally dull too. There is a noticeable bitterness in the finish, but that doesn't really improve anything. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a big disappointment. I could see how this beer might be enjoyed by the crowd who's only criteria for to be good is strength. But I'm not in the crowd, and I expect more from a beer.

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

Going through some older notes...

This brew, far from being black, is in fact a surprising burnished copper verging on bronzed in color. A solid light brown head retains its form well and deposits a good portion of sticky lacing in as this beer recedes down the glass.
This is hop-forward, as expected from the style despite the color, with a fairly varied malt bill adding to the complexity and balance. Hops are citrus-forward, but there's certainly an earthy element to the bitterness and offer a light herbal note as well. Malts add mostly caramel/toffee and maybe a slight biscuit note.
This really is balanced in the flavor as well, hoppy but not skimping on malts or going overboard. Malts give up some biscuit/bread and caramel, while hops offer plenty of citrus with a citrus rind bitterness and an herbal element. There's a touch of piny, resinous hops bitterness secondarily. It's important to note that there's no way I would have guessed the ABV was almost 9%. It's very well masked.
Carbonation is moderate and the elements work together to offer a balance of crispness and smoothness that won't blow anyone away but certainly makes each sip pleasant. The body is medium, fitting for the overall character if not quite in line with the typical ABA.

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

Solid hoppy offering, a bit more biting, and darker in the bottled version.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Glowing psychedelic-esque label design with hops emerging from the sunset. Short Bill Ron narrative on the side noting main characteristics, ingredients, and intent of the brew. Notes beer freshness/drinking by date (0CT 14 2010) and Alc. by Vol. (8.7%). Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber brown and dark copper pour with a generous head, fair retention and nice lacing.

S - Hoppy nose. Grapefruit predominates with a sweet malty note.

T - Caramel malt sweetness support a nice hoppy profile, grapefruit, resin, and even a touch of spice. A biting and bitter character takes over nicely throughout, far more assertive in bottled form.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a sticky finish.

D - DIPA or not, as a hoppy serving it goes rather well.

Notes: Interesting how the color is far darker on the bottle and the nose is a bit more consistent. Likewise, an assertive but pleasing hoppy bitterness feels better accomplished here.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep amber to orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, fresh citrus like hops. In the taste, fresh pine hops, and a mellow citrus hop, with a nice malty backing. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, fresh hop aftertaste. Nice balance with a mixture of hops.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark cherrywoodish blood red color with a mostly smeared glow to its body. Capped with a dense, nearly tan, mostly yellowed foam of medium stacked height. Keeps its immenseness for quite a bit to leave an ever present amount of skim and laces the glass well with an intricate sheeting and lots of holey globs.

Mega wafting hopped up aroma of fresh crisp green hops, earthy, deep, dense, dark, and weedy(both the garden variety and its brother left hemp) with a big toasted malt backing. Nice!

The flavors don't disappoint here as that aroma encapsulates what the taste delivers as its vast display of fresh green hops works its dark magic across the palate. However, I find this has alot more complexity to it. The hops are doing all sorts of wonderful things here, dark, greasy, dirty, earthy, toasty, green, fresh, herbal, and intense. All that with a crunchy toasted malt backing and some easy going dryness of late grassyness and some slight bitterings of greasy, oily pine and dark grapefruit oil. A hop monster of yummy complexity!

Body is about medium with a soild tone the whole way thru of hoppy goodness thats crisp, crunched, toasted, and bold. Hop oiled warmth breathes up thru the finish as it drys with herbal grasses and earthy dark oils dashed with a grace of toasted bitterness. It drinks down pretty damn easy too.

Victory for Victory! A wonderment of scrumptious hops and a wet dream for hopheads. Yum!

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,657 ratings.
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