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Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,783
Reviews:
773
Ratings:
1,661
pDev:
11.36%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of ZEB89
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by date of Nov-23-11!

Pours chestnut with sliver of cream colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Piney & herbal notes, some breadyness

T: Caramel, pine needles & grapefruit up front, a faint kiss of roastyness too. Herbal & piney hops mingle with caramel, dryness, woody hops & a touch of brown sugar once warm, plus just a touch of booze sting. Finishes dry, sweet (just a touch of brown sugar too )& bitter, love the piney & grapefruitty notes going on here

MF: Medium bodied, chewy, fairly vigorous carbonation, super balance

Super offering, I wish i could get this in my neck of the woods. True hops heads may think it holds back on the hops, I like the balance delivered here

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

12 ounce bottle - $2.19 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish hued body, yielding a slight ruby hue when held aloft to the light. Quite tall, lightly beige head. Thin coating of lace on the descent.

Smell: Near-burnt bread sprinkled liberally with char flecks from a just-scoured Kingsford grill grate. Herbal, resinous, earthy, citrus pith-packed hops with a resolute boldness to it promising a nice kick of bitterness in the taste.

Taste: Staunchly toasted bread crusts with a firm layer of roasted malts yielding a bitter, perhaps even burnt coffee taste. Some sweetish caramel tucked in, but it comes in fast and disappears even faster. As it warms, a hint of chocolate emerges. Earthy, citrusy, moderately resinous pine bark hop character with a bold bitterness and slowly developing a touch of sun-scorched, cut grass. With the bold hop flavors, the high ABV doesn't really register. Dry, earthy, bitter finish with a lingering citric quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-carbonation.

Overall: As the trend of Black IPA's has really taken hold in the US, Yakima Glory tends to get lumped in with them, though it's not at all black and not quite as roasty as it's newfound brothers. Still, a good option for the hopheads looking for something different, although...well, let's be honest, with SO MANY on the market nowadays, these dark IPA's are becoming rather commonplace.

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

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checked by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in a gray twilight that knows not Victory nor defeat."

--Theodore Roosevelt

Blood orange with a dark coppery glow when sunlight is allowed entry. A pillowy crown of pale caramel colored foam resembles sticky marshmallow cream as it melts, filled more than half the glass on the pour, isn't fading very fast, and is beginning to deposit fine sheets of barely broken lace.

The grain bill includes (at least in part) pilsner, Vienna, Munich, caramel and light chocolate. Caramel-toffee pudding is far and away the dominant malt-derived aroma appreciated in the nose. Whatever hops were used add a fruity, earthy-herbal, slightly citrusy edge.

Yakima Twilight Ale is good stuff for those who like to taste both malt and hops in their high ABV beer. Since flavor balance was one of the brewery's aims, it looks like the mission was accomplished with flying colors. Hopheads will still find plenty to keep them interested. Note: this bottle is about 2 months of age.

Specifics include toasted bread, caramel, baked nuts, black tea leaves, orange peel and grapefruit peel. It's an increasingly delicious combination of flavors, with a sweet-bitter contrast that keeps drinkability on the generous side. The alcohol is masked extremely well, which is yet another plus.

The mouthfeel is fraction lighter than most beer of this ABV and is softly bubbled. Warming adds a silky creaminess that wasn't present right out of the gate. It may not be a stunner from a sensory standpoint, but it works well in the end.

Yakima Twilight is another wonderful brew from the good folks at Victory. It should appeal to wide range of craft beer aficionados, especially those who like their warming winter seasonals to be both malty and hoppy. Love the name. Love the label. Love the beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber amhogany color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, and sweet fruity malts. Not crazy hopyy, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An ok Black IPA, but too much alcohol in the taste. Would try again.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an interesting one I have to admit. I was not sure how it was going to go when I started out but I was more then pleasantly surprised with the final result. Served chilled and poured into a bottle, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.
 
The pour was much darker then I thought it was going to be. Nice and even brown color with a good clarity to it. A nice rich looking head of light tan rose up from the sides of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down with a smooth and even lacing and a nice consistency hugging the glass. Aroma is a good bit hoppier up front then I thought it was going to be as well. This one just seemed to be full of surprises. Rich caramel and earthy grains lie underneath a bouquet of pine like hops. Quite light and very complex. I was extremely open to this one. First sip is smooth, creamy malts that wash across the tongue. Great complexity here now as well. Rich brown ale flavor, creamy, hints of earthy tones and a rich, subtly dry hop presence that seems to build and build. Last sips seem to be equally as well versed in sweet caramel notes as they are in dry, piney hops. Super session able and a pleasure to drink.
 
Overall an outstanding ale I would have no issue at all with trying again any day. Simply stunning.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on cask @ O'Reilly's Tap room served in a shaker pint.

The beer arrives with a dark bronze appearance and crimson highlighted with light tan cap that settles to thin crust, The bead is fine and lace sticks in a sheet. The smell is good
but the cask accentuates the malt with a slight cocoa and toast aroma with some floral and citrus from the hops with hint of brown sugar and alcohol. The feel is decent with som strong roast and moderate bitterness with subtle hop acidity and mild carbonation giving the feel a smoother oily finish with a sharp bite.

The taste is slightly roasted malt with piney hop backing in the swallow, there is a slight citrus edge, not quite what I would call grapefruit in the middle with the resinous element bringing out more spice with slight sweet nutty tinge from the malt with subtle dark toast and mild alcohol in the taste. There is more heat in the finish with sharpness from the hops lingering. Overall I feel this is good, but it straddles the fence between a hoppy Imperial brown and the black IPA which doesn't fit to me. There is a lot of roasted character which seems to cover some of the hops, but overall a nice American strong ale.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batting third....Yakima Glory....from Victory. Must admit....I was expecting a imperial IPA....instead I find out that it is a potent American Black Ale. It is not too bad...high ABV is definitely present....yikes. I think my lid flipped! The color is a cloudy dark amber. It has a nice foaming head that laces well. The taste is initially overpowered by the high ABV, but eventually settle into a decent sipping beer. No way would I session this and the ABV keeps the score lower for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white foam. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The smell is not quite what I was expecting. A floral, fruity aroma in the first whiff, followed by a very sweet caramelized fruit type smell. I keep flip-flopping as to whether I like it or not.

T: Similar to the nose. The initial part of the sip has some nice bitter hoppiness to it, which then goes into a sweet, caramel malt flavor. The finish goes back to bitter, but still some sweetness.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is actually quite abundant.

D: This was an interesting beer. I'm glad that I only bought a single instead of a sixer. It's a nice strong ale, but it seems as though the beer can't decide whether it wants to be a hop-bomb or a sweet malty beverage.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Didn't quite understand this style the first time 'round, so let's see how one o' the first CDAs I've tried appears now. It pours a clear garnet-russet topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises toffee, light cocoa powder, grapefruit peel, light pine, and mint. The taste leans heavier on the hops, primarily with notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind, and pine. An undercurrent of toasted caramel flows nicely, though definitely hindered by the hops. Things clash a bit here, with balance a lost afterthought. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a decent CDA, but the flavor clash really makes this thing hard to drink with a smile.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep garnet color with a frothy off white head that dissipates quickly but coats the edges of the glass all the way down. Aromas of citrus, herbal hops mixed with a bit of toffee and caramel. Taste is bitter almost to the point of harshness. The herbal/earthy/citrus is there but not as prevalent and gets mixed with a bitter tea flavor. Some dark caramel, little bit of chocolate, and maybe a hint of dark fruits mixed with some warming alcohol round out the taste experience. Lightly carbonated with a creamy/resinous mouthfeel and medium body. I can appreciate this for what it is, but I didn't particularly care for it. That harsh bitter tea flavor kind of ruined this for me.

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Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel brown with a huge amount of light brown head that has outstanding retention. The nose has a strong chocolate malt presence with a light hop aroma. The flavor is bitter throughout with immediate astringency up front followed by a slight bittersweet chocolate finish. The hop character is earthy, piny, and slightly spicy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I'm a little unsure where I stand on this beer. It comes across incredibly bitter and intensely hopped. It's a little much even for a hop head like me. The malt character is a little one dimensional and doesn't really, in my opinion, hold up to the intense hop character. I probably wouldn't have another one.

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

Pours a clear amber/dark red color with a finger of very yellow stained head. There are faint particles of yeast stuck in suspension despite a very careful pour. Nose reeks of spice and pine hops. In the background of the nose there is a bit of grain and alcohol. Taste is spiced hop bitterness upfront with a bit of toasted grain about the profile as well. Lingering oil like hop bitterness is left in the mouth. Yeast and warming alcohol notes play quite a part in the flavor as well. It is a medium feel beer with mild carbination. Drinkability is fair for a beer that is still quite fresh and "hot." I will gladly enjoy a few more before setting some in the cellar to see what some time does to these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on tap twice now at both the Big Pour in the Burgh and at Piper's Pub both excellent adventures in beerdom. Appears a deep rustic caramel amber not quite a black IPA but deep crimson red for sure, a nice thicket of head forms with khaki tan pigments cookin'. Head is dwindling nicely with speckled sporadic lacing. Aromatics offer up a minty, citrus, and piney, earthy mix of hops absolutely amazing with the dark malts. This really blends well some cocoa and dark chocolate edges with those hops and a touch of hidden alcohol come through. Flavors bring pure hoppiness about on the palate, strong lingering bitterness almost a perfume like herbal quality, strong astringent black tea, citrus mint and pine tip accented hops. Mild cocoa, and watered down astringent coffee accents actually blend nicely with an air of brown sugar added to the malt combination. Mouthfeel is slightly oily with ample carbonation medium to bigger bodied a touch of heat from the well hidden alcohol. Drinkability I love this brew, I can't help but appreciate the effort to do something more extreme from their pretty traditional lineup, I dug the first year of the Hop Wallop after that the beer's initial premise has been lost this is what Victory needed to keep us hopheads praising.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours brown and yields a slightly darker colored body. A nice foamy white one inch head appears and lasts for a good minute before becoming lumpy and settling nicely at the top of the body. A fair amount of spider web yet foamy lacing occurs. Though a slightly transparent body when held up to the light, no carbonation is seen rising. The smell has the hops and the pine up front, a bit of grapefruit there, very subdued. The taste is bitter with the hops and pine dominating this aspect. The mouthfeel is a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It leaves a decent dryness. Though a fairly high ABV, still drinkable, the alcohol isn’t really noted or felt. Overall, a good beer by Victory.

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