Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

very good
1,660 Ratings
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 Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew poured to a deep ruby color, maybe even brown with a thick off white head that has great retention.
Hops come to mind first and are hard to look past but malts give a slight sweet aroma, but are in the background. Hops have a floral aroma to them. First thing I notice from the flavor is that the hops are not as big as I thought based on the aroma, or at least give a different flavor than I was expecting ... still pretty big. Malt flavor seems to be a bit hard to pinpoint but give a caramel feel. Slight alcohol flavor is there but well hidden. This was a very nice brew, hops are big, malts are big, though they get muted by the hops, drinks easy, has a nice warming feel, great sipping brew. Would get this one again.

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Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new brew from Victory; I couldn't say no.

A. An unusually dark brew, scotch-ale russet. Very clear and fizzy. Fine finger tall head that leaves bunches of lace as it falls. I came into this thinking it was a DIPA but it sure does look malty...

S. Pleasingly hoppy and sharp, lots of intense grapefruit here, pungent and more than a little boozy. Malt in the background, but this is a hoppy beer. Not overly complex, but who was asking?

T. Actually quite nice... brilliant hop notes jump and shine - citrus grapefruit, green freshness, bitter without being unappetizing. Malt is sturdy and sweet, but the hops are all over the map here... it works together, well, and reminds me of an amped-up Sierra Celebration ale. Which is to say, good.

M. Ample carbonation keeps this from being too heavy, which it easily could be - there is a lot of malt here. Finish is bitter, hopsweet with promising subtle malt touches - roast, char. Go too long without another sip and the malt reasserts itself a tad and you'd have thought you just drank an old ale.

D. I would indeed! The 8.7% is noticeable but you don't care that much, do you?

Yakima Twilight was a pleasant surprise for me and is really rather hard to fault. This is good, and if you like Arrogant Bastard and its ilk you'll be in heaven here... 'cause this is better.
Drink it fresh, and I hope this becomes a yearly staple for Victory.

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Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of danieelol
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark, malt toffee colour. Good head and lacing. Looks more like a brown ale than a black IPA.

Smell is lactic- soured milk, caramel and hops. Some roast and toffee.

Taste is malty- fruity, roasty and toffee. Lots of bitterness and bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium. Lots of bitterness.

Overall I don't think this is really a Black IPA at all. Drinks more like a strong ale with some English influences. Lots of toffee and caramel malt with punishing bitterness. Very interesting and unique beer which is worth trying.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a ruby copper color with a creamy, er... cream head, nice bits of lacing here and there. The head sticks around for quite some time. The aroma reeks of hops, glorious. Great fruits, nice biscuit malts. Taste is equally lovely, lots of hops, a decent malt bill too, bready, caramels, lovely. The hops come in resinous and fruity tones, grapefruit and the likes. The mouth is smooth, creamy, a bit lively, and quite warm, the alcohol giving just a peak. In all, a quite lovely beer.

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Fitze
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

12 oz. bottle, dated best by Nov 23, 2012, so plenty of life in this bottle. Pours a clear mixture of brown and red in the body with a three-finger light tan head. The color could be described as a dark red ale or a light brown ale. Good retention and lacing.

Smells like an IPA to me. Citrus hops dominate the aroma with a bit of pine resin. Only a slight notice of the malt and, in the aroma, it does not smell roasted to me.

The flavor is still IPA-leaning, but not overly hoppy. The balance of malt and hops is good, and the hop notes tend more toward the bitter pine and grapefruit in the flavor. A slight earthy spiciness finishes the flavor nicely.

Light to medium mouthfeel and very little notice of the alcohol. Ususual and enjoyable.

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Photo of jk3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of vandemonian
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Yakima Glory has a dark reddish colour and a nice 5 mm head that fades to decent lacing. The smell is of piney hops with some sourness. There may be some yeastiness too. The initial flavour is hoppy, but the taste develops into a roasty charcoal finish.The flavour is lovely, probably my favourite example of this style. This beer feels creamy in my mouth. The charcoal flavour builds as you drink more, but it's still a delicious beer that combines some interesting elements of an IPA and a stout.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut colored body with reddish hues and a thin tan head that sticks around for quite some time before leaving just a faint lacing around the glass.

Enormous hop aroma, both citrus and earthy, but a sweet malt aroma follows as well, likely caramel, and then even bread like quality at the end.

Great equilibrium of earthy & wood hops mixed with big sweet malt. There are hints of underlying sweetness, similar to a dark fruit like raisin or fig, and yet back to the bold hop flavor at the end.

Full flavored & full in body with medium carbonation and a woody burn in the finish; what the hops place, the malt takes away leaving an overall satisfying mouthfeel.

I think this is a great beer, and a bit unique. There are not too many beers this big, with this much character and balance that are this easy to drink and not overwhelming.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a barely transparent brownish amber color with a big eggshell color head. Retention is good

S: Really piny and earthy...Sierra Nevada-type hop schedule that kind of smells like peanutbutter. Lots of dark malts give a chocolate note

T: Bitter hops are upfront and dominate the flavor. Dark malts give a nice base, but don't quite balance the hops. The hops are piney, resinous and a little earthy

MF/D: Carbonation is pretty spot on, but the finish is not my style...plus the alcohol is a little high, but not really invasive

Notes: not really a great example of the "new" style, and as big a joke as Cap't Krunkles is (trading wise atleast), it is better than this

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Photo of zenwatts
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of chadwicktorres
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark red, almost black, with little head. Smell of fruits with a hint of alcohol, almost like a barleywine. Tastes more like a barleywine than a dark IPA at first, but has a good hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty well for a high ABV beer, although it is more of a sipper than a session. Overall, a very fine beer.

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Photo of barflybastard
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of aleckpa
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 2/6/11
Reviewed from notes.

A - This beer pours a deep mahogany color, that shines red when held to the light. It has a 2-finger beige head, that left good lacing behind on the glass.

S - The smell is of toasted grains and pine/citrus hops. The hop character is pretty big in the nose, and I am also getting notes of fruit and citrus.

T - The taste is toasty and fruit up front. There is a nice hop presence throughout, but it really intensifies towards the finish. The flavor goes from sweet to hoppy bitter. The finish is toasty and bitter.

M - It has a medium body and medium carbonation. It goes down quite smooth. There is a hoppy bitterness that sticks to the mouth.

D - Good drinkability on this one. This is only the 2nd black ale that I've had, and I think it's pretty good. It goes down smooth and has a nice flavor to it. Black ales are kind of a weird style IMO, but I'd try this beer again for sure.

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Photo of klewis
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear, gorgeous ruby red with a big frothy head. Heavy lacing and great retention.

S: Grapefruit and citrus balanced nicely with caramel notes.

T: Bursting with a floral and citric hop flavor. Hops are centric, yet the malt is an equal contributor with a taste of roasted nuts and a touch of spice.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. A lingering bitterness on the palate with a bit of dryness.

D: A wonderfully tasty strong ale. As always, Victory doesn't disappoint.

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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,660 ratings.
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