Yakima Glory | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Avg:
3.95
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
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Photo of spinrsx
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 3$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some orange/apricots/grapefruit mixed with a bit of a smokiness. It ends with a malty yest fruity bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall - Really good stuff. It's like a flavour explosion when you take your first sip. A nice mix of flavours and a good balance of east and west coast flavours. ABA's are one of my favourite styles, and I'd drink this again any time.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown and clear. Granted its dark brown, but it almost displays more of a crimson or reddish hue than anything approaching black. Tan head grows up and dies before my eyes. The head leaves a ton of lacing.

S-Deep and rich notes of pine and grapefruit. The hops float upon a wave of rich maltiness. Light powdered cocoa, cream soda and liquified caramel. Hops also display a bitter flower petal/stem aroma. Oniony. Balanced and big. The malt is far less roasty and dark than I expected before the pour. After seeing the color of the beer I wasn't surprised any more.

T-This brew is pretty damn bitter. Bitter dandelion stems and pine needles. A bit of green onion. The hops really deliver power but not very much intricacy. The malt delivers more in the market of burnt toast than pure sweetness. Maybe a steeped tea flavor too. The flavor is brawny but somewhat obtuse. To its credit, it does tend to sweeten up as it warms. It helps to tame the abrasiveness of the beer's initial flavors.

M-Booze really comes through here. It combines with the bitterness to impart an intense dryness. High bitterness, high dryness, lower drinkability. Medium bodied with lightly buzzing bubbles.

O/D-I was expecting a much darker beer here. It was at times a pleasantly surprising experience. During other sips, it wasn't as enjoyable. This is a sipper due to the bitterness and alcohol. I enjoyed it, but I can see two or three of the bottles from my six-pack hanging around in the fridge for a longer period than other beers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour unveisl a medium cola and light garnet colored beer. Nice light tan head that recedes a few minutes after the pour with no sipping. The aroma is a sweet orange and grapefruit thats candied from the fruity yeast and sugary malt aromas. Makes me think of a Northwestern IPA and a Belgian dark ale in aroma. The taste starts bitter upfront, but the citrus peels the hops impart sweeten with some coaxing. Medium toasted, faintly roasted malts help give the hops a more marmalade and melba toast flavor. While some Belgian like yeast impart some bitter dried peaches. This is a bitter beer with a gristy feel, especially on the the very back of my palate. As if I'm swallowing some of the grains down after each sip.

Interesting beer, but the difference between bitter and sweet has no harmony in my opinion.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A lot of talk about this beer. Found it and mixed it in a sixer to review

A - Dark copper in color. Cool lacing as it warms
S - Well hops mostly with a bit of bread in the backround.
T - Wow thats a bitter hoppy brew! Brown Sugga close but a bit milder
M - Harsh and hoppy but satisfying
D - I like hops but I am not in love with it. One and done.

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark reddish brown with a thick tan cap. Great head retention with lots of sticky lace. Very hoppy aroma, lots of pine and orange zest, sweet tarts, caramel and malt, nuts, brown sugar, very floral. Solid bitterness that lingered into the finish. Big maltiness, lots of caramel. Plenty of hoppy pine and citrus with alcohol in the finish. Medium plus body with smooth, creamy carbonation. Nice texture with a bit of warmth. Very good overall. I really liked what the addition of some darker malts did for this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A strong aroma of hops, sweet malt and rye. Very potent.

T: Tasted of rye, sweet malt, hops and a little hint of citrus. Well balanced, strongly flavored and bold.

M: A very high rate of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable American Strong Ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany color with fluffy off white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of earthy, grassy, floral and piney hops with a good fresh dried grain background. Taste brings the delicious fresh earthy, grassy, grapefruity, piney and floral hops. A definitely solid fresh bread like background with some nice roasted grain, granola and fresh bread tastes. Great medium body with perfect carbonation... crisp and resfreshing feel, semi-dry finnish. Excellent beer that takes a multitude of fresh ingredients and combines them into a bold, flavorful and fresh brew.

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Photo of Brad007
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Certainly not a black IPA but could pass as a Cascadian Dark Ale.

Aroma is a great mix of grassy hops and sweet malt with a hint of raisin to it. Very much similar to a barleywine.

My tongue is greeted by grassy hops with a slight citrus edge to them. Sweet with raisin and warm with alcohol as well. Again, these are the dynamics one would expect from an american barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy, citrusy hops with sweet malt and alcohol heat.

Hmm. This is a tough one. It's very much delicious and all but the style just doesn't seem to fit. I would only rate it lower due to the fact that it's not quite where it should be style-wise.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle at State Line a while back. I'm always excited by new Victory beers, let's see how this one is.

Is this an IPA? Seriously? Deep crimson in color, there's nothing pale about this, but in this age of black IPAs, I have to let this slide. A dense light brown head caps the beer, receding to a disk, leaving some lace. Quite attractive.

This is not very IPA-like, but is still very good. Strong pine and grapefruit bitterness, along with a delicate herbal, minty character stand toe to toe with a burnt caramel sweetness, with a touch of buckwheat honey, and a tobacco character. While wholly unconventional, this is still great stuff. Fruity, with the combination of hops and caramel reminding me of poached pears. There's also a mild rye-like character present.

The palate isn't half as good, though. This is an explosion of pine up front, with nowhere near as much malt complexity as I got on the nose. Some dark caramel is apparent, but the pine bitterness is quite overpowering, along with grapefruit pith. The pine resin really takes over the finish, leaving a mildly astringent character. A rye-like spiciness is noticeable mid-palate. Whiffs of alcohol are also present. Medium in body with medium carbonation, the palate is OK, but the excessively bitter character of the finish really makes this difficult to appreciate, and enjoy in large amounts. An interesting beer, nonetheless

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Photo of tigg924
2.84/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: minimal head, dark chestnut brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: cocoa and floral hops. Very weak for the style that usually has bolder smells

Taste: A caramel start with some floral hops on the finish. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body,sweet start with a sharp bitter body and finish

Overall: OK for the style. I like this style a lot and this one is more hop forward and less roasty. I like a bit more balance as I generally like this style. Not a bad beer, but not one I would go for again given all the better alternatives in the style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Coles rare beer fest.

Pours a pretty clear dark reddish brown, nice ruby hue in the corners, very thick light tan head forms, drops a lot of lacing, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, dark roast, some honey/caramel sweetness, brown sugar, lots of pine and floral hops, grapefruit, touch of chocolate, quite nice and the malts and hops go together pretty well. Taste is good, chocolate and dark roast up front, strawberry candies, some pine and grapefruit, roast and sweet fruit finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very drinkable. Wow, gotta bump my drinkability up a bit, never would have guessed this was 9%. Hides the alcohol really well and is a nice take on the style.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear mahogany. Thick crop of yellow tinted beige. Great staying power and lace properties. Aroma is toasty and piney. Some fruitiness to it as well. The flavor of this beer is very well balanced. There's a nice toasted malt base with some cinnamon bread attributes to it as well. But also some tropical fruit nuances and hoppiness. Pineapples are duly noted as are tangerines. There's a lingering hop bitterness that is pleasant and just a touch of warmth and heat from EtOH. Nicely done Victory.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a reddish-brown amber with a fluffy, ecru cap that rose to fill the snifter and settle to a thin collar. Some spider web lacing hangs to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is sweet and bitter. Candied grapefruit and pine needles with some sticky caramel. This guy smells like a welcome addition to the victory lineup.

Sweet, sticky caramel, candied grapefruit, pineapple, and pine resin. Bitter in the finish, sweet and sticky up front. A sturdy beer with a heavy handed dose of bitter. The sweetness up front really take away from how bitter this is. A more balanced interpretation.

Medium bodied, chewy. Big, sticky resinous mouthfeel.

Scary how hidden the alcohol is in this guy. I really liked this beer and therefore found it very easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like the sunset on the label, orange and brown. Caramel smell.

Taste, hoppy, nice. Thick dark texture plays well with the hops. Very nice to see a beer like this stay crisp and hoppy instead of getting bogged down in alcohol and malt heft, yet stay complex enough with what expect are some chocolate malt and molasses or honey. Any fan of hoppy barleywines should check this out, not quite as sweet, almost as strong as a barleywine.

Defintely better than expectations, victory always seems to be a little underwhelming in the hop department, but this was just right.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Bung
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz at Duckworths. About the lightest dark ale I've ever seen. A ruby brien with a finger of white. Frothy and laced ok.

Aroma, quite hoppy, citrus and pine. Some limited toasted malt.

Taste, also crisp and hoppy. Minimal roast. Citrus herbal pine is all there. Not much roast, just a mild malt backbone. Nearly a straight ipa to me. The roast and cocoa qualities open up a bit as it warms.

About mid body, mid-high level of carb. Drinks easy enough, pretty dry. A fine beer, just mis-classified.

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Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance is a deep burnt orange with a two finger head.
Its` smell has hops, roasted malt and some lemon as well for the citrus aspect. YG hits you with malts, then coffee, hops, a bitter finish. This leans toward full bodied, with the right balance. YG is a nice beer and another solid offering from Victory.

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Photo of claspada
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas being with a hoppy bouquet which reveals grapefruit and floral notes mostly, really quite tropical. It's strong, but not overwhelming. I

Tastes are really hoppy, too much so considering the malt, but much more balanced than others of the style. The florals are as apparent and it's more of the typical American Citrus/Pine, but still, it's a hop-tea. This is really why I didn't like IPAs for so long. It's not more bitter than others of the style but just less balanced.

Overall this beer is decent.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust, resinous hop aroma with a slightly roasty, toffee laden malt note. Nicely balanced on the nose.

Slightly hazy red-brown colour with a small, creamy tan head.

Lush and full of creamy, caramelised malts that gives way to a moderately bitter, densely resinous ale. Very nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A really solid ale and my type of dark, hoppy ale. Lots of flavour with great hop character.

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Photo of drpimento
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm good beer. Served with a fine foamy off white to light tan head and a little lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor's dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly like the flavor and is long with alcohol coming out towards the end. Be more drinkable except for the alcohol.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle says enjoy by November 2011. dated a year out?

appears a brilliant deep garnet color with thick frothy head, that leaves decent lacing. good head retention

super hoppy nose, pleasant floral and piney aromas. the taste however is much more balanced. its got a good toasted malt base supporting that crisp hop flavor.

lower carbonation, fairly smooth mouthfeel and creamy head. no hint of the almost 9% abv.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best by Nov. 2010 indicated on the bottle. Poured with a vigorous, creamy and cascading, 4 inch, tan-colored head (almost looks like a nitro pour) - excellent retention. Appearance was just shy of mahogany and semi-translucent. Some, textured fluffs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose reveals citrusy hops and perhaps a light, roasted quality. Taste follows nose; however, there is clearly some dark malt action and some piny bitterness that comes out in the mix - interesting complexity and character that changes slightly as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is medium-light with an assertive background carbonation (not prickly), and a touch of oiliness on the tongue. This is a really interesting beer. Had the opportunity to try this one at Beervana Providence, and I was really impressed. Abv is well-hidden at 8.9%. Even though American Strong is a catch-all style, I would say that this is closer to a DIPA/Strong hyrbid. Really interesting and tasty; however, at $10.69 a sixer, I won't be picking it up too often.

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Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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 cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with some red around the edges where light gets through. Huge off-white three finger head that retains almost as well as Duvel's cap. Very fluffy and creamy looking. Massive lace at the top where the head falls a bit. Lace coats a majority of the glass. The head never actually dies completely and leaves me drinking some foam at the end of the glass, beautiful!

S- Huge caramel malt blasts out of the bottle right as I open it. Dark fruit is one of the main things here was well. Malts are somewhat grainy/corny and raisins are picked up too. Some earthy and grassy hops finish off a nose that has good strength. It is also somewhat viney, which I don't particularly love in this type of beer.

T- Very malty. The malt lends notes of grain, corn, caramel. It is also roasty and nutty, making it taste like a big brown ale. The hops are fairly subtle but are earthy and spicy. This is the first beer where I have noticed spicy hops. Moderately bitter with slight fruit in the end. Once again, the vine notes come a bit too much into play.

MF- Very warm from alcohol. Light body that is creamy with low carbonation, suiting the big flavors. A fairly bitter coat of spicy, roasty and nutty notes coats the palate.

DB- A pretty intensely flavor and warmth make this a sipper/one bottle at a time thing. A pretty cool combo of some flavors that aren't always blended together. Worth trying at a great price. I would say the vine notes keep this one from being great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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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Yakima Glory from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
89 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.
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