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Victory Yakima Glory

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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The tenacious grip of big, juicy hop aroma and character slides smoothly into rich, dark malts. This heavyweight battle between fresh, Yakima Valley hops and dark, roasted malts is resolved harmoniously as the flavors merge to deliver complex satisfaction with a warming edge. Enjoy the ‘twilight’ for the bright and brassy hops!


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2009
pours mahogany brown with a fluffy tan head. aroma is sweet, sticky aromatic resiny hops and caramel. nice malty edge. flavor is BITTER floral hops, caramel, dark fruit. loads of malt, bold spicy, earthy, succulent hops. finish is long, dry, bitter. thick and heavy strong ale. glorious.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Date: December 02, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark red, lasting creamy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma, fresh floral and earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of earthyness, mostly dry and bitter, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby amber, off white head. Aroma is hoppy (fuzzy kiwi) and caramel. Flavor is bitter hoppy: citrus, kiwi, caramel, vanilla. This beer is nicely bitter and not too sweet. Malty without being too syrupy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
I guess this is something of a double IPA only darker in color. Pours a nice coppery brown w/ a big head. I didn’t really find the addition of roasted malts to make a huge impact on the overall character though I suppose it did taste a little brown-ale-like. Certainly, it is not in the range of a porter or anything like that. I am surprised to see that it’s such a high alcohol content. It does not really come across as such a big beer to me. It would have guessed more in the six or seven percent range, just going by flavor. The higher alcohol content does explain why I have a headache this morning though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 12oz bottle, thanks to 17thfloor. pours dark ruby with creamy off white head. nose has a juicy red fruit character with a band-aid chemical off flavor/infection right behind it. flavors continue with that juicy red fruit hop notes and again that infection is there with a band-aid (or I should say, adhesive strip) even the hops do try their hardest to cover off the off-flavors. 2.8 1/8/11, bottle, pours auburn with off white head. Nose is phenolic, juicy fruit. Flavors are juicy fruit, passion fruit, slight stale coffee roast. Med body. Odd beer and not really a black ipa, thought it was a hoppy red or something before I looked at the style. 3.1

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4152) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2012 12 oz, bb Nov 5, 2010. Clear copper-brown with a huge, lasting billow of foam. Nose of orange, tea leaf, resin, sawdust and molasses. Starts the same, with a big finish of oak, pecan and resin. Smooth medium body is well-balanced and crisp on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6284) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish red body. Aroma is grapefruit, pine hop and maybe some peach. The mouthfeel is somewhat aggressive hop, with dominant flavors being grapefruit, citrus, and pine hop.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1323) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2009
On draught at the Draught House- a somewhat hazy ruby brown color with nice tan lacing. Nose has a candi sugar nose with the malt underneath. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt tastes like it was slightly roasted, a hard yet very enjoyable sweetness that just lingers around like bad company. I really liked this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle. Enjoy by: 10/14/10. The label says 8.7% ABV. A super-deep amber/mahogany pour with a thick khaki head. An earthy aroma that features grapefruits and pine in addition to a good bit of caramel, chocolate, vanilla extract, and some rye bread. Medium to full-bodied. The flavor starts off rich and roasty with caramel, light chocolate, and rye. A great malt backbone. Finishes with plenty of resiny hoppiness and bittering grapefruits. Another solid brew from Victory.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2010 So I bought a sixer of this, just figuring Victory has done some nice stuff in the past. Turns out the beer is quite amazing. The only problem I have, I waited until the sixth beer to rate, and it was a bad bottle!?!? ..... After attaining a good bottle... Mostly clear, dried blood color body, excellent head, full, yellowish-beige, nearly fully lasting, and creamy/frothy with lots of drippy lace. Explosive hops in the nose with great rustic tones and ruby red grapefruit citrus, lightly spicy, delicately floral, faint bread crust, hints of roast, and some light toasted caramels. The flavor is more malt balanced with light roast, hints of roasted hazelnuts, light bread crust, and some toasted caramel with hops still dominating; rustic all over the place, light twigs, more ruby red grapefruit, and a moderately high bitterness with a moderately low sweetness. Palate is nice with a medium to full body, nearly lively carbonation, and a velvety, oily mouthfeel. Finishes long and mostly bitter with rustic winning out, grapefruit still there, and the roast finding its way in with an almost dry cocoa note. An aggressively-hopped American winter warmer without the intense richness. I am upset that my first rating was so short but I am glad that I found more of the stuff in this season. Almost a perfect combination of fresh hop boldness matched with darker malt notes without being incredibly dry or ashy. Being from CO, I am sad to say that I find this equally as enjoying Hibernation which is almost bliss this time of season. Nevertheless, I will look forward to this next year. I tried one with about 8 months of age and the hops still dominate but more with the bitterness than flavors. A toasted marshmallow note also enters into the malt bill, maybe due to the lack of intense rustic and grapefruit notes. Still awesome but in a less hop-forward way.


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