LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark ruby with a thick frothy beige head. Leaves tons of lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate malt, orange, grapefruit, and spicy herbal hops.
Taste: Biter citrusy hops and dark chocolate. Makes for an amazing combo.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderately carbonated. A tad sticky maybe.
Overall: I was really impressed with this beer. Whether it be ’An American Strong Ale’ or a Black IPA, this beer rocks. I want to take an educated guess and say drink this beer fresh due to that wonderful citrusy hop profile. SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Glad this finally came in at the bottle shop near me. Awesome hop explosion on the nose and the palate. With that kind of hop blast, you would think its overly dry or bitter, but it wasn’t. It was smooth as the malts mellowed out the finish. Just awesome beer. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - DEC 20, 2009
To quote Macho Man Randy Savage, "OHH YEEAH, DIGG IT!" This is really good stuff. Pretty red with fluffy off white head. Nice hoppy flavor with the malts in back. I see many think this is too hoppy?? Well this is no hop bomb by any means, just a smooth bitter biter. Course I quoted a wrestler, so what do i know? thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Brown pour. Citrusy aroma. This ale has a ton of fruity, hoppy goodness. I’m not such a good judge of IIPA vs. strong ale. Is there a clear difference? I would drink this any day. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Another outstanding beer from Vicotry. This fairly unique beer pours nearly a mahogony color with a thick and rich light brown head. The aroma is strong and well-balanced, with notes of spicy hops, caramel, earth, citrus, grass and rye bread. Yakima’s body is fairly thick and full, but like the nose, is also very well-balanced. The flavors are absoutely delicious, with notes of extremely spicy hops, grapefruit, brown sugar, caramel, rye bread, grass, earth, dark chocolate and cayenne pepper. The finish is extremely spicy and hoppy, wit plenty of sticky hop resin that coats my mouth. This beer also leaves a nice amount of sticky head goodness around the edges of the glass. Yakima can very dangerous, especially when drinking it on an empty stomach. This strong ale definitely kicks a little rear end!
Cybercat (5832) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
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. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Dark brown with a nice tan head, pungent citrus and piney aroma, flavor is big intense caramel malts with a potent hoppy finish, intense chewy mouthfeel. Very nice beer. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Sample #1 - 1/23/2010 - Draft at Taco Mac. Pours a deep dark copper - red and brown highlights with a thin light tan head. The aroma is very malty. There are balanced earthy hop notes, but lots of bready, cakey, complex malts. The flavor follows the aroma - very rich, complex, and malty with a soft hop presence underneath. A touch less hops and it could pass for a Scotch Ale... Rich malt flavors with subtle fruitiness, soft hop flavors, a little cocoa and a little caramel. The finish is full with a soft malt sweetness balanced by a fairly big neutral hop bitterness with a touch of earthiness. The mouthfeel is quite full in body with a perfect punch of carbon dioxide. Overall, a very good beer. (Note: I noticed a lot of other reviewers found this beer to be much hoppier than I did. The one I drank followed a pint of Hop Devil, so my palate may have been a bit compromised in the hops department - Yakima Twilight is certainly not as hoppy as Hop Devil...). Score: 7,4,9,5,16 (4.1).
Sample #2 - 12/14/2010 - 12oz bottle. Pours a deep dark ruby red with copper highlights and a medium light tan head that leaves a thick smattering of lace spots on the glass. Aroma is *really* pungently hoppy - much hoppier than the draft Yakima Twilight was (this bottle is labeled Yakima Glory). Lots of pine and spruce tips with sticky resin softly layered over bready, toasty malt. Flavor is malty and bready but not particularly sweet and exploding with piney and grassy green hop flavor. The hop flavor becomes subdued into a strong earthy piney bitterness towards the back of the palate, accompanied by a bready cakey malt with hints of dry cocoa powder. Finishes dry and bitter with touches of fruit ester and cakey malts. Mouthfeel is dry (almost but not quite chalky) and quite bubbly with a medium body. Overall - really nice brew. I can certainly detect the similarity between this bottle and the draft version I tried earlier, but this one seems immensely hoppier. Perhaps my palate was fatigued from a hop-bomb the last time I tasted it, on draft at Taco Mac? Or perhaps this new label also brings a slightly hoppier recipe? In any event, great brew. Score: 8,4,9,4,17 (4.2) badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Dark red color with a large head. Light toasted malt aroma, caramel and lots o’ pine. Very strong bitterness in the taste. Pine is still the dominant hop flavor. A bit of dirt and earthiness upon warming. Caramel malt lingers towards the finish. Really quite delicious. Beaver (1799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a monstrous creamy tan head that retains all the way down and laces the glass. I’ve had bottles of this that were almost gushers, there’s so much carbonation.
The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts with some resinous piney hops and some grapefruit and a little astringent cocoa.
The flavor is a touch of sweet nutty caramel malts that quickly leads to a huge resinous tarry bitterness that has a little tangy fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fairly smooth carbonation.
Overall, this is a completely unbalanced hop bomb, but it’s fun.