Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Yakima Glory

Today I'm drinking Yakima Glory brewed by Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The beer's name salutes the Yakima Valley of Washington for the hops it has contributed to the American way of brewing. Nice colors of the label. Enjoy by Nov 11, 2011.

Big fluffy head. Nutty, roasted malt with some hoppy orange aroma, very pleasant. Interesting flavors. I really didn't know exactly what to expect from this beer when I opened it. Malty flavors open things up, with a dark and lightly burnt bread, yet very subtle. Bitter orange citrus rind and grapefruit and some pine rush in next, but also in a non-aggressive way. Very complementary. The texture is extremely creamy despite a large dose of prickly carbonation (which is welcome, BTW). Medium body. A hint of spice with a splash of the 8.7% alcohol rounds out the flavors. Bitter does win in the end.

When I went online afterward to see this in the Black IPA category, I about shit my pants. This wasn't really like the others I've had in that style with their asshole burnt heartburn roasted dickheadedness. Anyway, diatribe over. Yakima Glory is a really nice and flavorful beer with lots of subtle nuances. Buy it! And drink it!

This is post #813 so it is dedicated to everyone in the Tampa area that loves a great beer!

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yakima Glory rocks! I didn't realize they're calling it a Black IPA (it's brown, isn't it?!).

I have to call shenanigans though. You did in fact like a Black IPA prior to this, Sublimely Self-Righteous: http://www.dailybeerreview.com/2009/10/sublimely-self-righteous-ale.html

Cheers!

--@markskar

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes. Definitely brown, definitely brown.

You're probably right that I may have liked prior ones of the style. I can even remember a few that were extremely different, like Cigar City Or http://www.dailybeerreview.com/2010/12/or.html, but still my overall opinion is a thumbs down on the style.

As for how I got that they are calling it Black IPA... I went to the site... http://victorybeer.com/beers/yakima-glory/ and then where they tell me I should rate it on BA and RB, I clicked (they should have DBR as an option there).

Considering the nerds on BOTH Beer Advocate and Rate Beer are calling it a Black IPA, well I give in. :)

Thanks for stopping by, Mark. AND for using my own words against me!

marie said...

I didn't realize self-righteous was a black IPA.

This sounds tasty! I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Roy said...

Daily Beer Review -

Thank you for this great review. We also apologize for not including this link on the photo used. We have corrected and updated the post.
http://www.beersinparadise.com/?review=black-ipas

Once again on behalf of Beers in Paradise, Thanks and cheers.

-Roy

Anonymous said...

Note that Victory doesn't call Yakima Glory a Black IPA, just the websites that feel the need to categorize it.

Definitely a great beer, regardless of the label you attach to it.

Anonymous said...

**I wasn't talking about THIS website when I said "websites that feel the need to categorize it."

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Anonymous. Check out this link http://victorybeer.com/beers/yakima-glory/

In that video, you can hear Victory's Bill Covaleski call this beer a Dark IPA in the first minute. In addition, by Victory linking to the reviews and profiles on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer (which call this American Black Ale and Black IPA, respectively), they are basically agreeing with that characterization.

Honestly, I don't care about style names or guidelines, but that's the way I see it.