Location: Downingtown, PA
Name: Yakima Glory
Type: American Black Ale
This beer gets its name from the Yakima Valley of Washington state. According to the label, Yakima Valley is also the heartland of American hops. If you read the label further you may be lead to believe that you were about to jump into a black ale. My eyes lead me down another path. Yakima Glory is a deep brown, chestnut color. Far from the liquid soot I was expecting. The head pops up nice and fluffy before dissolving into craggy peaks of off-white hues. Lacing seems to be an afterthought for Mr. Glory. YG opens up nicely in the nose. One might find an abundance of piney hops engaging in scented fisticuffs with a roasted malt scent. However, if you have your nose stuck in the bouquet long enough, hops becomes the clear victor. This beer fills the mouth nicely, medium body with ample carbonation makes a nice impression. The taste is pretty awesome actually. Of course you will have hops up front but unlike other "black" ipa's this beer doesn't have that ultra bitter (though delicious in its own way) roasted malt flavor. Instead, the roasted malt blends nicely with the hops ultimately winding down into caramel and toffee flavors. Even though Yakima Glory may be the brownest black ale I have come across it's actually a great way to usher someone into the BIPA world. A warming ABV, layered smell and taste, and a smooth finish make this beer worth repeating!
|Even without Denzel Washington, Glory tastes great!|