Friday, December 30, 2011

Victory Yakima Glory



Yakima Glory

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company
Downingtown, Pennsylvania USA

American Black Ale
Black IPA
Cascadian Dark Ale

8.70% ABV




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. Bask in the “glory”­ of the bright and brassy hops!
(victorybeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$12.00 6 pack, ~$46.00 case

Background:
I stopped in State Line Liquors after work on a Friday and found that there was a Victory rep tasting going on. I sampled this one and had to buy a 6 pack. From the tasting I was torn between an imperial/double IPA or a Black IPA. With only a few ounces in the cup it was difficult to get an appreciation for the color. So let’s give this a full review and see what Yakima Glory has in store for us.

Review:
The beer pours a dark brown with burnt amber hues and a very rich off white head, highly effervescent with lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

The nose is very intriguing with dark almost roasted malt aromas along with a complexity of citrus, pine and floral hop aromas.

Wow, that a nice first sip. That’s an impressive black IPA. This reminds me of Otter Creek’s Black IPA.
                                         
The experience starts out with dark almost roasted malt sweetness up front. That is immediately followed by a tingling effervescence over the tongue along with a building hop and malt robustness as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The robustness diminishes slightly on the back-end but there is a hesitation at the top of the swallow that is typical and expected. There is an additional carbonation release during the swallow that masks some flavors and cuts the robustness. Everything comes together for one fantastic finish. There rich dark roasted malts come through nicely and cut the rich hop complexity to leave a very robust but balanced enjoyable rich dark ale. The hop bite stays with you into the final aftertaste but there are also some dark malt flavors as well.

This is a great beer. Rich, even robust but not over the top, it stays satisfying and enjoyable.

The head has diminished to a nice protective layer over the top of the beer along with a thick ring around the top of the glass and very impressive lacing.

This is a B+ for me. This is a very unique IPA; a very rich dark roasted malt ale with an interesting hop complexity of citrus and floral fresh hop flavors.

Abita Purple Haze


Abita Purple Haze

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs, Louisiana USA

Fruit / Vegetable Beer

4.20% ABV





Commercial Description:
Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with raspberry puree added after filtration. Therefore, you may see raspberry pulp in the beer. The raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste. (abita.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$32.00 case

Background:


Review:
The beer pours a hazy pale copper with purple hues and a white head.

The nose is complex with pale malt aromas and notes of sweet fruit and citrus along with floral hop aromas.
                                  
Not bad. I’m not sure what I was expecting but this is much better. I guess I thought it would be an overly sweet beer but this is actually quite good and refreshing.

We start out with light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a cleansing effervescence over the tongue throughout the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also an additional carbonation release during the swallow that masks some of the flavors and adds a refreshing aspect to the experience. It is really not until you get to the finish of this beer when any real flavors are noticed. The finish is nice with pale malt flavors along with sweet fruity notes of raspberry and citrus. The hops are not noticeable by taste but they add dryness to the finish.

All and all this is a very nice easy drinking beer. I am pleasantly surprised with this experience.

As the beer warms a little I’m starting to pick up some lager harshness. It’s not bad at all it just some typical lager characteristics are coming out as it warms a little.

This is not bad at all. I’m going for a B- on this one. Purple Haze is a nice easy drinking beer with very pleasant and refreshing light raspberry flavors and citrus notes on the finish. At 4.2 ABV it would be a great summer session beer.

Abita Restoration Pale Ale


Restoration Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs, Louisiana USA

American Pale Ale (APA)

5.00% ABV





Commercial Description:
Restoration Pale Ale is made with Pale, Lager, Crystal and Cara Pils malted barley. It is liberally hopped and dry hopped with American Cascade and fermented with California Ale yeast. The end result is a brilliant gold ale with a rich body, mild bitterness and a snappy fresh citrus hop flavor and aroma.
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$32.00 case

Review:
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with copper hues and a bright white head.

The nose is very inviting with sweet light malt pale malt aromas with notes of citrus and floral hops. This nose is so inviting I can’t what to see if this beer is a refreshing as the nose indicates.

What a great first sip, nice and refreshing.

We start out with a light malt sweetness up front followed by a very refreshing cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is extremely easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer. The finish is perfect for a light refreshing beer; sweet malts with a very light hop finish followed by some interesting notes of citrus. There is very little of a final aftertaste just a hint of light malts and citrus notes.

As the beer warms the sweetness and citrus notes are becoming more pronounced.

The head has diminished to just a patchy island on top of the beer but it has left some decent lacing.

All and all this is a nice refreshing pale ale. This is one I could drink over and over again. I’m going to have to get more of this next summer. Seems like the perfect summer ale.

This is a solid B+ maybe even an A-. What a nice easy drinking, extremely refreshing beer with sweet pale malt flavors and citrus notes on the finish. What a great summer beer.