The name Yakima Glory refers to valley in Washington state where choice hops are cultivated. The hops for this beer were harvested in late Summer and, according to the bottle, this was the perfect time to ensure optimum flavor and aroma. I can’t argue with that because Yakima Glory, from Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Co., is the epitome of a hop-forward beer. Aside from the requisite intense bitterness that all hopheads, including myself, love, the actual flavor of the hops is an explosion of pine blanketed by citrus, an almost lime-like tinge at that. While Yakima Glory certainly tastes like an IPA and has enough hoppiness for one I’m not so sure it technically is in the traditional sense. The relatively high (8.7% ABV) alcohol content might suggest an Imperial India Pale Ale but the body is quite dark and even a little heavy. Biscuity malt flavors linger around the edges of the hops. These do help temper the alcohol a bit. If anything, it could be classified as a Black IPA, a style that’s becoming popular with Pacific Northwest brewers. I’m a big fan of pretty much everything I’ve tried from Victory and this is a great addition to their line-up.