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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009)
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FadetoBock, Jul 13, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First tasted at the brewery during my highly successful roadtrip to Portland a month ago.
Snagged two bombers to go and time for a review:
Pours nice pale golden into my chalice. Decent head retention. Mild hop aroma from the get-go.
Hoppy and sweet at the same time. Well balanced more like an East-Coast IIPA.
Pleasant and very drinkable.
Four lines of actual review. My bad according to some but I don't care much for embellishing my reviews with a bunch of fluff.
edit (5/14/11): On further reflection - and drinking - I give this beer more credit for being stronger on the citrus side more like a true West Coast IIPA. Even more tasty than I remember so I bumped it up a notch.

NWer, Apr 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust pale malts with large amounts of citrus and lighter amounts of herbal hops. Also present are slight amounts of breadiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops are a bit more restrained. Slightly dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by smooth citrus hops. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of heavier herbal hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a solid DIPA from a brewery that I’d never come across before. Worth a shot.

glid02, May 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

switzer, Jan 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

imbuckeye, Apr 21, 2012
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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Something about dogs and the colour yellow just doesn't sit right with me.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves a few swaths of chunky splattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sweet caramel malt, toffee pudding, orange cream, orange rind, and juicy orange/grapefruit flesh, a hint of pine resin, and a bit of cotton candy. The taste is more rounded, and bitter in its hoppy fruitiness - orange, lemon, lime, and grapefruit all representin' - with some pithy pine needles, grainy, and surprisingly dry bready caramel malt, and a mild floral, perfumed booziness rousing as it slowly warms.

The carbonation is frisky in its genial frothiness, the body on the lee side of a standard medium weight, and a tad too snakebitten by the prominent hop interference to be deemed anything other than basic in its smoothness. It finishes generally dry, the sweet fruity promise of the aroma now thoroughly morphed into a lingering citrus peel and pine cone bitterness.

A pleasant enough DIPA, for those hopheads in the house, myself counted. The malt puts in a bit of subterfuge up front, then easily cedes helm control to the big west coast hop bitterness, all the while the biggish ABV doing well to stay in the shadows, biding its time to spring on me, once this bomber is duly killed.

biboergosum, Dec 29, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours yellow amber, slightly syrupy, partly cloudy with almost no head. Big floral aroma -- smells delicious.

First sip is an intense onslaught of hoppage. Pretty fizzy, too. I want to appreciate everything that went into this brew, but I just can't get past the over the top bitterness. Alameda's website claims this beer is "over 100 IBUs". Yow. And while the high alcohol content is pleasantly *not* the first thing you notice in this beer, unfortunately this level of bitterness suites -- nay, requires -- a beer with even more alcohol, and dare I say so myself, more malt flavor.

hreb, Dec 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at the Imperial IPA Fest at Saraveza. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a sizeable creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nice, floral hops with a hint of grassiness and grapefruit, balanced by some light biscuity malt.
Palate is well-balanced, but definitely hop-forward. Notes of grass, grapefruit, and a touch of pine, along with bready, biscuity malt. Tangy bitterness looms after the swallow, giving a long-lasting hoppy bitterness. Body is substantial but not big, sticky but not cloying. For a big IPA, it goes down pretty easily. This was definitely the standout at the IIPA Fest tonight.

ElGordo, Jul 18, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

appearance; served in great lakes chalice, bright golden-orange body, nice foamy white froth

smell: bready, citrus, a bit metallic

taste: always a fan of increased distribution but Alameda is 2/2 on providing a mediocre beer that isnt worth a repurchase. Metallic, bready, dry, bittter citrus rind, grassy

mouthfeel: dry, bitter

overall: pretty Meh for a west coast IPA

dirtylou, Jan 20, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Unfiltered, deep tawny color, light haze with a thin bubbly lace.

S - Spicy herbal and lightly pungent hop aroma, fruity and oily.

T - Medium crispness, hoppy palate with a big grapefruit flavor. Big punch of oily hop pungent flavor with some spicy (alcohol) flavor finish...

M - Med-bodied, kinda weak for an imperial ipa...carbination a bit weak too...

O - Not a big fan of this x2 IPA, drinkable, but kinda bummed :~(...Chasin' Cheers!

scootpolute, May 05, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for sharing this bomber.

Hazy golden in color with a small white head.

The aroma is pretty nice for a DIPA, very citric and somewhat resinous.

Good flavor as well, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, as well as a bit of pine.

Medium-bodied, not at all syrupy and actually refreshing, with average-plus carbonation and a good hop oil bite.

Overall tasty and enjoyable.

nickd717, Aug 26, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Deep orange, copper. Mostly clear. Big white head. Nice surface foam.

Smell - Muted aroma. Musty hops. Caramel.

Taste - Pine hops. Lots of caramel. Some hop bitterness. Musty and kinda crappy.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and a little bitter.

Overall - Not a lot of redeeming qualities to this. Just caramel and bitterness.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got in bomber from a friend on the west coast. Nice to try something new.

Decent mouthfeel. Aroma wasn't much to write home about. Head was about a centimeter and didn't last very long. The flavor was decent, but the aftertaste lingered too long for me; citrusy, with lots of grapefruit hints.

I've had better imperials, but this wasn't bad.

dvmin98, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Rutager, May 04, 2014
Photo of Docer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of which I haven't seen before bottled.

- Great semi-cloudy yellow/light copper brew.. nice two fingers of fluffy head down to a cream frothy layer and lacing all about. A very pretty IPA right out of the bottle.

- Lovely citrus and grapefruit notes.. big herbal hops.. this smells damn good, and I bet drinks even better. Light pepperness.. zesty citrus, light grain notes, lightly bready... semi-sweet.. not a malt bomb which I am liking.

- Huge citrus blast of hops.. holy smokes.. so hoppy it almost tastes like iced tea. Great tea-like flavors, lemon zest, citrus, herbal, grassy.. light biscuit and grain.. and more zesty mouth watering grapefruit.

- Light to light/med. bodied.. very nicely carbonated... this thing makes the mouth water. Not too drying or sticky at all.

- One of the best Imperial IPA's I have had to date. Best beer from Alameda I have had. This puppy could get them brewing 3 times the current output in a matter of weeks if this beer caught on. Get it if you can!

Docer, Jan 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper hue with a good one inch of fluffy head. Well laced all the way down. Aroma is citrus hops, lemon and orange zest. Taste is rich fruity citrus hops and plenty of malt support. This beer was so cloudy I thought perhaps it was an Imperial American Wheat. Maybe just yeast remnants. Easy drinking, true to style and alcohol well hidden for an 8+ abv. Will look forward to having this on tap.

Spikester, Oct 31, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

GrantBrennan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark orange, totally opaque color. Head was a cream color, filled with big bubbles, nice retention and loads of spongy lace.

The aroma was bright citrus, some pine and flowers, orange zest and spicy hops.

The taste was big citrus kicks, an intense initial bitterness, light caramel malts.

Nearing full bodied, slight noticeable carbonation, a bit oily and dry finishing.

Not a game changer, but this is a solid, really drinkable offering worthy of having around.

EgadBananas, Jul 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A slightly green like yellow out of the bottle, but hits the glass with a sort of swamp brown amber body. Head manages barely two fingers, off white and slightly creamy yellow in color. Leaves a good top, otherwise fine looking.

Nose is a mish mash of sweet malts and subtle hops. A good sense of biscuity aroma and honey. Hop action not apparent or dominant. Otherwise alright, a good sense of sugary sweetness possibly coming.

Palate hits with a subtle sense, not unlike what is hinted on the nose. Sugary malt sweetness, and a mild lingering hop sense. Finish does linger though with some very good sharp pine like action and sweet sap spruce. Honey sweetness comes a bit after further sips. Feel is just about right, bold with mild carbonation and a good solid thickness but not syrupy.

Overall it's ok, but can't say much more, and not really getting me excited either.

smakawhat, Dec 15, 2012
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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.