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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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86
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181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009

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Ratings: 181 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Yellow Wolf is a chill hazed gold with a white head that leaves gorgeous windowpane lace. Lots of floaties are less then ideal visually.

Smell is strong, pure hops, skunky citrus, moderately sweet.

Taste is big, fresh hops, with a nice bready backbone from the malt without being to sweet. Really a nice, well balanced DIPA in the regional style,

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty DIPA that is well balanced, robustly hopped, clean, and not to heavy. A good local secret that flies way to low under the radar.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of hreb
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
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

Photo of scootpolute
2.92/5  rDev -24%
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!

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Mahlik
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a yellowish amber color. Not much of a head (maybe a bad pour). Little amount of lacing.

S - A wonderful citrusy aroma up front followed by herbal hops. Little to no maltiness.

T - The aroma gives you a preview of the taste of this beer.The hops are what stand out to me initially. They give a good amount of hoppiness that I really enjoy. Definitely get the citrus taste as well (lemon, grapefruit). I get a bit more maltiness from the taste than I did from the smell.

M - Medium-light bodied. Good carbonation. Not heavy on the alcohol, especially at 8% ABV.

O - Overall, a great DIPA with a great amount of hoppiness. Yet, this beer is very drinkable for a DIPA. One of my favorite beers in Portland.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for this.

3.5 A: Hazy brownish light orange. One finger of creamy off-white head with not so great retention and just touches of lacing.

4.5 S: Floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. Plenty of orange and a bit of mango. Malts are neutral, but have a good strength to it. Despite the haziness, this isn't too yeasty. In fact, it's really clean, which I like.

4.0 T: Interesting. Never had a DIPA quite like this. It isn't infected, but it has a sourish sweetness to it. I'm not sure if this comes from a combination of hop flavor, booze, and malts or if there is some sort of independent sourness to it. Mild bitterness. Orange, pine, and lemony hop flavor. Malts again add a nice complexity with some caramel.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. Touch of warming booze on finish.

4.5 D: Unique and pretty good. I'm really digging the sour maltiness. I think I may put a pound of lactose into my next DIPA. Anyway, this is a good choice for a hoppy beer and not a bad choice for a malty beer either. I recommend it.

Photo of AJDean
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the best Imperial IPA's I have ever tasted thus far. Right off the bat it has strong aromatic hop characteristics. Has strong back-notes of grapefruit and citrus with a smooth, slightly malty finish that masks the high ABV in this beer; however the malt does not overpower this beer making it very drinkable.

This beer is reminiscent of Pliny the Elder although far superior in it's complexity. I would recommend this to anyone who loves big and bold IPA's, one of the best.

Photo of velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $4.59 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a slightly hazy yellow-golden hue with a 2 finger, creamy-white head with good retention and ample lacing. A very light appearing DIPA, but very pleasant looking.

S-The hops are fragrant, citrus, and grassy. Citrus is more lemony than grapefruit. Actually, very reminiscent of lemongrass. There is also a faint biscuit-like malt presence that is pleasant.

T-This is definitely a hoppy beer, as it should be. However, it is not as aggressive as many West Coast DIPAs. The taste follows the aroma and is very refined, even elegant. Bitterness stimulates the palate followed by a subtle bready/biscuity malt backbone, and finishes with a very pleasant tangy bitterness (lemon) that lingers with a resinous aftertaste that impels me to seek another sip. This is very nice.

M-Extraordinarily smooth with medium to full body. Luxuriant. Great carbonation.

D-A very good DIPA. My new favorite from Alameda Brewhouse. Very nice indeed since this is not like so many DIPAs that try to be like Pliny the Elder. Not knocking PtE, but Yellow Wolf is pleasantly different. Will enjoy this again.

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

22 oz from Fred Meyer, S.Salem store.
Appearance is a slighly lighter more golden than orange colour for an IPA. The head is big,frothy and eggshell white. Nice fresh juicy hop aromas, lemony citric rather than pine..smells very fresh indeed. Taste is surprisingly mellow!!. For sure its jam packed with juicy,lemony,citric hops and it makes the mouth water for more..but its very well balanced and well refined. Nice on the palate..a very smooth drinking DIPA..goes down a treat. I really liked what Alameda did with this one..very easy drinking yet totally complex. Remnds me of some of the fresher better Fresh hop ales.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light apricot with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is super hoppy although i really only pick up bitterness and not real hop aroma. Difficult to explain and a bit unique. Taste brings an onslaught of bitterness with a bit of citrus and tropical fruits. Feel is quite dry. Decent drinkability and worth a try, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a yellowy-golden with a thick frothy white head that dissipates to leave a thin film across the top of the beer and great lacing.

The nose is quite pleasant, with citrus and slight resinous notes.

The piney and resinous notes come through much more in the taste along with some herbal hops as well as a citric backing and some faint floral notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly lower carbonation.

A nice IIPA, with quite an array of hop flavors, though the herbal/resinous qualities were a bit strong for my liking.

Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orangey-brown, hazy, thin layer of off-white foam that leaves specks of lace

Aroma: toasty malt, alcohol, and a berry jam fruitiness

Flavor: malty, chewy sweetness that is quickly balanced by a scrumptious hop flavor and bitterness; peppery alcohol, apple peels, and a hint of citrus rind; finishes semisweet with a lingering hoppiness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Gil.

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells pretty mediocre (and I might be a bit generous there). Some floral and lightly spicy hops with tons of bread and pale malts. A hint of citrus and even more sweetness, mostly toffee with a touch of caramel.

T: Fairly bready in terms of the malt flavor with some grassy hops and a light floral and citrus note. There is tons of toffee, a little bit of caramel, and a very stale feeling about the beer. Pretty "blah".

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Another lackluster IPA from the PNW, unfortunately. Wasn't a fan of this one.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, dirty straw with plenty of yeast sediment. Some head retention, leaves a nice lace.

S: Very dank, piny, nectarine, orange rind, papaya and mango.

T: Solid bitterness, but it's not overbearing. Nectarine, pine, candied pineapple and papaya, grapefruit, a bit of melon and biscuit. Alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity.

D/O: A nicely balanced DIPA, very drinkable for its weight.

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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.