Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse
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5/5 rDev +29.9%
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.
02-13-2011 23:13:15 | More by AJDean
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
A: Pours a clear orange color, 1 finger width frothy white head great lacing down the glass
S: Smells very citrusy and floral
T: Big citrusy flavor, lime/grapefruit. Well balanced with a slight caramel flavor
M: Medium bodied beer, carbonation feels right on with this one.
O: Very drinkable IPA. Hoppy without being over the top with the hops...very well balanced. Will buy this one again for sure.
05-26-2011 00:10:00 | More by loren01
4.7/5 rDev +22.1%
A - It pours a light golden orange that produces a small white head. It has a decent retention and leaves excellent lacing.
S - The aroma on this beer is outstanding. There are tropical flavors...mango, orange, and hints of lemon.
M - Light to medium in body with crisp carbonation.
T - Two words. Absolutely delicious. There is a light breadiness up front followed by a wave of tropical hops. The flavors involve a mix of orange, lemon, light mango, and a grapefruit finish. There seems to be a somewhat honey sweetness present with a mild, not too bitter finish.
This beer is outstanding. This one flies way under the radar. This ranks up there with other top imperial IPAs like Dreadnaught, Pliny the Elder, and Sculpin. More people need to try this beer, and it would easily become a most wanted.
09-12-2010 04:11:16 | More by boralyl
4.55/5 rDev +18.2%
Drank a number of 22oz bottles while touring nwOregon a few weeks ago. This beer more than any other during our trip symbolized the PNW IPA. Not as over-the-top hoppy as many of the southern California beers (not that there is anything wrong with those), but this beer has the perfect balance of assertive, resinous, somewhat citrusy hops. It has a more subtle aroma than many DIPAs I would typically go for, but it is downright delicious. It's all in the finish here.
08-20-2011 01:29:36 | More by Hopsedge
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
The beer pours a dark straw color with a white head and soapy lacing.
The nose is more fruity than hoppy although it has good hop and malt aroma.
The flavor has a big juicy fruit quality with a whole mess of citrus/apricot up front with a big sweet malt backbone for balance.
Very tasty and very drinkable. This is a well made beer.
08-11-2009 01:25:07 | More by HumuloneRed
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
Yellow Wolf Imperial poured a modest head from a growler filled this same evening at the Alameda Brewhouse. The lacing is likewise moderate; the color is hazy shades of amber and yellow. It smells predominantly of citrus fruit, grapefruit being the most pronounced, though there are some sweeter fruits in the background, such as a fitting summer peach. The carbonation level is perfect with this one, yielding a supple, full feeling to the mouth, matched by the taste of tart hops, baked bread, and a very subtle sweetness, adding a level of depth and interest to the brew. This is a great offering from Alameda, and from what I've tasted from their beers, it's one of their highlights, and a step above most of the Double IPA's making the Portland brewhouse runs this year.
07-31-2010 08:02:29 | More by sdawson
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
03-14-2011 02:55:10 | More by ccrida
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-18-2010 08:09:17 | More by ElGordo
4.43/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
08-25-2011 02:38:11 | More by Mahlik
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
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!
01-08-2011 01:35:08 | More by Docer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
A: Pours a light orange to amber colour with a thin foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S: Floral and obvious grapefruit.
T: Well balanced grapefruit and oranges, other citrus and pine needles. Just as bitter as you'd want an IPA to be. Awesome to me.
M: Good carbonation with a slight buildup in bitterness.
O: This is the kind of IPA I would session without hesitation even though on the strong side, i.e. high ABV. Ranks pretty high on my IPA chart. Somewhat comparable to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo even though it has a bitter after taste. Way up there on my IPA list.
01-04-2014 19:33:42 | More by Niceroad77
4.35/5 rDev +13%
Unfiltered beer has never let me down for some reason. And the YW is no exception with the cloudy yellow appearance.
I expected to taste to follow the aromatic smell and I was not disappointed. One of my top 5 IPA's I have ever had. But hey, i am a beginner.
Grapefruit and Cannabis flowers! I have seen comparisons to Pliny, and they are not too far off. I couldn't taste much Malt if at all.
Kegs can go so quickly and vary in quality as well. Second day I tried this beer again and it dropped a lot of it's qualities. The Dude abides!
05-12-2012 00:15:17 | More by Asshole
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
I really like this beer and for under 5 dollars you cannot go wrong for a bottle at the huge abv in this beer.
A: When poured, it looks like an imperial IPA should. Its got that golden quasi filtered look to it with a white sticky head. Nothing special here but looks tasty.
S: This smells great. Its got hops and hops and more hops with a hint of malts to balance it out. Very pleasant but not as high as its competitors. You do get a hint of citrus and pine but the latter is very subtle.
T: This is a great tasting beer. There is no way that this beer is that strong. you do not taste it. You get that west coast citrusy flavor but there is a ton of hop bitterness so its not that sweet. I really like the taste of this beer. Very easy drinking and not a sipper of an Imperial IPA. For those just getting into IPAs this may not be for you unless you like the punch in the face that this beer will give you at the middle of the tongue and the malts are there but not as much as you would think. There is a bit of a acidic but pleasant linger after the sip which I will explain next.
M: This is a pretty sticky full mouth feeling beer. There is this not unpleasant acidic citrusy tingle left after each sip of the beer. It actually makes me want more because it tastes good. Not bad at all.
Overall: I really like this beer. For the price and the abv mixed with the taste this is a very high class beer. There are some on the market from the local breweries and others from the USA that can cost way above the $4.69 that I paid for this beer. You really cannot compete at this price. This is totally on the top of my list if I want to have a hoppy imperial IPA and not break the bank. If it was like a 7 or 8 dollar bottle, I would rate it at 3.5 but for Portland, you cannot find a beer this good at this price at this abv. And its available all over the place from gas stations, bottle shops and grocery stores that sell craft beers.
12-18-2011 05:41:02 | More by Vancoubeer
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
04-27-2011 01:57:13 | More by NWer
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
11-27-2010 06:10:33 | More by velosuds
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
Had a pint at St Augustines in Vancouver. This was a very balanced DIPA that still strutted its stuff in the hops dept. The colour was very pale , almost like a Wit but the nose and taste was pure IPA with the added ABV and increased grain bill. I really liked how there was a delicate sense to the flavours for such a big beer. Will purchase it in bottles as it is in BC now.
05-12-2012 23:29:01 | More by canucklehead
Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.