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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 192
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | 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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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 192
Photo of bobhhoffman
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Hmmm not what I was hoping for. But perhaps exactly what the brewer was going for. I am finding if I go for hops taste I need to stay away from imperial IPA or it gets too malty for me. Going back to good old Siera Nevada

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Shared by someone at Woodshop Classix. Another NW IPA, I can't wait.

A: Hazy yellow with a white head that's quick to recede.

S: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit with bread and caramel. Well balanced but the hops hold up their end of the bargain.

T: Cardboard and caramel with ample bread. Hops are muted and just sad.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not recommended.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.9/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey amber, very cloudy, not quite opaque. Head is white, whispy, not a lot left after a short while; lace is decent but not great. Overall decent.

It's a tale of two smells: first whiff was sweet, milky, buttery, but second has a nice tangy hop character: citric and passionfruit. But yeah, sweet, nutty buttery malt still pervades, and it's not that alluring. Could use more aggressive hops.

Tastes slightly odd. Bit of buttery, sticky sweetness upfront, then massive hop bitterness, with very little flavouring hop for lightening or easing us in, just broken down, ashy bitterness that lingers long after its welcome. Quite American - there's an edge of lemon pith on there, but it's a bit unbalanced and very unnuanced, like a first year brewing scientist's hop experiment gone wrong. Can't say I'm a big fan.

Hops are puckering and pulling from the mid to the end, so it's very, very dry. Not a bad body upfront but I've forgotten it by the finish.

Could use more malt and more early hopping, as it is. Otherwise they could really lighten up on the hops to make a decent pale ale.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, after trying their very good American Rye.

This one has a slightly more inauspicious start, pouring a very hazy, murky yellow-copper colour, with a fine and pocked head of white. Body is solid and carbonation is fine. But that colour is really rather unappealing. Hrmm.

Wow, the nose is really uninspiring as well. Wet grain sack mixed with brittle earthy hops that lend a shattering thinness. There's a hint of rubbed grapefruit or something clamouring to be heard, but it just adds to the reedy, unglamorous cacophony. Ew.

Taste is a little better: in fact, a lot better than the nose, and it has a pleasant balance if you can avoid the smell while you're drinking it. Crisp, pronounced green bitterness through the centre of the palate, with a smooth if very mild malt character to keep it in check. Slight astringency on the back gives a whack of bite and a hint of booze. Feel is fine and fluid.

Overall, though, I'm amazingly unimpressed. Their American Rye was a hallmark of rye beer making, but this one (also bought locally, I might add) is verging on offensive without purpose. What a rollercoaster ride are Alamedas beers.

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Photo of scootpolute
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
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!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing. The aroma was mostly a nice blend of hops with just a bit of malt in the background.

The flavors were fairly typical for the style, some maltiness and that mix of hops. There was a bitter, citrusy finish that lingered a bit too long for my tastes. The body was also fairly average, perhaps a bit fuller than a lot of examples of the style. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went fairly smooth and easy. Overall, a nice, average example of the style. Worth trying if you see it, probably not worth a lot of effort to find.

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Photo of Phelps
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon into a snifter.

Dark tangerine with a very slight haze, topped with a fuzzy half-finger head of off-white foam. The crown quickly becomes a thin ring, leaving thin lines of horizontal lace.

The nose is slightly skunky, but packed with bright noble hops. I get a strong floral character — roses? Also lime peel and pale cracker malt.

The flavor: lime, pithy grapefruit peel and flowers again. It’s very potpourri-like. Saltine crackers emerge before a pretty hefty bitterness seeps in.

The carbonation is level is bordering on nonexistent. Medium-light in body, with slightly tongue-numbing alcohol, a bit of whic I also pick up in the nose.

Yellow Wolf tastes a bit like drinking potpourri tea. Not totally unenjoyable, but not my ideal cup.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Bottle date is 8 5 11

Appearance- Caramel color with a very small white head. Lots of acing. 4/5

Smell- Sweet, citrus and tropical fruit aroma. 3.5/5

Taste- Sweet caramel malt flavors. Decent bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present. The malt really comes out as it warms. As does the alcohol. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thicker than I typically like. There is a "slickness" to it as well. 2.5/5

Overall- I would prefer this to be thinner. I would like the hops to shine more as well. I think the malt is too much of a dominate flavor. 3/5

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear light orangish golden color with a small soapy white head

S: Some light floral hops, bread and booze

T: Bready with grass and floral notes, booze and bitter on the end, pretty dry too.

M: Medium body and no carbonation issues

O: A pretty decent IIPA but not one I would go back too

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Photo of woemad
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store for a sale price of $3.49 (normally it’s 50 cents more). “01.13.12” is in very small print on the bottom righthand section of the label. Wish I’d spied that sooner.

Poured a hazy copper color that takes on a brighter amber shade when held up to light. Moderate, off-white head stuck around for a few minutes, then receeded to a foamy skiff on the top of the beer. Spotty, streaky lace.

Piney hops and biscuity malts greet the nose. The malts aren’t exactly blocked out by the hops scent.

Piney hop flavor and a modest grapefruit taste hit thet tastebuds, with a substantial malt backbone. The hop presence isn’t exactly huge – it tastes like a slightly oversized pale ale. Not much sign of the 8.2% alcohol content.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

A fairly bland IIPA, possibly due to age, although it didn’t exactly seem age-spoiled so much as it seemed simply not that interesting a take on the style. I may give this another try at some point, now that I know where the bottling date is located.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of aleigator
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Produces a pale, sunny color, with a decent, froth head.

Smells of an orange infused dankness, balanced by slightly biscuity malts. Develops a crisp lime quality as the beer warms up, adding to the fruitiness, while taking the beer further away from relying on the malts.

Has a medium, but soft carbonation, with a pungent hoppiness from the very beginning, while finishing with more malts cutting through, affecting the mouthfeel by adding a more bubbly carbonation to it.

Tastes of a mellow white bread foundation, accompanied by lemon zest, which gets joined by sappy orange after establishing this foundation. Produces a pleasant hop intensity which got a great piney quality to, integrating the malts perfectly by creating a well balanced, hop defined beer. Right after the swallow though, the hops produce an odd, herbal, medicinic dryness, reminding me of some sort of Jägermeister while biting into blood orange zest, which turn out to be more present than any other flavor at that stage. During its finish, the beer gets back a bit of its initial balance, with resin and lime being recognizable again.

This beer could be awesome, but once established, the off-putting herbal medicine hop dryness wont leave the palate, adding a strange twist to the brew, by basically denying its initial qualities.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.2% ABV, 103 ibu, on tap.
A - hazy orange yellow with a finger head.
S - citrusy, grapefruit, mango, floral, biscuit.
T - light medium body, moderate carbonation, not as bold as I expected while suggesting an imperial IPA. it tends to be on the sweeter side, a bit tart, not too malty, hoppy but not as hoppy as 103 ibu.
O - really easy drinking imperial IPA, good choice when there's no other big beer on tap.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Yellow Wolf poured a dark amber into the pint glass and had a 1 finger foam head. There was good lacing that webbed around the glass. The smell was a little subdued and didn't jump out much. I got some citrus and grassy. The taste was sweet and the bitterness of the double was pretty balanced. The mouthfeel was soft on the palate and went down easy. Overall it was a pretty good beer just didn't strike me a staple for the fridge.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht. Reviewing this one from notes.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 24 April 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with very good retention. A hazy gamboge color with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy half cap. A foamy wisp remains leaving some chunky lacing down the sides of the glass. A little too foamy for the style perhaps.

SMELL: Pale malts, melon, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.

TASTE: Follows nose. Pale malts, caramel, with a bitter, hoppy finish. Grapefruit, lemon bitterness, orange peel and plenty of hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. A spicy bitterness lingers. Good feel, and probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: A decent brew, but nothing overly noteworthy. Certainly worth drinking if it’s in your area, but not something I’d make a point about. Put together fine and the solid feel makes it an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice copper amber color supporting a steady healthy head with less than fair lace. Smell has a nice balance of caramel malt and citrusy hops. Taste is big on the grapefruit piney hops, but not the malt backbone I expected for more of a balance having a slight saline note. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a bad Imperial, had better though.

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Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OCT 7, 2014
Bottled 9/11/14 consumed 10/7/14. Pouring a mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is solid. Bright, pithy, zesty grapefruit with a mild grassy note. Bitterness is quite pronounced. Lemon oil, a little pine, a mild honey note are all present. Malt character is minimal. The palate opens other a bog,whopping bitterness, pungent, resiny, grassy and with a blend of grapefruit, orange, citrons and lemon verbena. Oily on the mid palate with mild flavors of honey, white bread and tutti fruitti. Light in body with a long lasting bitter finish with plenty of grapefruit and pine,this beer is moderately carbonated and quite excellent on the palate. Apart from the grassy notes, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium Globe. Bottled on ... 2012. The rest of the date rubbed off. This is old.

Appearance: An average pour produced a 2'' head. Color is amber. Lacing was quite nice.

Smell: Smells fairly strongly of sweet malts, but also has an orange smell as well. A lot of orange given the age.

Taste: Taste is sweet malts transitioning to hop bitterness and orange sweetness in the aftertaste. Flavor duration is short, with light-moderate sweetness, and moderate sour/bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with a thin texture. Carbonation is soft to average, with a bittersweet finish. A nice light refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: I don't know how this tastes good, being so old. Would love to try a fresh bottle!

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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.