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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%


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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Chris-MOC9

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has to be one of my favorite IPAs. First off the appearance was a very nice golden color. The aroma was fantastic! Very aromatic and intriguing. As for the taste, it had the right balance of hops and interesting flavors

I had a growler of this awesome brew and by the time the night was over most of it was gone.

great stuff

highly recommand

Serving type: growler

05-13-2013 02:55:50 | More by Chris-MOC9
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sdawson

Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2010 08:02:29 | More by sdawson
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sitting in the Whole Foods on one of our many inversion days ,2014. I have had the Wolf before but the dreariness of the day made me think of the lone wolf I happened upon in the Frank Church. The beer pours beautifully in the glass, white foam, bright orange fades into amber coloration. Abundant carbonation, solid lacing dripping slowly into the bright liquid. Aroma great, very pleasing to the senses. Mouth feel subtle, taste certainly grape fruit slightly orange , the bitters just a light bite. It has my palette searching for a bit more floral oil, not there. Not as much mystery as you would think a wolf would need to survive in the micro IPA world of today. Very good beer, I might be howling if the complexity were there. A very strong bark. Highly recommend. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:32:11 | More by Goliveidaho
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, the token IPA/double IPA finish to the evening. Quite light for a DIPA, a paler shade of honey-amber with a reasonable amount of whitish foam. Of course IPA and DIPA fall along a continuum and this brew smells about as aggressive as some of the stronger IPAs I've sampled, mixed citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, lime) along with a quasi-musky sweetness like old cotton candy or table syrup and some green weedy notes. The palate reflects this closely, with a sweet cotton candy or toasted marshmallow caramel malt backbone and fairly potent grapefruit citrus rind, pine, currant/Cascade hop character, and floral elements all vying for attention. I also get some old country green grass and vegetable peel flavors on the back end. Fairly thick and chewy as per the style with a semi-oily mouth feel and a vibrant carbonation. The ABV is too high but other than that this would be a reasonable session option for hopheads. Juicy and sweet yet sufficiently bitter and piney. Almost a DIPA prototype, albeit on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 22:36:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 19:33:42 | More by Niceroad77
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar temperature in a tulip.

Yellow Wolf is a golden yellow-orange and comes with a rocky three-finger white head which clings to the walls of the glass in clumps after it dies down. An abundance of cloudy sediment lies at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma has really good citrus in it - lemon and orange, I think. Also some dank hops and a touch of fragrant pine.

It has a fairly light flavor for a DIPA, and pretty low bitterness. There's some tangy citrus at first, and then a dry, malty, biscuity aftertaste. There's a little bit of astringent pine in that finish, too.This is tasty... just not INTENSELY tasty, which might be a good thing for people who don't like out-of-control hoppiness and bitterness.

The feel is sort of middle-of-the-road, with somewhat mild carbonation.

A domesticated, but nevertheless enjoyable DIPA that would be a good introduction to the style for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:17:55 | More by Kuaff
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:43:07 | More by biboergosum
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:05:07 | More by ChrisKayler
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Part of the hoppy portion of our tasting, this is one I've never had before so here is a review...22oz bomber into my Stone chalice.

A: Cloudy orange with ample head and lace.

S: Floral & fruity hops upfront...tropical fruit, citrus & citrus rind...crisp malt backbone. The floral component is very strong in the nose...

T: Still primarily floral, integrating well with a citrus character and tropical fruit, primarily pineapple. I get more caramel here than on the nose, and it meshes well with the hops. Standard bitterness from the hops, with an underlying bready sweetness to counter-act.

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Pretty decent IPA, nothing to write home about but certainly a well-executed hoppy brew. Relatively, its more balanced than some, but fits within the style guidelines for a Double IPA. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:40:36 | More by Scotchboy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 05/01/13 (I think....its kinda smudged):

Into a tulip:

A: hazy golden orange somewhat brown body with a half finger's worth of foamy head that concaves a bit into the body

S: malty sweet yet light citrus trying to burst through, it stays a bit backward throughout the beer for the most part

T: mainly sweet with a stronger breadier note to the flavoring, and more of a grapefruit/lemon-ness comes out as it warms, strong grapefruit aftertaste, quick citrus somewhat dry finish

M: medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems to be good for the style and good for me

O: this is a good DIPA that I would have again, nothing to scream about, but definitely worth having again

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 01:21:53 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:39:22 | More by Alieniloquium
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RJLarse

Washington

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bomber of Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA at Total Wine & More in Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, slightly hazy, with a creamy white head. It appears well carbonated, with a lot of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is a very sweet aroma, like lemon blossoms.

Taste is a light bread flavor with a sour citrus flavor, grapefruit and lemon, on the finish.

Mouthfeel is clean for the style, just slightly cloying, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall a very tasty and drinkable double IPA. It has a nice clean feel good flavor and a very appealing aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 22:38:42 | More by RJLarse
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber capped by an inch or so of foam that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Floral citrus, with quite a load of caramel underneath

Taste: Though the caramel hits the tip of the tongue first, it doesn't take long for the hops to take over the profile, bringing citrus and tropical fruit flavors into the middle; after the swallow the hoppy bitterness lingers, pushing the sweeter flavors away though some residual sugars remain in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A fairly decent DIPA though it doesn't jump out at me as something I need to re-visit; still, a great value at the price point

Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:22:15 | More by brentk56
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:57:31 | More by cswhitehorse
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hreb

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:42:35 | More by hreb
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:09:46 | More by smakawhat
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:45:47 | More by Bookseeb
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:35:37 | More by dvmin98
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange w/ a big sudsy head, good lacing.

Aroma is tropical, citrusy, spicy, floral, earthy. Hint of booze.

Taste follows nose. Copious NW hops w/ a focus on floral and spice notes. Orange peel. Pale dry malt provides a neutral canvas for the hops. Sharply bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, typical for the style.

Overall a pretty average to good DIPA. Enjoyed it, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 04:22:07 | More by draheim
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woemad

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:56:53 | More by woemad
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Hazy dark orange with a thick finger of dense, marshmallowy, light beige-white head. Nice lacing. Fruity malt aromas hide beneath juicy citrus and slightly floral hops.

Toasted malt and herbal bitterness up front. Tangy, bright citrus hops all over the palate. Fruity, slightly sugary malt plays second fiddle. Bitterness swells into the finish and the hops become pinier and more herbal. Some lingering citrus juiciness. Medium body with a nice creamy feel. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:55:12 | More by alexgash
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 01:57:42 | More by lacqueredmouse
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:00:05 | More by EgadBananas
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: Slight cream coloured head over amber liquid.

S: Slight scent of lemon and pine.

T: Grapefruit and pine up front with a lemon and earth finish.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Average drinkability for this Imperial IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 07:28:28 | More by DaftCaskBC
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 23:29:01 | More by canucklehead
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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.