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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

08-11-2012 22:23:51 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 12:56:34 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 21:45:36 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-30-2013 12:58:47 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-27-2014 08:47:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

07-08-2014 15:17:18 | More by GClarkage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -13%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:40:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-22-2013 03:37:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:09:46 | More by smakawhat
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:15:46 | More by glid02
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-01-2013 04:17:27 | More by dmorgan310
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:35:18 | More by Derek
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 22:25:58 | More by beertunes
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HopHead84

California

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

8/27/2011

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:15:30 | More by HopHead84
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 17:49:18 | More by dirtylou
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ccrida

Oregon

4.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:55:10 | More by ccrida
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge frothy head of foam sitting on a hazy medium golden coloured brew that, as it slowly shrinks, leaves some nice lacing.

There are big notes of pine and grapefruit with a minimum of any malt presence. The smell isn't balanced like a lot of others of the style.

The taste does bring out some malty sweetness and works well with the ample hop bitterness of the pine and light grapefruit and even a hint or 2 of tropical fruit.The finish is bitter and somewhat spicy and leaves a nice aftertaste.

Fairly light bodied for the style with just the right amount of carbonation, this is a tasty and nice DIPA from a brewery that I had never heard of before I ordered it from LetsPour.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 16:04:46 | More by Bitterbill
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 17:06:13 | More by mhaugo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.