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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Reidrover


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:09:12 | More by Reidrover
Photo of soze47


4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Red Bones NW Fest on 11/12/10

Appearance: Nice looking mellow golden color. Almost vibrant glow to it. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Vibrant citrus and tropical smelling. Malt is there in a tangy sense, almost like a wheat.

Taste: Grapefruit, orange, and lemon zestiness up front. Goes from fruity to rindy throughout the drink. This one almost starts off too sweet, but it gets reigned in well by the hops. A nice, but not too overwhelming bitterness accumulates throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty substantial body, but that is to be expected for the style. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but it has just the right amount of cling to the palette, which creates a very nice linger/aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer here. If it was local, I could see myself getting this one all the time. It has a good variety of tropical fruity flavors present and isn't too one tone like many IPA or DIPA.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3
Dark Fruits: 1
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (piney): 3.5
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 2.5
Herbal: 2.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 4
Astringent: 2
Body: 3.5
Linger: 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 22:35:16 | More by soze47
Photo of Spikester


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 07:17:04 | More by Spikester
Photo of Thorpe429


3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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
Photo of boralyl


4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 04:11:16 | More by boralyl
Photo of jdense


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

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 9.2.2010.

Deep gold body, a bit hazy, good streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. 3/4 finger white head, quick dissipation, a thin layer of head retained on top of body. Pretty tropical nose, some sweetish malts for balance. Taste mirrors nose, good dose of tropical sweetness leading to a fairly bitter lingering finish. Pretty significant dose of yeast, re bottle conditioned, be careful pouring towards bottom of bottle. Mouthfeel is medium full with average effervescence. Not a real palate wrecker, but much different than El Torero. A pretty tasty brew from one of PDX most under-appreciated breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 15:50:50 | More by jdense
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 01:16:53 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Pecorasc


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex. Served extra cold in a shaker pint.

A- Pale gold to gold with a white frothy head that holds large bubbles on the surface and at the collar. Hazy to milky at first, but loses its chill haze with warmth. Some beading on the sides of the glass, especially near the surface. When held to light, the beer glows, but loses its haze at the edges. Latticed lacing sticks throughout the glass. Probably served too cold to knock it much for the chill haze.

S- Intense orange pith and grapefruit rind when presented. American citrus hop dominant with some background floral notes. Bitter when cold, without much of a malt backbone. What malt is present leans toward Vienna and very light carmel malts, giving a biscuity underbelly. Some fruity esters from yeast when warmed. So far, seems like a great change of pace Imperial.

T- Much more malt balanced than the aroma lets on. Vienna and light carmel malts, with a very pleasant and intense orange, grapefruit citrus hop flavor, with an underlying grape. Some herbal or flowery hops. Bitterness is pronounced, but well balanced, and decreases with warmth. Alcohol comes on slow and steady. Some grassy flavors don't blend well, increasing with temperature. At its warmest, quite sweet in the finish. Quite the ride from cold to room temperature, but great Imperial IPA, except for the grassy tones.

M- Medium carbonation: could use more to lighten the body and increase drinkability and boost the perception of bitterness. Medium bodied, with a slightly dry finish. A drier body and more carbonation could really boost this beer into the top tier.

D- High drinkability with emphasis on imperial flavor rather than imperial bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer has a nice blend of different flavors that don't overwhelm one aspect of your palate. One of the best beers from Alameda that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:18:43 | More by Pecorasc
Photo of sdawson


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
Photo of ElGordo


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2010 08:09:17 | More by ElGordo
Photo of chumba526


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

It appears an orange color with a thin white head.

It smells of very fruity and citrusy hops. I smelt hints of oranges, pineapple, berries, pineapple, apricots. Also a bit of a pine smell as well.

The taste is similar to the smell it has a very fruity flavor. There is minimal malt flavor. Maybe a bit of sweetness is added from the malts. After the fruity, citrusy and slightly pine like flavor of the ale there is a subdued by nice bitterness. Hops are the main force of the ale but they have a very integrant and multilayered flavor to them.

The carbonation is moderate. I find the beer to be very drinkable because the amount of malt used is fairly light and the use of hops is a perfect balance of sweet fruitiness and bitterness. Recommended if you can find it

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:26:31 | More by chumba526
Photo of HumuloneRed


4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 01:25:07 | More by HumuloneRed
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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
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