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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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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of switzer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Vancoubeer
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GreenCard
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orangey-brown, hazy, thin layer of off-white foam that leaves specks of lace

Aroma: toasty malt, alcohol, and a berry jam fruitiness

Flavor: malty, chewy sweetness that is quickly balanced by a scrumptious hop flavor and bitterness; peppery alcohol, apple peels, and a hint of citrus rind; finishes semisweet with a lingering hoppiness

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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

Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for sharing this bomber.

Hazy golden in color with a small white head.

The aroma is pretty nice for a DIPA, very citric and somewhat resinous.

Good flavor as well, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, as well as a bit of pine.

Medium-bodied, not at all syrupy and actually refreshing, with average-plus carbonation and a good hop oil bite.

Overall tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of Mahlik
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Hopsedge
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of katybee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mmmm yummy! a beer with the initial impact of a whiskey sour and lemon garnish....

translucent amber yellow with just the tiniest hint of cloudiness...and lightest residual lacing; it's the flavor, not the foamy head, which is the highlight here.

none of the traditional hops aroma, only the faintest whiff of lemony citrus.

and the taste is what impacts. Lemony citrus (sweet grapefruit) as the smell, smooth, creamy, and a little sweet across the tongue, with residual tingliness; malty on the exhale, but clean and lightly biscuity...nothing burnt or toasted here, only pungent, slightly spicey peppery bite, sweet and smooth...easy and flavorful; nothing fake. (My only complaint was that the tast might be a bit one-dimensional, and hard to pair with some foods.)

almost medium-bodied. likes to be rolled across the tongue and savored.

Although it does become a little softer as it warms and mellows, this is a sippable beer, not to be quaffed...if you can hold out that long. Imperial beers do seem to have twice the flavor, if the twice the cost of regular beers...they are worth it, though.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of loren01
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phelps
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of kitty66
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a creamy champagne ipa. Pretty good balance between hops & malt. Slightly sour finish.

The yellow wolf imperial ipa would be a good option for those in portland on the hunt for the hops.

good job alameda, this is just ahead of the ipa pack !

Photo of hopburster
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing great things about Alameda beers and been wanting to try this one for a while. Here goes...

Poured from a 220z bomber into my new HoTD tulip. No date information, but bought in PDX so hopefully relatively fresh.

A: Poured hazy, yellow amber color. Nice fluffy 1 ½ finger of slightly off-white head that lingered as I deliberated work my way down the glass. Generous, abundant lacing complements the overall appearance of this beer.

S: The initial nose is dominated by an intense burst of floral and orangey citrus, followed by a whiff grassy hops. Didn't get much in the malt department--just a touch of biscuitsy malt in the background. But a really nice overall aroma!

T: Yum...intense blast of grapefruit and orange, with a hint of pineapple. Hop notes are delicately balanced with a light caramel malt backbone. Pleasant bitter taste lingers on the tongue, but nothing out of the ordinary for a PNW DIPA.

M: Medium-heavy body, but not cloyingly sticky like many DIPAs. Well carbonated with just enough boozyness to let you know you're drinking a beer with a decent abv.

D: This is really a great example of a well-done, extremely drinkable west coast DIPA. Highly recommended. Think I'll have to try it at the taphouse next time I'm in PDX.

Photo of Airyk12
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, bottle had no date stamp.

Pours a deep, hazy golden color, with about two fingers of light tan head that lingers, and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell immediately has notes of strong hops, with a hint of malty sweetness, and pine.

Taste follows the nose with strong hop flavors up front, with a slight maltiness in the finish to round it out.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with solid carbonation.

Very drinkable, but a little heavy on the alcohol for continuous consumption. Hoppy, but not ridiculously so. Well balanced.

Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.