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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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86
very good

168 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009

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Photo of Kuaff
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BYOFB
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Erik-P
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of KlayWey
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of hopspiller
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wchasse222
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rudes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rao2100
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rhays30075
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SMITHAND
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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