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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
86
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 ChrisKayler
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

ChrisKayler, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DrinkSlurm, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

casapy, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Scotchboy, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of BJasny
4.25/5  rDev +11%

BJasny, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of snohojimbo
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

snohojimbo, May 30, 2013
Photo of KStark
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KStark, May 24, 2013
Photo of SMITHAND
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SMITHAND, May 18, 2013
Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Chris-MOC9, May 13, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

KiMiRaiK, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

RJLarse, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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

brentk56, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of BESTIALEX
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

cswhitehorse, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

InfernoBoss, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of comradekyle
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

comradekyle, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

hreb, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Bookseeb
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Bookseeb, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Commodore69
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Commodore69, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of fishguyac
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

fishguyac, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

dvmin98, Oct 06, 2012
Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.