Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA - Alameda Brewhouse

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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA

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86
very good

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009)
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of comradekyle
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Commodore69
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of fishguyac
1.25/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of dvmin98
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

22oz into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy coppery orange w/ a big sudsy head, good lacing.

Aroma is tropical, citrusy, spicy, floral, earthy. Hint of booze.

Taste follows nose. Copious NW hops w/ a focus on floral and spice notes. Orange peel. Pale dry malt provides a neutral canvas for the hops. Sharply bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, typical for the style.

Overall a pretty average to good DIPA. Enjoyed it, but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of woemad
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store for a sale price of $3.49 (normally it’s 50 cents more). “01.13.12” is in very small print on the bottom righthand section of the label. Wish I’d spied that sooner.

Poured a hazy copper color that takes on a brighter amber shade when held up to light. Moderate, off-white head stuck around for a few minutes, then receeded to a foamy skiff on the top of the beer. Spotty, streaky lace.

Piney hops and biscuity malts greet the nose. The malts aren’t exactly blocked out by the hops scent.

Piney hop flavor and a modest grapefruit taste hit thet tastebuds, with a substantial malt backbone. The hop presence isn’t exactly huge – it tastes like a slightly oversized pale ale. Not much sign of the 8.2% alcohol content.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

A fairly bland IIPA, possibly due to age, although it didn’t exactly seem age-spoiled so much as it seemed simply not that interesting a take on the style. I may give this another try at some point, now that I know where the bottling date is located.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of nrombes
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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1/5  rDev -74%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.