Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA
Alameda Brewhouse

Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.83 | pDev: 13.84%
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

after a vigorous hockey session, imperial ipa is not the beer i usually reach for, kokanee seems to be the popular choice in my locker room, and i generally get into it too, but when a dude on my team showed up with some of these last night, i couldnt resist. unfortunately, i dont think the beer was the freshest. the can date was lined up funny on the bottom and hard to read, but it looked to me like it was canned in june, not ideal. the beer does smell and taste slightly oxidized, but the hops are still bright in here, and it was enjoyable drink, even if not in its prime. very piney to me in nose and taste, maybe simcoe driven, and with very high bitterness still intact. there is some solid grain balance here, a touch of honey character to it, a light baked bready thing, but its not heavy at all and the residual sugar is low, its all just enough for this not to be too hoppy. some juniper and bitter orange peel notes in the flavor, floral honey on the swallow, and a wash back of green bitey bitterness, somewhat old school there, but a little more aromatic and flavorful on the hops than you find in the truly dated examples of the style. some alcohol character creeps in at the end, which makes it not an ideal post exercise refresher, but thats no surprise. its a well made beer, and i look forward to drinking it fresher next time. this is my first from these guys.

Oct 28, 2019
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bradleypariah from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer went straight into my top five. I am extremely impressed. Everyone has different tastes, so it makes sense that not everyone drools over this beer, but if you're wondering if you'd like it, I can tell you it's in the same flavor family as Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid, Rogue's Straight Outta Newport, and Gigantic's Pipewrench. Hopefully you've tried one of those, and that can be an indication. I think this beer has zero flaws. I perceive the aroma, and every hint of the different hops in the bouquet to be deliberate. People's comments of this beer being average or "not well done" are absolutely absurd, and those people likely have never brewed a beer in their lives. I have. I've been all-grain brewing for nearly a decade, and I'm telling you right now, this beer is a masterpiece. If you don't think so, you have an untrained palate, or you're only impressed by one or two beer styles, and you automatically dismiss anything that isn't that one beer. This beer is dank, heavy, and floral, and there's a wonderful punch of hop spice that rivals the mouthfeel of cinnamon. It has the bite and acidity of a cross between stone fruit and a beautifully ripe mango. This beer couldn't have been easy to make, and drinking it is an absolute delight. Get 22 oz bottle ice cold before serving, and you'll be gifted with a meringue-like head that will linger for the entire glass. I will buy this again and again. So glad I found this.

Aug 19, 2019
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BenDorigan from Oregon

2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Heavy, thick, and sweet. That's the problem with this beer. First taste, I actually thought "yellow," like it taste yellow, whatever that taste is. It's sweet, too swet to me. Pair the sweetness with the heaviness of the mouth-feel and it's already on an uphill climb, starting in a defecit that it never makes up. The hops don't balance it out enough. Thankfully, they're not citrusy hops which, to me, is a huge plus. It's just not well done. Drinkable, but lacking. Needs improvement.

Aug 14, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A pretty clear looking bright yellow bordering orange with a foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing. Smells like a classic; pine and grapefruit through and through. Taste follows with a bit of a chalky sweet-tarty finish. Good carbonation, excellent bitterness, and a pretty crisp feel despite what it's higher abv would elude belief. Overall, this is a pretty good in your face old school west coast style IPA. Cheers!

Sep 25, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The appearance has a hazy golden orange somewhat brown body with a half finger’s worth of foamy head that concaves a bit into the body. The smell has a malty sweet yet light citrus trying to burst through. It stays a bit backward throughout the beer for the most part. The taste is mainly sweet with a stronger breadier note to the flavoring and more of a grapefruit/lemon-ness comes out as it warms. There is a strong grapefruit aftertaste with a quick citrus somewhat dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the body, comes across fairly sessionable. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and good for me. Overall, this is a good DIPA that I would have again, nothing to scream about, but definitely worth having again.

Jun 16, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. Given to me by @mr-jj. I don't see a date on it.

Pours clear golden with a small head. Very little carbonation. Smell is different. I can't place it. Smells really familiar.

Taste is similar to the smell. Very bitter. I find this unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Overall...I'm not going to drink this beer.

May 13, 2017
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had this on many occasions but forgot to review. Having now at the Portland Winterhawks playoff game at the old Memorial Coliseum where micro brew stands are in abundance everywhere. This is a nice double IPA and a good flagship for Alameda who puts out great beers. Not too much bite or bitterness and goes down pretty smooth from the tap here in the arena. I could easily stock this in the fridge. Alcohol is well hidden. Taste a variety of hops, citrus and malt. Will definitey get again. Go Hawks!

Apr 05, 2017
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schavuytje from Netherlands

2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a hazy orange color with an off-white cup. aroma is mediocre. I sniff smelling earthy hops. Malts are more pronounced than I would expect with lots of bread and biscuit. The aroma is of grass

fairly sharp Hop flavors mainly grassy and slightly citrus and orange pith, but this beer is far from a juicy. Malt taste slightly sweeter than smoke suggestions toffee, beside the biscuit.

a full sustained carbonic acid.
This beer is pretty average

Feb 08, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint on tap, golden amber in color, creamy, off white head with substantial retention and lacing. Aroma is faint, mostly malt and some herbal notes. Not much happening there. Flavor is pine and grapefruit. Some bread malt and earthy qualities as well. Faint alcohol essence. Dry finish and bitter hops aftertaste that lingers for some time. A decent beer overall

Sep 11, 2016
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EmperorBevis from England

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden body with massive, if shrunk back to half and with some bald spots, l white head
Big grapefruit and white chocolate aroma
Big citrus flavour just stopping short of menthol
Low carbonation & dangerously drinkable
Amazing balance of big bold & low key
Immense imperial IPA

Aug 28, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle (no date) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated April 9, 2016.

A-The beer pours a hazy orange color with an off-white head. The head is tall, about two fat fingers, and rocky. Retention is OK, and the beer leaves some fine lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

S-The aroma is mediocre. I sniff skunky, earthy hops. It reminds me of a Euro pale lager. Malts are more pronounced than I would expect with lots of bread and biscuit. The aroma is grassy and vague; ho-hum not awful. I wonder how old this bottle is?

T-The tastes is quite bitter, like you expect from a West Coast style IPA. Hop flavors are less skunky, but still sharp and grassy for the most part. I taste a little citrus and orange pith, but this beer is far from a juicy. Malts taste a bit sweeter than they smelled with suggestions of toffee, in addition to the biscuit.

M-The beer drinks easily with a medium heft and a fine, persistent carbonation.

O-This beer is pretty average. It has a nice feel, but I wonder if I was tasting an old bottle because the smell was a bit lackluster and the hops seem to have faded. The taste wasn't as washed out as the aroma, but this was merely average and I don't know that I need to drink a lot more of this.

May 03, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Fred Meyer's. Decent all around double, but rather pedestrian. No sign of the high ABV though, which is nice. Lingering pine/citrus hop finish

May 02, 2016
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Voldigar from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy and distinctively orange. The head is the thickest I've ever seen with a strong, stacked lace and piling carbonation that wants to escape the glass. Even leaves a foamy structure like a bubble bath. Lots of fun. It smells nutty and with a nice balancing lemon aroma. The taste follows suit with plenty of Imperial kick, but surprisingly easy drinking. It's a nice mix of East and West coast IPAs. I'm curious what hops were chosen, separates itself from other IPAs. Mouth feel is pleasant, thick, and not overly fizzy (surprising after the way the head played in the glass. This is a great beer. Drink one today.

Mar 14, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Poured an orange color. Smell is definitely very hoppy. Citrus, melon and the like. Some candied hops and sweetness as well. The flavor is a combination of sweet and fruity hops. Tastes of melon and grapefruit hop and dried barley. Finishes sweeter than I'd want. Pretty decent beer!

Mar 12, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Produces a pale, sunny color, with a decent, froth head.

Smells of an orange infused dankness, balanced by slightly biscuity malts. Develops a crisp lime quality as the beer warms up, adding to the fruitiness, while taking the beer further away from relying on the malts.

Has a medium, but soft carbonation, with a pungent hoppiness from the very beginning, while finishing with more malts cutting through, affecting the mouthfeel by adding a more bubbly carbonation to it.

Tastes of a mellow white bread foundation, accompanied by lemon zest, which gets joined by sappy orange after establishing this foundation. Produces a pleasant hop intensity which got a great piney quality to, integrating the malts perfectly by creating a well balanced, hop defined beer. Right after the swallow though, the hops produce an odd, herbal, medicinic dryness, reminding me of some sort of Jägermeister while biting into blood orange zest, which turn out to be more present than any other flavor at that stage. During its finish, the beer gets back a bit of its initial balance, with resin and lime being recognizable again.

This beer could be awesome, but once established, the off-putting herbal medicine hop dryness wont leave the palate, adding a strange twist to the brew, by basically denying its initial qualities.

Sep 30, 2015
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hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.2% ABV, 103 ibu, on tap.
A - hazy orange yellow with a finger head.
S - citrusy, grapefruit, mango, floral, biscuit.
T - light medium body, moderate carbonation, not as bold as I expected while suggesting an imperial IPA. it tends to be on the sweeter side, a bit tart, not too malty, hoppy but not as hoppy as 103 ibu.
O - really easy drinking imperial IPA, good choice when there's no other big beer on tap.

Aug 09, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Hazy golden color with small head. Aroma is more on the resin / herbal side. Taste is intensely bitter but with a solid malt backbone and the alcohol is well hidden, making it pretty easy to drink.

Jul 21, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OCT 7, 2014
Bottled 9/11/14 consumed 10/7/14. Pouring a mildly hazy light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is solid. Bright, pithy, zesty grapefruit with a mild grassy note. Bitterness is quite pronounced. Lemon oil, a little pine, a mild honey note are all present. Malt character is minimal. The palate opens other a bog,whopping bitterness, pungent, resiny, grassy and with a blend of grapefruit, orange, citrons and lemon verbena. Oily on the mid palate with mild flavors of honey, white bread and tutti fruitti. Light in body with a long lasting bitter finish with plenty of grapefruit and pine,this beer is moderately carbonated and quite excellent on the palate. Apart from the grassy notes, this is an excellent beer.

Oct 26, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht. Reviewing this one from notes.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 24 April 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with very good retention. A hazy gamboge color with lower levels of carbonation. Head fades to a foamy half cap. A foamy wisp remains leaving some chunky lacing down the sides of the glass. A little too foamy for the style perhaps.

SMELL: Pale malts, melon, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.

TASTE: Follows nose. Pale malts, caramel, with a bitter, hoppy finish. Grapefruit, lemon bitterness, orange peel and plenty of hop bitterness lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. A spicy bitterness lingers. Good feel, and probably the best part of the beer.

OVERALL: A decent brew, but nothing overly noteworthy. Certainly worth drinking if it’s in your area, but not something I’d make a point about. Put together fine and the solid feel makes it an enjoyable drink.

Oct 06, 2014
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bobhhoffman from California

2/5  rDev -47.8%

Hmmm not what I was hoping for. But perhaps exactly what the brewer was going for. I am finding if I go for hops taste I need to stay away from imperial IPA or it gets too malty for me. Going back to good old Siera Nevada

Sep 18, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

A lighter-weight DIPA. Spicy and smooth. There's a fruity note like pears with a bitter edge. Blonde amber in the big chalice. Spritzy and tangy on the tongue. Pleasant grilled peaches taste with a little apricot jam. Just enough bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness.

Really drinkable, and maybe a little too drinkable. Light and not too sweet, but lovely fruit. The alcohol is not very evident. Delicious hoppy aromatics in the background. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at 99 Bottles in Federal Way.
3.5 3.75 4.0 3.75 4.25

Aug 28, 2014
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laituegonflable from Australia

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangey amber, very cloudy, not quite opaque. Head is white, whispy, not a lot left after a short while; lace is decent but not great. Overall decent.

It's a tale of two smells: first whiff was sweet, milky, buttery, but second has a nice tangy hop character: citric and passionfruit. But yeah, sweet, nutty buttery malt still pervades, and it's not that alluring. Could use more aggressive hops.

Tastes slightly odd. Bit of buttery, sticky sweetness upfront, then massive hop bitterness, with very little flavouring hop for lightening or easing us in, just broken down, ashy bitterness that lingers long after its welcome. Quite American - there's an edge of lemon pith on there, but it's a bit unbalanced and very unnuanced, like a first year brewing scientist's hop experiment gone wrong. Can't say I'm a big fan.

Hops are puckering and pulling from the mid to the end, so it's very, very dry. Not a bad body upfront but I've forgotten it by the finish.

Could use more malt and more early hopping, as it is. Otherwise they could really lighten up on the hops to make a decent pale ale.

Aug 05, 2014
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StJamesGate from New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tarnished brass with a steady off-white head that speckles.
Floral, grapefruit skin, and fresh hop lead nose with a touch of must – booming.
Sugar cookies then lemon rind, grapefruit sorbet, evergreen and nectar hops.
Grapefruit rind finish and bitter linger.
Lt-med, crisp, oily.

Fresh – all the light citrus hops notes are there. The pale and bright school of DIPAs, but with decent fruit (as opposed to just IBUs) and a bit of body. Light and sparkly, with enough bitterness kicking in at the end. A solid yet delicate hop bomb, and very drinkable.

Apr 29, 2014
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Goliveidaho from Idaho

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sitting in the Whole Foods on one of our many inversion days ,2014. I have had the Wolf before but the dreariness of the day made me think of the lone wolf I happened upon in the Frank Church. The beer pours beautifully in the glass, white foam, bright orange fades into amber coloration. Abundant carbonation, solid lacing dripping slowly into the bright liquid. Aroma great, very pleasing to the senses. Mouth feel subtle, taste certainly grape fruit slightly orange , the bitters just a light bite. It has my palette searching for a bit more floral oil, not there. Not as much mystery as you would think a wolf would need to survive in the micro IPA world of today. Very good beer, I might be howling if the complexity were there. A very strong bark. Highly recommend. Cheers!

Jan 26, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, the token IPA/double IPA finish to the evening. Quite light for a DIPA, a paler shade of honey-amber with a reasonable amount of whitish foam. Of course IPA and DIPA fall along a continuum and this brew smells about as aggressive as some of the stronger IPAs I've sampled, mixed citrus hops (grapefruit, orange, lime) along with a quasi-musky sweetness like old cotton candy or table syrup and some green weedy notes. The palate reflects this closely, with a sweet cotton candy or toasted marshmallow caramel malt backbone and fairly potent grapefruit citrus rind, pine, currant/Cascade hop character, and floral elements all vying for attention. I also get some old country green grass and vegetable peel flavors on the back end. Fairly thick and chewy as per the style with a semi-oily mouth feel and a vibrant carbonation. The ABV is too high but other than that this would be a reasonable session option for hopheads. Juicy and sweet yet sufficiently bitter and piney. Almost a DIPA prototype, albeit on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Jan 11, 2014
Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 230 ratings