Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPAYellow Wolf Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 210
Photo of AJDean
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of the best Imperial IPA's I have ever tasted thus far. Right off the bat it has strong aromatic hop characteristics. Has strong back-notes of grapefruit and citrus with a smooth, slightly malty finish that masks the high ABV in this beer; however the malt does not overpower this beer making it very drinkable.

This beer is reminiscent of Pliny the Elder although far superior in it's complexity. I would recommend this to anyone who loves big and bold IPA's, one of the best.

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Photo of boralyl
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours a light golden orange that produces a small white head. It has a decent retention and leaves excellent lacing.

S - The aroma on this beer is outstanding. There are tropical, orange, and hints of lemon.

M - Light to medium in body with crisp carbonation.

T - Two words. Absolutely delicious. There is a light breadiness up front followed by a wave of tropical hops. The flavors involve a mix of orange, lemon, light mango, and a grapefruit finish. There seems to be a somewhat honey sweetness present with a mild, not too bitter finish.

This beer is outstanding. This one flies way under the radar. This ranks up there with other top imperial IPAs like Dreadnaught, Pliny the Elder, and Sculpin. More people need to try this beer, and it would easily become a most wanted.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Voldigar
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.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark straw color with a white head and soapy lacing.
The nose is more fruity than hoppy although it has good hop and malt aroma.

The flavor has a big juicy fruit quality with a whole mess of citrus/apricot up front with a big sweet malt backbone for balance.

Very tasty and very drinkable. This is a well made beer.

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Photo of sdawson
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow Wolf Imperial poured a modest head from a growler filled this same evening at the Alameda Brewhouse. The lacing is likewise moderate; the color is hazy shades of amber and yellow. It smells predominantly of citrus fruit, grapefruit being the most pronounced, though there are some sweeter fruits in the background, such as a fitting summer peach. The carbonation level is perfect with this one, yielding a supple, full feeling to the mouth, matched by the taste of tart hops, baked bread, and a very subtle sweetness, adding a level of depth and interest to the brew. This is a great offering from Alameda, and from what I've tasted from their beers, it's one of their highlights, and a step above most of the Double IPA's making the Portland brewhouse runs this year.

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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.

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

Sampled on draft at the Imperial IPA Fest at Saraveza. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a sizeable creamy white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nice, floral hops with a hint of grassiness and grapefruit, balanced by some light biscuity malt.
Palate is well-balanced, but definitely hop-forward. Notes of grass, grapefruit, and a touch of pine, along with bready, biscuity malt. Tangy bitterness looms after the swallow, giving a long-lasting hoppy bitterness. Body is substantial but not big, sticky but not cloying. For a big IPA, it goes down pretty easily. This was definitely the standout at the IIPA Fest tonight.

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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.

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Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle of which I haven't seen before bottled.

- Great semi-cloudy yellow/light copper brew.. nice two fingers of fluffy head down to a cream frothy layer and lacing all about. A very pretty IPA right out of the bottle.

- Lovely citrus and grapefruit notes.. big herbal hops.. this smells damn good, and I bet drinks even better. Light pepperness.. zesty citrus, light grain notes, lightly bready... semi-sweet.. not a malt bomb which I am liking.

- Huge citrus blast of hops.. holy smokes.. so hoppy it almost tastes like iced tea. Great tea-like flavors, lemon zest, citrus, herbal, grassy.. light biscuit and grain.. and more zesty mouth watering grapefruit.

- Light to light/med. bodied.. very nicely carbonated... this thing makes the mouth water. Not too drying or sticky at all.

- One of the best Imperial IPA's I have had to date. Best beer from Alameda I have had. This puppy could get them brewing 3 times the current output in a matter of weeks if this beer caught on. Get it if you can!

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orange to amber colour with a thin foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Floral and obvious grapefruit.

T: Well balanced grapefruit and oranges, other citrus and pine needles. Just as bitter as you'd want an IPA to be. Awesome to me.

M: Good carbonation with a slight buildup in bitterness.

O: This is the kind of IPA I would session without hesitation even though on the strong side, i.e. high ABV. Ranks pretty high on my IPA chart. Somewhat comparable to Sierra Nevada's Torpedo even though it has a bitter after taste. Way up there on my IPA list.

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Photo of Asshole
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered beer has never let me down for some reason. And the YW is no exception with the cloudy yellow appearance.

I expected to taste to follow the aromatic smell and I was not disappointed. One of my top 5 IPA's I have ever had. But hey, i am a beginner.

Grapefruit and Cannabis flowers! I have seen comparisons to Pliny, and they are not too far off. I couldn't taste much Malt if at all.

Kegs can go so quickly and vary in quality as well. Second day I tried this beer again and it dropped a lot of it's qualities. The Dude abides!

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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.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $4.59 at Capital Market.

A-Pours a slightly hazy yellow-golden hue with a 2 finger, creamy-white head with good retention and ample lacing. A very light appearing DIPA, but very pleasant looking.

S-The hops are fragrant, citrus, and grassy. Citrus is more lemony than grapefruit. Actually, very reminiscent of lemongrass. There is also a faint biscuit-like malt presence that is pleasant.

T-This is definitely a hoppy beer, as it should be. However, it is not as aggressive as many West Coast DIPAs. The taste follows the aroma and is very refined, even elegant. Bitterness stimulates the palate followed by a subtle bready/biscuity malt backbone, and finishes with a very pleasant tangy bitterness (lemon) that lingers with a resinous aftertaste that impels me to seek another sip. This is very nice.

M-Extraordinarily smooth with medium to full body. Luxuriant. Great carbonation.

D-A very good DIPA. My new favorite from Alameda Brewhouse. Very nice indeed since this is not like so many DIPAs that try to be like Pliny the Elder. Not knocking PtE, but Yellow Wolf is pleasantly different. Will enjoy this again.

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

Had a pint at St Augustines in Vancouver. This was a very balanced DIPA that still strutted its stuff in the hops dept. The colour was very pale , almost like a Wit but the nose and taste was pure IPA with the added ABV and increased grain bill. I really liked how there was a delicate sense to the flavours for such a big beer. Will purchase it in bottles as it is in BC now.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for this.

3.5 A: Hazy brownish light orange. One finger of creamy off-white head with not so great retention and just touches of lacing.

4.5 S: Floral, citrusy, and grassy hops. Plenty of orange and a bit of mango. Malts are neutral, but have a good strength to it. Despite the haziness, this isn't too yeasty. In fact, it's really clean, which I like.

4.0 T: Interesting. Never had a DIPA quite like this. It isn't infected, but it has a sourish sweetness to it. I'm not sure if this comes from a combination of hop flavor, booze, and malts or if there is some sort of independent sourness to it. Mild bitterness. Orange, pine, and lemony hop flavor. Malts again add a nice complexity with some caramel.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth. Touch of warming booze on finish.

4.5 D: Unique and pretty good. I'm really digging the sour maltiness. I think I may put a pound of lactose into my next DIPA. Anyway, this is a good choice for a hoppy beer and not a bad choice for a malty beer either. I recommend it.

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Photo of soze47
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at Red Bones NW Fest on 11/12/10

Appearance: Nice looking mellow golden color. Almost vibrant glow to it. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Vibrant citrus and tropical smelling. Malt is there in a tangy sense, almost like a wheat.

Taste: Grapefruit, orange, and lemon zestiness up front. Goes from fruity to rindy throughout the drink. This one almost starts off too sweet, but it gets reigned in well by the hops. A nice, but not too overwhelming bitterness accumulates throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty substantial body, but that is to be expected for the style. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but it has just the right amount of cling to the palette, which creates a very nice linger/aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer here. If it was local, I could see myself getting this one all the time. It has a good variety of tropical fruity flavors present and isn't too one tone like many IPA or DIPA.

33 Beers Flavor Chart (5 high to 1 low):
Alcohol/Solvent: 3
Dark Fruits: 1
Citrus Fruits: 4
Hoppy (piney): 3.5
Floral: 3.5
Spicy: 2.5
Herbal: 2.5
Malty: 3.5
Toffee: 2
Burnt: 1
Sweet: 3.5
Sour: 1
Bitter: 4
Astringent: 2
Body: 3.5
Linger: 3.5

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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.

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

22 oz from Fred Meyer, S.Salem store.
Appearance is a slighly lighter more golden than orange colour for an IPA. The head is big,frothy and eggshell white. Nice fresh juicy hop aromas, lemony citric rather than pine..smells very fresh indeed. Taste is surprisingly mellow!!. For sure its jam packed with juicy,lemony,citric hops and it makes the mouth water for more..but its very well balanced and well refined. Nice on the palate..a very smooth drinking DIPA..goes down a treat. I really liked what Alameda did with this one..very easy drinking yet totally complex. Remnds me of some of the fresher better Fresh hop ales.

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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 !

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Photo of olmatty
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a clouded deep golden color with a creamy high white head.

Smell-Fresh, piney and citrusy hop

Taste-A very nice balance between citrus, pine and a crisp, dry malt backbone.

Mouthfeel-Moderately heavy body for IPA. Pleasant bitterness hangs in the back of mouth

Drinkability-Not heavy at all. Lots of flavor but exceedingly drinkable.

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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.

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