Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
209
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
21.35%
 
 
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10
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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 209
Photo of Skrumpy
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned
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

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Photo of spoony
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of Voldigar
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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 VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

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Photo of aleigator
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of bobhhoffman
2/5  rDev -47.9%

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

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

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

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 Kuaff
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.76/5  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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
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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Photo of Chris-MOC9
4.04/5  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

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Photo of RJLarse
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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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