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 Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HumuloneRed on 08-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a yellowy-golden with a thick frothy white head that dissipates to leave a thin film across the top of the beer and great lacing.

The nose is quite pleasant, with citrus and slight resinous notes.

The piney and resinous notes come through much more in the taste along with some herbal hops as well as a citric backing and some faint floral notes.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly lower carbonation.

A nice IIPA, with quite an array of hop flavors, though the herbal/resinous qualities were a bit strong for my liking.

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Photo of katybee
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

mmmm yummy! a beer with the initial impact of a whiskey sour and lemon garnish....

translucent amber yellow with just the tiniest hint of cloudiness...and lightest residual lacing; it's the flavor, not the foamy head, which is the highlight here.

none of the traditional hops aroma, only the faintest whiff of lemony citrus.

and the taste is what impacts. Lemony citrus (sweet grapefruit) as the smell, smooth, creamy, and a little sweet across the tongue, with residual tingliness; malty on the exhale, but clean and lightly biscuity...nothing burnt or toasted here, only pungent, slightly spicey peppery bite, sweet and smooth...easy and flavorful; nothing fake. (My only complaint was that the tast might be a bit one-dimensional, and hard to pair with some foods.)

almost medium-bodied. likes to be rolled across the tongue and savored.

Although it does become a little softer as it warms and mellows, this is a sippable beer, not to be quaffed...if you can hold out that long. Imperial beers do seem to have twice the flavor, if the twice the cost of regular beers...they are worth it, though.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 loren01
4.7/5  rDev +24%
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 NWer
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Phelps
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon into a snifter.

Dark tangerine with a very slight haze, topped with a fuzzy half-finger head of off-white foam. The crown quickly becomes a thin ring, leaving thin lines of horizontal lace.

The nose is slightly skunky, but packed with bright noble hops. I get a strong floral character — roses? Also lime peel and pale cracker malt.

The flavor: lime, pithy grapefruit peel and flowers again. It’s very potpourri-like. Saltine crackers emerge before a pretty hefty bitterness seeps in.

The carbonation is level is bordering on nonexistent. Medium-light in body, with slightly tongue-numbing alcohol, a bit of whic I also pick up in the nose.

Yellow Wolf tastes a bit like drinking potpourri tea. Not totally unenjoyable, but not my ideal cup.

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Photo of kitty66
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 hopburster
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing great things about Alameda beers and been wanting to try this one for a while. Here goes...

Poured from a 220z bomber into my new HoTD tulip. No date information, but bought in PDX so hopefully relatively fresh.

A: Poured hazy, yellow amber color. Nice fluffy 1 ½ finger of slightly off-white head that lingered as I deliberated work my way down the glass. Generous, abundant lacing complements the overall appearance of this beer.

S: The initial nose is dominated by an intense burst of floral and orangey citrus, followed by a whiff grassy hops. Didn't get much in the malt department--just a touch of biscuitsy malt in the background. But a really nice overall aroma!

T: Yum...intense blast of grapefruit and orange, with a hint of pineapple. Hop notes are delicately balanced with a light caramel malt backbone. Pleasant bitter taste lingers on the tongue, but nothing out of the ordinary for a PNW DIPA.

M: Medium-heavy body, but not cloyingly sticky like many DIPAs. Well carbonated with just enough boozyness to let you know you're drinking a beer with a decent abv.

D: This is really a great example of a well-done, extremely drinkable west coast DIPA. Highly recommended. Think I'll have to try it at the taphouse next time I'm in PDX.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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 olmatty
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 Ranbot
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this 22-oz bottle sporting a yellow wolf from a trade from my #1 trading buddy, Docer. No date observed was on the bottle. Poured into a Sam Adams "perfect" pint glass.

An agressive pour yielded barely 1/2 inch of white foam sitting atop a brilliant gold liquid. Holding it up to the light you can see the beer is unfiltered. The head quickly dissapates into a fine swirl of foam. Minimal lacing sticks to the glass as the beer is consumed. Bonus appearance points for the color and I like my IPAs unfiltered, but negative points for the head and lacing

The smell is citrusy and sweet like ripe pineapple, with a touch of grain and fresh floral scents rounding it out. I guess I expected just a little more...

Initially the flavor is very sweet with pale malt/grain, the citrus hop flavor comes out as as the liquid envelopes the tongue, and then a mild pine and dandylion flavor lingers after swallowing. The piney flavors grow more apparent as the beer warms up to room temperature. For the first 1/2 second of the sip the sweet malts are so strong that I'm thinking "where are the hops?" ...then they kick in. I could do with a bit more of hop presence, but I wouldn't say it's a malt-bomb. The alcohol flavors are very well disguised, but as I get toward the end of the bottle, I can definately feel the effects.

The mouthfeel is very good. It's smooth, silky, and quite refreshing despite all the malt that would be required to ferment the 8.2% alcohol. It's not at all syrupy like some DIPAs will get. The carbonation is nice, relatively mild and unobtrusive.

Drinkability is good. The alcohol is dangerously well disguised, but I don't think I would drink this all night.

I can't help but wonder if the bottle I received might have been just a little past it's prime. Not by a lot, but looking at other reviews and the intensely sweet malts I was detecting makes me wonder... There's no date on it, so who knows? Someday I'd love to try some yellow wolf in Portland fresh at the source [and I'll re-review if I ever get that opportunity]!

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Photo of AJDean
5/5  rDev +31.9%
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 livewire78
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mega thanks to sdawson for this in an amazing trade.
Pours a translucent amber color. Head is nice and retention is right in my sweet spot. A relatively pretty beer.

Smells of citrus. A lot of citrus. Some malt lies beneath the surface but it's the apprentice and not the master.

The taste is wierd and in a VERY good way. Some beers are hoppy without any reason. This tastes citrusy and piney without the hops kick that some beers have as their only flavor. Not bitter for the sake of being bitter. This beer is just plain flavorful and the flavors are really good. Is there any alcohol in this? Because you sure don't pick any up.

Mouthfeel is a tad too watery for me. A little more carbonation to help the flavors develop better would be nice.

This is one of those beers that really is better than the sum of the scores that I gave it. This would be a regular in my fridge if it wasn't such a pain to get. Like I say in my profile, why don't all breweries distribute to Indiana?

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Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 velosuds
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Reidrover
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 soze47
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper hue with a good one inch of fluffy head. Well laced all the way down. Aroma is citrus hops, lemon and orange zest. Taste is rich fruity citrus hops and plenty of malt support. This beer was so cloudy I thought perhaps it was an Imperial American Wheat. Maybe just yeast remnants. Easy drinking, true to style and alcohol well hidden for an 8+ abv. Will look forward to having this on tap.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light apricot with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is super hoppy although i really only pick up bitterness and not real hop aroma. Difficult to explain and a bit unique. Taste brings an onslaught of bitterness with a bit of citrus and tropical fruits. Feel is quite dry. Decent drinkability and worth a try, but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of boralyl
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
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 jdense
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 9.2.2010.

Deep gold body, a bit hazy, good streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. 3/4 finger white head, quick dissipation, a thin layer of head retained on top of body. Pretty tropical nose, some sweetish malts for balance. Taste mirrors nose, good dose of tropical sweetness leading to a fairly bitter lingering finish. Pretty significant dose of yeast, re bottle conditioned, be careful pouring towards bottom of bottle. Mouthfeel is medium full with average effervescence. Not a real palate wrecker, but much different than El Torero. A pretty tasty brew from one of PDX most under-appreciated breweries.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Pecorasc
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Apex. Served extra cold in a shaker pint.

A- Pale gold to gold with a white frothy head that holds large bubbles on the surface and at the collar. Hazy to milky at first, but loses its chill haze with warmth. Some beading on the sides of the glass, especially near the surface. When held to light, the beer glows, but loses its haze at the edges. Latticed lacing sticks throughout the glass. Probably served too cold to knock it much for the chill haze.

S- Intense orange pith and grapefruit rind when presented. American citrus hop dominant with some background floral notes. Bitter when cold, without much of a malt backbone. What malt is present leans toward Vienna and very light carmel malts, giving a biscuity underbelly. Some fruity esters from yeast when warmed. So far, seems like a great change of pace Imperial.

T- Much more malt balanced than the aroma lets on. Vienna and light carmel malts, with a very pleasant and intense orange, grapefruit citrus hop flavor, with an underlying grape. Some herbal or flowery hops. Bitterness is pronounced, but well balanced, and decreases with warmth. Alcohol comes on slow and steady. Some grassy flavors don't blend well, increasing with temperature. At its warmest, quite sweet in the finish. Quite the ride from cold to room temperature, but great Imperial IPA, except for the grassy tones.

M- Medium carbonation: could use more to lighten the body and increase drinkability and boost the perception of bitterness. Medium bodied, with a slightly dry finish. A drier body and more carbonation could really boost this beer into the top tier.

D- High drinkability with emphasis on imperial flavor rather than imperial bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer has a nice blend of different flavors that don't overwhelm one aspect of your palate. One of the best beers from Alameda that I've had.

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Photo of sdawson
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 228 ratings