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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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog tulip. Bottle date is 8 5 11

Appearance- Caramel color with a very small white head. Lots of acing. 4/5

Smell- Sweet, citrus and tropical fruit aroma. 3.5/5

Taste- Sweet caramel malt flavors. Decent bitterness. Little bit of alcohol present. The malt really comes out as it warms. As does the alcohol. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thicker than I typically like. There is a "slickness" to it as well. 2.5/5

Overall- I would prefer this to be thinner. I would like the hops to shine more as well. I think the malt is too much of a dominate flavor. 3/5

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Gil.

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells pretty mediocre (and I might be a bit generous there). Some floral and lightly spicy hops with tons of bread and pale malts. A hint of citrus and even more sweetness, mostly toffee with a touch of caramel.

T: Fairly bready in terms of the malt flavor with some grassy hops and a light floral and citrus note. There is tons of toffee, a little bit of caramel, and a very stale feeling about the beer. Pretty "blah".

M: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Another lackluster IPA from the PNW, unfortunately. Wasn't a fan of this one.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


Shared by someone at Woodshop Classix. Another NW IPA, I can't wait.

A: Hazy yellow with a white head that's quick to recede.

S: Orange, lemon, and grapefruit with bread and caramel. Well balanced but the hops hold up their end of the bargain.

T: Cardboard and caramel with ample bread. Hops are muted and just sad.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not recommended.

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Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for sharing this bomber.

Hazy golden in color with a small white head.

The aroma is pretty nice for a DIPA, very citric and somewhat resinous.

Good flavor as well, with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, as well as a bit of pine.

Medium-bodied, not at all syrupy and actually refreshing, with average-plus carbonation and a good hop oil bite.

Overall tasty and enjoyable.

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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 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 vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +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 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 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 Phelps
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +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 hopburster
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +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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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 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 Ranbot
3.87/5  rDev +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 +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 livewire78
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 +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 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 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 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 Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
3.83 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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