Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA | Alameda Brewhouse

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220 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alameda Brewhouse
Oregon, United States
alamedabrewhouse.com

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
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of laituegonflable
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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 JoelClark
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of tonytanneremo
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mwegener
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BIll_Currie
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Shark_Mandro
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of hydrate
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 StanleyCV
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Kylemif
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of brewtalthrone
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ZachT
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mphis
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Goliveidaho
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA from Alameda Brewhouse
3.81 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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