Sunday, July 14, 2013

Alameda Brewing Company - Yellow Wolves of Thailand IIPA

On any given Saturday, you can wander into Alameda Brewing Company with an armload of growlers and fill 'em up with darn near any beer on tap for five bucks! FIVE BUCKS! Seriously, your won't find a better beer deal anywhere in Stumptown. FIVE BUCKS! That's what you'll pay for most premium pints in this burg.

This Saturday, I picked up a jug full of Alameda's Yellow Wolves of Thailand IIPA. It's similar to the regular Yellow Wolf IIPA, except this brew is made with basil, ginger, mango and flaked coconut. A very Thai-inspired beer. ABV is 8.2%.

The beer poured from my growler into a tulip pint a hazy, golden orange color. The white head came up to about a 1/2 inch high and dissipated quickly. Minimal spotty lacing was left behind.

Aroma was big on tropical fruit and citrus. A definite herbal, spicy smell was present in the background, along with sweet caramel malt.

Taste delivered citrus hops and tropical fruit. Orange, mango and pineapple. The flavors of basil, lemongrass and ginger were distinct and abundant. Delicious stuff. I've never tasted a beer that so adeptly captured the flavors of Thai cuisine. Awesome.

Medium to slightly full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. Very little alcohol taste to the stuff.

Yellow Wolves of Thailand was surprisingly refreshing and drinkable for an Imperial IPA with an ABV over 8%. I finished half the growler before I realized how easy the stuff went down my gullet. Very different and not just a novelty brew. I like it. I'm giving Yellow Wolves of Thailand a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4.

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