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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

Steelhead Double India Pale AleSteelhead Double India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

689 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 689
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%


Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006)
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littleshamrocks

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Served in a snifter.

Pours a light copper with orange tint with a minimal white head and moderate carbonation. This looks something like grapefruit juice. What little head there was is gone in a moment leaving a thin ring atop the brew. Leaves some streaky lace. The aroma is sort of complex with the citrus hops in the forefront, followed by sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and noticeable doughy/soapy yeastiness. The hops are king in the flavor, ranging from the most prominent citrus (grapefruit and lemon), but also presenting themselves as piney and spicy. The malt backbone is solid, showing up as both grainy and sweet. A certain peppery spiciness runs throughout. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi oily texture and lively carbonation. Fairly chalky finish with a lingering bitterness.

I really liked this beer. It is very well crafted and true to the style and does an excellent job of disguising the 8.6% abv. A strong mix of flavors and enough hops to keep just about any hophead happy, I would have no problem recommending it to anyone. This is the first beer that I have tried from Mad River, but for sure it will not be the last. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 03:09:40 | More by littleshamrocks
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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.