Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company
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Reviews by shleepy:
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had on tap at The Hop Yard in Pleasanton (Mad River brewery night this week, so there are several of their brews on tap).
A: golden (notably darker than Pliny), somewhat hazy and effervescent; medium white head with small bubbles and medium head retention
S: strong "green" hop smell, similar to West Coast IPA; I'm not a big fan of that flavor, but I know some people love it
T: none of that green hop flavor comes through; instead, it's a balanced and very fruity beer; lots of sweet citrus - more like tangerine than grapefruit; clean (maybe even a little sweet) finish with no hint of bitterness anywhere in there; for a strong beer, I'm actually not detecting a lot of maltiness or booziness
M: a creamy, smooth mouthfeel that's one of my favorite aspects of this beer; unusual for its style; medium body and carbonation
O: DIPA purists may not like the fact that this feels like a lighter, less bitter beer than others in the style; I love fruity, balanced IPA's, though, and this is about as fruity and balanced as they come without being Belgian; good stuff
Serving type: on-tap
07-18-2011 20:16:01 | More by shleepy
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Meh. It's a Double IPA that will make you think you're drinking some kind of stout hybrid. You drink an IPA and you expect pine or citrus immediately. To me (because we all taste things differently) this is more like a weird stout with a full mouth feel and bitter on the end. Not refreshing on a hot day. Reminds me of Ron Burgundy choosing milk. I wouldn't order it if my IPA choices were Racer 5, Ballast Point, Fig Mountain, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas...
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2014 06:38:38 | More by RickFromArizona
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice beer! I like the cloudy look - with bright sunshine coming through. The smell was a bit muted, but what there was was pleasant enough.
The taste hit most of the right notes for me - juicy! Bitter with no discernible off-flavors. I'm not sure I would call the taste "complex," but it tasted right as a DIPA. Carbonation felt right to me as well.
There are certainly better and more flavorful DIPA's out there. This one wasn't a home run, but it was a pretty solid triple (even though it's a "double").
I would get this again.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 13:23:55 | More by Shade1951
Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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