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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

741 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -73.7%

JagerBombAFJ, Feb 27, 2013
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1.04/5  rDev -72.6%

Rmbuns, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk

A: amber diaphanous ale with a finger of transient light yellow foam which remains as a broken sheet of the same. Rare lace.
S: Smells like some noble hops (old and stagnant), oxidized malts and little else.
T: Malt and hints of residual bitterness. Guessing this one's old, but hard to tell without a bottle date.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with moderate carb.
O: This is not a good beer.

harrymel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Beercounter1
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

Beercounter1, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

SnatchyMcPants, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of velmalikevelvet
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a legally-limited 12oz glass.

A: Straw is not the color I expect in a DIPA, but that's all you get here. Lack of head & lacing contributes to the less-than-average appearance of this brew.
S: What smell?
T: Bland & tart simultaneously; how did they do that? Absence of hop overtones was disappointing, & malty predominance was not my favorite either.
M: Somewhat clingy in the mouth, with a not-entirely pleasant aftertaste.
O: I did not care for this beer at all. Too bad, since it is made in my neighborhood & I'd like to be able to recommend it.

velmalikevelvet, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased for $1.75 with no bottling date (uh-oh).Turbid and hazy orange color with good head and lacing. Smells old like malt and dead hops, Goddamnit. The taste confirms it, this is old, the hops are stale and the malt tastes like grainy cereal. Mouthfeel is fine but overall this really sucked. I do not feel bad reviewing this even though I know it is old because brewers need to bottle date IPA's and I feel cheated of my $1.75. This is going right down the drain, I won't even finish it.

ArrogantB, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Cresant
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Flexabull for this one. Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. A small off-white head capped an orange/golden muddy looking body.

Smell was sweet malts. Dates. Alcohol later. Subdued hops.

Taste was vegetal? More sweet than bitter, yet pretty balanced for a double IPA, I expect them to be out of balance toward the hops bitterness. The aftertaste was mildly bitter and long. I think this may have been an older bottle, it seemed rather dulled fron an DIPA.

Mouthfeel was medium in carbonation and medium/full in the body.

Cresant, Apr 13, 2007
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2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Wanted to try this after I saw it for the first time at Grandview Carryout. Thought A cali double IPA would be a win-win.
Poured a dark orange colored, almost brown color with a beige looking head, and a little lace. I thought the smell would be hoppy, but it kinda just smelled like funk. Taste is all caramel malt, followed by intense bitter. Not hoppy, just a hint of sweet malt, followed by mostly bitterness. Not all all what I was hoping for.

genog, Jan 19, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

prisdefer, Aug 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Robyates, Aug 01, 2014
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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into Lost Abbey stemware. No bottling/freshness date.

A: Standard pour yields a thick, creamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a semi-clear pastel orange. Lacing is minimal with some spottiness and very little cling though with decent legs. Not the best looking brew.

S: Nose is a muted pureed orange fruit hoppiness. Notes of mango and papaya linger. Moderately aromatic with a dense, heavy scent. Balanced but not much going on overall.

T: Opens mango, citrus, and papaya lingering in the back. Sweet fruit is interrupted by a sappy hop bitterness for just a second towards the middle. Cane sugar and more mango and other tropical fruits toward the end. Finish is an accented touch of piney hop bitterness that dissipates quickly. Dry. Aftertaste is a sticky, sappy hoppiness mixed with fruit syrup sweetness. A touch too sweet, even for a fan of malty east coast IPAs like myself.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Some bubbles in the mouth that dissipate quickly into a smooth, almost oily feel. Goes down smooth with a bit of a bite. Finish is accented and a bit dry with an aftertaste that lingers. Again, rather pedestrian.

O: Overall, this is a slightly less-than-impressive beer. There's a lack of crispness and liveliness that I crave from an IPA that is missing here. In addition, the malt body completely overwhelms the hop profile present. A decent beer but there are many more solid offerings out there.

SpeedwayJim, May 10, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy honey color with a one finger off white head that settles to a thin cap. A wall of solid lacing takes its place. Little bits of sediment are suspended in the beer.

Bready grains in the background with some slightly peppery hops. More noble than anything, not really bursting with the sharp citrusy aromas.

The grains are lightly toasty with an overall biscuity flavor. A mild sweetness comes in toward the middle. The end gravitates toward the hops, with a slight grapefruit sharpness. Full bodied.

Not my favorite DIPA out there. More like an AIPA with some off flavors, and somewhat acerbic. I probably won't be revisiting this one.

BeerSox, Feb 08, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with bits of white suspended throughout. Off white head.

Smell: Pine and citrus and sweet.

Taste: Initially a combined resinous and citrus hop flavor in a caramel malt background which was nice but was quickly overpowered by too much sweetness, toffee, sugar and an odd coppery/metallic taste that was a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel was a bit too heavy and cloying.

Drinkability: The ABV shows itself and along with the overly sweet and metallic tones...one was enough.

Consumed 6/4/2010; reviewed from notes and a photo.

JackieTH, Aug 18, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from total wine

A - Burgundy pour, moderate orangish head, dissipates slow.

S - Light alcohol, very perfumy flowers, and slight smoke.

T - Lght alcohol, flowers, slight smoke, and malts.

M - Citrusy and yet astringent from alcohol.

D - This is more like a barley wine than anything. Has a very heavy scotch and alcohol flavor. It is a little too astringent for a DIPA.

MisterClean, Sep 14, 2008
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2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. about an inch of head, a bit of lacing. smells of piney hops and not much else.
taste is all hops and alcohol, very little malt, i don't expect a dipa to be balanced but this is like a boozey ipa not a double.
mouthfeel is thin with a burn.
This is a decent beer, a bit on the light side for a dipa, and the booze is a bit much giving the lightness of the beer. its a good beer, but not great.

redneckchugger, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper gold with a big creamy off white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing.

The aroma is some sweet bready malts, a little honey, and some stinky piney resiny hops. It's a little subdued.

The flavor is sweet caramel/crystal malt followed by a big resiny, tarry, hop finish that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not a great DIPA. It's a bit one dimensional and not well balanced with a clashing of sweetness and tarry bitterness.

Beaver13, Jun 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Britton, Jan 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

dertyd, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Beestin, May 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Travisnin, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

dipso123, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of RickFromArizona
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...

RickFromArizona, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

blinky1717, Sep 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

jonathaniler, May 14, 2012
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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.