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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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Steelhead Double India Pale AleSteelhead Double India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

785 Ratings

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006

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Ratings: 785 | Reviews: 406
Photo of dill
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on draught in a pint glass.

A - looks great in a cloudy golden color with a one finger white head.

S - lots of citrus, grapefruit including the peel.

T - earthy tones before the hops kick in and linger. lots of bitterness hangs around the mouth.

M - medium carbonation. a bit of a bite to it. not bad.

D - the bitterness may become overwhelming for a session, but this is a nice beer to drink. i enjoyed it.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info. Poured cloudy, slightly red amber, with a medium peach hue, typical light tan head, tiny bubble and showing good retention. Nice looking fine and scattered lace left on the glass. Light hop nose. Wowee, this is a nice, smooth DIPA that packs a nice punch flavor and hop wise. Very pleasant hop infused creation. Bold, yet fairly balanced. I really enjoyed this one, highly recommended.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a beautiful deep, rich orange in color with a nice, pure white head.

Smell - The big pine and orange hops manage to compliment instead of drown out the luscious, malty backbone. The malt is rich and sweet like melted caramel.

Taste - Yes, this is a classic DIPA. The hops are really big and would tromp most beers, but this big fella has a super-strong malt base that is caramel-laden and very sugary sweet from all angles.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied DIPA is rich, mouth-watering, very lightly carbonated, and slick across the cheeks.

Drinkability - This is not too big for your average craft beer lover yet big enough to garnish the respect of style fans. Rightly done.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clouded copper apricot hue with a thcket of off whie yellow tinted white head. Fine lacing spreads itself evenly aroun the settling lace. Aroma has deep aggressive citrus/pine and slightly metallic notes going on. Sugary malt backbone with super bittering hops going down. Flavor has some butterscotch tones with sugar and hops wrapped around each other, don't get me wrong my local just got this in but it doesn't seem superfresh and Mad River's website is closed! What's going on? Mouthfeel is pretty much coated with hop oils and medium to fuller bodied in general a bit of alcohol in the tail end, at times I'm picturing a big barleywine. This happens to be a bit of an aged DIPA, damn tasty but I remember it being fresh on tap and it was definitely excellent stuff. Solid approachabe DIPA, I'm willing to try it again in the future somebody please drop me a line about what's going on with this DIPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent hoppy plus IPA. Pours golden colour, with significant beige head, that leaves very decent lace. Only one-third of a litre, I will drink it! Pleasant aroma, even a touch of roast!?! Above average creamy moutfeel, citrus in the background of this beershake. Hops dominate the malt, drinkable. Found at the Warehouse in Cleveland.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz stubby & pours a murky bright orange with an off white head. Lookin pretty good & leaving a nice amount of lacing down the glass, got to love it! Nose is sweet malts & grapefruit. Straight forward Imperial IPA, but cant wait to get into this one. Pale and some caramel malts meet west coast hoppage. I expect nothing less from an Imperial IPA, solid & very drinkable. Carbonation is good & the mouth sweeps through to a pleasant lingering aftertaste of malts & hops. Solid IIPA!

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed unfiltered rich copper with tangerine and amber highlights. Nice frothy tannish white head. Wispy laces.

Pine, spicy resins, and Grapefruit. Toasty caramel.

Sharp pine and grapefruit rind. Toasty caramel bready maltiness, with a hint of chocolate. Big bitter spicy resinous Grapefruit/pine aftertaste. A bit of an alcohol kick..

Sticky, full bodied, dry, smooth.

Big bitter balanced DIPA. A good fall/winter DIPA.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TLove
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Cleveland Park Liquors, D.C.

Strong, yet soft IIPA with an excellent hop structure and extraordinary balance. A touch sweet, but pretty damn good overall.

Light, hazy amber with cream head and thin lacing. Smells of caramel malts, grape, and citrus, with a barleywine-worthy complexity of tastes from front to back. Went from fig to molasses to malt to wet grass to pine and from subtlely sharp, strong hops to a smooth undertow. A little too fruity and a bit syrupy on the back side, but the taste follows right through to the end and is consequently drinkable. Nice carbonation and the alcohol is disguised well.

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppery color, decent head, not really the floral nose I expect from a DIPA. A little cirrus, but over all fairly light brew for a DIPA. It definitely tastes good, but more in line with a mid level IPA. There really isn't anything special going on here, it's a solid brew that's easy to drink, but gets into the mix of perhaps a dozen other IPA's. High alcohol doesn't hurt the drinkability factor, but you would have to be careful pounding them down.

Photo of Sensaray
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden with half inch off white head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells like fresh flowery citrus hops. Bit o pine, bit o caramel and sweet malt.

Hop spiciness leads to a malty middle leading to some citrus hops which then closes bitter. Piney in the aftertaste. Bit of grapefruit and lemon

Smooth carbonation light medium body.

Good dipa. Nothing spectacular, but definitely good.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copper amber in color, good retention

s: pulpy hops with a mix of pine and tropical, caramel malts, pretty standard, but good

m: smooth carbonation, medium bodied with a touch of slickness

t: sweet, fruity hops on a nice caramel malt backbone, piney bitterness in the finish

d: not bad, a solid if not uncommon representation of the style

single picked up at Peace Street and split with Dad in Raleigh

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.