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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

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very good

779 Ratings

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Pours a burnt-orange to peach color, very cloudy, moderate amounts of sediment seen floating around
S: Aroma of oranges, some berry sweetness
T: Nice hop flavoring right up front, definite citrus bitterness, flavorings of oranges, tangerine, noticeable hit of alcohol towards the end
M: Medium to full-bodied, not as resiny or sticky as some other IPA's
O: Tasty DIPA, shows characteristics of the extreme hopped flavors of these types of brews but also shows a decent amount of citrus sweetness to offset the bitterness. Would buy again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into imperial pint.

Pours a cloudy amber with a smallish off-white head that falls to a mere ring of foam. A little lacing, but this beer just doesn't have the stickiiness I would expect from a DIPA.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. The aroma is a little lacking here...

The taste brings this beer back around. Its not balanced, nor should it be, as the hops certainly ride high over the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is full and lush and a tad dry in the finish, and the alcohol, while lower than a lot of DIPAs out there is also well hidden, its warming to the tongue.

Drinkability is good, this really isn't a standout in this category, as you've really go over the top to get noticed. Certainly not a bad beer and one I would have again, but nothing I would really seek out in a hop fueled obsession.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber, orange in color with a good amount of frothy head that dissipates to a thin film layer and leaves plenty of lacing around the edges of the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look to be good. Has that classic American IPA look to it. Make sure you swish the last bit of beer around in the glass before you pour so you get a bit more flavor (if you prefer).

S: Really a pretty subtle aroma for a double IPA (especially of the West coast variety). I was expecting an olfactory assault of hops, but actually found a fair amount of sweet malts. Don't get me wrong, there is a bit of hop aroma in there... mostly citrus, but the malts seem prominent.

T: As the aroma led me to believe, this is a pretty balanced West coast IPA. That said, the hops do dominate the flavor all the way through, but only slightly, which was unexpected for me seeing as this is an IPA of the double variety. Anyways, the hops are mostly of the citrus variety, a very bitter grapefruit I would say, with a twist of lemon and a bit of Juniper. As for the malts, I'm getting a lot of bread and sweetness; no toasty or roasted notes. That's pretty much it. Simple, but very effective. It could probably use a bit more balance malt-wise, but maybe that's just me.

M: Medium body with a good level of carbonation, this brew comes off quite creamy with a bit of chewiness. There is a bit of oil that coats the tongue, but the beer finishes dry with a little bit of chalkiness.

O: As a West coast double IPA, I expected something overwhelmingly hoppy. What I got was a great, fairly well balanced IPA with a straightforward flavor, great mouthfeel and very high drinkability (especially for an 8.6% ABV). This will probably disappoint those looking for a hop-high, but if you can get past that, this is a very solid offering and another good brew from Mad River. Cheers!

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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer I ever tried from Mad River, as it is pretty rare at this point in MA. I usually drink a lot of american pales ales so I wanted to try something new and I was definitely impressed.

Noticed the strong hoppy aroma right off the bat. Great taste without being overpowering if you want to have more than one or two.

Have since tried their pale ale, stout and scotch porter and overall they are all worth checking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Aggressive pour yields a large, thick fluffy white head. Brew is a murky turbid bronze and copper color. Some bubbles rising to the top to meet the lasting cap.

S- Aroma's of fruity and floral hops. Hints of pollen, honey, and sweet sweet caramel malt. Theres a stickyness in the nose. Hops seem to have faded a bit, no date on the bottle though.

T- The hops have all but faded, but there is a honeysuckle taste in here hinting of the hops. The sticky caramel malt profile is most dominant. Sticky and sweet, but not cloying. A good beer but would be much better fresh I'm thinking.

M- The mouth is light to medium in body with mid level carbonation. Stickyness coates the mouth. No abv detected at all.

O- This is decent but nowhere near the upper echelon of DIPA's. I found it to be solid in flavor and has a strong malt backbone, but this feeds my love/hate for hops. If it's not <1 month fresh lets face it it's not the same.

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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy light copper color iwht peachy tones. Small head that fades quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: hoppy aroma with big notes of citrus and pine. Some sweet malt is present as well to balance it out.

T: Bready upfront with soemo carmel sweetness. Big citrus hop flavors follow with fresh grapefruit and lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: This is a good DIPA, but not my favorite. There are other better alternatives to this one, but I'm glad I tried it.

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/27/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz glass. Firm pour calls fourth a very nice 1/2 inch of off white head that produces a nice sticky lace. Color is a very deep and clouded orange.

Nose- Overripe orange, massive amounts of caramel perhaps a bit a vanilla, and a touch of alcohol.

Palate- Overripe orange, with a touch of orange rind. Plenty of caramel, some vanilla. Some sweetness, followed by a very nice and lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Slightly syrupy, very dry.

Drinkability- A bigger beer that is best sipped.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered cloudy golden appearance. Slight white head skirts the top of the glass. Visible carbonation.

Nose is very floral with some citrus. Hints of malt.

Taste is bitter up front. Sweetness pours through. Fruity herbal flavors are present. Finishes dry.

Hops definitely overpowers the malt. Makes the aftertaste very bitter, and fails to quench the thirst.

The aroma and flavor are good, but a bit too over the top. Still very well put together.

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3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, light amber-orange color with a little sendiment. Thick creamy off-white head, heavy lacing.

S: Lots of piney hops with a little citrus in the background.

T: Hops seem somewhat dulled. The green piney flavors are there, but didn't carry through as much as expected. Fairly malty and oddly not well balanced. What happened to the hops?

M: Chewy. Medium+ body. A little too much for the hop profile. Feel like I just finished eating a wet piece of bread.

D: A passable DIPA, but not the best example. I question the age of the bottle (no date, purchased at Liquid Solutions liquidation sale). I think this would be far better fresh.

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

Served in a tulip glass, pour yields a bright and semi-clear unfiltered orange amber. Nose delivers a solid sweet citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and orange. Resinous citrus hops deliver a straightforward big bitterness along a well-balancing smooth malt backbone. Plentiful flavor notes of pungent orange and extra sweet grapefruit. Sticky and dry orange rind zesty finish.

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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