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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006

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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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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange amber. Good 2 finger head, off white in color. Good lacing.

S: Citrus hops orange and grapefruit. Pine and roasted grain. Somewhat on the mild side.

T: Sweetness and citrus hops (orange and grapefruit). Slightly bitter throughout.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly sticky sweet.

O: A pretty good beer. Perhaps a bit too sweet for me but the sweetness is not overpowering by any stretch.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep cloudy amber color. Head is a pinky finger high. Retains well. Leaves mild lacing.

S-Lighter nose of malty sweetness and citrus. Oranges. Too light for the style. Needs to be much more assertive. I don't like my DIPAs to be mellow in the nose. Rarely a good sign. But what is there in the nose is pretty pleasant.

T-Flavor is citrusy and grassy. The citrus is pretty lively and ripe. Is definitely an upgrade from the nose. Quite sweet too. A very balanced DIPA. Light alcohol warms the cheeks. Simple, balanced, and straightforward.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not very bitter or resinous. Now seeing that this is nearly 9% alcohol, I am impressed by how well the alcohol is hidden throughout.

O/D-The local store has an absurd discount on most of the Steelhead beers. $4.99 a six-pack is ridiculous. May be on the back 9 in terms of freshness, but its very drinkable. If this wasn't so cheap I wouldn't re-buy it though.

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admittedly, this is one of my favorite IPAs/IIPAs so it's going to be incredibly difficult if not impossible to give this one an unbiased review. But, after a 10 month hiatus from BA, I feel it's only right to come back with a classic. I've never had a beer that I disliked from Mad River and Steelhead DIPA is at the top of their year-round offerings in my humble opinion.

Steelhead pours a rich copper in color that any IPA lover can recognize. It's thick with a generous one-finger head that sticks around for quite some time. Hop resins are definitely high in this viscous Double and the spiderwebs spin tales of their own.

To me, the aroma is hop-centric but the balance of piney, floral and citrusy hops makes up for the lack of malt balance in the nose. Don't get me wrong, the malt is there in the background but this hits my nostrils like hop candy and only begs to be tasted.

Pale malt comes in through the flavor with a nice solid biscuit taste that is immediately immersed in rich flavors of pine, a touch of lemon, a little grapefruit... Never had thought before about how pine-centered the flavor was. Bitterness is on point. High IBUs but not butt-puckeringly high. Yeah, that's a phrase now. :P

A solid ale overall that kind of tetters between an IPA and a IIPA. Though hops don't explode in the nostrils like one would expect from a DIPA, the smell is so pleasing that it's hard to knock down too much. I'm a big guy and, to me, this is sessionable... Though, some of my smaller kin would not agree.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a malty-yellow color. It has a muted hop aroma on this. Lightly flavored with a pleasant malt backbone to balance out the hops. There’s a bitterness that lingers on the finish. It’s not a hop bomb—surprise, coming from the west coast!—but more laid back and mellow. Coming from Northern California? Maybe there’s something else going on out there in Humboldt County.

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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.