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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

784 Ratings

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 23
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz picked up at Brewforia tonight on the way home from work... Poured into my small CC goblet... slightly hazy orange brew with decent retention and good spotty lacing.

Nose is pretty standard West Coast DIPA... pithy citrus and good pale malts.. seems pretty blah honestly.

Bitterness begins on the front and builds toward the end of the palate leaving little for hop flavors in the middle... a nice bounce of grapefruit and maybe tangerine hoppiness is blown out by an resounding bitterness on the finish.

Body and carbonation are about right.. Despite the $$ at Brewforia, this is still a pretty decent brew... I would buy it again.


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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of wafers
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.

Photo of Bockrules
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a hazy orange with gold highlights. Clmps of small bubbles rise to the dense, three-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind substantial rings of lacing.

S - Peppy grape fruit notes on a firm caramel malt background. A little bit of spices.

T - Orange upfront. The body is dominated by citrus fruit ethers (orange, grapefruit), but rides on a nice caramel malt backbone. Peppy hop notes meander in the background until exploding as the beer passes over the back of the tongue. Bitter floral finish with a kiss of caramel.

M -Full bodied with enough carbonation to produce a creamy mouthfeel. Nice and chewy to boot. Very well done.

Recommended to me by an employee at World Market. Although I think I still prefer Odell's Double IPA at this point, Steelhead is a damn good beer. Full bodied, delicious, and a looker to boot, it is certainly worth the $11.00 for a six at World Market. In fact I plan on getting one next time i'm there....

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Bier:Thirty, Boise ID. Served in a tulip.

A: Appears orange with amber hues, relatively turbid, with a light amount of off-white head and some decent lace.

S: Heavy dose of malt and hops, a good balanced DIPA...some tropical fruitiness, herbal & piney notes, bready malts, toasted caramel, spices, and faint alcohol.

T: Follows the nose, pine emerges more prominently on the palette and blends with the juicy fruit notes. Good dose of bitterness...again, pretty balanced. Hoppy, with a hefty bready malt bill. As it warms, the flavors get a little watery.

MF: Denser medium mouthfeel, decent dryness and bitterness.

O: I'd have it again. Pretty decent malt bill & hop presence...the alcohol is faint...pretty drinkable.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.