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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

740 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 740
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

UpstateNYhophead, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of harrymel
1.75/5  rDev -53.9%

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 jenray
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +5.3%

DrinkingDrake, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.3%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mashedbrotatoes
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mashedbrotatoes, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rwilde, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jules11788, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

cfinch2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beefytits4, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Finatic, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

johnhenryconway, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Hophead101, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Had this on 2011-11-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy sunset-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and good lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Orange citrus, pine, sweet and mildly roasted grain. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Sweet, bready malt, pine, mild spice and orange-candy citrus. Not hop forward. Citric bitterness comes in at the end and lingers in the aftertaste with some tannin and roasty astringency.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, sticky and a tad prickly.

O - I enjoyed this brew. It's a little sweeter than I'd normally choose for a DIPA but it isn't syrupy sweet and the tannin and hop and roasted bitterness do a good job of toning this down.

Tucquan, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a mild amount of lacing and some good retention.

Smell: Sweet with a solid caramel malt presence. There is also a decent hop aroma with some citrus notes.

Taste: The malt doesn't show up as much here as it did in the smell. There is enough to balance things, but it isn't the first thing you notice. Citrus peel hops with some malt sweetness. The finish is bitter with some alcohol and mildly peppery.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid brew. Good hop profile and decent balance. Not sure I would search it out again, but certainly wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me.

oline73, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of jvillefan
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A: It is a golden yellow that is a little hazey due to the yeast. There was not a great head.

S: There is alcohol and hops in foreground of the aroma. There is the smell of yeast in the background.

T: Very floral for an IPA. Withbthe floral notes in there beer there are also hops and citrus with a little pine.

M: Very good. There is a nice viscosity created by the yeast.

O: This beer is definately woth having at least once.

jvillefan, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of dankster
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

No freshness date on bottle.

A- Nice copper look with a little carb. good lacing on glass.

S- heavy pine with some citrus and sweet fruits. maybe grapefruits and some pineapple

T- very dry and easy drinking. Hard to tell it's 8.6% ABV. needs to have a little more bitter bite for a DIPA IMO.

M-smooth and somewhat creamy for the style. Average

O-pretty solid IPA. Not quite DIPA but overpriced for the sixer at $11 better stuff at cheaper prices available. would drink again though

dankster, Nov 02, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance: Murky amber, ok head.

Smell: Mild hop aroma, oxidized (wet cardboard).

Taste: Mild caramel then dry crisp citrus hops. Luckily the oxidized smell didn't come through in the taste.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, the dryness makes me want to drink more.

I think this bottle was a little old but not too far gone, so I will give it a review. This has a nice dry citrus hop presence but reminded me more of a IPA than DIPA. Could have been due to age, but without a bottled-on date, who knows.

Mdog, Oct 27, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- golden light amber with an orange hue, cloudy. nice foamy head about an inch. good retention and good lacing.

Ar- citrus fruit especially orange. piney hops too.

T- grapefriut, orange, piney hops at the end. a wee bit of alcohol but not much for an 8.2% beer.

M- light/medium body. normal carbonation. piney oils in your mouth after holding it for a while.

O- this is a good DIPA. I usually get a mix your own six pack and always throw one of these in there and really do enjoy it.

BeerNutz324, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Lovely amber color with a chill haze. I is topped with an inch and a half of beige head.

S - The nose seems more caramel malt than hops. I do get some mild citrus.

T - Awfully malt-centric. The hops are almost an afterthought. The alcohol is well hidden though.

M - Moderate and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation

O - This is a DIPA for the malt lovers.

buschbeer, Sep 21, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Golden orange and murky. Quarter finger head.

S: Lots of grapefruit in the aroma.

T: the taste is complex similar to that of the 90 minute Dogfish head, but not quite as good. The pine notes are just enough and the hops are there, but i would like more.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one and plan on keeping an eye out for it in bottles so I may stock up.

kylehay2004, Sep 14, 2011
Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.