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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

714 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | 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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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-25-2012 17:23:43 | More by mhaugo
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chaint

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-17-2013 16:51:21 | More by chaint
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iskeptopotamus

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-04-2012 22:30:46 | More by iskeptopotamus
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mwar

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-26-2012 23:57:12 | More by mwar
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%

11-28-2011 03:27:26 | More by jenray
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bdn72

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

08-07-2012 02:18:29 | More by bdn72
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jophish17

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-24-2011 12:21:12 | More by jophish17
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy deep orange color, nice carbonation, nice small head, some nice islands and sticky going on. Scents of hops, slight malts, citrus, spices, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, nice touch of citrus, the finish has a nice bitter bite and slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a decent DIPA from this brewery but many better.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 21:31:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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mebummer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-23-2013 20:32:43 | More by mebummer
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sharpski

Oregon

3/5  rDev -21.1%

10-01-2013 20:05:57 | More by sharpski
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alenonbeeradv

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - golden and yellow hues. minimal head no collar. little carbonation meets the eye.

s - mild fruit. citrus and bitter hops. slight sweet malts.

t - sweet and fruity then malty and bitter. pretty nice but not a very full flavor. pretty tame.

m - medium carbonation. clean finish. medium body.

o - its alright.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 06:30:21 | More by alenonbeeradv
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a little darker than I expected. This beer looked pretty good from it's appearence. It was a redish colored brew with good thick head on it. The smell was nice and piny, it made my mouth water from all the spicy hop aromas the brew had coming off of it. The flavor was no quite where I thought it should be on this beer. I found that for a double IPA that it would have been a little more bitter or citrusy. The flavors were kind of mellow and didn't really tingle my palette at all. I felt that this beer was a little on the bland side. The mouthfeel of this is good. It's heavy enough to be an imperial but overall I wasn't that impressed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:46:09 | More by Knapp85
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:25:42 | More by haazer
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Oakengroves

Oregon

3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very hazy golden copper color with light fizz suspended throughout.

S: Somewhat flat with pipe hops and grapefruit. Not very appealing.

T: A small amount of grainy malts and sweetness, and followed by a disappointingly low amount of pine hops. Not very bitter.

M: Full bodied with heavy carbonation. Fairly smoothed.

O: I am not likely to purchase this again. It does not live up to an abundance of other great DIPAs but is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 02:12:58 | More by Oakengroves
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loubrew

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very murky beer, even after a slow pour and leaving a bit in the bottle. Tastes like a decent homebrew IIPA, lots of malt & hops, but it's just not balanced. The flavors just don't meld. Average at best, many better options but many worse as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:04:43 | More by loubrew
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Jpatrix

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass. A hazed light orange amber. Lot's of carbonation resulted in a large head, even with a careful pour. Smell was a malty,citrus smell with hint's of hops. Taste was a bit thin but enjoyable with a orange hint int he malt. A nice drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 13:19:39 | More by Jpatrix
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klewis

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Intriqken and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for this one.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a modest, bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Vegetal hops smell. Not much to it.

T: An earthy and somewhat harsh hops flavor dominates the taste. Lots of bitterness in the end.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish with a long bitter aftertaste.

D: Decent, but very one-dimensional and uninteresting. The taste is too abrasive to make this one very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 21:18:13 | More by klewis
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tarnished bronze body. Yeast particulates suspended throughout the body. Tight and dense white head. Lacing is sufficient. This one has definitely got one of those pungent and dirty IPA aromas. Not bright in the least. Sometimes I like these aromas a lot, but this one is very dark. Flavor is brighter than the nose, but that's not saying much. Surprisingly, I get a little mint right from the start. Then it moves to the more earthy and grimey and dirty hop flavors. Malt base is pretty full and seemingly toffeeish in nature. There's some alcohol noticeable and it leaves a little sting in the mouth. Body is damn near full. Carbonation moderate. For a DIPA, I've had much better many times. This is not bad, but it is fairly average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 06:21:45 | More by Bighuge
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle purchased at Franklin's Pub & Brewery in Hyattsville, MD., unknown bottling date, poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 10/17/13 over several hours.

A: 2/3 - deep reddish-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), initial frothy white head dissipates into subtle glass lacing, moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - mostly Cascade aromas that I generally find unpleasant - grassy, bleach-y and mild spiciness

T: 12/20 - on the anterior tongue, there is an intense bitterness that was pronounced on the first sip and attenuated thereafter; it the middle of the mouth, the bitterness continues to linger with caramel malt flavors; 8.6% ABV is well-hidden; finishes sweet and lingers; no gross flaws detetable

M: 3/5 - moderate-to-full body, appropriate carbonation, alcohol present

O: 6/10 - this is a mediocre imperial IPA and many of the readers out there have probably homebrewed better versions that this; it has lots of things present that I don't like in an imperial IPA - Cascade dominant, caramel/biscuity malts, too sweet on the finish and not really drying enough; I think that I am being overly generous with my score but I don't really like blasting beers; anyway, with some many good imperial IPAs out there, especially in CA, I would definitely pass this over

TOTAL = 32/50

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 05:29:35 | More by MNishCT77
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Crosling

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pros: Nice appearance, long lasting cream. Cracker-like malts, cereal, nice balance and fresh flavors.

Cons: Nose is very light on the hop, slightly milky, sour cream, chive, kinda nasty. Dull. Not very bright, or assertively hopped.

A decent ale..

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 14:21:00 | More by Crosling
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iasanlee

Nebraska

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy golden amber with a thick off-white head and loads of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and fruity hops. Flavor is almost cloying sweet malts and pineapple hop flavor. Long lasting bitterness and cloyingly sweet finish. Medium full in body with moderate carbonation, and alcohol burn. A bit one demensional for style, but not a bad beer by any means.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 03:47:04 | More by iasanlee
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a swirling hazy dark amber, very murky, with a creamy pillowing off-white head that slowly dissolves and leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma has a lot of caramel malt and citrus hop and there is something toasted in the nose as well. Flavor is very malty with some citrus and a medium bitterness that resonates for some time. its heavy to medium bodied and fairly syrupy. Too much sweet malt for me, its not bad but its not that great either.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 07:00:17 | More by DiabolikDUB
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

3.5/3.5/3/3.5/3

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 06:05:30 | More by JohnGalt1
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peabody

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a cloudy amber orange with one finger of the white stuff. Slight Lacing
Smell is alcohol and caramel and not much grapefruit.
Taste is alcohol and very little hops. This one is bland for a double IPA.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but bearable.
Drinkability is only average here.
Not Mad River's best effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 02:29:47 | More by peabody
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BilbosNuts

California

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gold with somewhat of a haziness to it. It has a medium white head that lowers to a small head in a few minutes with some good lacing.

S: The smell is of a robust hoppiness. The smell also has crisp and refreshing aspects.

T: It has a very crisp taste with a hoppy and kind of bitter aftertaste. It has the hop profile more of an IPA rather than a double.

M: The bitterness adds a stinging and crisp feel that goes away rather quickly.

D: For a double IPA it is very easy to drink. It seems more like a good IPA instead of a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 05:22:04 | More by BilbosNuts
Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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