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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

755 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 25
Gots: 26 | 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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ms11781, Jul 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

beerhast, Mar 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

mhaugo, Feb 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

chaint, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

iskeptopotamus, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -21.1%

mwar, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -21.1%

baybum, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jenray, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of bdn72
3/5  rDev -21.1%

bdn72, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of mebummer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

mebummer, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

sharpski, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of alenonbeeradv
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.

alenonbeeradv, Jun 15, 2011
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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.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
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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.

haazer, Mar 22, 2012
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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.

Oakengroves, Mar 11, 2014
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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.

loubrew, May 25, 2012
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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.

Jpatrix, May 04, 2010
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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.

klewis, Aug 13, 2007
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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.

Bighuge, Dec 23, 2009
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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

MNishCT77, Oct 18, 2013
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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..

Crosling, Mar 25, 2009
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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.

iasanlee, Apr 29, 2009
Steelhead Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.