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Steelhead Double India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

779 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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

Photo of Crosling
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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..

Photo of iasanlee
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Photo of peabody
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of thehand
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass. Pours a hazy medium copper color, with a about 1" off white creamy head. Aroma is a lot of sweet caramel malt, not much else. Where are the hops? Isn't this a Double IPA? I really have to search to find any trace of hop aroma. Taste is also very malt-forward, hops don't show up until close to the finish, which is dry and earthy. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation, some alcohol warmth. Unbalanced on the malty side, a little sweet even with the drying finish. That along with the alcohol warmth makes it less drinkable than it could be. No serious off-flavors, but very unbalanced in my opinion.

Photo of Matthew
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey copper color with a good 1/4 inch of off white head, low retention.
Considering that this is a double IPA the hop aroma is pretty weak IMO. There is a grassy and floral tone to the aroma with a very light watery sweetness. The aroma isn't bad, just not all that good imo.
Very slight hop bite, floral, light citrus, a bit earthy with decent sized malty backbone that almost stomps out the hoppiness in the finish.
Decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied with middle of the road levels of carbonation.
The alcohol is very well hidden in this beer, but if you are looking to drink a double IPA I'd suggest that this doesn't contain the hop character you are probably looking for. This isn't a totally bad beer by any means....just of the mark of my understanding of the style.

Photo of magic_swaggin
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of ZAP
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Grilled peach colored...light white whisp of a head..

S-Smells like a DIPA as it has depth and richness....has that malty layer that borders on Barley Wine aroma...hops are also obviously evident with a fruity note...

T-The taste is slightly disappointing as it is a bit muted...fruity...apples and pears....a nice bitterness lingers on the deep finish...has ample malt muscle...not bad but just not as bright or awe inspiring as I like my DIPA's to be..also has a splash of grain alcohol...

M-Medium to full body...rich....finishes with a little dry bite..

D-Overall an average to above average DIPA...it is decent but compared to others it falls a little short...don't get me wrong...I like this and will enjoy the three bottles I have but compared to the others in its class it is average to above average..

Photo of flannelman808
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: woah! didn't realize this was an unfiltered brew... lots of stuff floating around (more than I would like to see really). Amber color and a sticky off white colored head.

S: Sugar cane, honey, and butterscotch. Smells like its going to be really sweet... yikes.

T: Malt malt malt... hops barely shine through. There is a mild bitter pine note in the finish but its outweighed by the sweetness at the start. Plus I sort of feel like I need to pour it through a screen to get rid of all the extra proteins floating around. Maybe this is just an old batch but I don't plan on buying it again soon to find out.

M: chunky

D: low

Photo of Reagan1984
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ThreeWiseMen for providing this as an extra in a trade.

The beer poured with a decent off white head that showed nice retention. The color was a cloudy honey color with some real gold tints. No visible carbonation and some nice lacing. A decent looking DPA.

The aroma was spicy, piney and sweet. Could detect a bit of the alcohol.

Flavor was really boozy. I had this in my "warmer" beer fridge so this was served between 46-50 degrees. This surprises me that I could detect that much alcohol. A bit sweet and certainly a pine resin flavor. Slightly spicy as well. More of a white pepper feeling.

The mouth feel was thick and a touch sticky. Again, the booze affected the drinkability. Real warming affect here.

I'm glad that I got a chance to try it, but have to be honest, not my favorite DPA.

Photo of
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of BlindPig - Thanks!

Hazy, dirty amber colored liquid. Quite a bit of sediment. Large, creamy, light tan head. Some lacing, not much legs.

Aroma was quite tasty. Grapefruit, peaches and caramel (big time as it warmed). Biscuity. All the smells I love in an IPA/DIPA.

Taste was pretty hoppy right from the start, but was supported by a strong, caramel malt backbone. Pretty well balanced. Nice lingering hoppiness at the finish and in the aftertaste. Alcohol noticeable near the finish.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Rather dry.

Overall, OK, but doesn't wow me. I look back over my notes, and it's hard to put my finger on what I don't like. Perhaps it's too balanced, when I like the hops to be a bit stronger. The alcohol could be better hidden. In the end, seems pretty well made, just not to my taste.

Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Bonsai
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Lantern
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of MPSTARR
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of emmasdad
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this one last night on tap at the Rackhouse, while deciding which beer to drink. Poured a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent white head. Nice aromas of fresh grapefruit, citrus and apricot. Medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of caramel and grapefruit, with a lingering bitterness.

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of romulus523
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of hit728
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of CoryR
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Bwagner1122
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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