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Double Dread Imperial Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

Double Dread Imperial Red AleDouble Dread Imperial Red Ale

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84
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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.98%


Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-04-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:03:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is murky dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down and left lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts and hints of fruity yeast—figs seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out like the smell and has yeasty Tootsie Roll flavors with hints of fruits in the initial flavors, which then transition to a light to moderate amount of bitterness from underlying grassy and piney hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather drinkable for an imperial red ale as it wasn't too malty, sweet or heavy on the palate and hid its alcohol rather well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:58:17 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly chunked (from releasing a yeast bed possibly disturbed in travel to our table), dark reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: DDI smells of a tall stack of toasted bread slices given a coating of dark, near-burnt caramel, dried bitter herbs, minced citrus peels, and a small splash of stinging alcohol.

Taste: Pale malts, modestly grainy, along with toasted barley and a toothsome taste of caramel candy. Zesty, citrusy hop tastes of grapefruits, lemons, and Seville oranges. Lighter hints of earthy, spicy herbs alongside the ensuing fruitiness. Medium-high bitterness. Toasty, citrus-laden, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable and satisfying, once you look past the muddled appearance. Mad River delivers another solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 20:57:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a doog amped up American hoppy red and this fit that bill for me.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed reddish brown with a large blooming off white head that lasted a real longtime...to long.A burst of herbal and citric hops hits the nose right away,a caramel biscuit sweet malt base is thee as well,but the hops really stood out.Caramel and a tinge of butter mixed with leafy hops on the palate,it isnt a hop monster but the hops are more than plenty and the beer has good balance.I really liked this beer,maybe not as hopped up as I thought it would have been,but it has good complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden, just providing a little more sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 12:17:09 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally get a single of this at Food N' Fermentation in Godfrey, IL.

Copper caramel with a ton of floaties. Lots of sticky lace too. Ok retention with a broken skim after the initial pour.

Old crystal malt, super sweet and caramelly, kind of off-putting. Spicy residual hops, but they seem faded. Full feeling, some light hops in the back that seem faded from former glory. A big beer that seems to suffer from largesse. Not harmonious or easy to drink, it comes off as an aged imperial SNPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 03:47:56 | More by emerge077
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mactrail

California

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber in the tulip glass, lots of head. Rather hoppy, nice rich bitter mouthful. Fairly austere after a few sips. Take a mediocre red and double it. Not bad, but not an appealing style. Sort of an imperial pale ale.

This is a hoppy and likeable beer with an aromatic nose and long bitter aftertaste. Resiny and a bit astringent. Drinkable but a bit winey.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:18:50 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a Mort Subite goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice creamy luscious texture, good thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a dark glowing ruby. Nontransparent. Solid. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Luscious fruit: cherry, candied fruit, maybe raspberry. Refined candi sugar. Cream. Brown sugar. Biscuit and amber malts. A light aroma.

T: Notes from the nose and little more. Dig the fruit. Balanced but simple. Nicely subtle.

Mf: Dry. Lightly coarse. Good carbonation. Light cream. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and more Belgian in character than expected. I do like it. Might get it again. Wouldn't recommend it to friends.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 20:42:05 | More by kojevergas
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber, with several fingers of off-white/near tan foamy head. Retains with a medium sized layer of froth that's got a great flareup to it when swirled (a near finger!), that leaves a very strong looking smattering of foamy lacing behind. Big bouquet of floral hops, spice, and resins here in the aroma to start things out, with a underlying thick layer of toasted grain, citrus, and more sharp smelling pine giving the nose some beef. There is a stiff whiff of warmth on the backend of this as well, making you remember that your dealing with a heavier hitter here.

The taste is sharp with bitter resins and spicy notes that rip at the tongue. This is properly backed by that heavy grainy malt bill, with citrus hanging on the edges, and it all pulling together into a tangy flush in the back, lingering with some extra spicy character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a mellower and creamier feeling carbonation which sits on top of some hefty alcohol beef. Luckily, that is where the ABV mostly stays, in the feel, with any kind of alcohol taste just coming out as some warmth in the finish. This is very nicely hid for the most part.

This was just a really nicely done Imperial Red with a well balanced nature to it. The grains came off as a little less toasted in this, which I found to be a nice change of pace from some others in the style and the high alcohol content wasn't intrusive at all. Good stuff from Mad River.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 18:05:58 | More by Kegatron
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plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full caramel malt cut by a grassy clean hop.

The taste consisted of a crisp grainy caramel malt cut by a medley of grassy and light piney hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a super clean finish.

Overall a tasty amber ale that revealed no signs of its hefty ABV. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:24:03 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big sturdy red and moreso brown pour. Aroma, meh, alcohol, maybe fusels, but I'll let it slide.

Taste, sticky, chewy, hops transforming to heft. Didn't come across too sweet, which is nice when you already know that this isn't super fresh. Holding up counts for a lot in the real world. Its big all around, red color, bitterness, hoppiness, alcohol. Its a big sticky red ale, and if you don't wanna tangle with ol' willy, stay home!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 05:51:13 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep scarlet red body with yeast particulated suspended. Thick crop of stained beige head. Aroma is bready and a little spicy and citrusy. Carbonation is fairly active in this beer. It supports the voluptuous head nicely. Body is medium full. Flavor starts with caramel and cinnamon bread as it beckons the palate. Moves on to spice and alcohol, though not much of the aforementioned. Solid double red. Finishes a little dry, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 05:47:50 | More by Bighuge
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty solid beer here. Pours a dark copper color with a swirly head. The aroma is sweet with malt, but there is a firmness in the finish. There is also a bit of citrusy hops, but the nose at least seems malt driven. The taste still has lots of that firm malt, but a good deal more hop presence than was evident in the nose, with quite a long bitter citrus finish. Quite good. A bit chewy, but ultimately dryer than expected with all of the noticeable malt. A long spiciness is also noticeable amongst the bitter notes in the finish. I was hoping for some hops here and I expected to be disappointed, but instead was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:28:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy red with almost 2inches of dark khaki colored head that had good retention and lacing.

The first scent was pine hops, then was some malt sweetness and a bit of citrus in the background. The flavors were similar mostly piney hops, with some citrus notes, and some malt foundation.

The body was average for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, a decent but unspecial brew. I like Red Ales to have more of a malt presence and this was a hop forward brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:21:45 | More by beertunes
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeously muddy body of dark coppery rust topped with a large and thickly lush smoothed foam of dark ivory hue. The cap stays with might and the glass laces out with lots of tattered sheeting.

Aroma is fairly pungent of piney sided dry hops, cedar notes mostly, dry and earthy with a touch of spruce, rye, and deep black tea, spiced lightly with white pepper, and spritzed with a dash of lemon.

Taste has a nice offering of dry spicy rye, red malt, and cedar backed by a mellowed dry caramel smoothness and toasted breadyness. Alluring white pepper, black licorice, and black tea add some nice depth to its bold rye and red malt snappy drying nature. It really holds itself on the palate well with its dryness as it lasts forever and a day saying hello in that very present Red ale way.

Bold medium body with lots of complexing dryness and balanced in earthy spice holds surprising length and makes a great warming impression of spruce and cedar as ya get into it.

One very solid Red ale that definately has the stamp of West Coast on it. Drinks down quite well.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:06:23 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is mainly yeasty, with plenty of hops like a good IPA, and notes of caramel and cinnamon. It pours a clear, dark, hot mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor has a malty core and firm woody, hoppy and cinnamon tones. Texture has average body and average fizz, but that is this beer’s weakest point. Big deal. Overall, a worthy brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 14:50:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Not bad for almost a year old (I suspect since the sediment and brewed once date) Dark copper brown with a slight bit of head that has a very sticky lace ring.

S - Subdued hops (mildly pine) apple or pear and mild caramel and toffee malts. Hope it's not oxidized.

T - Mild hops with some bitterness. Caramel sweetness and toffee. Kind of subdued but it's not terrible. No noticeable ABV.

M - Medium bodied but seems to have fallen off a bit.

Overall I had no idea this was so old when I bought it. It's not terrible but it definitely has fallen off a bit with the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 00:16:51 | More by DrDemento456
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nickfl

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light traces of lace.

S - An aroma of pine hops and caramel malt.

T - Sweet malt and musty hops up front. Some toffee and pine in the middle. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, and burnt caramel with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, but it is a bit muddy both is looks and flavor. The malt is bland and it kind of smothers the hops, leaving a flabby character to the finish that doesn't really satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:56:46 | More by nickfl
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. The beer pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is of sweet malt and sweaty, grassy hops. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt with bitter hops and a sweet finish. I thought this was pretty good although a touch sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 16:29:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ADZA

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a dark murky red copper hue with an off white three finger and lacing everywhere,the smell is all about the malts it's sweet caramel,toffee,brown sugar and a nice dose of herbal hops behind them,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and has tastes of sweet caramel,molasses,brown sugar,marzipan and finished with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall yeah it's alright but honestly was expecting more cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 12:18:56 | More by ADZA
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange amber, high clarity, a thin layer of creamy foam. Lots of lace sticking all around. The covering is thin but holding well.

Aroma - orange and caramel breadiness, reminding me of a barleywine. A sweet caramel toastiness as it sets up with nan occasional whiff of vanilla. Mmmm.

Taste - caramel bready malts up front, lots of orange pushing to grapefruit at mid-palate. Bitterness at the swallow builds into the aftertaste along with the dry finish. As bitter as it is at the end, there is still a good element of malt here for more balance than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - smooth and heavy, this feels like a double red ought to. It still maintains the crispness of an amber, nicely done.

Drinkability - a great sipper on a cold December night. Toasting my son's successful play debut at school tonight (5th grade). Attaboy Connor - cheers! Now go to bed...(just Connor, not the rest of you).

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 03:39:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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argock

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.55.

A: Rusty red-amber with thick, rocky, 2-finger head with very good retention and good doses of lacing down the glass.

S: This is one of the best red ale aromas around. Unsurprisingly hops dominate the nose, but the profile is very complex with floral, citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit, and tropical fruits horn in with some pineapple smells as well. Malts are robust but are overshadowed by the hops.

T: A delicious beert aht stands up very well compared to other well-known imperial red ales. Hops are front and center with tons of citrus and pine flavors mingling with some tropical fruit flavors and ending with a strong bitter note. Malts are hefty though and shouldn't be forgotten. Big loads of caramel and pale malts had to have gone into this big beer to provide the countering sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is coating and substantial with medium-full body and bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D: Stacked up against Stone's Thirteenth Anniversary Ale, Mad River's Double Dread puts a smackdown and shows some complexity and style in providing a huge hoppy treat on a superior maltload to produce a complete brew. Worth looking around for.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 05:05:40 | More by argock
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle picked up in Boulder yesterday. Poured a medium reddish amber with a large amber head. Aromas of hops (pine, citrus, grapefruit), sweet malt and caramel. On the palate was medium bodied and smooth with, flavors of caramel, pine and grapefruit.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:47:39 | More by emmasdad
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flexabull

California

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of an ugly looking poor. Bright and dark red, hazy, with lots of "floaters", decent head.

Nice nose, bright and fresh hops, hard candies, orange, and lots of other sweet citrus notes.

Hoppy beer with less malts than I expected. Bitterness up front, with a backdrop of roasted malts. Finish has another kick of bitterness, piney, and a little bit of resin as well.

Mouthfeel is ok, a little on the thin side though.

Drinkability is good, this is a nice hoppy amber. It just doesn't look very good in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:08:30 | More by flexabull
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harrymel

Washington

2.15/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled: unk
Pours dark brown with red hues in the murky ale. Some surface tan foam. Nose has some spicy hops and plenty of malt character which is a tad sharp. Some hints of spiced pear and brown sugars. Sweet flavor with obvious alcohol and little hop presence IMO. There a bit of an acetone character - not impressed with the flavor here. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a wet, chemical finish. I'm not going to purchasing another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 15:01:57 | More by harrymel
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh served in a standard pint-glass a crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was some sweet malts and slight citrus hops. The taste decent balance of sweet malts and citrus hops with hints of caramel and pine. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol and decent carbonation. This was an enjoyable beer, but I can't see myself picking this one again until Stone 13th is gone!

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 16:09:50 | More by atsprings
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Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.