1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Dread Imperial Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Double Dread Imperial Red AleDouble Dread Imperial Red Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

fisherbray, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -46.1%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

JimKal, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

outsider, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

wvsabbath, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

frosted33, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of shigg85
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass at Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Dark red cloudy ale with a thin white layered head. Strong hops smell with a bit of cherry. Powerful hops punch that goes down smoothly without any harsh aftertaste. Foams up nicely as I spin it with a dark fruit flavor peeking out. Overall, a wonderful strong red ale that I would gladly partake of any time I can find it.

shigg85, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +7.8%

tizride, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +7.8%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of coachdonovan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

coachdonovan, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Mad River beer despite being at the brewpub. It was a nice pour- a dark copper colored cloudy beer with a thick off white head that left some lacing. A nice creamy mouthfeel, with low carbination, burnt wheat with a slight hop kick. A decent balance.

Glibber, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

nickfl, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a hazy copper brown, golden highlights. A quickly dissipating tan shrinks to an island of foam, but doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of toasted caramel, a bit of hop, and a good dose of chocolate.

Taste follows closely, piney hops, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

Texture is smooth, and almost thin, but very drinkable for the high abv.

Very rarely does the flavor and aroma match up so perfectly, a really enjoyable beer.

DOA

Drinkerofales, May 19, 2012
Photo of KuehneBe
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

KuehneBe, May 05, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Cyberkedi, May 05, 2012
Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours a murky brown-red color with a finger of head. The aroma is rather interesting. It's got a big, bold aroma with caramel and toffee malts right up front, with a decent dose of citrus hops, fruits, and a bit of toasted grain. The taste is just about as complex as I expected from the nose, with the sweet fruits coming down right on the bat, dancing with toasted malts and coffee flavors in a bizarre, yet not quite unwanted way. Sweet toffee is a constant undertone. There's also herbal and citrus hops that contribute to a slightly roasty finish.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied, and the carbonation level is low. A very complex and rich ale that could use a touch more coherence, but is otherwise nice tasting. It's worth a try just to experience all the different flavors this bad boy has.

shand, May 03, 2012
Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Nage37, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Chitlons
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chitlons, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: guess I'm looking for something more striking here - a murky brown with hints of burnt orange; decent head that laced and clung to the sides as it faded

S: mostly malty and hoppy - fairly subdued aromas

T: not too complex, but I'm not an experienced imperial red drinker - got some dark hops; fairly dry finish, not a sweet beer, but rather a meaty beer - had a full satisfying taste: slightly bitter, slightly umami

M: medium body, chewy, savory aftertaste; nice bite of alcohol and bitterness on the backend

O: a good beer - reminded me of a drier version of my recently sampled Betrayal, an imperial red by Speakeasy - for my tastes, I like the umami quality in a beer like this, but I wanted something with a little more sweetness - looking at the beer I expected some caramel or fruit or toffee, but I personally didn't taste any. But don't get me wrong, I would still recommend trying this beer. As noted in my review of Betrayal, this style of beer could easily fall into the American double/Imperial IPA category.

Greywulfken, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PthPndr, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.15/5  rDev -42%
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.

harrymel, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark amber with a tan head with average retention and lots of floating sediment
S-faint caramel aroma, low hop aroma
T-Lots of malt met with balanced hop bitterness, leaving a bit of bitterness on the palate along with caramel flavor lingering
M-medium-full bodied
O-Not a bad beer but definitely not the best red ale that I've had. Don't regret trying it but probably wouldn't seek it out again

atr2605, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +7.8%

shelby415, Feb 26, 2012
Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.