Double Dread Imperial Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
07-21-2012 07:39:34 | More by shigg85
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-06-2012 02:53:54 | More by Glibber
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
06-05-2012 04:56:46 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
05-19-2012 17:50:20 | More by Drinkerofales
3.58/5 rDev -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.
05-05-2012 14:50:10 | More by Cyberkedi
4.08/5 rDev +10%
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.
05-03-2012 04:20:00 | More by shand
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-15-2012 22:07:51 | More by Greywulfken
2.15/5 rDev -42%
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.
04-10-2012 15:01:57 | More by harrymel
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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
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
03-09-2012 02:18:59 | More by atr2605
Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.