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Double Dread Imperial Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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Double Dread Imperial Red AleDouble Dread Imperial Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: cswhitehorse on 06-04-2009

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Photo of PDXHops
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a LaChouffe tulip. We're almost out of amber and into brown territory here; it's a reasonably handsmome brew with a dense off-white head on top, but not a ton of lacing.

Nose has a bit of hmm? about it. Caramel malt with a (perhaps faded) assortment of piny, floral and soapy hoppy notes and muted fruitiness. The flavor's not altogether pleasant, either, although one wouldn't go so far as to call it bad. Awkward, yes. Scorched sugars and yeast with a big bitter burn, but little in the way of hop flavor. Kind of stale maltiness; one wonders if this isn't a bit past its expiration date (although no dating is to be found on the bottle). There's just enough carbonation to keep the palate somewhat scrubbed, but the mediocrity lingers.

Photo of Ryan011235
1.98/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Allagash glass on 10/2/12

Murky rust and mud brown with thickish specks and clumps of sediment hanging throughout the beer. Three finger head. Pretty strong retention overall. Good, sporadic lace.

The aroma smells malty and old. Caramel, figs, raisins, plums and some doughy bread notions. Overtones of floral hops. Almost seems oxidized. At best, this smells like a dead-hop barleywine.

This tastes as murky as it looks and as old as it smells. Dirty notes of caramel, dark fruits and burnt bread. Earthy hops with a long lingering, harsh bitterness. Any decent hop flavor is gone.

The feel is sluggish medium-full sort of thing. Carbonation is on the low side like I prefer, but all that does here is let the less than pleasant flavors stay past their welcome.

Granted, I have no idea how old this bottle is, but it is disappointing regardless. I might be inclined to tough it out, but all the sediment has convinced me to let go this one early.

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of shigg85
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of tizride
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of coachdonovan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Glibber
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
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.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of KuehneBe
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Chitlons
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of PthPndr
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.