Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale
Mad River Brewing Company

Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale AleSlammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,163
Ranked #28,532
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale AleSlammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Formerly Steelhead Double India Pale Ale
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monkist from Hungary

4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The story starts with the fact that I haven’t really had an IPA for quite some time now. I am telling you this because for the last five years, I had nothing BUT IPAs - and I’m not really exaggerating here, check my beer history in BA if you don’t believe me. But in the last year and half, partly due to the scarcity of imported beers from the US here in Japan, I’ve been having less and less of them.
Even this Mad River, I’ve had this for quite some time now and been keeping it for “the right moment” to open it - and for some reason I thought tonight was one. What I managed to find out was the brewery bejng from NorCal, almost near to the Oregon border, made me think of Lost Coast and even Anderson Valley that I used to like so much back in the day. I expected this beer to be in the vein of those, big nature, Yosemite, Sierra beers. But I was wrong.
The beer looked amazing and the aroma just fantastic. Very hard to pinpoint it but I would say pine and earth were its dominant aspects. And when I took a sip...
Man, this beer took me back. Took me back down South, to be honest. It did not taste anything like those beers from NorCal. It tasted very SoCal, what’s even more, very San Diego, and even more, almost down there by the border. Very much like the Desert Southwest. I think it was very similar to the Citracado IPA made by Stone for their Anniversary, made with Avocado flower honey. So I hope you got the picture: amazingly piney, earthy and resinous and full of excitement. The aroma has been very intense all the way and it brought back all those memories from a few years ago.
For me this beer was like a time travel. Back to the “good old days” and was also an eye opener - no matter if I can’t get all the beers I want right now, there will always be a time to do it again. Because those beers welcome you back all the time and they can give you back that same old, great feeling.
What a beer!

Aug 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle. This was called "Steelhead Double IPA" when I had it.

Murky orange color.

White head; a curtain of lace.

Subtle orange citrus smell.

Medium mouthful.

Pleasant citrus flavor; a touch too bitter.

Nice if inessential.

Oct 12, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber with slow rising carbonation, and 4 fingers of sticky, light beige head.

Smells of malts, with little citrus and pine.

The taste is sweet and malty, with a little citrus, and very little pine.

Medium, sticky body with little carbonation.

I got this in Roseville, and am drinking it in Redding, July 19, 2019.

Jul 20, 2019
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also known as "Steelhead D/IIPA"...purchased a 12oz bottle from date on the bottle so in my opinion, by the "barleywine-esqe" taste, it was past 120 days (IMHO the drop-dead date for freshness date for an D/IIPA). Now that being said, if it were labeled as an barleywine, my ratings would be much higher if it were, however, as labeled...I'll leave it as is.

May 21, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good citrus orange colored glow to the beer, smallish 1/4" white head on top. Aroma hits the wooden malt and citrus hop notes. Tad bit of sweetness.

Taste, big beer, one of the bigger ones still available in 6 pack format. There is a bunch of crystal malt here. Hops aren't taking back seat either, mostly of the C hop variety I surmise. Its a little bit sticky and thick. Alcohol is there, but not pronounced. Good format, worthy beer.

Oct 24, 2016
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep orange,amber color. Head was thin, & dissipated quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, orange, and bread. Flavor is malty, with a bit of citrus and pine. Resinous mouthfeel and smooth finish. Excellent beer overall

Jul 11, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber orange color with a fluffy beige head with medium retention.
Aroma with notes of piney resin, caramel malt, grapefruit and oranges.
Flavor with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, toasted malts, lots of resin, pine, mango, wheat and caramel malts, cantaloupe melon and apricot. Long dry and bitter aftertaste. Despite its 95 IBUs it is rather rounded.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.6% is well hidden.
Solid DIPA full of smooth citrusy and resiny hops. Not very complex, but not shallow. I liked the fact that is not a heavy DIPA with the usual sin to be overly sweet. I feel I could have a few, though at 8.6% abv, it could have got me in trouble. It lacked aroma, not sure how young is this exemplar.

Mar 21, 2016
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Pukstopper from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a muddy sort of brown with a nice head that fades into a thin film. Leaves nice lacing. A little bitter hop notes with a slight alcohol taste at the back end. I. Could have 1 or 2 but that might be it.

Oct 17, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, almost murky, brown color. A big, fluffy, khaki-colored head rests atop the beer.

Aroma is pungent of hops and hop oils. Overripe peaches with citrusy and piney notes round out the beer's smell.

Heavy hop flavor is balanced by a slight caramel malt sweetness. Citrusy, piney, resiny, oily, heavy-bodied dipa in my opinion. Slight alcohol noticed in the finish.

Sep 26, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Amber orange under a cream colored 2” pillowy foam cap.
S: earthy hop aromas, citrus, some hay, a little less grass
T: Rich malt flavors and malt sweetness, biscuit, some peach and a touch of apricot and then the hops come on board and dry things out – a nice lingering aftertaste.
A touch of pepper on the finish.
F: Very creamy texture, medium to medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Everything is above average but it is well balanced.

Jun 06, 2015
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tedvr from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a medium caramel head. Smells of citrus, pine hops. Tastes are pine and citrus hops with a nice sweet caramel background. Has mild carbonation with a balanced finish. Overall a very interesting beer.

May 11, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad.

A Cloudy brass amber, with large heady crown.

S: Clean, west coast, tropical fruit, estery, grassy, herbal, bready.

T: Follows smell. Bitter, smooth, creamy, fresh cut grass, melon, oranges, caramel, bitter-sweet finish. Candy like. hop resin galore.

F: Solid, thick, great resiny finish.

Feb 21, 2015
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BarmatChaser from Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excited to try this beer. I was always a fan of the Steelhead Pale Ale back in the day. That was my go to beer in my watering hole of choice. Saw this double IPA on the shelf and figured I had to give it a shot. Poured into a standard pint glass. Color is darker than I expected. Nice cloudy, amber color. Little half inch head that dissipated into a good white ring that lasted. THE SMELL! Wow, this is interesting. It has that earthy, slightly cow patty, almost dank smell that you might get from a good French Bordeaux, but instead of some fruitiness, replace that with a slight hoppiness. On taste I get the malts up front, followed by some hops and a pleasant, but not overly long finish. The beer had good body though, you can feel some thickness to it. It finishes rather dry for the most part, but there is a certain sweetness that lays on the center of the tongue. Pucker factor is lower being this is a double, but there is enough hops to satisfy. I really like this beer, because it is just different than many other double IPAs I've had. The taste isn't the most complex, but overall when you consume the beer as a whole (look, smell, taste, feel, etc.) it has a lot going for it.

Feb 20, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #72 (Jan 2013):

Serious and a bit brash, lovely and fitting traits for this style and it works. Amarillo hops take over a little though there is still a pinch of balance left. Worthy of a go. Old school brewery with some different moves, we can dig it. A bit less of Amarillo and a bit more of some other high alpha hop would have made this brew pop more. None the less we got our fix.

STYLE: American Double IPA
ABV: 8.6%

LOOK: Hazed brassy amber, heady crown

SMELL: Clean hop resin, tropical fruit, clean estery alcohol, grassy, spearmint, bready

TASTE: Bitter, silky smooth, creamy maltiness, fresh cut grass, melon rind, guava, powdered aspirin, mandarin oranges, mild caramel, bitter-sweet finish

Dec 11, 2014
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ordybill from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that malt and hop aroma. Smells real good
Appearance- This beer is a golden yellow with a nice white head.
Taste- Has a nice sweet flavor that finishes with a bitter end with a strong booze aftertaste (strong ABV. can easily be noticed) Tastes good.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a slick feel to it, very enjoyable
Overall- I really liked this brew, if you can find it give it a whirl.

Nov 19, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.
Pours a hazy deep amber with a decent head.
Flavor has more citrus and is overall more fruity than the aroma. Good balancing malt load. Nicely balanced and soft for style.

Oct 08, 2014
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hophugger from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy deep orange-amber. Smell is strong of hops and some citrus. Taste is different, kinda of like a hopped up porter, Interesting!!. Overall, good carbonation and a good thirst quencher

Sep 22, 2014
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RickFromArizona from California

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. It's a Double IPA that will make you think you're drinking some kind of stout hybrid. You drink an IPA and you expect pine or citrus immediately. To me (because we all taste things differently) this is more like a weird stout with a full mouth feel and bitter on the end. Not refreshing on a hot day. Reminds me of Ron Burgundy choosing milk. I wouldn't order it if my IPA choices were Racer 5, Ballast Point, Fig Mountain, Firestone Walker, Lagunitas...

May 31, 2014
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer! I like the cloudy look - with bright sunshine coming through. The smell was a bit muted, but what there was was pleasant enough.

The taste hit most of the right notes for me - juicy! Bitter with no discernible off-flavors. I'm not sure I would call the taste "complex," but it tasted right as a DIPA. Carbonation felt right to me as well.

There are certainly better and more flavorful DIPA's out there. This one wasn't a home run, but it was a pretty solid triple (even though it's a "double").

I would get this again.

May 26, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange/amber. Visible particulate and a big fomay white head. The head has great retention and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is hop-forward, with floral and citrus notes backed up with some caramel malt sweetness. The taste is similar, but less refined than the aroma, with there being more of a mish-mash versus the more well-defined characteristics of the aroma. It has a nice thick mouthfeel and no carbonation. Overall, I'm wondering if I got a dud. It's not badly produced, but I was expecting more (And in the case of the floaters, less).

Mar 25, 2014
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Oakengroves from Oregon

3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very hazy golden copper color with light fizz suspended throughout.

S: Somewhat flat with pipe hops and grapefruit. Not very appealing.

T: A small amount of grainy malts and sweetness, and followed by a disappointingly low amount of pine hops. Not very bitter.

M: Full bodied with heavy carbonation. Fairly smoothed.

O: I am not likely to purchase this again. It does not live up to an abundance of other great DIPAs but is enjoyable.

Mar 11, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very hazy golden copper in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the sides of the glass, a light to moderate amount of fine particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and faint peach + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to a small to medium sized thick patch of larger bubbles surrounded by a mottled thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of citrus/grapefruit and pine hops over lighter aromas of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet caramel and grainy malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith and pine hops that impart a moderate amount of lingering bitterness. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

O: Enjoyable but the alcohol is not very well hidden in this brew and it is quite filling for the style - this is likely a one and done for me but I would consider having it again.

Feb 21, 2014
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MNishCT77 from District of Columbia

3.14/5  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

Oct 18, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy copper with two fingers of head that dissipated rather quickly, but left some nice lacing behind. The nose is only mildly hoppy, certainly not befitting a DIPA. The upfront flavor includes an oddly sweet note that gives way to a nice hop-infused finish. This is a tasty DIPA that is a flavorful attempt at a popular style, but it certainly does not belong in the top tier of the style.

Kudos and bonus points to this offering for being union made by IAM members.

Aug 08, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint

A- Pours up a very hazy gold which eventually settles into a clear gold. Two finger head with a nice retention ring, even a hour later (yes slow drinker) and lacing that would be the envy of many beers
S - Pine, resin, grasses, bread, yadda, yadda, yadda
T - Initial taste is pretty sweet, but the back end is bitter and boozy. Bitter I like, boozy, uh not so much.
M- a little lingering aftertaste.
O -Okay, but nothing awesome to see here. Move along!!!

Jun 15, 2013
Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 849 ratings