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Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale AleSlammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Steelhead Double India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 846 |  Reviews: 411
Reviews by Ivegotmule:
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head that barely sustains a ring. Aroma is some pine hops and a hint of malt. The taste dominated by tolerable bitter pine hops that are nicely balanced by burnt caramel. The beer is somewhat dry and crisp with slight carbonation. This one is certainly very enjoyable, I wish I could find it locally in stores, but the only place that has it around here is Saucer.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy, murky dark gold with sediment floaties. Nice head retention and a copper hue throughout.

S: Initial smell is malt bomb. Smells like a fruity malt. Notes of cherries and coffee. Hop notes are floral in character. I don't get much citrus.

T: Malty up front. Pronounced alcohol presence, like whiskey, in the middle of the body, which turns quickly to the bitter hops that were detectable in the aroma. Not for the faint of heart. A real manly beer.

D: This one is just too malty for my liking in a DIPA to kill more than two or three in a sitting.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange color. No head, but has a nice lace around the top.

Smell: Smells like a good IPA should...got the hops and a pine tree smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth at first...spikes up a bit and goes down with another smooth edge. Surprisingly mellow for the amount of ABV. Mouthfeel has a numbing effect that hits the back of the throat.

Drinkability: IPA's are usually hit or miss, but this one is a hit. I envision drinking this often...just hope the store keeps it in stock.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, pour yields a bright and semi-clear unfiltered orange amber. Nose delivers a solid sweet citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and orange. Resinous citrus hops deliver a straightforward big bitterness along a well-balancing smooth malt backbone. Plentiful flavor notes of pungent orange and extra sweet grapefruit. Sticky and dry orange rind zesty finish.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of bitterness and is well balanced between flavors of citrus hops and caramel malts. The initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness and there are some notes of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite filling for the style and tastes strong, so I doubt that I could drink more than one of these at a time.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a little darker than I expected. This beer looked pretty good from it's appearence. It was a redish colored brew with good thick head on it. The smell was nice and piny, it made my mouth water from all the spicy hop aromas the brew had coming off of it. The flavor was no quite where I thought it should be on this beer. I found that for a double IPA that it would have been a little more bitter or citrusy. The flavors were kind of mellow and didn't really tingle my palette at all. I felt that this beer was a little on the bland side. The mouthfeel of this is good. It's heavy enough to be an imperial but overall I wasn't that impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in my Sam Adam's Winter Lager 16oz

A - Pours a very hazy light amber/dark orange color, thin head but leaves a decent amount of lacing

S - Sweet malts and resiny hops dominate the aroma here , a hidden smell of citrus fruits but very faint, strong dry pine, some floral qualities as well

T - Very dry, the oily, resiny hops are still on top of the flavor as well, carbonization fades to leave the sweeter malt flavor and a dry bitterness of the hops.

M - Full feeling, you really get the bite of the hops from the start. The good qualities of this brew stays with you for a bit.

O - A decent double IPA, I'm not really a fan of the oily hopped beers, but this has an enjoyable quality to it compared to some I've had. Not too pricey and just something different, I would have it again, but not going to buy a case of it.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of DocJitsu
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color, with a foamy egg shell colored head that displays a faint orange hue. Thick lacing nearly entirely covers the edges of the glass as the beer is consumed. Tart, but sweet nose. Akin to a meringue on a citrus pie. Definitely a lot of malt in the aroma with perfumy hops competing, but losing by a nose--pun intended. The mouthfeel is nice. Rich, full body that coats the palate. Malt bomb. Perhaps too much of a blend of the hops with the grain. I would prefer the hops to express themselves a little more, but they are drowned out in the blend. Still not a bad beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of bbothen
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour brings a pretty amber/crimosn color with a bubbly off white 2 finger head.

Mellow citrus aroma, plenty of grapefruit, herbal. All somewhat subdued. Not in your face aromas like many IIPAs.

Classic IIPA citrus hop bite, nice caramel sweetness mellows things out, nice dry herbal finish.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, sticky, lingering hopiness.

Not my favorite IIPA or offering from Mad River. But all in all a fine brew & one I will have again.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served into a flaired tulip glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap

Mirky,golden/reddish color that seems to be glowing. 2" offf-white very creamy white head with good retention a few webs of lace at the top turning spotty yhr rest of the way down.

Clean aroma,lots of citrus,slight grapefruit/pineapple with hints of tropical fruit. Carmell/toffee malts linger in the background.

Pine/citrus first taste a bit on the light side for a double ipa.Clean mid-taste, like the aroma some tropical fruityness. Good balance with very sweet malty goodness.Finished light,crisp with citrus notes and light grapefruit notes.Alcohol very well hidden almost undetectable.Very smooth and creamy.

Overall a bit on the light side for a double ipa. I'm sure it brought the reviews down a bit would do better as an ipa. Neverless a nice beer from Mad River a favorite brewery of mine. Haven't seen this beer in my area had to order from Liquid Solutions. Would pick some of this beer up if I would see it in my area.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of theformula
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #25 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 1/25. "Double IPA"; you don't have to say another word...mmm.

A: Dark copper body in a tulip glass. A healthy, off-white head forms with decent retention. Good clarity. Spotty lacing is left over.

S: For a DIPA this is very subtle. Light citrusy, floral hops barely make their way our of the glass. Sweet cherries and honey as well as a bready malt character balance it out decently.

M: Med-full body, med. carbonation. Super thick, creamy body, like velvet. A bit thick, but nice.

T: Thankfully the hops wake up a bit in the taste, yet still not up to par with most DIPAs. Hop character is citrusy and woody like bark, and clings on the tongue w/ a woody bitterness. Must be Amarillo hops...Malt bill is heavy w/ caramel, raw honey and some grainy, bready notes. A spicy kick of alcohol comes into play as well, and is pretty assertive.

D: An average DIPA, nothing extraordinary. Hop levels aren't strong enough & alcohol isn't well hidden. Yet it's tasty and well made, it's just a little rough and a bit different for the style. Worth a drink, that's for sure.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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