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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Steelhead Double India Pale Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2006

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Tucquan
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-11-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy sunset-orange with a 1.5-finger off-white head and good lacing into a nonic glass.

S - Orange citrus, pine, sweet and mildly roasted grain. Pleasant but not overpowering.

T - Sweet, bready malt, pine, mild spice and orange-candy citrus. Not hop forward. Citric bitterness comes in at the end and lingers in the aftertaste with some tannin and roasty astringency.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Resinous, sticky and a tad prickly.

O - I enjoyed this brew. It's a little sweeter than I'd normally choose for a DIPA but it isn't syrupy sweet and the tannin and hop and roasted bitterness do a good job of toning this down.

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Photo of oline73
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a mild amount of lacing and some good retention.

Smell: Sweet with a solid caramel malt presence. There is also a decent hop aroma with some citrus notes.

Taste: The malt doesn't show up as much here as it did in the smell. There is enough to balance things, but it isn't the first thing you notice. Citrus peel hops with some malt sweetness. The finish is bitter with some alcohol and mildly peppery.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid brew. Good hop profile and decent balance. Not sure I would search it out again, but certainly wouldn't turn one down if it was offered to me.

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

A: It is a golden yellow that is a little hazey due to the yeast. There was not a great head.

S: There is alcohol and hops in foreground of the aroma. There is the smell of yeast in the background.

T: Very floral for an IPA. Withbthe floral notes in there beer there are also hops and citrus with a little pine.

M: Very good. There is a nice viscosity created by the yeast.

O: This beer is definately woth having at least once.

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Photo of dankster
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on bottle.

A- Nice copper look with a little carb. good lacing on glass.

S- heavy pine with some citrus and sweet fruits. maybe grapefruits and some pineapple

T- very dry and easy drinking. Hard to tell it's 8.6% ABV. needs to have a little more bitter bite for a DIPA IMO.

M-smooth and somewhat creamy for the style. Average

O-pretty solid IPA. Not quite DIPA but overpriced for the sixer at $11 better stuff at cheaper prices available. would drink again though

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Photo of Mdog
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky amber, ok head.

Smell: Mild hop aroma, oxidized (wet cardboard).

Taste: Mild caramel then dry crisp citrus hops. Luckily the oxidized smell didn't come through in the taste.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, the dryness makes me want to drink more.

I think this bottle was a little old but not too far gone, so I will give it a review. This has a nice dry citrus hop presence but reminded me more of a IPA than DIPA. Could have been due to age, but without a bottled-on date, who knows.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- golden light amber with an orange hue, cloudy. nice foamy head about an inch. good retention and good lacing.

Ar- citrus fruit especially orange. piney hops too.

T- grapefriut, orange, piney hops at the end. a wee bit of alcohol but not much for an 8.2% beer.

M- light/medium body. normal carbonation. piney oils in your mouth after holding it for a while.

O- this is a good DIPA. I usually get a mix your own six pack and always throw one of these in there and really do enjoy it.

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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Lovely amber color with a chill haze. I is topped with an inch and a half of beige head.

S - The nose seems more caramel malt than hops. I do get some mild citrus.

T - Awfully malt-centric. The hops are almost an afterthought. The alcohol is well hidden though.

M - Moderate and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation

O - This is a DIPA for the malt lovers.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange and murky. Quarter finger head.

S: Lots of grapefruit in the aroma.

T: the taste is complex similar to that of the 90 minute Dogfish head, but not quite as good. The pine notes are just enough and the hops are there, but i would like more.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this one and plan on keeping an eye out for it in bottles so I may stock up.

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Photo of thain709
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a cloudy, burnt orange body that showed suspended sediment throughout...two fingers worth of off white head formed a full cap and retained that full cap throughout the glass...nice lacing was left behind

S - I'm getting piney hops rather than citrus can detect the bitterness up front...caramel malt rolling around

T - Yup, there's the lasts through and through with every sip...there is a strong caramel malt middle that does provide some relief but in the end the bitter piney hops win over and finish with an even stronger bitterness

M - Medium...bitter...pretty one dimensional

O - Although I'm happy I finally got to try something from Mad River, I can't say that I was too impressed...for me Steelhead DIPA was pretty one dimensional...I've had better DIPA's that were worth their value or cheaper

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Photo of Kitt
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Rich eclectic malts entrenched with sweet banana and hints of caramel.

Appearance: An unfiltered deep-peach color with virtually no head, yet some strong lacing.

Taste: A bitter blast of strong hops with a balanced malty backbone. Bitter flavor lingers nicely. Although very pleasing, something is missing from this imperial - it seems uni-demensional; I would have prefered a slightly more eclectic malt & hop flavor more reflective of the superb aroma.

Mouthfeel is slightly weak for an double IPA. Lacks a viscous creamy feel typically characteristic of top imperials.

Drinkibility is good for an ABV of nearly 9.0%.

Overall, a good double IPA but not quite up to par with, say, a Ruination or Double Trouble. The rather weak mouthfeel and a lack of eclectic malt/hop balance are the beers downfalls. Nevertheless, an above average IPA.

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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served on cask at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a mug and appeared tawny in color with a one finger tan head, which left nice lacing as it dissipated. The brew appeared hazy with large pieces of yeasty sediment present at the bottom of the glass. Upon sniffing, citric hops were extremely apparent upfront, with lemon and grapefruit as the main components. Additionally, some earthy/mineraly notes become more apparent as the beer warmed. The taste opened with equally as strong citric hops and some mild toasted malt character. The same earthy qualities present in the nose pop through here in the beginning of the taste, but oddly lead to a crisp and clean tasting middle. As the beer moves to the back of the palate, we find a revival of the citrus components, however this time the flavors speak more of lime and orange citrus, as opposed to the grapefruit and lemon from earlier. Additionally, there is the faintest spice of mustard seed, along with a chalky and dirty wood component. Souring hops finish us off along with a faint booziness. Both the body and the carbonation are medium, and the beer seems a bit watery compared to other beers of the style, but does maintain a certain creaminess that is not overly drying considering the huge hop component. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this beer were the huge citrusy hop components. These lent a nice freshness to the beer making it great to drink on a hotter summer day. Additionally, it was interesting to observe the progression from the grapefruit citrus on the aroma, to the lime and orange citrus that were appreciated at the end of the sip. It was subtleties throughout the hops that make this beer a great find

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