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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 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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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy tannish-amber, with hints of orange, topped by a soapy off-white minimal head.

Has a floral, fruity aroma, with mild citrus, cane sugar, and malt, with hints of yeast. While there is some hoppiness, it is not very evident.

Mildly astringent, this DIPA is not a hop bomb. Somewhat malty and yeasty, there's a leafy, herbal taste followed by moderate bitter hops, with some resin. No real citrus or pine notes; more of a spicy hop taste.

Medium bodied, with a mild buttery feel, with little bitterness to finish.

Overall, this is a rather ho-hum DIPA, and certainly doesn't stand up to the flavorful standards of this style. The bottle states this is brewed pursuant to the "West Coast Alchemy Humboldt Style". Perhaps that is brewer speak for DIPA for those who wouldn't normally like DIPA's.

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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 whatthehull
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted March 27th 2011

A - Red sunset, half finger white head and lots of lacing

S - High octane sweet alcohol, soap, flowers, pine, sap, wheat, yeast. I am also getting a watermelon jolly rancher smell. The malt is so sweet smelling, it's intense

T - Even though it is only 8.6% the alcohol is in your face. Soapy, nice pine, fruit and floral bitterness and a very strange very sweet, toasted and then very sweet again malt. The jolly rancher watermelon is still in the tastes. The sweet and bitter are from two different worlds and don't balance exactly, but tasty

M - Sticky, lots of carbonation and the bitter and than sweet and bitter and than sweet aftertaste is a bit off putting

D - This one is big in a lot of ways. 8.6%, really sweet and yet really bitter. This contradiction IPA is one for the books

Final thought - This is a crazy beer, but heck, I like crazy. Just make sure if you see $12.99 you price match to $9.49

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

I've had it on tap ~5 years ago, now let's try it from a bottle, 3,000 miles and 6 months from its origin. First off, the label is wonderful. Anytime you have a beer named after a fish, with a fish on the label, I'm all for it. This is a *very* attractive lable with double-trout jumpin' -- extra points for appearance right there. The brew is a honey dark-golden and quite hazy with lots of visible floaties and dregs - that's promising to me. The head is wheat-colored and leaves exotic lacing. It's an altogether enticing sight, this tumbler of mine, ready to sip.

But first, the smell test -- it's piney but also (perhaps more so) phenolic. Also a bit of straw to the nose and a hint of musk. The taste is quite bitter and not as sweet as I feared. The indistinct hop flavor is predictable because I bought this a while back and didn't get around to it, so perhaps it's past its prime. There is good citrusy hop-bitterness that grabs at the back of the palate, gets balanced by restrained malt sweetness, and then settles in for a nice bitter finish that has a sort of peppery gun-metal grayness to it. Overall, I'm liking this bottle better than I expected. Fine italic print on the label says "A Sublime and Elegant Balance of Malt and Hops" and "West Coast Alchemy Humboldt Style". Where the hell is Blue Lake, CA, anyway?

Mouthfeel is cloyingly sticky, chewey, a bit of warming (but not much) from the 8.6% ABV. I'm waiting for this brew to warm a bit and *reveal* itself, but it's already winning me as an easy sipper that keeps me coming back for taste after taste. Drinkability is good, but given the ABV, one or two are certainly enough. Overall it's a nice package.

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Photo of vapodge
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - cloudy, muddled amber; good, thick head, lacing is pretty minimal

S - fair bit of malt to go along with some citrusy and piney hops

T - breadier than most -- hops announce themselves in the aftertaste but are subdued at first; very malty -- this is not a bad thing in this beer

M - substantial and thick with moderate carbonation

D - good, but not a palate-bruiser which enhances the chances for multiples, but I wouldn't say this is the brew for hopheads

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a gold with somewhat of a haziness to it. It has a medium white head that lowers to a small head in a few minutes with some good lacing.

S: The smell is of a robust hoppiness. The smell also has crisp and refreshing aspects.

T: It has a very crisp taste with a hoppy and kind of bitter aftertaste. It has the hop profile more of an IPA rather than a double.

M: The bitterness adds a stinging and crisp feel that goes away rather quickly.

D: For a double IPA it is very easy to drink. It seems more like a good IPA instead of a double IPA.

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Photo of Fluke828
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband Cervoise Glass (my goto for IPAs normally.

Pours a cloudy orange/deep amber with a whopping 3+ finger head with great retention, took awhile to dissipate and left superb lacing all around the glass.
Smells first of mild soapy hops and then definitely some malty breadlines. With some faint citrus in the nose as well.
Taste is mostly inline with the smells, with a tart bitterness and loud soaps coming through with a milder citrus bite towards the finish. Piny aftertaste.
Feels light to medium bodied with some sense of the alcohol but nothing overpowering. Nothing that blew me away here but nothing really too critical to say either, drinkable for sure.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tried this one last night on tap at the Rackhouse, while deciding which beer to drink. Poured a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent white head. Nice aromas of fresh grapefruit, citrus and apricot. Medium bodied and drinkable, with flavors of caramel and grapefruit, with a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of iPaleAle
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured two ways; Duvel Tulip and ENG pub pint.

A: A very cloudy IPA color... cloudy copper... cloudy pale ale in-fact...

S: A very sweet smelling aroma with piny notes. You can smell the hops Mad...

M: its always carbonated till the last drink. A strong grapefruit finish afterward. It lingers in your mouth.

T: Every time i take a sip it always feels like grapefruit. its a very sweet n sour pale. Sweet malts with the strong piny hops.

D: Starts with hops all the way through. It had great balance with the hops and malts. You forget your drinking a Double IPA.

I could see my self drinking another sixer of this.

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Photo of Beerme5
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosty glass. Smelled of citrus and floral hops on the nose with slight head that took a few minutes to dissipate. Beer had an excellent balance of bright hops along with different fruit notes. I actually found it to get better as it warmed up--the second half of the tasting I really tasted the malts, honey, and fruit. This surprisingly sweet beer is very drinkable and smooth, and very well balanced.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured into a Deadlift glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Slightly hazy amber orange with a decent amount of creamy, off-white froth. Mild lacing.

S: Mostly bready malts with some mild background of citrus to mildly soapy hops.

T&M: First sip seemed to be a bit coarse with the carbonation, but it smoothed out when it warmed up. Decent citric hop flavors are well-balanced with the malts. Very chewy with a thickness consistent with the higher 8.6% ABV. Alcohol is well masked. Nice tanginess with a tasty hop bitterness on the fade.

Decent DIPA, but nothing spectacular enough for me to go out of the way to buy again.

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

This one pours a cloudy burnt orange with a modest eggshell head. The retention wis pretty good, as with the complimentary lace notches as the beer sinks.

The nose is bursting with earthy sweet citrus and bubblegum. The alcohol is well-hidden considering 8.6%. Grapefruit, oranges, pine, and only a hint of harsher soapiness hit the nostrils thanks to the hops.

The flavor is very malty to combat the abundance of hops, thus the balance is excellent for the style. Er, could be a good or bad thing for the hopheads out there, but the overload of flavor is satisfying to me. Sweetness meanders in and out keeping the bitterness from getting too far ahead. The finish is exceptionally herbal.

The body is nice and full with a real chewy feel. The carbonation starts out modest but leaves a bite towards the end. The finish is chalky and clean, making it extremely drinkable for an imperial. Good beer.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - slightly light copper with minimal head retention

aroma - pinapple, tangerine and lemon zest backed with subtle bread notes

taste - Very nice hop flavors that seem balanced and subdued for style. I like the malt backbone to the beer...I would rate this higher if it were a normal IPA, not DIPA.

Mouthfeel - almost perfect for style, medium body with a dry finish

Drinkablity - I could drink a couple pints of this, alcohol is not noticed.. a bit dangerous

overall- I like this one, but the hop aroma is lacking for me for this style. I wish it wer a bit lower alcohol.

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Photo of SteveGNC
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with decent head but very little lacing. Looks good as it is an unfiltered beer. I don't consider this a typical double IPA. Not overly hoppy in aroma or taste - more malty sweetness than a typical IPA. Some definite alcohol warming as you drink. Overall, I really liked this beer and would buy again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a well clarified amber-orange body, honey-looking in appearance, and capped with a tall, chunky, lightly yellowed head.

Smell: Sweetish, citrusy, and earthy impressions on the first whiff, with scents of caramel atop toasted bread spritzed with alcohol and resins, and pithy, oily citrus fruit peelings.

Taste: Begins with pale and caramel malts, sufficiently sweet, and with tastes of light brown sugar and bready barley. Peppy hop profile, giving off lemon, sweet orange peel, pineapple juice, slight floral tones, and a bit of resinous pine. Solidly bitter, but, thankfully, not to a tongue-scalding, tooth-dissolving level of IBU's. Then, a revisitation of the maltiness, giving more honey and toffee followed by more florals, resins, and grapefruit. The finish is smooth and bittersweet, though it's the bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's some chewiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I dug it. A nice degree of malt complexity (which, I'll admit, isn't everyone's cup of tea in an IPA), and, while there isn't a ton of hop bitterness, there is alot of hop flavor to it.

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Photo of clark123456
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Light amber color with very little head that doesn't stick.

S: Medium hoppiness. Not real fruity. Malt smell is not pronounced.

T: Strong hop taste with a lot of strong hop after taste.

M: Good mouth feel, not to carbonated and not too heavy.

D: The one I had will probably be my only one.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of philbertk
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad River Brewing Company--Steelhead India Pale Ale--Double India Pale Ale--2008 12 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV--85 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Lacy mild head. Hazy rich bright amber pomogranite orange color. Big floral hop malt fruit front. Creamy clean sweet thick caramel fruit ester malty big biscuit grapefruit piney body. Rich balanced hop spice hot citrus pine end. Big Bold malty Imperial IPA. Sampled 4/14/2008. 6-Pack $9.99.

Mad River Brewing Company--Steelhead India Pale Ale--Double India Pale Ale--ABV On Label 2008-B 12 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV--85 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Sediment hint. Lacy off white head. Hazy bright rich orange gold color. Floral mild malt fruit ester hop front. Clean sweet caramel malt mild citrus hop oil resin malty body. Balanced rich hop spice mild EtOH smooth malty end. Sampled 4/29/2009. 6-Pack $10.49.

Mad River Brewing Company--Steelhead India Pale Ale-Double India Pale Ale-A Sublime & Elegant Balance of Malt and Hops-West Coast Alchemy Humboldt Style-ABV Bottom Right Label--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 8.60% ABV. 85 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Thick pour. Thin dense mild lace white head. Slightly hazy bright dark orange color. Malty floral pine hop front. Creamy sweet malty doughy rich caramel fruit hop resin body. Satisfying smooth hop spice rich lingering malt end. Tasty with rich balanced hops. Sampled 12/25/2010. 6-Pack purchased at The Ballard Market, Seattle for $11.99.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange brown. 1/2 inch off-white head sinks quick to form a variety of bubbles.

S - Grapefruit and orange, caramel, toffee, apricots, some muted earthy hops.

T - Caramel malt with a splash of butterscotch. Muted grapefruit, orange, and mango tries to back up the sugary malt but does not succeed. Canned pineapple juice. The tired hops adds a slight bitterness on the finish.

M - Low carbonation, full bodied.

Great caramel malt but the hops seemed to be an afterthought. Not your typical West Coast DIPA. No date on the bottle so I'm not sure if this is old or not. While this isn't a stellar DIPA, it is actually quite drinkable. The alcahol is very hidden as well.
In a sea of DIPA's this is pretty average.

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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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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into imperial pint.

Pours a cloudy amber with a smallish off-white head that falls to a mere ring of foam. A little lacing, but this beer just doesn't have the stickiiness I would expect from a DIPA.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. The aroma is a little lacking here...

The taste brings this beer back around. Its not balanced, nor should it be, as the hops certainly ride high over the sweet malts.

Mouthfeel is full and lush and a tad dry in the finish, and the alcohol, while lower than a lot of DIPAs out there is also well hidden, its warming to the tongue.

Drinkability is good, this really isn't a standout in this category, as you've really go over the top to get noticed. Certainly not a bad beer and one I would have again, but nothing I would really seek out in a hop fueled obsession.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - a great apple cider color, cloudy and refreshing looking, with a pillowy white head on top.

S - citrusy hops, some sweet malts, wheat, grapefruit, some apple sweetness.

T - same as nose with a nice amount of hop bite but also some malt sweetness to balance it out. A bunch of citrus and grapefruit. Starts out with some bitterness and finished with a sweet creaminess.

M - light and flavorful on the palate. Really pleasant.

D - a damn fine DIPA and at a great price, too. I could drink this one all night, or until the 8.6% creeps up on me.

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Photo of chumba526
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears full bodied orange with a small white head.

Smells of caramel, toffee, oranges, grapefruit, lemon and grassy hops.

It tastes initially of caramel and toffee sweetness. There is a bit of a grassy flavor. There are not any of the citrus flavors I smelt initially, which is surprising. There is a healthy dose of hop bitterness. The hoppy bitterness lingers for a while. Nice flavor but nothing to complex. The malts provide a nice balance for the hops but the hops reign supreme in the end.

The carbonation is around medium: about average for the style.

Drinkability is about average. Because of the heavy malt body and substantial bitterness of the beer I think one glass of this enough.

Overall a pretty good beer, slightly better than average. A solid example of a DIPA.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a snifter at Brickskeller

A: great lacing; copper color; beautiful head
S: gorgeous bouquet; very sweet, hoppy
T: outstanding, complex, very hoppy; a bit salty?
M: very rich and creamy in the mouth

Definitely a very solid IPAx2. Get you one.

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Photo of jera1350
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a snifter a hazy golden orange with a creamy tan head. Good amount of lacing.

Big juicy citrusy hop nose. Sweet and orange citrus notes with some pineapple and bubblegum as well.

Much like the nose. Lots of citrus with a solid malt backbone for sweetness and some balance. Getting some warm alcohol as well. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with grapefruit and orange and a metallic hint.

Between medium and full bodied with soft and fluffy carbonation.

Quite a nice DIPA. This one appears to fly under the radar, but is a nice beer. The alcohol presence takes the drinkability down a notch, but the overall beer is nonetheless enjoyable all around.

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Slammin' Salmon Double India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 839 ratings
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