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

S = A strong citrus and pine note with a hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T = Wow! Huge explosion of citrus upfront, piney flavors all around, and a strong semi-sweet malt backbone holding this one together nicely! The finish was semi-sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness and no alcohol to be found.

MF = Body was medium and carbonation was moderate. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall, this was very well balanced and easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one and will be buying this regularly. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes Sep 21, 2008
A hazy Golden amber color with lots of creamy white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt citrus/pine hops and bread. The flavor is awesome,nice thick mouthfeel,and the perfect balance of hops and malt with a heavy yeasty bready caramel backbone.The higher alcohol content is well hidden.I pick up one or two of these at the beer store now and then. VERY very good,like candy,reasonably priced too.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The big hammer head comings roaring out with a hazy amber, big ol' cap of ivory floating nicely in my Corsendonk tulip.

Sweet aroma of malty citrus hops - moves smoothly into a deep quaff of citrus, orange, and pine. A pure west coast DIPA that drinks easily, the smack of 8.6% will be noticed later, I imagine. This is one that you find yourself grapping often, to reinforce the taste as often as possible.

This is a new brewery in the area, and so far I've been enjoying their offerings.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded orange amber with a thin tan head that holds steady most of the way. Bits of lacing stick.

The smell is piney and floral, slightly perfumy. It has citric notes, as well, with a strong caramel backing and some sharp booze.

The taste is piney with floral and citric notes. The hops are sharp. A sturdy caramel backing, along with the alcohol lend a sweetness to the bitterness, making the finish bittersweet.

The feel is not quite to full-bodied, and not quite chewy. There is a bit of swish to it, but it lands solidly in medium-bodied, and there is some coating effect.

There is a raw harshness to it, though considering that and the abv, it does have a certain drinkability. Considering it's a double IPA with a hop kick, a 6-pack at just under $12 makes it a very good value, I would say.

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

Finally tried this one. Cloudy amber with a foamy white head. Light citrus and heavy grapefruit in the aroma. Flavor is the same with little bit of pine/resin. Some sweet malt, similar in flavor to what you would find in Lagunitas' beers. Would have liked more of the hop bite. Still, this is a really good beer.

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

Cloudy amber hue with a small off white head. A mild aroma fresh hops, black pepper, and honey. Tastes of fresh hops, chewy dough, spices, and alcohol. Pleasant mouthfeel that allows for a savoring of flavor and great drinkability. There's some personality here but not enough to stand out amongst the best. Overall, a good drink that crosses paths with high alcohol beers and session beers.

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Photo of dojobrewco
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

gotta admit after I poured this one I was thinking a got a bad bottle. No head whatsoever and not much of a floral scent. lot of sediment floating around in it to. Guess I should have looked at the bottom of the bottle before I poured. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste however. Nice thick mouthfeel that I personally like in my double IPA's. Not too much of an ABV impowerment. Overall a pretty good beer. Not sure I want to buy this one in bulk though.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to ThreeWiseMen for providing this as an extra in a trade.

The beer poured with a decent off white head that showed nice retention. The color was a cloudy honey color with some real gold tints. No visible carbonation and some nice lacing. A decent looking DPA.

The aroma was spicy, piney and sweet. Could detect a bit of the alcohol.

Flavor was really boozy. I had this in my "warmer" beer fridge so this was served between 46-50 degrees. This surprises me that I could detect that much alcohol. A bit sweet and certainly a pine resin flavor. Slightly spicy as well. More of a white pepper feeling.

The mouth feel was thick and a touch sticky. Again, the booze affected the drinkability. Real warming affect here.

I'm glad that I got a chance to try it, but have to be honest, not my favorite DPA.

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

Another good DIPA is always welcome. This beer pours a thick amber with a lot of suspended bits and a fine sticky head. There really are quite a few suspended flecks. I don't know if this would bother anyone, but it's not a big pro or con to me. The smell is sweet and hoppy. The hops are mostly citric with some pine. The flavor is sweet and bitter with hops. It's up my alley, but I know that's not a universal opinion. The feel is lush and creamy. As compared to this brewery's Extra Pale Ale, the DIPA does a lot with its extra 3% abv. It's full-bodied and hoppy. I find the beer easy to drink but I love these DIPAs that are almost like carbonated hop syrups. There's some balancing malt, but it's not the main attraction. This is an enjoyable beer that would have a higher score if it was compared against a weaker style.

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

Thick malt base, slight spice, tad bit sweet, chewy and doughy. Hops to balance but never in excess, a shame. Smooth and warming, like a warm custard dessert. Biscuits and molasses, an awesome combo, yet lacking the hop aroma and aftertaste. Comes up just short, but nontheless a very enjoyable DIPA.

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Photo of nc41
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light coppery color, decent head, not really the floral nose I expect from a DIPA. A little cirrus, but over all fairly light brew for a DIPA. It definitely tastes good, but more in line with a mid level IPA. There really isn't anything special going on here, it's a solid brew that's easy to drink, but gets into the mix of perhaps a dozen other IPA's. High alcohol doesn't hurt the drinkability factor, but you would have to be careful pounding them down.

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Photo of iceball585
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange/brown color, semi-cloudy, thin ring around the glass, some sediment floating throughout

S- Light malts, citrus, flowery hops, hint of alcohol

T- Fruity, grassy hops, citrus, earthy, salty, slight malty sweetness

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, chewy, smooth, creamy

D- Worth trying

Not really my favorite Double IPA but still worth trying. I'd really like to try this one on tap sometime.

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Photo of crayphish
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never heard of this brewery or this beer before it showed up in my local shop. The steelhead logo talked me into grabbing it, and I'm glad I did. This DIPA pours a brilliant golden orange with a dense bubbly head. Lots of lacing going on, sticky! Smell is an intense spicy floral hop blast. At this point I can wait to sip. Taste is an assortment of hop aspects. Piney grapefruits, with just a hint of some sweet malt making an attempt to balance this thing. FAIL! Mouthfeel is blasted dry from the hop load. Very drinkable despite the intensity of the hops. I hope to see it frequent the shelve where I shop.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear and the color of slightly watered down tea. White head on top of about one finger in size. Very nice retention and a great deal of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma was a bit lacking. A touch of citrus hop and a bit of caramel malt. Not too much else. I was slightly disregarded in this aspect of the beer.

Pretty good flavors. Fruity and slightly sweet. A very small touch of hop bitterness. Pretty big on the malt as well, making the hops seem less apparent. Sweet in the finish.

A little too light in the body. Slightly alcoholic taste as well with some heat. Not too bad. Closer to an IPA but good nonetheless.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Mill Town in Carrboro, NC.

A - Golden with good clarity and a thick creamy off white head.

S - Rich floral and fruity hops.

T - A rich, complex flavor with significant contributions of sweet malt, fruity hops and alcohol. Very nice balance.

M - Thick consistency with moderate carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy to drink for a stronger beer.

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

A: Poured a dirty, rustic-orange with a bubbly and frothy 2 finger sandy-beige colored head that left a nice sticky web lacing around the glass. Retention was good lasting for several minutes after the pour.

S: yielded a nice showing of fresh and flowery hopping of pine and grapefruit.

T: The flavor had an nice dry sweetened caramel flavor with a dry grapefruit hopping. Tart citrus and dry toasted grains are also noted. A light alcohol warming, dry caramel and dry grapefruit all combine for a solid example flavorwise per style. Displayed a nice strong hopping.

M: dry, bitter and a little rough texture wise. Some soggy malt when it sits to long on the tongue. A big lingering dry citrus lacing graces the tongue saving grace.

D: will satisfy the hoppiest of hopheads, though limits this to a few per serving.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a glowing grapefruit amber color with very fine suspended particulate smootly integrated creating a subtle haze. A pillowy head with nice even bubblage sits atop the brew, slowly fading into a heavy ring that leaves some decent oily lacing to the bottom of the glass.

smell isn't as powerful as expected, given the double IPA-status. Citrus and floral hops dominate with a strong caramel and bready malt character coming through strongly. An excellent yet rather standard aroma for a strong IPA, slightly more balanced and earthy than many west coast DIPAs.

taste is beautiful. Definitely hoppy but far from a hop bomb. Citrus and floral hops open, yielding to a strong but light malt character with notes of white bread, toffee and baklava. The hops return, reincarnated in the pine fashion, for the finish, leaving a pleasant pine hop taste with some ample bitterness to remind you it's a DIPA. Nothing extradorinary going on here, but a very solid blend that has a bit of earthiness and greenness to it.

Fairly thick and smooth, as the hazy particulate hinted at. Medium-light carbonation works perfectly and keeps everything smooth and together. Again, not mind-blowing, but a solid and clean mouthfeel.

Overall, this is definitely a solid DIPA. There's some lightness it all. I want to say it's heavy on the malt, but i think it's more just perfectly balanced on the lighter side of the palette. There's nothing overpowering or amazing, and nothing necessarily stands out, but sometimes that's a good thing. It hides the high abv incredibly well, and at times, I forget it's a double. A solid west-coast DIPA that I'd be willing to drink any day.

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Photo of malty
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Undecanted it pours a glowing amber orange with lil' chunks suspended throughout. The 1" fluffy, creamy light beige head sits silently atop sparse and subdued carbonation. Glorious sheets of lace all the way down my Val-Dieu stemmed goblet.

The nose is fruity and hoppy for sure. The hops have a damp, leafy smell while the sweet maltiness mixed with these earthy hops creates a scent that reminds me of fruit cocktail syrup. A faint alcohol scent is present also.

The flavor right up front reminds me of hop tea. Bitter and astringent hops blended with a basic afternoon tea taste. The hops are very chalky and leafy (as in the nose) without much citrus flavor to them. The sweet malt base is very well balanced with the hops and is not overly sweet whatsoever. The bitter and floral hops take center stage while the malt bill keeps a basic 4:4 rhythm.

Mouthfeel is superb. Although there wasn't much visible carbonation upon finishing the pour, the ultra fine carbonation is very much prevalent and responsible for a luxuriously airy and fluffy body that hovers just north of medium-full. Bitter and chalky hoppy finish.

Drinkability is great mostly because the body is so darn stellar. If you love DIPAs and a fantastic mouthfeel to boot, you'll drink this down very easily.

Overall a beer that got better as I drank it. The flavors are solid but not superb. Pretty basic DIPA with no fireworks but does the job well. The mouthfeel on this rocked my world though, rivaling the best of the bottle conditioned Belgians - yeah, I said it! If Mad River were ever to make a mattress, I'd give them my credit card # right over the phone and not even ask how much it costs!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy golden color with no head, but plenty of good lacing on the glass. Smell is juicy, citrusy, bitter hops. Taste is even more of the juicy hops. They show up more in the taste than they did in the nose. Mouthfeel is bitter and a bit cloying. A decent brew. The ABV will catch up with you if you're not careful.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber, some brown cloudy hues, creamy head, lacing all over the glass.

S- Very malty. Lacked the hop bite I was looking for in a double IPA, but intriguing as hell. Caramel, Bread, Hop, and fresh leaves.

T- Not bad at all! I would have liked some balance with the hops and the malts, I feel like I got a lot more malt than I should have. Medicinal, floral, and citrus hops, bitter on the backend. Very fresh tasting.

M- Rich, chewy, creamy, exactly how I like my DIPA's.

D- Very drinkable for such a high ABV. I enjoyed my first Mad River brew and look forward to trying the rest.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, hazy, caramel-colored hue... Minimal head, minor lacing... No carbonation...
Smell: Piney and minty hops dominate the nose... Hints of vanilla are also noticeable...
Taste: Very minty flavor... Pines, citrus, lemons exist with a firm hop backbone... Tasty IPA with little alcoholic influence on the tongue...
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied... Easily drinkable for an 8.6% ABV...
Overall, not the most flavorful DIPA, but goes down well and is quite refreshing for a beer of such strength...
Not bad...

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Photo of WesWes
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold/amber color with a very thin white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It's got quite a bitter hop bite, which is well balanced with malt character. I'm not a huge fan of the malt bill. It's way too sweet and murky. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but there are plenty of DIPA's available that I'd choose over this one.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy orange with a wispy ivory head that leaves a fine lacing. Big citrus in the nose, grapefruit and orange rind.

A big malt base here, sweet and rich but there's nice balance with the considerable herbal bitterness. Some citrus in there as well. Big bodied beer with a sticky finish and aftertaste.

Not a bad double IPA but not among the greats either.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mad River- Double IPA

A- Hazy tawny orange copper with a huge chunky head. Big messy foamy lacing all over the glass.
S- Sweet pine hops hit you up front with a big creamy malt body.
T- Huge fresh green hops, pine and grapefruit rind come up first. Thick sweet caramel malt dominates the body, and more sweet pungent hops with a touch of boozy alc. in the end.
M- This is just malty as hell with a nice hop balance.

Overall- Very tasty and too drinkable for being over 8%abv. 1 of the best I've had this Fall and probably within my top 20 of my new beers of 08'. Highly recommended, and glad it's available in my area.

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

4 cloudy tangerine with golden edges. abundant pulpy chunks are suspended throughout, some eventually settling. very short head leaves a ring and ample but temporary lace. i don't mind the chunks in this one. hopefully they're intended.

4 bright grapefruit and generic citrus rind in the smell. very straightforward

4 the taste is straightforward like the smell. almost all rind, very little pine. simcoe hops? juicy and fairly sweet, a little sticky and resinous. the alcohol is well concealed.

3.5 medium to full bodied, a little closer to medium. modest carbonation. a few of the chunks are hefty enough to chew or spit. very much like pulp.

4 one of the dipas i reach for when i want a simple, juicy hop fix. wouldn't mind even more juiciness.
at something like 8.99 for six, a good value too.

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