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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Ratings: 843 |  Reviews: 411
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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Photo of dqderrick
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams New Glass

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a 1/4 inch head. Did I make a mistake and pour in the sediment? Wow, beer is lightly cloudy with chunks of sediment with some looking like ice chips. Color is nice golden amber. I wasn't sure if I should doc for sediment as it may have been my fault. However, there wasn't any marking on the bottle to warn me... so I marked down. (After drinking 3/4 way through, I can honestly say the sediment wasn't even detectable on the palate or as a solid. I upgraded appearance from a 3.0 to a 3.5)

Smell - 3.5
Smells of sweet hops and a little malt. Light smell overall. Maybe a little cinnamon? Some citrus.

Taste - 4.5
On the sweeter side of DIPA's. It reminds me a lot of the Speakeasy Double Daddy IIPA. I really have to work on identifying DIPA flavors. Taste is not overwhelming but is very smooth. Has a sweet hoppy flavor up front and on the back. What a great flavor.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Creamy, smooth and a tad thick. I can feel the carbonation but that just adds to the party in my mouth. All good.

Drinkability - 4.5
Bartender, I'll have another. This DIPA is extremely drinkable. It is not overly sweet or bitter. It walks the line.

Comments - I've been very impressed with Mad River Brewing. I recently bought a keg of their Extra Pale Ale for a fantasy football draft party I through every year. Try must try this beer, but keep in mind it is not a super-hopped west coast style DIPA.

12oz bottle purchased at Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA on Friday, September 19, 2008. Consumed on Tuesday, September 23, 2008.

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

This is my first offering from Mad River

A: pours, from a 12oz stubby with no freshness date, a cloudy reddish orange brew with a small off white head that leaves minimal lacing

S: sweet caramel malts and mild pine with some citrus/tropical fruits, not in any way an intense aroma could just be an old bottle but I have no way of knowing

T: sweet caramel malt, pine, tropical fruits, juicy grapefruit. good balance between the malty sweetness and the juicy hop bite

M: medium bodied, this was kind of thin yet syrupy, creamy but could have used a little more carbonation

D: decent bitterness but not as bitter as I like in a DIPA, alcohol is well camouflaged, I could drink a bunch of these but I wouldn't want to shell out the 13 bucks when there's much better DIPAs from CA to be had for less money

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Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at The Swamp Tavern, served in a pint glass.

Pours a redish/gold color and is cloudy. A smallish off-white head caps the brew, leaving little lace.

Smell s a sweet pine scent with some citrus notes.

Taste is a decidedly malty backbone with a fruity flavor along side and a mildly bitter finish. Not over the to on hops, as some DIPAs can be.

Mouth feel is smooth and full bodied.

Drinkable and Mild flavor for a DIPA. ABV is a little high at 8.6 pct, too high to be sessionable, but this one is not bad..

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

Two-fingered head with superb lacing on the glass. Slow to recede and thick. The color is orange-amber and very cloudy.

Fresh floral hop aroma. While dominant, I like that it isn't overpowering; there's still some malt in the background.

Brief dry malt on the initial sip and then it succumbs to the hop wallop. Again, it isn't too much for the style. It is peppery (almost spicy) with a small amount of pine in the flavor. I'd describe this as an 80-20 hop-malt DIPA. I think that is a very good ratio. The body is above average in richness and the carbonation is really spot on.

I love this style and can be critical of those that go too extreme. This beer is what I expect from the Double IPA's.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from total wine

A - Burgundy pour, moderate orangish head, dissipates slow.

S - Light alcohol, very perfumy flowers, and slight smoke.

T - Lght alcohol, flowers, slight smoke, and malts.

M - Citrusy and yet astringent from alcohol.

D - This is more like a barley wine than anything. Has a very heavy scotch and alcohol flavor. It is a little too astringent for a DIPA.

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Photo of Chinon01
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Tea color with a thin head. Noticeable lacing.

Smell - Malt, namely fig, mango and some hop aroma.

Taste - Similar to smell with molassas, raisin along with a nice hop crunch in the finish. Finish is long but leaves no after-taste.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Again, both are very good due to long finish and virtually no after-taste.

Note: I found the malt seemed to go just a bit to far, but that's just me.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Semi-vicious pour resulted in big, frothy, eggshell-colored head. Liquid is murky-orange amber with tons of yeast suspended throughout. This beer produces a ton of clumpy lace. Really impressive!

Smell: Pine, caramel, grassy hops and a touch of citrus (lime). A pretty substantial roasted malt aroma as well.

Taste: Nutty, roasted malts transgress into a lime-citrus flavor. Grassy hops dominate the aftertaste. A little alcohol in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Average to above-average carbonation and medium-heavy body. Pretty sticky feel to it with some great mouth-coating and long-lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: I've yet to be really impressed by a Steelhead ale. This one is decent, but I don't plan on buying it again. It lacks character. A good imperial IPA, but forgettable.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 9-9-08

Pours a super cloudy golden orange. A thin but foamy head sits on top, leaving chunks of white lacing.

Smell is lots of grassy hops, maybe some citrus, and a good bit of tangy malt and alcohol.

Taste is very hoppy, but without the malt I expected. Tons of bitter, grassy hops, and light on the booze. Just a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is good, very thick to complement the hops, but thinner on the finish.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol and bitterness are well controlled.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Not the best, but well worth a try.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely nicely into my pint glass, with beautiful tan head that bubbles down to a thin cap and solid frosted lace. Color is dark golden with copious sediment visible. Nose is well balanced with hops, citrus, and other mixed fruits. Features a gentle balance of malt with a tiny touch of alcohol.

The taste is very quenching and balanced up front before slowly morphing into a bitter hop aftertaste. Initially, the doughy, bready tones give way to pine and spice and a satisfying finish. The hops aren't overwhelming but are tasty and well balanced. This is a tight DIPA, and worth trying.

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

A- A hazy golden color with a very creamy looking 0.5" white head.

S- Some pine, caramel, cinnamon, citrus, and a bit of alcohol. Definitely borders IPA/DIPA territory.

T- For a DIPA, this is pretty subdued. Everything there is good, but nothing is blowing me away. Should I go as far to say... English DIPA...?

M- A little oily and a tad on the dry side after swallowing. The carbonation level is good though. Just about how it should be.

D- I don't know if I would get this again for the price and compared to what else is available to me in the region. Worth a try though. I can't decide if it is a toned down west coast DIPA or a tuned up English IPA.

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Photo of changeup45
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed a bit toned down for an Imperial but a good beer nonetheless. Pours a murky copper color with a moderate sized head and some spotty lacing. Grapefruit hoppy aroma with some peach or nectar in there. Not necessarily a strong aroma for the style. The flavor starts off somewhat sweet and citrusy leading to a long gradual bitter grapefruit hoppy taste. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Smooth and doesn't really bite hard for a DIPA but it's a good beer. 8.5% abv is masked. Solid price point and I'd have no problem getting this again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz btl with no freshness date into 16oz tumbler.

Pours a murky orange/copper color with loads of sediment floating around. Smell up front is mostly honey, a little caramel maltiness ,mild citrus aromas and a touch of alcohol on the end.
I was hoping for a little more hop aromas, But they were just not there.

Taste is pretty damm good! Sweet malty entry gives way to a nice grapefruity hop rush, then the malt strikes back with another toasty bready sweeetness finishing off with another delicate hop rush. Mouthfeel is also exceptional due to the great balance.

Drinkibility was very good. At 8.6% abv I found this to be quite drinkable and also very tasty beer. Epic battle of Malt VS Hops. If this was a boxing match it would be a 12 round no decision. Overall a very good well balanced beer from Mad River.

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Photo of UA8
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy tan in color with a nice off-white head

S- A bit on the light side with malt and hops characters sneaking out along with a bit of citrus and grassy tones

T- Starts in with malts up front a bit of a cocoa or toffee tone in there moves to citrus and piney hops finishes with a mineral chacater and a bit of warmth

M- a bit heavily carbonated throws off the flavor of the beer really coming through with all the bubbles on your tongue

D- A decent offering could be quite a bit more thought out however since the sheer amount of carbonation hides the flavors and the nose and flavors are a bit unrefined.

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Photo of Todd
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly turbid (it's unfiltered) tawny brew with a decent amount of creamy froth on top that's got some legs.

Fresh malts in the nose, bready, along with a hefty dose of hops that ranges from resiny to mildly soapy to fruity grapefruit.

Smooth on the palate, creamy, and a bit chewy and juicy. Citric hop flavors smack the palate around with a slight sting, resiny stick, saltiness, and grapefruit. Fruity flavors mellow things down with soft apple edges. Estery with an aggressive alcohol that's spicy and warming. Touch of toffee maltly sweetness blends in and rides to the finish, which is dry and a bit burnt-like with a lingering resiny/ash character.

Not a bad example of the style, but it's a bit green and rough around the edges. The alcohol presence could use some subduing too.

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Photo of scooter231
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange color with an offwhite poofy head, and lacing that sticks around for qutie a while. Hazy, very very hazy. Looks like a DIPA, a dangerous, dangerous, DIPA.

Smells hoppy, piney, earthy, bitter. There's also some orange zest I'm picking up but it's pretty faint. Oily. Hoppy hoppy fruity hoppy.

Tastes bitter, piney, hoppy. There's a syrupyness going on that's part taste, part mouthfeel, that I don't quite dig. It's thick and slick and a bit off putting. Alcohol is strong and in your face.

This is definitely a hop fix for hop lovers such as myself, but it's not as balanced as I'd like it to be. The flavor isn't as delicious as I want it to be, the mouthfeel's kinda off. It's not bad at all, just not what my hops fix wanted.

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

Picked up at Brawley's in Charlotte, NC - great place.

Poured into SA Imp. Pils glass. Pours an amber-brown, nice amount of hazing and carbonation, a little sediment, thin head, with long lasting lacing.

Nose is a piney, citrus wave accompanied by notes of cinnamon bread, brown sugar malt, & dark fruit - especially prunes.

Smooth and oily on the palate, flavors that come to mind are molasses, dough, toasty malts, low-end piney hops, and grass. Leaves the mouth very dry and tart with a nice boozy warmth down the throat. The bitter hops are sneaky and slam the palate at the tail end of the experience.

A nice beer though it is a beer that smells a lot better then it tastes and don't get me wrong; it tastes very good. The bottle may be a tad old, who knows. I recommend to all hop heads and would love to have another sixer of these in the fall/winter.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy amber with a couple centimeters of light tan that falls to a thin veil within a minute. Some thin rings form as it goes down.

Sweet citrusy nose with some honey and grapefruit notes. Just a hint of heat.

Honey flavors upfront that are quickly overtaken by pine and citrus. This is a hop bomb that isn't overdone, there is enough malty sweetness to keep the hop bite from getting ridiculous. Long dry hop fueled finish that retains some of the bitter oils.

Full enough for the style, but definitely for those who want to get a good blast of hops. I would buy this again the next time I need a serious hop fix.

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