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

12oz to pint, amber brown, foamy white head, nice coloring, head fades to good lacing.

smells of sweet honey, malts, light hop smell, crisp

tastes of hops on the front, sweet honey, malts follow, caramel/biscuit, nice choice of yeast as well, bitter lingering hop resins, grapefruit/citrus peel, very nice!, alcohol is present but not overpowering

mouthfeel is hop resins cling, bitter, thick weight, nicely drinkable
a great double, i would buy again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 12oz bottle at Beverage Warehouse in LA. The beer was copper color with a thick wet forth. The aroma was exceptional, resiny hops + a delicious smelling malt base, most similar to Hop-15 in my opinion. The taste had all the citrusy hop flavors you'd expect but displays a serious malt side, strong but falling far short of going barley-wine. The body was thick, making this a heavily hopped sipper.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect copper-caramel color for an IPA/DIPA. Thin dulce de leche-colored head. Moderate carbonation.

Grassy bitter hop profile. Very light on the nose with a slight alcohol tinge.

Moderate malt and alcohol presence. Grassiness of hops comes through a great deal on the palate. Light-bodied texture; hop dominance asserts itself.

Very bitter hop grassiness hits back of palate rather than inducing citrusy pucker up front. Mild alcohol/acidity burn.

Decently drinkable - this is a hophead treasure for 1 or 2.

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Photo of redneckchugger
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. about an inch of head, a bit of lacing. smells of piney hops and not much else.
taste is all hops and alcohol, very little malt, i don't expect a dipa to be balanced but this is like a boozey ipa not a double.
mouthfeel is thin with a burn.
This is a decent beer, a bit on the light side for a dipa, and the booze is a bit much giving the lightness of the beer. its a good beer, but not great.

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

A very strong IPA with a kick and sweeter than most of this style that I have tried. I have been drinking the 60 and 90 minute Dogfish Head and have been sampling similar beers, such as the Uber Pils from that Maryland brewery (Storm Warning? Heavy Seas? It was good anyway) . Anyway, this is good and potent but didn't stand out to me, probably because of a below average drinkability but the taste was good. Poured into a pint, with nothing to add to what others have said re appearance and smell. As other have noted not as drinkable as other potent DIPAs, but the other 2 bottles will be consumed...slowly. A salud'...

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

This is a very good DIPA, but I subtracted points for the rather throaty alcohol burn in the aftertaste. For an 8.6% ABV beer, this hides none of its alcohol. That being said, it pours a nice deep coppery amber color with a slightly cloudy texture due to almost suspended animation residuals in the glass. There is a nice creamy off white head, lacing, and lingering.

The aroma is sweet malts, pine notes, oily and estery hops, maybe a touch of grapefruity florals. Mostly the pine notes win out.

The taste is full bodied, strong, hoppy, a bit syrupy, sweetish malt, astringent hops, alcohol soaked fruitiness, oily and estery hops, some biscuity grain hidden deep underneath.

This is a strong DIPA, and just too much alcohol up front to enjoy fully. The beer hits so many of the right notes, but the ABV issue diminishes the beer from what it ought to be.

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Photo of argock
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date but no need to bother with a DIPA.

A: Murky, hazy-appearing dried apricot hue with 1-finger foamy head that recedes to a thin cap -- a sure sign of high alcohol content.

S: The aroma is good with mostly tobacco and leafy hops smells, a bot of citrus and piney hops as well, with a solid backbone of malt. The 8.6% ABV is prominent in the nose as well.

T: Unfortunately, for me the alcohol flavors covered over what is likely otherwise to be a great tasting beer. The solid malt and leafy and pine hops flavors are there, but the hefty alcohol flavors are far too prominent to my taste.

M: Mouthfeel is astringent and very thick and oily. Aftertaste is pleasant but also dominated by alcohol.

D: A DIPA that isn't bad but needs to tone down the alcohol aromas and flavors to let the beer's more unique qualities of complex hoppiness and solid malt component take center stage.

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