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 lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color. A lot of floaties-obviously a bottle conditioned beer. Huge level of lacing on down the glass. Nice, full hopped aroma. Soft malty flavor with a moderate blast of hop bitterness. Mellow,somewhat astringent bitterness in the finish. Good mouthfeel. Very-and at 8.5%-dangerously drinkable. Damn enjoyable.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very unattractive pour. Pale, hazy, cloudy peach color. The beer tries to form a head, but instead forms a lace that looks like one of those bald men that try to comb what hair they have over the bald spot to cover it up. It's an unimpressive appearance.
As I get to the aroma the beer starts to impress me. Very sweet in a cloying way. It's like the beer is trying to seduce you with out you realizing your being seduced. Nice fruity aroma. It's not the usual citrus and pine smell in other beers of the style. It's more of a mango and orange smell. After being let down with the appearance, my hopes are now high after the aroma.
Flavor: It's weird...This beer has a lot of malt flavors. Caramel and sugar sweetness. And, it has a lot of hop flavors. Grapefruit and orange. But I wouldn't call it balanced. It's almost like at the beginning the beer is too sweet and it's too bitter at the finish. It's not bad, but it could be much better.
Mouthfeel is good. The hops really shine here. Sticky and very oily. The bitterness and/or the alcohol add a nice little tingle and warming to the mouth.
Drinkability. In some aspects this beer has a lot going for it. In other aspects it underachieves. Overall it's not a bad beer, but you could do better.

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Photo of maek228
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky, bright, burnt orange with a small but frothy head. The head clings to the glass nicely all the way down the glass. Overall, a traet for the eyes

Smell: Fresh and hoppy....but nothing to prevelant.

Taste: Fresh, crisp, with a long oily hop finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp

Drinkability: These would be easy to put back

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

Thanks Westsidethreat

Pours a cloudy amberish color, nice carbonation, nice small head, some nice islands and sticky going on. Scents of hops, slight malts, citrus, spices, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly sweet, nice touch of citrus, the finish has a nice bitter bite and slightly dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very nice DIPA from this brewery, would recommend.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass…

Pours a nice pale orange with a good white head. Looks to have been bottle conditioned, an obvious haze to it.

Smells good. Loads of continental hops; citrus and a little pine. Very appealing.

Taste was pleasant. A good malt balance to back up the hops but not to malty like some east coast DIPA's. A solid hop presence but not nearly as much as some DIPA's I've had. You could have told me this was just a slightly hoppier regular IPA and I wouldn't bat an eye. Doesn't have much of an alcohol burn either.

Overall, not a relatively enjoyable beer. Not blown away but not appalled either. It's just nice to be able to get a DIPA in CA that doesn't come in a bomber. Makes me much more prone to open one.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a murky amber with no head.

Citrus and herbal notes in the hop aroma. A good caramel malt came through with some alcohol.

The flavor of the beer had a good assertive bitterness with a nice caramel maltiness to back it up. It wasn't over the top on either end.

The mouthfeel was on the lighter side considering it's amber color, but that aided in its drinkability so that's a plus. The carbonation seemed dialed in just right.

This was a solid beer and a very drinkable amber double IPA. It's about time Mad River made a new beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw this for the first time @ beverage warehouse and was inclined to pick up a couple six packs based on my great experiance with mad river brewing. Poured into a pounder glass it takes an aggressive pour to form a thin head. Orange body and no lace. Not impressive to look at but who really cares? not me.

Lots of piney and resinous hops but overall its a tame double IPA. Sweet and tame is the theme. A rather mundane grapefruit presence without the zip or citrus angle. Vegetables start to appear but only for a second and they are squashed by the sweet hop/malt backbone.

Notes: I love this brewery but this was a dissapointment. Sweet malts detract from a rather boring hop profile, considering the style. Hops come across more in the mouthfeel than the taste. Apple pie seems to be the finishing note with a touch of cinnamon. OK, not great, decent price.

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

I suppose this is the right spot to review this beer. The bottle calls it Steelhead Double IPA... anyway.

A vigorous pour yields a hazy orange ale with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly. However, only a few sips reveals nice, sticky lacing. Nose is malty sweet (candy-like) and a dead ringer for apricots. A bit of swirling brings out the hoppy character of the brew: spicy and floral, perhaps centennial. Taste is also malty/sweet with the aforementioned apricot up front after which a medium dose of hops introduce themselves. Hops are orange accented with a bit of minty like pineyness. The finish is off-dry with a lingering, slightly aspirin-like bitterness. Nothing overpowers here... Mouthfeel is more creamy than syrupy and medium-full with noticeable carbonation. This is not a huge DIPA but it is still unique and tasty and i could drink a few of these in a session. Alcohol is well-masked.

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

A: Rusty red and unfiltered. Head appears to have a decent creamy consistency, just a bit of white into the beige territory.

S: Pink grapefruit, lemon drops, red fruits and just a touch of pine.

T: Begins with solid caramel malts with some earthy hop tastes. Spritzy lemon juice tantalizes the lips while lemon rind creates the first wave of bitterness. Some butterscotch and red fruit notes add a nice base for the citrus to work on. Finishes very much so grapefruit with a sugary hop personality.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and fitting for the style.

D: This beer is going really well with the chees, crackers and prosciutto.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pint was mostly clear with an orange/amber colour. The cream coloured head had a yellowish cast and was composed of fine bubbles that showed good retention and solid lacing, even forming rings marking each sip. Fresh hop aroma with lots of citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) along with faint pine. Mellow, but nice. Mild bitterness (for a DIPA) with caramel malt sweetness throughout. Citrusy, piney hops filled out the middle and it finished with plenty of grapefruit, light alcohol warmth, and linger hop bitterness. Medium bodied with refined carbonation, nearly silky texture. This is a nicely balanced, pleasant beer. I found the bitterness a little too mild though, although it did come forward in the finish once the malt fell away.

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Photo of stephendr
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass bottle - Dull brown murky appearance– nice white head– nose of fresh hops, cannabis , sweet fruits , and alcohol – heavy to medium body – initial taste is sweet then turns bitter , hops , malt and coffee - aftertaste malty chocolate , and bitter

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Blitheringidiot for this bottle.
Pours a tangerine orange with a nice full white head that melts to full sticky lacing.
Aromas of tangerines and bubblegum sweetness.
Taste is sweet malt overcome immediately with orange peel hops. There is no struggle balances nicely.
Aftertaste is orange peel drying hops.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and smooth for a DIPA.
Most DIPAs I have tried overcome you with the sweetness of the malts initially attempting to reach a balance with the overload of hops. This one doesn't. It really balances. Maybe it's not really a DIPA, but as a strong IPA...and intense IPA, it is very very drinkable.

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

Dual fish jumping out of the river label that indicates 8.6% ABV. $6.95 a six pack.

Pours with a golden sunset rusty orange hazy hue topped with a settled patchy vanilla head cap covering a few scant bubbles rising.

Bright peach nose of citrus fruity sweetness. Bubblegum nose underlies a floral character.

First swigs: Sweet balance of orange and malt solid start. Sugared tea of orange pekoe, bubble gum and orange juice pulp. Middle of Pez candy sugar and peach nectar. Fruity sugary sweet.

Feel is tightly carbonated with a chewy surup thickness. ABV Is hidden under a fell bodied 2IPA.

Last swigs: Subtle bubble gum orange balanced 8.6% 2IPA. Becomes a tad cloying towards the end.

Beer is good. Happy balanced beering.

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Photo of LongBeachHopHead
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mad River Steelhead Double IPA 8.6% A.B.V.
Purchased at BevMo in Cypress, Ca.

Appearance: An amber hue, slightly murky with very little head that disipates within minutes. Great color and definitely inviting.

Smell: On first swirl I get a very bitter and hoppy upfront nose with a hint of slightly sweet breadlike malt. There is a large presence of floral hops and alcohol.

Taste: A good usage of hops with a subtle sweet malty background. Aftertaste is a dry bitter one with a slight burning sensation due to the higher alcohol. An above average Double IPA with a good amount of flavor. Not as grassy and piney as I like them.

Mouthfeel: I don't particularly like the burn that is left behind from the unbalanced alcohol appearance. The viscosity is high and immediately coats the tongue with the large amount of bittering units.

Drinkability: I could drink a couple of these but that's it. I enjoy the complexity of the beer and would say that it improves the image that I had of Mad River.

A great offering by Mad River. I will pick up a sixer when I see it again. Worthy of a couple spots on the middle shelf.

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

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Comes out with a three finger light tan head over a slightly cloudy orange/amber brew. Lots of bubbles along the sides of the glass. Head descends quite slowly, sticking to the glass all the way down and forming big plump bubbles as the smaller ones unionize. Descent stops with a thick smattering over the surface of the beer, and the webs that remain on the glass are as thick and opaque as the cap itself. Extremely inviting.

Nose: Very hop forward and presenting some winter spices: clove notes, lime and grapefruit, and some sweet balance of malt. A bit on the faint side.

Mouth: Sour and bitter, lacking the complexity of the aroma. Malts are present up front and are lightly sweet with flavor of sweat peas. Puckering occurs along interior of my cheeks, and the hops leave big lasting bitter aftertaste. A bit of warmth accompanies the exhale, though no flavor. Mouthfeel seems a bit weak, but with small bubbled carbonation throughout remains drinkable nonetheless. A little bit funky.

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

Murky orange copper color with a big beige head. Retention is decent and looks tight and hop oily. Lacing is sparse, to slick to stick. Nose is of pungent muddied hop aromas with smoothing malts. Pungent not to be confused with huge. Aromas are pine, grapefruit, grassy, and assertively resinous. Taste has a pointed bitterness which seems to cloud the hop and malt flavors instead of compliment and enhance them. Flavors are otherwise similar to the nose. Still intensly resinous, and the bitter finish extends on forever. Taste aside, mouthfeel is gritty and has a lot of texture. An entertaining mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok but the the mounds of resins and thick bitter hops slow me down.

This has its own character for sure. Too sharp I think and not balanced enough. If there were more malts and at least more flavor/aroma hops to work with the bitter hops I think this would be closer to excellent.

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Photo of rodrot
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an unexpected find while doing some beer shopping over the weekend. I'm very happy I picked up a sixer of this brew. It poured a hazy amber color with a tiny head that disappeared after a few minutes. The smell was a heavenly aroma of pungent hops, grapefuit and pine cones mixed with sweet malt aromas. Taste was quite bitter up front with a solid smack in the taste buds of citrus, strong hop flavors and alcohol. The finish was of caramel malt and oily, resiny hops. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and left a syrupy feeling in the back of the mouth. Excellent DIPA! Warning: hopheads only, non-hopheads need not apply.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass hazy golden amber with a very low off-white head which barely formed but lasted well enough to lace at the glass.

The aroma was piney and citrusy with a resinous orange grapefruit presence. The malt was behjnd the hops but carried a bit of caramel with it. As the beer warmed the hops became quite floral in nature.

The flavor was nicely balanced with malt and hops. The malt contained a caramel presence and the hops were lightly piney with an orange citrus presence. The bittering was substantial and quite resinous, but the malt still held it's own in the flavor.

The finish was just dry with lasting resinous and piney hop character into the aftertaste. The body was medium heading toward medium full and despite a fairly low carbonation had a very creamy mouthfeel. No appreciable alcohol warming was notable. A very nice double IPA.

12 ounce bottle with 8.6% ABV on label.

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