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Double Dread Imperial Red AleDouble Dread Imperial Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cswhitehorse on 06-04-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 157
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is murky dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down and left lacing on the surface and the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts and hints of fruity yeast—figs seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste starts out like the smell and has yeasty Tootsie Roll flavors with hints of fruits in the initial flavors, which then transition to a light to moderate amount of bitterness from underlying grassy and piney hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be rather drinkable for an imperial red ale as it wasn't too malty, sweet or heavy on the palate and hid its alcohol rather well.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to finally get a single of this at Food N' Fermentation in Godfrey, IL.

Copper caramel with a ton of floaties. Lots of sticky lace too. Ok retention with a broken skim after the initial pour.

Old crystal malt, super sweet and caramelly, kind of off-putting. Spicy residual hops, but they seem faded. Full feeling, some light hops in the back that seem faded from former glory. A big beer that seems to suffer from largesse. Not harmonious or easy to drink, it comes off as an aged imperial SNPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a Mort Subite goblet. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice creamy luscious texture, good thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a dark glowing ruby. Nontransparent. Solid. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Luscious fruit: cherry, candied fruit, maybe raspberry. Refined candi sugar. Cream. Brown sugar. Biscuit and amber malts. A light aroma.

T: Notes from the nose and little more. Dig the fruit. Balanced but simple. Nicely subtle.

Mf: Dry. Lightly coarse. Good carbonation. Light cream. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and more Belgian in character than expected. I do like it. Might get it again. Wouldn't recommend it to friends.

B-

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a doog amped up American hoppy red and this fit that bill for me.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed reddish brown with a large blooming off white head that lasted a real longtime...to long.A burst of herbal and citric hops hits the nose right away,a caramel biscuit sweet malt base is thee as well,but the hops really stood out.Caramel and a tinge of butter mixed with leafy hops on the palate,it isnt a hop monster but the hops are more than plenty and the beer has good balance.I really liked this beer,maybe not as hopped up as I thought it would have been,but it has good complexity and the alcohol is pretty well hidden, just providing a little more sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of a hazy, dark brown body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves light traces of lace.

S - An aroma of pine hops and caramel malt.

T - Sweet malt and musty hops up front. Some toffee and pine in the middle. Finishes with pine, grapefruit, and burnt caramel with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, but it is a bit muddy both is looks and flavor. The malt is bland and it kind of smothers the hops, leaving a flabby character to the finish that doesn't really satisfy.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber, with several fingers of off-white/near tan foamy head. Retains with a medium sized layer of froth that's got a great flareup to it when swirled (a near finger!), that leaves a very strong looking smattering of foamy lacing behind. Big bouquet of floral hops, spice, and resins here in the aroma to start things out, with a underlying thick layer of toasted grain, citrus, and more sharp smelling pine giving the nose some beef. There is a stiff whiff of warmth on the backend of this as well, making you remember that your dealing with a heavier hitter here.

The taste is sharp with bitter resins and spicy notes that rip at the tongue. This is properly backed by that heavy grainy malt bill, with citrus hanging on the edges, and it all pulling together into a tangy flush in the back, lingering with some extra spicy character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a mellower and creamier feeling carbonation which sits on top of some hefty alcohol beef. Luckily, that is where the ABV mostly stays, in the feel, with any kind of alcohol taste just coming out as some warmth in the finish. This is very nicely hid for the most part.

This was just a really nicely done Imperial Red with a well balanced nature to it. The grains came off as a little less toasted in this, which I found to be a nice change of pace from some others in the style and the high alcohol content wasn't intrusive at all. Good stuff from Mad River.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive amber in the tulip glass, lots of head. Rather hoppy, nice rich bitter mouthful. Fairly austere after a few sips. Take a mediocre red and double it. Not bad, but not an appealing style. Sort of an imperial pale ale.

This is a hoppy and likeable beer with an aromatic nose and long bitter aftertaste. Resiny and a bit astringent. Drinkable but a bit winey.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $8.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a faintly chunked (from releasing a yeast bed possibly disturbed in travel to our table), dark reddish-brown body with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: DDI smells of a tall stack of toasted bread slices given a coating of dark, near-burnt caramel, dried bitter herbs, minced citrus peels, and a small splash of stinging alcohol.

Taste: Pale malts, modestly grainy, along with toasted barley and a toothsome taste of caramel candy. Zesty, citrusy hop tastes of grapefruits, lemons, and Seville oranges. Lighter hints of earthy, spicy herbs alongside the ensuing fruitiness. Medium-high bitterness. Toasty, citrus-laden, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable and satisfying, once you look past the muddled appearance. Mad River delivers another solid offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.7/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle.
Hazy dark ruby-amber; large, fairly creamy, durable tan head that leaves ample sticky lacing.
Aroma: Complex and fruity. More malts than expected to go with the hops. Moderate-high bitterness.
Flavor: A strong but very good sipper. Lingering bitter/sweet aftertaste with some roasted grains. Complex. Floral/fruity/herbal hops.
O: another fine Calif. DIPA.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky dark amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full caramel malt cut by a grassy clean hop.

The taste consisted of a crisp grainy caramel malt cut by a medley of grassy and light piney hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a super clean finish.

Overall a tasty amber ale that revealed no signs of its hefty ABV. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty solid beer here. Pours a dark copper color with a swirly head. The aroma is sweet with malt, but there is a firmness in the finish. There is also a bit of citrusy hops, but the nose at least seems malt driven. The taste still has lots of that firm malt, but a good deal more hop presence than was evident in the nose, with quite a long bitter citrus finish. Quite good. A bit chewy, but ultimately dryer than expected with all of the noticeable malt. A long spiciness is also noticeable amongst the bitter notes in the finish. I was hoping for some hops here and I expected to be disappointed, but instead was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of beertunes
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a cloudy red with almost 2inches of dark khaki colored head that had good retention and lacing.

The first scent was pine hops, then was some malt sweetness and a bit of citrus in the background. The flavors were similar mostly piney hops, with some citrus notes, and some malt foundation.

The body was average for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, a decent but unspecial brew. I like Red Ales to have more of a malt presence and this was a hop forward brew. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber to brown, 1” cream colored head, small chunks floating in the beer.
S: grassy hops, cola or cardamom
T: Spice, rich malt, creamy, some toffee to caramel in the background, assertive bitter finish.
F: Creamy, medium high body, medium carbonation
O: Brewer doesn’t have a best by date on the bottle but tastes and feels a little old.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Not bad for almost a year old (I suspect since the sediment and brewed once date) Dark copper brown with a slight bit of head that has a very sticky lace ring.

S - Subdued hops (mildly pine) apple or pear and mild caramel and toffee malts. Hope it's not oxidized.

T - Mild hops with some bitterness. Caramel sweetness and toffee. Kind of subdued but it's not terrible. No noticeable ABV.

M - Medium bodied but seems to have fallen off a bit.

Overall I had no idea this was so old when I bought it. It's not terrible but it definitely has fallen off a bit with the flavor profile.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep scarlet red body with yeast particulated suspended. Thick crop of stained beige head. Aroma is bready and a little spicy and citrusy. Carbonation is fairly active in this beer. It supports the voluptuous head nicely. Body is medium full. Flavor starts with caramel and cinnamon bread as it beckons the palate. Moves on to spice and alcohol, though not much of the aforementioned. Solid double red. Finishes a little dry, but nice.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big sturdy red and moreso brown pour. Aroma, meh, alcohol, maybe fusels, but I'll let it slide.

Taste, sticky, chewy, hops transforming to heft. Didn't come across too sweet, which is nice when you already know that this isn't super fresh. Holding up counts for a lot in the real world. Its big all around, red color, bitterness, hoppiness, alcohol. Its a big sticky red ale, and if you don't wanna tangle with ol' willy, stay home!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red and brown, thin 1/4" head on it. Aroma was alcohol heat. Big time. Underneath that you get a massive load of red malt smells.

This is a chewy, thick beer for style. Bite through it. WAsn't sweet, was more peat earth roasty and bitter, alcohol is prominent in this beer. Drinks like its 10%+. Very hoppy, c hops all the way.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is mainly yeasty, with plenty of hops like a good IPA, and notes of caramel and cinnamon. It pours a clear, dark, hot mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor has a malty core and firm woody, hoppy and cinnamon tones. Texture has average body and average fizz, but that is this beer’s weakest point. Big deal. Overall, a worthy brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeously muddy body of dark coppery rust topped with a large and thickly lush smoothed foam of dark ivory hue. The cap stays with might and the glass laces out with lots of tattered sheeting.

Aroma is fairly pungent of piney sided dry hops, cedar notes mostly, dry and earthy with a touch of spruce, rye, and deep black tea, spiced lightly with white pepper, and spritzed with a dash of lemon.

Taste has a nice offering of dry spicy rye, red malt, and cedar backed by a mellowed dry caramel smoothness and toasted breadyness. Alluring white pepper, black licorice, and black tea add some nice depth to its bold rye and red malt snappy drying nature. It really holds itself on the palate well with its dryness as it lasts forever and a day saying hello in that very present Red ale way.

Bold medium body with lots of complexing dryness and balanced in earthy spice holds surprising length and makes a great warming impression of spruce and cedar as ya get into it.

One very solid Red ale that definately has the stamp of West Coast on it. Drinks down quite well.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is a deep malt smell. Wonderful.
The taste has a bold lemon bitterness trying to break out of the big malt bill. Great balance.
The texture is heavier with moderate carbonation.
An awesome bold red ale.

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Photo of shigg85
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in a pint glass at Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo. Dark red cloudy ale with a thin white layered head. Strong hops smell with a bit of cherry. Powerful hops punch that goes down smoothly without any harsh aftertaste. Foams up nicely as I spin it with a dark fruit flavor peeking out. Overall, a wonderful strong red ale that I would gladly partake of any time I can find it.

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.55.

A: Rusty red-amber with thick, rocky, 2-finger head with very good retention and good doses of lacing down the glass.

S: This is one of the best red ale aromas around. Unsurprisingly hops dominate the nose, but the profile is very complex with floral, citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit, and tropical fruits horn in with some pineapple smells as well. Malts are robust but are overshadowed by the hops.

T: A delicious beert aht stands up very well compared to other well-known imperial red ales. Hops are front and center with tons of citrus and pine flavors mingling with some tropical fruit flavors and ending with a strong bitter note. Malts are hefty though and shouldn't be forgotten. Big loads of caramel and pale malts had to have gone into this big beer to provide the countering sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is coating and substantial with medium-full body and bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D: Stacked up against Stone's Thirteenth Anniversary Ale, Mad River's Double Dread puts a smackdown and shows some complexity and style in providing a huge hoppy treat on a superior maltload to produce a complete brew. Worth looking around for.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. The beer pours brown with a tan head. The aroma is of sweet malt and sweaty, grassy hops. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt with bitter hops and a sweet finish. I thought this was pretty good although a touch sweet.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a dark murky red copper hue with an off white three finger and lacing everywhere,the smell is all about the malts it's sweet caramel,toffee,brown sugar and a nice dose of herbal hops behind them,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and has tastes of sweet caramel,molasses,brown sugar,marzipan and finished with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall yeah it's alright but honestly was expecting more cheers.

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Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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