Double Dread Imperial Red Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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Double Dread Imperial Red AleDouble Dread Imperial Red Ale

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cswhitehorse on 06-04-2009

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of silverking
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- deep red, tons of sediment. Thick khaki head that refuses to go away. Excellent lacing.

S- extremely sweet malt. dried cherries, alcohol.

T- very very sweet. Candied fruit, mild bitterness.

M- thick, syrupy, warming alcohol. Moderate carbonation.

O- I will not buy this again.

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Photo of Raziel313
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.


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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours an earthy, deep auburn brown with an off-white 2 finger head. Excellent retention, leaving a solid layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Fair lacing with decent stick. Like many of the Mad River brews, this one contains a nice bit of sediment floating throughout.

Smell - Deep caramel, toasted bread, a touch of earth and an orange citrus zest undertone.

Taste - Starts with a bit of creamy caramel and lightly roasted malt that touches on chocolate and coffee character. Notes of bread, then a moderate orange pith bitterness hits mid-taste and rides into the finish, lingering strong and well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Superbly creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth with inviting warmth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - How can a beer be so mellow and yet so aggressively seductive? I don't have a clue, but it pulls it off in Houdini fashion. Well balanced, while the aftertaste has a pleasant orange pith buzz. Sits somewhere between Deschutes Red Chair and Stone Arrogant Bastard. I think I've found my go to substitute for R.C. when it's out of season!

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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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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Double Dread Imperial Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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