johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy oranga copper with a thin almost white head that left some lacing. Aroma is light and of sweet malt and citusy hops. Flavor is a good balance between the high sweetness of the malt and the citusy, spicy, and orange peel of the hops. Full body, light carb, syrupy texture, and dry feel. For the price this is a very fine bigger beer. The taste is the alpha of this brew so it is good for drinking from the bottle occasions.
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice head on a beautiful beer. Easy aroma, no grafefruit. Mellow creamy caramel finish, not dry, bitter but not so much that it drags on. Well balanced very good beer. I look forward to having a draft one day.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber/orange color with average head. nose - woody piney hoppiness with some spice and citrus. taste - spicy piney hops upfront with a sweet caramel maltiness at the finish. decent body... resiny finish.
blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange and mustardy yellow - looks like cider - with a moderate white foamy head.
Aroma is big and hoppy: mostly gooey, resiny pine with some notes of citrus fruit. Not much in the way of malt in the nose.
Medium bodied and bitter with grainy malts. Flavor is pretty much still hops throughout. High bitterness but without too much acidity. As IIPAs go, I like this one quite a bit. I knew before I looked that RB folks wouldn’t agree.
There are definite departures from the "standard" IIPA, but I appreciate these. One is the malt profile quite a bit less caramel-y and more grainy. The hop profile doesn’t feature a prominent lemon, and the alcohol is not even 10%. God knows there are enough cookie-cutter IIPAs coming out, and I congratulate Mad River for a little originality.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a low key double IPA that does not leave a lingering funk on your palate or lack in flavor going down. Pours hazy and unfiltered, medium amber color with a so-so head. Smells of faint hoppiness. Tastes of the nectar of the gods. This beer deserves better scores, and I don’t work for Steelhead.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[Compared with Meantime India Pale Ale]
The Steelhead is very similar color just a touch darker--golden apricot approaching brown. Richer caramel smell. More hop sting, less sour, but still grapefruity.
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle to glass! Pours orange with a nice whitehead. Aroma is of grapefruit. Taste is hoppy with a nice malt backbone. An decent dipa.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky, meduim amber with a resiliant head. impressive aroma of citrus, juniper, hops, and some malt. Well balanced between the strong hop profile with the malty undertones. great with a slice of pizza. too much as it was 12 dollars a six pack.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
cooper color appearance, not much aroma to speak of. The flavor comes on really strong at first and then totally disappears. Fairly hoppy, but short lived
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. The pour presented the thinnest of white heads. It was so thin that it almost wasn’t a head, yet it was. Ah, the embodied "head" koan... The body was hazy pumpkin orange with miniscule white flecks floating about.
The aroma was more apple and/or pear than it was orange and/or citrus, although it was also the latter. There was also a yeasty scent, especially as it warmed.
The flavor was bitter and orange—"heavy" orange, although not as bitter as I expected. That was the primary flavor. As it warmed the flavor began to "separate," bringing forth hints of alcohol, yeast, and very light caramel.
Steelhead was not as complex and flavorful as I had hoped, but it was still a satisfying drink. I would drink it again.