Mad River Double Dread Imperial Red

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
Commercial Description: Part of our limited release high gravity series celebrating our twentieth anniversary (1989 to 2009) Double Dread Imperial Red (An American Strong Ale) is a high gravity red ale brewed with Two-Row Pale Malt, complimented by Aromatic and Wheat malts and a blend of CaraMunich, Carastan and Crystal malts for color, complexity and flavor. Fermented with our signature ale yeast, this hop bomb of a red ale is bittered with Colombus and Cascade hops, flavor and aromatics are enhanced by Cascade, Chinook and Amarillo, then generously dry-hopped with a tri-fecta of Cascade, Amarillo and Chinook for zesty citrus aromatics and a resinous flavor explosion. For those who chose to indulge their courtly passions be forwarned that this royal ruby refreshment ferments out at 8.6% a.b.v and nears triple digit IBUs

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (6258) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Pine Box Rock Shop, Brooklyn tap ($7): Pours dark red, almost brown with a tan head. Aroma is piny, citrus, and resin hops, with a hefty malt backbone and touches of a chocolate and dirt. Taste is bitter and sweet in probably equal doses. The hop bitterness lingers and stings in the mouth. This beer is wicked astringent. This was a bit much for a finisher beer for me. Probably would have been a better Tuesday night beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (5114) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Rated on 10-04-2009 (Bottle) This bottled beer pours a small fizzy tan head that mostly diminished, slightly hazy body, lots of floaties, visible carbonation, spotty amounts of lacing, and an orange hue. The Aroma is malty, wheat, some caramel, earthy, citrus, and pine hops. The Taste is malty, acidic, spicy, bitter, citrus and pine hops, and alcohol. The Palate tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, hops up front, boozy, and worthy of trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a hazy, almost brown color. Not much head, but tons of yeast flecks suspended in the beer. Aroma is Somewhat grapefruity, a bit of melon, and some fruity sweetness. Cascade. Taste is very much cascade hops, with a bit of orange zest and, strangely, cocoa? Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Fuller body than expected as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Solid imperial red. Very malt forward -- the rye notes are splendid. Limited bitterness, which is ok, but the tang I expect from this style -- and which usually is overabundant -- is missing in action to great degree. Nevertheless, good. B/B- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2013
355mL bottle. Pours deep rudy red with an off white head and a wonderful sweet candy/toffee aroma which also hints of that nice grapefruit/berry from the hops. Amazing fruity flavours that are backed by a wonderful backbone of malt. Very nice beer, a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a dark burnt amber color with a firm topping of head. Aroma is all malts and has a whiff of cough syrup or some other form of liquid medicine but its not that bad. The drink is thick with sweet sugary caramelized malts that dominate the flavor while a touch of hops come through which could easily have confused me for a barleywine instead of a imperial red ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (1014) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Pours a murky reddish brown with an inordinate amount of sediment. The small bits are suspended, and huge chunks settle to the bottom. I should have been more aware when pouring this one. Thin head sticks around, leaving excellent, fine-grained lacing. Aroma is very malt-forward, with plenty of nutty caramel up front, and some piney hops when inhaled deeply. After swallowing you taste the malts, but immediately afterwards they are drowned in a rush of resiny pine and grapefruit. Really bitter on the sides of the tongue. Bitterness hangs on tight, but exhaling through nose reveals some bready malt and slight heat from the alcohol. Overall very bitter, but the aroma, aftertaste, and smooth palate redeem this flavorful brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (366) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Nice hoppy aroma with hints of grass and herbs. Pours murky brown with particles floating around, thick tan head. Deep malty flavors with caramel and bittersweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2013
On tap at platypus pub. Clear amber with frothy off white cap leaving sticky, consistent lacing. Aroma of plum, toffee, pepper, earth. Taste is toffee, pine, earthy, delicate spice, citrus. Finish is not too dry, and really, just right. Masked ABV like a champ. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (10051) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours medium brown with a nutty brown sugar aroma and a nice tan head. There is a full-bodied treacle and smoked malt flavor with some really deep bitterness. Quite complex and tasty.

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