Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottles at Bestway. Hazy orange/amber pour. Copper hues. Thin short lived head. Good lacing on my traditional Bell’s tasting tulip. Wonderful citrus/piney zing to the nose. It tastes even better than it smells and looks. Caramel/chewy mouth feel. Thick malt body. The hoppy bitterness appears late in the tasting. Beautiful beer. A totally underrated brew and company. Also, a bargain: 6 pack @ $9.99 ( Bestway).
This beer is the reason I started brewing my own. I wanted to clone this bastard.
seantaylorus (20) - - APR 1, 2014
The only thing that lacked was that there was a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Half way through, I didn't even notice. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Lucent amber with lots of paticulates, thin white head, sticky medium body, medium carbonation.lgreer84 (1) - - JUL 24, 2011 does not count
Aroma: sweet nutty caramel malt, bread, and a faint note of leafy hops.
Taste: sweet nutty caramel toasty malt, resinous leafy hop bitterness.
This dipa has a wonderful malt profile, and the hops are clearly playing the supporting role, bringing just enough leafy bitterness to balance, but not much pine or citrus aroma. That sets it appart from most dipas, but i really like it. Would not have guessed the abv to be as high as it is.
This is the second of Mad River’s beers I’ve had. This is just as or more spectacular than the previous. A truly amazing beer. Honestly, where the best wine always needs food, the most amazing beers, most often, I find, despise pairings. The Mad River Steelhead Double IPA is almost a full meal in and of it self.
Appearance: Hazy brick gold with a gold hue, like burnt caramel. There is significant sediment floating in the glass that all settles to the bottom if not consumed quickly (and why would you rush through this glass)
Nose: begins with a slight vegetal note of sweet green beans and roasted yellow corn quickly slipping into a rich demi glaze with bright florals and brown sugar.
Palette: Rich and creamy. Minimal head but beautifully rich with molasses and candied plum. Very filling, though. Don’t plan on following this with anything afterwards. durhamlou (13) - - AUG 26, 2012
I thought this beer was great. The malt flavor is so smooth and tasty with a slight bitter hop flavor. This IPA is strong in alc and strong in flavor. Could easily drink many in one sitting and not be able to get up.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2007
This is the best IPA I’ve ever had. Wonderful aroma of fruit and hops. Great color, too. BIG taste -- hop, fruit (citrus, apricot) alcohol -- delicious! My new favorite IPA for sure. TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2011
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. ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has that malt and hop aroma. Smells real good
Appearance- This beer is a golden yellow with a nice white head.
Taste- Has a nice sweet flavor that finishes with a bitter end with a strong booze aftertaste (strong ABV. can easily be noticed) Tastes good.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a slick feel to it, very enjoyable
Overall- I really liked this brew, if you can find it give it a whirl.
DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Draft at DRE. Slightly hazy orangish color with fluffy, one-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy tropical citric hops, plus some bready malt and fruit notes. Medium, hoppy and fruity palate, with flavors of tangering, mango, and black pepper noted. Very smooth and quaffable with well hidden alcohol, this one is outstanding! solsticebrew (61) - USA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle in tulip glass, Honolulu. Pours golden and hazy with white head that dissipates quickly. Pine and Citrus aroma. This beer is great. Good balance and I will drink much more