Mad River Steelhead Double IPA
From Mad River Brewing Co. – Newest in our line, the Double IPA is the big brother to our Jamaica Sunset IPA. Maltier, hoppier and more assertive, this one is for big beer lovers. Double IPA is one of the hottest new beer styles in the micro and regional beer market.
TFP: The description above is rather dated, this beer has been around almost 3-4 years now.
Mad River Brewing – Mad River Steelhead Double IPA – 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. 8.6% abv. Purchased at Whole Foods Market – Arroyo Pasadena,CA.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull amber with visible rising carbonation. Atop sits a creamy frothy 1/2 inch of white foam.
Aroma: Sugary malt, orange zest and rain water.
Taste: A bursting mixture of orange and grapefruit juice, rock candy sugar or turbinado sugar and finishes with a sturdy bitterness that sits on the middle of my tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and juicy.
Overall: One of the first Double IPAs that really caught my attention. I am glad that after my long journey of other tongue buckling beers that this still stands the test of time against them. I’m also wondering if my tongue is really fatigued as the IBU’s just aren’t hitting my tongue as harshly as they used to. This beer seems really bold, yet balanced.