Mad River Steelhead Double IPA, one of the bigger ABV offerings from Mad River Brewing, poured a cloudy, honey-hued color into the glass, with lots of suspended particles agitated by mild carbonation that fed to almost no head. The nose carried through pine, grapefruit, and a soft pear sweetness.
Mad River Steelhead opened with sweet orange and some spice on the first taste, with some vanilla and more tropical notes coming through in the middle as the ale mellowed. The ale ended with loads of tropical flavors, slight grapefruit rind bitterness, and just a touch of heat.
Mad River Steelhead Double IPA falls cleanly into the category of fruity and tropical IPAs, alongside classics like Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. Refined, highly drinkable, and a well-hidden ABV made this a beer I have always enjoyed drinking, but the $10+ a six-pack price used to dissuade me. After watching my beer spend this year though, I didn’t feel too bad picking up a second pack!