Steelhead Extra Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date.
Another unfiltered offering from Mad River ... pours a cloudy/hazy light amber beer topped with a pure white head, settling to a bubbly lace. A couple of chunks here and there ... but that's the yummy stuff.
A bit perfume-like in the nose, with notes of yeast, bread/raw dough, pepper and fermenting beer. Some esters, too.
A smooth, even bodied beer with a slight chewiness. Malt flavours are thin and fairly neutral overall, lending to more of the body of the brew, with a mild sweetness in the background. Hop flavour is uniquely sharp, becoming more pronounced by the beer's spritzy carbonation. Very dry and crisp; a bit reminiscent of an English Pale Ale in the feel on the palate. Nice citrus snap to the hops, and spicy with some hints of salt and white pepper. Malt sweetness pulls through right after the hops with suggestions of honey, providing a rather nice balance. Gets a bit fruity as the beer warms; peachy. Finish is a bit dough-ish/yeasty and dry.
A really nice Pale Ale. Sturdy, very drinkable and refreshing to quaff.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2003 19:12:24 | More by Todd
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
Appearance: Faint chill haze upon the bright golden hue, minimal yet long lasting white lace rests on top.
Smell: Delicate flowery hop with undertones of citrus and a mild spiciness. Pale malt sweetness is quite evident also, smells a bit of freshly mashed malt … a little doughy.
Taste: Rich malt sweetness of milled malt and honey, hops take a bite into the palate with a spicy bitterness that keeps clean. Flowery hints and a mild fruitiness hit in the middle and the malt flavour seems cracker like. Suggestions of nutmeg and white pepper come from the spiciness of the hops. Leaning towards the dry side with a grain and spicy finish.
Notes: This is their flagship beer, pretty much your all American session brew as well as a fall back beer. I brew I would want in my fridge more often than others. 4.5% abv.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2002 19:14:53 | More by Jason
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Steelhead Extra Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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