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Steelhead Extra Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

355 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 03-24-2002)
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EddieJoe

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -58%

03-03-2012 19:27:36 | More by EddieJoe
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Sargully

Oregon

2/5  rDev -44%

03-07-2012 04:15:07 | More by Sargully
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prisdefer

New York

2/5  rDev -44%

08-22-2012 22:41:05 | More by prisdefer
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Hunter

Arizona

2.13/5  rDev -40.3%

appearance: Hard pour finally brought up something of a head, but vanishes on the instant. No lacing. Slight haze to the light gold brew. MEH.

aroma: Not sure what I'm getting here. Hops, yes, but behind that? Something akin to fruit, cereal...not sure what else.

taste: Taste lives up to the appearance and aroma. Very bland, vapid. No real hops bit like you might expect. Aftertaste is metallic, mouthfeel sharp.

drinkability: It's not offensive, but it's not going to challenge you. The beer equivalent of a McDonald's cheeseburger. I won't be back.

09-22-2005 03:52:59 | More by Hunter
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -37%

01-25-2014 16:39:37 | More by Noelito76
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Crosling

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -37%

Clear peach in color with a head that falls almost as quickly as it is poured. Not much to be spoken of in the aroma, perhaps a touch of grassy, spicy and floral hops but not any aromatic malt contribution. The flavor is abnormally bland for the style with a touch of peach and spicy and floral hops (just like the description).

03-29-2006 07:46:09 | More by Crosling
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wcudwight

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -35.6%

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thin fizzy head that has good retention. Lot's of setiment. Smell is grassy, grainy and mildly hoppy. It's a weird mixture that just seems off. The taste is bready and doughy with a mild hop finish. Feels like beer in the mouth, nothing more, nothing less. I simply did not like this beer. Tasted more like Miller Light than an APA to me. I will give this beer another shot someday and just hope that I got a bad sample.

05-26-2006 01:48:06 | More by wcudwight
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largadeer

California

2.42/5  rDev -32.2%

Pale gold with a quarter-inch head. The nose is bizarre, very lactic, almost like sour cream. There's a lot of diacetyl and sweet malt, too. It's malty, sweet and buttery on the tongue with a barely perceptible hop character. It tastes a hell of a lot like yogurt. Medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is creamy, buttery. No bitterness in the finish. I guess they were going for an English style pale ale with this, but it's a pretty colossal failure.

07-16-2007 22:39:29 | More by largadeer
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beck2008

California

2.43/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance - straw pale - (looks like a lager)
Smell = very little hop aroma
taste = Sub-par pale ale. Thin body, very little malt presence. Hops are slightly grassy and piney. The taste reminds me of hoppy alka seltzer. Not a great pale ale but then again it's called "extra pale" so I maybe I just don't know what that should taste like. The hop bitterness hit me in the back of the throat and that was it. No alcohol detected. Lots of carbonation, almost too much - similar to a lager. I'll take a Liberty Ale over this any day.

04-19-2013 00:58:13 | More by beck2008
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chris1919

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -30%

07-21-2013 03:23:48 | More by chris1919
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sacfly

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice looking small head of large bubbles. Head is gone after about the second sip. Somewhat yeasty smell, bread dough with not much else.

Taste is, well, nothing. Extremely mild sweetness. Very light on the hops. Little to no body. I guess the “extra pale” in this case is for extra light? No off or unpleasant flavors, just not enough of anything to make it worthwhile. Kind of like a pale ale diluted half and half with water.

Maybe a good transition beer for the BMC crowd? It was crisp and clean in the finish, but don’t expect too much. Maybe it just doesn’t hold up well to being shipped to the East Coast?

02-24-2006 15:55:16 | More by sacfly
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On-tap at Uptown Brothers in Denver.

A - Pours a perfectly clear and crisp golden color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Bubbly film lasts throughout the glass.

S - Not much aroma at all, if anything hints of crystal malts and a tiny floral hop, but overall pretty disappointing.

T/M - The beer starts with a bit of bready malt character and slowly transitions to a middle of biscuit, very mild bitterness, and fruit. The beer ends quite thin and crisp. Light body with decent carbonation though tasted almost diluted.

D - Not impressed. I'd argue it's a less than average Extra Pale.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend the beer. It tasted like an average pale ale mixed with Coors Light. That's how I described it to my server.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 20:41:35

01-27-2012 21:54:18 | More by hopfacebrew
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. No date on the label. The body was flecked and cloudy orange/yellow. The mild head was cream colored.

Smell was hard candy sweetness.

Taste was not too bitter, more hops flavors than the true bitterness. Tame bitterness was well balanced with pineapple-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth up front, with a mild alcohol sizzle in the swallow. Medium body. This one may have been past its prime, aroma was disappointing and the flavor was pretty simple.

06-02-2008 15:29:17 | More by Cresant
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germaniac

California

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Pours a shiny wet straw color. Not too much head on an average pour.

Smell is tangy, fruity, hops. But there is also a grainy scent that doesn't blend well.

Taste can be summed up nicely with BLAND. Not a whole lot of hop presence, just a slightly sweet malt background. It's odd that partway thru, it just kind of fades into a watery nothing.

The higher than usual carbonation levels are more readily apparent because of the lack of overall flavor, it seems.

I can remember drinking this beer a few years back and enjoying it more. I don't know if the beer has changed, or maybe my tastes have. But either way, there are alot better options out there.

11-17-2005 02:16:44 | More by germaniac
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Not sure about the age on this bad boy. There does not appear to be any dating on the bottle.
Boy, for an APA there isn't very much hop aroma. Soft pale malt and closer to 6-row Am. lager type of malt aroma. A little bready, doughy, but that's about it.
Attractive but rather light in color with a yellow cold and mostly clear. Nice white head with some stamina.
Again, where are the hops? Some bittering and very mild hops in background that grow a bit with time and warmth, but still what's up with that? Malt is more of the same as the aroma.
Prickly carbonation and more than ample and filling.
Disappointing. Hard to mark this as even average.

10-18-2012 00:35:40 | More by garymuchow
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scottfrie

California

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%

12 oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow with an orange tinge under a couple fingers of white lumpy head that faded into a wispy film leaving some sticky chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Unimpressive notes of pale malt and toasted grains. Some sweet floral hops poke through. Not very fragrant.
T: Light notes of roasted malt, doughy biscuit, faint sweet citrus fruit. Overall very watery and muted flavors. Slight cucumber? Isn't there supposed to be at least some hops in an APA?
M: Medium-light body, bubbly carbonation and slightly watery mouthfeel.
D: Very unimpressive. Tastes like a slightly less than average, boring APA... if you watered that down. Goes down like water.

08-13-2010 03:34:58 | More by scottfrie
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Brianjames16

New York

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%

A- Pours a hazy light golden color with a finger width white head. Some thin lacing sticks around on the glass-

S- surprisingly not very hoppy with a very sweet aroma. Some sweet lemon aromas with a hint of orange.

T- Very light tasting with no hint of hops on the taste. For me it almost taste like a light a hefferveisen. More malts on this one.

M- Very light bodied beer with a lot of citrus tastes.

O- Nothing special. I think they have the wrong label on this one.

04-08-2011 22:40:36 | More by Brianjames16
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abrand

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -24.4%

12 ounce bottle with no date poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a 2 finger pure white head. Aromas of soap, biscuits, lemons, and oranges. Nothing spectacular on the nose. Taste is somewhat watery with hints of lemons, breads, and honey. Not too much of a hop profile. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. This isn't that great of an APA. Watered down and just not much to offer as far as taste. I will pass on this one in the future.

03-08-2011 03:18:32 | More by abrand
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justinbrown

California

2.75/5  rDev -23%

04-17-2012 22:00:03 | More by justinbrown
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -23%

12-03-2012 19:58:26 | More by sendbeer
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -23%

11-07-2012 06:55:18 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -22.1%

Bottle (from Breeze-Thru in Wauwatosa) pours with very little head and a yellow, hazy, dull appearance.

Aroma is hop itterness without citrus or pine notes. Some malt sweetness is also present. Aroma is OK, but not great.

Taste is significantly better than this beers aroma. It is a generally mild hop bitterness, again without citrus or pine notes. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is evervescent and pleasing. This beer is drinkable, yet somehow not quite impressive to me to warrant repurchase on my part (there is so much else to try in this big world).

All-in-all, I thought this beer very unremarkable compared to the generally remarkable APA category.

12-23-2006 02:19:13 | More by BeerBelcher
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nataku00

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Yellow and clear beer with a half finger of foamy head that dissipated very quickly. No lacing from the little head and no carbonation visible from the glass.

Nose was almost nonexistent. Maybe a bit of biscuit malts, and light floral hops but it took a lot of time to coax any aroma out of the glass.

Taste was equally bland. Biscuit malt sweetness with minimal bittering.

Light bodied beer with some carbonation on the tongue despite the lack of bubbles when looking at it. Pretty easy to drink and somewhat refreshing when paired with the southern food with the second half of the glass. I'm not sure I would drink it again though.

01-31-2011 05:59:14 | More by nataku00
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delta490

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -19%

Poured a hazy light gold with short lived white head. The aroma is barely there with a slight hint of sweet and the faintest hops. The taste is also barely present and just about the same as the taste. There is a nice weight to the beer and a smooth finish. All in all, not much going on

07-04-2014 22:58:32 | More by delta490
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Coorskid33

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

A~ Pours a nice orange with gold tint. Think creamy head about 1/2'' think. Lingers and sticks to the glass. Clear for the style I think.

S~ Hops. Bit of fruit notes with lil presence of alcohol.

T~ Wow, this was not what I expected. This beer is not that complex at all. Very hoppy Very thin, and overall very plain jane.

M~ High carb level. No complexity. Just kinda blah to me. I really want to like this beer but it's so average to below.

D~ Well, I guess if pale ale met american lager, this is where they met. It's like budweiser took over Sierra Nevada or something. maybe it's just the style. Sorry Mad River. This is ok and I'm sure you can do better. The up side of the plain-ness is I could drink a ton of these.

05-19-2009 00:56:59 | More by Coorskid33
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Steelhead Extra Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.