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Humboldt Haze - Mad River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-31-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 64
Reviews by rajendra82:
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer looked a shade darker in color than the typical IPA, and the body was also cloudier than typical. The head was two finger thick, and very durable. The smell was very spicy and resinous, with a backing of tropical fruit upon deeper breaths. The taste was quite bitter and followed by a banana like sweetness. The finish was spicy and herbal with a fading sweetness. Quite a bit more balanced than a typical DIPA, but not bland, as nether the hops nor the wheat malt took the back seat. A touch thinner on the palette than I like. Exceeded my expectations compared to the review score, so it tilts more towards my tastes I guess.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WST for the west coast goodness!
Says Wheat IPA right on the bottle...

Pours into a pint glass with a thin layer of foam, which lasts for a minute then fades to a skim. No lacing, just a floating island skim in the center of the glass. Color is a deep saturated orange, slightly reddish and hazy.

Aroma is citrusy, with some light caramel malt sweetness. Very much an IPA.

Taste is also citrus and some herbal pine, resinous and moderately bitter. Finishes dry and bitter, with more piney hops lingering. The wheat lightens the body, more so than some IPAs. Carb is light and effervescent. Overall it's a good standard west coast IPA, nothing too out of the ordinary but it satisfies a hop craving.

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Photo of b_sters
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

The wheat is undetectable, if it wasnt in the name i wouldnt of known

Color is hazy, left the possible flavors to my imagination, which i liked

Head poured thick but faded quickly, minimal lacing

Hop flavor and bitterness was dull

Smell is of malt and alcohol (I am not versed in the nuances of beer scents, sorry)

I find it easy to drink, but I was expecting more of a punch

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy amber under a 1” sudsy white foam cap.
S: Caramel, tropical fruit, hop spice, citrus, grain.
T: Light malts with wheat, caramel, citrus, tropical fruit, lingering hop bitterness.
F: medium full body, medium carbonation
O: Well put together and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, rusty orange with a yellowish, off-white two finger head. Fair retention. Sediment is present and slowly sinks to the bottom. Lacing is spotty but with good stick.

Smell - Hops are predominant and citrus in character; orange with a touch of lemon. Wheat bread lingers beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange hop dominant. Wheat peeks through with a bread-like quality. Orange rind bitterness in the finish. A faint touch of heat on the tail end of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Pretty meaty for the style. Not the smoothest beer in the world, but goes down well enough. Considering they were aiming for "Imperial" I'd say it's right about where it needs to be.

Overall - Another solid brew from Mad River. Can they do no wrong? The big question is this: Is it more a APWA or an IPA? I'd say IPA. The closest beer I've had to this is 3F's Gumballhead, though I prefer this one; while it's not as smooth as GBH, the flavor has more punch. All that said, I'm not all that sold on hoppy wheat beers. Too much contrast and clash in that earthy, mellow wheat backbone and the bright, sharp hop bite. Maybe less aggressive hops would work better. Fuggles, perhaps?

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with extensive suspended particulates and a one finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt (surprisingly forward for a wheat ale, but smells good), light citrus and piney hops. Flavor is caramel and biscuir malt, pine and herbal hops, citrus, finishing with a lingering pleasant piney hop bitterness and malt. Medium bodied with active carbonation. The color and profile seem to be much closer to a red ale than a wheat ale, the hops and malt are assertive enough that there is little wheat flavor. I'm scoring this more to taste than style since I'm not sure that the listed American pale wheat ale was what was intended for this beer (which is called a wheat IPA on the label). I liked both the malt and hop bill and enjoyed this quite a bit. Recommended to fans of American red ales.

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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from "lifesource" Salem OR $1.79 Hazy light amber ale with a large off white head..fades to luscious lace soon after pour. Very wheaty aroma, covering some nice floral hops. Taste is all rather balanced this a wheat ale on steroids balancing the hoppyness ..caramel /coffee on the finish. Palate is fine..no alcohol detected. Nice beer

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a small white head.

Aromas are of light dough, mixed spices, and grapefruits.

Taste starts out crisp and dry. Light creamy soft sweetness, some spicy bread grain flavors. Finish is bitter with pine and grapefruit notes.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice body and snappy carbonation.

Overall, a solid beer. Definitely leans much more towards the IPA side rather than the Pale Wheat side though.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Humboldt Haze from Mad River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.