Humboldt Haze - Mad River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head (about a finger) but has pretty good retention. The head is just slightly off-white with hints of yellow and beige while the body is a little more than a medium amber that glows medium amber when held up to the light. Some sheeting is around the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very subdued. I got a little bit of citrus (mostly tangerine, with some orange and lemon), some melon, and a tiny bit of cherry. Faint pine and resin in the background. Swirling reveals less than the original aroma. Faint whiff of mustiness.

Taste- Starts off with a lot of caramel that mixes with citrus (mostly orange) and then begins to become more bitter: orange peel, then wood, then earwax, then an almost raisin note of burnt caramel mixed with matchstick. Some tropical fruits but they are rather harsh and there is a slight astringency on the finish. Some heat and a longer linger of matchstick and burnt pine and resin. Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' this ain't. This will really have to mellow out for me to appreciate it. I like some of the aspects of the flavor profile but right now, it is way to messy. I like the caramel aspect but it's overwhelmed by the abrasive matchstick and grapefruit character of the hops. I can see how some might like it but this is not for me. Barely mediocre.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with way too much carbonation. It, combined with the light heat and abrasive hops linger, makes for an almost searing beer.

Drinkability- The caramel tries to carry this but it's definitely a beer I will be drinking quickly rather than sipping. Just to get it out of the way. It's not a drain pour as it's fairly drinkable if the tastes are short and sweet, but it is definitely not a rebuy.

Overall- Average to perhaps, slightly below average. Pass on it. The flavor profile could have been interesting but everything else about the beer is so unbalanced, that it doesn't stand a chance.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours orange with a dustbowl of tiny sediment scraps. Moderate head. Lace is clingy.

S-Balanced. Maybe past its prime? Hops bring me some soggy grapefruit and faded pine. Caramel sweetness is dull but full. Not getting much wheat.

T-Flavor seems to be a bit burnt out. Balanced mix of caramel and limp citrus. The wheat didn't jump out much...wouldn't guess it was there at all.

M-Booze is hidden well. Body isn't necessarily heavy but it weighs on you a bit.

O/D-Not very impressed with this one. Tastes a bit old? Maybe its faded off a bit.

Photo of Onelove
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty solid IPA. Good palate, creamy to begin with and a bite at the end. Just a touch resinous so it hangs on there a bit in your throat. Smells just like an IPA should. Downside: MAD yeast sludge at the bottom of the bottle that no amount of swirling will incorporate.

Photo of blurredline
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of RockinRob925
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Dope
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date that I can find.

A: Pours a clear amber with a tall and very frothy light tan head. Head fades out slowly with a nice rim remaining constantly. Mild scattered streaks of lacing here and there.

S: Some citrus and grapefruit hops - fairly mild. Some moderate caramel and a decent wheat base.

T: Very mild citrusy and resinous hops up front. Decent amount of wheat. Pretty spicy, not sure if it's a hop presence or a rye malt maybe? I think it's sort of a spicy, resinous hop flavor if I had to guess. Mild wave of bitterness on the back end with some lingering spicy and citrusy hops in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and mild.

O: Bottle states that this is an imperial wheat IPA. Interesting because I didn't find it overly hoppy, and not overly wheaty. It's not bad, it's mostly some spicy and resinous hop presence and not a whole lot else. Not even a ton of wheat - I'm assuming partial wheat bill and not 100%. It's okay, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy, sediment-laden dirty garnet color with almost no head. Trying to figure out what this beer is going to be like by this unsuspecting look.

Peachy fruit notes, wheat malts, buttery diacetyl, some English maltiness, light pine, light pink grapefruit, and a touch of added caramel sweetness.

Flavors of candi sugar, nectarine, grapefruit, apricot, caramel malts, generous toastiness, and Angostura bitters. A nuance of cantaloupe. Finishes with a dry, almost chalky, bitterness. The carbonation comes late, too, but the booze rides the whole journey. Hard to know what to make of it when guessing on what their intention was. Low carbonation, in general; especially in the opening sip. Languid medium-bodied brew with more implied sweetness than actual sweetness. It has tea-like hops, but they never fully take over. It's more of an Imperial Red Ale made with wheat malts than anything else. The shortness on character means that it fails to deliver. Skip it.

Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of PaulMc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, earthy citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly tasty but is a bit unbalanced in favor of the hops in my opinion.

Photo of Flounder57
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. Imperial Wheat IPA? Sounds interesting.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange color with some floating particles and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, some orange, bready malts, alcohol, and candied citrus. The sweetness overpowers all of the hop characteristics.

Taste: A weird blend of citrus flavors, sweet caramel, mild bitterness, a little wheat, and a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: A little chewy, sweet, a bit smooth, alcohol, mild bitterness, medium to full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Not sure what to think of this beer. It is somewhat enjoyable, but a little all over the place.

Photo of trippytbta
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into tulip

A: pours dark amber orange, with one finger white foam, and quite a bit of suspended sediment in the brew

S: surprisingly fruity. Then piney hops

T: Carmel Malts, fruity and finish with hops. Bitter finish

M: medium bodied with good Carbonation

Overall: pretty good beer. Good different wheat IPA

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in New York last week, having never had this before. I like American Pale Wheat Ales but this one, as so many on here have noted, missed the mark stylistically. This was too hoppy, strong, and lacking in wheat to make me think that this was a Wheat Ale and it seemed to be a generic IPA in so many senses of the word. While not a bad beer, there wasn't anything memorable about this but at least the alcohol didn't overpower what flavor could be found in this.

The pour to this was a dirty amber with quite a cloudy hue to this, but not in the sense that this was full of wheat. Instead, it was big chunks of what appeared to be sediment that never fully rose or settled down. Not a bad head to this but whatever lacing remained after each sip quickly slid down the side of my pint glass once I settled it down. Usual pine, metallic notes, and 420-type "skunk" in this without any citrus notes to balance it out. Some earthiness could be discerned and just a hint of grapefruit made its presence known before the not-so-pleasingly aftertaste kicked in. The carbonation was light and the mouthfeel bland, as some oil and resin really could have added some distinction to this.

Yes, this was strong but thankfully, the booze wasn't terribly overpowering. I picked up a hint of chili powder and bitter chocolate in this as I finished it off, which was the only surprise that this beer had in store for me. I like my American Pale What Ale but this paled (no pun intended) in comparison to the Bell's Oberon Ale or the Three Floyds Gumballhead. Take this for all it was - a poor man's Green Flash without the brightness of tropical fruit that elevates the beer. One bottle's enough for anyone.

Photo of b_sters
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a ton of haze and a ha'finger of creamy ivory foam which dissipated leaving a nice lace. I actually rather like the look of it.

Smell: it's got kind of a strong-ale feel about it, with a wheaten character and some piney hops; it's almost like a light wheatwine. Not too bad.

Taste: a little less malty than the aroma and more hop-driven. Again, it's got that strong-ale bent to it. The finish is a little bit raspy and has a sweetness that's bordering on cloying. An interesting brew, but not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of sticky syrup texture and a good carbonation. It works for me!

Overall: an interesting beer, probably worth trying if you're a fan of American strong ales. It's not like any other American pale wheat ale I've tried.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Humboldt Haze from Mad River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.