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Humboldt Haze - Mad River Brewing Company

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.95% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-31-2013)
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Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

emerge077, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

AWB3, Monday at 06:04 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hayesjw, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of AaronDio
4/5  rDev +9.6%

AaronDio, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of dwatty
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

dwatty, Oct 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

smithj4, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of ahalset
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

ahalset, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

wattoclone, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of sjmad23
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

sjmad23, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

KevinGordon, Aug 29, 2014
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

trippytbta, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

2GOOFY, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

NoProblem, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

paulish, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No Bottling info. Purchased as part of a mixed six at the Craft Beer Cellar in Westford Mass. on June 22nd.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Hazy amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: A rich ale-alcohol aroma.

t: Indeterminate fruit with considerable strength followed by a sharp hop bite. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. Bitter finish at first, mellows out to a sweeter one later.

m: Medium and very smooth to slick. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A roller coaster ride of flavors. Wish I could be sure how fresh this is, but there's no question that it's powerful. Definitely a sipper. The wheat in the malt end leaves the hops to rule, and they do so in no uncertain terms. Towards the end, however, a surprising and strong sweet caramel malt flavor comes to dominate. Me likey.

scotorum, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jera1350, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DCLAguy11, Apr 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

RockinRob925, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Hopmodium, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 28, 2014
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.

flagmantho, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

xungmound98, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

gwiedman1, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

JJStorm, Dec 29, 2013
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.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 28, 2013
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Humboldt Haze from Mad River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.