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Humboldt Haze - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

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 sd123
3.25/5  rDev -11%

sd123, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tdm168, Dec 21, 2013
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.

Dope, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev +9.6%

KeyWestGator, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Reidrover, Dec 01, 2013
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.

Flounder57, Dec 01, 2013
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.

thecheapies, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of optimator705
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

optimator705, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kylehay2004, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -17.8%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
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

b_sters, Oct 17, 2013
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.

Onelove, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 03, 2013
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.

artoolemomo, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Nage37
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Nage37, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

rajendra82, Sep 14, 2013
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.

VelvetExtract, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of blurredline
3.25/5  rDev -11%

blurredline, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

HiWire, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Taylor_Boggio
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Taylor_Boggio, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Hardcore, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zestar, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date. bought because of the name and style.

fantastic orange gold color with plenty of floating sediment. smell is wet herbal hops, lots of juicy fruit, alcohol, and an odd wet dog/plastic off smell. taste is like the scent at first, then bitter and spicy like rye. you get the wet vegetal hops and the juicier berry and citrus. the malt is bready and very much in the background. medium sweetness.

enjoyed it, but little sumpthin' takes the cake over this one.

jimmah120, Aug 15, 2013
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.

flexabull, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of PaulMc
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

PaulMc, Aug 08, 2013
Humboldt Haze from Mad River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.