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Humboldt Haze - Mad River Brewing Company

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83
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-31-2013)
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Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +3%

optimator705, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

kylehay2004, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of clfrost
3/5  rDev -17.6%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of b_sters
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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 -12.1%
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 -3.8%

DrunkinYogi, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of artoolemomo
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +3%

Nage37, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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 -13.2%
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 -10.7%

blurredline, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of HiWire
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

HiWire, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Taylor_Boggio
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Taylor_Boggio, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Hardcore
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Hardcore, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +3%

zestar, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +2.7%
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 -3.8%

PaulMc, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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?

TheSixthRing, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +3%

ste5venla, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2013
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Humboldt Haze from Mad River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.