Steelhead Extra Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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Steelhead Extra Pale AleSteelhead Extra Pale Ale
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Steelhead Extra Pale AleSteelhead Extra Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 03-24-2002

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Ratings: 428 |  Reviews: 222
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1.5/5  rDev -58%

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Hunter
2.15/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: Hard pour finally brought up something of a head, but vanishes on the instant. No lacing. Slight haze to the light gold brew. MEH.

aroma: Not sure what I'm getting here. Hops, yes, but behind that? Something akin to fruit, cereal...not sure what else.

taste: Taste lives up to the appearance and aroma. Very bland, vapid. No real hops bit like you might expect. Aftertaste is metallic, mouthfeel sharp.

drinkability: It's not offensive, but it's not going to challenge you. The beer equivalent of a McDonald's cheeseburger. I won't be back.

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Photo of Crosling
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear peach in color with a head that falls almost as quickly as it is poured. Not much to be spoken of in the aroma, perhaps a touch of grassy, spicy and floral hops but not any aromatic malt contribution. The flavor is abnormally bland for the style with a touch of peach and spicy and floral hops (just like the description).

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of wcudwight
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thin fizzy head that has good retention. Lot's of setiment. Smell is grassy, grainy and mildly hoppy. It's a weird mixture that just seems off. The taste is bready and doughy with a mild hop finish. Feels like beer in the mouth, nothing more, nothing less. I simply did not like this beer. Tasted more like Miller Light than an APA to me. I will give this beer another shot someday and just hope that I got a bad sample.

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Photo of largadeer
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold with a quarter-inch head. The nose is bizarre, very lactic, almost like sour cream. There's a lot of diacetyl and sweet malt, too. It's malty, sweet and buttery on the tongue with a barely perceptible hop character. It tastes a hell of a lot like yogurt. Medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is creamy, buttery. No bitterness in the finish. I guess they were going for an English style pale ale with this, but it's a pretty colossal failure.

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Photo of beck2008
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - straw pale - (looks like a lager)
Smell = very little hop aroma
taste = Sub-par pale ale. Thin body, very little malt presence. Hops are slightly grassy and piney. The taste reminds me of hoppy alka seltzer. Not a great pale ale but then again it's called "extra pale" so I maybe I just don't know what that should taste like. The hop bitterness hit me in the back of the throat and that was it. No alcohol detected. Lots of carbonation, almost too much - similar to a lager. I'll take a Liberty Ale over this any day.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of duvel1979
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.51/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sacfly
2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice looking small head of large bubbles. Head is gone after about the second sip. Somewhat yeasty smell, bread dough with not much else.

Taste is, well, nothing. Extremely mild sweetness. Very light on the hops. Little to no body. I guess the “extra pale” in this case is for extra light? No off or unpleasant flavors, just not enough of anything to make it worthwhile. Kind of like a pale ale diluted half and half with water.

Maybe a good transition beer for the BMC crowd? It was crisp and clean in the finish, but don’t expect too much. Maybe it just doesn’t hold up well to being shipped to the East Coast?

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Photo of Cresant
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a becker. No date on the label. The body was flecked and cloudy orange/yellow. The mild head was cream colored.

Smell was hard candy sweetness.

Taste was not too bitter, more hops flavors than the true bitterness. Tame bitterness was well balanced with pineapple-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth up front, with a mild alcohol sizzle in the swallow. Medium body. This one may have been past its prime, aroma was disappointing and the flavor was pretty simple.

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2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

On-tap at Uptown Brothers in Denver.

A - Pours a perfectly clear and crisp golden color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Bubbly film lasts throughout the glass.

S - Not much aroma at all, if anything hints of crystal malts and a tiny floral hop, but overall pretty disappointing.

T/M - The beer starts with a bit of bready malt character and slowly transitions to a middle of biscuit, very mild bitterness, and fruit. The beer ends quite thin and crisp. Light body with decent carbonation though tasted almost diluted.

D - Not impressed. I'd argue it's a less than average Extra Pale.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend the beer. It tasted like an average pale ale mixed with Coors Light. That's how I described it to my server.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 20:41:35

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Photo of germaniac
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a shiny wet straw color. Not too much head on an average pour.

Smell is tangy, fruity, hops. But there is also a grainy scent that doesn't blend well.

Taste can be summed up nicely with BLAND. Not a whole lot of hop presence, just a slightly sweet malt background. It's odd that partway thru, it just kind of fades into a watery nothing.

The higher than usual carbonation levels are more readily apparent because of the lack of overall flavor, it seems.

I can remember drinking this beer a few years back and enjoying it more. I don't know if the beer has changed, or maybe my tastes have. But either way, there are alot better options out there.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.59/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not sure about the age on this bad boy. There does not appear to be any dating on the bottle.
Boy, for an APA there isn't very much hop aroma. Soft pale malt and closer to 6-row Am. lager type of malt aroma. A little bready, doughy, but that's about it.
Attractive but rather light in color with a yellow cold and mostly clear. Nice white head with some stamina.
Again, where are the hops? Some bittering and very mild hops in background that grow a bit with time and warmth, but still what's up with that? Malt is more of the same as the aroma.
Prickly carbonation and more than ample and filling.
Disappointing. Hard to mark this as even average.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a golden yellow with an orange tinge under a couple fingers of white lumpy head that faded into a wispy film leaving some sticky chunks of lacing down the glass.
S: Unimpressive notes of pale malt and toasted grains. Some sweet floral hops poke through. Not very fragrant.
T: Light notes of roasted malt, doughy biscuit, faint sweet citrus fruit. Overall very watery and muted flavors. Slight cucumber? Isn't there supposed to be at least some hops in an APA?
M: Medium-light body, bubbly carbonation and slightly watery mouthfeel.
D: Very unimpressive. Tastes like a slightly less than average, boring APA... if you watered that down. Goes down like water.

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Photo of Brianjames16
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a hazy light golden color with a finger width white head. Some thin lacing sticks around on the glass-

S- surprisingly not very hoppy with a very sweet aroma. Some sweet lemon aromas with a hint of orange.

T- Very light tasting with no hint of hops on the taste. For me it almost taste like a light a hefferveisen. More malts on this one.

M- Very light bodied beer with a lot of citrus tastes.

O- Nothing special. I think they have the wrong label on this one.

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Photo of abrand
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle with no date poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a 2 finger pure white head. Aromas of soap, biscuits, lemons, and oranges. Nothing spectacular on the nose. Taste is somewhat watery with hints of lemons, breads, and honey. Not too much of a hop profile. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. This isn't that great of an APA. Watered down and just not much to offer as far as taste. I will pass on this one in the future.

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of JavierGC
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Steelhead Extra Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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