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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
The original Extra Pale Ale, this is the one that started it all. Our first brew was introduced in 1989 in Golden Gate style kegs. We have stayed true to our beginnings and still brew it the way we did back then. A bright golden hued ale with a medium body and a crisp spicy /floral hop character and very mild bitterness. This unfiltered ale has a pleasing mouth feel and remains our most popular brew. This beer goes with everything and every occasion.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnsjacobsen (1) - USA - JUL 19, 2005 does not count
Such a fun smell and taste, with strong citrus taste and odor from the hops. I have only had the bottled variety, and would love to try it on tap. Great in the summer, after mowing the lawn or sitting by the ocean. I have to be carefull that I donít drink too many of these, because I donít pay attention.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdm99 (1) - USA - AUG 5, 2001 does not count
this beer blows sierra nevada out of the water

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2002
mmmmmmhhhhhh. great aroma very good flavor. Hoppy floral nose!! What else do you need as hop lover?? Not too bitter well balanced!! TRY IT!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocJitsu (1715) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a gorgeous clear, golden color with a white, bubbly head that attenuates to a thin cap. The cap is perpetuated by carbonation bubbles that migrate from the bottom of the glass to the top of the beer. White lacing remains on the glass as it is being drunk. The bouquet is characterized by light notes of orange peel and grapefruit. This beer has an almost perfect mouthfeel in that it balances a heavier slickness with a mild scrubbing on the back of the tongue. This tastes how I would make an APA taste if I could make an APA this good. Sweet grapefruit and lemon balanced by just the mildest tart citrus at the finish make this a phenomenal drinker. I love it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2005
So hoppy that I actually enjoyed it. I hate IPAs, and I tend to dislike EPAs, but this was extraordinary. The taste and smell were very fascinating. The aftertaste makes the beer a must have! Try it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
solsticebrew (61) - USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle, Honolulu. A golden hazy slightly orange like color. An almost strong caramel aroma. Great balance, Fizzy mouth feel that stay around a little longer than I like. Tastes sweet and I love it. It is official, I Love Mad River BC

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Very good pale ale...more subtle than others and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Mad River Brewing Company--Steelhead Extra Pale Ale--12 oz. Bottle. 1998 Release 4.00% ABV. 2008-A 5.60% ABV--26.4 IBUís. (4.2 / 5.0) Light tight sediment. Mild dense lacy white head. Slightly cloudy thin bright orange hint gold color. Mild floral hop front. Mild sweet creamy hint crisp delicate butter caramel sweetbread tasty body. Smooth mild hop spice refreshing clean end. Aged well. Sampled 8/6/2009. 6-Pack $7.99. Thick Print--ABV On Label 2008-B 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--26.4 IBUís. (4.15 / 5.0) Sediment hint. Flat fizzy mild lace white head. Slightly cloudy bright yellow gold color. Crisp floral hop front. Mild sweet delicate butter caramel fruit hint crisp refreshing smooth mild bready Pale Ale body. Refreshing smooth mild hop spice clean citrus end. Sampled 8/13/2009. 6-Pack $8.99. Mad River Brewing Company--Steelhead Extra Pale Ale-Handcrafted in the Heart of Humboldt--Brewing California Classic Gold Since 1989--ABV On Bottom Right of Label--2009 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV--26.4 IBUís. (4.2 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Rich sediment. Billowing lacy white head. Pretty clear bright yellow gold color hazes sediment flecked lemon. Crisp floral hop front. Dry sweet crisp mild fruit rich golden Pils Ale minimal biscuit body. Clean mild bitter hop spice citrus hint refreshing end. Sampled 11/12/2009. 6-Pack $9.29.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickbeer44 (8) - - MAY 18, 2014 does not count
One of the most seesionable beers ever. Light, easy to drink. Clean. well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Itís a cloudy, light amber/orangey/yellowish color. Very nice smell, little hop notes, bitter/floral aroma. Very smooth, light hoppy taste. Very nice taste!

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