tightslice (1356) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 23, 2016 J_man (1008) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine. Not much more than a heavy barleywine-like sweetness in the aroma. Beautiful crystal clear golden yellow wit a soapy white head. The prickly alcohol heat seems to jump out right from the get go and seems much higher than 8%. A nice honeyed sweetness tries to subdue that heat with some success. Then a truly bitter green dankness sets in and overtakes them both with subtle, spicy herbaceousness and citrus pith and rind. That bitterness really sticks around along with a little residual sweetness for a nice, long boozy afterglow. The body is surprisingly light for all that’s packed in here (maybe due to the wheat?) and makes what could be a heavy, bloat-inducing beer quite easy to drink.
Location: Bottle from Safeway in Redwood City, CA beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2016
Aroma: Light ginger spice
Taste: Mild hoppy water with some ginger spice
Overall: This is one of the more unappealing beers I’ve had with lots of big bits floating throughout. Ultimately no real backbone here and little flavor to speak of. Mostly a hop water remedy.
Pours a golden orange color with a white head. Citrus, floral, hop, resin, pine and wheat aroma. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit,pine, resin and wheat flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a citrus hop and wheat finish. bb (9525) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and light spice flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and light spice linger with light pine and light wheat. Strykzone (7431) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Coppery gold and hazy with a nice beige head that lasts nicely. Lots of visible carbonation. Not a big aroma but some wheat, malts and fruit. Fruit leads in the flavor and it is classic west coast citrus and tropical. Nice and smooth. The start is fairly bitter that that fades. Fruit increases. I barely notice the wheat but it does add some smooth feel effects. A pleasant beer. Not sure why it needed all of that ABV, though. shrubber85 (11460) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. Caramel wheat malt and herbal orange peel aroma. Cloudy golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange-peach malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel flavor. Hops a bit harsh.
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
12oz. Was stoked to see something new (to me at least) from Mad River - and a Wheat IPA at that! Honestly their own description fits it on the nose, so I won’t say much, but this one is definitely more on the fruit wheat tip than the bitter IPA. Flavors blend well but aren’t that loud. Pretty good. hayduke (5551) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2015 On draft at the Mad River Brewpub in Blue Lake, CA. Pours a cloudy amber with an of white head. Nose ow wheat, citrus and maybe pine. Medium body. The flavor is tropical fruit and citrus. The pine shows in the bitter dry finish. Very nice.
Update: This was shared with Strykzone via Facebook chat from a bomber. In brighter light I would cal this copper. Sticky lacing. Mouth feel is bold and thick and smooth like a lager. Better slightly warmer/ Alcohol is very felt but not tasted/ glennmastrange (2884) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Medium to heavy malt aroma of cookie, moderate orange for the hops, light dough and broth for the yeast, with date, brown sugar, alcohol and dried apricot. Head is small, slightly off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky medium amber/orange with a lot of tiny particles. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet, and finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish. Nah, tasted too much like those crappy Canadian excuses for IPAs. RedSox2004 (1915) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Hazy orange with a one-finger white head, nice lace and lots of chunks of something. Aromas of floral and citrus hops, overwhelmed by the wheat malts. Flavor is dominated by the malt swweetness, with hints of spice and a gentle hop bitterness. Medium body, lively carbonation, prickly mouthfeel and a sweetnish finish. CObiased (507) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Twelve ounce bottle - poured orangey and slightly cloudy with what appears to be yeast particulates. Nice hop profile, however not outstanding in any way. Drinkable for sure but not repeatable.