Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale

Mad River Steelhead Extra Pale Ale

Rated 3.175 by BeerPals

Brewed by Mad River Brewing Company

Blue Lake, CA, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

5.6% Alcohol by Volume

Availability of this beer is unknown

Sign Up to Participate:

The original Extra Pale is the one that started it all back in 1989. 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.

ID: 395 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 23 years ago

Key Stats








1 Member Photo

Sign up to share your photos


Most noted beer attributes

None to date - be the first! Beeributes help BeerPal predict what beers you'll love.

Sign up to participate


Overall Rank24690
Overall Percentile53.8
Style Rank946 of 2215
Style Percentile57.3
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.200
Weighted Score3.175
Standard Deviation0.519

Rating Distribution

Beer vs Style

21 Member Reviews

Recent | Card View | Table View
  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 2.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    WoW - Extra IPA, well it might be considered EXTRA WIMPY! Light flaver, light body. In reality the flavor is fairly good, but there is just not a lot of it!

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I had this beer with dinner at the Bottega Restaurant in Nappy Valley, California. This beer was quite nice but tasted to me more like an East Coast IPA - very piney, little floral/citrus notes. It was good just not what I was expecting in a state that is home to Lagunitas, Russian River, and Sierra Nevada.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 2.6 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Lacking... I didn't expect a ton-'o-hops in a pale ale, but did expect some... missed it. Very lightly hoppy, but more grassy like a barely average lager perhaps. Thin and very light bodied. Bitter finish.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 2.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    A nearly watered light amber colored beer. A medium sized, frothy textured, white head rises briefly above. Disappears fairly quickly, leaving nothing but a thin soapy ringlet. The nose bready malt and faint grassy hops. The tasting matches, but a little more pronounced. An effervescent, light body. Probably works as a session beer, but no much more than that.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 5

    I was thinking that was I was going to be enjoying a nice pale ale with dinner, but this was no pale ale. Aroma is peachy somehow, but not juicy peaches...more akin to unripe peaches...green I suppose. Some grass notes too. Sweet on the tongue, lacking any noticeable hop profile that would assert itself and remind me that I’m drinking a pale ale. Seemes a bit buttery too. Not awful...just....next!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    nice malt/hop interplay here, which is the only thing making this a slightly above average pale. it was a fairly pleasant surprise. clean, crisp, and refreshingly dry in the finish. 7/09 - not nearly as good last time. fully average, but i'll only knock the score a bit unless it's the same several times in a row.

  • JJPM74 58 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle courtesy of durhambeer. Pours copper with a white head. Smells spicy with some underlying caramel hints. Tastes lightly bitter and resiny with some nice malty undertones.

  • CRIASIA 200 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This brew is a pretty average beer. It poured a golden hazy color with a small white head that left some lacing. The mouthfeel was medium and crisp still. The aroma was of floral and hops. The flavor was well balanced for PA mainly hop flavor but a little malt balance. Overall my only gripe is the low alcohol content but i wouldn't ding the beer because the flavor was good.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer pours a brightly coloured orange body. With a small white head. Retention is poor but lacing is fairly decent. Not a lot of foam but well carbonated and easy to bubble up temporarly (hope that makes sense). Aroma is typical, honey, hops- not sure what kind, familiar but hard to distinguish and piney. Taste is what i enjoyed the most- flavors are astringent, fruity and tangy like tangerines. great beer, Humboldt county- dank beer, but not that dank.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Hazy pale yellow colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is lemony and orangish. Flavour is yeasty, fruity and has some hints of caramel. Watery, very watery.

Discuss This Beer