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195 Taylor Way
PO Box 767
Blue Lake CA 95525
Telephone: +1 707-668-4151
Hours: Monday-Saturday noon-9:00pm.
Brewer: Dylan Schotz
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Opened: 1990

Annual Production: 15,000 bbl

Contributors: Arash Shahzadi, Diane Crawford, Ralph Wells

Thanks to Mad River's Brian Baku for sending the bottles to me in Wisconsin! It had been nearly six years since I'd had a chance to sample their wares...

Mad River was named Small Brewing Company of the Year at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.

Updated: October 14, 2013

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Beer List

  • 8.60% abv.

  • Awards:
    • Date: March 22, 2002 (#4279)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep red, good head, some haze from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Caramelly-fruity aroma. Medium body, big citrus hop flavor, mild bitterness. Hop flavor lingers a long long time, along with lots of caramel in the finish. A good old-time California pale ale.
    • Date: April 29, 1996 (#1407)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 11 points
      Overall Impression (2)
      WAY too much head. Red-opaque. Caramel and sharp hop aroma. Thick, bitter. Very low carbonation...maybe it all came out in the head. At least it's not sour like it used to be. "CA CASH RFEUND"...gesundheit!
    • Date: February 2, 1995 (#750)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Looks like red mud. No head. Caramel and chocolate aromas. Bitter. Herbal. OK body, but unbalanced. Fairly flat.
    • Date: January 15, 1995 (#714)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red opaque. Red head. Hop aroma, some caramel. Thick. Chewy with fair bitterness...but not quite balanced. This is almost a Real Good Beer.
    • Date: April 25, 1994 (#314)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark red. Opaque. Thick off-white head. Very spicy nose. Thick, malty, but flavors are understated. Spicy bitterness really comes on in finish. Somewhat cloying.

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    7.00% abv.
    • Date: March 5, 2009 (#7708)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 14½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Amber. Nice thick head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Sweet and fruity. Yeasty. Hint of autolysis?
      Mouthfeel (7)
      Medium body, smooth and sweet and really biscuity. Yeasty. Lots of fruity hop flavor, mildly bitter. Sweet biscuity finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: March 31, 2002 (#4281)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden, hazy, low carbonation, moderate head. Very citrusy, slightly yeasty aroma. Light body, lots of citrusy hop flavor, mildly bitter.

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    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.00% abv.
    • Date: March 31, 2002 (#4291)
      Package: bottled
      Place: from the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Orange, hazy, big thick head. Toasty malt aroma with lots of caramel. Big body, hugely malty with lots of toast. Fairly big hop flavor and bitterness. Very mildly warming. Brewed from 100% organic barley.
    • Date: December 18, 1994 (#657)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Nice amber. No head, as expected. Caramel nose, some alcohol late. Bitter and strong...but not very interesting.

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    Belgian-Style Pale Ale
    6.50% abv.
    • Date: October 28, 2010 (#8331)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hy-Vee Stony Brook, Omaha NE
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep red-brown. Big dense head.
      Aroma (3½)
      Huge fruity malt. Grassy, floral hops. Alcohol.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Big and chewy. Fruity esters and fruity hops. Lots of toasty, biscuity, sweet malt. Mild alcohol flavor. Low bitterness. A bit grainy in the finish.
      Overall Impression (2)

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    Baltic-Style Porter
    8.60% abv.

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    Steelhead Double India Pale Ale
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
    8.60% abv.

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    Steelhead Extra Pale Ale
    Golden or Blonde Ale
    5.60% abv.
    Awards:

  • Steelhead Extra Stout
    Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
    6.00% abv.

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    Steelhead Porter
    Robust Porter
    6.50% abv.

  • Steelhead Scotch Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Super Chili Pepper Madness
    Herb and Spice Beer
    Awards: