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Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

459 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2001

Our legendary red ale. This mahogany hued ale brings an intense spectrum of spicy aromatic hop character balanced by a full-bodied caramel richness. 2011 Silver Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category.

IBU: 45.3
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 70/80, Wheat, Black Patent
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Willamette, Summit
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Ratings: 459 | Reviews: 255
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because Red Tail was my first craft beer, I found this to be the best red ale ever - on tap at the Mad River.

A: Big creamy and thick tan head with lasting trail of lace. Deep brown- red california body.

S: Aroma of hops and caramel malt. balance of pungent hops and sweet caramel.

T: Follows smell but explodes with flavor. Huge arc of malt, caramel on top of chocolate and roasted fruit: pear, grapefruit and building hops then a jammy marmelade finish.

F: Just right body to carry the lovely flavor arc.

Must try!

Photo of casapy
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jspaner
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average red ale, barely gets a 3.

Photo of Petegrieco
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zoober911
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sunny289
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaSaiani
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcall384
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obrienc
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lazy8
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: light brown/auburn with 1/2 in. cream colored head. Minimal lacing.
S: mostly malt. Carmel and roasted malts
T: sweet, roasty malt flavor first. Gently bitterness in aftertaste
M: medium to full bodied. Moderately carbonated.
O: tasty red. More malt than hops. Overall a good beer.

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavidBart
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is another one of those that was hard to finish. A little bit of red ale, a little bit of lager taste. Just all over the place, and very poorly balanced. I had better things in the fridge, so down the drain this went. I would steer clear of this.

Photo of dsnyder61
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i was a big fan of this beer

Photo of Mikestaf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mattyb79
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TheFrothDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

I doff my hat to Mad River Brewing for creating this Jamaican red ale which received a silver medal not long ago at The Great American Beer festival.

It poured a deep mahogany hue with a small condensed chest nut head. The smell was subtle, sweet malted grains and brown sugar were present.

The low level of carbonation complemented this beer well, oak fudge and earthy spices were dominant yet perfectly balanced with hints of citrus pine. A great overall beer that was initially brewed for a reggae festival!

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Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.