Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company
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Reviews by BitterLover:
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This review is from notes. I had this beer on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC. It was the featured beer on "Pint NIght", so I got to take the Jamaica Red logo pint glass home! Gotta love Pint Night at Tyler's!
A: Dark copper color with a reddish tinge to it when held up to the light. No head and no lacing, but a slight halo of bubbles around the edge. Some visible carbonation..
S: More malty than hoppy to my nose. A nice sweet earthy smell.
T: Very malty sweet up front, but hops come to the forefront as the beer goes down the back of the throat. This beer finishes with a hoppy bitterness.
M: The maltiness gives this beer a velvety mouthfeel that fades quickly into bitterness.
D: This is a very drinkable beer on tap -- not overly sweet, bitter, or high in alcohol. I'm sure I'll have this one again.
Serving type: on-tap
01-25-2009 20:37:12 | More by BitterLover
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3.74/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Pours a semi-clear reddish copper with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of suds across the surface. What little lacing there is, it's spotty with almost no stick.
Smell - Strong caramel aroma on this one. Hops play second fiddle, hitting on distant citrus notes.
Taste - As in the nose, caramel dominates the flavor profile, leaving everything else to play complimentary roles. Hops hit on a light citrus twang before giving way to a distant orange pith bitterness. Hints of fruity esters. Finishes with more malt caramel, but the hops do well to keep it from becoming cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel - A heftier than normal medium body with fair carbonation. Very smooth from start to finish; almost silky. An easy drinker for sure.
Overall - A good, solid red from Mad River. Once one of the stand-out ambers in the American market, time has pushed this to near garden-variety status as both similar and more distinguishable reds have hit the scene over the years. This isn't a bad beer at all, in fact it's a damn good example of your classic American Amber, but I don't see myself buying it all that often. One of those "too many beers, too little time" things.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2013 05:11:49 | More by TheSixthRing
Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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