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Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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Jamaica Red AleJamaica Red Ale

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very good

434 Ratings

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Ratings: 434
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | 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:
IBU: 45.3
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 70/80, Wheat, Black Patent
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Willamette, Summit

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2001)
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

bertcat9000, Jul 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

humblepie, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

rcusick, Apr 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

GeoBrewer71, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of unionturf
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap for $1.50 at Brixx in Charlotte...

Color was deep red and had a decent head. Smell was excellent and taste was near perfect for what I look for in a beer. Had a good hoppy flavor with wonderful malt too. It was not bitter at all and very drinkable, I'm hoping that it's this good from a bottle...if so this will be a regular in the fridge!!

unionturf, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of DOCALYN
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

jamaica Red was the first of Mad River's products I tried and it was love at first taste! I am a hophead and this brew satisfies all my taste preferences. I called the brewery to tell them of my appreciation for this beer and lo and behold they sent me a package of shirts, glasses and coasters. A very tasty beer on any occaision.

DOCALYN, Sep 23, 2001
Photo of JahNoth
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice frothy head and sweet orange aroma that balances nicely with the pungent, citric hops. I love the cloudy, reddish amber apperance. Nice malty flavor well balanced with PNW hops. A tasty treat. What I love most about this beer is the variety of the ingredients. The hops and malt don't just project one style/flavor, but give you a tasty melange. This is a great beer!

JahNoth, Jul 22, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Kelpie17, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of david131
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A cloudy, deep orange/red beer. Has a great crystal ball effect. A thin white head forms with amazing retention.

S- Smells very hoppy, carmely sweet. A little cinnamon. Very very good.

T- Caramel, grass, citrus, and oddly enough... a smack of watermelon. Just the right amount of bitterness and complexity.

M- A great balance of carbonation, stickiness, bitterness, and oiliness.

D- I am totally blown away by this. This is going to be a regular in my fridge.

david131, Nov 09, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

BenSnowden, Apr 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

chinesebeatle, Aug 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

UnoMasBelgian, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of MobBarley
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a ruddy, brownish red with a small head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is nice and malty with some strong hazelnut notes and an underlying Cascade aroma that spells "P.N.W.". The taste is similar, starting off sweet and bready with some notes of roasted nuts, pine and astringent greenness. Mouthfeel is great, a little on the chewy side of normal. Just how I like my reds. Drinkabilty is supreme. An absolutely delicious, if slightly less available PNW beer. Finely crafted brew.

MobBarley, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of wafers
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, ruby colored upon the pour... some sediment seen floating near the bottom of the glass
S: Noticeable smell of sticky hops, not overpowering at all
T: Very unique...you get a hit of hops initially but the majority of the flavor is something that reminds me of exotic fruits, but not overly sweet...the end is characterized by some more hoppy bitterness
M: Smooth, crisp, very easy drinking
O: Pleasantly surprised with this one as I have never had an amber/red ale tasting anything quite like this one...taste is an interesting mix somewhere between a hoppy pale ale, floral white ale, and a fruit beer...all in all awesome beer and would gladly drink again

wafers, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I once had a friend say "this beer looks like dirt!" so ever since I've referred to it as my 'dirt beer.' Amber, dark, cloudy, with a tan head, yeah I guess it kind of looks like dirt - looks more like homebrew. The smell is awesome - pear juice, caramel and the evergreen forests of the Northern California coast (i.e., the hops.) Very tasty, with a generous amount of hoppiness. Carbonation is just right and you get a good savory tingling mouthfeel from the hoppy finish. This is one of my favorite beers.

Sadly, I am drinking the last bottle I smuggled back in my luggage as I write this. Needless to say, at the inevitable (I hope) Mad River premiere at Blind Tiger someday, I hope to welcome these guys to NYC in style. And take the next day off work.

PopeJonPaul, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jamaica Red Ale was served from a 12 oz. stubby bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a murky amber-red color and was topped by a light tan head. Suspended particulates abound. The nose held a barrage of wildy aromatic malts and spice...sasparilla, toffee-sweetness, and plantain-banana. A spicy hop bouquet topped it off. On the palate, a rich and aromatic spicy malt profile delivered some banana-nut flavors on the way to an excellent spicy hop finish that left a nice lingering roasty-astringent bitterness....similar to the Cinder Cone Red finish. The body was quite smooth, full, and somewhat creamy...working well with the flavors and character of the beer. Jamaica Red Ale had a well-developed collection of flavors...finsihing brilliantly. A very interesting, tasty, and finely-crafted interpretation of the style.

HiroProtagonist, Jul 18, 2004
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4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brown/red color... huge head to it.. a little bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is of brown sugar and caramel with some hops to it.. nice aroma going on here. Great mouthfeel and body to this one.. just the right amount of thickness to it. A nice balance of caramel malts and still pretty hoppy all with a clean finish and a slight (very slight) tinge of alcohol.... solid beer right here, wish this was distributed to CT.. I love me some red ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

oriolesfan4, Jul 11, 2009
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4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good local beer I tried at the bar- just picked up a sixer today. Well, looks like a red ale however the appearance is a tad bit cloudy. It smells phenomenal. One of the best brews I have ever taken a whiff of. Taste is far from modest, a strong, almost stout flavoring. All in all this is a fantastic red ale, shouldn't be long before I'm out.

Gabriel_Vaughn, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Big creamy and thick light tan head with a well painted trail of lace all the way down to the bottom of the hazy very deep brownish red brew.

Smell: Thick aroma of hops and caramel malt. Hops are a tad pungent to the nose and the caramel is quite well rounded.

Taste: Medium body moderate carbonation, hops are very flavourful with a straight-up bitterness and the pungent citric aftermath. Huge wave of malt, caramel rides on top with both chocolate and roasted flavour underneath. Fruity of pear though a grapefruit citric character from the hops rips right through to disorient the taste buds into nirvana. Finish is a bit clean with some residual caramel sweetness and a dark grainy bread flavour.

Notes: This is really good stuff, this one showed me that American beer can still reach this height of greatness. 6.0% abv.

Jason, Jan 23, 2001
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

InfernoBoss, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

irthesteve, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Liana, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Bubbalito, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 22, 2014
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Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 434 ratings.