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Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 3 | 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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dbl_delta

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2014 03:16:37 | More by dbl_delta
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-19-2014 03:58:01 | More by Lehighace06
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Bear1964

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2014 00:33:34 | More by Bear1964
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-02-2014 15:02:41 | More by ncstateplaya
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-29-2013 00:18:24 | More by BillRoth
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.1%

12-15-2013 05:46:04 | More by bostonryan
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-10-2013 01:26:42 | More by buzzy
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-09-2013 05:21:28 | More by XmnwildX12
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2013 18:20:54 | More by Eric908
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BAsbill

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-15-2013 04:38:28 | More by BAsbill
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gatorlove

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-03-2013 21:59:25 | More by gatorlove
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teichsta

Indiana

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-03-2013 01:19:49 | More by teichsta
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Quinnspub1

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-01-2013 05:18:13 | More by Quinnspub1
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-16-2013 21:51:45 | More by pearljam118
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-10-2013 14:59:24 | More by Horbar
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-10-2013 13:48:14 | More by harpus
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Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-04-2013 06:35:04 | More by Mybeercanbeatupyourbeer
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a dark amber color with a slight beige head. The aroma is mild with hints of malts. The taste is decently malty with a slightly bitter after taste. The texture is decent but the taste is still lacking some deeper characteristics. Still ok for a red ale, but to the average consumer the Jamaican label on an American beer will throw people off.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 04:41:15 | More by Lemke10
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AWB3

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-16-2013 15:39:27 | More by AWB3
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ChuckS

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-15-2013 12:11:32 | More by ChuckS
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DeaconD

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

09-08-2013 16:33:31 | More by DeaconD
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dbattey

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-08-2013 04:41:17 | More by dbattey
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quick summation of my review: a good hoppy and slightly sweet red ale that is enjoyable down to the last gulp but nothing that will blow your mind. Reddish gold body, good head, decent lace, an aroma of mostly citric hops with some sweet malt (touch of bread). Beer is medium bodied, smooth, gives off a good chunk of citric hops and has a nice balance with mild sweet malts. Crisp, clean finish is enjoyable and can't say that this the hoppiest, sweetest, or best red ale I've had but it hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 13:23:48 | More by clayrock81
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fivebrownbears

Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.9%

08-29-2013 18:22:31 | More by fivebrownbears
Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.