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Jamaica Red Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

436 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 249
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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Ratings: 436 | Reviews: 249 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

dbarny76, Mar 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

bcsbeer, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BKotch, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Beermasterjarrett, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Matchews, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

dbl_delta, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bear1964, Jan 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

ncstateplaya, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

bostonryan, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

buzzy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Eric908, Nov 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BAsbill, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gatorlove, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

teichsta, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Quinnspub1, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

TheSixthRing, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

pearljam118, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Horbar, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

harpus, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Lemke10, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

AWB3, Sep 16, 2013
Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.