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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

Jamaica Sunset India Pale AleJamaica Sunset India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2001)
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Todd

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz short brown bottle. No freshness date.

An unfiltered offering, this poured a cloudy, dirty blonde coloured beer topped with ample white lace with a bit of stick and stay.

Musty, fruity/estery aroma with notes of yeast and a floral bouquet of hops.

Very smooth. Big malty/sweet body. Crisp, tingly carbonation backed by a spicy alcohol presence that stings the palate with its presence, warms and melts into your brain. Luscious ripe fruit flavours of sweet pineapple, peach, mango, even some mandarin oranges ... very tropical, overall. Hops flavours are herbal and spicy, embracing and blending very well with the alcohol notes. Big pale malt sweetness in the end with a collective linger of flavours, plus some yeast.

Whoa! Unexpected. A majorly flavourful, powerful and fruity IPA! Like a fruit salad soaked in alcohol, with a garnish of hops. Todd like.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 01:17:51 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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: True gold colour with a mild chill haze, big frothy white lace with spider web like trails down the glass.

Smell: Fruity citrusy hop aroma similar to a fresh cut orange, very fresh in the nose with hops due to the dry hopping.

Taste: Medium body with a smooth rounded carbonation, strong armed hop bitterness. Raw lightly astringent bitterness, malt palate struggles a little to balance though seems to make it to the end. Suggestions of tangerine and mango within the fruitiness, faint biscuit malt in the finish. Esters and alcohol are a bit noticeable. Long lasting hop bitterness. A tad on the sweet side though the astringency from the hops pucker the mouth.

Notes: A great American IPA, big on the raw hop character without going too overboard. A beer to keep a hophead content and any beer lover occupied. 6.4% abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 14:40:23 | More by Jason
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.4%

04-15-2014 14:16:48 | More by jaswilson2
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Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-27-2014 22:20:31 | More by UncleAddie
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McStagger

California

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure on the age of this bottle.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a ton of particulate floating throughout. Two finger khaki head. Great lacing. Good retention. Hard to gauge carbonation due to the insane amount of solid chunks floating throughout the beer.

S: Big tangerine and mandarin notes. Some malt caramel, but little else.

T: Moderate malt backbone. Hops are fairly tropical, but again, the mandarin orange taste simply dominates. It's like canned mandarin oranges, which is very interesting. Some green apple on the finish, with just a soapy bitterness.

M: Crisp, fairly light. This one has a moderate carbonation that helps to cut the malt and alcohol.

O: This one is all over the map. It seriously tastes like mandarin orange syrup. And it looks decent, until you see the particles. Very strange brew, but the flavor is enjoyable. This one would pair nicely with Asian food.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 07:44:22 | More by McStagger
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-15-2014 01:27:28 | More by BigTrubble
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-09-2014 21:44:33 | More by LXIXME
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Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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LJWalker

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-24-2014 06:20:57 | More by LJWalker
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-19-2014 04:38:10 | More by 2GOOFY
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-15-2014 15:46:06 | More by dreichus
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

02-15-2014 04:56:44 | More by kmos27
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SoCaliC8

California

1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

01-19-2014 18:31:51 | More by SoCaliC8
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-15-2013 16:53:55 | More by BillRoth
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-10-2013 01:19:18 | More by buzzy
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Eric908

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-02-2013 22:16:02 | More by Eric908
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allstar255

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

11-23-2013 06:56:08 | More by allstar255
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baconman91

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

11-20-2013 15:32:47 | More by baconman91
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-08-2013 02:13:25 | More by buckyp
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-31-2013 01:54:12 | More by ste5venla
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TheSixthRing

California

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No freshness date.

Appearance - Pours hazy rusty orange with an off-white, half finger head. Sub-par retention leads to broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick. Lots of sediment floating around, though that's never really bothered me.

Smell - Mild tropical fruit notes, touching on pineapple and mango. Hints of bread and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose; mild notes of tropical fruitiness, backed by a very light bready, almost grainy, malt backbone. Faint caramel. Finishes with a mild citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Smooth from start to finish.

Overall - A mild example of the style. Nothing outstanding, but this is about as quaffable as IPA's get while still having interesting flavor. 'Jamaica Sunset IPA' is probably the most apt name for this beer. Forget Corona, this is the beer I wanna be drinking while the sun is setting on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:48:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a lighter amber with tons of particles caught swirling in the pour-induced maelstrom. Nice head, thick and doughy. Sheets of lace.

S-Smells a bit past it's prime. Faded tangerine and pine. Lots of caramel. Light floral hops and more caramel.

T-Flavor again, seems faded and past due. Balanced. Floral, sweet, candied citrus and pine but pretty soft. Lots of caramel again.

M-Not very bitter. A bit oily. Fuller for the style. Medium carbonation.

O/D-Not very happy with this one. Maybe it's a little old? Either way I wouldn't go at it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:35:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In the aroma I can smell an ever so light floral hoppiness. This beer is more malty in the aroma then hoppy. I was hoping for a bigger hop presence. And with no bottle date it's a throw of the dice.
The appearance is orange amber. The body was clear until the last moment, then bottle sediment flowed into the glass giving it a hazy clarity. An off white heas sits onto and never goes away due to high carbonation.
This beer drinks very easy. The flavor leans towards malts and the hops are quite lean.
It finishes clean and really almost no bitterness.
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Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 12:26:46 | More by micromaniac129
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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.