Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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Jamaica Sunset India Pale AleJamaica Sunset India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

240 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by sponberg:
Photo of sponberg
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold (unfiltered?) with a white head that falls asleep quickly, yet rises from its slumber when schwirled. Aroma is bready malt and citric hops.

There's that marzipan thing again - must be a yeast ester or some sort of fermentation product. Same flavor as in the Barleycorn. Not a bad thing, just different. Beyond that is a pretty tasty IPAcaramelly malt, some alcohol in the middle-end, and a citrusy hoppiness (grapefruit rind) that rides along thruout. Nice body - rounded. I could drink a few of these, but I wonder if the marzipan (the curse of growing up German - you learn what almond paste tastes like early and often!) would eventually get to me.

Thanks again to BA JeffKrenner for the brew!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the pint glass a sorta murky brown/orange color with a white one finger head that settles quickly leaving a trace amount of lace behind,I was really suprised at how subdued the aromas were being this is a California IPA some orange,citrus notes but they dont really jump out ya.It took a little while for the flavors to grow on me pretty raw with a real big caramelly malt backbone that cuts thru the citrusy slightly resiny hop.Gets a little sweet after awhile but the flavors meld together pretty well,this is not a real big west coast IPA but flavorful none the less.

Photo of Todd
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.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot body with a very small offwhite head that quickly vanishes with only a few spotty rings of lace. Subdued aroma has some caramel, citrus, and a hint of grassiness. Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation. Taste is mostly caramel maltiness with a balancing hop bitterness that has hints of grass and citrus. Decent enough, but rather pedestrian.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating on the label. Pours a slightly cloudy and hazy, yellowy light amber. Head is moderate, white and tiny bubbly. Respectable, scattered lacing and some sheeting left on the glass. Nose is herbal, musty, hoppy with a hint of gin and fusil alcohol.. This is a heady, flavorful, medium/full bodied brew. Pleanty of funky, citric hoppy notes. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Its called "Jamaica Sunset" and this one evokes notions of a hot tropical afternoon, with spicy jerk chicken on the grill, soulfull reggae in the air, all with a northern California slant, nice Amer.
IPA.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. squat amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured a hazy bright orange color. Thick and bubbling white head thins down to a respectable level. Very nice lacing of the glass. Lots and lots of sediment is clogged on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Fresh fruits! Very noticeable aroma of fruit. The beauty of dry hopping.

Taste: Started out loving this, what with the rather unrefined "in yer face" hoppy bitterness. Good malt base balance this bitterness more than expected. Finishes dry and bitter, with a slightly unpleasant grainy flavor that was unexpected.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied. Nice puckering effect at the end.

Drinkability: Suffers a little due to the rather nasty aftertaste.

Just short of a really good "west coast" IPA IMHO.

Photo of magictrokini
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A VERY fruity IPA. Copper pour with sediment and a big whitish head. Spicy aroma with hops, wood, and sweeter fruits. Grapefruit and citrus hops take over the palate, but without the IPA bitterness. Lots of hibiscus and passionfruit give this a tangy sweetness. Dry and light on the back end. I like it, but it really is not that good of an IPA.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Cloudy,reddish/orange color with a 1" white head quickly dissapating into a slight coating of foam. Minimal carbination the beer is full of tiny particles suspended in the beer.

Clean,moderate aromas piney with mild grapefruit notes. Malt aromas of toffee/carmell.

Grapefruity citrus with pine tastes,tart,a semi-sweet toffee/carmell, very good balance. Finishes with a perfect blend of hops and malt. A good taste,a bit on the bland side.

Light mouthfeel for an IPA, some tangy,juicyness. Very easy drinking,smooth, could drink a lot of this not as filling as most IPA's. I had a lot of Pale Ales with more flavor. Mediochre

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yankeeheel
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazy golden light amber with a nice thick white head. Solid lacing. Smells slightly estery with the hops being quite floral. Moderately sweet hoppy first wave followed by that slightly lingering classic IPA burn. Very subtle if not slightly underhopped for an IPA. Moutfeel and carbonation are moderate. Solid all around beer but not one I'd seek out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a little bit of a hazy yellow, almost homebrew looking for its lack of attractiveness, yet nothing glaringly 'wrong' with it either, you'll just be thinking you might have a hefe or pale wheat thing going at first. Good woodsy aromatic cascade hop aroma it would seem.

Good cascade bittering hop flavor as well. Light blonde body pairs well with the hopping. Not balanced, in a good way. One of the first ipa's I had back in the 90s that brought out tropical fruit flavor that paired oh so well with the hoppiness and light body. Really was one of the first ipa's in CA that was being bottled. Still a good choice, but its amazing to drink it now and think how this used to be one of the hoppiest beers around.

Today its just middle of the road in terms of its hop quotient, but it doesn't make it any less of a beer, its still a good choice. Freshness dating would be nice, as I have got an old bottle or two of this unintentionally before.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle in a pint glass

A - Clear amber color with thin half finger white head and minimal lacing on glass.
S - Nice pine and citrus smells
T - Very well balanced dry hoppy flavors, citrus and pine with caramel and wheaty tones as well
O - Very refreshing and well balanced IPA. I enjoyed the lower IBU in this beer as a lighter IPA.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark red-brown from a 12 oz bottle. Excellent, creamy tan head. Great retention.

Flavor: Orange peel, other citrus and some floral hop notes. Strong. High bitterness.

Feel: Full bodied with perfect , soft carbonation.

O: while partly tamed by a larger and darker malt load, this IPA has plenty of hop power to satisfy hop heads.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a one finger head that ends up in nice lacing.
Aroma is sort of weird to me....musty...tropical fruit...a little sweet.
Taste is again sweet on the tongue to start followed by heavy cloying tropical fruits, then a nice bang of hops.
Mouthfeel is full an thick with a nice alcohol burn going down.
I don't think this is very drinkable, being somehow too sweet in the tropical flavors and a little strong in the alcohol

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of TheSixthRing
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.

Photo of Marcelozicker
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed golden under a stubby and sticky off-white head.
PacNW hopping is evident as soon as the cap is off. Big ruby grapefruits and lesser pine sap. Sugared muffins provide malt contrast.
Enters the mouth and is dry for a moment. Vague toasty biscuit hues. Turns immediately sweeter. Heavily sugared pineapple and honey-slathered red apples. Not especially heavy, but syrupy sweet. Grain astrigency battles to reign it in, but fails. The hopping, as forceful as the nose makes it out to be, also fails to cut through. Sure, it's bitter near the close, but the dilute grapefuit oil fails to offset the malt. Fried plantain notion afterward with small traces of rummy heat.
The result is offkilter. Too much lingering sugar.
Their Jamaica Red Ale is 10 times the "IPA" this is.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this IPA somewhat undervalued. It had a veryunfiltered look about it, many floaties in a light grapefruit coloured body, crowned by a thick white foam. Hop aromas. The taste, appropriately carbonated, of orange citrus and a nice melange of hops. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy glowing deep ruddy orange brew is capped with small layer of khaki foam that reduces pretty quickly to a collar with some wispy haze on the surface of the brew. Some nice lace is left on the glass, and a quick swirl builds the initially flimsy head up to a nice fat finger.

S - Mandarin orange and orange blossoms. A nice thick biscuity malt background allows the mellow citrus and floral note to play out. Some melon and cantaloupe are in there too. This could stand to be a little more assertive though, it's very weak.

T - This has a little more horsepower (hop-power?) in the mouth than in the nose. Again, mellow mandarin orange and cantaloupe. Sort of like a mixed fruit cup initially, then the bitter hops really kick in and give this a very grassy finishing note...like bitter greens.

M - Medium bodied with a very sedate level of carbonation that prickles the tongue just enough to keep this lively. The finish is a really nice herbal/grassy bitter flavor that reminds me of parsley in the aftertaste.

D - A good IPA for sure. I really like the nice off-dry finish more than anything. This one is above average, but not show-stopping by any means.

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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.