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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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.

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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.4%

The Sunset India Pale by Mad River poured a hazy burnt orange color maybe of the sun with a good foam head of a couple fingers and some washing machine suds.

The aroma was hops and citrus. The taste was tiny bit malty then hoppy all the way through. In the mouth it left a nice bitterness on the tongue. It was a very enjoyable American IPA.

05-02-2008 02:54:49 | More by cswhitehorse
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

11-17-2011 23:10:17 | More by PthPndr
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-07-2012 23:40:34 | More by towlea25
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-12-2011 20:57:04 | More by djrn2
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-02-2011 03:42:11 | More by rab53
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.4%

It's alive! Huge, blizzard-like plumes of swirling yeast and multiple, rapidly rising streams of bubbles can be seen within the amber-orange liquid. I love the chock full o' yeast look and this is one of the chock fullest that I've seen in a while. The head is sun-bleached ivory in color, is impressively firm, and maintains its structure as it melts. Unfortunately, there's disappointingly little lace.

The nose is straightforward as far as IPAs go. When some combination of the C-hops are involved, however, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is nicely aromatic beer, but it could still use another gear or two. Pink grapefruit, pineapple and sweet orange are emanating from the glass and are making my nose happy. Not ecstatic, but happy.

Jamaica Sunset isn't quite as flavorful, as hoppy or as bitter as I had hoped. At 38 IBUs, I feel a little cheated. As far as I'm concerned, 50 should be the bare minimum if the letters I, P, and A are on the label. Malt's contribution consists of a glimmer of caramel and a glimmer and a half of sweetness.

The hops are less interesting on the palate than they are in the nose, but this is still good beer (those who aren't hopheads might feel otherwise). It's still pink grapefruit juicy with lesser contributions from pineapple and orange. The beer is developing a more firm, hoppy bite as I enter the bottom half of the bottle; which makes me feel better about the taste score that I've granted.

The flavor improves with warming and within the arc of each mouthful. It gathers steam from start to finish so that the back end is more interesting than what preceded it. The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a trickle of hop resins, a light mouthcoating and a considerable, yet still manageable, amount of C02.

Even though Jamaica Sunset IPA isn't an earth-shaking version, it's a flavorful little number that has scratched my hop itch this evening. Mad River's Jamaica Red is the superior beer and is clearly hoppier than this one. Or should I say it's superior *because* it's clearly hoppier than this one? If you have da hop love, this is a worthwhile purchase.

08-04-2005 23:39:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Popp24

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

04-01-2012 17:25:57 | More by Popp24
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AgingWarrior

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-01-2011 17:49:02 | More by AgingWarrior
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thick tight white head that settles to a rocky blanket and sticks around until the very end. Chalky lines of laces. Carbonation appears steady and abundant.

Nose: Floral, a tad soapy

Creamy smooth body. Starts with a quick toffee centered malt base that ends up caramelly and sweet. Grapefruit and oranges kick in quickly. Good rich balancing bitterness completes the brew.

A lighter IPA that borders on APA or perhaps a tad hoppy version of an English IPA. Will drink again, would be interested on trying a pint or three or 6 on tap.

11-15-2010 01:52:19 | More by beerphan
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-01-2011 16:29:52 | More by nickfl
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-26-2013 22:38:04 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

01-20-2012 19:29:12 | More by williamjbauer
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10%

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.

07-19-2014 22:54:34 | More by chinchill
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +10%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Murky honey-orange with respectable off-white, sticky head and tons of fine reticular lacing, mostly at the top of the glass but some down the sides as well.

S: Pretty mellow for an IPA, but this is still a raw hops edge to the aroma. Sweet caramel and lightly toasted malts are present in addition to some soft floral and citrus fruit aromas.

T: Solidly malted without a doubt as this beer has pretty equal parts sweetness and bitterness. The sweetness is up front with a more leafy + fruity hops bitterness coming through in pretty dry finish.

M: Good mouth-coating feel that is not overly oily but thick as this beer is majorly malted. Aftertaste is bitter with leafy and soft fruity hops.

D: A really nice IPA (-) -- pretty malty and a little underhopped to be a true-blue IPA, but it is a well-crafted beer that has received a lot of attention from its makers. The high-quality malting is evident and the flavors are very nicely blended -- I'd put it as a hard-edged APA in my book.

08-30-2008 04:55:07 | More by argock
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

05-29-2011 18:44:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into an Arcadia IPA glass I snagged from my brother a few years ago when I moved out of Mom and Pop's place. Features an attractive bright orange amber with a thick but brief head and plenty of carbonation on the body. Nose is sweet with yeast,, vanilla, and citrus and present but not overpowering hops in the shadows.

The taste is dry with a nice closing bitterness and tones of vanilla, citrus, and mild pepper. Alcohol is on the field but not the superstar. The finish is aggressive and lined with withering citrus hops. Mouthfeel is balanced and slightly oily. Not my favorite IPA but a good choice for the curious and worth trying.

08-25-2008 03:36:38 | More by daliandragon
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mynie

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Very cloudy, yeasty red with a nice white head and fantastic lacing. Maybe it's been a while since I've seen a nice, classic AIPA pour, but this just looks really nice to me right now.

Smells pleasantly hoppy but the hops are backed up by a malt that's a little too syrupy for my liking: grapefruit and orange against a very thick sweetness.

Tastes better than it smells. The hops are dryer than I had anticipated, and also stronger, and that balances out the malt quite well--makes it taste breadier, more like barley. Pine and grapefruit melt in to bread dough and caramel and it ends on an acidic blend of chewy yeast and orange hops. The malt is still quite prominent but it's not in the least bit off; it just does a nice job of balancing out the hops.

A nice, strong IPA. Maybe a little boilerplate, but quite drinkable.

01-18-2012 05:00:15 | More by mynie
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

03-07-2010 01:33:29 | More by Sammy
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Hatzilla

California

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A clear amber body with a one inch foamy head leaving some lacing in its wake.

Scent: A malty, bready scent with some inviting (but not overpowering) earthy citrus hops.

Taste: More bready malts, with more of the aforementioned earthy hops appearing in the taste than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, inexpensive IPA (7.99 for the 6 pack). Worth seeking out for the budget-minded IPA fan, especially if overpowering hops are not your thing.

04-03-2011 22:28:20 | More by Hatzilla
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours the color of honey with a bit of sediment. It has a white head that turns into a ring in my glass.

It has a light aroma of citrus and hops and a bit of mustiness. The aroma could be a bit stronger.

The flavor is nice an hoppy with a good balance of sweetness from the malt. There is also a nice tea-like flavor in this ale.

The body is smooth and has the substance I like. It's not watery.

Overall this is a fine IPA and worth buying. Is it worth seeking out? Not quite.

09-05-2007 02:14:44 | More by Shaw
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and strong floral notes. Also, touches of citrus and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of quite a bit of pine and citrusy, bitter hops. It had a nice toasty malt flavor to balance things out.

M - This brew was fairly thin for an IPA. It was a crisp, light bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty IPA with loads of piney hops.

09-26-2009 01:00:53 | More by zeff80
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with some carapils malts and a bitter piney hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor with lots of hops and pale malts. It goes down easy and finishes with a heavy hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. The appearance isn't the best, but the hop flavor and terrific mouthfeel make up for it; a good drinker.

07-20-2004 21:06:30 | More by WesWes
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morimech

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

My first Mad River Brewing beer. It has been around for a long time but I just never gave buying their beer much thought. Pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Balanced aroma of caramel, bready malt, and pine, citrus hops. Smells slightly sweet.

I did not know West Coast Brewers did balance. This is an extremely balanced American IPA. They pushed a lot of caramel malt in this beer and it shows in the flavor and ABV. If the hops fade just a little, this would be a disappointing beer. It needs those citrus hops to balance out the malt. The hops also counter the sweeter malt. Bitterness seems moderate at most.

I am kind of wavering on the score for the body. Just something about the carbonation bugs me. Starts off with a nice, soft carbonation, that goes away as the glass empties. Near the bottom of the glass it almost feels flat.

Not the best IPA for the price. But I am happy I finally gave this beer, and this brewery a try.

02-09-2012 23:16:12 | More by morimech
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Tone

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a cloudy golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, biscuit, some all spice, and tart malt in the finish. Fits the style of a American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, sweet malt next, some all spice comes through strongly, and a dry/bitter finish. Overall, if you like a spicy IPA this is not bad at all.

03-21-2009 03:44:14 | More by Tone
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is more on the malt side with this one, with some hops and citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA.

04-22-2009 02:16:53 | More by Wasatch
Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.