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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

147 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 250
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2001

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Reviews: 147 | Hads: 250
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Every other beer that I've had from Mad River has been excellent, I'm surprised to see this one fall a bit short. A golden / copper hue give a head retention that boarders on fizzy, but does not completely fall. Aromas of medium citrus, slightly moderate malt, and mild esters seem to lack complexity or depth. The tastes deliver much the same. A medium malt sweetness is underplayed by medium hop flavor of orange rinds, grapefruit, and grass. The hops eventually take on metalic notes; and as the malt fades away, the beer becomes increasingly astingent (never is off, putting but is low-point in the session). The body remains low for the intensity of the flavors which aids the bite-ey flavors and textrues that are perceived. Would finish clean if not for the sharp astringency. In all, the beer is fine. I find this comparable to Harpoon IPA. Good, but lackluster. (870 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice hazy orange with sticky thin lacing. Not a lot of smell, what's there is mild piney, citrusy hops.
Taste is mild hops, like the nose. Nice body, not at all thin but a little mild in taste. I expected a few more hop notes. The malt backbone is well done, it just needs a little punch.
Feels thick and smooth.
Very easy to drink at it goes down smoothly, has a pleasant taste; nothing outstanding or overpowering. (421 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.47/5  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. (368 characters)

Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Pale straw color, slightly hazy. Very respectable head. Aroma is light grain - shortbread biscuits, fruity - pear and white grape, lemon citrus hop. Flavor is slightly more amplified than the aroma indicates, some spicy hop notes are factored in. Hops shifts back to citric and crisp. Very clean flavor that makes for a nice quaffer. IMHO the bottled version is tastier, draught version is an average pale ale. 6.4% abv is expertly masked. An enjoyable brew. (472 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a decent smell but better hop qualities in the taste in my opinion. (635 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Zorro for this one.

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a white one finger fluffy head that slowly dies down a thin layer. Stickiness is pretty good with spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is very peppery/spicey hop odor, not too appealing. Almost has a rancid lemon like smell to it. Taste wasn't what I had expected after the smell. Starts off with a very smooth mild earthy hop flavor, very pleasing. Taste then smooths out with some malty goodness and finally ends up quite dry and bitter, pretty complex flavors. Light to medium chewy mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. I could probably drink a few of these as long as I didn't smell them. (720 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt and an earthy hop.

The taste was upfront sweet malts, some estery yeast and an earthy hop. Some toasted malts as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullnes but undercarbonated.

Overall a decent AIPA. A bit subdued hop wise for me though. (388 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle- color of golden amber , with a thick off white head - dry nose of mild hops , spruce , caramel , and resin – taste of decent hops , salty , semi floral , spruce , and with malted background - body is dry , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of dry hops , slight malt , and short (301 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/12/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden in color approaching amber. Unfiltered as I can see lots of clouded yeast in the pour. About a one finger head and light spotty lace left behind.

Smell- A lighter nose of toasted malt and some grapefruit pith hops.

Taste- Well rounded in malt and hops, but nothing really jumps out as outstanding. More grapefruit rind in the hops rather than the juice. Malt is nicely toasted and melds well with hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a short lived hoppy bitter aftetaste.

Drinkability- Middle of the road IPA, not great, not bad...just there. (733 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

This pours a hazy, golden amber color with a slight beige head. The aroma is bitter and slightly malty. The taste is bitter yet has a decent amount of malts and floral tones. A decent brew the delivers with bitterness but still is not what you expect from an IPA. Finishes with a very dry after taste. (302 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pink plastic cup. Tough to see in the pink plastic, but the color appeared to be amberish. Maybe ¾-inches of head, light film and light lacing.

Smelled sweet and citrusy. A bit hoppy sniff as well.

Initial taste was sweet and lemony, followed by an alcohol bite.

Medium body, high carbonation. Bitter ending, but the sweetness makes it slightly refreshing.

A so-so beer. I thought it was going to be a bit better, but I was feeling it after three of them. There are much better IPA’s out there. (530 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, pine, and pine hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, caramel hop, caramel, and hair salon. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The aroma on this one wasn't too bad, but it did smell a little off. The flavor was a little off-putting with the hair salon flavor on the followthrough, but it wasn't overly invasive. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do so. (701 characters)

Photo of bosco7
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with minimal head.

Burnt sugar with some cascade hop aroma.

Starts with lots of caramel, bread, and molasses flavors followed by orange marmalade, pineapple, citrus juice, and floral flavors. Starts sweet and finishes with a just a bit of dryness. Bitterness is definately low for style. Tastes more like a hoppy Pale Ale.

Big malty mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation. I could drink a few of these and be pretty satisfied. (455 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first beer from these guys. pours a glowing red amber color with a receding bone white head and some chunky sediment on the bottom of the glass. smells like hop sugar, resiny and fresh. bold and almost too much with the sticky hops. red malty in that dry kind of way. can taste the alcohol on top of the hops and it reduces drinkability. better than average, and the price was right, but there are countless red india pales that destroy this one. leaves a funny aftertaste too. (477 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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.
This beer was basically boring. A beer that screams for chain restaraunts in my opinion. (642 characters)

Photo of sponberg
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (722 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, grapefruits, it also a bit flowery, and dusty.

Taste starts out a bit bitter, with mostly grapefruit notes. Bee then settle into crystal malts, that are a bit sweet, and creamy. Finish is dry, with some mixed fruity citrus and aspirin like bitterness. This beer is certainly on the bitter side, but the malts balance it fairly well.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, nice crisp carbonation, and decent body.

All in all, a pretty good beer, but a bit below others in the style. This comes off as just a bit one dimensional and lacking anything to make it really stand out. Still a pretty decent beer, at a fair price. (699 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is typical- amber body with thin white head. The head fades quickly and not much lacing is left behind. Smell is pretty fruity and malty. Taste is not as aggressive as most IPAs. Its somewhat sweet and malty with hints of hops in the aftertaste. The Jamica Red from this brewery is much more agressive then this brew. Although it is atypical for the style it is still pretty drinkable and enjoyable. The malty and fruity backbone are brought forward in this brew while the hops take a back seat. Similar (though less hops) to the balance that you would find in a DIPA rather than a typical IPA (604 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber with 1/2" of loose, bubbly head that has good retention. The nose has notes of bread, pineapple, grapefruit, and faint soap. The taste is light, bready malt, pineapple, and faint yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

The bready malt and pineapple are a nice combination, but overall, this beer comes across a little one dimensional. It's really drinkable though, and it's easy to have more than one. (476 characters)

Photo of californiakebab
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, tawny amber, reddish golden hue with a dense white head that leaves ample lacing around the glass. I pick up hints of tropical fruit, orange, grapefruit on the nose, with a slight cat-pee sort of thing as well unfortunately. This beer tastes of fruity hop flavors and has a decent bite from the hops. There's some light caramel malt in the background for balance. Weight medium on the tongue, with good carbonation for great drinkability. Overall this is a very enjoyable west coast IPA, but as a hophead I would prefer more aroma hops, and maybe a more complex malt profile. (596 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice copper amber with a thin off-white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma was slight citrus hops. The taste was a decent blend of citrus hops and caramel malts. The beer is medium bodied yet light and crisp. This is an enjoyable beer, but with many better IPAs out there, I don't see myself choosing this one again. (326 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a translucent clouded orange, lots of sediment in suspension. A thin layer of light cream foam holds around pretty well, laying small pockets of lace randomly about the pint glass.

Aroma - powdery biscuit, light fruity citrus. Simple and nice.

Taste - decent biscuity grain with a hint of caramel. Light to moderate citrusy hops, turning slightly more bitter on the swallow but keeping some light orange and fruitiness. Mild bittering at the finish, a pleasant flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - notably solid body, crisply carbonated, and a better than average smoothness.

Drinkability - a nice little session IPA here. (636 characters)

Photo of malty
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper/amber with a tiny amount of micro-suspended yeast particles floating about. The off-white thick head settles down to about an inch. Lots of fine visible uprising carbonation. Some lace working.

Lovely vanilla sweet malty backdrop in the nose with a lush and syrupy floral hop greeting, (though a bit fainter than I would have hoped).

...everything looks and smells quite nice.

The flavors are here, somewhere, but they seem to be hiding from me. (after a few more gulps and swishes...) The bitterness from the hops is felt in my mouth and on my tongue to a point where it's a bit chalky, but the hop flavor is VERY faint. The maltiness of this IPA is reminiscent of an English IPA whereas it creates a solid platform for the hops to take center stage, but sadly the hops in this ale must be experiencing stage fright.

The mouthfeel of this ale is very unique. It has a very thick, dense fullness, which is great. The fine carbonation is felt quite wonderfully. Almost full bodied but still has a somewhat watery feel - very peculiar.

Drinkability is good, and would pair well with a hearty rueben with a spicy rye bread.

Overall a very interesting and unique IPA. The look, smell and texture are great. I'm sorry the (layers of) hops didn't surface and showcase they way I look forward to. I'd love to try this fresh on tap at the brewery as I'd bet this might have suffered from some careless handling, (but I don't have proof of this). (1,466 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle, it's clear gold with a minimal white head that dimishes quickly but leaves just a trace on top. Flowery hops dominate the smell and the taste. Unfortunately, not much else makes its way through. It's not extremely bitter, but it still somehow seems out of balance. It's not bad but is disappointing after the expectations created by the Jamaica Red. (377 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. It is a hazy orange hue with a little clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: light citrus, caramel, and bready notes.

Taste: Pretty much the same with a little bitterness in the end. Nothing fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: I was expecting more from this beer, but I am pleasantly happy with this beer. (603 characters)

Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.