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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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147 Reviews

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | 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 whatthehull
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - Golden copper in color, thick slightly off white head and some sticky lacing/legs

S - Sweet smelling island flowers, must/funk, mango, pineapple, guava, very malty, nice sugar note, fresh cut wood, loads of cooked grains, bread yeast. The smell is refreshing in and of itself.

T - Floral/island fruits right up front, huge malt, nice bittersweet hop, oven roasted grains, matzo crackers (yeast), tastes like I would imagine a beautiful warm tropical day would be, has a nice funky/musty finish.

M - Medium plus body, medium minus carbonation, medium acidity, nice balance, generous complexity and a very nice malty sugary sweet beautifully hopped finish.

D/O - Sitting here on a warm summers day this beer is fitting well with the scene around me -- it isn't sitting on a Jamaican beach with beautiful sites and smells surrounding me, but it will do. This IPA kinda takes you there -- the beer I imagine Corona is actually describing in their commercials. Refreshing, smells and tastes lovely a very nice experience.

Final Thoughts - The price I was very surprised by around $7-8 (sixer) depending on the store/bottle shop you go to. You can even find a single bottle for $1-2 a pop. With a very nice smell/taste and a perfect 7% ABV this one can be enjoyed again and again

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Photo of sashavasko
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saturated deep velvety taste. Nicely balanced without bitterness. Somewhat sweet with a rich bouquet. I've never been to Jamaica, but I can imagine why its named so. Would definitely drink again. Better tasting at room temperature.

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Photo of ordybill
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, hops and citrus. . . pretty good
Appearance- Pours a dark red-brown with an off-white head.
Taste- Citrus and hops, good flavor
Overall- A really good IPA, very enjoyable

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad.

A Unfiltered - pours a cloudy, dirty blonde beer topped with white lace with a bit of stick.

S Musty, fruit w yeast and a floral bouquet of hops.

T Follows smell but widens. Very smooth. Big malty/sweet body. Crisp, tingly carbonation w hops waking the palate. Offers pineapple, peach, mango. then herbal and spicy, and yeasty finish.

F nice body and finish.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy; burnt orange in color; less than 1 finger white head that receded to a thin film; some lacing, but not much;

S: caramel malt;

T: not much flavor; some muted caramel malt through mid-palate when moderate bitterness kicks in; bitter finish, but not a pleasant bitter;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: mild; nothing to get excited about, but not bad in any way;

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Photo of McStagger
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
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.
This beer was basically boring. A beer that screams for chain restaraunts in my opinion.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint glass
A - Pours an offsetting murky amber color, a tad over 1 finger head, thin lacing that fades fast.
S - Oily hops, biscuity malt, sweet aroma, orange peel, grapefruit, dank herbal and earthy florals
T - You get that resiny hop flavor along with some malt and some orange peel, it actually has some skunky type flavor to it, not very appealing with a dark and dry hop bitterness.
M - Sticky and lingering.
O - Not impressed with the brew at all. I like the steelhead IPA much more than this. This has a bitter aroma that isnt enticing by any means. These type of IPA's arent among my favored palate profile, but I cant appreciate them. Its an about average IPA that I wouldnt get again.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel, light grapefruit, orange, and some light floral notes. The taste is sweet orange, sugar cookie, and some light grapefruit. Finish has a decent bitterness with a lingering orange sweetness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit too sweet.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a pretty good, IPA. It pours a cloudy golden color, and is floral and fruity from hops. I doesn’t really stand out, but it’s not a bad beer. I enjoyed it all in all, and it's certainly worth having if it's around, but I don't think it's something I'd seek out.

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Photo of kc44
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice shade, fairly hazy, head is nice but doen't really last, does leave some decent lace though. Smell is passing level for an american IPA. Needs more dry hopping, but the hops are there, pacific northwest with some sweet maltiness coming through too. Tastes good, but again, could easily be turned up. Surprisingly sweet. One thing I will say for this beer is that the mouthfeel is really great, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied and a bit viscous. In the whole, a totally passable American IPA, slightly above the average product. Nothing to complain about, nothing to write home about other than a good lesson in what at least I think mouthfeel should be for a beer like this.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Fairly cloudy dark orange color. Head starts out fizzy but turns foamy quickly. With that said, there isn't too much as far as lacing or head retention goes.

Smell - Sweet Floral Hops with some equally sweet caramel and toffee notes. The yeasty scent in here are also fairly strong along with a slight malty smell

Taste - Caramel sweetness with floral hops and bread/biscuit flavors. The malts are also alot stronger here than they were in the smell, giving it just the right amount to balance out the flavor. Very sweet tasting IPA!

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a slight thickness, but it's got very little carbonation which allows you to really get a sense of the rich flavors thanks to it's smooth and slightly creamy feel.

Overall - It's an IPA that flavors sweetness over hops, but does so in a way that works out surprisingly well! It's easy to drink which in return allows you to savor the flavors this IPA has to offer, and it's a good beer to introduce IPA newbies to.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with a hint of citrus as well.

T: Tasted of hops - a pretty high amount - along with malt, citrus and a slight grassy tinge in the finish (this last element isn't as prevalent as you'd think). Slightly hoppier than a typical American IPA, but this isn't a bad thing. A straightforward, focused flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made beer. Not really groundbreaking, but very likeable.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sjverla
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Plenty of citrus. A little pine resin. Bright and fresh with mild esters of strawberry jam.

Appearance: Very hazy orange-gold. Thin, frothy head sticks well to the edges.

Taste: A solid malt backbone upfront - crisp, like Nilla Wafers. Strong, earthy, green bitterness on the back and sides. A little bit of alcohol heat in the nose.

Overall: This hits all the bases. Well balanced with big flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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