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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

227 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 143
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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 01:33:29 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.49/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 02:02:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 23:39:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a very nice head that leaves quite a few swaths of lace behind; impressive retention

Smell: Rather balanced aromatics with both caramel and piney hops commanding attention

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, followed by a piney hop flavor that evolves in a bitter aspirin direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer becomes more malt-dominant, though there is still an lingering hop aspect on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Surprisingly malty for an IPA, this is a decent beer but will not inspire the committed hophead

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:13:56 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another out of a mixed six pack at whole foods. i had been trying to get through their lineup forever.

nice pale amber color with a smooth even head of white and a clear consistency that allowed the carbonation to stream to the top rather nicely. aroma was nice light citrus hops with hints of orange, tangerine and touches of light grains and bready malts bouncing around. smooth and clean flavor with a bite up front that mellows and collapses into a nice dry finish with hints of citrus.

overall a nice solid ipa. nothing mindblowing but it will certainly work.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:31:56 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:03:12 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 21:13:52 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-07-2014 05:46:20 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This IPA pours out on the copper side, a little bit hazy and has a decent white head on top. The smell is pretty hoppy for just a standard IPA. The taste to me was ok, I found it to be just a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had some good transitions from hoppy to malty. Overall I found this beer to average to say the least. Would drink again if the price was right but wouldn't try too hard to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:00:35 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Minnesota

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

Hazy, pale golden color, nice, flush white head, stalwart, slowly, but surely diminishing, ...Aroma: spicy, citric, hoppy nose, pungent garpefrit, and peach pits, orange zest, and pineapple pulp, a little sour, and very tangy. very lively.
Those flavors return in the taste, but are accompanied by a huge sourness, an outsized citric twist on the palate, a little too unlean for me. Medium-bodied, with a big blast on first entry, a rounded fruity flavor, then thinning some, but not losing any of the bitterness. It rides long and zestily in the mouth, before eventually fading away. Long, fruity, bitter finish.
Very likable, this one, milder in the hop delivery than I like in my IPAs, but you can't please everyone. This ought to please plenty of folks just fine, and, heck, I like it a bit, too!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:58:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was strange beer for me, I could taste all kinds of hops, but little evidence of hops smell, I checked my nose against some other household items (soap, candle &pepper they all checked out normal), so here goes:

Appearance: Thick white fluffy head, with great head retention. Body was golden to amber with crystal clarity.

Smell: Presence of malt and honey and lurking way in the background, some hops.

Taste: Great balance of malty body and hoppy bitterness intertwine all the way down the throat with a great finish.

Mouthfeel: Optimum carbonation combined great hops and malt balance

Very drinkable, I still recommend this one despite the hops aroma being AWOL

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 04:18:15 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-25-2013 14:21:43 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 07:24:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a rich off-white head. Nice head at first, but it descends to an isolated patch with minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild for style - floral and orange citrus with a pale malt, slightly caramelish, backing.

The taste is pale/caramel maltiness with floral and orange/citric overtones. Sharp herbal bitterness in the finish, but in a balanced way.

Medium-bodied.

A nice, but nothing particularly special, IPA, with a mix of floral and orange notes. Mild, but yet sharp, and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 02:56:02 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-21-2011 19:02:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/2" white head that quickly fell to surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up spicy piney hops.

Taste: the flavor is dominated by lemon zest and piney bitterness. The malt levels seem weak which helps provide the mouth puckering tartish twang with this beer.

Mouthfeel: very crisp at the start, and crisp at the finish. The finish is relatively short but is heavy on lemon and piney bitterness.

Drinkability: I had a tough time finishing this beer so drinkability is down for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 15:41:50 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 16:52:44 | More by GClarkage
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 16:59:38 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold colored beer.

Smell is VERY citric hops and a supporting fruit scent of grapefruit and pineapple. Malty and yeasty scents in the background.

Taste is dry and a little tart. Nice malt background to this main flavor is the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is Good.

A VERY good American IPA, Packs loads of hop flavor in to the taste and avoids the bitterness you gets sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 02:10:23 | More by Zorro
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-31-2014 08:31:25 | More by zestar
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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.