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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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BA SCORE
81
good

225 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-13-2012 00:19:12 | More by IPAchris
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz brown short neck.
Very good looking beer, it is a very hazy,dark orange,with a beautiful thick,billowy off white head, loads of great lace down the glass.
Nice hoppy aroma though quite reserved compared to other West Coast IPAs.
the flavour is also quite hoppy but it is not over the top and there is a very complex malt backbone to it. Finishes quite sweet.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer forme. Its very slick,smooth and almost velevety and quite "full" for the style.
A nice ,not over the top IPA with a great mouthfeel..will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 18:57:10 | More by Reidrover
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:21:24 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:35:58 | More by VelvetExtract
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flexabull

California

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 23:24:05 | More by flexabull
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-28-2011 03:26:51 | More by jenray
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:29:12 | More by williamjbauer
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-31-2013 01:54:12 | More by ste5venla
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Back in the olden days of craft beer, there wasn't the overwhelming number of unique and original beers on the shelves we enjoy today. Therefore, I had the time to sample quite a few of the pedestrian offerings from Mad River (getting better these days). This one was a rather uninspiring IPA, lightly hopped, more malty than most West Coast IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:56:13 | More by emmasdad
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beerguy101

California

2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellowish color, slightly cloudy, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet. Mildly hopped, no malts, kind of bland. Is this really an IPA? No real bitterness or malts in this beer. Finish is mild. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 18:10:17 | More by beerguy101
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Overlord

California

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I was expecting to see a much higher cumulative rating for this beer. Considering I'm such a gigantic fan of Jamaica Red, I must be partial to this brewery.

Pours a cloudy orange with big loads of sediment on the bottom. Slightly offputting in an IPA. Big white head.

Smells of floral notes, hops, and tropical fruit. Taste has much bigger than expected sweet caramel malt and orange?, mango?, or some other sweeter offering. There's hops in here, but this is pretty balanced. Definitely not your standard IPA, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 03:21:54 | More by Overlord
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-08-2013 02:13:25 | More by buckyp
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Short, fat, stout, single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a hazy, murky, tawny, ruddy, dark-copper hue with a modest head that quickly receded and deposited a thin flim of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, hop-based, citrus-filled aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel thrown about in the mix...
Taste: Superb, hop-filled, citrus-dominated aroma with strong nuances of lemon, lime, and lemongrass... Supremely refreshing with an impressive 6.4% ABV...
Excellent rendition of a classic American IPA...
Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:05:54 | More by dsa7783
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Crosling

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive clear light orange with large and good looking head of foam, like most of the Mad River beers. Aroma is subtle with a touch of fruit aromatics and dry hopped characteristics. Flavor is extremely light for the style, much more a pale ale than an IPA, with a floral hop character and, a light bitterness and a minute malt contribution. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 04:11:51 | More by Crosling
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  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

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 04:18:03 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2012 13:10:54 | More by Tyrawlings
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 05:49:47 | More by atsprings
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-17-2011 19:04:05 | More by tclapper
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-26-2012 08:35:20 | More by shelby415
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 01:17:51 | More by Todd
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

05-09-2012 01:03:03 | More by DonFrap
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a one finger off-white head that hangs around a bit, and produces some pretty decent lacing.

The aroma is on the mild side for an Ipa (although I'm not sure how fresh this bottle is). Some hops in there for sure, but there is also a mello earthy maltiness going on too.

Taste is pretty balanced. Nice hop bitterness up front, but the malt backbone quickly comes in to round things out. No big citrusy flavors here, but it taste pretty good none the less.

Medium body, with a good carbonation level.

I could easily drink several of these. My bottle says that this Ipa is 7%, so Mad River must have recently upped the alc. content on this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good Ipa. Nothing ground breaking, but a solid representation for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 23:29:21 | More by Morey
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Hazy copper color, with a white rocky head. Good head retention, and some nice sticky patches of lace at the end.

Nice citrus, floral and slightly grassy hop aroma. Good malt backbone in the aroma as well.

The taste is where things seem to drop off. Starts overly sweet and cloying. Bitterness seems very harsh. Citrusy and herbal flavors.
Still, the sweetness is too much.

Good body, with adequate carbonation. Just seems rough, and too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 13:36:49 | More by Bierguy5
Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.