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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

Jamaica Sunset India Pale AleJamaica Sunset India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

214 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%


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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McStagger

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 07:44:22 | More by McStagger
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TheSixthRing

California

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 05:48:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 12:26:46 | More by micromaniac129
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 19:37:07 | More by Flounder57
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:33:43 | More by Omnium
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jethrodium

California

2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 04:52:36 | More by jethrodium
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mrfreakybig

New York

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 13:54:57 | More by mrfreakybig
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kc44

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:16:13 | More by kc44
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 05:09:54 | More by NuclearDolphin
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 16:29:10 | More by thagr81us
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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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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 14:54:15 | More by avalon07
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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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mynie

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:30:47 | More by sjverla
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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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braski

Pennsylvania

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

appearance- very naturaul cloudy orange color with a white foamy head.

smell- suttle sweet malts with lots of citruis hops,

taste- lots of hops up front that fad away to a sweet non bitter end.

moutfeel- very smooth medium to light and wet start to finish.

overall- a tasty ipa that is very drinkable and true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:20:50 | More by braski
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57md

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy light orange with a thin head that quickly dissipates. There is a light floral aroma that is quite pleasant and a light, but present hoppy flavor upfront. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, but this offering lacks the hop punch that I like to have in an IPA.

Bonus: This beer is proudly union made by the men and women of the IAM.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 19:30:00 | More by 57md
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:00:34 | More by tdm168
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californiakebab

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 22:26:27 | More by californiakebab
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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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BucannonXC5

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:28:25 | More by BucannonXC5
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kflorence

California

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

A: Pours a translucent amber with hints of orange and red. I poured this one aggressively and got about half an inch of frothy foam atop that dissipated to a thin layer of film that leaves a bit lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Lovely citrus and pine hop aroma with a bit of malt in the background. There are also some floral notes and maybe a bit of spice.

T: Taste follows the nose well. Hops hit first, predominantly citrus but definite pine notes in there. Roasted malts come through towards the end of the palate. Finishes dry and bitter with a bit of residual sweetness.

M: This is medium bodied with good carbonation and a bit oily on the tongue. A bit thin for an IPA, but not watery as it has a tiny bit of chewiness to it. I could use a bit more substance, but the thinness of the brew does keep it smooth and easy to drink.

O: Overall, I found this to be a very solid, refreshing take on the American IPA. While this one won't win you over with originality or complexity, it is quite palatable and would make a good session IPA. Some may find the hop levels to be a bit low comparatively to other West coast American IPA's, though I found it to be enjoyable. Another decent brew from Mad River. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 04:26:17 | More by kflorence
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Spikester

Oregon

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

Pours deep amber with 1" cream color head, few lacings. Aroma pine needles, resins, herbal. Taste is good amount of citrus hops with sweet rich malts. Pretty well balanced for an IPA. Some winey qualities due to 7% abv.
Unknown age when reviewed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 06:50:48 | More by Spikester
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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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