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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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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arcadia IPA glass I snagged from my brother a few years ago when I moved out of Mom and Pop's place. Features an attractive bright orange amber with a thick but brief head and plenty of carbonation on the body. Nose is sweet with yeast,, vanilla, and citrus and present but not overpowering hops in the shadows.

The taste is dry with a nice closing bitterness and tones of vanilla, citrus, and mild pepper. Alcohol is on the field but not the superstar. The finish is aggressive and lined with withering citrus hops. Mouthfeel is balanced and slightly oily. Not my favorite IPA but a good choice for the curious and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:36:38 | More by daliandragon
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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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malty

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:00:37 | More by malty
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July2Nov

Hawaii

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

Appearance: Cloudy burnt orange hue with a slight head. Nice lace.

Smell: The sweet hops are very apparent. Has a nice buttery biscuit scent as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has that hops kick that only an India pale ale can give you. Spikes at the beginning, then gives way to a mellow aftertaste. Very soothing. Good pine taste too (if your into that sort of thing).

Drinkability: Nice version of an Indian Pale Ale and it's one that I will come back to again...I just wish it didn't cost $13 out here.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 05:19:44 | More by July2Nov
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cjgator3

Florida

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt with some caramel, a touch of biscuits and citrusy hops. The taste starts out pretty smooth bodied with fruity malt and a nice dose of citrusy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Jamaica Sunset IPA is a pretty solid West Coast styled IPA that is recommended. It is not overly hoppy, but contains enough hops to satisfy most hop cravings.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 04:40:26 | More by cjgator3
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange with a thin layer of foam that lasts most of the glass.

Smell: Crisp scent of citrus and piney hops along with a nice sweetness.

Taste: Nice hop flavor of citrus and pine and a nice sugary sweetness in the middle. Slight bready malt flavor on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Mild flavor left behind after the swallow, finishes very clean.

Drinkability: Very good beer, not too overpowering in bitterness or ABV, which is not a detriment, but makes this brew quite drinkable. Very nice beer that you could easily drink several of.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 22:52:48 | More by hellcatsjg
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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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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The Sunset India Pale by Mad River poured a hazy burnt orange color maybe of the sun with a good foam head of a couple fingers and some washing machine suds.

The aroma was hops and citrus. The taste was tiny bit malty then hoppy all the way through. In the mouth it left a nice bitterness on the tongue. It was a very enjoyable American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:54:49 | More by cswhitehorse
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woemad

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at the Rocket Market in Spokane. No freshness date.

Poured a slightly hazy shade that is just dark of copper, with an inch of white foam. Sheets of foam retreat down the glass, leaving streaks and spots behind.

When first opened, this beer had a very bitter, herbal nose. Allowed to warm, it takes on a more melded, citrus-bitter scent.

Moderately bitter and citrusy hops hit the tastebuds closely melded, with the bitterness maintaining a slight lead. The fadeout is quite dry.

Slightly oily, prickly mouthfeel. About right for the style.

While not a beer that really wows my tastebuds, I find this to be quite drinkable, and I could consume several pints of it were it to appear at my local. It's a little too high to be a session beer, though, and it doesn't quite stand up to the flavor of the other IPAs I'm able to procure on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 08:16:56 | More by woemad
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Good solid IPA. Pours a hazy orange with a big white head and good lacing. Nice hoppy, bitter smell. Tastes good as well. Hoppy up front with a malty finish. Nicely done and not boring as "balanced IPA" usually means to hopheads.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is good. This one goes down easy and, while a bit strong for a session beer, would still be a good candidate for a second one.

I would seek this one out again. My second good beer from Mad River.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:26:48 | More by JayQue
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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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plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 02:13:44 | More by plaid75
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 13:35:41 | More by merlin48
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a below average IPA. Murky orange appearance, due to yeast on the bottom of the bottle: I was unaware of the fact as I was dispensing. Small, light grapefruit colored head, little retention, no lacing.

Hardly any hops in this one. More malt than anything, and that aint what Im looking for in an American IPA. Sweet smelling, slightly alcoholic. The hops are so minimal, I hardly see how this passes as an AIPA. Not impressed at all.

Alcohol is noticeable in the barely medium mouthfeel. Dry finish and an acohol burn at the end.

This beer was not good from the get-go. Looked bad, didnt really smell at all, and the taste was very unremarkable. This will certainly be the last sixer I purchase of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 22:24:05 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Not having any prior experience with this brewery, I approached this with a bit of skepticism. The "Jamaica" name was prominent, but then the label noted in two or three other places that it was "made in the USA." Wondered if this was some beer marketing gimmick to make people think they were buying Jamaican beer, but then disclaiming it to stay out of trouble.

All my concerns turned out ot be for naught, as this was a fine beer. Seemed to land somewhere between an English and American IPA - not as stodgy as an English and not quite as over the top hops as anl APA. Nice, solid hopping, with a bit of fruityness shining through. Good malt presence. Wish the abv were a touch lower, as this would be a good session ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 13:03:00 | More by Brent
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Shaw

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of honey with a bit of sediment. It has a white head that turns into a ring in my glass.

It has a light aroma of citrus and hops and a bit of mustiness. The aroma could be a bit stronger.

The flavor is nice an hoppy with a good balance of sweetness from the malt. There is also a nice tea-like flavor in this ale.

The body is smooth and has the substance I like. It's not watery.

Overall this is a fine IPA and worth buying. Is it worth seeking out? Not quite.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 02:14:44 | More by Shaw
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 23:59:37 | More by kirok1999
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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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JDK

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very cloudy apricot color with a 2 finger head that quickly disappeared. Very light lacing that didn't last long either.
Smells a nice citrus with hints of spice-very nice.
Medium mouthfeel with a lingering orange/grapefruit taste.
A very good overall ale.

On a side note, I just received my Sam Adams glasses and they are the bomb! What I thought was going to be a gimmick turned out to be my favorite glass to drink from, it's perfect for doing reviews!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 20:58:38 | More by JDK
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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
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 01:49:05 | More by bosco7
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sweethome

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle purchased at Chevy Chase beverage in MD.

Pours slightly hazy gold. Nose is honey and carmel mix. Medium mouthfeel. Carmel malts. A tea flavor also. Bittering is subdued. Really surprised at the lack of a bitter finish for a CA IPA.

This is not what I remember from this beer - enough flavor, but limited hop bittering.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:16:36 | More by sweethome
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bark

Sweden

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is a bit hazy; the colour deep copper-amber. The head is two finger thick, firm and pale yellow.

There are notes of grape fruit, lime and green bananas. I found some mildly dry chemical sour note of wheat loaf, too.

My first thought drinking this beer was “This beer does have some hops!” Then I noticed fruits: Bananas, pineapples, apricots, peaches, parsley and avocado. The taste is overall dry and surprisingly delicate for this kind of beers, is got some character but it is not extreme in any way. Some vegetables in the finish.

The carbonation is gentle, the liquid medium thick and the bubbles small.

This beer didn’t convince me as I thought it got too much of fruit salad, not enough of body.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 16:50:36 | More by bark
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:15:46 | More by BeerTruth
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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
Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.