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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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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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mwhite444

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.4%

03-23-2012 18:53:29 | More by mwhite444
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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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redfox405

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

03-17-2012 21:45:01 | More by redfox405
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Chitlons

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-14-2012 15:44:52 | More by Chitlons
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-26-2012 08:35:20 | More by shelby415
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-20-2012 22:34:31 | More by Nage37
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-20-2012 17:31:35 | More by zekeman17
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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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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2012 13:10:54 | More by Tyrawlings
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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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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.4%

01-07-2012 23:40:34 | More by towlea25
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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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BSW

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-27-2011 04:29:46 | More by BSW
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-22-2011 03:04:43 | More by HoistinBrews
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-12-2011 20:57:04 | More by djrn2
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-02-2011 03:42:11 | More by rab53
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AgingWarrior

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-01-2011 17:49:02 | More by AgingWarrior
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-28-2011 03:26:51 | More by jenray
Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.