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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of emmasdad
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

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

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle.

A: Golden and slightly hazy with half an inch of foamy white head. This was clear in the bottle so the haze might be from the chill, but I did also notice some sediment at the end of the pour. 3.5

S: Hops. Pine and earthy hops. A bit of malty sweetness as well. Towards the end, fusel and oxidized notes come out. 3.5

T: Bam, tons of pine cone bitterness. A fair bit of grapefruit as well. It is as if I stuck my face into a forest. Lingering citrus, faint lemons on the tongue towards the end. Certainly american hops, perhaps simcoe and then a little fuggle? 3.5

M: Medium body. Head is consistently fine and this helps for a smooth mouthfeel. Slight alcohol as this warms. 4.0

O: Pretty fair IPA/DIPA. There was a lot more hop bitterness and not enough aroma to balance it - this could be a freshness issue. Still, this is very drinkable, I could pound quite a few of these, but I have a feeling the abv is deceptive. 4.0

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

Pours cloudy orange gold in color with a 2 finger foamy/bubbly beige head that fades slowly and looks like a cloud as it goes down, leaving very good lacing and foamy rings; a fine looking beer.

Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, sweet citrus fruit like grapefruit and orange peel, light grains, lemon zest, coriander and light spices, maybe some pepper, some funky yeast and a faint wet bread odor; a very nice and well balanced nose that smells very good.

Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, floral hops, flowers, sweet malt, grass, hay, light grains, coriander, light spices like pepper and brown sugar, yeast, wet bread, tobacco, herbs and some minor hop spice heat; this is a very tasty and well balanced IPA that basically has a matching nose and taste, which are both very good. Not the hoppiest beer for an IPA, but a definite session beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and crisp at the same time, with a zesty tingle on the tongue that washes down with a light bitterness and citrus bite as the hops give way to bready malts; the body is medium with very mellow carbonation and a real easy flow that makes this a great beer to drink all night. Very enjoyable overall, this is a sold beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of flexabull
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.

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

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A clear amber body with a one inch foamy head leaving some lacing in its wake.

Scent: A malty, bready scent with some inviting (but not overpowering) earthy citrus hops.

Taste: More bready malts, with more of the aforementioned earthy hops appearing in the taste than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, inexpensive IPA (7.99 for the 6 pack). Worth seeking out for the budget-minded IPA fan, especially if overpowering hops are not your thing.

Photo of Bfarr
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber with some sunny edges and medium frothy head with great retention and good lacing. Little citrus and malt aroma. Big spicy/peppery hop evens out quickly with a low to moderate lingering that's slightly unpleasant. Sharp bite and a little foamy.

I like the peppery taste but not much more than that. Taste dissipates rapidly and doesn't offer anything but a tacky linger.

Photo of felipe2toes
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange with thick white head--leaves plenty of lacing and crust.

Smells of floral hops, some sort of fruity sweetness, though very mellow for IPA.

Some pine and citrus flavors, maybe even some sweet honey, but not the usual in-yer-face hoppiness in American IPAs. still good.

Good mouthfeel as well, medium-bodied, crisp finish.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, hops, mainly pine with a hint of citrus. In the taste, pine hops and a nice malt, not too over the top hops either. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite mellow for an IPA, but nice and enjoyable.

Photo of Morey
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: This beer pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head that leaves decent lacing. As with other brews from Mad River, this one also throws some serious sediment.

S: The aroma is well balanced, although hops call shotgun in this beer. Floral, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Malts lend a sweet, caramel-like aroma in the backround.

T: Taste is bright and vibrant with a rush of citrus, pineapple, and mango up front, but mellowed out by sweet malt notes reminiscent of caramel, honey, and fresh baked bread. The finish is dry, with a pleasant bitterness that stays on the palate for some time.

Notes: Jamaica Sunset IPA is a medium bodied brew that is full of flavor, yet balanced to the point where everything melds together perfectly. Alcohol gives some warming character, but it's low enough that makes this beer incredibly easy to drink. Very well-made!

Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thick tight white head that settles to a rocky blanket and sticks around until the very end. Chalky lines of laces. Carbonation appears steady and abundant.

Nose: Floral, a tad soapy

Creamy smooth body. Starts with a quick toffee centered malt base that ends up caramelly and sweet. Grapefruit and oranges kick in quickly. Good rich balancing bitterness completes the brew.

A lighter IPA that borders on APA or perhaps a tad hoppy version of an English IPA. Will drink again, would be interested on trying a pint or three or 6 on tap.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh 2010 bottle which happens to be 7% abv now

A - Bit of a haze on the light amber but I did get a half inch of foamy white head.

S - Semi hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Sort of more pine forward.

T - Sharp bitter pine at first then it rounds to a moderate bit of bready goodness with a sweet malt but falls back to a bitter pine finished. Enjoyable.

M - Moderately medium body but is very hoppy.

D - Man California has some great beers and this is one great one as well. Not sure how old it is but it has a pretty nice hop forward goodness. Could have a few a sitting no problem.

Photo of boss302
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Orange color, clear, but there are quite a bit of dregs left in the bottom of the bottle. There was no head to speak of, and I poured it rather aggresively.

S Flowery sweet with some dried fruit, apricot?

T Slight maltiness, with some caramel in the aftertaste. Not as strong a hop flavor as other American IPAs, probably closer to British versions and probably what the brewer intended, i.e. British IPA. Finishes clean with very little hop astringency.

M Medium body, not much bite due to the lower carbonation level. There is a little warmth from the alcohol.

O A good red ale and hopped more appropriately for a British version of the IPA. Recommend.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of crossovert
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a cheesy looking stubby 12 oz brown bottle. No sign of a freshness date.

Pours into my American pint glass with a foamy one finger off white head and a murky brown/amber body. A huge mass of sediment lurks in the bottom of the glass, leaving me to think this one might be old.

Smell is malty, similar to an older English IPA. Just some nutty smelling malts here, nothing else, completely and utterly void of hops.

Hops show up in the taste slightly, but it is mostly malt, really tastes like an English IPA after it made its way around Africa back in the day. Has a little bit of lemon sourness and some metallic flavor as well. Not the strongest American IPA for sure, it doesn't seem fresh.

This is nowhere near the quality of Steelhead form the same brewery, and I purchased them at the same time, so maybe this one is fresh and is just supposed to taste stale.

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From total wine

A - Pours an unfiltered and hazy orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates slow and leaves really nice lacing.

S - Honey, grapefruit, and citrus.

T - Honey, citrus, and bittering hops. Tastes like I just bit into a grapefruit.

M - Full-bodied and hop dominated.

D - An excellent quaff. This should be a standby for an IPA.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is more on the malt side with this one, with some hops and citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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.

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, biscuit, some all spice, and tart malt in the finish. Fits the style of a American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, sweet malt next, some all spice comes through strongly, and a dry/bitter finish. Overall, if you like a spicy IPA this is not bad at all.

Photo of BDIMike
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice look for an IPA. This brew is called a Sunset IPA and that is exactly what it looks like. A great hazy unfiltered brew the colors of a sunset, red-orange on down to yellow. There is a fairly thick white head that laces all the way down the drink.
Smell doesn't have a ton going to it. There is a bit of citrus hops, but also a slight toffee malt to it as well.
Taste is good, but a bit subtle. A good balance of tastes between malt that is taken over by a very nice hop taste.
Mouthfeel is nice for an IPA. A good smooth thickness.
Drinkability is very nice. I didn't realize til after quickly taking down a bottle that this beer was 7% ABV. There is a good balance and an easy drinker. Nothing crazy or special, but a nice session IPA.

Photo of captenaj
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in a Total Wine store in Fort Myers, Florida.

Appearance: A nice copper color with practically no head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Hops, orange, fruity.

Taste: A flat, hoppy flavor initially overpowers anything else. After a while, a slight orange flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: Thin and rich at the same time.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol to make more than one or two of these a possibility in one sitting. But very refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of GClarkage
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.

Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.