Jamaica Red Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
506 Ratings
Jamaica Red AleJamaica Red Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
madriverbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our legendary red ale. This mahogany hued ale brings an intense spectrum of spicy aromatic hop character balanced by a full-bodied caramel richness. 2011 Silver Medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in the American Style Amber/Red Ale category.

IBU: 45.3
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Crystal 70/80, Wheat, Black Patent
Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Willamette, Summit

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-23-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
506
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 506 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of rclangk
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Budlum
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tigg924
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel and toasted malt with light grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and slightly sweet. Speaks to an average beer brewed to style. If you like red ales, go for it...For me, this is an average to slightly below average red ale that makes for a big pass.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chiefmanynames
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deerin
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with tinges of orange and amber. Mostly opaque. Leaves a pretty, billowy head with fair lacing. Not the best look imo, could use a bit more redness and some vibrancy.

Malty in the nose. I don't detect much hops here.

The flavor is an up front punch of toasty, sweet red malt, followed by solid hop flavor. I get copper caramel sweetness, followed by spicy hops, with some lemon and maybe resin.

It's syrupy, a bit astringent on the finish. Low moderate carbonation. A bit cloying for 6 1/2 in my opinion.

The taste is this beer's strongest asset, it is a bit rough around the edges. A solid red but far from my first choice in the catagory.

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Photo of JavierGC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ttying the Jamaica Red at Yards in Long Beach. It poured a hazy amber with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is malt. The taste starts malty with caramel as the base then finishes slightly bitter. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of beerbellydaddy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a thick beige head with good retention
Malty aroma with notes of caramel, slightly toasted malts, melon and mild pine.
Likewise, flavor with notes of toasted malts, caramels and butterscotch, pine, red fruits citrusy, lychees and floral and spicy hops. Dry aftertaste with a bitterness that takes some time to hit.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% is completely absent.
I found this somewhat too malt forward in the beginning especially considering the origin. This may be a little too tired, though hops started to show up a bit more in a delayed fashion. This is ok if you are not looking for a hop bite. Really it is American Amber Ale, not a Red IPA.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/30/2016

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been drinking this beer off and on since I lived in Humboldt during the early 90s. Very deep red in color, and hazy. Thin head, minimal lacing. Smell is light - mostly caramel malt and some earthy and herbal tones. The flavor is very nice. Malty and smooth. The sweet caramel lingers in the back of your mouth. Molasses and brown sugar. Slightly bittersweet anise flavor in the aftertaste. A bit watery mouthfeel, but a great beer overall!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like the darkest red ale ever created, it looks brown. The head isn't uniform, there's some chunks in it, it amasses about 1/2" high, off white. Aroma is super C hoppy.

Taste drops substantial malt and bitterness, the malt delivers more toffee than caramel flavors, everything is big on it. This is far from a traditional red ale, the malt is different, less sweet, the hops are way bigger.

One of my favorites from 20 years ago, I still like to dip into one every now and then.

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

Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good malty character. Excellent mouth feel. There is a small bite from the hops. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of robear
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a non-dated bottle: more of a murky brown than amber, there is a very attractive foamy, beige head that slowly recedes.

This is possibly one the most aromatic amber ales I have encountered - almost vinous in character, sharp and tingling on the olfactory. Could this be a hop-accented ale?

No it is not. There is a very nice caramel, somewhat bittersweet palate. Overall, it is balanced with roasted malt and with just enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. While it has been awhile since I tried it, I believe this ale is similar to North Coast brewing's Red Seal ale; very sharp and rustic flavors.

The body is medium with a somewhat thick and malty mouthfeel. While the caramel malt lingers on the palate, the zesty carbonation and hop bitters keep this one from cloying status.

I have been on the lookout for this ale for quite some time and finally grabbed a six pack here in Lakeland, FL. It has been enjoyable but not an amber I will seek out again anytime soon.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 506 ratings.
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