Jamaica Red Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

Jamaica Red AleJamaica Red Ale
509 Ratings
Jamaica Red AleJamaica Red Ale

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 509 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Passable red ale, more malty than hoppy. Drinkable, but not very drinkable. Dark amber appearance was pleasant. Malts in the nose. More or less, not that interesting, a tad of citrus after a tad of spiciness.Average mouthfeel though carbonation a bit aggressive. WOuld like more hops.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown and red. Murky. two finger head.

S: mostly caramel malt and some pine.

T: caramel malt with apple and pine/light hop notes.

M: smooth. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This one isn't too bad. Its very drinkable and has a fairly complex taste for a red.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky reddish-brown with a foamy orange head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is quite mild.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice brown/red color... huge head to it.. a little bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is of brown sugar and caramel with some hops to it.. nice aroma going on here. Great mouthfeel and body to this one.. just the right amount of thickness to it. A nice balance of caramel malts and still pretty hoppy all with a clean finish and a slight (very slight) tinge of alcohol.... solid beer right here, wish this was distributed to CT.. I love me some red ales and this is one of the better ones I have tried.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber-yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with lots of particles floating in suspension. It poured with a thin beige colored head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Aromas of sweet caramel malts are present in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has lots of caramel flavors along with some hints of spicy hops towards the finish. A very light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thick (but not sticky) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice beer if you like something that is rather malty, but I couldn't see myself having more than one of these in one sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another outstanding beer by these folks. The appearance displays a more visous than normal qulity with a bigger emphasis on deep-ruby hues, weighted body, and creamy head retention. Aromas balanced toward the malts show an abundance of pine and lemongrass in the mose. Very rich of breads and barley malt. Flavors are boldly malty, toasty, and light on the esters. However the hops gain intensity into the finish with agressive pine and lemon-grass. As expected, a fuller, richer body that usually found in the style. Where it excels in character and body, it sacrifices in drinkability. The finish is cleaned up and dried out by the growing hop flavor and resins, but still reamins sweet and weighted. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown body with a medium head but little lacing

Smell: Nice floral hoppy elements on the nose

Taste: Sweet and sassy! Caramel and grapefruit combined. Very nice and full-flavored.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: This is a nice full-flavored red ale that is very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy reddish-copper with a modest tan head. Small amount of sediment at bottom of bottle (added).

M - medium body and carbonation; smooth yet fairly crisp.

Subtle aroma of sweet malt and slight hops. Rich, complex, and well-balanced flavor. A serious taste battle between sweet and bitter components. Hops are more evident during tasting than smelling. "Crafted with whole hop goodness" indeed.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was more impressed with this than the extra pale ale,poured a nice deep brown/red color with great creamy head.Incredibly hoppy took me by suprise but a roasted malt flavor comes in to balance this bad boy out.Loved this beer great to find it around here will have many more for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tight, if modest, long-lasting head. Some spottiness on the glass after each sip. Brown color with a definitive haze

Caramel aroma, light toffee; almost like a brown ale. No notable hop.

The key to middle-of-the-road beers is the complexity and balance. While the smell is slightly sweet with no bitterness, the flavor has a wonderful hop bitterness that lingers through the aftertaste. There's a touch of cream in the mouth, both in flavor and body. A very nice beer.

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Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 509 ratings
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