Jamaica Red Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

very good
503 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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is clouded, something atypical to an amber. Unfiltered? Nothing wrong with that. Some bubbling sticks to the sides of the glass while the tan head grows to about a finger in height. Retention is okay, but the head drops off somewhat quickly. A bit of spotty lacing is left behind.
Bread and caramel come out of the nose with a hops presence showing good balance. Some interesting sweetness is just hinted at underneath. A little bit of toast and citrus mingle in a way that doesn't seem like it would be great but works in this beer.
The balance is further laid out in the flavor. This is a malty beer, with a strong foundation, resulting in toast, caramel, a bit of toffee, some crust, and a bit of fruit, but the hops don't back down. At first I'm actually afraid the raw piney hops are going to overtake the malts, but a minute or two of warming shows these elements to be very well managed, and they all come together to make for a tasty, balanced and flavorful brew. Citrus and earthy notes also pull through. Very few ambers have this kind of flavor.
Crsipness is up front lightly, and there's a fair bit of smoothness as well. The body is medium. It's mostly semi-dry, but goes drier in the finish without quite going fully dry.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: good amber hue with a light haze and a very good effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: a bit of sweet caramel malt with a good contribution of citrusy and earthy hops. Well-done.

Taste: nice flavor with just the right amount of caramel malt, so it is not too sweet but has a definite red ale character. Hops are pretty forward with an earthy/citrus character and a relatively strong bitterness. I like it quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation. Not precisely creamy, but tingly and very refreshing.

Overall: a very good and drinkable red ale. This is not usually my favorite style, but Mad River have done a great job here.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Huge frothy head after a vigorous pour. Head is a tan color with both small and large bubbles. Color is a darker amber, almost mahogany. In other words a brown bear brown with ruby red highlights. Nice lacing on the glass as well. I do notice a little fogginess in the glass though.

S: Mostly citrus up front from the hops. There's some light fruitiness as well from the malts. They mostly come off as a rich caramel but finish on the bready end. Not too big of a nose, but not bad either.

T: Very drinkable! This is why I love reds. The hops are definitely the front runner on the palate, coming off in a big citrus way. But then you get a lot of malt depth with some rich caramels and even some fruitiness. The finish is lightly bitter, but there's some definite sweetness in this beer too.

M: Medium to heavy carbonation with a nice medium body. Slick from hops.

O: Very tasty red that's worth the acclaim it receives. This is one of my favorite styles and this is a good showing. It actually has a fairly clean finish too.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass...

deep ruby red colour, 2 finger off white head.

mouthfeel is very full/nice for the style.

Smell/Taste is sweet hops/malt. sharp hop bitterness followed by a nice liite sweetness at the end.

Very nice Red... will be picking this up again.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a quarter of an inch of brownish, soft, dense head that has great retention. Big, malty, bready, barley malt dominates the nose. There are also hints of a sugary sweetness. The flavor is also dominated by malt is far subdued from what the nose would have you believe. The malt character is bready with a slight sugary sweetness in the finish. There are faint notes of dark fruit as the beer warms. The hop character is very mild and offers only balance and very faint astringency in the finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a sessionable beer, but disappointing. The nose was big and robust leading me to believe the flavor would be intensely malt forward and medium to full bodied. In my opinion it fell short of the mark. I would have it again though if offered.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
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