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Jamaica Red Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
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511 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#13,333
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
511
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
4.37
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
44
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerTest
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zylod
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Masonpp85
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brandon632
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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 StevenMilligan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalebM
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OB1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Burkbom23
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Deep brown red with a bit of orange.
S: Roasted caramel
T: Hoppier than expected based on smell. Piney finish. Flavor mellowed as beer warmed and roastiness came through
F: Smooth with medium body

Overall: Don't think this is one I'd purchase again, but not a bad beer and worth a try.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kwlightner
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leroybrown10
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rfoltz53
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sheenisgod
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of notchucknorris
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wulfie85
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jamaica Red Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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