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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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Jamaica Sunset India Pale AleJamaica Sunset India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2001

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of SoCaliC8
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

Photo of jcalabre
1.91/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 22 September 2002. I am writing this review from my notes
This is Not a very impressive IPA. It has a hazy yellow color. It does Not have much aroma; it has a slightly sour rather than hoppy taste. I was disappointed. I'll pass on this one

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Photo of DogFood11
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pilsner glass it forms a decent but lackluster eggshell white head that leaves behind some lacing. Hazy orange body, medium carbonation.

Blah and boring in the nose. sweetened grain mostly.

Hops come through in the taste with a splash of citrus. Bready, Doughy malts are really a dud and a bigtime buzzkill for this brew. A bit chalky and medicinal in the backend and mouthfeel. I'm heading to Washington for a much needed vacation and this is one beer I will leave here in SoCal with pleasure.

Notes: Not for me. Closer to a pale than an IPA but thats neither here nor there and doesn't affect my account of this offering.

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Photo of DonFrap
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of dheldman
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of crossovert
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

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Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of jethrodium
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a golden amber with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is caramel, light grapefruit, orange, and some light floral notes. The taste is sweet orange, sugar cookie, and some light grapefruit. Finish has a decent bitterness with a lingering orange sweetness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit too sweet.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a one finger head that ends up in nice lacing.
Aroma is sort of weird to me....musty...tropical fruit...a little sweet.
Taste is again sweet on the tongue to start followed by heavy cloying tropical fruits, then a nice bang of hops.
Mouthfeel is full an thick with a nice alcohol burn going down.
I don't think this is very drinkable, being somehow too sweet in the tropical flavors and a little strong in the alcohol

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, a below average IPA. Murky orange appearance, due to yeast on the bottom of the bottle: I was unaware of the fact as I was dispensing. Small, light grapefruit colored head, little retention, no lacing.

Hardly any hops in this one. More malt than anything, and that aint what Im looking for in an American IPA. Sweet smelling, slightly alcoholic. The hops are so minimal, I hardly see how this passes as an AIPA. Not impressed at all.

Alcohol is noticeable in the barely medium mouthfeel. Dry finish and an acohol burn at the end.

This beer was not good from the get-go. Looked bad, didnt really smell at all, and the taste was very unremarkable. This will certainly be the last sixer I purchase of this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellowish color, slightly cloudy, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweet. Mildly hopped, no malts, kind of bland. Is this really an IPA? No real bitterness or malts in this beer. Finish is mild. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Jamaica Sunset IPA pours out a hazy orange yellow color with a small head. The aroma is sweet malt, pungent hops, and oranges. Fruity orange flavor. The flavor is not very hoppy. I would hesitate to call this an ipa. Only vaguely malty. Some pineapple. There's too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little light. Drinkability is average. This beer is too sweet and fruity without enough hop or malt flavor. A sub par IPA.

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Photo of Briken
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of germaniac
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy brown-orange in color. The head disappeared quickly, leaving just a small island of froth floating in the center of my glass.
Smells like tropical fruit candy.The first taste makes me feel like it should be hoppier. More hop bitterness would pair nicely with the substantial malted sweetness. This might be a great platform to start out with if Mad River ever gets the itch to brew a double IPA. It's smooth and very drinkable, but there are too many West Coast IPA options out there for me to drink too many more of this.

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Photo of freed
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember this being better on tap, but I've not seen it on tap for years. So I picked up a bottle. The seizure-inducing logo on this managed to stand out from the others in the cooler, so I picked it up.

It poured with a nice head, but the size of bubbles were reminiscent of some of my off-brews. It had a very nice golden to orange hue that was very opaque. The foam fizzed quickly away but left lacing on the glass like anvil head clouds. Nice.

The aroma is green, but not in a typical IPA way. Its more Saaz green. Subdued, tart.

The taste has a timid malt to it, and its mostly a combination of the odd hop tastes. There's sour bitterness, fresh of the trellis greenness, and even an almost sanitized flavor to it. Not all that pleasant.

I'm willing to bet this isn't the best example of this beer. In fact, I know it isn't because I used to have it on tap. It wasn't stellar, but it wasn't this bad either.

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Photo of Crosling
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Attractive clear light orange with large and good looking head of foam, like most of the Mad River beers. Aroma is subtle with a touch of fruit aromatics and dry hopped characteristics. Flavor is extremely light for the style, much more a pale ale than an IPA, with a floral hop character and, a light bitterness and a minute malt contribution. Pleasant.

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Photo of Omnium
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint glass
A - Pours an offsetting murky amber color, a tad over 1 finger head, thin lacing that fades fast.
S - Oily hops, biscuity malt, sweet aroma, orange peel, grapefruit, dank herbal and earthy florals
T - You get that resiny hop flavor along with some malt and some orange peel, it actually has some skunky type flavor to it, not very appealing with a dark and dry hop bitterness.
M - Sticky and lingering.
O - Not impressed with the brew at all. I like the steelhead IPA much more than this. This has a bitter aroma that isnt enticing by any means. These type of IPA's arent among my favored palate profile, but I cant appreciate them. Its an about average IPA that I wouldnt get again.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz stubby brown bottle with a twist-off cap.

Cloudy,reddish/orange color with a 1" white head quickly dissapating into a slight coating of foam. Minimal carbination the beer is full of tiny particles suspended in the beer.

Clean,moderate aromas piney with mild grapefruit notes. Malt aromas of toffee/carmell.

Grapefruity citrus with pine tastes,tart,a semi-sweet toffee/carmell, very good balance. Finishes with a perfect blend of hops and malt. A good taste,a bit on the bland side.

Light mouthfeel for an IPA, some tangy,juicyness. Very easy drinking,smooth, could drink a lot of this not as filling as most IPA's. I had a lot of Pale Ales with more flavor. Mediochre

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stubby browner poured into a tulip with a bright golden hazey orange topped by an antique white thin frothy sticky headcap.

Moderate citrus nose of orange peel and grapefuit. Bubblegum and cotton candy malts mix in.

First swigs: Man, this all over the place. Citus bite and woody malts. A mixed direction of soft orange candy, lolipop and bubblegum. I'm going with average because this is a mixed up beer. The balance is there, but just in a weird way that goes hop direction juicy Tang, and malt direction of tangy wood. Too much hard candy Starburst malts. Lingering cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Sweet Tart candy IPA. Forgettable. Went down hill fast! Just an IPA for the IPA curious. Otherwise, seek other beers.

Beer is good. Happy beeing.

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Photo of Marcelozicker
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of dachp
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Thehopluver
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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