Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

257 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2001

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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of BigEZ_VZ
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Erik-P
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of unshodjogger
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of baconman91
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of pokey44
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Harvest06
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of garthwaite
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish, with aroma of peppery hops & a lot more sweet malt than I anticipated. In the mouth, this tastes of sweet fruit (pineapple & grapefruit) with some unfortunate sour notes. Finish is ho-hum, with mild citrusy hops. Medium bodied & fairly drinkable, but not an IPA I get too excited about.

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Photo of captenaj
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this in a Total Wine store in Fort Myers, Florida.

Appearance: A nice copper color with practically no head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Hops, orange, fruity.

Taste: A flat, hoppy flavor initially overpowers anything else. After a while, a slight orange flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: Thin and rich at the same time.

Drinkability: Too much alcohol to make more than one or two of these a possibility in one sitting. But very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of cokes
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly hazed golden under a stubby and sticky off-white head.
PacNW hopping is evident as soon as the cap is off. Big ruby grapefruits and lesser pine sap. Sugared muffins provide malt contrast.
Enters the mouth and is dry for a moment. Vague toasty biscuit hues. Turns immediately sweeter. Heavily sugared pineapple and honey-slathered red apples. Not especially heavy, but syrupy sweet. Grain astrigency battles to reign it in, but fails. The hopping, as forceful as the nose makes it out to be, also fails to cut through. Sure, it's bitter near the close, but the dilute grapefuit oil fails to offset the malt. Fried plantain notion afterward with small traces of rummy heat.
The result is offkilter. Too much lingering sugar.
Their Jamaica Red Ale is 10 times the "IPA" this is.

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Photo of sweethome
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle purchased at Chevy Chase beverage in MD.

Pours slightly hazy gold. Nose is honey and carmel mix. Medium mouthfeel. Carmel malts. A tea flavor also. Bittering is subdued. Really surprised at the lack of a bitter finish for a CA IPA.

This is not what I remember from this beer - enough flavor, but limited hop bittering.

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Photo of Vancer
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned brew, she pours a hazy amber orange after giving it the swirl. A lazy ivory head pops up, and quickly resides. It goes leave sticky ring laces.

Aroma is big pine and citrus, west coast style. Quaff gets done in the dirt, with an earthy and woody backbone. Finishes clean and crisp, just a slight oily note. A funky kick of rotten orange drops the taste average down.

Not the tastiest IPA I've ever had, but still a solid contender.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dull pear looking brew with a lot of haze to it. Head is minimal with sparse streaks of off white bubbles across the top of the body.

S: Ripe strawberries, caramely dough and really minor sugary orange.

T: Tastes almost exactly how it smells. Cooked strawberries, egos and caramel dominate. Its really one dimensional and frankly should not be called an IPA. As the flavors go thru the cycles, orange a earthy pine pop up with a strong bitter was finish it off. Last moments are hints of juicy fruit, apple juice and pear.

M: Medium body, with hard with some carbo sting

D: Come on…this isn’t an IPA. Especially not from Cali.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill hazy golden light amber with a nice thick white head. Solid lacing. Smells slightly estery with the hops being quite floral. Moderately sweet hoppy first wave followed by that slightly lingering classic IPA burn. Very subtle if not slightly underhopped for an IPA. Moutfeel and carbonation are moderate. Solid all around beer but not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours out on the copper side, a little bit hazy and has a decent white head on top. The smell is pretty hoppy for just a standard IPA. The taste to me was ok, I found it to be just a little on the weak side. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it had some good transitions from hoppy to malty. Overall I found this beer to average to say the least. Would drink again if the price was right but wouldn't try too hard to get it again.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served off a handpump at cask temperature.

Appearance: In a pint, the body had low levels of carbonation and the head was a tightly packed clump of off white with less than average retention. A light golden-yellow body was most noticeable, reminiscent of a Bell's Two Hearted.

Smell: The nose of this beer was very light, very sweet. Most IPAs give huge hop notes, whereas this one lends more fruit and malt in the nose. I detect pineapple and carmelized sugar, with some light lemon/orange.

Taste: This is simply an average beer, nothing exceptional going on here. The taste is quite sweet and malty for an IPA. As in the smell section, the hop character and bitterness seem to be muted. They still exist faintly in the aftertaste, but the sweetness of the malts, especially carmel, stands out as the defining flavor of this beer. Not bad, but not really an IPA taste to this one.

Mouthfeel: The cask conditioning makes this super smooth and creamy. This beer drinks like fuzzy water. It's very easy to sup, and the sweetness and syrupy malt begins to cloy only slightly at the end.

Drinkability: It was fine, but again, nothing earth shattering. WIth so many IPAs out there, and others that highlight the hops so much better, I doubt I'll revisit this unless changes are made. Not bad though, just not good.

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Photo of Spikester
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber with 1" cream color head, few lacings. Aroma pine needles, resins, herbal. Taste is good amount of citrus hops with sweet rich malts. Pretty well balanced for an IPA. Some winey qualities due to 7% abv.
Unknown age when reviewed.

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Photo of alexgash
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden apricot with a small, soft, off-white head. Smells largely of malt. Big butterscotch taffy sweetness, followed by limited, resiny hops. I'm not sure if I like this much butterscotch. Taste is much the same; big butterscotch/cake batter malt up front, followed by very backgroundy resinous hops. Bitterness hits very late and the hops don't have an enormous amount of character, other than latent bitterness. This malty IPA really coats the mouth, and is almost cloying. Finish is sticky, with hints of sweet vegetables, and bitter. Not bad, but I've had many better IPAs from the West Coast.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a pretty good, IPA. It pours a cloudy golden color, and is floral and fruity from hops. I doesn’t really stand out, but it’s not a bad beer. I enjoyed it all in all, and it's certainly worth having if it's around, but I don't think it's something I'd seek out.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice, luminescent gold with millions of tiny particles in suspension... they look like granulized hops reduced to the size of a needle's tip. Very impressive head here, too... it just won't go away. Lacing is sticky, but scarce.

Smell- Floral and perfumy, the hop profile carries the malt right behind it, syrupy and rich smelling.

Taste- The malt backbone is adequately pronounced, with the hops bittering the back and sides of the tongue quite nicely. The tannic character suggests that this bottle may have some long months behind it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Lively, restrained carbonation that certainly works. The heavier body and big malts keeps this from joining the ranks of the extremely drinkable IPA.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierguy5
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Hazy copper color, with a white rocky head. Good head retention, and some nice sticky patches of lace at the end.

Nice citrus, floral and slightly grassy hop aroma. Good malt backbone in the aroma as well.

The taste is where things seem to drop off. Starts overly sweet and cloying. Bitterness seems very harsh. Citrusy and herbal flavors.
Still, the sweetness is too much.

Good body, with adequate carbonation. Just seems rough, and too sweet.

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Photo of madelf66
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, creamy, resinous white colored head leaves some big patches of lace as it fades. Hazy golden beer with very fine bubbles rising along the walls of the glass. The aroma is very light, hard to pick up, maybe some sweet hops and a smidge of alcohol. Mild flavored beer, hops edge out the light malt flavor. The bitterness picks up towards the end dominating the solid finish. Mouthfeel is slick, too much for me. There's a good amount of flavor but nothing special, the aroma is on the light side, but to put it blunt I'm just not enjoying this one.

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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
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