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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

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148 Reviews
Jamaica Sunset India Pale AleJamaica Sunset India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company
California, United States
madriverbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
257
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.99%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 257
Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this IPA somewhat undervalued. It had a veryunfiltered look about it, many floaties in a light grapefruit coloured body, crowned by a thick white foam. Hop aromas. The taste, appropriately carbonated, of orange citrus and a nice melange of hops. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and dank herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of 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 with a decent smell but better hop qualities in the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first beer from these guys. pours a glowing red amber color with a receding bone white head and some chunky sediment on the bottom of the glass. smells like hop sugar, resiny and fresh. bold and almost too much with the sticky hops. red malty in that dry kind of way. can taste the alcohol on top of the hops and it reduces drinkability. better than average, and the price was right, but there are countless red india pales that destroy this one. leaves a funny aftertaste too.

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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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Every other beer that I've had from Mad River has been excellent, I'm surprised to see this one fall a bit short. A golden / copper hue give a head retention that boarders on fizzy, but does not completely fall. Aromas of medium citrus, slightly moderate malt, and mild esters seem to lack complexity or depth. The tastes deliver much the same. A medium malt sweetness is underplayed by medium hop flavor of orange rinds, grapefruit, and grass. The hops eventually take on metalic notes; and as the malt fades away, the beer becomes increasingly astingent (never is off, putting but is low-point in the session). The body remains low for the intensity of the flavors which aids the bite-ey flavors and textrues that are perceived. Would finish clean if not for the sharp astringency. In all, the beer is fine. I find this comparable to Harpoon IPA. Good, but lackluster.

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Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a very nice head that leaves quite a few swaths of lace behind; impressive retention

Smell: Rather balanced aromatics with both caramel and pine/grapefruit hops commanding attention

Taste: Caramel malt, up front, followed by a piney hop flavor that evolves in a citrusy orange/grapefruit direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite enjoyable; Mad River has lifted their game with this one

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of pine and strong floral notes. Also, touches of citrus and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of quite a bit of pine and citrusy, bitter hops. It had a nice toasty malt flavor to balance things out.

M - This brew was fairly thin for an IPA. It was a crisp, light bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty tasty IPA with loads of piney hops.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the pint glass a sorta murky brown/orange color with a white one finger head that settles quickly leaving a trace amount of lace behind,I was really suprised at how subdued the aromas were being this is a California IPA some orange,citrus notes but they dont really jump out ya.It took a little while for the flavors to grow on me pretty raw with a real big caramelly malt backbone that cuts thru the citrusy slightly resiny hop.Gets a little sweet after awhile but the flavors meld together pretty well,this is not a real big west coast IPA but flavorful none the less.

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Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured dark red-brown from a 12 oz bottle. Excellent, creamy tan head. Great retention.

Flavor: Orange peel, other citrus and some floral hop notes. Strong. High bitterness.

Feel: Full bodied with perfect , soft carbonation.

O: while partly tamed by a larger and darker malt load, this IPA has plenty of hop power to satisfy hop heads.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's alive! Huge, blizzard-like plumes of swirling yeast and multiple, rapidly rising streams of bubbles can be seen within the amber-orange liquid. I love the chock full o' yeast look and this is one of the chock fullest that I've seen in a while. The head is sun-bleached ivory in color, is impressively firm, and maintains its structure as it melts. Unfortunately, there's disappointingly little lace.

The nose is straightforward as far as IPAs go. When some combination of the C-hops are involved, however, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This is nicely aromatic beer, but it could still use another gear or two. Pink grapefruit, pineapple and sweet orange are emanating from the glass and are making my nose happy. Not ecstatic, but happy.

Jamaica Sunset isn't quite as flavorful, as hoppy or as bitter as I had hoped. At 38 IBUs, I feel a little cheated. As far as I'm concerned, 50 should be the bare minimum if the letters I, P, and A are on the label. Malt's contribution consists of a glimmer of caramel and a glimmer and a half of sweetness.

The hops are less interesting on the palate than they are in the nose, but this is still good beer (those who aren't hopheads might feel otherwise). It's still pink grapefruit juicy with lesser contributions from pineapple and orange. The beer is developing a more firm, hoppy bite as I enter the bottom half of the bottle; which makes me feel better about the taste score that I've granted.

The flavor improves with warming and within the arc of each mouthful. It gathers steam from start to finish so that the back end is more interesting than what preceded it. The mouthfeel is solidly medium with a trickle of hop resins, a light mouthcoating and a considerable, yet still manageable, amount of C02.

Even though Jamaica Sunset IPA isn't an earth-shaking version, it's a flavorful little number that has scratched my hop itch this evening. Mad River's Jamaica Red is the superior beer and is clearly hoppier than this one. Or should I say it's superior *because* it's clearly hoppier than this one? If you have da hop love, this is a worthwhile purchase.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another out of a mixed six pack at whole foods. i had been trying to get through their lineup forever.

nice pale amber color with a smooth even head of white and a clear consistency that allowed the carbonation to stream to the top rather nicely. aroma was nice light citrus hops with hints of orange, tangerine and touches of light grains and bready malts bouncing around. smooth and clean flavor with a bite up front that mellows and collapses into a nice dry finish with hints of citrus.

overall a nice solid ipa. nothing mindblowing but it will certainly work.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was strange beer for me, I could taste all kinds of hops, but little evidence of hops smell, I checked my nose against some other household items (soap, candle &pepper they all checked out normal), so here goes:

Appearance: Thick white fluffy head, with great head retention. Body was golden to amber with crystal clarity.

Smell: Presence of malt and honey and lurking way in the background, some hops.

Taste: Great balance of malty body and hoppy bitterness intertwine all the way down the throat with a great finish.

Mouthfeel: Optimum carbonation combined great hops and malt balance

Very drinkable, I still recommend this one despite the hops aroma being AWOL

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short brown twist bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thin layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: True gold colour with a mild chill haze, big frothy white lace with spider web like trails down the glass.

Smell: Fruity citrusy hop aroma similar to a fresh cut orange, very fresh in the nose with hops due to the dry hopping.

Taste: Medium body with a smooth rounded carbonation, strong armed hop bitterness. Raw lightly astringent bitterness, malt palate struggles a little to balance though seems to make it to the end. Suggestions of tangerine and mango within the fruitiness, faint biscuit malt in the finish. Esters and alcohol are a bit noticeable. Long lasting hop bitterness. A tad on the sweet side though the astringency from the hops pucker the mouth.

Notes: A great American IPA, big on the raw hop character without going too overboard. A beer to keep a hophead content and any beer lover occupied. 6.4% abv.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish amber with 1/2" of loose, bubbly head that has good retention. The nose has notes of bread, pineapple, grapefruit, and faint soap. The taste is light, bready malt, pineapple, and faint yeast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

The bready malt and pineapple are a nice combination, but overall, this beer comes across a little one dimensional. It's really drinkable though, and it's easy to have more than one.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a rich off-white head. Nice head at first, but it descends to an isolated patch with minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild for style - floral and orange citrus with a pale malt, slightly caramelish, backing.

The taste is pale/caramel maltiness with floral and orange/citric overtones. Sharp herbal bitterness in the finish, but in a balanced way.

Medium-bodied.

A nice, but nothing particularly special, IPA, with a mix of floral and orange notes. Mild, but yet sharp, and enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale golden color, nice, flush white head, stalwart, slowly, but surely diminishing, ...Aroma: spicy, citric, hoppy nose, pungent garpefrit, and peach pits, orange zest, and pineapple pulp, a little sour, and very tangy. very lively.
Those flavors return in the taste, but are accompanied by a huge sourness, an outsized citric twist on the palate, a little too unlean for me. Medium-bodied, with a big blast on first entry, a rounded fruity flavor, then thinning some, but not losing any of the bitterness. It rides long and zestily in the mouth, before eventually fading away. Long, fruity, bitter finish.
Very likable, this one, milder in the hop delivery than I like in my IPAs, but you can't please everyone. This ought to please plenty of folks just fine, and, heck, I like it a bit, too!

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating on the label. Pours a slightly cloudy and hazy, yellowy light amber. Head is moderate, white and tiny bubbly. Respectable, scattered lacing and some sheeting left on the glass. Nose is herbal, musty, hoppy with a hint of gin and fusil alcohol.. This is a heady, flavorful, medium/full bodied brew. Pleanty of funky, citric hoppy notes. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. Its called "Jamaica Sunset" and this one evokes notions of a hot tropical afternoon, with spicy jerk chicken on the grill, soulfull reggae in the air, all with a northern California slant, nice Amer.
IPA.

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

01/12/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Darker golden in color approaching amber. Unfiltered as I can see lots of clouded yeast in the pour. About a one finger head and light spotty lace left behind.

Smell- A lighter nose of toasted malt and some grapefruit pith hops.

Taste- Well rounded in malt and hops, but nothing really jumps out as outstanding. More grapefruit rind in the hops rather than the juice. Malt is nicely toasted and melds well with hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a short lived hoppy bitter aftetaste.

Drinkability- Middle of the road IPA, not great, not bad...just there.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, biscuit, some all spice, and tart malt in the finish. Fits the style of a American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, sweet malt next, some all spice comes through strongly, and a dry/bitter finish. Overall, if you like a spicy IPA this is not bad at all.

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Photo of Gavage
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellowish orange in color. Short 1/2" white head that quickly fell to surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: the nose picks up spicy piney hops.

Taste: the flavor is dominated by lemon zest and piney bitterness. The malt levels seem weak which helps provide the mouth puckering tartish twang with this beer.

Mouthfeel: very crisp at the start, and crisp at the finish. The finish is relatively short but is heavy on lemon and piney bitterness.

Drinkability: I had a tough time finishing this beer so drinkability is down for me.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent with some carapils malts and a bitter piney hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor with lots of hops and pale malts. It goes down easy and finishes with a heavy hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. The appearance isn't the best, but the hop flavor and terrific mouthfeel make up for it; a good drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is more on the malt side with this one, with some hops and citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, hoppy, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky deep copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt and an earthy hop.

The taste was upfront sweet malts, some estery yeast and an earthy hop. Some toasted malts as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullnes but undercarbonated.

Overall a decent AIPA. A bit subdued hop wise for me though.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold colored beer.

Smell is VERY citric hops and a supporting fruit scent of grapefruit and pineapple. Malty and yeasty scents in the background.

Taste is dry and a little tart. Nice malt background to this main flavor is the citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is Good.

A VERY good American IPA, Packs loads of hop flavor in to the taste and avoids the bitterness you gets sometimes.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt with some caramel, a touch of biscuits and citrusy hops. The taste starts out pretty smooth bodied with fruity malt and a nice dose of citrusy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Jamaica Sunset IPA is a pretty solid West Coast styled IPA that is recommended. It is not overly hoppy, but contains enough hops to satisfy most hop cravings.

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Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 257 ratings.
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