Jamaica Sunset India Pale Ale | Mad River Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
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257 Ratings
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
Ratings:
257
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 257 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Hatzilla
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A clear amber body with a one inch foamy head leaving some lacing in its wake.

Scent: A malty, bready scent with some inviting (but not overpowering) earthy citrus hops.

Taste: More bready malts, with more of the aforementioned earthy hops appearing in the taste than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nice mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, inexpensive IPA (7.99 for the 6 pack). Worth seeking out for the budget-minded IPA fan, especially if overpowering hops are not your thing.

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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 felipe2toes
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange with thick white head--leaves plenty of lacing and crust.

Smells of floral hops, some sort of fruity sweetness, though very mellow for IPA.

Some pine and citrus flavors, maybe even some sweet honey, but not the usual in-yer-face hoppiness in American IPAs. still good.

Good mouthfeel as well, medium-bodied, crisp finish.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, hops, mainly pine with a hint of citrus. In the taste, pine hops and a nice malt, not too over the top hops either. A hop bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite mellow for an IPA, but nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a one finger off-white head that hangs around a bit, and produces some pretty decent lacing.

The aroma is on the mild side for an Ipa (although I'm not sure how fresh this bottle is). Some hops in there for sure, but there is also a mello earthy maltiness going on too.

Taste is pretty balanced. Nice hop bitterness up front, but the malt backbone quickly comes in to round things out. No big citrusy flavors here, but it taste pretty good none the less.

Medium body, with a good carbonation level.

I could easily drink several of these. My bottle says that this Ipa is 7%, so Mad River must have recently upped the alc. content on this one.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good Ipa. Nothing ground breaking, but a solid representation for sure.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: This beer pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head that leaves decent lacing. As with other brews from Mad River, this one also throws some serious sediment.

S: The aroma is well balanced, although hops call shotgun in this beer. Floral, with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. Malts lend a sweet, caramel-like aroma in the backround.

T: Taste is bright and vibrant with a rush of citrus, pineapple, and mango up front, but mellowed out by sweet malt notes reminiscent of caramel, honey, and fresh baked bread. The finish is dry, with a pleasant bitterness that stays on the palate for some time.

Notes: Jamaica Sunset IPA is a medium bodied brew that is full of flavor, yet balanced to the point where everything melds together perfectly. Alcohol gives some warming character, but it's low enough that makes this beer incredibly easy to drink. Very well-made!

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Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thick tight white head that settles to a rocky blanket and sticks around until the very end. Chalky lines of laces. Carbonation appears steady and abundant.

Nose: Floral, a tad soapy

Creamy smooth body. Starts with a quick toffee centered malt base that ends up caramelly and sweet. Grapefruit and oranges kick in quickly. Good rich balancing bitterness completes the brew.

A lighter IPA that borders on APA or perhaps a tad hoppy version of an English IPA. Will drink again, would be interested on trying a pint or three or 6 on tap.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a fresh 2010 bottle which happens to be 7% abv now

A - Bit of a haze on the light amber but I did get a half inch of foamy white head.

S - Semi hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Sort of more pine forward.

T - Sharp bitter pine at first then it rounds to a moderate bit of bready goodness with a sweet malt but falls back to a bitter pine finished. Enjoyable.

M - Moderately medium body but is very hoppy.

D - Man California has some great beers and this is one great one as well. Not sure how old it is but it has a pretty nice hop forward goodness. Could have a few a sitting no problem.

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Photo of boss302
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Orange color, clear, but there are quite a bit of dregs left in the bottom of the bottle. There was no head to speak of, and I poured it rather aggresively.

S Flowery sweet with some dried fruit, apricot?

T Slight maltiness, with some caramel in the aftertaste. Not as strong a hop flavor as other American IPAs, probably closer to British versions and probably what the brewer intended, i.e. British IPA. Finishes clean with very little hop astringency.

M Medium body, not much bite due to the lower carbonation level. There is a little warmth from the alcohol.

O A good red ale and hopped more appropriately for a British version of the IPA. Recommend.

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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 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 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 MisterClean
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From total wine

A - Pours an unfiltered and hazy orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates slow and leaves really nice lacing.

S - Honey, grapefruit, and citrus.

T - Honey, citrus, and bittering hops. Tastes like I just bit into a grapefruit.

M - Full-bodied and hop dominated.

D - An excellent quaff. This should be a standby for an IPA.

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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a translucent clouded orange, lots of sediment in suspension. A thin layer of light cream foam holds around pretty well, laying small pockets of lace randomly about the pint glass.

Aroma - powdery biscuit, light fruity citrus. Simple and nice.

Taste - decent biscuity grain with a hint of caramel. Light to moderate citrusy hops, turning slightly more bitter on the swallow but keeping some light orange and fruitiness. Mild bittering at the finish, a pleasant flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - notably solid body, crisply carbonated, and a better than average smoothness.

Drinkability - a nice little session IPA here.

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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 BDIMike
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice look for an IPA. This brew is called a Sunset IPA and that is exactly what it looks like. A great hazy unfiltered brew the colors of a sunset, red-orange on down to yellow. There is a fairly thick white head that laces all the way down the drink.
Smell doesn't have a ton going to it. There is a bit of citrus hops, but also a slight toffee malt to it as well.
Taste is good, but a bit subtle. A good balance of tastes between malt that is taken over by a very nice hop taste.
Mouthfeel is nice for an IPA. A good smooth thickness.
Drinkability is very nice. I didn't realize til after quickly taking down a bottle that this beer was 7% ABV. There is a good balance and an easy drinker. Nothing crazy or special, but a nice session IPA.

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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 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 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 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 ewright
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with very little head that dissipated within 30 seconds. The beer is a rather murky copper color.

S: Moderate hop nose with equal parts citrus peel, mint and a musty note. Hints of tangerine peek out.

T: The bitterness is not apparent up front, nor is it a clean bite late... it shows up strangely in the middle. Grapefruit peel dominates the bitterness, the malt is there for balance, but contributes no obvious notes to the palate.

M: The one word that keeps popping into my head is round. This beer starts off mellow, gives a good kick in the middle, then finishes too mellow. Moderate to low carbonation makes it feel just a bit dull as well.

D: This is an easy drinker, not challenging except for the odd timing of the flavor elements. It's a slightly above average IPA, but nothing spectacular.

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

NOTES 9/12/08
Nice cloudy orangish pour with one finger of fluffywhite head. Very nice floral hop,and citrusy aroma. Flavor is of varied hop notes,floral,citrus, and a nice malt background,maybe a touch of honeyall with a nice dry finish. Very enjoyable,and drinkable

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Photo of magictrokini
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A VERY fruity IPA. Copper pour with sediment and a big whitish head. Spicy aroma with hops, wood, and sweeter fruits. Grapefruit and citrus hops take over the palate, but without the IPA bitterness. Lots of hibiscus and passionfruit give this a tangy sweetness. Dry and light on the back end. I like it, but it really is not that good of an IPA.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-23-08

Pours a super cloudy bright orange, with a filmy head and light lacing.

Smell is all sweet hops, deeper and more complex than usual. Unbelievably good.

Taste is surprisingly buttery and sweet, I wonder if I've got an older one. Still, decently complex and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is decent, though the sweetness is a bit much.

Overall, a good beer, but I can't wait to have a fresh one.

P.S.
After reading other reviews, I'm thinking that this is as good as it gets. Too bad.

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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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