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Mad River Jamaica Red Ale

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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This beer was originally brewed for a famous Reggae festival that happens each year here in Humboldt County. A malty bitter American Amber style ale. This mahogany hued ale brings an intense spectrum of hop flavors from the spicy aromatic to lingering bitter, all underscored by a full- bodied caramel richness. Try this brew with a little Jamaican Jerked Chicken.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2857) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2016
Low pffft as the cap came off. Afraid it was still, but a sturdy, tight off-white foam formed off the pour and held nicely for the length. The body of beer a deep, tawny copper with a bad case of the sea monkeys. Aroma of sticky toffee and bitter burnt caramel, roasted peanut husks, pine and caramelised stonefruit. Malt driven on the palate with a heavy hand of fruit esters. Oxidised plum, rhubarb, a trace of red grapes with a light astringency balancing out the sweet, sticky malt tones. Not bitter but there is a hint of pine, wood and smoke with a lingering peppery spice that is hard to shift. Body is light but it is gammy, yeasty and oily in feel. Bready linger joins the spice. Bah, not in good form. Just tastes mistreated. A shame, as I haven’t found a Mad River I’m not fond of. One for a re-rate. (12fl.Oz, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3416) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2016
Dark amber with a modest beige head that doesn’t last all that well. 3- Aroma of toffee, bitter oranges, some gingerbread, pine. Full bodied and malty but not all that sweet. Toffee, some dried fruit, oranges, somewhat medicinal spices. Bitterness creeps up a bit. Pleasant and hearty drop.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (1276) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle. Murky amber lots of sediment. No lace. Boozy aroma like a spiced rum. Caramel malts, citrus, wheat, bread taste. Interesting and very drinkable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttutony (840) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Reddish brown with a thin off white head. Extremely pleasant toffee and earthy hop aroma. More toffee and caramel on the palate without being too sweet. Just enough hops to balance things out. Slightly fruity on the very end. Complex, malty, balanced hops. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3254) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is bready malt, caramel, toast, some toffee, overripe fruits, piney hoppy notes. Flavour is over moderate sweet with an over moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Nice hoppy caramel Amber, a bit like a light Barley Wine, clearly this beer wants to grow up and become Anchor’s Old Foghorn.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (24903) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2016
Bottled. Amber colour with a pale beige head. Aroma is caramel, some mild biscuity notes as well as some toffee, toast and mild floral and hebral hoppiness to it. Flavour is rather similar, with the biscuity malts giving it a rather crisp bite. Nice floral/grassy/herbal aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle. Caramel nose, with gentle roast malt, earthy notes, citrus, and light breadiness. Medium reddish/brown color, small off-white head. Sweet initial flavor, with caramel, somehwat spicy and nutty. Very small whisky note, too. A touch phenolic in mid palate and final. Thin-medium body. Pleasant, and full of toasty malt flavors.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (840) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a dark slightly cloudy copper from a bottle, aroma of creme brulee, bitter herbs, flavor somewhat medicinal, like cherry cough syrup without the cherry. Bitterness lingers quite a long time, slightly off-putting. Okay beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Location: Bottle from World Market in Redwood City, CA
Appearance: Deep reddish-brown
Aroma: Sticky red bananas, caramel
Taste: Thick caramel up front with some booziness leading to bitter
Overall: Great caramel, sticky sugar aroma but seemed unbalanced / off in taste, especially feeling overwhelmed by the herbal-liquor / bitter finish

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Andrus86 (348) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2015
BOTTLE. Red to copper pour, good carb with small beige head.. Sweet toffee malt on the nose.. Creamy texture, all malt... Mostly sweet toffee to caramel malts with a touch of hops at the back end.. Sourced Cape Cellars


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