Blondaroo99 (2) - USA - MAY 9, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I discovered this red gem almost 12 years ago and it’s still my #1 beer.
eljefebrewing (6) - - APR 27, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tried this at the Mad River promo night at Yeasty Beasty. I usually like to get a different beer every time, but I think I ordered this one on three consecutive visits! It is great! Beautiful red color, full-bodied, lots of malt flavor! The hops are perfectly balanced against the malt and the smooth, caramel finish.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 Re-rate: MUch better this time around. Nice frothy head and sweet orange aroma detected. Very tasty brew.
Original - I believe I do not have the freshest of samples- however, it still tastes mighty good. The aroma was non-existent, as was the head. However, I liked the cloudy, reddish amber apperance. Nice malty flavor well balanced with PNW hops. A tasty treat - a fresh one I will find.
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 This beer is unfiltered and a nice brown color. My wife thought I was drinking ice tea (what a great disguise!). I like carmel and this beer has a carmel taste to it. Overall this is one of my favorite Ales.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
American "Red" or Amber Ale is a style with a pretty broad spectrum. I’ve had some tremdous examples over the years, and my fair share of duds as well. One of my all time favorite examples of this style is Mad River Jamacian Red. This beer delivers on what an American Amber(Red) Ale should really be all about. Lots of vibrant hop aromas, flavors, and bitterness, paired with lots of good sweet and stewed malt character. Jamacian Red pours to a beautiful, deep amber to red color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on fantastic on this beer with lots of good citrus and piney hop aromas paired with some good malt sweetness and some estery fruit aroma. The palate is soft and full with lots of good biscuit and caramel malt flavors, paired with nice touches of tangy fruit flavor. Jamacian Red finishes with more good malt and fruit up front, then ends with a tangy, and pleasing citric hop bitterness that lingers. This is a great drinking beer, and a very food friendly dish as well. Jerk chicken or curryed goat anyone? Very well done Mad River!
SSSteve (3663) - - JUL 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. a great looking beer with a dark ruby hue, a full bodied appearance upon pouring, and a medium sized, fluffy, beige head. earthy, malty, fruity aroma like a good irish ale. flavor has notes of fruity malts and caramel malts with a background of bittering hops only. a nice, malt driven, amber ale. full bodied with a creamy palate.
juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. This is a desert island red. All the great flavors of an imperial red but moderate in its 6.5 abv. Great nose of citrus and pine with ripe ctirus fruit dominating but a little spice too. Cloudy red with little head and no lace. Outstanding flavor of resiny citrus and sweet caramel/crystal malt. Medium bodied. Everything you could want from a west coast red ale. Would love to have this on tap.
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great caramel aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel malt. A good balance of hops and malts with a smooth finish. A great amber.
solsticebrew (61) - USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Honolulu, SWAM. A rich malty aroma with a hint of cocoa - smells great. Has an hazy, solid amber appearance with a light tan head. Has a sweet taste with bitterness on the back
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown, thin beige head, syrupy full body, medium carbonation.
Aroma: sweet brown malt, lots of caramel, a bit of silage, and a hint of bready yeast.
Taste: lots of caramel and toffee, some roast malt, and a touch of leafy hop bitterness in the finish.
Ignore the description on the bottle. This is one of the most caramel and toffee flavored beers i’ve had (@700). Just barely enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness, to keep it from getting cloying, and to let just enough bitterness linger in the finish to keep you wanting another sip. Overall, this clearly lands on the sweet end of the spectrum, and i would prefer it to have a slightly higher attenuation, rather than more hops. This beer definitely exceeded the expectations set forth by the label.