DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz stubby bottle. Smells more sweet than hoppy, with lots of citrus. The hops are present in the flavor though... not very strong, but the flavor is actually really good. Not what I would expect from an IPA, but this is very drinkable... a great any-day beer.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear copper until the sediment dropped into the glass. Now the copper has a hazy orange hue to go along with a thin off white head. There’s still sediment sludge left behind in the bottle. The aroma has sharp citrus hop notes with grapefruit juice bitterness being the main one followed by tangelo and a hint of sweet orange juice. I can just smell a vague malt sweetness too. The taste has several levels and varieties of citrus hops just like the nose. Initially I get sweet orange juice followed by a tart grapefruit and then tangelo hop bitterness. Very nice. There’s also a hint of malt behind all of the hops.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured golden red with foamy white head. Slight hoppy aroma with floral graces. Hoppy flavour with floral and honey notes. Linfering hoppy finish all over the tongue. This is another ale I would call a Cape ale. It’s hoppier and more bitter than a pale or amber, but not as hoppy as an India. A very worthy effort, worth seeking out.
19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty fantastic, very original IPA. Rich, roasty malt backbone. Not a classical IPA as the hops are not really showcased and really not present in the traditional floral, piney, citrusy hoppy way. However I am rating this on how good of a drink I thought it was and not on whether it matched its designated style paradigm. Its really more a hoppy amber ale but with much more robust hop profile, although very muted. Caramelly sweet malt base. A little grassy hop twinge - just very slight. Nice drink, very enjoyable.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 bottle. Aroma is floral, and spice. Flavor is a wonderful floral and hop bite balance thats just right on the palate. A well balanced IPA in my opinion without just "hopping" you to death. This beer is right up my alley. Good stuff Mad River.
morrdt (684) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. single bottle from Total Wine here in Jacksonville, Florida. Not sure why they decide to use Jamaica for the name, considering this type of beer is not even close to anything that Red Stripe puts out. Nonetheless, beer pours gold with a light white head. Aroma is a bit hoppy and it has some very sharp sweet notes. Taste is almost all hops and a bit of sweet caramel and the finish is very nice. A hidden gem of an IPA.
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
17/09/2011 12 Fl. Oz. bottle @ Ginger Man NYC (2011-449)
Cloudy dark orange to amber coloured beer, leight beige sediment floating around. Light beige aery and unstable head, non adhesive. Aroma: typical pineapple, passion fruits and some peaches, sweet fruity, some sweet malts. MF: little carbon, medium body. Taste: fruity, pretty sweet start, citrus fruits, soft bitter hops, peaches, little yeast (maybe the age). Aftertaste: bitter and dry but still fruity ending. Very nice IPA.
jredmond (5297) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a orange hazy body with white lacing. Aroma is bread and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with citrus and grass hops.
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice sweet caramel malt with fruit punch, broom straw and citrus ipa flavors well balanced and nicely powerful. nice aroma as described and a bit of wood in the mix. good beer.
chinchill (1776) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.