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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
This is the second offering in our JAMAICA line of ales. We didn’t want to make another IPA like everybody else so we opted for our own style. Unfortunately the gang at the BATF wouldn’t let us use "West Indies" on the label stating that there is no such place. We all thought that Columbus was looking for the West Indies and ended up here by mistake. Oh well. We call this beer Jamaica Sunset because of its golden reddish hue. We use five different hops for aroma, bitterness and floral character. You get a crisp clean flavor and complex hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Bottle. Pours a light orange. Hazy with a bubbly white head. Big flowery hop nose and flavor. The intense hop bitterness is well balanced with the subtle malt flavor. Crisp finish. Very tasty, even from the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Pours cloudy golden with no head. Reddish hue? Not really. Aroma is pungent, full of fresh hops, pine. Flavor is sweet with that same pungent hoppy flavor. Solid bitterness that lingers just long enough. Excellent IPA. Way underated here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troopie (2291) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LesArgen (276) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
A surprisingly sweet aroma proves that this is indeed a little different from your average west coast IPA. The hop-led assault on tasting is great because of the sheer number of hops used. A really nice IPA.

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