JFGrind (2057) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
I’m confused by the style of this beer. The spiced hop aroma had me thinking it was a American Pale Ale. Caramel and biscuit malts then changed my mind that the beer style was a Scottish ale. However, the watery and flat body gave it a bit of ESB style. I guess that’s why its classified an Amber Ale, the intersection of all these beer styles. If this beer did not pour flat I would have rated it higher. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 1, 2006
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! harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Somewhat yummy, easy to drink and had some decent flavors. Some caramel, very very light chocolate flavors, rich tangy fruits and just the slightest bit of hops. The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy. Not bad. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a nice hazy brownish orange. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice hop bitterness.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, pours a cloudy brown with a nice head. Hoppy to the taste, and a little nutty.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
on tap at Asheville brewfestival. orange-copper color. flat. onion. carrots. hops. bitter finish. flat and watery. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Draught. Pours dark mahogany-tinged red with a thin off-white head that leaves tight lacing. The aroma is sweet barley and toast. The flavor is more floral hops than malt, much like a pale ale, and has that grapefruit flavor that often comes out in IPAs. Yet the finish is earthy. This is poorly balanced. There is very little harmony of flavors at all. Blah. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2005
On draft at the Federal in Durham, NC. Pours a dark red color with a lasting off-white head. Hops and malt apparent in the aroma with a hint of caramel. Surprisingly hoppy flavor is slightly citrusy and a little flowery. The malt finishes things up nicely. A very enjoyable session beer. NachlamSie (3523) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
draught. Pours a blood red with a foamy white head. There’s a spicy aroma on this with a touch of yeasty sweetness. The flavor is a full spectrum of hops with a definite orange taste and a bit of ash. Fairly smooth none-the-less, but maybe a bit too strangely acidic. There’s a hint of caramel hidden in the finish. This is more like a bitter or maybe a pale ale than an amber. Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Too damn hopy for this beer drinker. I think it tastes like pure shit. I will never put this beer into my body again!