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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 68   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Jamaica Sunset IPA, Mad River IPA is a rich light copper India Pale Ale that features the finest spicy floral dry hopped character with a clean crisp finish. Pizza, foods with red sauces and garlic, and sushi.

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3.9
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2001
Crisp, hoppy and refreshing... just the way I like 'em. And it's from my birthplace no less. Great hop aroma and flavor to go with it.

3.9
obxdude10 (2391) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Gold in color, pretty decent lacy head, lots of hops & floral tones in the aroma, had that West Coast IPA mouthfeel, you can tell the differences in pale ales from the West and East Coasts, lots of hop bitterness to the flavors & the aftertaste, all-around pretty decent IPA

3.9
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.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8912) - 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.

3.9
troopie (2497) - 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.

3.9
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.

3.9
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.

3.9
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, 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.


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