Beer: Mad River Brewing Co. Jamaica Brand Sunset IPA
Location: Blue Lake, CA
Appearance: Dark gold, hazy, small head retention, little bit of sediment in the bottom of glass
Aroma: Tropical fruits, hops, fresh
Body & Texture: Carbonation/alcohol bite up front, medium bodied, velvety, smooth, sweet up front
Aftertaste: Quickly turns to a strong bitter aftertaste. Once it warmed up a bit the aftertaste was less bitter.
This was the first Mad River beer I’ve tried. I’ve seen their beers in my parent’s fridge before but I wasn’t ever really drawn to them due to their somewhat tacky labels. I’m glad that my mom dropped this one off to us because it forced me to taste it.
I think the IPA has a great color and the aroma is definitely great. It smells super fresh and I could actually get some tropical fruit notes out of it; like pineapple. The body is pretty good, too. It felt very smooth in my mouth and almost thick, which is why I used the term velvety.
This is an IPA I’d drink again. I’m not sure why it’s called Jamaica IPA and it kind of confuses me. I wouldn’t buy a six pack of this IPA myself as I tend to like IPA’s in the 6% abv range. I think it’s a decent IPA but there’s just something about it that doesn’t excite me. Maybe it’s the label (pathetic, I know) but it just doesn’t get me excited to drink it. Overall I think it’s a totally drinkable IPA, and like I said, I’d drink it again, but only if someone offered it to me.