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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jamaica Red

Jamaica Red is an American Amber Ale from the Mad River Brewing Company of Blue Lake, CA. Jamaice Red was originally brewed for and named after the northern Calirnia music festival called Reggae on the River.

Mad River has been brewing beer for over 20 years and has been one of the cornerstone's of northern California brewing. Mad River's first bewing equipment was bought from Sierra Nevada when they expanded production.

It has an ABV of 6%.

Beer pours a brownish red color with a thick, slightly off white head. The aroma has a herb, spice hops with notes of citrus hops and caramel malts. The flavor starts off with big caramel, toffee malts with hints of roast and coco. The middle and end have tropical fruit hops with notes of citrus and herbal hops and a restrained hop bite. The finish is clean and smooth and has lingering sweet caramel malts, with a touch of alcohol. It has a medium body with average carbonation.

Overall, I really like this beer. I haven't had this in a long while, and I happy I revisited it. It's a great example of a red ale - great strong multi-malt flavor balanced with a complex hop profile. For a red/amber ale this is a Must Have It.

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