About Jamaican Beer

There are several styles of beer in Jamaica, including stouts as high as 7.5% alcohol, but it is pale lager that is clearly the most popular in as well as out of the country. These are refreshing brews meant for the beach or a picnic or warm summer days; the exports are marketed for youth, reflecting the good times and sounds of Jamaica. The robust stouts on the other hand work well with Oriental pork or Thai noodles.
Top Picks for Jamaica
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Red Stripe
Lemon Paradise Flavored Lager
Brilliant light gold color. Confected aromas of powdered lemonade mix, concentrated lime juice, and fruit salad with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, relaxed honeyed lemon ice tea, lemon and apple sorbets, and mojito finish. A sweet, honeyed lemon shandy for crushing on a hot day at the beach; try as a beertail.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Red Stripe
Sorrel Flavored Lager
Minutely hazy amber pink color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of grilled ginger root, peppercorn smoked sausage, turmeric tea, and pimento with a supple, lively, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long sweet hibiscus tea, lemonade, and greens finish. A exotic and deliciously flavorful gingery shandy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Red Stripe
Lager
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple-banana scone, corn pudding, and citrus and melon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant wheatgrass, peppery radish, and hint of minerals finish. A clean, crisp, toasty quaffer with light malt and snappy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab