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Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%


Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-06-2009)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a world class ipa right here on tap at hops and pie. its listed there at 10.5% abv, and I believe it is that high. lovely red glow to this, sexy in a globe, with over an inch of white soft head, that is easily reawakened with a swish of the glass. dead sexy. yum. smells over the top hopped, whole leaf hops in the dry hop for sure, tons of oil and bitterness, above a fruity red malt base. the flavor is a hop assault, its everything from grapefruit to pine to dank and oily to downright bitter, it has the entire spectrum covered and then some. I taste the whole cones, all leafy and floral and huge. it is easily one of the hoppiest beers ive ever had, and it takes a lot to get me to say that, as a major hop head here. I cannot believe how bold and assertive this is, just punch in the face of hops. I love it, but it is indeed a palate wrecker. carbonated well, very soft feel to such a robust beer, but it gets a little heavy as it comes to room temperature, and that's when the alcohol comes out too, almost fusel in nature, hot, but still pleasant. my first beer from Jackie o, and I hope for many more. this impressed me to the max. what an ipa!

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 20:40:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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Brenden

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Matriarch is a bright dark orange in color, translucent, and somehow simultaneously heavy and light in the body. The creamy crown of light tan head drops creamy legging that spreads all over the glass.
This beer's aroma is big, to say the least. honey, pine, citrus, mint, and light pith balance off of lots of malts that keep it from being too harsh. It's balanced, yes, but this beer is absolutely loaded with hops.
The taste is the same with a little more bite, a touch of a slightly more peppery quality, and a light boozy note on the end.
This beer has a crisp feel, and while it's on the drier side it's juicy. It's got a medium body and lots of depth as the dryness and juiciness mingle, crispness keeps its bite, and it's still smooth all the way through.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2013 12:44:47 | More by Brenden
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: translucent dark orange. fluffy large 2 finger head.

s: fresh white peach, apricot and mango. waves of citrus, grapefruit and pineapple. a strong caramel malt base underlines this amazing aroma.

t: sweet pineapple abd kiwi hit your tongue quickly before it dries up with waves of earth. strong dank pine and resin assault your tastebuds. toffee and bread round it out. a dry bitter pine finish.

m: thick with a little bit of syrup. long lingering caramel.and pine finish.

o: delish.and firing on all cylinders. juicy yet dry on the end. /91

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2013 00:11:51 | More by schwemjw
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Florida9

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with a slight haziness. Forms a rather small almond colored head, but it is fairly stable. There is some minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is pretty good with a blend of sweet caramel malts and lots of fruity, juicy hops.

T: Taste is even better than the aroma and I've got to admit this is the most perfectly balanced IPA I've ever had. Starts off with a slight sweetness: caramel and toffee with a little toast. Then the hops kick in: primarily citrus, orange, and grapefruit with some pine and a slight hint of tropical fruits. Then there is a bit of spice on the finish and the alcohol just barely peeks through.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a mild to moderate bitterness.

O: A pretty good DIPA (damn these shitty new ratings). About as perfectly "balanced" as a DIPA could ever be and I'm the type who enjoys my DIPA heavy on the hops. But this one still gets it right with a complex blend of both malt, hops, and even a little bit alcohol as well. Very nice.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2011 02:42:50 | More by Florida9
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on nitro at the 6th anniversary
Pours a gorgeous orange with. Lots of white head. Beautiful pour. Smells hoppy up the wazoo. Geat aroma. Lots of pine and citrus. Tastes a bit bitter from the pine. Overall very nice flavour profile. Awesome mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-03-2011 15:51:04 | More by Urbancaver
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer on tap at Jackie O's. Beautiful orange amber in appearance. Strong scent of piney/citrusy hops right up front, smooth and balanced flavor, not overhopped like some DIPAs seem to be. Nice finish with a lingering piney flavor. Overall a great DIPA when fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 19:45:46 | More by TheBeerologist
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orange tinted amber came out of the can and splashed and poured a huge three inch head of white foam that stuck to the side with incredible lacing and a formidable amount of foam. Tons of carbonation was streaming up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma was grapefruit and pineapple heaven. Not piercing bitter, rather totally sweet and fruity and mellow. Wonderful balance of aroma and completely fresh. Really well done. Each sip followed suit as the hops were dripping with freshness and ripe citrus flavor. Touches of sweetness balancing it out nicely as even in the final sips I was pickin up hints of buttery and biscuit like notes before a rich and dry grapefruit finish

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 01:19:36 | More by mikesgroove
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jackie O's last weekend. Glad to see this on, as I've waited awhile to try this one.

Pours a nice golden-orange color with a thick white head that sticks around for a bit, leaving some spotty lacing behind. The nose carries a really nice combination of hops. Lots of citrus rind plus some resinous pine. Loads of pine and citrus in the flavor. Not quite as pungent and out there as the nose, but still quite nice. Medium body and fairly chewy. Good carbonation and a really solid bitterness in the finish. Fantastic DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 13:32:36 | More by Thorpe429
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GrowlerGirl

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop heads in Athens love Mystic Mama, but I always preferred Matriarch. And now you can step up the hops even further with the Double Dry Hopped Matriarch.

Appearance - Amber yellow, clear.

Smell - Hop flower, citrus back.

Taste - Bitter hop flower, citrus, orange peel back.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, dry.

Overall - I used to think of this beer as super-hopped, but I guess all of the competition has squelched that. It's still a very drinkable lovely hopped beer with citrus tones, but the Double Dry Hopped Matriarch now gives me that super-hopped punch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 19:31:28 | More by GrowlerGirl
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at Jackie O's the night before the June bottle release. I had this side by side with Double Dry Hopped Matriarch.

Appearance
This beer had a very good appearance, especially as compared to the double dry hopped version. Perhaps it was the extra oils in the other version, or possibly the pour; but this beer looked fantastic. It had a very clingy, lacy, pure white head that displayed excellent retention. The color is quite pretty as well. Its a deep gold bordering on orange.

Aroma
The nose here is much weaker than the stepped up version. Its very grassy with some pine thrown in for highlight. A lot of flowers and orange blossom notes.

Taste
This beer is pretty toasty and very grassy. It seems to get way more bitter than the double dry hopped version. I think it just doesn't carry as much juicy punch so the bitterness is picked up more quickly. Things get very zesty with notes of orange rind just before a slightly medicinally bitter finish.

Mouthfeel
Dry and crisp with a medium body. Carbonation keeps inline with most other Jackie O's house beers and remains low.

Overall
Not as good as the double dry hopped version. This one really gets lost in the fray of phenomenal DIPAs for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 01:12:55 | More by MbpBugeye
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this the night before the June 25th release. Received in a tulip.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Filled to the top and thus no head.

5.0 S: Hop forward despite the ABV (I could swear it was listed at higher than 8.5%). Plenty of grapefruit, pine, and unbelievable amounts of pineapple. Easily the most pineapply brew I've ever had. Super intense mango and some papaya. Light crystal component and a "fresh mountain streaminess."

4.0 T: Taste is very good, but fails to capture the intensity of the nose. Soft moderate bitterness, lightly bready malts, and just a touch of booze. Pine and grapefruit are most intense with tropical fruits under that.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier. Lingering bitterness.

4.0 D: Solid beer. Excellent nose with a good taste. Mouthfeel could be creamier, which is how I like my DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 16:48:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/7/2010. Bottle thanks to alexsdad06, #102/156 (bottled 11/30/09). Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, grassy hops, tropical fruits, caramel malt. Flavor of grapefruit, bitter hops, citrus, tropical fruits. Nice sweet fruity notes along with bitter, citrusy hops. Great beer from an up-and-coming brewery!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 19:40:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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beveritt

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. Picked this up at the first bottle release and am just getting around to sampling it. Bottle 11/30/2009. Bottle 11/156.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of white head. This settles to a few spotty islands of foam leaving some lacing. The beer itself is the color of honey with just a slight chill haze. Some particulate matter.

Smell: Spicy hop aromas of pine and flowers. Very resinous.

Taste: Spicy upfront, with the flavors of dry hopping; grapefruit, citrus, and pineapple. Slight bready malt backbone. Bitter and long lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is very good, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Jackie O's. I would certainly have another of these, but Brad makes so many different styles, it is hard to revisit ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 01:54:03 | More by beveritt
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/13/10

Rather dark & hazy amber. Nay, murky. Brownish highlights. A thin skim was poured & it didn't hold up. Just a small collar of retention. Almost no lace. The pour wasn't the greatest, so I can't totally hold the brewery accountable.

Smells decent enough. Dank hop notes: piney, floral & citric. Juicy citrus; grapefruit & tangerine. Overall, the hops seem blended. Not too much malt - notions of caramel & pale malt.

Tastes densely hoppy, too. Some piney bitterness hits upfront & is quickly filled out by zesty citrus notes - grapefruit pith & orange peel. Only the faintest suggestion of bitter astringency that I noted in their last IPA I had. Dang tasty regardless. Similar to the nose, malts are in a supportive role. Just caramel & some toasty bread hints - shying from sweet.

Somewhere between medium & full bodied for the style. Sticky & resinous. Carbonation is appropriately low, just a little prickliness. Alcohol is well-hidden. Hop residuals linger on the finish.

After a couple "duds," as it were, this Matriarch IPA makes me feel good about Jackie O's once again. They almost nailed it with this one. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 03:16:51 | More by Ryan011235
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden orange color with a white colored head. Head has really retention and leaves a ton of lacing down the tulip.

S- Smells of a huge amount of hops mainy tropical. Smells a lot like their Mystic Mama IPA that I had before this one, just more potent.

T- Again just like the nose a ton of tropical fruit flavours mainly pineapple, orange and grapefruit. I really like the taste of this one.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- Of all their beers I've had this far this one is by far my favorite. A very solid example of the style and incredibly easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 20:35:59 | More by nrbw23
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 134 of 156. The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange and resiny hops. This is definitely a hop-forward beer. The flavor is heavy on the hops as well with a lot of resiny and pine notes. I don't get much citrus in the flavor, possibly because it is overpowered by the other hop flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:20:00 | More by Mora2000
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-I really like the body to this one. A nice uniformly foggy medium amber colored DIPA. Unfortunately the off-white head pretty much immediately fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind.

S- Though somewhat faded the nose still packs a pretty good punch. Lots of citrus tones, earthy hops, and a big caramel malt backbone. A hint of pine comes through as well.

T-Caramel malt is the main character with accents of citrus. Just a hint of pine comes through for the finish. Minimal hop aftertaste.

M-Great. Smooth and oily with high and prickly carbonation-medium weight body.

D- Given that this was bottled in November you can tell that the hops have faded a bit but there's still a lot of flavor left in this brew. It would be optimal if I tried it fresh when the hop profile was probably a lot brighter. Still though-a very well put together, smooth, oily DIPA full of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 22:49:11 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-lightly hazed orange beer with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly

S-the nose is quite hoppy. The caramel malts lie up front but they aren't too strong so the balance is there but still favoring the hops. Notes of pine set in at the middle as the citrus hops take over in the back. Apricot and tangerine.

T-the malts are a little stronger in the taste. Caramel and a touch of candied sugar up front. The hops are strong in the back. Pine resign is strong and oily hops also play a big role. Citrus tropical fruits dominate the back, tangerine and appricot with just a touch of bitterness at the finish.

M-very smooth and syrupy, medium to full bodied. Low carbonation that allows the back to fall off a little. Slightly dry in the back

D-well balanced with big hop oil and citrus in the back. Smooth and syrupy on the palate which is pretty nice. Not a hop bomb I would love and a little low on bitterness. Solid balance and pretty good flavors, good DIPA all around

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 02:07:44 | More by cpetrone84
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber shared by kp at the Travel Lodge. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellowish orange cor with glden yellow hues when held to a light source, visible carbonation bubbles and a thin white foam head. Decent retention, slowly fading into a thin lasting ring.

Slight earthy hop aroma with a sweet citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Hints of pineapple, mango, orange peel and grapefruit. Slight biscuit graham cracker malt also present in the nose.

Dry earthy pine hops up front with a decent amour of dry bitterness that lingers throughout over the sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors and subtle biscuit graham cracker mal backbone. Lots of luscious tropical mango and pineapple along with grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Dry finish. Very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 05:09:21 | More by corby112
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made my first in-person trip down to Jackie O's this Valentine's weekend for my birthday. Needless to say, I was quite excited and encountered an impressive lineup.

Appearance- Pours a sparkling golden with lots of beading carbonation and about a quarter finger of creamy white head that sticks around almost throughout the entire drink. Lots of sticky lacing left as well.

Smell- Smells like a big ole' fruity hop punch to the face. Similar to their IPA, the DIPA is very much west coast in its fruitiness. Lots of tropical passion-fruit, pineapple, grapefruit rind, and orange. Hop profile smells deliciously fruity.

Taste- Huge hoppy notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange creamsicle. The notes of orange are much more prominent than in the standard IPA. A greater complexity in the hop bouquet as well. Finished again with a drying hop bite.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is spot on with a nice creamy smoothness and goes down easy. Drinkability is stellar for the ABV. Really liked this one.

Overall, not only probably the best DIPA I've had on tap, it is one of the best DIPA I've ever had. Probably my favorite beer of the night and really quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 03:51:11 | More by boatshoes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Forms a thin white head but has really low carbonation. Head disappears and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is great, strong bright, amarillo hopish aroma with some sweetness in there.

Beer is overly sweet though. The sweetness is followed by a strong bitterness. It finishes nicely, rounding out all the flavors nicely. No aftertaste to speak of. I wish the sweetness and the bitterness were more connected but overall this is a good double IPA, much better than others I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 18:26:21 | More by drabmuh
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have a lot of ambition to get down to Athens for a visit to Jackie-Os, but haven't yet made the trip from C-bus. I have heard a lot about their beers, but this one was the first I've tried (purchased at their initial bottling by JaBier, so thanks to him!). And I give this beer the benefit of the doubt - I think it is probably a very good beer, but my example was not a sterling example of great beer. I split this bottle with SurlySober, who mentioned that the cap came off pretty easily, and my guess is there are still some quality control issues to be worked out. This beer smelled and tasted pretty decent, but had no head and was very flat. Appearance was thick and viscous, with a gold/straw color. Carbonation was nowhere to be found. Aroma was hoppy and mildly sweet, but not overpowering. Flavor was a little cloying and hoppy, and lightly citrusy. Mouthfeel was pretty disappointing, owing to lack of zip in the carbonation department. I'd like to try this beer at the brew-pub and think it would be great on cask. I'll rewrite this review then.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:20:10 | More by BeerBelcher
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csmiley

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 66/156

A - Color ranges from dark gold to light amber from the bottom to top of the glass. Seems to be on the lighter side for a Double IPA. The mostly white head tops out at just under half inch and doesn't stick around for very long. Average amount of lace stays behind in the glass. It has a refreshing look overall which can be dangerous for this particular style.

S - Tons of orange and mango hit the nose first. Hints of bitter citrus follow around the middle somewhere. Think pink grapefruit. The aroma is very juicy overall. Grassy toward the end with a touch caramel and bread in a distant background. Alcohol is completely hidden in the aroma.

T - It starts out with some pretty big fruit flavors. Orange is a little more tame in the flavor which allows more grapefruit and lemon to come through. The bitter and sweet balance in the fruitiness is quite nice. This is the approximate point in which the palate gets manhandled by bitterness - in a good way. Plenty of pine and grass to go around as well. There is a solid malt base in this beer but it stays out of the way in the flavor. There might be some bread on the end but anything past that bitter "point of no return" is really tough to pick out. Alcohol is hidden well in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied for the style. Carbonation is relatively light and works really well for this one. It starts out very smooth and creamy and finishes dry and bitter.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Matriarch. It's a big juicy Double IPA and that works well with me. The flavor has a couple different distinct layers that give the right complexity. Alcohol is hidden a little too well which makes it go down quicker than expected. I would definitely have this one again if given the chance. Much appreciation to the brewer for the tasty concoction.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 03:22:25 | More by csmiley
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Jackie O's public house, adjacent to the brewpub. Served in a standard pint glass.

The Matriarch pours about as beautifully as a IIPA can pour--clear, golden-copper body with a sizable head of off-white bubbles. The foam hardly retreats as the beer level drops, and clings to the sides of the pint glass draping thick sheets of lacing. The aroma of this beer almost knocked me off my barstool--think Bell's Hopslam without the honey sweetness. Huge notes of floral, piny hops that literally intoxicate the senses. Traces of caramel and pale malts add enough balance, but the aromatic highlight is clearly on the Lupulin side of things.

The flavor mirrors what the aroma advertises with a hefty bitterness of pine resin and grapefruit peel. The malts are more pronounced, and add a caramel-toffee sweetness that blends well with the hoppy onslaught. Body is chewy and thick, with a low carbonation level and a smooth, albeit bitter finish with a quick flash of booze. Quite drinkable for the style, but the bitterness does wear down the tastebuds a bit in the end. Absolutely delicious...this beer is making me reconsider changing my favorite style back to "Imperial IPA". Jackie O's rarely misses, and the Matriarch is a bulls-eye.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 06:07:27 | More by wagenvolks
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HopHead84

California

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 84/156. Much thanks to the estimable rhinos00 for his generosity. Received this newly bottled beer as an extra in a recent trade with him. Bottled on 11/30/2009, consumed on 12/12/2009, and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark orange, crowned with a frothy white head.

The nose is outstanding. It's an excellent blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Notes of orange pith, grapefruit and grapefruit peel, passion fruit, mango, and pine resin are evident. There's a distinct papaya quality that reminds me a bit of Ballast Point's Sculpin. The hops are explosive. The malt is faint and crackery beneath the hop onslaught. Wow, where's the 4.75 button?

The flavor has a high level of bitterness and a prodigious amount of hop flavor. Bitter grapefruit, orange pith, pine resin, papaya. This beer is an absolute palate destroyer with the combined attack of bitterness and desiccation. My mouth is purged of moisture and what now resides there is some form of hop familiar that allows no respite from the bitterness. Alcohol is formidable, but this is an 8.5% DIPA, and the hop flavor is there to back it up. Malt provides no sweetness. The finish is an unremitting barrage of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, pine, and dry bitterness. Carbonation is at a moderate level.

In conclusion, this was a pleasant surprise. This beer is a top notch DIPA. If you try this fresh you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:05:43 | More by HopHead84
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Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.