Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 22
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-06-2009)
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE (4.5) - Served from a tap handle at the always-lovely Creekside Local Cantina in Gahanna into a strange little 12oz glass, this beer was a burnished orange color, not quite glowing golden, but not overly red either. It looked heavy and had half a finger of dense, white head that remained as a ring around the glass til the very end.

SMELL (4) - I had this directly following a glass of FFF's Dreadnaught, so my nose may have been slightly off, but in comparison I found the aroma of the Matriarch to be slightly lacking. Some pale malt sweetness and a little grassy, citrusy hops, but nothing memorable here.

TASTE (5) - Fortunately the taste floored me with quality in every direction. While not a perfect IPA, this had all the notes you want for the style starting off with a flash of malty sweetness accompanied by ripe peach notes unique to this beer which was immediately whisked away on a train ride of tropical bitterness that ranged from mango to grapefruit, but never veered into piney territory. This was a fruit bomb, for sure, and with all the peach put me in mind of some sort of delicious peach cobbler balanced by some hoppy bitters. The alcohol was well-hidden (and mine was certainly stronger than 8.5%; it was labelled as 11%) and served to lend some spicy notes to the finish.

FEEL (4.75) - Big and creamy, but a little bit prickly from the alcohol. Not actually a problem for me, as that prickliness added to the overall taste experience, it did however make the beer "feel" a little, just a little bit less smooth than it could have.

OVERALL (5) - Right up there with the best IPAs I've ever had, to be sure. This had such strong, fruit-forward, tropical flavors, and the peach notes were unique to this beer alone. Delicious and round, this is easily my favorite Jackie O's beer (at the time of this tasting) by a massive margin.

EDIT: I've later gone to the brewery to sample some really amazing beers you can't get elsewhere. This year's Dark Robustic was a wild milk stout brewed with chocolate and cherries, and wow, that's my current favorite offering from the brewery.

Photo of rhinos00
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not only was this the surprise of my night at the Extravaganza, it may have been the best all-around beer. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a glowing orange color with amber hues. Perfect clarity...I could literally read through the glass. Produced two fingers width of white head. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- If there was one downside to this beer, this was it. Had a citrus fruit quality along with a subtle juicy sweetness. Underneath it all you can pick up on the bittering grassy, piney hops. Great aroma, just needed to be upped a few notches so it would be more pungent.

T- This felt like a mini-version of Pliny the Younger. Big citrus notes hit the palate. Also picked up some grapefruit and orange rinds as well. Just as this flavor settled in, a wave of palate destroying hops come in a crush the taste buds. As my one friend put it, this beer ruined his pizza. Back to the beer...the hops had a piney, herbal flavor that offered a huge contrast to the citrus flavors at the beginning of this beer.

M- Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- This was my go to night cap beer on both nights. Big flavors for an 8.5% abv. DIPA.

Overall, was not expecting this at all. Just a tremendous DIPA, one of the best I've had to date. Finally we have a midwest DIPA that can hold its own on the west coast.

EDIT: aroma may have suffered due to the fact that this beer was reviewed in a bar. Will be doing a re-review with a bottle.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Smells like tons of citrus fruits. Excellent mouthfeel and finishes with a nice balanced malt and hop kick. Polished off a growler at a bottle share last night. Great stuff

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4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken 12/05/09. My first beer of the "Extravaganza."

Presentation: From tap into a tulip glass @ Jackie O's 4th Anniversary Extravaganza.

A- Orange / amber, and quite hazy - appears unfiltered. Thin white head, which fades slowly to a minimal cap, leaving good lacing.

S- Chock full of grapefruit/citrus and pine hopiness. Subdued sweetness eeks through.

T- Grapefruit-citrus-pine dominate. Bitterness level is high in a great way. Fantastic. Alcohol not noted.

M- Moderate carbonation. Surprisingly full and creamy, and goes down easy. Really excellent. Just how I want a nice DIPA to feel.

D- Excellent. I could've been happy to down these one after another...but they had ~37 additional beers on tap that needed sampling....

Future outlook: I was already a Jackie O's fan, and this offering certainly did nothing to dissuade me. Very happy that I grabbed a bottle of this from the sale!

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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

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Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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