Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-06-2009 23:50:01 | More by rhinos00
4.68/5 rDev +12%
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.
12-13-2009 03:05:43 | More by HopHead84
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
12-10-2009 05:08:29 | More by DoctorDog
4.5/5 rDev +7.7%
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
10-22-2011 01:19:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.49/5 rDev +7.4%
Jackie O's Matriarch
Poured into 10oz snifter
A: Deep orange to red and it has that glow I'm always looking for in an ipa !
S: Sweet sugar, hops, peaches, Apples, cinnamon . . . Like a hopped up peach pie. But very dank !
T: Sweet caramel, apples, peaches, mango and other citrus fruits.
M: Low carbonation . . . Sticky.
O: Fantastic Jackie O's . . . Fantastic !
04-28-2014 20:18:26 | More by GOBLIN
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
12-28-2009 06:07:27 | More by wagenvolks
Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.