Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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4.25/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-04-2011 13:32:36 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-02-2010 18:26:21 | More by drabmuh
4.24/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
11-13-2013 20:40:09 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
04-27-2010 00:20:00 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-15-2010 05:09:21 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to RussianDragon for pointing out that I neglected to rate this. From my old school notes: 23 Jan 2010
Shared by the former drinkndrive. Thanks Devin!
The beer is golden orange with a small, soapy white head. Aromas of spicy malt, tropical fruit, booze. Bold and assertive flavor, with mango, pineapple. Resinous and full bodied, finishing with alcoholic warmth. Pretty tasty.
07-16-2014 01:29:55 | More by Huhzubendah
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
4.45/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-17-2013 12:44:47 | More by Brenden
3.85/5 rDev -7.9%
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!
12-23-2010 19:40:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5 rDev -9.6%
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
04-11-2010 02:07:44 | More by cpetrone84
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
06-27-2011 16:48:37 | More by DavoleBomb
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
12-17-2011 02:42:50 | More by Florida9
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
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
04-13-2010 22:49:11 | More by PittBeerGirl
Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.