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Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 129
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 18.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-06-2009

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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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Photo of Ryan011235
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.14/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 !

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Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.