Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 126
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 4.01%
Wants: 31
Gots: 5 | 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 drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (1,059 characters)

Photo of csmiley
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,817 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (908 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,480 characters)

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Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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