Orange Oak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 34
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-07-2009

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 43
Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 269 of 525; Batch 14

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color; the modest head turns rocky though it leaves some splashy lace

Smell: Wheat bread and orange zest, as well as some funk and clementine

Taste: Clementine and wheat bread, up front, with the Brett and bittering hops taking over the mid-palate; funky and bitter through the finish, though the Clementine flavor lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting combination here, with the orange, the Brett, the wheat and the hops; glad to finally get the opportunity to try this having sought it out for several years; good things come to those who wait and I think this recipe has been tweaked and perfected

Thanks, dson08, for the opportunity

Photo of IMFletcher
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right out of the bottle, this one seemed like the Brett and the clementines didn't blend. But as it warmed a bit, the two meshed almost perfectly, creating a lovely brew.

Photo of Bartos
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer in concept. A but lacking in Brett and the clementimes and hops come across as a bit too bitter and overwhelm the funk. Would enjoying more if it had some more citrus sweetness or juiciness. Has the potential to really develop nicely over time

Photo of kingston2
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal beer. Very multidimensional. Nicely hopped with a great funk. Nice oak characteristics. Vastly underrated by BA users IMO. Beautiful bright orange color, great nose, sweet nose, very citrus forward. Taste is fantastic. Had at the release. I think it is better already and should continue to evolve. Get it if u can trade for it.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Chris, thanks man.

The beer pours a super hazy straw orange color with very little head or lacing at all.

The smell has a great citrus bouquet with some wild yeast notes as well, not a whole lot after the initial aroma.

The taste has a lot of clementine to it, definitely dominates the flavor along with some banana and grapefruit. Not bad, but almost seems like drinking a juice blend than drinking a beer.

The feel is somewhat thin and a bit acidic, but not terrible.

Overall, ok but not amazing.

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is pretty much flat with no head to speak of. It’s a cloudy orange color. The citrus aroma is pronounced from the get go. Initially it has a nice orange/tangerine aroma to it, but as it sits for a little bit, it morphs into a cooked orange peel sort of aroma. The flavor isn’t very good, either. It’s surprisingly watery and surprisingly bitter (from the fruit, perhaps?). Overly sweet with the same cooked citrus fruit character. I don’t really get much wood character out of this.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of MrHirschybar.

Bottle # 41/216.

Pours a murky orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same but there is a definite medicinal flavor that I am picking up that I am really not very fond of. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells much better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
*From notes

A: It looks almost like unfiltered OJ. No real head, sans a white .25 finger topper that fades quickly. No lacing or collar.

S: Sour oranges. The wild yeast is quite prevalent at this point, and it's about as funky as you'd expect.

T: Tart, bitter blood oranges. It's like they've been sitting in the back of the fridge for a couple of months. The balance of funk and fruit is extremely well done. And there's a touch of woody tannin on the finish.

M: Too oily for my liking. The carbonation is a tad low, which intensifies the sour more then it should.

O: Another winner from Señor Clark at Jackie O's. I love me some fruit beers, and this is no exception. Wonderfully balanced and something I'd reach for again. Easily recommended.

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into my Portsmouth tulip. It poured bright orange in color with a very thin white lacing barely covering the top.

The aroma shows a moderate, sour, funkiness with some tart and crisp fruits. I get a little fruity sweetness coming out, along with a touch of oak.

In the taste I get a very tart orange and grapefruit like flavor to it. I get a little sour funkiness to it, but it leans more towards a tart orange juice like flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation for the style. Overall, it was a pretty decent and interesting beer but not a real outstanding one. I did Like the orange flavors to it.

Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange/red with hardly any head whatsoever with an agressive pour.

Aroma is what is expected. Subtle clementine, some oak and wheat with an overwhelming brett character.

Starts out with a clementine citrus presence. Some tart wheat notes enter and it finishes with some more juicy citrus and some brett funk.

Very undercarbonated almost flat. Mouthfeel is fairly light.

I'd love to see how this one is with just a hint of carbonation because I enjoyed it as is. The brett stayed in the background and let other flavors shine. Just wish it had some bubbles.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (#209/216) from 2011 into a snifter.

Pours with a bright, hazy orange-golden body. The head is scant and quickly retreats to a tiny wisp of white bubbles. Despite the lack of foam, the aroma is prominent, suggesting sharp citrus peel, funky earth, wood, and tangy wheat notes. Clementine flesh is sweet in the background providing a nice balance to the nose.

The flavor matches the aroma well at first, delivering creamy wheat and sweet, juicy orange notes to the front of the palate. A slightly tart, funky astringency from the oak and Brettanomyces takes hold mid-sip. Citrus peel in the finish is bitter with drying, wooden notes that thin out the medium body. Low carbonation supports a very juicy mouthfeel. Overall, Orange Oak is a delightful beer that skirts across several styles and ties them together quite nicely. One of Jackie O's finer attempts at the wild/sour ale genre.

Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Golden-orange pour, smallish head.

Smell: Citrus with heavy malts, faint/muted hop presence.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, slightly sweet with a very muted/faint oak and hop presence. Dose of artificial orange

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and body

Overall: I would pass this one over.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt.

The beer is orange, with very little head. The aroma offers candied oranges with a mild hop presence. Subtle oak in the flavor, with more sweet oranges. Hop presence is there, but muted. Low carbonation, with some lingering sweetness. Overall, mediocre. Not a repeat.

Photo of schwaeh
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 69/216. Accompanied by Frank Zappa as recommended.

A: Pours mid to light orange with a small head. The small bubble cap hangs around looking quite soapy. Fairly active carbonation. Nice clarity.

S: Brett and citrus are bursting from this. This rivals many lambics I've had lately in the funk department. Really, this could pass as an American fruit lambic no problem. The clementines/zesty citrus smell really vibrant and fresh, nice and tangy. Buggy-brett and wet oak add all the complexities and wild aromas here.

T: This is super dry, perhaps that had slipped my mind for a minute. The brett hasn't let up on this since it was released, it's even drier now with some lingering bitterness. The fruit isn't quite as strong here but, alongside the wheat it makes up bulk of the non-wild flavor. Pithy citrus goes well with all the barnyard flavors to make this a nice funked up wild ale. I can't tell this is %9 ABV at all, its unnoticeable.

M: This has an odd mouthfeel due to a strong lack of carbonation, it had some when I poured it- it just didn't transfer to the mouthfeel at all. Very dry and flat, this beer can get away with it, barely.

O: Pretty good stuff, lacking in some areas, solid in others. I would have rather drank this months ago with a touch more fruit and maybe some better carbonation. I would ignore the suggestion to age this for years.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Funk on top of citrus on top of hops on top of wheat, and aged eight months in an oak barrel ... bunkmate is Brett. Mild haze on the golden orange-colored brew; minimal head due to a low carbonation level, but it looks beery enough to us. Brett is pretty wild—smells of a bag of potpourri with ripe exotic fruit and citrus. Faint smoothness, more of placid medium body here. The taste buds smack of oak, and the dryness is provided; dried citric fruit flavor with a bit of eucalyptus and cilantro show where this brew is going. Medicinal phenols with undertones of tangerines. Such a dense, complex character this beer has. If Orval went to Woodstock, this is how it would have come back: mellow and enlightened, but still true to its own form.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 7/2/11

Shared by MbpBugeye

Bottled 2011, 122/216

Cloudy, moderately deep tangerine/orange. pours a low layer of loose bubbles that hang around for a spell but leave nothing in the way of lace.

Pleasant, fairly bright aroma - very fruity. Various depths of oranges and orange juice. Faint pineapple is nearly lost in the orange. hard to tell where, or if, the Amarillo begins. Hints of wheat. Musty, funky brett note. Tastes a bit funky but it blends nicely with the base. Comparably fruity. Ripe oranges. Tangy but not tart. Hops are mild but there's a dry bitterness that graces the finish. medium body. Nearly flat. Funky finish, too.

Though I didn't try it fresh, the flavors seem to have held up over time. Not overly complex but it works well together.

Photo of nrbw23
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mpbugeye for this one.

A- Pours a hazy reddish orange color with pretty much no head or lacing in my glass just a few handfuls of bubbles.

S- Orange rind, tangerine, mango a lot of citrus on this one. A very light bit of wood, vanilla and some funkiness to it.

T- Oak is a bit more here in the taste than in the nose. A nice touch of funkiness but nothing over the top. The oranges really come through in this brew with nice amount of bitterness.

M- Medium in body if not a bit on the lighter side and carbonation was pretty light.

O- A pretty solid brew and a bit interesting as well.

Thanks again Seth.

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Dunt for sharing this brew during our DLD '11 bus trip. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a clear copper color with white head that forms a pattern of lace across the top with large bubbles. A swirl hardly revives anything.

This brew smells primarily of Brett funk and plastic. Some orange rinds and fruity character seems sweet and fruity almost floral. The alcohol accents a lemony touch with funk across the back mixed with a caramel-like malt sweetness. Overall not a bad smelling brew.

The taste is rindy and almost perfume like with orange and oily lemon rinds that provide a mild bitterness. The funk tastes like plastic with lingering oily bitterness somewhat more like grapefruit than the previously mentioned orange and lemon. Overall fruity yet plastic like with a dry Brett quality. It finishes with an herbal touch that collectively is a bit of an interesting contrast of flavors that doesn't blend well but isn't offputting either.

This is a medium bodied brew thst is lightly carbed. The abv is hidden quite well which would lead to an easy drinking brew except the plastic funk clashes a bit with all the rind flavors. I appreciated the experience but didn't need more than a couple ounces.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Jackie O – orange oak – nice murkiness copper color orange foggy murky. Supposedly original batch…very sweet tart. Balanced, but nice. Very good sour, reminds me of damnation in the smell. First sip…understand the orange, pick that up immediately in the flavor. It isn’t as sour as the nose would lend you to believe. It is good, a bit watery actually…body is a bit overly watery, it is a good beer, but not all that impressed.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip and enjoyed on 6/30/11 while catching up on tv/

very nice pour here with a lovely burnt amber color and smooth, even and consistent head of off white that seemed to layer itself nicely on the glass. a huge whiff of orange overtakes you right away and you are off to the races with this one. tons of orange here with some down time letting it morph and take over you start to get the complexity of it now. light oak notes, vanilla, hints of caramel and light tart and funky notes that seemed to balance out the orange quite nicely. suttle mid palate explodes into more orange for the finish with a very dry fruity and tart finish that caps it off wonderfully.

another winner from jackie in my opinion.

Photo of abecall98
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for Adam (Loki83) for bringing this rare beer. Bottle 30/216.

A - not impressed. The lack of carbonation lowers this category. It pours a flat amber liquid. Looks like a beer that isn't finished.

S - I like this. The beer smells very sweet at first. A burst of fresh fruit just rushes. I get hints of Orange, lots of Orange, and Lemon, zesty Lemon, and the funk that finishes does a great job mellowing the sweetness.

T - wow, different. The beer flushes the mouth with a burst of citrus joy. Orange all over. It's a mix of sweet and tart. Not as sour as I would prefer, but the main stage is definitely saved for the orange. This is my new standard for any beer claiming to be brewed or flavored with orange. Very nice.

M - WTF man? Almost flat. I can't stand the lack of bubbles or excitement in my sours or fruit beers. Very dissapointing. The beer is thin and watery, no viscosity to be noticed.

O - a good orange fruity tart beer. Lacking in some aspects, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of Spider889
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like the new tulips that Jackie O's has been using for their Belgians and sours.

The beer is a cloudy burnt orange color. Not really any head, leaving minimal lace.

Lots of brett in the nose - tartness and light fruity funk. Green cherry and apple skins mingle with sweet tangerine and some pine from the hops.

There's a dry tartness to the taste. Mild funk and pleasant oak. Bitterness comes through pretty strong midway. I had my doubts about adding brett to a hopped up beer, but this does actually work. Orange pith and even some flesh follows through on the finish.

Very dry and with a lingering bitterness.

Overall this was an interesting experiment. Not my favorite of the new sours, but certainly an intriguing beer. Though this is my favorite Jackie O's label to date.

Photo of EricCioe
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 38 of 216. Thank a ton ne0m00re.

This pours a cloudy orange with a small one finger white head that dies down to a ring and island with a little bit of lace. On the nose there is a mixture of citrus notes, oranges mostly, with some telltale but not overwhelming signs of brett and oak, with a bit of spicy wheat and citric hops underneath it all. In the mouth the citric notes come out first, with the funky brett and oak rearing their heads too. There is some nicely integrated tart fruitiness coming out and lasting through a long finish, mingling nicely with the citric hops. The body is medium light and nicely drinkable.

Overall, I've never had a beer quite like this one. The combination of citrus, brett, and oak integrates so well that I wonder why this isn't a more popular combination. A very nice brew, totally unique in my experience. Very impressed with both this brewery on first blush and ne0m00re for the great extra.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.46/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden orange with a deep center of amber and thin white head.

S-the nose has a nice mix of oak and vanilla with orange and cream. orange creamsicle like. assertive sourness and strong citrus aromas linger.

T-falls a little short of the nose, slightly flabby and stronger oak presence. the vanilla and orange cream is there and the citrus sits in back but has a strong bitter component.

M-very light body and smooth, rather dry finish with moderate carbonation.

D-decent, a little flabby, brett is strong, barrel more so, and slightly off putting bitterness.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for opening the bottle Dave!
Bottle 40 of 216

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Light, slightly-hazy, orange body with a thin film of white foam. Leaves a few patches of lacing.

The aroma is packed with sweet, oaky, clementines. Lots of zesty orange citrus and light fruity sourness. Nice.

Dry, bretty, hoppy oak with crushed clementines. This is quite good. Orange peel on the finish. Love the dry citrus component to this one. Light sourness.

Mouthfeel is filled with small, tingly carbonation. Quite dry and a touch woody. I like how dry this is.

Overall, this is a solid brett beer. My first from Jackie O's and I'm fairly impressed. The hops, brett and clementines work really well together. Goes down easy. Worth seeking out. Wish they could up the bottle count on this one.

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Orange Oak from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.