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Orange Oak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 31
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rhinos00 on 12-07-2009)
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Reviews by wagenvolks:
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

wagenvolks, Dec 28, 2011
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 28, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 31 of 156. This has to be the best American Pale Wheat Ale I have ever tried. The beer pours an orange-gold color with a white head. The aroma is slightly tart with some citrus and yeast notes. The flavor is a great mix of orange, oak and brett and overall it is slightly tart citrus and a little bit funky. There is some honey in the taste as well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Awesome beer.

Mora2000, Apr 27, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1%

fo1ksguitar, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

boatshoes, Nov 15, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - much obliged!

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet and light malts with solid amounts of earthy oak aromas. Also present and more prevalent as the beer warms are hints of orange rinds.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by mildly tart indistinct fruit flavors with good amounts of oak. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors turn more toward light citrus - orange mostly with hints of grapefruit - and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was an interesting beer that didn't go overboard on either the orange or the oak. Well worth a shot if you can get your hands on one.

glid02, Sep 21, 2010
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Kegatron, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a tulip. I have a few of these bottles left over from the release party and figured now is as good a time as any to check them out. Bottle 3/156, bottled 11/28/09.

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of very light, nearly white head. This settles very quickly to a thin ring around the glass and a few islands of foam here and there. The beer itself is brilliant amber with just the slightest chill haze.

Smell: Tart cherry sweetness upfront with definite sourness funk in the finish. I think I get a hint of orange, but it may very be bias based on knowing how the beer was made.

Taste: Tart upfront with distinct undertones of the oak; vanilla and an earthy flavor. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: A not-overly-tart sour that I could handle several of. Another hit from Jackie O's extensive line of brews.

beveritt, May 23, 2010
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5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy cow. One of the most unique and strangely fantastic beers I have ever had. This drinks like a Sour West Cost IPA Weizen. Color is a lovely golden orange with frothy white foam, big rocky bubbles and funky citrus aromas. Taste is a blast of fresh citrus, orange, clementine, hops, with a delightfully tangy and tart finish. Very dry, great hop profile and huge citrus. Everything about this is perfect, the look, the smell, the taste is enormous, what a beer. My favorite Jackie O's yet, and the only beer I've given a '5'.

Tripphop, Apr 08, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

dtx00, May 08, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 25, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to see what this was like from a bottle, not insanely tired, and with a clean palate while the on-tap version was still fresh in my mind.

Poured into a tulip. Bottle #17 of 216, 2011 vintage.

3.5 A: Unfortunately, the appearance from the bottle isn't any better than the tap. Hazed orange brownish color. One finger of white head quickly fell and left just a touch of non-uniform lacing.

4.0 S: Strangely seems a bit mellower than the on-tap version. Lots of oak and orange. Just a touch of citrusy hops. Not quite as funky, but what is there is horse blanket and dank wood barnyard. No astringency.

4.0 T: The taste follows suite. Mellower than on-tap. Big hits of orange. Oak to a lesser extent. Light to moderate bitterness. Musty basement and sweat sock funk. Low astringency.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit lower than the tap version. Could be creamier, but very smooth.

4.0 D: Verdict: The two versions are detectably different, but equal in terms of quality. The bottle version seems to be mellower and smoother, while the on-tap version is more in your face and unrefined. Either way, a very enjoyable beer.

DavoleBomb, Apr 05, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon."
A: Good amber with a thin white collar.
S: Super brett. funk! faint tangerine, orange cream soda, rustic wheat. Interesting.
T: Really brett.! especially on the dry bitter apple core finish, very citric and tangerine, wheat lingers in the finish, and there is some honey sweetness at the start.
M: Thinner and foamy.
O: This might have been my least favorite at the release. The brett. is a huge standout. It warms up to you, but is never quite as smooth as you'd like.

ne0m00re, Apr 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Rhettroactive, May 09, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

schwaeh, Oct 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Rand_ale_Thor, Apr 13, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the One Funky Afternoon Release. Served in a tulip.

Pours a light orange color. Almost entirely clear, though it doesn't ever really form up a head, which is surprising given the wheat base. The nose brings a nice bit of orange character and has some funk. A bit of light orange rind. The flavor brings some funky orange with a bit of zest. Mild tartness. Bit of an oak presence. Really dry finish. Body is medium with a really nice dry finish. Really excellent funk. Good body and carbonation. Pretty tasty; the mouthfeel was my favorite part. Excellent use of oak and funk plus the hops then take it over the edge.

Thorpe429, Apr 13, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Sean for busting this out.

A - Hazy gold color with an off-white head. Little bit of lace left throughout the consumption.

S - This is a very cool smelling beer, orange seems like a difficult thing to do, but this one captures the essence of oranges and manages to be a beer at the same time. Oak comes through, and adds a touch of vanilla as well.

T - Essence of orange, very well done, but not overdone. Somehow this is an orange beer, it's not overly citrusy or juicy, but it's a real orange taste somehow keeping the malt qualities of a beer. Vanilla and oak add a lot of depth to this one. Great tasting beer.

M - Lighter, good carbonation adds a nice refreshing touch.

D - Pretty easy to drink, the sweetness and orange taste will keep it from being sessionable, but this is an easy 9% drinker. Props to Brad for making this work.

AgentZero, Nov 25, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Ryan011235, Jul 21, 2011
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2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Spider889, Jun 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

EricCioe, May 24, 2011
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Orange Oak from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.