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Orange Oak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 42
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 104
Photo of Tripphop
5/5  rDev +27.6%
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'. (527 characters)

Photo of kingston2
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Beace, poured into my Narke tulip...Pours a light orange with a light white tan head...The aroma is awesome, complex with great balance; zesty oranges, brett and oak. The three meld together perfectly in a way that perfectly compliment each other...The taste loses a lot of the orange, slightly disappointing, most the orange is gone and it leaves just a great oaky brett.

Try this if you can, way to hook it up Brad. (443 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, thank you Brad, you be da man!

A - Pours golden yellow, off-white head, some bubbles on top/thin cap, some spotty lacing along the sides.

S - Oranges, slight tart, mostly funk, and rounded up with some oak.

T - Oranges, a nice funky brett characteristic, oak, slight malty sweetness.

M - Light, good carbonation, smooth and crisp.

D - We drank this one right after Town Hall Mango Mama, for our orange kick of the night, and this one was FAR superior in every way. I really enjoyed this one and hope Brad will hook me up with some more in the future (are you reading this, Brad?)! (598 characters)

Photo of Bartos
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 (255 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (778 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pretty orwngish gold with a bit of white head. Vry well carbonated and pretty. Smells strongly of orange rinds and oak. Exactly what I expected. The nose is great. Tastes oaky with a nice bitter arrange, the orange is maybe a bit too bitter but still tasty. Solid mouthfeel and overall a very tasty brew (316 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from bottle sale poured into wine glass. Decanted the remainder in same pour.

A- A clear pale to deep gold, with a small amount of head. No noticable carbonation. Decent retention with some lacing.

S- Oak, alcohol, background malt, orange peel. Slightly bitter aroma with a touch of sweetness.

T- A little flat on the way in, but then wow... the bitterness blends right into the orange peel and finishes with a great bitter-oak flavor. Very refreshing, so unique.

M- Feels like it foams up as you swallow. A wierd sensation that really plays well with the oak. Very well suited for the style(?).

D- Pretty high alcohol, but the refreshing character of this beer make it dangerously drinkable.

A well constructed, innovative beer that I really love. (767 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (975 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of IMFletcher
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Served a little too cold. Orange Oak is a India Pale Wheat Ale aged in oak barrels along with cut up valencia oranges.

A- Pours a dark, apricot color. Hazy with some lacing. Had a fingers width of soapy head.

S- Oranges definitely noticeable. Offers a layer of complexity to the wheat aroma of this beer. Also picking up some oak in the background.

T- Once this beer warmed up, it really became quite delicious. Orange juices and zest prickle the palate for a lively sensation. The oak barrel notes came in perfectly midway through. The beer finished with an slightly sweet, orange wheat flavor.

M- Light bodied. Really liked the consistency of this beer. My only complaint was that it may have been too carbonated. The prickling feeling I noticed in the taste almost gave the sensation of pop rocks when I came in for a sip every now and then.

D- Extremely drinkable. For simple flavors, it still had a complexity that was unique, but not overbearing on the palate. The 9% abv was not noticeable at all.

Overall, a great twist on what would otherwise be a normal session-like beer. Really was digging this one, especially when it warmed up. (1,177 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of EricCioe
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of earthboundagain
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a golden orange, with a white head. The nose is wonderful; I get some oak and orange, with a bit of Brett funk. Ok the taste is a light vanilla, with a dusting of oak, with a bit a bitter orange at the end. The beer is smooth and crisp.

Good brew, and will get better with a few years on it. (305 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (929 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie o's

A-hazy orange with white lacing around the edges.
S-orange peel and a little bit of sour
T-alot lot like it smells. the orange really came through more than I expected
m-medium body and smooth
o-nice beer. Would love to see what the sourness does with age. (278 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,140 characters)

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