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Orange Oak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 29
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.6/5  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
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.6/5  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
4.1/5  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%
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
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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
4.05/5  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
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Verecund
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage. Consumed on April 25, 2011. #77/216.

Interesting color, around one-quarter scarlet and three-quarter orange-red. Almost no head, though it does leave thin lacing.

Fascinating nose: sweet mandarin, light orange rind bitterness, citrus (and mango) hop tang/bitterness [think Amarillo], and a light woody funkiness. I really like the nose here.

Very unexpected. Really, really dry brett, orange-rind bitterness, and lots of oak. A touch of sweetness on the front of the tongue and a light white apple acidity on the tail end. Oh, and brett. White grapefruit bitterness and orange zest. Really weird dynamic in the mouth, I'm a much bigger fan of the nose and wish there was a little more sweetness on the palate to balance out the bitterness and dry funk.

Just under medium in body. Super dry and dusty.

I'm not sure. It tastes more balanced as it approaches room temperature, as a little more mandarin sweetness peeks through. Interesting, but not a huge success to me.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jackie O's during the One Funky Afternoon. Served in a tulip.

Appearance
This beer has a pretty nice color. It already is living up to its name, thats for sure. Its a rusty orange color with a modest haze. It glows with highlights of dark yellows when held to the light.

Aroma
Lots of orange flesh. I'm not to familiar with clementines but this aroma is very orangey with notes of pith as well as zest. There is a sturdy funk, mostly a yeasty and dry type of attic/farmhouse funk.

Taste
There is lots of orange, notes of both orange flesh and bitter rind. Very citrusy at first, then the funk moves in, providing musty oak that drags vanilla along with it. The finish is very bitter. This is the hoppiest, most bitter sour or funk I've had. And I think calling this a funk is more appropriate as there is very minimal, if any, sourness. I think the aggressive bitter and acidic citrus and hops make this very unique but also a bit much.

Mouthfeel
Musty, dusty, dry funky. The body is heavy-medium, perhaps a bit lighter than the others of the day, but not many of these JO's beers are very light bodied.

Overall
A nice idea. Its very hoppy and bitter especially for a wild ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Tripphop
5/5  rDev +25.6%
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'.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of earthboundagain
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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

Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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?)!

Photo of jrallen34
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Orange Oak from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.