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Orange Oak - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
98
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
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
Photo of Sean9689
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
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?)!

Sean9689, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -24.2%

jenray, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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
Photo of wagenvolks
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
Photo of nrbw23
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

nrbw23, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
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
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photekut, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

BeerHunter76, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Spider889
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
Photo of jmarsh123
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
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

MbpBugeye, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Urbancaver, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

thebouch01, May 06, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of craytonic
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

craytonic, Oct 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

sideshowe, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Rand_ale_Thor, Apr 13, 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
Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

brew3crew, Apr 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Gtreid, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

denimdemon, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of MordorMongo
4/5  rDev +1%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of EricCioe
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
Orange Oak from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.