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Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 811
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 25.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 144 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: boatshoes on 02-15-2010

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.59/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Bodega.

A- Pale gold with a thin haze and minimal head. Spotty lace.

S- The smell is the best part. Its very sweet, full of orange and candied citrus. A little but of malt.

T- Too bitter with mostly pine and astringent, almost medicinal hops. Some citrus but much less than the nose leads on.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 2/12/11

Dull, burnt amber color. Small layer of foam thins quickly. Skimmed retention. A bit of drippy lace.

Airy, floral hop aroma is punctuated by sweeter malt aspects. There's something akin to candy sweetness in there. Hints of earth and pine. Tastes similar - floral hops with a bit of earthiness and pine bitterness. Not quite astringent, but the bitterness grows. Toasty, bready notes. Candy notes, too. Seems to come together better as it warms. Kind of. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry and astringent, finishing a tad harsh with the bitterness.

Drinkability is ok. It could be a lot better.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to kgncfl for sending this one. My first Jackie O's beer. Something of a miss though. I've heard people talk about that plastic, band-aid taste in beer, but until this, I don't think I've experienced. Now I get it. Something burnt and chemical on the finish distracted from the enjoyment. Hopwise, this strikes the balance between hop and malt, perhaps a bit more on the hop end would be appreciated. Overall, this is somewhere on the low side of the IPA spectrum, but perhaps in a different state with less Band-Aid, this would leave a better impression.

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Photo of mattcrill
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Melon and tropical fruit aromatics up front. Mild alcohol warmth invades the nostrils. Slight hint of bready sweetness. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a thick, long-lasting white head. Appears still and murky in the glass.

Flavor: Huge pithy orange rind bitterness up front. Bitterness continues with more melon and citrusy notes to back up the punch. At the very end on the back of the tongue is more of the bready maltiness. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation and slight hop-derived astringency.

Overall impression: A bitter bomb for sure. I enjoyed it but there are so many other good, local, better, and more reasonably priced IPA's out there that I can't see reaching for this one again.

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Photo of odms
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't able to give this a proper examination as I was eating while I was drinking it but I can say that this was an average IPA. It left me wanting something more. Overall it was just average. The appearance was that of an average IPA, just as the other aspects. The taste was conservative for an IPA, almost like a starter beer to get people interested in IPAs. I have had pale ales that had more hoppiness to them but overall not a bad beer, just an average IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a semi hazy medium gold color with less than 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

A big blast of hops hit the nose as I snapped the can open. A pretty even mix of pine, citrus and floral notes. In the glass though, citrus was the dominant scent. On the tongue, citrus was again the dominant factor, with little malt presence.

The body was the average medium of the style, with a dry finish. Drinkability was good, but didn't really leave lusting after another. Overall, if it were local to me, I'd have one once in awhile, but would rarely seek it out. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can $2. This beer is extremely murky, it's still orange but it looks to by unfiltered. The head is also big but made out of large bubbles,not dense foam. Aroma is packed with hops, pine and tropical fruit. Flavor us very hoppy, more tropical fruit but also a hint of butter. Overall not bad but not sure if I'd revisit it.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, amber. Nice lacing

S: Earthy and light malt.

T: Spicy bitterness and a touch of citrus hops

M: this is where it really kicks in. Smooth and creamy, though resinously hoppy. That is one balanced mouthfull. First beer at jackies, and it left a postive impression.

D: Flattens as you drink it. Not superb as a sessioner, great if a sample

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Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber and clear from the can, with a very good head.

Feel: The not quite medium body is a bit thin but with well set, medium carbonation.
Taste: Herbal and weedy hops with barely detectable bready malt; moderately bitter for style.

O: slightly above average IPA

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and nearly a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lot of hops in this. Piney, earthy, and grassy notes first. Grapefruit followed by some light orange citrusy notes. Toasty malts, on the drier side, with a few touches of caramel.

3.5 T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of hops, fairly dry, and pungent. Resiny hops with pine, earth, and grapefruit. Lightly citrusy. Toasty, caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

3.5 D: Solid IPA.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a growler of this back from Athens for me...
Sampled from a small snifter (12 ounce).

Mystic Mama pours a hazy straw color with highlights of orange. The beer carries a thin white head, which seems fairly strong and lingering around the sides of the glass.

The smell has that kind of skunky aroma up front. It's not bad or overpowering, just a bit skunky...or, rather, earthy. That gives way to a bit of funky yeast and warm bread, follwed by citrus and lemon peel. The hops are present in the nose, but not overpowering...as the cracker and crusty bread aroma seem to be in the driver seat.

As far as the flavor goes, it's got a bitter hoppy bite to it. There are some bread notes that were hinted at in the aroma, but that quickly fades away to the bitter hops. In fact, the hops linger for a long time on the tongue with an almost astringent characteristic. As with the aroma, there still seems to be a bit of a skunky note in this beer...something in the balance of the beer that seems just slightly off.

As far as IPAs go, this one is drinkable. It is on the bitter side of the spectrum, but that doesn't keep it from being flavorful and downright good. It has a little bit of earthy funk to it, some warm crusty bread notes, and a stinging hop bite.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine, resin. Taste is the same as the smell, also some hints of grapefruit, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz canned poured into nonic pint canned 10 days ago

A: Dark yellow slightly orange hazy light pour so not much head

S: very piney resin a little fruit

T: Very resiny nice pine a little fruit nice bitterness a little sweet

M: Medium feel lots of hoppy aftertaste

O: This has some nice hop flavors not much fruit which I tend to associate with a west coast IPA but it's all about the hops in this one but it's not abrasive like Hoptimum or hop slam but it doesn't have near the alcohol either. This is a nice beer but it's not mind boggling.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden-yellow color with a big foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some patches of lace behind

S- picking up some danky and earthy hops, but they seem slightly subdued. There is a big grainy toasted aroma with some hemp and cracker-like malt

T- Hop flavors are more pronounced than aromas. Grassy, earthy and just a touch of tropical fruit. Sweet malty backbone kicks in mid-palate with some sweet honey flavors. The finish is somewhat dry and balanced

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, ABV s hidden brilliantly

O- This was a bit more malty than expected, I don't know how old it is because there's no can date. It was however very drinkable and could sneak up on you quick at 7%.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, chill-hazed gold in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Fruit, citrus hops
Taste-Herbal, earthy hops, fruity, with a bit cleaner finish than a traditional IPA. Tasty, and portable in a 12oz. can. Worth a try.

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Photo of Buck89
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass. Nice light amber color with generous head that stayed a while. Smell full of citrus and pine. Taste was bracingly bitter with grapefruit but then a strong grassy presence that I could not shake. Balanced malt and dry. Overall a nice IPA but not suited for my palate.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange with a big white head. Retains very well. Chunky collar.

Smell - Citrus hop. Sweet pale malt. A little musty.

Taste - Citrus hop, some grapefruit. Some toasted malt. A little sweet. Low bitterness for an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Slick. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Surprised Jackie O's made an IPA this tasty. Harsh assessment, but true.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A huge CANQuest (TM) note of thanks to Uncle JedI and PurpleHatJoan for dropping several CANs on me durng theor recent, all too brief visit to Lancaster, PA! Let's face it, Jackie O's is near-legendary, if not full-on legendary and I do not know how long it might have taken me to get these CANs otherwise.

From the CAN: "sustainably crafted with purpose"; "brewed with copious amounts of pungent hops"; "Design by Kevin Morgan Studio Illustration by Bryn Perrott".

They have kind of an e. e. cummings vibe going with the lower case lettering, but I dig it, Daddy-O! I also dig a nice, loud Crack!, which I got from this brimful craft CAN. Now, an inverted Glug was in order to really get things shaking, resulting in not only a pseudo-cascade, but also a finger of dense, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a thick, viscous,cloudy, golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and my old pals, Croesus, Mammon and Midas were back, all clamoring for a sip. In the meantime, I leaned in for a sniff and when they mentioned "... copious amounts of pungent hops, they weren't just whistling Dixie, brother! It smelled like they dumped a bag of dank in there. Pine was the big scent, but also tropical fruit and all of a sudden, the hops monkey jumped back up on my back and began to screech and howl! Damn. I am a self-avowed hophead and recovering hops junkie, but this was making me sweat in anticipation. I reached into the kitchen drawer and pulled out my works just before I tied off and took my first hit of the afternoon. Mouthfeel was big and soft, like a glob of hops pudding sitting on my tongue, worming its way into my taste buds like hydrofluoric acid. I dunned a previous AIPA for seeming like it had been dry-hopped to the point of saturation and beyond, and I have to say that I got the same sensation here. Too many hops for my unrefined taste. I unlooped my belt from around my arm and got a second rush, but at least the monkey had quieted down. Holy Jeez-O, man! Do they sell to just anybody over 21 y/o or do you have to know a secret handshake or password? I mean, this really caught me right between the eyes and I am no novice. Finish was gaspingly dry as I began to hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara. Whew. I suddenly feel a lay-down coming on.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The pour is a hazed orange color with a white head.

S: Starts off with citrus hops (orange in particular) and a decent fruitiness overall. There's a fairly dank hop nose which gives off a little body odor type smell. Pine, grass, and just a touch of bready malts.

T: Surprisingly bitter with some good grapefruit and orange peel flavor. Notes of tropical fruits are there in the background. Resinous pine provides most of the bitterness.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

O: There were some good notes to this beer, but overall, I wasn't the hugest fan.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of pine are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: There is nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Thanks to Nick (NS2361)on trade!

A - Slightly hazy golden pour. Nice aggressive, frothy white head, about two fingers worth that settled down quickly. Slight lacing.

S – Good piney smell immediately on pour with nice grapefruit in the nose. Great smelling brew.

T – Starts out with a slight sweetness. Pleasant. Immediately moves to a more hoppy, piney flavor. I did not find it overwhelming at all and the nose suggests it would be more aggressive of a flavor. Not a hop bomb at all. Grapefruit and citrus. Certainly has a bitter hit but again not overwhelming.

M – Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly slick on the palate.

O – Good, solid IPA. It smells wonderful and has a nice even bitterness that would appeal to every drinker.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this brew on tap at Jackie O’s brewpub in Athens Ohio out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a white head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent trail.

S: Crisp hoppy aroma.

T: Solid bitter hoppy flavor from beginning to end.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent IPA – worthy of a try.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger of head and settled with a thin layer on top while drinking. Color is a cloudy bright orange. Moderate amount of active carbonation. Random sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Medium bodied fruits are balanced by resinous pine. Big biscuity body with accents of caramel as well. Some slightly musty malt tones picked up on the back end. Fruit tones make this a very breathable aroma.

Taste: Grapefruits and saturated tangerines hit the palate first. Grainy malt body takes over which yields a bold body of biscuits, caramel, and toffee. Heavy pine hop tones come in waves on the back end and take a toll on the palate. The finish is a combination of the malt presence and lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy malt body with plenty of lingering bitterness. Carbonation is certainly felt while drinking.

Overall: Malt dominated IPA with plenty of hop tones to please any hop heads. Not a beer I could sit back and drink all night but a single can is a nice change of pace. Hop tones come off piney and bitter over fruity.

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Photo of tsatem
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a pint glass, from ColdPoncho.

A: Pours a light yellow orange with a big fluffy two finger head. Rather clear looking, fantastic lacing.

S: Overwhelming citrus aroma. Grapefruit and mandarin orange juice, pineapple, some cherry even. Lots of floral and grassy notes as well once it warms a bit. Smells fantastic.

T: Not quite what I was expecting from the nose. Extremely bitter and not near as floral or complex, with a biting finish. Buttery malts. Sharp pine needles.

M: Quite sharp, a little bit too much so. Syrupy and sticky with a lingering, tingly aftertaste.

O: Not quite enough malt backbone here to do it for me, and the hops come off a little bit too aggressive. I would imagine I lost a little bit of this from the tap, but from the beautiful aroma I was hoping for something not tamer, but a little bit more refined.

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Photo of Jriggz
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange amber body with white head foam collapse to thin cap w/ spotty lacing. Aroma is my favorite of this brew w/ tangerine, pineapple, toffee, mangos, papaya, and slight pine. Taste similar notes w/ hint of orange zest and grapefruit and slight bread. Body is medium with fair amount of sweetness but with just right amount of bitterness to cleanse palate. Good IPA

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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.