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Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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327 Ratings
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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: boatshoes on 02-15-2010)
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Photo of MbpBugeye


2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 21:44:27 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of Ryan011235


2.68/5  rDev -32%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 02:20:20 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of mattcrill


3/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 20:33:00 | More by mattcrill
Photo of odms

West Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 03:09:39 | More by odms
Photo of beertunes


3.39/5  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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 21:43:00 | More by beertunes
Photo of ArrogantB


3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 15:13:37 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of IPAescotch


3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2010 03:52:16 | More by IPAescotch
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 01:57:40 | More by chinchill
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3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 18:30:49 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of movingtrain


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2011 22:40:30 | More by movingtrain
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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%.

Serving type: can

10-15-2013 01:39:03 | More by Treyliff
Photo of hosehead83


3.61/5  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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 20:34:08 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-17-2013 02:31:09 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2011 09:24:21 | More by womencantsail
Photo of woodychandler


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 21:34:00 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tsatem


3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2011 21:55:16 | More by tsatem
Photo of ckollias


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 21:19:14 | More by ckollias
Photo of KFBR392


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2014 20:07:24 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Jriggz


3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: can

12-31-2013 23:20:18 | More by Jriggz
Photo of macrosmatic


3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a medium copper with significant haze. Forms just under a half-finger of eggshell head with good retention.

S: Resin, tropical fruit, floral and citrus rind hops with a bit of biscuit malt – a nice aroma, but not huge and nothing mind blowing.

T: Perhaps a bit of a letdown here. Citrus rind hops and biscuit malts up front, with some fruity orange, floral and resinous hop character to follow. A mild caramel aspect develops to the malt flavor as the beer warms a bit. A touch of spice hops shows up near the end along with the lingering bitterness.

M: Body is a bit heavier than some IPAs. Good carbonation and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Well…it's a very drinkable IPA, and one that I could see picking up on occasion if it were on shelves around here. But, in my opinion, nothing worth actively seeking out with any particular effort.

Serving type: can

02-13-2014 03:32:31 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Jas45678


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can into tulip

Pours a cloudy orange hue with big off-white head. Smell is great, citrusy with a little pine. Taste is a little bland compared to the nose and tastes a little watery. Light to medium body with decent carbonation. Overall it's good I expected a little more based in the nose.

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 21:54:00 | More by Jas45678
Photo of Omnium


3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Pint Glass

A - Murky dark dirty gold with a finger of white foamy head, medium spotty lacing.
S - Nice aroma, pine, grassy, earthy, floral notes, a little citrus and orange juice underneath.
T - Big bready malt, nice pine background, a little grassy and earthy tones to the hops.
M - Decent feel, medium body, nothing really noteable.
O - Good IPA, not something to write home about, but its rather fresh tasting, even though its run-of-the-mill kinda stuff. I'd have it on tap for sure.

Serving type: can

03-03-2014 23:11:06 | More by Omnium
Photo of screamking


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

Pours light apricot with a 1-finger white head. Very good aroma with honeysuckle, grapefruit, orange, slight pine, and brown sugar. The taste has a good amount of grapefruit upfront with more tropical flavors hidding in the background. Bready malts round out the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, because of this it goes down very easy. This is my favorite offering from jackie o's that I've had to date, let's hope they can keep producing better beers.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 19:00:03 | More by screamking
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Goose Island tulip. No sooner was the can open that I immediately got a hit of dank, resiny hops. In appearance the beer is burnt orange, hazy, and sports a thin head. The nose is very assertive. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and hemp-like aromas.

Medium-firm feel with an aggressive, hoppy flavor. Some bready notes and marmalade-like flavors greet you first, and then at mid-palate a big rush of grapefruit and lemon runs roughshod over your palate. The feel is slick and oily and the beer coats your mouth with all that great hoppy bitterness. The finish is lasting and that nice grapefruit flavor lingers.

This beer is definitely not for those with an aversion to hops. It's like drinking liquid potpourri. Very fragrant and assertive on the palate. I enjoyed it a lot, but tend to favor IPAs with more of a citrus fruit character. Still, very glad I bought a 6-pack of these.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 23:26:23 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is amber with gold highlights. It is topped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I smell lots of grapefruit. I suppose there is some pine, as well.

T - It starts out with a little caramel malt. Then WHAM! The hops smack you in the chops. There is a lot of bitterness. A little is derived from grapefruit, and a lot is from the pine characteristics.

M - Moderate

O - This is too west coast and bitter for me. I prefer citrus flavors with my IPA's. I'm sure west coast aficionado's appreciate this IPA. It is good but not to my preferences.

Serving type: can

11-24-2013 21:08:07 | More by buschbeer
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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.