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Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
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:
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(Beer added by: boatshoes on 02-15-2010)
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Photo of BDIMike


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking IPA. A slightly hazy orange-golden color. There is a thin white head that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is great. An awesome citrus and pine smell is strong on the nose. The citrus smells so fresh and very grapefruity.
Taste is very strong in the pine taste. It is a nice clean taste with the pine at the beginning of the sip and a real sharp grapefruit citrus at the end.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin. However, it has a nice smoothness to it and the crisp citrus is very refreshing.
Drinkability is good. There are some really strong and nice tastes to this American IPA, but Jackie O's does a great job of making them all balance each other and fill out the drink. A great American IPA. I would definitely go out of your way to get a hold of this because it is greatly unique and delicious.

Serving type: growler

10-28-2011 01:10:50 | More by BDIMike
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South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice hazy amber with a big off white frothy pillow like head. Nice slow fade and good visible carbonation gave an always great look. Big citrus hop profile, orange, tangerice, pineapple express, mixed with a bit of a pine resin feel. Some decent malt balance to be found as it warmed. The flavor always hits the spot here again.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2011 01:20:31 | More by mikesgroove
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
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
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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 brew3crew


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-nice hazy golden orange with white lace head
S-nice amount if fruity hops. Really inviting scent. Can def tell this is a west coast style Ipa.
T-nice and fruity hops. This growler is over a week old and it still tastes phenominal.
M-medium bodied and oh so smoth
O-sets the standard of what an Ipa should be. Great job brad!

Serving type: growler

03-30-2011 01:04:56 | More by brew3crew
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4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Peter's free beer week. Thanks! Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow color with a small white head on top. Aroma of strong grapefruits, pine, more sweet citrus. Flavor is mostly pine bitter up front with a sweet citrus rind on the back end that lingers for a good while. Light yet resinous with medium carbonation and a nicely crisp finish. Solid crushable IPA.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 20:34:24 | More by BMMillsy
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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
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4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First brew from Jackie O's. I was initially skeptical of the canning process - thought it would taste weird, but I was wrong. It's excellent, and I'm looking forward to trying their other beers.

Can poured into pint glass...

Appearance: orange hue with 2 finger white head; initial tree line lacing
Smell: fruit mixed with dank hops; similar to Head Hunter
Taste: reminded me of Head Hunter at first, maybe a little lighter and fruitier
Mouthfeel: smooth on the palate, dry finish
Overall: amazing! looking forward to having this on tap. Ohio is spoiled: we really put out some great IPA's

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 00:03:56 | More by Swettenham_Shire
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New York

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a big aroma of a guava, mango, dried citrus and a light bready malt.

The flavor follows with juicy pineapple, mango with a heavy pine and citrus pith bitterness. Digging into the beer more, the beer leans towards heavy bitterness as the fruity hop notes begin taking a backseat.

A well done IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 20:35:55 | More by dar482
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New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden clear orange with a smaller off white head the quickly dissipates into a thin ring with some spotty lacing. Smells of pine, resin and some fruity undertones. A hint of malt comes through too. Flavor is bit light compared to the aroma. Light to medium body, a bit thin. Bitterness on the finish that also lingers a bit. Overall a nice IPA.

Serving type: can

03-15-2014 00:37:24 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of jeonseh


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange brown body with a soft white head. Orange, pine, slight strawberry and passion fruit in the nose and taste. Medium body with a slight sticky hop presence. Overall, a flavorful IPA that has a lot of sweet fruit flavor balanced with a slight bitterness.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 19:04:41 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Jay43613


3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Incredibly delicious. Has a great taste and mouthfeel. It reminds me of a Bell's Hopslam, but better in flavor. (The price is way better too) I would drink this as my go to IPA if I cannot find some of the others that I prefer. This is what an IPA should taste like - well done.

Serving type: can

03-04-2014 14:36:42 | More by Jay43613
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
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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 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
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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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3.41/5  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
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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
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rating is pretty stellar so it should be worth the $2.19 single I got from Vintage Estate.

A - They went for a rather hazy unfiltered look with an amber brown hue. Head is nice a 1/2 inch of rocky head that sticks around for a bit and has hella nice lacing.
S - Solid grapefruit and piney hops, crystal sweet malts and cracker crusts.
T - Sweet citrus peel and lemon rind like bitterness with balanced malt sweetness. Assertive with cloying hop bitterness clinging to the palate after each sip but in no way overly bitter or herbal. I like it.
M - Light to medium it goes down smooth. Almost session able ABV

Overall quite a tasty well crafted IPA for a very affordable price. Just sucks that I could only find this in Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:29:55 | More by DrDemento456
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's is drawing all the hippies in with a hop forward ale that highlights the close relationship of hop plants and cannabis plants with Mystic Mama. They got it right- this is one pungent, resinous, citrus and herbaceous ale!

The ale pours with a creamy and lively decanting, slowly separating the amber-orange hues in its body from the bone-white and pillowy froth to top. Its strong retention is lightly lathery and the foam clings to the glass with revealing rings at each drink. Its an appealing ale simply from sight.

Bright, citrusy and grassy- the beer's aromas are bursting with red grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a pep of tropical fruit notes. Spicier pine shavings, mulled herbs and an overall grassy scent indeed delivers a pungent hop-forward aroma that's strikingly similar to cannabis.

But to taste, its a light caramel and toasted grain taste that greets the palate first. That drippy sweetness seems to enliven the fruit flavors from hops that gain steam in the middle. Given a juicy, ripe and vibrant taste, flavors of grapefruit and orange juice links up with a softer note that "Hawaiian Punch"-like. Where the sweetness of fruit is evaded, its dry malt taste turns the fruit to grassy, piney and herbal bitterness to close.

Medium-light in body, the ale is creamy early but dries out wonderfully as the carbonation wisps away and the sweetness fades; leaving behind an acute bitterness and hop-derived astringency that gives the ale a little grassy bite in aftertaste.

The hallmarks of proper IPA is how hop-dominant that the ale can become. Bitterness is provoked, citrus flavor elevated and malt character suppressed- Mystic Mama delivers on its pungent promises with ease.

Serving type: can

01-14-2014 18:50:50 | More by BEERchitect
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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
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice light amber color, very nice head with great retention, very mild carbonation throughout. Looks great.

S - Grapefruit is prevalent, very fresh, some subtle pine underneath. Seems like this may be bitter. Very good aroma though.

T - Lots of grapefruit flavor again, fairly fresh, bitterness well balanced with flavor, some light bready maltiness there as well. Maybe some light orange there too. Very clean. Not super interesting, but definitely solid, and enjoyable.

M - Medium-light, the color suggested the beer may have some more mouthfeel to it. Fairly perfect for an IPA.

O - Very solid IPA. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:11:29 | More by mattbk
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly white head sits on top of a dark amber beer. The head dies down quickly, leaving a good ring. The beer laces up rather well too.

Pine, grapefruit and a floral aroma all speak of a strong hop presence.

Grain with a little sweetness opens this one up. Floral hops transition to grapefruit, which in turn moves on to pine. Interesting progression. A little spicy.

This one is good and sticky. Medium bodied. Really leaves a good residue as it passes.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 00:35:58 | More by CFHMagnet
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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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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.