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Mystic Mama | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

very good
121 Reviews
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by boatshoes on 02-15-2010

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Light golden color with slight haze, two finger white head with good retention, soapy lace. Piney oniony hop aroma. Taste I'd definitely hop forward, combo of dank weed and earth onion, grapefruit peel, touch of melon and sweetness. Medium semi soft mouthfeel. Overall good IPA, would drink again.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass; nice golden color with one finger head. Hints on fruit and pine take the air. Initial taste is well balanced without a lot of "bite" from the hops. Settles very nice on the palate. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Mateo2699
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a golden hue, very clarified and clear. Not much haze going on. 1 finger white head and pretty mediocre lacing and stickiness.

Smell is interesting. Getting some onions initially, and pine in the back end. Not much fruitiness or tropical juices going on at all with the nose. Maybe some lemon grass and citrus.

Taste is pretty citra foward. Luckily not too much of the onion/garlic carried on with the taste. Besides the citrus of lemon and orange peel, getting some bitter grapefruit aspects as well.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Moderate to almost heavy carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Clear in appearance, golden in color
Smell - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, grassy, slight onion notes
Taste - Pine and grapefruit lead the way
Feel - Very light, very drinkable.

Overall - Would be a great summer crusher!

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this while traveling, and had heard it was a good IPA. Drank from can, and the color and smell were very good for a can. The taste initially hit me as bitter, but then it seemed much less so as I drank. The body is good for an IPA, and this beer was very satisfying overall. I would recommend it.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head with a little lace. Color is a golden orange.

A bit of onion. The rest is fairly tropical. Gets better as it warms. Some grapefruit and papaya show. Bready malts.

Nothing crazy hoppy or crazy fruity, but decent.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a three finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit peel, tangerine, and piney hops.

T - The taste starts with tangerine, grapefruit peel, and sweet bready malts. The sweetness fades with resinous hops giving a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice IPA with a nice mix of piney hops and tropical fruits. Definetly worth checking out.

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

Can was an extra from a recent trade. Can appears to be dated in late December so this puppy is about 2 months old, bear that in mind. It was decent, considering the age would like to try it a but fresher...all in all a nice ipa, nothing to hunt down at 2 months old.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange color, white head, fades slowly to a full and lacing cap.

S - Lots of citrus, a definite pine aspect, and a bit of dankness to round out. Lovely.

T - Punchy pith, with grapefruit flesh underlying it, a mildly sweet middle hinting honey and malts, and a very bitter close, dancing close to overload, with mint highlights.

M - Spiky in the open, moderate carbonation, and slight numbing dryness in the close.

O - The nose and look are top. The taste lives up to the claim of copious hops. A burly mama, for sure, with lots of gusto.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a New Belgium snifter. Transpartent, light gold in color with about 1.5 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Strong hops and dank pine resin on the nose with backing notes of sweet flowers and citrus. The taste follows suit quite well, as this one is filled with..."copious amounts of pungent hops". Yeah, sums it up pretty well. Pretty dank and resinous up front, but hits a couple sweet notes on the back end. Light weight, fairly creamy. Easy to drink. Yeah. Overall, this is a really good IPA. A little underrated at 88, in my opinion. For what it's worth, I think it tastes better straight from the can.

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Photo of Pauken
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA and worth a try. Great varied hop profile here. Juicy, dank, bitter and piney. My only complaint is that the balance is slightly off. The bitterness takes too much away from the other flavors in the finish, and this is a guy who loves IBU's. Overall a solid beer but not as solid as their stouts.

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Photo of Geordielad
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - honey colored but a little dull. The smell is like wet leaves with some herbs - actually quite pleasant. Taste has hops, not too bitter and with hints of grapefruit perhaps. The negative is the feel in the mouth - it is thin somehow - really needs something like cheese, sausage or a piece of salami to pair with it. Then you get a complete feel. With food that has fat, it works for me. Even a veggie burger would work. (I cannot bring myself to try it with a salad. I know for me it would just not work.)
This is a really decent beer when paired appropriately, but as a stand alone beer somehow it doesn't quite make it. I will definitely buy again (for cookouts, meals etc.)

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, canned 08/27/15

L- Pale gold, great clarity, two finger white head.

S- Dank pine and light tropical notes, orange peel.

T- Some grass, grapefruit, pretty dry, little tropical, medium bitterness.

F- Lighter side of medium, good carbonation.

O- Nice dry IPA, good aroma.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 8/27:
Pours a nice, mostly clear light golden color. Head is white, grows nicely, and settles in good time to a medium ring with spotty surface coverage. Lacing is minimal.

Nose is a weird combination of vegetal and floral, a bit of onion is the main single note that escapes that combination. This would tend to foreshadow a lower score from me, but isn't too strong to get lower my expectations. Deeper whiffs do bring some grapefruit pith, and warmth strengthens this to almost removing the onion.

Feel is tending to dry, with light tickling carbonation. This feeds into flavors that match the nose pretty well. Clean malt lead the hops to the fore, again - herbal to vegetal, some onion early. The graprefruit pith I got in the nose struggles to come out, but never quite makes it, in my mind. Finish leaves a light coating on my tongue with this pour, lingering hop bitterness is nice.

I tried to find something to really praise in this beer, and there wasn't anything I could come up with. I tried to find what was wrong with this beer, and could come up with nothing but those things which were tied more to my own preferences. Overall, just a tad towards the onion side, and nothing exceptional makes this a nice, drinkable, wouldn't turn down and would even order again on occasion beer.

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Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look and smell. Taste is good with juicy hops but then an unpleasant bitterness comes in. But I would mind drinking this daily but I still prefer hanger 24 Betty IPA a lot more

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mystic Mama is very....very good and well worth the try. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden with white head that laced all the way down the glass....LUV IT!!! The scent is a wee heavy on the pine with hints of citrus. The taste is well balanced through the drink but finishes bitter...but leave the pallet easy. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is awesome.

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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 SStein
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden orange pour with a thick head that dissipates quickly into nice lacing. Smells of citrus and strong hops. Taste has a grapefruity bitterness. It drinks very smooth. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, stamped 7-20-15, so less than a month old. brought back from my trip to Toledo

clear bright golden color, big foamy white head. nice aroma, a bit fruity. taste is nice and flavorful - citrus, a touch of pine, just a touch of malt. not bitter. lingering aftertaste. medium body, coats the mouth.

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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 ThickNStout
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Kain05 (thanks man!). No apparent canning date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy pale orange with three fingers of pale head. The bubbles linger before receding to a healthy ring that leaves some decent sized clumps of lace.

The dankish aroma features notes of oranges, flower petals and a hint of sweetness.

The flavor opens up and seems more vibrant than the nose. Orangey citrus, dank pine, grapefruit rinds, pepper, faint oniony floral note and a little bit of crackery malt. Some really good flavors that go down easily.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering, bitter, citrusy aftertaste with orange skins, earthy pine and some faint cracker.

While it might not be at the top of my list, Mystic Mama is a tasty and serviceable IPA. It presents an enjoyable hop assault without getting overly bitter.

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Photo of quaybr
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty beer with a substantial white head that sits around for a while. This thing smells ridiculously good: a floral and citrusy bouquet with minor hints of alcohol. Flavor mostly follows suit, but with malts coming through about halfway across the tongue. Mouthfeel is fine, but could be a little thicker.

Another great beer coming out of this brewery.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can served in a pint glass.

Pours a medium, opaque golden color with a 2 finger, frothy white head with nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops. Taste the same with a bit of bitterness.

Not an awesome ipa but a very good one. Worth the six pack.

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Photo of Seejae
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finest Ohio IPA from one of Ohio's finest breweries. The IBU count is somewhat shocking given the complexity and balance this beer still navigates with its malts. One of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 3-13-15. Threshold Beer Glass. Canned on 1-7-15.

Appearance: My, how pale! Almost 2 inches of bright white head, frothy. Leaves a thin skim of retention. Nice lacing. Modest carbonation - slightly hazy gold.

Aroma: So hoppy it smells a little like gasoline, resiny.

Taste: Dry arrival. Clean, dry, bitter. Dry through and through, hoppy. Bitter finish. Malt? What malt? [Postscript: not fruity at all, just resiny, dank, grassy, somewhat piney, somewhat floral.]

Mouthfeel: Light, with modest carbonation. Perfect IPA.

Overall: Wow. This is a great IPA. Extremely hoppy, exceptionally refreshing. Could make this a regular. Very West Coast - light, hoppy, refreshing. [Postscript: I have since come to recognize the distinct smell and taste of Simcoe hops. This was a Simcoe beer, and I'm usually not a fan of Simcoe beers, though I liked it in this one.]

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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.