Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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88
very good

745 Ratings
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Ratings: 745
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 22
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
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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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Ratings: 745 | Reviews: 104
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on December 30, 2010.

Pours a slightly-hazed moderate golden color with a good white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose is quite nice with quite a bit of tropical fruits as well as some strong citrus and a bit of pine. The flavor isn't quite is in-your-face, but the hop flavor and bitterness mix well together with a touch of malt in the background. Good body and a nice overall bitterness level. Good drinkability.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color capped by a rather modest head that still curtains the pint glass

Smell: Grapefruit capped with a spoonful of sugar

Taste: Sugar-coated grapefruit, up front, with a bitter citrusy pith flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue though there is a lingering sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Another nice IPA, though I prefer a little less residual sweetness in the finish

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

jackie o always brings the noise, no doubt, their beer is fantastic and they seem to excel at the hoppy stuff. this base ipa of theirs is anything but pedestrian. frothy headed, soapy white looking cloud cap to the mostly clear golden liquid. the nose and taste show intense pine hops, with a hint of fresh orange. bitterness is on par, but there is a cool sweetness to balance that comes from the grain. less simple in complexion than i expected, it actually has a lot going on, leafy and fresh are the hops, clean and bright are the malts, but the result is something long and layered. hoppy all the way through, but balance for a bigger ipa (7% abv is no small potatoes). not as impressive to me as their matriarch, which stands as one of the best imperials i can remember, but this is pretty darn good. so stoked to see a few kegs come to denver, i would love to see their beer more widely available here, it has all been outstanding. delicate prickly little mouthfeel is cool too.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during the 7th anniversary celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a layer of fluffy off white carbonation. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Citrus peel hops with just a touch of malt sweetness in the background. Definitely a west coast style IPA. There is a touch of sweet tangerine along with the hops.

Taste: The hop bitterness hits the tongue right away and reminds me of grapefruit peel and is a bit grassy. Quite bitter, especially in the finish. There is a just enough malt sweetness to balance the bitter, but the hops star.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a nice enough IPA. The bitterness is intense and the beer is good.

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

A decent IPA from Jackie O's. Nice pine tones, in a somewhat smooth way. More an east coast IPA than a western one. I don't really have much to say about this one besides that it is a fairly easy drinking and even keeled beer. Pretty good stuff, though I am looking forward to the day when I have something mind blowing from Jackie O's.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been keeping an eye out for offerings from Jackie O's, I've only had one big bottle from them. This is the 3rd can, and the one I'm most likely to enjoy since it's an IPA, and not an amber or brown ale. Appears copper with a slightly hazed body big khaki head forms thick, fine even patterns of speckled lacing. Aroma has big resinous and citrus hop layers blended with some malts in the backend. Just enough malts to stand up to the hop bill, this is IPA the way I like it a bit abrasive on the senses but balanced overall. Flavors upfront big resinous hop layers, citrus peel mainly an orange/grapefruit peel sensation with enough punch from sugary malts to leave a bit of balance on the palate. Big bitter finish nice and dry on the palate no more than medium bodied, this is a great canned IPA I'm glad I got ahold of some of it finally. A great beer to be enjoyed by any true hop head the hops don't die down throughout the can carbonation is dead on mellow enough not to offend me but there's enough there to carry the resinous hop oils across my palate. Overall I'm glad I found this, thanks to wvsabbath for rolling with me on a beer hunting expedition, Zombie Dust was sold out but 2/3 Three Floyd's targets were available for purchase!!!

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

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest/rind, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, mango, floral, grass, pine, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of hop flavors; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around great complexity and balance of crisp hop flavors and moderate malt presence; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a matching Jackie O's snifter. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a finger of yellowish stained cap that fades slowly painting a wall of lace on the glass.

The smell is quite herbacious; weedy, catty, dank and piney. Resinous with pulp and some citrus zest. Overall, the nose on this is all about the hops.

The flavor is herbal, catty, pine resinous, zesty, pith and pulp. Like the nose, this is all about the hops with plenty of rindy bitterness. A little toasty bready malt without sweetness almost a bit dusty in the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. This brew is all about the hops and the alcohol is well integrated. Thanks again Heath for gifting with a pair of these JO's cans.

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared at a recent local tasting. It poured a dark amber/copper color with a thin white head sticking to the edges of the glass. Very cool color and great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a excellent hoppiness to it. It's very vibrant and bright with a good dose of juicy citrus coming out at first. Behind the initial hoppiness I get more of a malty, sweeter, candied fruit like flavor coming through. I thought it was an excellent aroma overall, I loved how the hoppiness mixed with the malty, sweet flavors.

In the taste I get more of the bright, juicy, citrus hops right up front. More of the malty, candied fruit like flavors come out towards the finish and mix with some bitter grapefruit notes. Very nice mix of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very solid IPA. I really liked how the sweeter, malty flavors mixed with the bright hoppiness. Easy drinking and very flavorful beer overall.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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

I had this on tap at the Jackie O's brewpub this weekend. It pours a light golden color, slightly hazy, with a poofy foam that lays nicely on the liquid.

The hops take the lead aromatically, to my nose a west coast / midwest blend of hops. Amarillo comes through strongest I think, but otherwise maybe Simcoe. Pine needles and grapefruit, exactly what you want in this style. The hops are the show-case flavor-wise too, leading with abrasive citrus tones and ending with an almost chalky bitterness that was a little much for me. A little diacetal might have been in there too, without which I'd score the taste even higher. At no point to the malts come close to balancing out the hops, which is great for an IPA to suit my tastes.

The body is creamy and a little sticky feeling, an almost resinous mouthfeel even at a low-ish ABV. I decided I'd spent too much on Jackie O's bottles to buy a growler of this, and now I regret the decision. When I get back to Athens I'm definitely picking up some of this to go.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like pine, earthy and some citrusy hops, along with a bit of bready malt. I think the taste is mostly the same as the aroma, but there's also a bit of spicyness noticeable. Also, the grapefruit hop flavor seems to get stronger the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good IPA, I like that Jackie O's is putting out some good brews out for statewide distribution! $10.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a snifter at the barrel aged fest...A light peach pour, good retention, but low lacing, a little watery...The aroma is lots of candied sugar, apricot, light hops...The taste is grapefruit on the front then a really nice strong hop flavor. A very good ipa, easy to drink.

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra. Three months old.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave sudsy lacing.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, bitter hops, nothing particular special, pleasant though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, malts are more subdued, nice bitterness, faint remnants of tropical hops, finish is a bit bland.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, though slightly thin.

O - Overall this beer was nice, though probably a shell of what it should be. Tasty but should be better.

Serving type: can

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the can, this beer looks to pour a medium yellow but ends up in the glass a bit darker than that with an amber thickness in the opaque depths. The head, slightly yellow-tinted, is a frothy and creamy one that begins just more than a finger tall and doesn't seem to ever recede past half a finger. A thick ring of lacing is left wherever it rests.
The aroma is just a big hit of pine right off the bat. It's not even just resinous; I get just as much cone/needle, if that makes sense, a little bit different than some pine-forward hop profiles. It is fresh and raw, like the sticky sap on the bark when it's practically still wet. There's some citrus in there, too, and malts keep it from being astringent while the hops are absolutely the star.
The flavor is very much the same, quite bitter but just (and barely) short of having an aspirin-like quality until the end of the sip, where it sneaks into the finish. There's a light graininess beneath that. There is some sweetness like citrus, pretty juicy, complementing the hard bitterness. It smooths and evens out as it sits.
The feel is frothy, a light crispness keeping it active but seeming to focus on smoothness. The medium body seems to thin more than slightly toward the end of the sip.

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

A - Hazy orange colored beer with decent retention that left a little bit of lace on the side.

S - Nice citrus on the nose, some sugar malts, fruit, bit of hops.

T - Decently bitter with some citrus and grapefruit notes. Good tropical fruit with some pine resin on the end for some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Easy to drink IPA with some good flavors. This is something that I could drink regularly.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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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