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Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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very good

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 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
Photo of Tripphop


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

Big bad IPA. Light color and body with an extreme hop profile. Very much a west coast IPA with the Brad spin on it. Very unique malt profile, almost like a nilla wafer with pine and citrus galore on the finish. Very quaffable and always a treat when in Athens.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 14:53:34 | More by Tripphop
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 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
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 AwYeh


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

A: Hazy golden amber, with one finger of foamy white head, and good lacing.

S: Tons of floral and tropical citrus hops going on here, with a good deal of sweet caramel malts. (I know it's advertised as a West Coast IPA, but the strong, sweet malts were not unwelcome.) Very enjoyable.

T: Bitter hops most of all- lots of grapefruit, along with floral and earthy flavors. Light caramel sweetness on the finish gives this a pleasant balance.

M: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, with a foamy, tingly palate coating finish.

D: I could have drank a few glasses of this, if it wasn't the amazing tap selection at their Feb. 5th stout/big beer fest.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 01:33:32 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 12:07:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of jackscrow


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like an earlier review said, a little watery for an IPA -- which I like -- not too much carbonation.

Almost a West Coast IPA taste, but I get just a touch of a little deeper, earthier taste here than classic WstCst brews.

A little "hard water" aftertaste that I really like.

Great beer.

Btw, I believe the page description is off on the ABV. I'm guessing more like the 7% Jackie O's claims.


ABV: 7%

Malts: American 2-row, Crystal 10, White Wheat

Hops: Centennial, Amarillo, Warrior, Simcoe, Columbus

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 19:42:29 | More by jackscrow
Photo of jrallen34


4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 01:23:51 | More by jrallen34
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2010 16:29:30 | More by TurdFurgison
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 nrbw23


4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a white head. Head has great retention and left quite a bit of lacing behind.

S- Chalk board says this is their west coast IPA and yep they aren't kidding. A ton of tropical fruits all over the place. Just a touch of a malt back bone here.

T- Again dominated by tropical fruit with just a tiny bit of a malt back bone here. Very solid IPA, nice hoppy and bitter. I like it.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- This is super easy to drink and very solid. I could of drank this one all day long.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 08:03:37 | More by nrbw23
Photo of boatshoes


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Made my first in-person trip down to Jackie O's this Valentine's weekend for my birthday. Needless to say, I was quite excited and encountered an impressive lineup.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy golden with about a finger of white head that sticks around for a bit before dying back to a thin coating. Some small amounts of lacing left.

Smell- Wow, smells like a west coast IPA here! Lots of huge grapefruit and pineapple notes dominate the nose. Smells very tropical and creamy.

Taste- Up front with lots of grapefruit rind and pineapple. Almost devoid of any notes of pine or resin from the hops, really dominated by a fruity juiciness that surprised me. Finishes with a nice drying hop punch.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a solid amount of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent and I could have sessioned this one if I hadn't want to try a variety of the other beers being offered.

Overall, possibly the best IPAs I've ever had at a small brewpub. Really quite good and paired with the Matriarch DIPA were probably the best beers of the evening.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 03:41:15 | More by boatshoes
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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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