Mystic Mama - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

744 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 22
Gots: 115 | 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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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 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.

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 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 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 Jriggz
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Photo of mattbk
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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 buschbeer
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.

Photo of aeviaanah
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer for its clean flavor. The musky/spicy hops set it apart from the typical top rated IPAs. The taste transitions from a fast bitter to a sweet aroma rather quickly.

I'm not sure what I dislike all I can say is there is better out there's out doesn't deserve a perfect 5.

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 raznug
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Mystic Mama pours a orange color and is topped with a good solid 1” of white head that tends to hang around nicely on the side of the pint glass.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is all grass pine and citrus hops, damn fine smelling brew one of this best that I have had in a while.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is again a great IPA it has a dominating hop presence with pine and citrus hops in the foreground and grass hops in the background. WOW!!!
Mouthfeel: This medium bodied beer has great hop aroma and smell and great beer coming from Jackie O’s

Photo of spoony
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (coded 30814A1BC) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a three-finger head of off-white foam that clings to the glass in chunks. Retention is decent, i.e., more than three minutes and there is still a good cap. The beer is clear and golden-orange in color with a few stray bubbles of carbonation.

S-Hops are immediately obvious with citrus flavors, including a pithy orange peel scent, moderate bitterness, some juicy peach, and dank pine. It is a unique mix of earthy, old-school bitterness and new-school citrus.

T-The taste starts with an interesting (and pleasing) mix of citrus (orange mostly) and mint flavors. There is the same pithy, bitter orange peel from the nose, along with a bit of minty sharpness. The finish transitions to more of an earthy, pine bitterness. The toasted bready malts are mostly overwhelmed by the hops, but provide a helping bit of balance.

M-The feel is quite oily and dank with just enough carbonation to break things up. Heft is medium to heavy.

O-This is an interesting, and tasty, IPA. I like the mix of juicy fruit and citrus flavors with the earthy, pine-forward flavors. It doesn't wow me, but its a good IPA with pleasing smell and flavors, good looks, and a decent (if oily) feel. My first Jackie O's beer and I would happily drink more.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, nice 3/4 inch head with plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - Dank, musky hops, very strong aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, pears, lemon. Minor malts near the finish. This smells intense.

Taste - Much like the smell, nice strong dank hops are immediate. Loads of grapefruit and orange mixed with some lemon, spices and sugars. Malts are really present after the first blast of hops. Caramel, toffee and some smoke add nice flavor.

Mouthfeel - Hops blast the tongue with full force. The palate gets more hops but some malts and sugars come in. The aftertaste is really piney and malty.

Overall - This is a really good beer, so glad it is now canned and available for customer purchase. Has a nice mix of bold hops, sweet malts, yet smooth and easy to drink. A winner for sure, will be drinking again for sure.

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 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 Treyliff
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%.

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

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy amber color with a one-finger head
S: Pine hops with a hint of grapefruit pith & a mat backing up the hops
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium-bodied with a nice hop bite
O: A solid IPA that stands up to any of the better examples of the style I've had recently

Photo of patpbr
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A copper, haze orange. with a white head.
S - Strong on grapefruit hops, earthy
T - Hop kick. Citrus, like the smell theres Grapefruit up front with bitterness lingering. it has a juicy/ fruit quality. Sweet.
M - Medium body. It finishes smooth but with a bite.
0 - Unique flavor is the most noticed. Another good Ohio IPA.

Photo of screamking
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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 Jas45678
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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.

Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.