Firefly Amber Ale - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Firefly Amber AleFirefly Amber Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

236 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 236
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-07-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by M1A2:
More User Reviews:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Great Lakes shaker. Very cloudy burnt orange color and definitely unfiltered. Not as carbonated as I anticipated. Nose has some nice bready toasted malt notes and some hops.

Medium-light body and firm feel. Nice biscuity malt notes up front and a well-balanced moderate hop rush adds spice at mid-palate. Finish is fairly dry, but not at all lasting. Nothing to get too exciting about here, just a nice mild amber ale that is balanced and flavorful with caramel, toffee, and lemon notes all working together. Exactly the kind of beer that many BAs shun, yet it is so superior to all macro beers that it reminds you just why we love craft.

Photo of nismo_2005
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok if you are trying to convert your friends to micro brews this is the one.
It has some bitterness in the hops but not to much and it is not overly dry.
The mouth feel is a light medium and after taste fades quickly
Overall if you have never had craft beer and want to try it out this is a good starting point. Nothing to rave about but still a regular in my fridge.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice to see Jackie O's offerings in the can, I picked up a six of the Firefly Amber and their honey nut brown ale. I've had one of their stellar sours once before, this pours a rich glowing amber just slightly hazed beautiful cream colored head full sturdy carbonation with fine bubbles building into a textured head. Aroma has just a touch of some earthy grapefruit hops, semi perceived sweetness, with bready malt notes. Pretty light on my nares, let's see how it tastes...balanced rolling amber ale. The malts aren't sticky or heavy with sweetness actually finishes quite dry, grapefruit peel, earthy hop additions form into a really nice drinkable amber ale nothing more nothing less don't expect fireworks. Expect really drinkable solidly made beer in cans from an adventurous brewer none for his mad scientist casks and sours. Light to medium bodied even flowing carbonation ample bitterness from the hops leaves for a nice dry aftertaste. Overall experience is a good one, but I can't wait to see some distribution of some of their more adventurous beers!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. can of Firefly Amber Ale served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep red-amber with an attractive bone-colored head. The head has good retention and leaves small spots of sticky lacing.

Rather ordinary aroma excepting the notably higher (and earthy/herbal) hop level, but the flavor is more complex and rich than a typical amber. Compared to average, this amber also has a hoppier finish and a a touch less sweet.

Feel: Crisp, medium carbonation. Relatively dry for style.

O: A fine session beer or, as the brewer claims, transitional beer for those used to adjunct lagers.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer #13 8/9/13

Amber is the color, well suited for the style. A thick white head grows over a finger tall, takes a long time to fall, and remains in some form until the glass is empty. Lacing is left in pretty high volume.
The nose starts off a little muted but does open with time. Floral and citrus hops add a little bit earth and even a little spiciness. Breads, cracker and toffee make up the maltier aspect.
The taste follows suit with a little more strength. There's a bit of a tea-like herbal note also underlying that wasn't found so much in the nose.
This beer is medium-bodied with an even, balanced feel. It had a modicum of both crispness and smoothness.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jackie O's Amber is a tasty beer. The beer pours a clear light amber with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is typical of most amber....slight biscuit. The taste is a nice balanced amber easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid sessionable beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a taster.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Nice white head and retains well.

Smell - Piney and musty hops. Well hopped. Kinda malty. A little nutty.

Taste - Very musty. Piney. Not as malty as I expected. A light caramel nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Light for an amber. Medium bitterness.

Overall - Eh. Doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub on 6/3/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed light amber in the glass, with a thin covering of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with more of a fizzy look, leaving just some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is fresh, floral, and tangy in the nose, with some light toasted biscuits, citric fruit, and gentle herbal hops all making themselves known. Decent flavors involved here but it's overall not really very robust.

The taste is mostly sweet toasted malts, with some fruity citrus pushing its way through. There's a relatively strong tingle of earthy and spicy hops here that offers up some balance and leaves this finishing herbal and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a crisp smoothness to the feel that keeps this very easy drinking.

I was personally looking for a little more depth of flavor here but I can appreciate this for what it considered at the brewpub. Basically a starter brew to help get the college kids off the macros and onto the craft beer. Looking at it that way, this was solid for what it was.

Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small foamy white head with pretty good retention

S- toasted grainy malt with a touch if caramel sweetness, just a trace of piney hop

T- lots of toasted and caramel malt flavors up front, a hint of fruitiness mid-palate leads to mild hop bitterness on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish. High drinkability

O- a malty amber that is certainly unoffensive, but doesn't really stand out. Easy to drink though and certainly session-able

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a can. Standard hazy dark amber ale with light off white head and light lacing.
Nose of hops and roasted malts. Flavors are sweet malts up front and on the sides with
light herbal bittering hops on the back and aftertaste. Solid amber session brew with a healthy
dose of bittering hops.

Photo of Bung
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Jackie O's with some grumbling.
Very light amber pour, just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma has some mild malt, leather, herbal tea.

Taste is a little more assertive. Malt, toffee with a balancing herbal treacle, tea, some earthy peat and hay.

This drinks really easy, but is pretty thin. Carbonation maybe just a bit low as well. It's fine, just very middle of the road. Reminds me a bit more of a low carbonation Kolsch almost.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. I think it tastes pretty much just like the aroma, grainy and with a good amount of grapefruit hoppiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid amber ale, you could certainly do worse for $8.99 a 6-pack. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of screamking
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

Pours hazy amber with a 1 1/2 finger off white head, which hangs on for about a minute. Light orange and pineapple in the nose. Mostly citrus but some smaller biscuity notes in there as well. The taste follows the nose with light orange and lemon. Not much malt. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, watery and lacks any depth. The only thing this beer has going for it, is its light ABV making it an okay session beer. For the style there is tons better, but this one has a little charm in the low ABV.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got to share a growler of this one with the family a couple weeks back, really seemed to enjoy it,

nice light brown dark amber with a nice tight head of off white on the top. Rich caramel malts are dominating the aroma here at first, but I start to pick up much more in the way of hops as it warms up. Crisp, clean, and very hoppy, I was suprised at how good this one was. Really rich profile of caramel and earthy malts, punctuated by a fresh pine flavor that balanced it out wonderfully.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass. Can date of 12/29/14.

Appearance: Translucent amber. Light tan persistent rocky thin foam all across the top. Some fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Floral, light citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Nice toasted malt balanced with a distinct citrus and pine hop finish. There are some hints of herbal and earthy hops as well that make me think of English style hops (Kent Goldings). The beer finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and approaching fizzy. A little thin underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: For a simple low ABV amber, this is quite a good beer. Full of flavor, simple, and easily drinkable. Went very well with dinner (bacony beef tomato sauce pasta) and I think it would pair with a wide range of other foods as well. Despite it's low rating on BA, I think this is a pretty solid beer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into pint at luckys in Dayton. I saw jackie o and jumped but now wishing I passes.
Pours a seethrough amber golden with a finger of bubbly head. Not much amber here...meh
Some slight amber malt or caramel aroma...very slight. Meh
Taste is nice balance of malts and hops...crisp and pleasant but not mind blowing. Easy to drink and overall decent but I wont get again.

Photo of schwemjw
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Reddish amber with an off white head. decent lacing.

S: Toasted malt and alot of pale malt. bread with the slightest little hint of toast. a little yeast. buttery.

T: Pale malt almost like stale bread. Toast. floral aspects that never quite get going. a little grapefruit and pine finish which is decently long.

M: Thin with some pretty good carbonation that makes it drink somewhat easy.

O: This is a decent offering i'm just struggling to find much in the way of flavor. you could definitely finish off a six pack quick though. / 76

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint. I've been to Jackie O's many, many times and tried many, many beers, but this one along with most of their normal lineup have been overshadowed and forgotten during my trips. Thus, this is my first real endeavor into the usual.

3.0 A: Mildly hazed copper amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This smells like I want amber ales to smell like. Big toastiness up in the forefront with sweet caramel malts playing an almost as powerful supporting role. Grassy hops and a touch of earth to round it out.

3.25 T: The taste is good, but it lacks power and needs a stronger malt base. Toastiness, caramel, and grassy hops again, just not enough.

3.25 M: The mouthfeel is also lacking. Light to lighter medium body. Very lightly creamy. Needs more body and creaminess.

3.25 D: It's decent enough, but I'm not surprised that no one has ever said, "Here try this," while I was at JO's drinking much more interesting beers.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for $1.99 from Vintage Estate. Going in knowing this is a session amber with mild hop bitterness.

A - Very nice carbonation giving me a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop of a great orange brown hue beer. Looks great.
S - Mild toasted malts, some crust bread and a nice bouquet of herbal hop clusters,
T - Very hoppy and bitter but in an herbal way. Kind of unbalanced and un enjoyable like biting into a lemon rind. Where I smelled toasted malt or sweet malts is barley transitioned into the taste.
M - Watery enough to make it easy to sip/chug. Light to medium.

Overall it is light enough to session but the hops/malts could use a little more tweaking to achieve a better harmony. I could see why the rating of this is so low.

Photo of T_Reeves92
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Hazy Amber in color with a thick head
S: Malts and Hops dominate the nose
T: Malt sweetness, hop bitterness with a herbal aftertaste
M: What you would expect from an amber ale. light-medium body. higher in carbonation
O: Alright beer, this is one for an afternoon on a warmer day with friends.

Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing a rentention. The aromas are subtle and full of caramel malts, bread, crackers. The flavors are very bold, considering it has such a low abv. Tons of caramel and toffee. The hops really come into play in the flavor department. Very earthy and rustic. Slightly spicy. Lots of malt; kind of grany. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the heavier side light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Crisp and refreshing. Extremely quaffable.

This packs a punch for being such a light beer, which I can always appreciate. Great session beer. Good example of the style.

Grade: B

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"3 04 11 A1 BC" As someone who sells food, I interpret this to be a canned-on date, but I cannot be sure. Mental note made to ask someone at Jackie O's when I finally get down there.

A finger of off white head is what I get. Body is deep, rich amber color. Keeps a little froth and laces up rather well.

Deep rich malt with juicy dark fruit and caramel. Grapefruit mixes in on the back end.

This tastes grainy and piney. Simple and not much like the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Leaves a little residue on the middle of the tongue. Bitter finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a fairly-light amber color with a short white head and not too much retention. Slight collar around the edges. The nose is nice with a bit of a nice hop character. Maybe some floral, citrus, and earthy notes lingering in the background. A bit of lightly-toasted bread in the background as well. The flavor is still nice, but doesn't compare to the nose. Slightly malty with a bit of bitterness. Good body and carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good all around and is something I'd grab again.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/10/10

Dense tangerine hue. Hazy with pineapple highlights. Poured a one finger head; slowly thinned to an even skim. No retention or lacing.

Juicy hop aroma with floral overtones. Toasty notes of caramel malts. Straightforward nose. Rather smooth.

Tastes kind of odd. A piney, bitter twinge lasts briefly. Then it's juicy for a moment, then dries out. Citric notes then emerge but it's like gnawing on orange peel. Kind of watered down overall. Caramel seems understated, as this is really dry.

Medium-light body. Carbonation is pretty low, but not exactly smooth. Some grittiness. Dry finish with lingering citrus rind.

It has some decent aspects, but I could go for a few tweaks. I prefer my amber ales to have a more substantial flavor profile.

Photo of Spider889
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Jackie O's Brewery.

As far as appearance goes this beer is odd. It is NOT amber. Very good clarity and color if it were a pale ale. But a straw colored amber is just wrong. Where's the malt?

Smells of hops with some slight medicinal properties. Green grassy notes as well.

Tastes bitter up front with an unsettling hop profile. I was immediately reminded of their pale ale (which I also do not like). I was really worried that the bartender gave me the wrong beer. So I asked her to verify what she poured me. She said the Amber. I still wasn't convinced (it was busy), so I asked a second bartender to pour me a sample of the amber, and got the same beer. I guess this is just how Firefly is supposed to be.

Overall I was sorely disappointed here. Just a slightly 'off' beer that wasn't anything close to the style it claimed to be. I was additionally shocked to see Brad discussing this very beer in the most recent issue of BeerAdvocate magazine. He mentioned how much he has tweaked the original recipe to get it where he likes it... sorry Brad, but I feel like this one needs a lot more tweaking still.

to view more.
Firefly Amber Ale from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.