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Firefly Amber Ale - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Firefly Amber AleFirefly Amber Ale

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.98%


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:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-07-2010)
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raznug

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This fine amber ale pours a dark golden color and is topped with 3/8” of white head that dissipates to a thin layer.
Smell: The aroma of this amber is a nice blend of malt and hops that is rather different from most ambers that I have had.
Taste: Hops play a leading role in this beer and they call it a amber but it tastes like a pale ale of even a IPA.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied amber that goes down smooth and has great hop profile for the style, I love what Jackie O’s did with this beer.

Serving type: can

11-02-2013 23:20:33 | More by raznug
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a can in Columbus, OH earlier toady

The beer pours a relatively clear, dull amber with flecks of gold in the light and a loose white head that's fizzles out quickly with very little lacing. The nose is grain-forward and subtle, definitely lacking the hoppy aromatics I was expecting. While drinking this beer I notice it's lacking the hoppy taste I was expecting as well. It's more of an attenuated, malty amber with a subtle, residual hoppiness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, grainy, attenuated, effervescent, with a slight bitterness in the finish. The hop profile isn't particularly citrusy, but would probably fall under that category. I think this is a pretty decent beer, nothing special, but definitely a balanced, drinkable, and affordable amber.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 05:13:08 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 11:53:04 | More by Thorpe429
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2013 00:27:07 | More by bluejacket74
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well if it isn't a very nicely made but undistinguished amber. I'm not sure I would call it an American amber because that would mean that in some way (hops) it is over the top and this barely is.

It pours a boring color for an amber. The head is just OK. The aroma is slightly malty slightly hoppy. Nice.

The taste is just a bit hoppier than a lighter amber, and there is a nice malt balance. No yeast taste as appropriate for the style.

The aftertaste is a nice hops experience. Overall, it is nice, but undistinguished.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 18:06:44 | More by schoolboy
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 20:12:32 | More by Brenden
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light honey, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a nice hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice session amber ale. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 22:42:02 | More by superspak
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: growler

08-02-2011 23:48:30 | More by mikesgroove
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Amber/orange in color, with a rather short head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus, biscuit malt
Taste-Toasted malt,fruity, citrus-rind bitterness in the background. A bit low-carbonated, but clean finishing and sessionable.

Serving type: can

09-09-2013 19:44:05 | More by hosehead83
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 16:16:39 | More by Kegatron
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4%
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!!!

Serving type: can

08-13-2013 20:57:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from trade. Pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy one finger white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Citrus hops and some sweet malts highlight the aroma, with a bit of floral. Flavor is bitter up front with a grassy toasted back end. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Light bodied with medium high carbonation. Unique brew that I could see going great in the summer at cookouts and such.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 00:32:51 | More by BMMillsy
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Florida9

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: unsurprisingly amber in color. Forms a fairly large rather foamy white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: a nice blend of malt and hops. Pale malts. Grapefruit hops. Not overly complicated, but still nice.

T: taste is mostly grainy. With a good dose of grapefruit hops and grapefruit bitterness. A bit of lemon.

M: medium bodied. Fairly bitter for the style. Heavier carbonation gives this a prickly feel.

O: a rather bitter and hoppy representation of the style. A good beer. Simplistic, but well made.

Serving type: growler

06-08-2013 19:56:41 | More by Florida9
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden amber tan with a nice foamy 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Toasty, buttery malts, caramel, minor grapefruit hops. Some added brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - Very mild malts with actual bitter grapefruity hop bite. Caramel and buttery malts at the first sip but really not all that strong. Some brown sugar mixed in with a little hop kick rounds this out.

Mouthfeel - Light malts coat the tongue. The hops come in and bitter up the palate. The finish is hoppy bitter, a little toasty and watery .

Overall - For being a beer under 5% alcohol, this beer has some flavor. Surprised how much the hops come out over the malts. Its a fine summertime beer, light, easy to drink and doesn't just taste light flavored water. Not bad, theres better out there, and theres worse.

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 19:07:38 | More by wvsabbath
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BB1313

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: can

07-04-2013 21:15:55 | More by BB1313
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrived in a can with interesting artwork, but the beer pours an uninteresting color unlike what I hope for in an amber ale with a short head.

Smell: Malt and a touch of citrus from the hops along with some grain. Less sweet smelling than most amber ales.

Taste: Malt largely overpowers the hops, as is typical for the style, but nothing really stands out as far as being "unique" as the can advertises. It tastes OK.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium bodied, carbonation is average. The beer goes down very, very easy .

Overall: For an amber ale the ABV is on the lower end of the spectrum and it is thin, but the beer also some pretty good flavors too. In fact, it's odd to find a beer that is so thin and has such a low ABV that has as much flavor as this does. However, I can't say it tastes spectacular by an means. It makes for a decent session beer.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 23:34:17 | More by DeFaz
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A:Hazy brown color with a two-finger head
S: Enjoyable malt aromas with a hint of hops
T: Again mostly malt with a hint of hops, lacks any complexity
M: Thin-bodied but crisp
O: As much hype as I've heard about Jackie O's this was a disappointing first beer to try

Serving type: can

10-07-2013 23:11:46 | More by ONUMello
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 00:32:39 | More by DrDemento456
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 13:45:54 | More by CFHMagnet
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Seanem44

Virginia

3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very much average AA. Kind of a cloudy Golden. Not bad by any stretch, but for that matter, not overly memorable. Taste lacked a little bit and had a stale aftertaste despite being fresh and recently tapped. Worth a try but nothing more. There are much better AAs out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 21:23:41 | More by Seanem44
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2013 21:36:03 | More by chinchill
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -2%
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

Serving type: can

09-06-2013 16:27:08 | More by schwemjw
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pitasoup

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden, slightly hazy. nice white head. on top from o'hooleys aug/06. a nice clean ale, light bodied with some wild grass/rooty hops flavor? finishes with hits of wheat. a nice clean beer but not my style. i was told that no wheat grains were actually used in the brew. not sure if this true though

-notes from 08/06

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 02:15:09 | More by pitasoup
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2014 23:06:03 | More by DavoleBomb
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 21:12:03 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Firefly Amber Ale from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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