Funky South Paw - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 97
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PittBeerGirl on 12-05-2010

Pale Ale, fermented with pawpaw fruit and refermented on our house cultures
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Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had at a Pittsburgh tasting a while ago.

22oz bottle poured into a Stone taster.

A - Pours a pale goldenrod, slightly rust-colored with only about a half-finger of bone-white head. The retention is still pretty good despite the lack in height, while the lacing is merely okay.

S - The first thing I noticed about the nose was that it was somewhat bitter. Besides that, this nose is popping with tropical fruits, most noticeably pineapple and mango. This doesn't have much sour to it coming out here in the nose.

T - Although the nose doesn't have many sour notes, the taste does have some pretty good tartness. It's not mouth-puckering, but you can definitely feel it in the cheeks. Again, I'm getting a lot of pineapple as well as some malt breadiness. The tartness does lend itself some mild cherry notes, as well as tart apple and pear.

M - The mouthfeel is generally full-bodied with medium to low carbonation. Somewhat dry finish that complements the lingering tartness.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This may be the best sour I've had from Jackie O's, head-to-head with the Grand Wazoo. The flavors are full and I really like the integration of pineapple in the profile and tartness to give it some additional depth.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BWCampbell
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Of the May 2015 release, this may be my least favorite. Which isn't saying much, given that I still think it was delicious.

Pours a very light, hazy, pale with about a finger and a half of tight white foam, which leads lacing as you drink it down. Smell is of slight farmhouse funk, and slight saison tartness. I pick up the paw paw and brett pretty quickly, sort of a tropical fruity funk. First sip is a weird combination of tropical hop, saison tartness, and paw paws you collect when walking through the woods. That fades into a wheaty, tropical funk. Not as funky as some of their other sours, but I think given ~1 year, this becomes a fantastic bottle you'll want to dome yourself.

Cheers!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 - Bottle 75 of 216

Brilliant bright golden orange pour with an inch of bubbly white head and great clarity! Aromas kick off with crisp malt and tropical fruit. Some spice and a nice tart funk. Nice!

First sip is smooth with a great tangy tropical fruit and Brett accents. Slightly spicy with a touch of hops. Finishes with sour fruit Gets better as it warms up too - tasty, well done brew!

Mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation. Pretty damn easy drinking and rather refreshing...great tartness without being overly sour. Looking forward to checking out more Jackie O's brews in the future! Thanks smokeypeat.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftpaw27 for bringing this out to Hollywood, the review is long overdue.

Kind of a hazy bright gold here, I guess that's the brett working/existing throughout the beer. Pretty. Aroma, like a regular pale ale, but added breadiness, and a, what I would describe as almost kiwi like fruitiness and lacto sourness (I realize the word is this is only brett, but my taste buds thought otherwise). Plenty tart I thought.

Taste, plenty enjoyable, and the sour and tartness just seemed far more than mere brett could do for a beer. I'm not familiar with the paw paw fruit, but something here was nice and lemony and kiwi-esque tropical kind of fruit thing in addition. Maybe that gave me the tart/sour impressions moreso than any bacteria or yeast used in the beer.

I've been pretty ho hum on the JackieO stuff. Seemed like one of those regional breweries that just likes to make very limited trade bait type of beer geek stuff ripe for exploitation these days. This is my favorite beer from them, and opened me up to trying a few more. We'll see how it goes, but for now, this is a winner.

Photo of prototypic
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to csmiley for the bottle! You rock, dood!

Funky Southpaw pours a light straw color. It’s a bit hazy and takes on a brighter, yellow appearance when held to light. A very soft, white head covers the top. It’s modest only rises just above the surface. It falls back very quickly, leaving a light, spotty coat of lace behind. Not bad, not great.

The nose is good. It’s definitely unusual for what seems to be an American Pale Ale (at its core). The wild yeast certainly added a funky twist to it. The funky barnhouse scent comes through nice and clear, but doesn’t seem overwhelming. There are some ancillary fruity notes that linger throughout. It smells like a mix of lemon and orange to me. Hops are noted, but aren’t the focal point. They smell mostly citric. Alcohol doesn’t seem strong at all.

The flavor is extremely impressive. I really like this. It kicks off with a light, sweet malty flavor. A rush of sour and fruity notes follow. The fruit flavor definitely seems mango-ish with a bit of lemon and orange. Brett definitely adds a funky note, but it doesn’t taste as strong as it smells. It blends very well with the fruit flavors and adds just enough of a tart/sour flavor to make things really interesting. Light citric hop notes are present, but they’re subtle. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any. Finishes fruity and funky.

Funky Southpaw has a lighter body. Carbonation feels light and soft. It’s nice and smooth. Definitely easy drinking. This bomber won’t last long at all.

Jackie O’s is definitely a trailblazing brewery that succeeds in its creative endeavors. Funky Southpaw is simply another example. Who knew a funked-up Pale Ale brewed with unusual fruit native to Southern Ohio could be so tasty? If you have an opportunity to grab this one, grab several bottles. It’s excellent! Thanks, Chris!

Photo of waddellc2
3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tried at extreme beer fest.l could of been palate fatique but didnt get much from this one

Photo of Preismj
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light amber color, slight haze to it. Mild creamy head with good retention. nice lacing. Smells strongly of a sour tropical fruit...though the nose reminds me a bit of fresh persimmon. The nose is the highlight here for me...very sweet and fresh. taste is straight sour notes. Slight hints of the fruit from the nose come through, though primarily a yeasty sourness and hints of wood and flower come though. Sweet finish. Good carbonation and medium body go well with the taste here. Overall, very nice sourness that meshes well with the sweet fruit nose. very interesting overall.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler to tulip. $30 for the fill at the pub.

Sampled 01AUG12, filled just four days before.

[A] Poured slow to preserve any effervescence that might have been lost from the growler fill and transport. The result is a thin one finger head, bright white in color, foamy in texture & retention just under medium. The body is a golden tint of yellow orange, slightly pale with around 50% opacity. Small strands of lace in irregular fashion.

[S] Tropical fruit flavors abound, namely banana, orange, guava & papaya. Oh my god, this is good! The sweet fruit aromas are grounded by a nice dose of Brett C, which is also contributing to the fruit forward complexity - as well as some dust and faint basement must.

[T] Think 'perfect breakfast cocktail'. Not that enjoying this beer should be limited to any time of day. The pawpaw fruit seems to be responsible for the banana and papaya, while the hops add a fresh orange and pineapple flavor. Again Brett ties it all together, balancing the sweet tropical fruits with a dry finish.

[M] Gentle tartness turns into a bright, refreshing crispness. Sweet upfront, dry on the end. Body is light to medium-light. Carbonation level compliments the body and flavor profile perfectly. Can't ask for much more.

[O] Brad god damn nailed this one. Straight up, Funky Southpaw is nothing short of fantastic. Local fans of wild ale must pay the brewpub a visit; a pour straight from the source WILL NOT disappoint.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange with red hues. A small off-white head.

Aroma consists of mango, passion fruit and a bit of lactic acid.

Flavor is similar. Soft tropical fruits coat the front of the tongue with a bit of lacto. Finishes with a semi-sweet mango/banana flavor that is very soft and lingers on the tongue. By far the finish is the best aspect of this.

Fairly light mouthfeel with carbonation on the lower side.

Very solid beer showcasing a unique fruit. I wish the upfront flavor were a bit bolder, but overall this is still a delicious beer and one I hope will be released again someday.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

amber with a light cloudiness to it that was very evident as soon as your poured it. Nice head of white reaches up to a height of around three inches before settling back down and leaving just a nice quarter inch layer across the top that stayed with it throughout the session, lots of carbonation streaming up as well throughout.

The aroma was to die for. Sour, tart fruit notes just ripping through the air. Not so heavy on the vinegar in the smell, more of a sour apple like nose with lots of funk. As it warmed like notes of oak coming through way in the back and a fresh grapefruit like hoppiness. The flavor was explosive. My tongue took a bath in rich sour notes here. Lotso f fruit all over the place, pears, apricot, lots of grapefruit, and then that funky brett just hits you and wipes it all away. Puckering, but yet subtle and sweet at the same time. Words escape me. The champagne yeast did a number here and the carbonation was light, fine, and absolutely spot on.

Photo of oline73
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Jackie O's even this weekend. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with a small layer of off white head.

Smell: The smell of this one is pretty mild. Some vinegar and a white wine sourness.

Taste: More vinegar with the sourness building from the initial sip to the finish. Some white wine notes. Mild bready malt with a smooth but sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive and tingly carbonation. The finish is very dry.

Overall: This was a very sour beer but managed to be quite smooth. I thought it was good and very refreshing. I'd be happy to have it again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #170 of 216.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Two fingers of white, dense froth head. Retention is about average and a good sized ring of lacing is left. Some small particulates throughout.

4.0 S: Time and a fresh palate has done wonders to this. Tons of papaya, mango, and pineapple in this with a full on lactic acidity. Funky in an apple orchard/pollen sort of way. Quite floral and fruity overall.

4.5 T: This has acquired a solid puckering since the release though most of the acidity comes from the lactic end of the spectrum. Again, this is super fruity and flowery with emphasis on mango, pineapple, and papaya. Along with being more acidic, the taste is also funkier. Apple orchard is joined by hay, musty basement, and horse musk. Quite nice.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that has a spritzy attribute. Super smooth with a musty finish.

4.5 D: I think I've figure out JO's bottle quality issues. It seems like anything from barrels that is put into bottles suffers something in the transfer. That is, except for the wilds. This has gotten so much better since the release (as has the Brown Recluse I had a couple weeks ago). Anyway, thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of aasher
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied light gold in color, mild turbidity, with little to no lacing. The nose is light and tart. Never having Paw Paw, I would assume that is the fruit character I'm missing. Regardless, it smells like a blond sour should. It's fleshy with some tannic white orchard fruit. It's light and tart. I dig it. It has a touch of brett in the finish too, mailing the finish light and dry. I like the flavor. It's light enough to.session and tart enough to satisfy somewhere in between a Berliner and a Petrus.It's a nice beer. It's worth chasing down. It's a Temptation man's sour.

Photo of sendsilk
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely LOVE this beer!

I have recently been thrust into the 'sour world' and this is one of the ones that I have really enjoyed. This is the cleanest tasting sour that I have tried among all of them. Not too sour/tart, just a perfect balance to me. I'm sure many people will find it one dimensional, but for those of us not used to getting our tastebuds blasted off by a sour, this is the way to go.

Nice job Brad and Jackie O's!!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the whiteboard: "Pale ale brewed with local pawpaw fruit. Then funked up for 3 months on Brett.". On tap at the 5th Anniversary party.

Pours a moderate orange color with a bit of a pinkish hue and some slight haze. There's a good white head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is really great with fruit elements consisting of a combination of mango, banana, and grapefruit, also adding in a bit of white pepper. There is a really nice funk intermingling with the fruit and spice in addition to a nice lactic character.

The flavor is quite nice as well. This is a very fine blend of fruit, funk, and acidity. I really enjoyed the interplay and would love to have some pawpaw fruit after trying this. Good body and carbonation with a great finish. Incredibly drinkable and unique--I really hope this one eventually gets bottled. A great preview of what I hope are many more sours and other barrel-aged brews.

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Subdued pawpaw flavor, in my opinion.

Photo of Spider889
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that has an odd following. I personally never found it all that interesting, but at the release there were a couple people falling over themselves to trade for extra bottles, and now there are die-hard fans looking to trade for more after getting a taste. I guess the paw paw will do that to you...

The beer is a brackish/tarnished brass color. Minimal white airy head without much in the way of retention.

The aroma is tart and bretty.

Tastes a bit acidic with some fruity esters in there but this felt like more a byproduct of the yeast than the paw paw (not that I've ever eaten a fresh one for comparison). There is some grapefruit-like pithiness; again it is ambiguous if this is from the fruit or the hops.

Very dry finish and a bit bitter. I think I just don't care for much in the way of hops in my sours.

Overall this wasn't what I was expecting - which was a bigger fruit presence and/or a more unique contribution from the fabled paw paw. Either way this was an interesting beer, and it makes me want to try the un-funky version.

Note: as this warmed the character changed quite a bit. The brett continues to grow in dominance but the fruit also begins to shine through somewhat. Additionally, it becomes coatingly dry and tannic/oaky with warmth.

Photo of scottfrie
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks to Stormking47 for hooking it up.

A: Pours a clear light golden (pee) color with apricot hues beneath a thin and very short lived bright white head that faded to a foamy scum. Faint patchy lace.
S: Strange. Honestly I’ve never heard of a pawpaw fruit, so I’m not sure if this smells of one or not. The nose is definitely funky, and I get a bit of citrus as well. There is tons of fruit, and a little bit of acid, and overall this smells pretty good. Smells dry too.
T: Not as fruity as the nose but I get some banana in the finish. Flavors are dry, funky and a bit fruity, but everything falls off in the finish. Flavors a blander than expected and a bit watery. The sourness is that of green unripened fruit rind, and is a bit dishwatery.
M: Very carbonated with a fizzy mouthfeel and thin body. The beer goes down pretty cleanly, but I wish it was a bit fuller.
O: Decent flavor, good dryness, just a bit bland and thin. Thanks again, Josh.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage courtesy of Kurtis. Thanks for hitting this want buddy! Bottle 112 of 312

Pours a murky, but glowing if that's possible, yellow with thin skim that puddles and leaves some spattered lacing. When backlit I really like the looks of this.

Light tartness, mild yeast, lemon, some further nondescript fruitiness, and underlying funk and malt. Not quite the aroma I was expecting, as the fruits are lighter and the yeast and funk play a bigger role than I anticipated.

Understated lemon and whispy tartness up front lead to what I can only guess is the Paw Paw fruit. It's extremely green and woody in a very under ripe fruit way. It cuts a swath across the palate that overwhelms the underlying pale malts. A bit of banana and kiwi and a whole shit ton of raw woodsiness. Having never had the fruit, my only lasting impression is this seems to not have reached it's peak. My wife described it as eating a fruit that you shouldn't be. The finish is rather dry and leaves quickly with only a brief lingering whisper.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, and amply carbonated. The woody tannic presence makes itself felt here.

Overall, this is an interesting beer but I had hopes for a juicier and more vibrant fruit sour. Again, it just left the feeling that the fruits were not ripe. If you like your sours low on the pucker and fruits and heavier on the dryness and yeast than you might dig this. As is, it's a nice try and I'm thankful for the opportunity but it's not quite in my wheelhouse. My experience with Jackie O's has been either hit or big miss, and this falls somewhere towards compromise.

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 26 of 216

Appearance: Pours a murky apricot color without much of a head and, what there is, fades quickly, leaving a few dots and dashes

Smell: As the beer warms, the paw paw aromatics come through, bringing the subtle hints of banana, lemon, passion fruit, star apple and guava; plenty of Bretty funk, too

Taste: The malt bill of an APA underpins the explosion of fruit and sour flavors that build in the middle; before the tart flavors, the paw paw really delivers with banana, star apple and passion fruit until it gets overwhelmed by lactic sourness; funky Brett flavors develop in the aftertaste, but the finish is primarily sour

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: We grow paw paws in North Carolina, too, so I have some idea what they are all about and this beer really shows them off well; I suspect the sourness has built over the last few years this beer has aged in my cellar; a first rate effort

Photo of brew3crew
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at jackie os

A-hazy yellow with a little bit of white head that disapates quickly

S-definetly some funk. Can't quite put my finger on it though

T-grass with a bit of tartness. Sourness lingers around for a bit

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good wild. Would love to see itit with some age

Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to miketd for this bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear super light gold with a one finger white head that faded down to leave a thick dense quarter inch blanket. Just doesnt quit! Nice and thick side lacing too. Very, very nice.

S - Interesting aromas here. Definitely get that banana and super light mango. Some light brett funk, gentle lemon citrus along with some tropics. Very, very unique and interesting.

T - Wow, okay. Gone is the banana and is instead replaced by papaya and mango (both of which are light). Some nice light brett funk, lemons, gentle tartness. Some light tropical pineapple as well, faint orange. This is almost like a mimosa. I agree with what another reviewer posted; this is like a breakfast beer!

M - Mouthfeel is outstanding for the style. Super light with gentle prickly carbonation with the alcohol almost entirely hidden. One of the best examples of wild ale mouthfeels I have ever enjoyed.

O - Overall, this was an outstanding beer. Super unique, wish the aroma was better. All in all though this was a very tasty, incredibly drinkable beer from Jackie O's. Loved it.

Photo of Koufax21
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #150/216.

A - pours a light orangish color with a thin white head that disappears rather quickly.

S - lots of tropical fruit like characters to this. The PawPaw fruit is interesting. Not sure what it is exactly, but it smells great.

T - not as sour as I was expecting. A great balancing act with the hop flavors and tartness. I'm not a huge sour fan, so this was about perfect for me.

M - medium carbonation and just about in between light and medium bodied.

O - this was a good beer to get me more interested in Jackie O's. This could be a brewery with small bottle counts that actually deserves the hype.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

EBF sample pour. Had no idea what a pawpaw fruit was. Smell is mild. Mild tartness and some fruitiness. Flavor tasted maybe a bit Bretty. The sour tang settles in on the back end. In the middle I find probably what is the paw paw fruit. Tangy yeast. After looking up what a pawpaw tastes like, thinking back, I do this it tasted of such fruits and papaya and mango. Relatively light bodied. Soft overall flavor. Maybe my taste buds are zapped out from the festival? It wasn't bad it was just a bit too mild.

Photo of Treebs
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle served in a Southern Tier Tulip. 2012 vintage, bottle #100/312.

A: Pours a hazy lemon color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Slightly lemony with a sweet malt backing. Puckering with some grass. Slightly sour with some berry flesh fruitiness.

T: Sweet malt with some chalkiness. Pale malts, sweet fruit flesh with some light puckering lemon grass. A mild funkiness to the finish.

M: Light and dry with a chalky mouthfeel to it. Medium high carbonation.

O: Solid overall, a little to chalky for my liking and I'd like to have a little more complexity to it.

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