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Funky South Paw - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 194
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 27.91%
Wants: 103
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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: 29 | Hads: 194
Reviews by nhindian:
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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.


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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Funky South Paw from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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