Jester - Indigo Imp Brewery

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 26.55%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indigo Imp Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MCDuhamel on 04-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 53
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.72/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

some sort of almost wild ale here, really unimpressed, and there are some really rough off flavors here. decent appearance though, deeper golden in color with a half inch of white head. the nose is really brutal, it smells like feet, sweaty and gross. i also smell what seems like an unintended lacto infection, not mature and acidic, but new and funky in the bad way. grains up front are generic and pale, while the finish is this slightly tart odorous yeast thing that really just doesnt work. i didnt really know what to expect from this one, because the label gives very little information and i have never had anything from this brewery before, but this confirms for now that i really havent been missing much. this bottle had been carefully aged at cellar temperature by a friend of mine for over a year, and it didnt do any favors to this. weird yeasty and just unappealing.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Graded to taste, not style. Single from a mix-and-match 6 pack.

Appearance: Dark copper with a slight haze (it is bottle-conditioned and unfiltered, after all). A 1/4" foamy tan head off a very gentle pour (to avoid disturbing the sediment). Awesome lacing.

Aroma: Sour. Belgian. Bubble gum. Pears. Artificial candy. Yeast. There are not too many beers worth sitting and nosing, but this is one.

Taste: Like the nose, starts sour/tart; minimal to nonexistent hop presence. Weighty and substantial, but still refreshing. Weird. This is a complex beer. This is not one you kick back several of. Not sweet, but somehow leaves me with an unpleasant cloying feeling.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not slick. Quite carbonated, but small, light bubbles.

Overall: this is a very complex beer, in every respect. That detracts from its enjoyability for me, but makes me want to go out and buy a six pack of this. The tart/sour not sweet but still cloying aspect suggests that this has higher alcohol. Very "Belgian" in character.

Photo of mandy27
4.6/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot comprehend some of the bad reviews. Many seem ignorant of what this brewery is about. Worst case scenario I've had with Jester is that it sometimes tastes better ( read a nice rounded sour) a few weeks after I buy it. Hey Zeus, Indigo Imp is making some of the most interesting beer I've had in a sea of baby Ohio micro breweries.

Photo of Maltenbach
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper color. Thin head dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is reminiscent of a blonde Belgian ale. Fruity esters with clove. Up front flavors are spicy citrus, lemons, dried apricot, clove. Finish is sour citrus with perhaps a bit of anise and burnt orange. Flavors are complex, but perhaps a little too sour for my palate. This would be a refreshing beer for a hot day, but it’s not one to sit and savor.

Photo of hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with an airy head of quickly fading off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast notes
Taste-Spicy yeast, faint pineapple and pear, definite Belgian underpinnings. Interesting flavor and nicely balanced.

Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, frothy head atop a beautiful creamy orange body. Aroma of sweet citrus and clove. Starts a touch sweet, then the malt backbone, and of course all the complexity of a Belgian yeast including banana, clove, and orange. Finishes just a touch dry. Unyielding effervescence.

I like this one quite a bit. Really lets the yeast and its complexity shine. Not great reviews elsewhere, but I have no idea why. Looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes better.

Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer more than any other of Indigo Imp's seems to have been negatively affected by some bad yeast in some previous batches. Call it QC, call it whatever, it's certainly improved now.

Pale orange with a golden-hued brightness, this beer is also quite clear. An interestingly colored head, sort of a light tan but not exactly, reaches a full finger in height. It's retained for a decent length of time. Lacing is light to moderate.
There's lots of sweet fruit on the nose, including a hint of banana, red and white grape, and pear. It's complemented by a bite of spice. Overall, it shows nice depth and proves itself Belgian in style. There's a light floral hoppiness, but not a whole lot.
Fairly tasty and quite interesting, I get the impression of toast with apple jam in the taste.. It's definitely sweeter than it is hoppy, and there's a big banana finish to it.
The body is light and the feel is smooth. It remains sweet into the finish, and even gets a little tingly (spicy?) on the tongue.

Photo of PDXHops
1.64/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Slightly hazy orange with a fizzy soda pop-style head that's gone in a flash. No head, no lace. I do like the hue, though.

Smells bready with a vague fruity marmalade quality. I suppose there's a light stray spicy Belgian yeast note in there somewhere, but as this stuff warms up, the fruit smells take a turn toward tart and overpowering territory.

Holy mackerel, tart indeed, not to mention sorta rotten tasting. Multiple tiny sips are required to evaluate this critter, and tiny sips are frankly all I care to venture. Vegetative, medicinal, somehow with a fruitiness that's simultaneously tart, almost sour, but overripe. The abundant carbonation does this stuff no favors; then again, the level of carbonation is probably the least of the concerns here.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned Belgian ale. I can appreciate that. Flavor fits to style, but it's a bit too strong along several lines. More soapy than I'd prefer. There's a real strong yeasty citrus thing too. Feel is nice and it's pretty easy to drink, but if things were reigned in a lot more and characteristics more refined instead of all over the place, I could appreciate it more. An okay execution, but not quite where it should be.

Photo of oline73
1.92/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head goes away very quickly leaving just a trace around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This is a surprise. The smell is tart and a bit funky. Smells like this beer is going to be quite acidic. There is also a slight sweetness.

Taste: There is some sweet malt, tart fruit, and a note of cooked vegetables. This is a really weird beer. Acidic and sour, but not in a particularly good way. Had no idea what to expect and can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a finish that isn't as dry as it should be.

Overall: I'm all for trying new things, but this is a terrible beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small orange citrus hop and a small gingerbread like malt. In the taste, big orange citrus hops, and a small gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange juice citrus in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops in an ale, actually kind of love it.

Photo of Molson2000
3.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight malt aroma with hints of fruit. Very fruity and a bit sour. Label mentions a pale ale but this is more of a saison. Very high carbonation. Sourness is the main aspect here and it lasts right through the finish. Terrible pale ale, but not a bad saison (although not a great one).
I appreciate the brewery trying to do unique things, but calling this a pale ale with the Belgian yeast that they are using is just wrong. Open air fermenting is cool, but if your beer is so radical, why not describe it better on the label. Reference saisons and lambics!!

Photo of Clembo1957
1.93/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A strange beer, actually quite unpleasant and not to my taste at all.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, a good pour resulting in a lasting foamy head.

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber appaerance. the beer is unpasteurised and unfiltered so you may end up with sediment in the glass

Aroma: A sour aroma, hints of fruit.

Taste: the further in got down the glass the harder it was to finish, a sour unpleasant taste.

mouthfeel: plenty of carbonation.

Overall not a beer i'd recommmend or try again.

Photo of brentk56
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with an overwhelmingly large head; nice stick age, however

Smell: Vaguely cidery, with a bit of toffee underneath

Taste: Toffee, up front, with a growing sour cidery aspect; increasingly tar, on the finish, with an odd toffee flavor that provides a contrast, underneath

Mouthfeel: Light body with fizzy carbonation

Overall: What a strange beer this is; a battle in contrast

Thanks, Cresant, for the opportunity

Photo of guitaristshad
4.02/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon pouring this into a glass, this confused me. I double checked to make sure I bought the Jester and not something else, as it was a murky, unfiltered wheat look. The smell was alright, not overly hoppy on the aroma. The taste, however, was the saving grace. A very unique brew. It was like Raging Bitch's younger, less bitter brother. A nice sweeter finish than expected. Looking forward to having another one of these.

Photo of nubz77
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first poured this I had to check and make sure it wasn't a wheat beer - it's cloudy, what the hell is that about?

It smells ok, really fruity/estery. It has some decent body but nothing out of the ordinary. The hops contribute some lemony citrus bitterness but not much. Tastewise, my god... I could barely taste any of the malt or hops because there was so much damn tartness to this beer.

I realize they want to do something unique by fermenting in open tanks, but if they're gonna do that they need to figure out how to use it to their advantage and make something that justifies it. Anyone can let a beer spoil.

Photo of goblue3509
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy straw color with hints of orange in it. The head is about half a finger and receds to skim with a little lace. The aroma is of clove with a slight hint of belgian yeast. The taste has a clove and spice start before giving way to a slight citrus note. The end has a slight belgian yeast sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall its an okay beer, the aromas and taste just are not quite there. If the nose and taste were stronger this would be a solid beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Indigo Imp : Jester

Pours a cloudy orangeish color, slight yellowish head and a good deal of lace. Aroma of hay, yeast, and alittle funk. In the taste, somewhat malty with faint cocoa/nutty notes, belgian yeast, and a mild tartness that lingers well into the aftertaste. A little funky, malty, and very mildy sour in the finish. Medium bodied, chalky finish. Overall, interesting and kind of nice.

Photo of Collered
1.83/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Murky, light brown look. Minimal head.
S: Funky smell; almost like a spoiled fruit.
T: Fruity, but not distinctive. Bland taste relative to the more pungent smell.
M: Medium body with a slightly creamy feel.
O: I'm glad I got this as a single bottle in a make-your-own six pack.

Photo of Mississipping
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz wax-dipped bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Unbelievably cloudy/hazy muddy straw color. One-finger light tan foamy head that almost refuses to subside. Sticky lacing coats the glass. 

S: Bready yeast, with only a hint of hops. There isn't much going on with the smell, in terms of a traditional IPA. There is a decent amount of Saison yeast and spiciness. A touch grainy and grassy too. Slightly disappointing, considering the impressive presentation. 

T: This really tastes more like a farmhouse ale than an IPA to me. It's not so much funky as it is yeasty and spicy. The hops are completely subdued, giving the peppery and grassy farmhouse qualities center stage. Really not at all what I was expecting, but moderately enjoyable. Decent amount of booze at the finish is somewhat unpleasant. 

M: medium bodied with a decent weight. Carbonation level is really high, although it creates a soft, pillowy, creaminess on the tongue that isn't unpleasant. Again, even the feel resembles a farmhouse ale. Just a bit drying at the finish, partially from the small amount of hops, the spiciness, and the booze. 

O: I'm indifferent about this one. Totally didn't hit the mark based on style, but maybe unintentionally, resembles a mediocre, slightly hoppy saison. As it warms, it gets a little hoppier, but never really approaches that of a typical IPA. Just a bit boozy for my taste. I'm glad I got to try this, as it's completely unexpected and intriguing. 

Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Duvel glass. No date. The body was a turbid butterscotch color. There was a creamy eggshell head that fell to a ring and left no lace.

The smell was of soft Belgian yeast. Slight bubblegum. There was a mild sourness too.

The taste was sweet and tart. Mildly peppery. Canned pears. Tonic water. Finishes dry and effervescent. A bit hollow, drinkable but dulled.

Mouthfeel was medium density with plenty of carbonation. Underwhelming overall really.

Photo of prototypic
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jester pours an interesting copper color. It’s very hazy, and looks a little orange with backlighting. Definitely intriguing for a Belgian Pale. It’s topped with a slightly off-white head. It stands about a finger tall and falls to a surface covering quickly. It holds firm there for a while. Lacing was light to moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It’s definitely spicy and fruity. Spicy clove and pepper might be attributable to the yeast. The yeast definitely has a Belgian character, but its presence could be stronger. Fruity notes of orange and apricot are there. Alcohol is not noticeable. It’s a little weak in terms of strength, and isn’t all that deep. Still smells pretty good.

The flavor is definitely a step or two below the nose. It kicks off with clove and pepper spice flavors. They’re not very intense, but don’t taste bad. The fruity orange and apricot flavors are much more subtle here. There’s a little yeast, but it’s faint and is only barely reminiscent of Belgian yeast. It just fades away from there. Alcohol is very light. Finishes with light spice and yeast flavors.

Jester has a lighter body that won’t be confused with anything Belgian. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem buzzy. Too thin to be smooth. It goes down relatively easy, but it’s not all that enjoyable.

To be fair, Jester isn’t a joke. It’s not very good beer, but it isn’t a total disaster. To be a successful Belgian Pale, it needs more of everything – aromatics, flavor, body – the works. If you ignore the style classification, it might be somewhat passable. In any event, it needs work.

Photo of srandycarter
3.24/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light murky apple juice, small near white head leaves fast to disk.

S - Sweet, cooked pit fruit.

T - Starts nice and fruity, Belgian yeast like, but gets sickly sweet at end.

M - Light carb and body, balance off to the sweet.

D - One is enough. Thank you!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

L - lightly hazed copper color with a thin white head from a very slow pour to avoid getting all the yeast in the glass.

S - sour apricot with a candy sugar sweetness in the background.

T - sour fruit taste upfront with a hint of sweet before turning sour and a bit yeasty on the finish.

F - medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - I sat on this beer for a while and it reminded me sort of like a Belgian sour, a style I'm not a big fan of but have a slight appreciation for.

Photo of nickd717
1.74/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235, who I can always count on to supply me with the Indian Wells equivalents of the midwest.

The appearance is - WTF - extremely murky orange with a quickly fading off-white head. Looks disgusting.

The smell is rather wheaty with a bit of orange, almost like Blue Moon, which is not good.

The flavor is rather citric with sweet caramel and spice, with an acrid, off-putting finish. Man, this is rough.

Falls flat on the mouthfeel with some astringency and medium-light body.

Well, Ryan described Indigo Imp as the Indian Wells of Ohio, and judging by this beer, he's not far off. This is bad.

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Jester from Indigo Imp Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.