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Jester - Indigo Imp Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 26.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MCDuhamel on 04-22-2009)
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Photo of brentk56
2.6/5  rDev -10%
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

brentk56, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say I've had the Blonde Bombshell and this one so far and I like these funky sours. These aren't the most refined versions, rustic Cleveland open fermentation with water from the filtered Cuyahoga? I don't what their water source is but this Belgian style funk pale ale is a hazy unfiltered copper orange hue with a white bright head that dwindles pretty damn quick. Minimal scattered lacing, nose has a nice banana bread yeast note with hints of spice and mild citrus notes. Something gives off a lactic creamy yogurt sensation. Flavor is sour makes you pucker enough but nothing that drys the throat leaves a bit of dryness in the finish. Fruity with citrus and banana mild clove and spicy tones, a bit of a solvent chemical touch as the sour apple and lemon citrus flavors peak but it blends in without much harshness. Again the creamy lactic notes brings out hints of citrus fruit and greek yogurt blended. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not cloying just a bit sour with a dry presence after each sip, I could see the acidity bother the faint at heart or the GERD suffering community a bit. Drinkability is good, I'm actually able to gulp this sour ale and enjoy the flavors or I could slowly sip and really analyze the complexity from the open fermentation, I'm a fan.

WVbeergeek, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

StonedTrippin, May 26, 2014
Photo of oline73
1.85/5  rDev -36%
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.

oline73, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

DrBier, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased in Kent OH, first time I've seen it in a store. I was kind of excited to try a new OH brewery but this beer wasn't all I'd hoped. First off, the appearance was marred by absolutely NO HEAD. I could see bubbles and some carbonation inside the hazy translucent gold body but nothing on top. The aroma seems Belgian, lightly hoppy and a good amount of esters. The taste was OK I guess, some bubblegum and a little bit of Unibroue yeast profile, kind of hits the mark. The body is thick and lightly carbonated, probably too thick for the style and a bit of a chore to drink. I'll pass on it in the future.

TurdFurgison, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +41.9%
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

mrfrancis, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  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.

Brenden, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of tpd975
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Hue of amber brown with a rather weak head. No retention or lace at all.

S: Spicy aroma with hints of corn, lemon, and yeast, and plastic.

T: Plastic. This one has a strange sour lemon, subtle sweetness going on. Hints of Belgian spice and more plastic. It's all over the place, in a not so good way.

M: Light in body, lacking carbonation.

D: Not really.

tpd975, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-good looking golden amber color, very hazy in transparency. The head is thin and bubbly, an aggressive pour gives off little foam that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-big nose of belgian yeast, cloves, hints of banana, lemon, and a touch of peppery spice.

T-the taste follows the nose, big on the yeasty cloviness, lots of sour lemon, a touch of banana, and some belgian spice

M-very smooth and creamy, a little thinner and watered down, a high level of carbonation but not too much

D-very sour and spicy, the mix is ok, the body is good imo. Not something I'm too interested in though.

cpetrone84, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of prototypic
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

prototypic, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

srandycarter, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nickd717
1.7/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

nickd717, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
3.18/5  rDev +10%
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!!

Molson2000, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of hollywood_15063
1/5  rDev -65.4%

hollywood_15063, May 12, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
1.65/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Tick.

A: Pours a turbid goldenrod capped with off-white foam. The murkiness is a distinct turnoff; even a careful pour couldn't avoid it, so I don't think it's sediment.

S: Reminds of shoe polish and mildew at first. Apples, bananas, some spice (clove?).

T: An overall muted flavor. I picked up some mild fruitiness: bananas, apples, orange rind. Yeast and spice in the finish. There's an odd shoe polish note in the exhalation.

M: Falls quickly off the tongue, with a watery finish.

D: Not my style. No one bothered with more than a small sip.

Arbitrator, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Ryan011235
1.58/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap in a pint glass at Hal & Al's on 9/10/10

Unfiltered. Cloudy tangerine, pineapple juice highlights. Very murky. Poured no head. No lace.

The aroma is a weird cluster of bland, past-prime fruit - banana, apple, pear & hints of orange. A touch of Belgian style yeast, though lacking spiciness.

The taste isn't quite a bland, but is by no means good. Tart apple notes & some banana. Hints of hops. Slightly more spicy. Finishes kind of medicinal. Tastes as murky as it looks.

Medium body. Carbonation is moderate but not enough to augment the mild spices. Rotting fruit esters linger beyond the finish.

Certainly the shaker pint didn't help, but I doubt a tulip would cure what ails this beer. It's just not enjoyable at all. Indigo Imp is going to have to step up their game to hang in Cleveland.

Ryan011235, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to Tifore
for this beer!

A- Poured a murky coppery color. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Longer streaks of lace on the glass.

S- Tons of fruit in the front of the aroma. Apples and banana are the two dominate fruits. Light yeasty notes with a stale almost mildew like presence. This works for the beer making it seem more Belgian if that makes sense. Hints of grains and a touch of alcohol balance everything out in the nose.

T- Apple, pears, and a bready malt base comes out in the front. Also, in the middle more of the musty yeasty tastes come out to play for a second before giving way to a bready malty ending. No real hops at all in this brew. I don't know what to think as it kind of leaves the beer a little unfinished.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for style. Light fruits and bready malts left on the palate. More malts and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. No real off flavors although everything kind of seemed muted. Flavors were blending but not to the style I see it is put in as.

D- I didn't find this one bad at all just missing a little something. Like a backend and that's about it from making this a above average beer. Nice easy drinker other than that...nothing over the top but nothing that makes this beer bland as well.

alleykatking, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail clean, clear pint glass. $1.50 single bottle at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A Orange brown glowing body and almost no head whatsoever. I do remember a brief head but after 30 seconds it is completely gone and I was trying to pour a head. Nice unfiltered yeasty body with sediment observable. No lacing.

S Belgian like malt and yeast, maybe some hops? It is not unlike a Belgian Dubbel but it is watered down. Inviting smell albeit a bit weak. I had to smell 3 times to get this information from this beer.

T A nice Belgian Dubbel like taste that reminds me a lot of Willoughby Brewing Company's Abbey Road Dubbel. I think that this is certainly more Belgian than it is Pale Ale. I do not taste much hops which I thought was a key aspect of a Pale Ale. Like the Blonde Bombshell that I tasted and rated earlier tonight, this beer is fairly simple in its taste, not changing much at all from first sip through to the aftertaste. I will make an educated guess and say that the ABV is likely about 7.0%

M Little to no carbonation. This has the feel of a thick, alcoholic punch.

D Good. I could have many of these.

Notes: A bit simplistic in its taste spectrum, this is a welcome taste to the Cleveland market and certainly the national market. I would not be surprised to see excellent things coming from Indigo Imp in the future. Great start guys!

adamette, May 08, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.41/5  rDev +18%
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.

hosehead83, Jul 28, 2013
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Jester from Indigo Imp Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.