Morning Cloak
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,230
Ranked #27,767
3.81 | pDev: 9.45%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean, hop forward aroma. Pours a clear, pale straw color with a white head. Light bodied, a touch of malt sweetness, then tropical fruit and bright fruity hop notes fading to a mild bitter finish. A little simple, but a nice easy drinking session beer.

Feb 26, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can dated 2-2-17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a dark copper gold with 1 finger just off white carbonation that recedes quickly. Lots of carbonation sticking to the sides of the glass. Modest retention, excellent lacing. Beautiful can art.

S: I am pleasantly surprised here. Very much the new wave floral and resin hops but with a touch more tropical-ish citrus. Mandarin oranges, but dry.

T: yeah, hopwater. Bone dry Resiny arrival. Crisp middle turning to a lingering piney finish.

M: thin, well-carbonated, and refreshing. Some lingering slickness, surprisingly.

O: I am really getting into the session IPA thing, and have found two or three I like, but this one lags a little behind those on account of taste and texture. Aroma and appearance are spot on for this though.

Apr 23, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper-gold with a big creamy head that makes it look bigger than 4.5%. Nose is orange rind with a touch of pine rounding it out. Fresh and clean, and again, by for a 4.5% beer. Taste is where it lets down. Watery. However, it a very clean and has a nice lingering bitterness. IMHO, the would be a great hot summer beer vs a spring seasonal.

Mar 19, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden yellow with a decent bit of haze. Soapy half finger of head. Minimal lacing. 4/5

Smell: Canned over four months ago, but wow -- potent. Very fresh smelling piney, dank hops. Not much else to say. Modet floral and citrus characteristics at best ... mostly piney, raw hops. 4/5

Taste: Follows the nose. Resinous hops all over the place with a sticky and bitter finish with just a little bit of malty sweetness. Not a ton of depth, but the raw hop flavor is delicious. 4.25/5

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Works perfectly well with the style. 4.5/5

Well done. A little unbalanced/on the bitter side, but it's about what I'd expect from a Light IPA. Not my favorite style, but I can respect what was done here.


Jul 01, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 3/2/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, apricot, citrus rind, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pineapple, apricot, citrus rind, pine, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a touch of haziness and a clear white foamy head. Aroma is grassy with I bit of pineapple core. Flavor is light and fresh, has notes of grassy citrus. Very earthy but fresh at the same time. Almost like a light saison. Overall this is a solid beer.

Mar 25, 2016
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glass_house from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid apa. Nothing exceptional, but solid. I got mostly grassy pine with subtle citrus highlights in the taste. Light-bodied and crisp with lively carbonation. Finishes clean and slightly dry. Not enough complexity in the hop profile to be considered great, but there's plenty going on to keep it interesting for such a low abv pale.

Mar 24, 2016
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GregA135 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slight hazy straw yellow color with a white head
Smells of citrus, lemon, a bit of a grass and hops
I thought this beer tasted amazing! Definitely got hints of lemon, citrus and grapefruit
Medium body and carbonation, some earthy qualities and very crisp.
Honestly felt more like an IPA than a Pale Ale - very refreshing and drinkable

Mar 22, 2016
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can was poured into a Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Light citrus and herbal hops followed by biscuity, cracker, wheaty, and pale malts.

Taste: I pick up some lemon, grapefruit, citrus, and herbal hop flavor followed by biscuity, cracker, wheaty, and pale malts. Light light bitternessand chewy notes in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, refreshing, medium carbonation, light bitterness, light chewiness, crushable, delicious, and smooth.


Mar 21, 2016
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Smk54 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip glass. Straw colored with slight haze. Moderate white head that dissipated quickly to moderate lacing. Light pine notes. Hops are there. Smooth mouthfeel. Again, hops are present but not overwhelming. Chewy body.
This is a solid APA with hop presence. Very drinkable. Overall a very solid beer!

Mar 05, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours light straw yellow in color. Aroma of floral hops with a touch of citrus. The flavor begins with a nice hoppy flavor that applies itself to the tastebuds in one quick burst. It finishes very clean and has a cracker-like aftertaste. It's mouthfeel is paper-thin, but I suppose thats okay for a beer of this style.

Mar 04, 2016
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timmy2b from New York

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a standard pint glass. Very clear golden color when poured with a single finger head of white foam. Scent is large of citrus but the flavor does not have the same amount of citrus. Grapefruit and some orange present in the taste, but very light almost wheat beer like. Light in the Feel and easy to sip on. Light and drinkable so overall a mid range drinking beer.

Mar 02, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned 2/4/2016. Consumed a little over 3 weeks later in a snifter glass.

Pours a clear light copper-golden body, two finger white head, good retention, plenty of lacing. Smells of dank resin, grainy cereal, leafy and slightly herbal. Flavour is lightly pungent herb, resin, maybe a slight bit of lemon and citrus, appropriately grainy sweetness, touch of caramel, finishing with a slightly dank resin. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, enough depth, good carbonation, very drinkable. A tasty session pale ale, drinks nicely and easily, won't knock your socks off but it would be a good fridge staple pale ale.

Feb 27, 2016
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly foggy, but predominantly clear urine yellow color with a soapy bright white head. Decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is fairly muted. Not much in the way of grains. The hops are fairly green.

Pretty hoppy. Grassy and lemon rinds. Not much here in the way of malts. Pretty watery with a very faint cracker flavor. Pretty dry and crisp.

This is more of a session IPA than a pale ale to me. A lot of hop flavor for a low ABV if that is your thing. Good beer, but would rather see this one out in the summer

Feb 21, 2016
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Bonkinishwa from Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery - Morning Cloak. 4.5% ABV. 12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 2/3/16.

Look: Settles a bright translucent lemon yellow, with a half finger sized white bubbly head.

Smell: Some floral hops and citrus characteristics, such as orange peel and lemon zest, but also has a grassy, wheat aroma backing everything.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, good amount of carbonation to it.

Taste: Starts off with bitter floral hops and grassy wheat, including a slight resin taste. Near the backend, some slight citrus flavors appear, like the orange peel, lemon zest, and grapefruit.

Overall: Quite a sessionable Pale Ale with good hop presence, leaning more toward the herbal side rather than fruit. Finishes crisp and dry with a bitter wheat aftertaste.

Feb 15, 2016
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AC-Mivsek from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a translucent bright yellow, tall thin white head.
S- Herbal hops, grassy, solid bready malt backbone provides a bit of sweetness
T- Closely follows the nose, herbal and citrus hops up front, followed by a nice earthy quality.
M- Medium body, slightly oily, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, easily drinkable.
O- This isn't the greatest or most hoppy APA I've had, but it is pretty great for what it is. This would make a perfect spring beer. Easy drinking, flowery and earthy, provides a nice bit of hops without crossing into bitterness.

Feb 14, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a style I dislike from a brewer I love. I don't like dry, hoppy session ales. I miss the malt taste. But Jackie O's is one of my favorites.

This one is nice in the glass. Not too foamy, but fine bubbles and nice yellow color. The aroma is great. It smells like a couple finishing hops working in concert.

The taste is dry and hoppy, but it has an interesting hops flavors. Yes, malts are missing, but it is still compelling.

This brew would be a great way to start the day. It wouldn't even feel too decadent unless you had three or more. I might try that on vacation some time (I used to sometimes do it when I lived in Athens in the 70's). Morning Cloak is the name, after all. Highly recommended.

Feb 13, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

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

Canned on 2/3/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with a subtle haze; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and some lacing. The aromas are very nice. Lots of citrus. Ripe grapefruit is there with some subtle cracker notes. The flavors are very clean and crisp. More grapefruit and orange along with hints of lemon and lime zest. Some cracker notes are in the mix. Slightly sweet. Hints of pine as well. Solid bitterness for such a small beer. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light with active carbonation. Extremely smooth and very drinkable.

This is a very nice "Session IPA". Nice hop profile and it's extremely refreshing. If you're looking for a hoppy brew with a lower ABV, this is definitely worth checking out. Enjoyable stuff.

Feb 12, 2016
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zimm421 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a week old can into a pint glass. Appears a perfectly clear golden color with a nice white head. The nose is nicely hoppy with a touch of citrus coming through, along with a touch of malt sweetness. The taste is grainy, with a malty finish, balanced with good hoppiness in the middle There's a bit of citrus and pine. Overall, it's a decent session IPA, but is a touch thin and a little too grainy for my tastes.

Feb 12, 2016
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GOBLIN from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice session ipa. Dare I say one of the few session ipa's that has a nice glow about it. Pleasant aromas to go along with a crisp, hoppy dandelion taste. Pretty good . . . Go ahead and can this one guys.

Apr 17, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good-looking brew, clearly unfiltered as even the pale, almost pastel color is clouded, though it clears up somewhat and shows some brightness. The head is pure white, fluffy and soapy. It's got a softness to it that also proves to be quite strong. It holds up a full finger pretty well through the session, and the lacing that's dropped behind it is patchy and in good quantity.
This is a very nicely hopped session beer, both in bitterness considering the (technical) style and how lightly hopped a beer of this ABV tends to be and the overall bouquet/flavor. There's a ghost of something almost cat-like, maybe a touch acidic, which isn't bad and really only shows up in any real way in the aroma. I wonder if Simcoe is used at all or if Citra and sometimes produce something like that. Regardless, I don't find it to detract much at all. Munich malts are well used just for balance, adding a nice, soft malty sweetness and a bit of grainy character. Overall, though, it's semi-dry, as the hops and the wheat add a bit of cracker/bread as well as bitterness. The aroma and flavor really shine with hops, thouh, as lots of citrus comes out, lightly pithy. Notes of some fresh grapefruit as well as rind make for a brighter, zesty sort of bitterness. It finishes out with a bit of lingering floral character. For such a sessionable beer to be so flavorful makes it a pleasure to drink several of these in a row pretty easily.
This beer flows on the tongue with tight carbonation and an easy smoothness with a brightness all through and zippy crispness from front to end.

Apr 25, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH.

Pours a light yellow, with a one inch head and not much lacing.

Smells a bit catty, with some underlying citrus flavors.

The taste is a bit similar, and shows one of the typical downfalls of all Citra-hopped beers. Sort a grainy, catty flavor overtakes the proceedings, and is not all that pleasant. There is a small amount of bitterness, with some mild pine and citrus.

Light bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Not all that drinkable due to off flavors.

Probably the least of the new beers I tried this weekend.

Apr 14, 2014
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DeFaz from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Chappy's in Moraine. This is one of the less impressive offerings from Jackie O's, but yet it is quite drinkable. There's a balanced mix between hops and wheat, and there are flavors of grapefruit and citrus. The mouthfeel is light to medium, making it drinkable for a spring day, and the carbonation is moderate. Someone who enjoys this style may like it a bit more (I was expecting a more hoppy beer, and that's not at all what I got). It's a decent choice for a session spring ale, but probably not one that I will make again.

Apr 08, 2014
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