Hockhocking
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #462
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,700
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.9%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
54
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  0
Gots
  6
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Blend of 3 mixed-fermentation saisons aged in wine barrels.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bobv:
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bobv from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a very slightly hazy, light golden yellow body with minimal lacing. Nose of citrus, white wine, slate, flint, hay, slight oak, and ever so slight funk. IMO it's closer to an American Wild Ale for style. Taste of citrus, white wine, and oak. Mouthfeel is good for a Saison, but real good for an American Wild Ale. Overall my first Saison or American Wild Ale from these guys and I'm pretty impressed. Cheers!

Aug 07, 2017
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy sunshine color with a white head that dissipates quickly per the style. Tart fruity aromas of white wine and orange peel dominate the nose.

Those aromas translate well to the taste, and there’s a nice chamomile flavor, too. This is really well-executed.

May 29, 2019
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DougT from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 24, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hockhocking from Jackie O’s Brewing. Received on 21/9/20 from Craftshack, San Diego, CA, for $ 22.49 (Including shipping) for 16.9 oz ($1.33/oz). Brown bottle stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 20/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle dated “2017”. Served at 49.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54.5 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour - Begins nearly colorless and clear, with only the faintest yellow hue.
Body – Pale straw (SRM 2), clear. When rear-lite, same. A lot of sediment occurs in the bottom of the bottle (a 500 mL wine bottle), but this remains packed through the first pour.
Head – Tiny (Maximum 1.3 cm, aggressive center pour), off white and fizzy, low density, short retention, diminishing to leave only a 0.15 mm ring of bubbles.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Weak grape and some acetic acid with a touch of Brettanomyces funk. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins slightly sour with acetic acid predominating. Some transitory grape flavors occur. No malt per se, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (6.5% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric warming does not occur. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends with a bit of lactic acid.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Pretty good saison – not too funky and not too sour. A bit of the grape remains and both the acetic and lactic acids are well-balanced with the thicker body.

Jun 20, 2021
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aasher from Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apr 19, 2019
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elNopalero from California

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mixed fermentation saison. Total curiosity pick. No idea what to expect.
Pours a straw gold, bright, with light foam. Lots of life left in the glass. Some funk, wet hay and horse blanket on the nose. It’s tart, with some floral funk on the palate, a bite of green apple, and a thin finish. I drank this about six months after purchase, but it dates back from a few years (There’s information about a festival in 2017 on the label, but no actual bottled date), so I wonder if I sat on it too long.

Jun 29, 2020
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jp32 from Michigan

4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 21, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle, 2017 release. Served in a MadTree Teku, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, white grapes/wine, earthiness, oak, lemon, lime and some peppery spice. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some funk and stonefruit flavors too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's tart, refreshing and easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good, enjoyable brew. Glad I picked this one up, certainly worth a try. $17.99 a bottle.

Jul 29, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 2017 into the test glass
A - Exceptional clarity, light straw color, aggressive carbonation feeds a two finger cap of pure white.
S - Lite toast oak, a bit of wine barrel, lemongrass, summer grains, and a hint of green grape skin
T - Delicate with, lemon zest, again the green grape skin, a kiss of funk
M - A bit prickly, the carbonation has everything moving, semi - tart start, then things balance out, culminating with a clean bright finish
O - A delightful in every aspect Saison/Wild worth seeking out

Jan 08, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 04, 2017
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Brew33 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 29, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apr 21, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle. Clear yellow. Smells of corn, a little lemon, light wine. Tastes of white wine, much stronger than the nose. Again, some corn. Yeasty with some lemon tartness. A touch of bitterness. Light body. Tastes a little oxidized, too. Meh.

Jul 08, 2017
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jeffthepony from Georgia

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 17, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.6oz bottle poured into a tulip; I don't have a precice bottling date but know it was spring, 2017
A: Hazy goldenrod color with a 1.5 finger head
S: Quite sour with lemon, herbs/spice and some wheat (again all sour)
T: This is ... not good. Puckeringly sour followed by unpleasant spoiled wheat and I don't even know what else...
M: Light-bodied, sour, something undrinkable about it
O: I don't know where to start. Great brewer, great cause, perhaps this bottle got spoiled somehow but this ended up a drain pour which is a first for me for Jackie O's. Usually everything they release is fantastic. I'd love to try another bottle fresh off the line if this is ever brewed again yet at the end of the day while nothing quite comes across as flawed, it's just on my scale not a good beer

Jul 17, 2017
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2017
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nataku00 from California

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 12, 2018
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superspak from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/straw yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, apricot, green apple, white wine, oak, vanilla, pepper, hay, straw, herbal, grass, leather, wheat, cracker, slight white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, apricot, green apple, white wine, oak, vanilla, pepper, hay, straw, herbal, grass, leather, wheat, cracker, slight white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, mango, melon, pineapple, apricot, green apple, white wine, oak, vanilla, pepper, hay, straw, herbal, grass, leather, wheat, cracker, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and grainy/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is an awesome wild saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast, oak barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing the drink with the modestly tart/tannic/drying finish. Wonderful well developed Brett complexity; with perfectly balanced wine/oak barrel and malt flavors. A highly enjoyable and very impressive offering.

Jul 15, 2017
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 04, 2017
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2017
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 23, 2017
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beergorrilla from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2017
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RebornStussy from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 27, 2017
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 30, 2017
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 07, 2017
Hockhocking from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 54 ratings