Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #29
Ranked #27,208
3.81 | pDev: 10.24%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 397 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cfh64 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Sep 29, 2013
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/23/2015. Pokal goblet. Canned on date: 11-18-14.

Appearance: Pours a super dark brown with a tan, foamy cap. Remarkably dark, with a little light penetrating at the edges. No bad retention, but not great either. Some lacing.

Aroma: SWEET and roasty. Really inviting smell. A little two-dimensional.

Taste: Not as sweet as on the nose. Slightly tart across mid-palate. Firm roast, but not porter-esque. Right in the middle of the brown ale spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light, good, but not overpowering carbonation.

Overall: A little simple; I want to like it more, but there's not a lot of oomph there. I'd buy it again for the sake of local pride, but it's not a favorite brown.

May 06, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Big frothy and cascading tan colored to yellow looking head, tall as four solid fingers with some good sized small bubbles. Classic ruby tones in the body, with mahogany brown and a slight red shiny edge. Very nice looking brown ale!

Really digging this aroma too. There's a honey sweetness but it's also bringing out some great strawberry to raspberry like fruity qualities. Hints of light milky to vanilla cream action as well. Minimal toasty notes as well, with a bit of complexity and great balance. Lots to enjoy here on the nose.

Palate goes back to basics. Solid mix of dark malts with hints of nutty flavors almost creamy hazelnut, but matches some peppery char also. Very light silky tones mixing with a good fruit flavor of honey and herbs. Aftertaste is a little milky flavored, with a sense of light raspberry and milk chocolate.

Very nice brown ale!

May 04, 2019
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stewart124 from Ohio

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

On tap at Casa Nueva in Athens, Ohio.

Brown with some reddish hues. Nice amount of tan head atop.

Nose has a handful of roasted charters and some nuttiness thrown in with a spicy hop aroma.

Plenty of bread characters with a nice roasted note that takes charge of the overall feel without overpowering or taking away from the brown ale. Some bold noble hop notes but there is just something about the roasted character that keeps bringing me back. Maybe its a tobacco note or something that really drives this.

Nice English brown ale. Not as sweet as I would expect an English style to showcase but really nothing wrong with this.

Jul 13, 2012
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DavidHume from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Feb 04, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A huge CANQuest (TM) note of thanks to Uncle JedI and PurpleHatJoan for dropping several CANs on me during their recent, all too brief visit to Lancaster, PA! Let's face it, Jackie O's is near-legendary, if not full-on legendary and I do not know how long it might have taken me to get these CANs otherwise.

From the CAN: "sustainably crafted with purpose"; "brown ale brewed with wildflower honey"; "Design by Kevin Morgan Studio Illustration by Bryn Perrott"; "Brewed in honor of Brian Oestrike's May 23, 2007 Mt. Everest Summit".

Hoo hah! The Crack! awoke Kong King Chomolungma with its loudness, setting off an avalanche in which we hid in the same crevasse to escape its wrath. Ol' Boy was looking at me with all four of his eyes until I inverted him and began a heavy-handed Glug. It didn't help matter that he was another craft brimful CAN, but I got him upturned all the same. The pseudo-cascade was quick to subside, creating a dense finger of light-tan head as its result. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing only minimal light penetration at the edges. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, roasted peanuts, fudge. It reminded me of my late-Pops' favorite ice cream - Rocky Road! Mouthfeel was big, full, and creamy and the flavors melded together so nicely that it could have been Rocky Road or a liquified Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but either way, it was totally evocative of my late Old Man. He really got sent by the chocolate/peanut butter combo and went for Tastykake Peanut Butter TandyTakes as well. Chomolungma was not really happy with the way I was describing him, so I began to back away and make my way up and out of the crevasse. The finish left me with notes of leather, smoke and more of that choco-nut flavor that had been its trademark throughout. No wonder Jackie O's has the solid, stellar rep that they do, if this is indicative of their beers. I am a self-avowed hophead and yet, I REALLY want more of this one, especially on Saturday, 01 Feb, for the annual Hula in the Coola Day!

Jan 30, 2014
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sep 11, 2015
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movingtrain from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up this weekend in Athens at Ohio Brew Week...had it on tap, and brought a growler home.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A small head forms on top, but clings well to the sides of the glass.

Up front in the aroma are raisins, honey, almond, chocolate, coffee, and charred oak. Some fruity notes, as well...smoke, and soy sauce undertones.

For a brown ale, this one has some really good flavor. First off, there are notes of charred oak and coffee. Some caramel, chocolate malts, and a little hoppy bite.

The mouthfeel is rather thin, given the darkness of the beer. It floats easily across the palate, and builds in flavor with each sip.

This is a very drinkable, tasty rendition of the style. One worth drinking, and even seeking out.

Jul 14, 2010
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apasternak from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 01, 2014
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jp32 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, extremely dark brown in color, some auburn hues shine through when held to the light. Minimal head layer. Aroma is sweet and simple.

The flavor profile is nice and specifically well-rounded for an ale of its style. Earthy and hoppy yet still keeping a sweet, simple malt flavor profile with a mouthfeel that is dryer than most of its peers.

English porter? Baltic porter? It seems like theres a little more going on in the glass than the can led on.

Mar 26, 2015
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Jeffrey2310 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

Dec 31, 2013
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ej285701 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

Nov 14, 2011
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srgj88 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 07, 2013
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2beerdogs from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 23, 2013
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kyle86 from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jul 02, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Robust and masculine, this unique Brown Ale borrows the charm of English Brown Ales, the hops, alcohol and dryness of American Brown Ales, but a savory and fruity tone from Bockbiers for a highly characterful ale while retaining superb drinkability.

Chomolungma kicks things off with a dark "bark" brown color and enough of a haze to diffuse all light, except at the extreme egdes. Its dainty and light khaki head is creamy and dense as it blankets the surface early but holds firm with a coffee creme status late. Its speckles the glass with lace with each swirl and sip.

Its tall-dark-handsome character doesn't stop there- the nose is chocked full of heavy toast, bold coffee, dark chocolate, walnuts, dark fruit, savory burnt caramel, and a bready pound cake-type of breadiness. A pep of alcohol provides a peppery and brandy-like note to reside just behind the malty scents.

Its rich taste is laced with malt sweetness and char to lead- over-cooked caramel, bittersweet chocolate, nutty Columbian coffee, roasted walnuts, and a generally toasted tone defines the beer from sip to finish. But sultry ester tones of grape, plumb and raisin peak through in its brandy-like tone; coupled with alcohol, the vinous side of this Brown really comes through. Then as you think the taste has come to a close, comes a moderately resinous bitterness of wood and stem.

Its robust taste makes its texture want to register heavier to the palate, but its supple creaminess gives a silky, vanilla-like smoothness to the initial mouthfeel. And as the ale traverses across the palate, it lightens and dries consistently for a warm and semi-dry finish.

Even with its honey infusion, much of that floral nature gets covered up by malt and alcohol complexities, as its sweetness is well attenuated for dryness. But after that first sip, we don't care about the honey. We favor the taste that's most present in the ale- and those are effortless and complex.

Oct 24, 2013
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BeerMeBro720 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5%

Sep 19, 2014
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psmith161 from Indiana

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

Jul 21, 2015
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Fabiand from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 26, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy brownish/red color with about a half inch light tan head. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and nutty, the brew also smells like toasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and honey. It tastes like nuts, toasted malt, wood, honey, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. It's one of the better brown ales I've had, glad I bought a sixer of this! $8.99 a 6-pack.

Jun 29, 2013
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GreenEggsHam1 from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 19, 2014
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kjrod20 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 18, 2014
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JothHu from Alabama

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mar 23, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can gifted to me by boisebeerguy85... Thanks Rich... I appreciate it!! Pours with a nice 3/4" dark tan head... great retention and nice lacing.. the brew is hazed dark brown... looks pretty turbid.

Dry cocoa and roasty malt... just enough malty sweetness to make this one really jump up and kiss the olfactory system.

Flavor has a mild dark fruitiness that moves immediately into the dusty cocoa and light raisin... With warmth a pretty pronounced nuttiness rises up.. dark toast with a hint of what I associate with "Tootsie Roll"...

Body is medium with a lighter small bubble carbonation... Very drinkable.. but certainly something one could sit and ponder for a while... I like it.

Surprised anyone is calling this "English".. It is definitely a big boned brown ale, but 'Murica has it's stamp all over this brew.


Jan 24, 2014
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craftbeerasian from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

May 17, 2014
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