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Matriarch | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,526
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
170
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
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32
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by DeFaz:
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I have a lot of ambition to get down to Athens for a visit to Jackie-Os, but haven't yet made the trip from C-bus. I have heard a lot about their beers, but this one was the first I've tried (purchased at their initial bottling by JaBier, so thanks to him!). And I give this beer the benefit of the doubt - I think it is probably a very good beer, but my example was not a sterling example of great beer. I split this bottle with SurlySober, who mentioned that the cap came off pretty easily, and my guess is there are still some quality control issues to be worked out. This beer smelled and tasted pretty decent, but had no head and was very flat. Appearance was thick and viscous, with a gold/straw color. Carbonation was nowhere to be found. Aroma was hoppy and mildly sweet, but not overpowering. Flavor was a little cloying and hoppy, and lightly citrusy. Mouthfeel was pretty disappointing, owing to lack of zip in the carbonation department. I'd like to try this beer at the brew-pub and think it would be great on cask. I'll rewrite this review then.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze to it. Forms a thin white head but has really low carbonation. Head disappears and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is great, strong bright, amarillo hopish aroma with some sweetness in there.

Beer is overly sweet though. The sweetness is followed by a strong bitterness. It finishes nicely, rounding out all the flavors nicely. No aftertaste to speak of. I wish the sweetness and the bitterness were more connected but overall this is a good double IPA, much better than others I've had recently.

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Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Jackie O's public house, adjacent to the brewpub. Served in a standard pint glass.

The Matriarch pours about as beautifully as a IIPA can pour--clear, golden-copper body with a sizable head of off-white bubbles. The foam hardly retreats as the beer level drops, and clings to the sides of the pint glass draping thick sheets of lacing. The aroma of this beer almost knocked me off my barstool--think Bell's Hopslam without the honey sweetness. Huge notes of floral, piny hops that literally intoxicate the senses. Traces of caramel and pale malts add enough balance, but the aromatic highlight is clearly on the Lupulin side of things.

The flavor mirrors what the aroma advertises with a hefty bitterness of pine resin and grapefruit peel. The malts are more pronounced, and add a caramel-toffee sweetness that blends well with the hoppy onslaught. Body is chewy and thick, with a low carbonation level and a smooth, albeit bitter finish with a quick flash of booze. Quite drinkable for the style, but the bitterness does wear down the tastebuds a bit in the end. Absolutely delicious...this beer is making me reconsider changing my favorite style back to "Imperial IPA". Jackie O's rarely misses, and the Matriarch is a bulls-eye.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of schoolboy
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Where was Jackie O's when I went to OU? (answer - not goin g to exist for a few decades). I would not have been able to afford this stuff anyway, it would have cut too heavily into the partying budget.

This beauty is just that, beautiful. It's very yellow for such a huge IPA and has just the right head. Very pretty in the glass. The aroma is surprisingly subdued, but dank in a little way. A refined dank. Similarly, the taste is very refined. Not overly bitter or overly sweet. Goldilocks. Consequently, it goes down like a lite beer (almost). You know there is a lot of alcohol, but it feels easy drinking. I guess I'll drink the half growler this afternoon. Maybe a nap will ensue.

Highly recommended as a smooth, huge IPA. Matriarch indeed.

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Photo of falcon1
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of rydev24
3.91/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 22 brown bomber into an Imperial pint glass. Picked this up at the first bottle release and am just getting around to sampling it. Bottle 11/30/2009. Bottle 11/156.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of white head. This settles to a few spotty islands of foam leaving some lacing. The beer itself is the color of honey with just a slight chill haze. Some particulate matter.

Smell: Spicy hop aromas of pine and flowers. Very resinous.

Taste: Spicy upfront, with the flavors of dry hopping; grapefruit, citrus, and pineapple. Slight bready malt backbone. Bitter and long lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is very good, thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Jackie O's. I would certainly have another of these, but Brad makes so many different styles, it is hard to revisit ones I have had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

orange tinted amber came out of the can and splashed and poured a huge three inch head of white foam that stuck to the side with incredible lacing and a formidable amount of foam. Tons of carbonation was streaming up to the surface throughout the session. Aroma was grapefruit and pineapple heaven. Not piercing bitter, rather totally sweet and fruity and mellow. Wonderful balance of aroma and completely fresh. Really well done. Each sip followed suit as the hops were dripping with freshness and ripe citrus flavor. Touches of sweetness balancing it out nicely as even in the final sips I was pickin up hints of buttery and biscuit like notes before a rich and dry grapefruit finish

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Photo of HopHead84
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 84/156. Much thanks to the estimable rhinos00 for his generosity. Received this newly bottled beer as an extra in a recent trade with him. Bottled on 11/30/2009, consumed on 12/12/2009, and poured into a snifter. The beer pours dark orange, crowned with a frothy white head.

The nose is outstanding. It's an excellent blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Notes of orange pith, grapefruit and grapefruit peel, passion fruit, mango, and pine resin are evident. There's a distinct papaya quality that reminds me a bit of Ballast Point's Sculpin. The hops are explosive. The malt is faint and crackery beneath the hop onslaught. Wow, where's the 4.75 button?

The flavor has a high level of bitterness and a prodigious amount of hop flavor. Bitter grapefruit, orange pith, pine resin, papaya. This beer is an absolute palate destroyer with the combined attack of bitterness and desiccation. My mouth is purged of moisture and what now resides there is some form of hop familiar that allows no respite from the bitterness. Alcohol is formidable, but this is an 8.5% DIPA, and the hop flavor is there to back it up. Malt provides no sweetness. The finish is an unremitting barrage of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, pine, and dry bitterness. Carbonation is at a moderate level.

In conclusion, this was a pleasant surprise. This beer is a top notch DIPA. If you try this fresh you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-I really like the body to this one. A nice uniformly foggy medium amber colored DIPA. Unfortunately the off-white head pretty much immediately fades to a thin collar and no lacing is left behind.

S- Though somewhat faded the nose still packs a pretty good punch. Lots of citrus tones, earthy hops, and a big caramel malt backbone. A hint of pine comes through as well.

T-Caramel malt is the main character with accents of citrus. Just a hint of pine comes through for the finish. Minimal hop aftertaste.

M-Great. Smooth and oily with high and prickly carbonation-medium weight body.

D- Given that this was bottled in November you can tell that the hops have faded a bit but there's still a lot of flavor left in this brew. It would be optimal if I tried it fresh when the hop profile was probably a lot brighter. Still though-a very well put together, smooth, oily DIPA full of flavor.

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Photo of csmiley
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 66/156

A - Color ranges from dark gold to light amber from the bottom to top of the glass. Seems to be on the lighter side for a Double IPA. The mostly white head tops out at just under half inch and doesn't stick around for very long. Average amount of lace stays behind in the glass. It has a refreshing look overall which can be dangerous for this particular style.

S - Tons of orange and mango hit the nose first. Hints of bitter citrus follow around the middle somewhere. Think pink grapefruit. The aroma is very juicy overall. Grassy toward the end with a touch caramel and bread in a distant background. Alcohol is completely hidden in the aroma.

T - It starts out with some pretty big fruit flavors. Orange is a little more tame in the flavor which allows more grapefruit and lemon to come through. The bitter and sweet balance in the fruitiness is quite nice. This is the approximate point in which the palate gets manhandled by bitterness - in a good way. Plenty of pine and grass to go around as well. There is a solid malt base in this beer but it stays out of the way in the flavor. There might be some bread on the end but anything past that bitter "point of no return" is really tough to pick out. Alcohol is hidden well in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied for the style. Carbonation is relatively light and works really well for this one. It starts out very smooth and creamy and finishes dry and bitter.

D - Drinkability is very good for the Matriarch. It's a big juicy Double IPA and that works well with me. The flavor has a couple different distinct layers that give the right complexity. Alcohol is hidden a little too well which makes it go down quicker than expected. I would definitely have this one again if given the chance. Much appreciation to the brewer for the tasty concoction.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy golden orange color with a white colored head. Head has really retention and leaves a ton of lacing down the tulip.

S- Smells of a huge amount of hops mainy tropical. Smells a lot like their Mystic Mama IPA that I had before this one, just more potent.

T- Again just like the nose a ton of tropical fruit flavours mainly pineapple, orange and grapefruit. I really like the taste of this one.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- Of all their beers I've had this far this one is by far my favorite. A very solid example of the style and incredibly easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, left me wanting more.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.

Bottle 134 of 156. The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is orange and resiny hops. This is definitely a hop-forward beer. The flavor is heavy on the hops as well with a lot of resiny and pine notes. I don't get much citrus in the flavor, possibly because it is overpowered by the other hop flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RussianDragon for pointing out that I neglected to rate this. From my old school notes: 23 Jan 2010

Shared by the former drinkndrive. Thanks Devin!

The beer is golden orange with a small, soapy white head. Aromas of spicy malt, tropical fruit, booze. Bold and assertive flavor, with mango, pineapple. Resinous and full bodied, finishing with alcoholic warmth. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Morey
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Matriarch is a bright dark orange in color, translucent, and somehow simultaneously heavy and light in the body. The creamy crown of light tan head drops creamy legging that spreads all over the glass.
This beer's aroma is big, to say the least. honey, pine, citrus, mint, and light pith balance off of lots of malts that keep it from being too harsh. It's balanced, yes, but this beer is absolutely loaded with hops.
The taste is the same with a little more bite, a touch of a slightly more peppery quality, and a light boozy note on the end.
This beer has a crisp feel, and while it's on the drier side it's juicy. It's got a medium body and lots of depth as the dryness and juiciness mingle, crispness keeps its bite, and it's still smooth all the way through.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 3/7/2010. Bottle thanks to alexsdad06, #102/156 (bottled 11/30/09). Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, grassy hops, tropical fruits, caramel malt. Flavor of grapefruit, bitter hops, citrus, tropical fruits. Nice sweet fruity notes along with bitter, citrusy hops. Great beer from an up-and-coming brewery!

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Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 170 ratings