Mystic Mama | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Mystic MamaMystic Mama

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ajm5108
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Vintage optics: Clear golden straw color, billowy head, strong carbonation. Aroma is very dry, viney and earthy, which isn't my personal preference. Smells like dry Simcoe pellets, maybe a little malt grain in the background. Taste is Simcoe heavy, lots of chalkiness, grass, hopcone. A tad vegetal. Needs more balance from other hop varietals. Mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale yellow, with a large white head. Head is light, fluffy, and large. It takes some time for it to fall back into the brew, and leaves behind heaps of spotted lacing. Lively carbonation can be seen quickly rising up to meet the beers surface. I smell pineapples, peaches, and sugar. The nose is not bitter at all, with the malt coalescing beautifully with hop aromas to smell like a tropical bowl of fruit. The flavor is grassy, pine, slightly cracker like. None of the fruit flavors the nose hinted at. Lightly bitter, but very one note for me. Right at the end, as the last of the brew washes down, you get a hint of lemon. The beer is light on the palate, and the carbonation is present, but never overbearing. The slight bitterness makes for a slightly dry beer, but not overly so. Overall a very well presented beer, but lacking in complexity for my tastes. A good beer to knock back with a few friends, but not one I'd want to drink alone.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired from mtanoury74 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, some citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a mild citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Hazy straw. Not clear enough to look filtered and not hazy enough to look unfiltered.

S: Lots of malt and bitterness. Tad soapy. Not digging it.

T: Certainly bitter. Not a helluva lot going on otherwise. First sensation is just carbonation and next is bitterness.

F: Tad watery.

O: I couldn't find a single distinguishing characteristic. It's too plain to really enjoy and too high ABV to session.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright, light yellow-gold, with a large bright white foam head and a clinging layer cake of lace.

Smell is lemon drop, eucalyptus, and a little bread.

Slightly bitter bite of light pine up front in taste, with some orange rind, slight dankness, and Spree.

Light and tangy yet fluffy.

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Photo of jp32
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep golden to copper in color. It is aggressively hopped and this resonates in both it's smell and flavor. Pungent, stingy, resiny, bitter, piney hops deliver a tongue lashing of hop flavor that sets this beer apart from many other IPAs you stack it up against. More of a west coast IPA with pizzazz in terms of style. An excellent offering from Jackie O's. This is one of my go-to beers.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber leaning towards straw yellow with a white head.

Smells of citrus, tropical fruit, and resinous pine.

Taste is tropical fruit - mango and star fruit - followed by citrus - orange and grapefruit. There is a slight hit of malt then a heavy resinous pine flavor. A solid IPA.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from Bayshore Beverage Sandusky.
Mostly clear deep yellow with a good sized bubbly white head that persists. Tangerine apricot pine and grapefruit rule the nose with a sweet bready malt deep underneath. The flavor is more pine and grapefruit than anything else. Bitter resinous drips off your tongue long after each sip. Bold tasty bitter IPA.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

There is a very promising nose with hints of pineapple that the taste never delivers. However, it is a crisp, clean, gently bitter beer that has a pleasant mouth feel. If the deliver some of the nose on the taste they will have a winner.

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Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed on June 27th, 2016 in a fancy-schmancy Teku glass. Poured from a can dated 4-28-16.

Pour is a pale golden yellow that looks darker and more cloudy once it settles. Spotty lace.

Smell is rough and raw; pine and asphalt with grace notes of lemon and grass.

Flavor is unsatisfactorily thin with all the brash, unrefined hop notes from the nose with nothing to balance them out. Massive bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a bit prickly but lacking in heft for such a bitter brew.

Overall, the lack of balance in this beer turned me off. Not a drain pour, but I don't think I'll be drinking this beer again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Light golden color with slight haze, two finger white head with good retention, soapy lace. Piney oniony hop aroma. Taste I'd definitely hop forward, combo of dank weed and earth onion, grapefruit peel, touch of melon and sweetness. Medium semi soft mouthfeel. Overall good IPA, would drink again.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass; nice golden color with one finger head. Hints on fruit and pine take the air. Initial taste is well balanced without a lot of "bite" from the hops. Settles very nice on the palate. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Mateo2699
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a golden hue, very clarified and clear. Not much haze going on. 1 finger white head and pretty mediocre lacing and stickiness.

Smell is interesting. Getting some onions initially, and pine in the back end. Not much fruitiness or tropical juices going on at all with the nose. Maybe some lemon grass and citrus.

Taste is pretty citra foward. Luckily not too much of the onion/garlic carried on with the taste. Besides the citrus of lemon and orange peel, getting some bitter grapefruit aspects as well.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Moderate to almost heavy carbonation. Very crisp and clean.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Clear in appearance, golden in color
Smell - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, grassy, slight onion notes
Taste - Pine and grapefruit lead the way
Feel - Very light, very drinkable.

Overall - Would be a great summer crusher!

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this while traveling, and had heard it was a good IPA. Drank from can, and the color and smell were very good for a can. The taste initially hit me as bitter, but then it seemed much less so as I drank. The body is good for an IPA, and this beer was very satisfying overall. I would recommend it.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head with a little lace. Color is a golden orange.

A bit of onion. The rest is fairly tropical. Gets better as it warms. Some grapefruit and papaya show. Bready malts.

Nothing crazy hoppy or crazy fruity, but decent.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a three finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is grapefruit peel, tangerine, and piney hops.

T - The taste starts with tangerine, grapefruit peel, and sweet bready malts. The sweetness fades with resinous hops giving a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice IPA with a nice mix of piney hops and tropical fruits. Definetly worth checking out.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can was an extra from a recent trade. Can appears to be dated in late December so this puppy is about 2 months old, bear that in mind. It was decent, considering the age would like to try it a but fresher...all in all a nice ipa, nothing to hunt down at 2 months old.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden orange color, white head, fades slowly to a full and lacing cap.

S - Lots of citrus, a definite pine aspect, and a bit of dankness to round out. Lovely.

T - Punchy pith, with grapefruit flesh underlying it, a mildly sweet middle hinting honey and malts, and a very bitter close, dancing close to overload, with mint highlights.

M - Spiky in the open, moderate carbonation, and slight numbing dryness in the close.

O - The nose and look are top. The taste lives up to the claim of copious hops. A burly mama, for sure, with lots of gusto.

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Photo of do_ob
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can into a New Belgium snifter. Transpartent, light gold in color with about 1.5 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Strong hops and dank pine resin on the nose with backing notes of sweet flowers and citrus. The taste follows suit quite well, as this one is filled with..."copious amounts of pungent hops". Yeah, sums it up pretty well. Pretty dank and resinous up front, but hits a couple sweet notes on the back end. Light weight, fairly creamy. Easy to drink. Yeah. Overall, this is a really good IPA. A little underrated at 88, in my opinion. For what it's worth, I think it tastes better straight from the can.

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Photo of Pauken
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice IPA and worth a try. Great varied hop profile here. Juicy, dank, bitter and piney. My only complaint is that the balance is slightly off. The bitterness takes too much away from the other flavors in the finish, and this is a guy who loves IBU's. Overall a solid beer but not as solid as their stouts.

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Photo of Geordielad
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - honey colored but a little dull. The smell is like wet leaves with some herbs - actually quite pleasant. Taste has hops, not too bitter and with hints of grapefruit perhaps. The negative is the feel in the mouth - it is thin somehow - really needs something like cheese, sausage or a piece of salami to pair with it. Then you get a complete feel. With food that has fat, it works for me. Even a veggie burger would work. (I cannot bring myself to try it with a salad. I know for me it would just not work.)
This is a really decent beer when paired appropriately, but as a stand alone beer somehow it doesn't quite make it. I will definitely buy again (for cookouts, meals etc.)

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, canned 08/27/15

L- Pale gold, great clarity, two finger white head.

S- Dank pine and light tropical notes, orange peel.

T- Some grass, grapefruit, pretty dry, little tropical, medium bitterness.

F- Lighter side of medium, good carbonation.

O- Nice dry IPA, good aroma.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 8/27:
Pours a nice, mostly clear light golden color. Head is white, grows nicely, and settles in good time to a medium ring with spotty surface coverage. Lacing is minimal.

Nose is a weird combination of vegetal and floral, a bit of onion is the main single note that escapes that combination. This would tend to foreshadow a lower score from me, but isn't too strong to get lower my expectations. Deeper whiffs do bring some grapefruit pith, and warmth strengthens this to almost removing the onion.

Feel is tending to dry, with light tickling carbonation. This feeds into flavors that match the nose pretty well. Clean malt lead the hops to the fore, again - herbal to vegetal, some onion early. The graprefruit pith I got in the nose struggles to come out, but never quite makes it, in my mind. Finish leaves a light coating on my tongue with this pour, lingering hop bitterness is nice.

I tried to find something to really praise in this beer, and there wasn't anything I could come up with. I tried to find what was wrong with this beer, and could come up with nothing but those things which were tied more to my own preferences. Overall, just a tad towards the onion side, and nothing exceptional makes this a nice, drinkable, wouldn't turn down and would even order again on occasion beer.

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Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great look and smell. Taste is good with juicy hops but then an unpleasant bitterness comes in. But I would mind drinking this daily but I still prefer hanger 24 Betty IPA a lot more

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