Mystic Mama | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

very good
131 Reviews
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 WoodBrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mystic Mama is very....very good and well worth the try. The beer pours a slightly hazy golden with white head that laced all the way down the glass....LUV IT!!! The scent is a wee heavy on the pine with hints of citrus. The taste is well balanced through the drink but finishes bitter...but leave the pallet easy. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it is awesome.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine, resin. Taste is the same as the smell, also some hints of grapefruit, dry at the finish. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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

A deep golden orange pour with a thick head that dissipates quickly into nice lacing. Smells of citrus and strong hops. Taste has a grapefruity bitterness. It drinks very smooth. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, stamped 7-20-15, so less than a month old. brought back from my trip to Toledo

clear bright golden color, big foamy white head. nice aroma, a bit fruity. taste is nice and flavorful - citrus, a touch of pine, just a touch of malt. not bitter. lingering aftertaste. medium body, coats the mouth.

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Photo of Buck89
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass. Nice light amber color with generous head that stayed a while. Smell full of citrus and pine. Taste was bracingly bitter with grapefruit but then a strong grassy presence that I could not shake. Balanced malt and dry. Overall a nice IPA but not suited for my palate.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can from Kain05 (thanks man!). No apparent canning date. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy pale orange with three fingers of pale head. The bubbles linger before receding to a healthy ring that leaves some decent sized clumps of lace.

The dankish aroma features notes of oranges, flower petals and a hint of sweetness.

The flavor opens up and seems more vibrant than the nose. Orangey citrus, dank pine, grapefruit rinds, pepper, faint oniony floral note and a little bit of crackery malt. Some really good flavors that go down easily.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering, bitter, citrusy aftertaste with orange skins, earthy pine and some faint cracker.

While it might not be at the top of my list, Mystic Mama is a tasty and serviceable IPA. It presents an enjoyable hop assault without getting overly bitter.

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Photo of quaybr
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty beer with a substantial white head that sits around for a while. This thing smells ridiculously good: a floral and citrusy bouquet with minor hints of alcohol. Flavor mostly follows suit, but with malts coming through about halfway across the tongue. Mouthfeel is fine, but could be a little thicker.

Another great beer coming out of this brewery.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can served in a pint glass.

Pours a medium, opaque golden color with a 2 finger, frothy white head with nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops. Taste the same with a bit of bitterness.

Not an awesome ipa but a very good one. Worth the six pack.

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Photo of Seejae
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finest Ohio IPA from one of Ohio's finest breweries. The IBU count is somewhat shocking given the complexity and balance this beer still navigates with its malts. One of my all-time favorites.

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

Reviewed 3-13-15. Threshold Beer Glass. Canned on 1-7-15.

Appearance: My, how pale! Almost 2 inches of bright white head, frothy. Leaves a thin skim of retention. Nice lacing. Modest carbonation - slightly hazy gold.

Aroma: So hoppy it smells a little like gasoline, resiny.

Taste: Dry arrival. Clean, dry, bitter. Dry through and through, hoppy. Bitter finish. Malt? What malt? [Postscript: not fruity at all, just resiny, dank, grassy, somewhat piney, somewhat floral.]

Mouthfeel: Light, with modest carbonation. Perfect IPA.

Overall: Wow. This is a great IPA. Extremely hoppy, exceptionally refreshing. Could make this a regular. Very West Coast - light, hoppy, refreshing. [Postscript: I have since come to recognize the distinct smell and taste of Simcoe hops. This was a Simcoe beer, and I'm usually not a fan of Simcoe beers, though I liked it in this one.]

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #83 (Dec 2013):

“Brewed with a copious amount of pungent hops,” including Columbus, Warrior, Amarillo and Simcoe, all of which are showcased in an awesome array of aromas and flavors with a malty backbone to reign this hop-bomb in just a bit. Overall, a very solid and aggressive IPA in a can that won’t disappoint hopheads looking for their next fix.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%

LOOK: Light, golden, hazy, thick head

SMELL: Grapefruit, pineapple, grass, herbal, dan

TASTE: Chewy, sticky, resiny, grassy, piney, leafy, zesty, grapefruity, jammy, malty, bready, ashy

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw with minimal head; very light. Caramel, sugar and mild tropical fruit on the scent. Luckily things take a turn in the flavor. Mango, bitter grass, cane sugar, weed, pineapple, resin, and hints of pine.

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Photo of B_W
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into glass. Solid IPA with great mouthfeel and classic appearance. Nice lacing, somewhat musky aroma. The only thing keeping this from competing with the very best in the class is a finish that has a bit too much piney bitterness. Very good overall.

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

Pours honey yellow with a thin white head. Smells are of fruit. Taste is somewhat grapefruit with a nice hop finish, leans more to the hoppy side of things. There is mild carbonation. Overall, a nice IPA that is hop forward.

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Photo of PVMT
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time: Drank from a can dated 2/19/15 on 5/3/15. Second time: Drank from a can dated 7/6/15 (on 7/28/15).Freshness made all the difference as the "copious amount of pungent hops" really came through in the taste and the nose.

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

Description: Pale, golden and slightly hazy. No head but a little white lacing. Smell is sweet and fruity (mango, melon) and some dank notes. Not much bitterness. Taste is more muddled than the smell with some bitterness on the finish and a bit of grapefruit. Feel and carbonation are both a pretty standard medium.

Suggested food pairing: Pizza

If you like this beer then you should also try: Truth

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not drink it again) Slightly above average but nothing too special. JO's make some outstanding stouts/porters and I think that's where their strength is. If looking for an IPA, I would probably keep looking past this one.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review taken as soon as cans hit the shelves near the beginning of Fall 2014.

12 oz can with some pretty stunning artwork. I like Jackie O's and their style. Purple artwork of the mystic mama herself sitting on a black background. Poured into a Nonic style pint glass.

A - Hazy yellowish with a slight touch of golden yellow hue. It looks refreshing. Head pours decent and settles to a thin ring of lacing leave very good stick.

S - fruity and citric notes are what I picked out first. Passion fruit, tangerine, and even a whiff of kiwi. Pine resin note comes on faint with a touch of honeyed bread malt make up the backbone.

T - citrusy hops and a nice sweetness. Not quite as good as the nose, but still brings it's flavor across nicely. Citrus and somewhat dank resinous hops come run in between slightly sweet malt notes.

M - medium bodied and highly drinkable. A nice, refreshing feel to this. Texture is solid and it leaves it's flavor clinging to the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel that flows very well.

O - a very good beer from Jackie O's and one I will pick up again. This stuff tastes so fresh and it is just that considering Jackie O's is only about an hour away. Good stuff

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra. Three months old.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin head that fades to leave sudsy lacing.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, bitter hops, nothing particular special, pleasant though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, malts are more subdued, nice bitterness, faint remnants of tropical hops, finish is a bit bland.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, though slightly thin.

O - Overall this beer was nice, though probably a shell of what it should be. Tasty but should be better.

Serving type: can

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

Poured into the Speigelau from a 12oz canned on 2/19/15. Really fresh. Clear amber with a finger of loose, white head with ample lacing. Pungent hop notes, pine, mango, perhaps a bit of lemon/lime, and a nice, sticky resinous dank hint (bit of that savory funk). Juicy outright with big lemon and grapefruit coming in hard. Slightly too much bitterness for the sweetness of the malt in this one (but I'm splitting hairs)... overall tasty and crushable. Medium mouthfeel, with some of the danker notes lingering... well put together IPA. Nice head scratcher... Jackie O's still hasn't disappointed.

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

Had never had a beverage from this brewer before...i am impressed. A very flavorful and fragrant IPA which can compete with, but not surpass, similar beers in its class.

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Photo of Cjw1639
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Lagunitas Sucks and Brew Kettles White Rajah. Extremely fragrant with heavy citrus with some melon and passion fruit. Very bitter ending note. Malt is present but takes backstage to the hop profile

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrusy hops along with a moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of pine are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of visible carbonation.
O: There is nothing overly special about the taste of this beer but it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz canned poured into nonic pint canned 10 days ago

A: Dark yellow slightly orange hazy light pour so not much head

S: very piney resin a little fruit

T: Very resiny nice pine a little fruit nice bitterness a little sweet

M: Medium feel lots of hoppy aftertaste

O: This has some nice hop flavors not much fruit which I tend to associate with a west coast IPA but it's all about the hops in this one but it's not abrasive like Hoptimum or hop slam but it doesn't have near the alcohol either. This is a nice beer but it's not mind boggling.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a light orange, with a slight haze, finger of tight white head, good lacing

Smell is kiwi, papaya, green onion, a big dank resin, some zesty citrus, some nice herbal like notes.... Just a hop bomb

Taste is has plenty of those hops, tons of kiwi, huge coating resin, ton of piney bitterness, some of that earthy greenish onion but it works well. A small hit of malt in the back but not much

mouthfeel is resinous and coating, a little oily, very dry

Good stuff, way out of balance but certainly well made

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Photo of FogDishHead
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous hazy orange color. Smells like fresh citrus fruit, floral piney hops and some pineapple juice. Taste follows the nose - tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, finishes smooth with moderate bitterness. This beer is fantastic. One of my favorites.

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Mystic Mama from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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