Mystic Mama | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Mattchamp189
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Starts a bit bland but finishes crisp and floral. Very hoppy with A- texture. A very good beer and although not a world class brew, it is as good of an IPA that you'll have easy access to.

Going to pick some more up.

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

Date: 11/2/14
Location: Received in trade from JSquire
Draught/Bottle: Can
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Gold in color with a thick persistent white head that has really nice retention that lasts over a minute. Nice cling and carbonation frothing when swirled in the glass.
Aroma: Citrusy with strong aromas of grapefruit and pineapple. Lots of rind from these fruits. Some hop bitterness. Biscuity, slightly buttery pale malts.
Taste: Tart citrus hops with the grapefruit and pineapple very pronounced. The hops have a very dry bitterness, that is much more intense in flavor than in aroma, that attaches itself to those rind flavors. Very biscuity buttery pale malts.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium high carbonation. The dryness of the beer is persistent well past the finish and requires sip after sip to quench that thirst.

Notes: Canned 9/30/14

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. Canned on 09/24/14

Appearance: Golden yellow with a hint of haze. Thin white head with plenty of persistent find strands, islands, and some small sheets of lacing.

Smell: Tropical fruit, hint of citrus.

Taste: Hoppy, but nicely balanced with some bready/biscuity malt. Fresh cut tropical fruit (papaya), citrus peel, and as the beer warms up, there is indeed something pungent at the finish. Maybe just a hint of onion. It kind of works though along with all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with light prickly carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth with all the hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: More aromatic than some AIPAs I've had, and with a deeper malt base - not massively bitter or having the hops pounding me over the head. A well crafted American IPA. As for drinkability - it went well with Pizza and salad. Not sure if I'd want another one though. Well....I wouldn't have minded a 16oz can. I don't think I could finish another can, but I wouldn't mind a larger glass.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

jackie o always brings the noise, no doubt, their beer is fantastic and they seem to excel at the hoppy stuff. this base ipa of theirs is anything but pedestrian. frothy headed, soapy white looking cloud cap to the mostly clear golden liquid. the nose and taste show intense pine hops, with a hint of fresh orange. bitterness is on par, but there is a cool sweetness to balance that comes from the grain. less simple in complexion than i expected, it actually has a lot going on, leafy and fresh are the hops, clean and bright are the malts, but the result is something long and layered. hoppy all the way through, but balance for a bigger ipa (7% abv is no small potatoes). not as impressive to me as their matriarch, which stands as one of the best imperials i can remember, but this is pretty darn good. so stoked to see a few kegs come to denver, i would love to see their beer more widely available here, it has all been outstanding. delicate prickly little mouthfeel is cool too.

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Photo of mabermud
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer was poured out of a can that had a cool mystic looking chick with snakes and emblems all over. The beer was a hazy, dark orange, and had a white, sticky head. This beer is somewhat rich. It obviously has copious amounts of hops. Grape fruity. Not overpowering, or banging, but easy and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium all around.

Overall, I like it a lot. Jackie O's makes some good stuff.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours Deep Yellow/Orange in glass.

Thick/Resiny Mouthfeel

S: Floral and citrus notes

T: Intense bitterness (in a good way) followed by a zesty citrus taste.

Overall, a fantastic beer. This makes me happy to be in Ohio!

Serving: Tap and Can

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear golden orange color with a finger of head, modest retention, and nice rings of lacing.

Smell is not particularly strong but it's floral with a hint of citrus. There is also definitely some base malt in the nose.

Tastes great- so glad to be back in Ohio cause the beer is awesome. Pretty bitter (excellent). Floral notes up front followed by some intense bitterness; has a very very long finish that is bitter and earthy.

Mouthfeel is awesome too- medium light body with a good amount of carbonation. This is a great beer. If you like bitter IPAs, you should get this. If not, stay away.

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

Smells of candied oranges and sweet mandarin orange fruit. A little bit of the citrus fruit peel too, grapefruit especially. Smells really great. Tasting it, the beer seems a little bit muddled. The flavors sort of blend together and don't really pop individually. But what is here is tasty. Blood oranges, citrus peels, some caramel from the malt all sort of blending together with the bitterness. The finish is that initial taste pretty much with extended bitterness. Nice prickly mouthfeel yet drinks easy for the style, medium bodied.

Overall, actually a pretty tasty and interesting IPA, its flavor profile just felt a bit muddled and that's where it lost points.

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

Growler filled at the taproom yesterday from a just-filled keg, and enjoyed less than 24 hours later out of a teku.

A: Pours somewhere between polished bronze and a darker shade of gold. Not bad to look at, but not very exciting.

S: Candied orange peel, fresh pine, and juicy tropical fruits

T: Bitter hops, resin, and light pine lead the way. There's some faint sweetness afterwards, which leads to a very dry finish.

M: Average

O: This is a solid beer that I would drink with a smile anytime. But given the competition in this field, it doesn't really stand out. I think Hop Ryot is the way to go if you want a pale ale from Jackie O's.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jackie O's Mystic Mama india pale ale brewed with copious amounts of pungent hops. Man the HOPGoblin jumped up and BAM smacked this beer and the result is fantastic. 7% abv, 12 ounce can cold goood. Very grapefruit on the hops. Excellent beer. I gave it a 4.5. Got to get down to Bobcat land and get this on tap. Wow. The smell when you crack the can jumps out and gets you in the nose. Very hoppy, very tasty, no dry mouth. Very good beer.

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Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to my phone when out of service area.

A- Poured from the 12oz can to a goblet with a somewhat murky and cloudy orange body. A white head forms with a creamy texture up to one finger. Retention is fairly good and a thick ring and plentiful pillows remain. Lacing starts with webs and plenty of spots down beyond that.

S- Hops lead the way with a mix of stone fruits and citrus as well as some pine. Slight amount of pale cracked malts and bready yeast.

T- Citrus zest hops like grapefruit and orange seem to gain on the other notes of tangerine, pine, floral and spicy hops. It seems to be cleaner here with a tiny amount of sweetness and yeast influence.

MF- Medium thick body with carbonation at a moderately high level. Texture is silky as well as frothy. Medium-high bitterness at the end but it is a clean one.

Strong citrus hops with plenty of other character as well as a bitter bite that ends the beer smoothly.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a can into a pint glass. Thanks to Nick (NS2361)on trade!

A - Slightly hazy golden pour. Nice aggressive, frothy white head, about two fingers worth that settled down quickly. Slight lacing.

S – Good piney smell immediately on pour with nice grapefruit in the nose. Great smelling brew.

T – Starts out with a slight sweetness. Pleasant. Immediately moves to a more hoppy, piney flavor. I did not find it overwhelming at all and the nose suggests it would be more aggressive of a flavor. Not a hop bomb at all. Grapefruit and citrus. Certainly has a bitter hit but again not overwhelming.

M – Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly slick on the palate.

O – Good, solid IPA. It smells wonderful and has a nice even bitterness that would appeal to every drinker.

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

Got as part of a beer trade with pkthebuckeye. Poured into a pint.

A&S: The aroma is a great blend of tropical and citrus. Look is hazy yellow-orange. Head has decent retention and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

T&M: Lots of citrus in the taste mostly lemon, but some grapefruit. The tropical aroma doesn't come through in the taste, but has some interesting grassy hop tones. No real malty backbone, but not totally hop centered. The beer has good balance. Very drinkable, not very heavy on the palate. Medium body and carbonation, not on either of the extremes smooth or crisp.

Overall: Great beer. I've been looking forward to trying stuff from Jackie O's, and this beer lived up to the hype that I put on it.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Thanks to kgncfl for sending this one. My first Jackie O's beer. Something of a miss though. I've heard people talk about that plastic, band-aid taste in beer, but until this, I don't think I've experienced. Now I get it. Something burnt and chemical on the finish distracted from the enjoyment. Hopwise, this strikes the balance between hop and malt, perhaps a bit more on the hop end would be appreciated. Overall, this is somewhere on the low side of the IPA spectrum, but perhaps in a different state with less Band-Aid, this would leave a better impression.

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

A decent IPA from Jackie O's. Nice pine tones, in a somewhat smooth way. More an east coast IPA than a western one. I don't really have much to say about this one besides that it is a fairly easy drinking and even keeled beer. Pretty good stuff, though I am looking forward to the day when I have something mind blowing from Jackie O's.

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Photo of DoGGer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite IPA, when it's reasonably priced I have no problem putting down ten of them. It's kinda got that grapefruit taste to it that so many people enjoy in #9 with a nice full IPA attached to it. I recommend this for anyone looking for a good session beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355ml) can acquired as an extra in a trade with mps
Served in a pint glass

The slightly hazed, medium amber liquid was topped by a one-plus finger tall, frothy, bubbly, bright white crown. The head slowly dropped to a clingy, lasting film. Spotty streaks of lacing stuck along the glass. As the beer warmed, the chill haze eased up to reveal a nearly clear body.

Citrusy hop notes came through strong in the aroma. Lots of candied orange and grapefruit peel. Subtle tropical fruit notes were detectible. Mango was most apparent. There was a slight grassy hop quality as well.

The flavor profile was also quite citrusy, but the citrus notes here were much more pithy and bitter. Some caramel malt sweetness appeared on the front end before the hops really took over. Orange and grapefruit rind dominated. Super bitter. Oily, resiny hops came through strong as well. The beer finished super piney and bitter. The dry, bitter hop notes lingered on my palate long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was fairly ordinary. Medium bodied for the style with a fine, mellow carbonation.

Mystic Mama is a flavorful IPA that contains an immense amount of bitter, citrusy and resinous hop notes. While this may not be my preference for the style, I nevertheless can appreciate it.

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Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill-hazed golden copper with a fleeting ivory head that leaves only a ring of foam.

Tangerine, grapefruit, resin, pine, and light caramel malt form the aroma. Dank cannabis surfaces late. Tropical notes of mango add complexity.

Flavor is dominated more by resin than anything. Notes of the wonderful fruity aroma underlie a slightly toasted, bready malt backbone. Tangerine, grapefruit, and peach emerge. The finish is a touch tart, but resiny bittering hops reign it in.

Body is moderate, with almost spritzy carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Like the hop ryot, wish the flavoring matched the aroma, and a little more malt would help. A little more hop fruitiness in the flavoring would really improve this beer. That said, it's still a great brew. not overly bitter, which suits my palate. The ryot was more bitter and had less flavoring hops some through.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from Peter's free beer week. Thanks! Pours a slightly hazy orange yellow color with a small white head on top. Aroma of strong grapefruits, pine, more sweet citrus. Flavor is mostly pine bitter up front with a sweet citrus rind on the back end that lingers for a good while. Light yet resinous with medium carbonation and a nicely crisp finish. Solid crushable IPA.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.75 A: Lightly hazed light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is good and nearly a finger of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Lot of hops in this. Piney, earthy, and grassy notes first. Grapefruit followed by some light orange citrusy notes. Toasty malts, on the drier side, with a few touches of caramel.

3.5 T: Taste follows the nose. Lots of hops, fairly dry, and pungent. Resiny hops with pine, earth, and grapefruit. Lightly citrusy. Toasty, caramel.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

3.5 D: Solid IPA.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First brew from Jackie O's. I was initially skeptical of the canning process - thought it would taste weird, but I was wrong. It's excellent, and I'm looking forward to trying their other beers.

Can poured into pint glass...

Appearance: orange hue with 2 finger white head; initial tree line lacing
Smell: fruit mixed with dank hops; similar to Head Hunter
Taste: reminded me of Head Hunter at first, maybe a little lighter and fruitier
Mouthfeel: smooth on the palate, dry finish
Overall: amazing! looking forward to having this on tap. Ohio is spoiled: we really put out some great IPA's

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a big aroma of a guava, mango, dried citrus and a light bready malt.

The flavor follows with juicy pineapple, mango with a heavy pine and citrus pith bitterness. Digging into the beer more, the beer leans towards heavy bitterness as the fruity hop notes begin taking a backseat.

A well done IPA.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden clear orange with a smaller off white head the quickly dissipates into a thin ring with some spotty lacing. Smells of pine, resin and some fruity undertones. A hint of malt comes through too. Flavor is bit light compared to the aroma. Light to medium body, a bit thin. Bitterness on the finish that also lingers a bit. Overall a nice IPA.

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

Dark orange brown body with a soft white head. Orange, pine, slight strawberry and passion fruit in the nose and taste. Medium body with a slight sticky hop presence. Overall, a flavorful IPA that has a lot of sweet fruit flavor balanced with a slight bitterness.

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Photo of Jay43613
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Incredibly delicious. Has a great taste and mouthfeel. It reminds me of a Bell's Hopslam, but better in flavor. (The price is way better too) I would drink this as my go to IPA if I cannot find some of the others that I prefer. This is what an IPA should taste like - well done.

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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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