Firefly Amber Ale | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Firefly Amber AleFirefly Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kegatron on 06-07-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
273
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
26.36%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
49
For Trade:
3
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Photo of nicholas2121
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firefly Amber Ale brewed by Jackie O's Pub & Brewery, with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a deep amber color almost brown. This brew also has a nice white head. The smell of Firefly Amber Ale, is rich with hops, grain, and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to this brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up grains and malts. You also pick up on the sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of Firefly Amber Ale is smooth, rich and full bodied. The aftertaste is smooth and rich. I like how this brew is different from most brews on the market. Firefly Amber Ale has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Overall I'm giving Firefly Amber Ale a 4.25 out 5. Jackie O's Pub & Brewery did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Thank you Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Photo of raznug
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: This fine amber ale pours a dark golden color and is topped with 3/8” of white head that dissipates to a thin layer.
Smell: The aroma of this amber is a nice blend of malt and hops that is rather different from most ambers that I have had.
Taste: Hops play a leading role in this beer and they call it a amber but it tastes like a pale ale of even a IPA.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied amber that goes down smooth and has great hop profile for the style, I love what Jackie O’s did with this beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firefly Amber Ale - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is 1 finger thick and slightly off white, with a small bit of lacing, and a medium amber body.

I smell the toasted malts mentioned on the can, along with a fair amount of frutier hops.

Tastes like much of the same attributes mentioned above. A nice balanced blend of tastes going on here.

Mouthfeel of this product is smooth and clean. Just a tad of hop bite that quickly goes away.

Overall, I'll give Firefly Amber Ale - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery a 4.25. I may pick this up again throughout this summer.

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Photo of Jason
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh, Toasty, Grainy, Balanced

The brewery calls this a“gateway beer” because it’s the lightest offering it has, but to me it’s one of Jackie O’s most complex brews. No barrel aging or wild bugs to lean on for hype, just the right setup of different grades of malts with a big but balancing kiss of citrusy, herbal hop flavor. Firefly is incredibly drinkable as well—beers of this stature deserve more respect. Try it.

Look 3.75 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 4.00 | Feel 3.75 | Overall 3.75

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #106 (NOV 2015)

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy, medium amber color with a white head that's about 1-2 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a medium ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing. Aromas of some caramel malt sweetness and light to moderate hop undertones. The taste is pretty much the same, with a nice caramel malt, slightly biscuity and toasty malt sweetness that gives way to some slightly citrusy hope bitterness, but the malt flavors do tend to dominate a bit. Has a cramp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with a clean finish. A decent beer all around here.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a can in Columbus, OH earlier toady

The beer pours a relatively clear, dull amber with flecks of gold in the light and a loose white head that's fizzles out quickly with very little lacing. The nose is grain-forward and subtle, definitely lacking the hoppy aromatics I was expecting. While drinking this beer I notice it's lacking the hoppy taste I was expecting as well. It's more of an attenuated, malty amber with a subtle, residual hoppiness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, grainy, attenuated, effervescent, with a slight bitterness in the finish. The hop profile isn't particularly citrusy, but would probably fall under that category. I think this is a pretty decent beer, nothing special, but definitely a balanced, drinkable, and affordable amber.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint glass. Can date of 12/29/14.

Appearance: Translucent amber. Light tan persistent rocky thin foam all across the top. Some fine strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Floral, light citrus and pine notes.

Taste: Nice toasted malt balanced with a distinct citrus and pine hop finish. There are some hints of herbal and earthy hops as well that make me think of English style hops (Kent Goldings). The beer finishes with a light lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and approaching fizzy. A little thin underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: For a simple low ABV amber, this is quite a good beer. Full of flavor, simple, and easily drinkable. Went very well with dinner (bacony beef tomato sauce pasta) and I think it would pair with a wide range of other foods as well. Despite it's low rating on BA, I think this is a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a fairly-light amber color with a short white head and not too much retention. Slight collar around the edges. The nose is nice with a bit of a nice hop character. Maybe some floral, citrus, and earthy notes lingering in the background. A bit of lightly-toasted bread in the background as well. The flavor is still nice, but doesn't compare to the nose. Slightly malty with a bit of bitterness. Good body and carbonation and a slightly-dry finish. Pretty good all around and is something I'd grab again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt and citrusy (grapefruit) hops. I think it tastes pretty much just like the aroma, grainy and with a good amount of grapefruit hoppiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid amber ale, you could certainly do worse for $8.99 a 6-pack. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well if it isn't a very nicely made but undistinguished amber. I'm not sure I would call it an American amber because that would mean that in some way (hops) it is over the top and this barely is.

It pours a boring color for an amber. The head is just OK. The aroma is slightly malty slightly hoppy. Nice.

The taste is just a bit hoppier than a lighter amber, and there is a nice malt balance. No yeast taste as appropriate for the style.

The aftertaste is a nice hops experience. Overall, it is nice, but undistinguished.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer #13 8/9/13

Amber is the color, well suited for the style. A thick white head grows over a finger tall, takes a long time to fall, and remains in some form until the glass is empty. Lacing is left in pretty high volume.
The nose starts off a little muted but does open with time. Floral and citrus hops add a little bit earth and even a little spiciness. Breads, cracker and toffee make up the maltier aspect.
The taste follows suit with a little more strength. There's a bit of a tea-like herbal note also underlying that wasn't found so much in the nose.
This beer is medium-bodied with an even, balanced feel. It had a modicum of both crispness and smoothness.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light honey, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, toast, biscuit, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice complexity and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a nice hop/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and moderately crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice session amber ale. Good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got to share a growler of this one with the family a couple weeks back, really seemed to enjoy it,

nice light brown dark amber with a nice tight head of off white on the top. Rich caramel malts are dominating the aroma here at first, but I start to pick up much more in the way of hops as it warms up. Crisp, clean, and very hoppy, I was suprised at how good this one was. Really rich profile of caramel and earthy malts, punctuated by a fresh pine flavor that balanced it out wonderfully.

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Photo of imonhiatus
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beer tossed my way as an extra from a swap....appreciated! enjoyed from a Jackie o mini snifter. pretty nice amber. nothing out of the ordinary. big toasted amber malt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice to see Jackie O's offerings in the can, I picked up a six of the Firefly Amber and their honey nut brown ale. I've had one of their stellar sours once before, this pours a rich glowing amber just slightly hazed beautiful cream colored head full sturdy carbonation with fine bubbles building into a textured head. Aroma has just a touch of some earthy grapefruit hops, semi perceived sweetness, with bready malt notes. Pretty light on my nares, let's see how it tastes...balanced rolling amber ale. The malts aren't sticky or heavy with sweetness actually finishes quite dry, grapefruit peel, earthy hop additions form into a really nice drinkable amber ale nothing more nothing less don't expect fireworks. Expect really drinkable solidly made beer in cans from an adventurous brewer none for his mad scientist casks and sours. Light to medium bodied even flowing carbonation ample bitterness from the hops leaves for a nice dry aftertaste. Overall experience is a good one, but I can't wait to see some distribution of some of their more adventurous beers!!!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from trade. Pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy one finger white head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Citrus hops and some sweet malts highlight the aroma, with a bit of floral. Flavor is bitter up front with a grassy toasted back end. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Light bodied with medium high carbonation. Unique brew that I could see going great in the summer at cookouts and such.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub on 6/3/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazed light amber in the glass, with a thin covering of foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with more of a fizzy look, leaving just some light spotty foam behind. The aroma is fresh, floral, and tangy in the nose, with some light toasted biscuits, citric fruit, and gentle herbal hops all making themselves known. Decent flavors involved here but it's overall not really very robust.

The taste is mostly sweet toasted malts, with some fruity citrus pushing its way through. There's a relatively strong tingle of earthy and spicy hops here that offers up some balance and leaves this finishing herbal and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a crisp smoothness to the feel that keeps this very easy drinking.

I was personally looking for a little more depth of flavor here but I can appreciate this for what it considered at the brewpub. Basically a starter brew to help get the college kids off the macros and onto the craft beer. Looking at it that way, this was solid for what it was.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass.
Amber/orange in color, with a rather short head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Citrus, biscuit malt
Taste-Toasted malt,fruity, citrus-rind bitterness in the background. A bit low-carbonated, but clean finishing and sessionable.

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy burnt orange; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves good lacing a rentention. The aromas are subtle and full of caramel malts, bread, crackers. The flavors are very bold, considering it has such a low abv. Tons of caramel and toffee. The hops really come into play in the flavor department. Very earthy and rustic. Slightly spicy. Lots of malt; kind of grany. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the heavier side light-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Crisp and refreshing. Extremely quaffable.

This packs a punch for being such a light beer, which I can always appreciate. Great session beer. Good example of the style.

Grade: B

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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: unsurprisingly amber in color. Forms a fairly large rather foamy white head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: a nice blend of malt and hops. Pale malts. Grapefruit hops. Not overly complicated, but still nice.

T: taste is mostly grainy. With a good dose of grapefruit hops and grapefruit bitterness. A bit of lemon.

M: medium bodied. Fairly bitter for the style. Heavier carbonation gives this a prickly feel.

O: a rather bitter and hoppy representation of the style. A good beer. Simplistic, but well made.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jackie O's Amber is a tasty beer. The beer pours a clear light amber with thin white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is typical of most amber....slight biscuit. The taste is a nice balanced amber easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid sessionable beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Golden amber tan with a nice foamy 2 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Toasty, buttery malts, caramel, minor grapefruit hops. Some added brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - Very mild malts with actual bitter grapefruity hop bite. Caramel and buttery malts at the first sip but really not all that strong. Some brown sugar mixed in with a little hop kick rounds this out.

Mouthfeel - Light malts coat the tongue. The hops come in and bitter up the palate. The finish is hoppy bitter, a little toasty and watery .

Overall - For being a beer under 5% alcohol, this beer has some flavor. Surprised how much the hops come out over the malts. Its a fine summertime beer, light, easy to drink and doesn't just taste light flavored water. Not bad, theres better out there, and theres worse.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, stamped 6-15-15, so about 2 months old

pours a slightly hazy dark copper color, maybe a bit lighter than expected. big foamy white head settles down to a thin covering. aroma is a mix of biscuity and bready malts and earthy hops. the taste follows. medium bodied, a bit slick on the tongue.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Great Lakes shaker. Very cloudy burnt orange color and definitely unfiltered. Not as carbonated as I anticipated. Nose has some nice bready toasted malt notes and some hops.

Medium-light body and firm feel. Nice biscuity malt notes up front and a well-balanced moderate hop rush adds spice at mid-palate. Finish is fairly dry, but not at all lasting. Nothing to get too exciting about here, just a nice mild amber ale that is balanced and flavorful with caramel, toffee, and lemon notes all working together. Exactly the kind of beer that many BAs shun, yet it is so superior to all macro beers that it reminds you just why we love craft.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrived in a can with interesting artwork, but the beer pours an uninteresting color unlike what I hope for in an amber ale with a short head.

Smell: Malt and a touch of citrus from the hops along with some grain. Less sweet smelling than most amber ales.

Taste: Malt largely overpowers the hops, as is typical for the style, but nothing really stands out as far as being "unique" as the can advertises. It tastes OK.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium bodied, carbonation is average. The beer goes down very, very easy .

Overall: For an amber ale the ABV is on the lower end of the spectrum and it is thin, but the beer also some pretty good flavors too. In fact, it's odd to find a beer that is so thin and has such a low ABV that has as much flavor as this does. However, I can't say it tastes spectacular by an means. It makes for a decent session beer.

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