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Firefly Amber Ale | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Firefly Amber AleFirefly Amber Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 275
Photo of tat2dhllblly
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I understand this is brewed as there "Gateway Brew" and I give alot of repsect for that. Not many breweries attempt this and for Jackie O's being the only brewery in a college town this is a great idea. Brad got this recipe with the brewery when he took over as brewmaster and I know he refined it down but this is what was left?

Appearance: Pale, light. No real "Amber" to it. Looks more like a light pilsner.

Smell: Crisp, clean with little herbal appeal on the tip of the nose but alot of pilsner malt smelled up front.

Taste: Crisp green apple skin. No real caramel notes or character as one would expect from an Amber Ale. Minimal hop presence at the end but more hay than bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, not to much or to little. Full feel without being heavy or coating.

Overall: I love everyother beer I have had from Jackie O's but this I will pass on everytime I visit. Sorry guy's.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a taster.

Appearance - Burnt orange. Nice white head and retains well.

Smell - Piney and musty hops. Well hopped. Kinda malty. A little nutty.

Taste - Very musty. Piney. Not as malty as I expected. A light caramel nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - Light for an amber. Medium bitterness.

Overall - Eh. Doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jackie O's Firefly Amber In a can

A: pours a clear deep golden orange with two finger head that descends into a thin frothy lacing.

S: malts , more malts , slight hops .

T: malty with a slight sweetness , minimal hop bite , tastes more like a lager than a amber ale .

O: Overall , I'm slightly disappointed. Was expecting a hoppy amber ale and this didn't seem to fit the look or taste profile.
Tasted more like an American Adjunct Lager .
A little surprised this is one of the two beers they chose to launch their can campaign with, I'm a big Jackie O's fan but this one let me down .

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 8/10/10

Dense tangerine hue. Hazy with pineapple highlights. Poured a one finger head; slowly thinned to an even skim. No retention or lacing.

Juicy hop aroma with floral overtones. Toasty notes of caramel malts. Straightforward nose. Rather smooth.

Tastes kind of odd. A piney, bitter twinge lasts briefly. Then it's juicy for a moment, then dries out. Citric notes then emerge but it's like gnawing on orange peel. Kind of watered down overall. Caramel seems understated, as this is really dry.

Medium-light body. Carbonation is pretty low, but not exactly smooth. Some grittiness. Dry finish with lingering citrus rind.

It has some decent aspects, but I could go for a few tweaks. I prefer my amber ales to have a more substantial flavor profile.

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a thing off white head colored head. Not too much lacing here just a few bubbles here and there.

S- Smells of bready, earthy hops, maybe a touch of toffee, and a bit of very light citrus.

T- Taste is toasted malts, a bit of citrus hops and again Earthy hops. Nothing really exciting here and pretty boring.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Not a huge fan of this one thought it was pretty boring.

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Photo of mattcrill
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light citrus and crusty bread quality dominates the nose. Light flowery hop aroma and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a big rocky white head. Lacings coat the glass.

Flavor: Deep bready malt character up front followed by a nice citrusy and earthy hop punch. Balance is to the hop flavor. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, high carbonation, no alcohol heat. Carbonation makes it seem spritzy.

Overall impression: A "safe" beer for wide distribution. So many other great beers by this brewery that I won't try it again.

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Photo of NatiBuck
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Light copper orange color, foam color is somewhere in between white and light khaki color. 1 inch head that sticks around for the whole duration of the drink. Leaves a bit of lacing

S: Earth/floral scents hoppy scents with a touch of cracker malts. All the scents are pretty reserved

T: Taste is reserved just like the smell. Again floral tastes with a very gentle touch of cracker but a little bit more of a bready malt flavor

M: medium mouthfeel on the side of light, slightly more carbonation than average. Finish is on the watery side with a little bitterness

O: Pretty reserved flavors and malts. Feels like it is somewhere in between the malt heavy and the hop heavy beers and not necessarily in a good way. There just isn't a whole lot going on with this one, but its saving grace is its super drinkable. Overall a pretty average beer, slightly above average.

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Photo of Bung
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Jackie O's with some grumbling.
Very light amber pour, just a thin layer of white head.

Aroma has some mild malt, leather, herbal tea.

Taste is a little more assertive. Malt, toffee with a balancing herbal treacle, tea, some earthy peat and hay.

This drinks really easy, but is pretty thin. Carbonation maybe just a bit low as well. It's fine, just very middle of the road. Reminds me a bit more of a low carbonation Kolsch almost.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a can. Standard hazy dark amber ale with light off white head and light lacing.
Nose of hops and roasted malts. Flavors are sweet malts up front and on the sides with
light herbal bittering hops on the back and aftertaste. Solid amber session brew with a healthy
dose of bittering hops.

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Photo of T_Reeves92
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

A: Hazy Amber in color with a thick head
S: Malts and Hops dominate the nose
T: Malt sweetness, hop bitterness with a herbal aftertaste
M: What you would expect from an amber ale. light-medium body. higher in carbonation
O: Alright beer, this is one for an afternoon on a warmer day with friends.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

­-can to spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Oxidized orange with a good clarity. Frothy oatmeal colored head, 0.5 inches with a good rate of retention. Skim coating of lace, mid-range carbonation with a rather quick pace.

S: Bar lemons on the nose, juicy toast malt. Fades rather quickly. Light in strength, and complexity.

T: Toasty caramelized malt, some citrus, pine with a fresh wet lemony flair. Some warming pine oils, for flavor, but rather light with a dry flowery hopping that failed to excite. Some sour lemony hops on the finish, the hops seem a bit off or old.

M: Light to medium mouthful, carbonation is nothing to write home about. Slippery texture, only slightly above average.

O: Lemony citrus hops against a wet toasty malting best sums this up. The hops seem off, perhaps old, musky, with only an average fanfare for excitement. Seems like a intro beer. No bottling date. 3.25 best wraps this up.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small foamy white head with pretty good retention

S- toasted grainy malt with a touch if caramel sweetness, just a trace of piney hop

T- lots of toasted and caramel malt flavors up front, a hint of fruitiness mid-palate leads to mild hop bitterness on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish. High drinkability

O- a malty amber that is certainly unoffensive, but doesn't really stand out. Easy to drink though and certainly session-able

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into pint at luckys in Dayton. I saw jackie o and jumped but now wishing I passes.
Pours a seethrough amber golden with a finger of bubbly head. Not much amber here...meh
Some slight amber malt or caramel aroma...very slight. Meh
Taste is nice balance of malts and hops...crisp and pleasant but not mind blowing. Easy to drink and overall decent but I wont get again.

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Photo of screamking
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

Pours hazy amber with a 1 1/2 finger off white head, which hangs on for about a minute. Light orange and pineapple in the nose. Mostly citrus but some smaller biscuity notes in there as well. The taste follows the nose with light orange and lemon. Not much malt. The mouthfeel is incredibly light, watery and lacks any depth. The only thing this beer has going for it, is its light ABV making it an okay session beer. For the style there is tons better, but this one has a little charm in the low ABV.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can with cool art. Poured into a pint glass, the brew is a hazed amber/bronze color with a white soapy head leaving webby lacing.

The aroma has a bit of nutty, toasted malts and a good helping of floral, citrusy hops. I would say it smells fairly hoppy for the style.

In the taste, nice crisp hops and a toasty malt character. Reminds me of a hoppy ale version of an Oktoberfest, or perhaps simply a "dark pale ale" which is a most humorous description. This is what we have come to, categorizing and recategorizing until it makes little sense. Essentially, this is a toasty, mildly fruity ale with a good backbone of orange, other citrus and herbal hop flavor and a solid bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated brew with a cleaner finish. Drinks easily and is pretty tasty.

Overall, this is a reliable choice when in the Ohio area. If this was a mainstream beer available in my area I'd quite prefer this over the usual suspects. Good hop flavor and enough character to keep things interesting.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint. I've been to Jackie O's many, many times and tried many, many beers, but this one along with most of their normal lineup have been overshadowed and forgotten during my trips. Thus, this is my first real endeavor into the usual.

3.0 A: Mildly hazed copper amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy off white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.75 S: This smells like I want amber ales to smell like. Big toastiness up in the forefront with sweet caramel malts playing an almost as powerful supporting role. Grassy hops and a touch of earth to round it out.

3.25 T: The taste is good, but it lacks power and needs a stronger malt base. Toastiness, caramel, and grassy hops again, just not enough.

3.25 M: The mouthfeel is also lacking. Light to lighter medium body. Very lightly creamy. Needs more body and creaminess.

3.25 D: It's decent enough, but I'm not surprised that no one has ever said, "Here try this," while I was at JO's drinking much more interesting beers.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The scent is a pretty bland, sweet bread and some caramel. The taste picks things up with a nice bed of fresh grain and lightly sweet caramel blend nicely with a mild spicy hop characteristic and a light citrus flavor on the finish.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Reddish amber with an off white head. decent lacing.

S: Toasted malt and alot of pale malt. bread with the slightest little hint of toast. a little yeast. buttery.

T: Pale malt almost like stale bread. Toast. floral aspects that never quite get going. a little grapefruit and pine finish which is decently long.

M: Thin with some pretty good carbonation that makes it drink somewhat easy.

O: This is a decent offering i'm just struggling to find much in the way of flavor. you could definitely finish off a six pack quick though. / 76

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Photo of pitasoup
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours golden, slightly hazy. nice white head. on top from o'hooleys aug/06. a nice clean ale, light bodied with some wild grass/rooty hops flavor? finishes with hits of wheat. a nice clean beer but not my style. i was told that no wheat grains were actually used in the brew. not sure if this true though

-notes from 08/06

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Photo of OompaMentor
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to pint glass; nice amber color with moderate carbonation to one finger head. Light hint of lemon and malts. Taste seems a little watery with lemon rind flavor that coats the tongue and lingers with the malts. An okay beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. can of Firefly Amber Ale served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep red-amber with an attractive bone-colored head. The head has good retention and leaves small spots of sticky lacing.

Rather ordinary aroma excepting the notably higher (and earthy/herbal) hop level, but the flavor is more complex and rich than a typical amber. Compared to average, this amber also has a hoppier finish and a a touch less sweet.

Feel: Crisp, medium carbonation. Relatively dry for style.

O: A fine session beer or, as the brewer claims, transitional beer for those used to adjunct lagers.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very much average AA. Kind of a cloudy Golden. Not bad by any stretch, but for that matter, not overly memorable. Taste lacked a little bit and had a stale aftertaste despite being fresh and recently tapped. Worth a try but nothing more. There are much better AAs out there.

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Photo of nismo_2005
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok if you are trying to convert your friends to micro brews this is the one.
It has some bitterness in the hops but not to much and it is not overly dry.
The mouth feel is a light medium and after taste fades quickly
Overall if you have never had craft beer and want to try it out this is a good starting point. Nothing to rave about but still a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A:Hazy brown color with a two-finger head
S: Enjoyable malt aromas with a hint of hops
T: Again mostly malt with a hint of hops, lacks any complexity
M: Thin-bodied but crisp
O: As much hype as I've heard about Jackie O's this was a disappointing first beer to try

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"3 04 11 A1 BC" As someone who sells food, I interpret this to be a canned-on date, but I cannot be sure. Mental note made to ask someone at Jackie O's when I finally get down there.

A finger of off white head is what I get. Body is deep, rich amber color. Keeps a little froth and laces up rather well.

Deep rich malt with juicy dark fruit and caramel. Grapefruit mixes in on the back end.

This tastes grainy and piney. Simple and not much like the nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Leaves a little residue on the middle of the tongue. Bitter finish.

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Firefly Amber Ale from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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