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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:
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for $1.99 from Vintage Estate. Going in knowing this is a session amber with mild hop bitterness.

A - Very nice carbonation giving me a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop of a great orange brown hue beer. Looks great.
S - Mild toasted malts, some crust bread and a nice bouquet of herbal hop clusters,
T - Very hoppy and bitter but in an herbal way. Kind of unbalanced and un enjoyable like biting into a lemon rind. Where I smelled toasted malt or sweet malts is barley transitioned into the taste.
M - Watery enough to make it easy to sip/chug. Light to medium.

Overall it is light enough to session but the hops/malts could use a little more tweaking to achieve a better harmony. I could see why the rating of this is so low.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Firefly Amber Ale from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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