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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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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