Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Smoked Beer
Ranked #104
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3.56 | pDev: 18.26%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: The Jackie O's take on a breakfast beer, Hogwash was designed to taste like breakfast sausage. German smoked malt, local maple syrup, and lavender was used to evoke the thought of breakfast sausage.
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light brown, minimal head.

Aroma of lightly smoked ham, bacon, wood. Taste follows through, with a little wheat.

Feel is slightly fizzy, light. Not too smoky, unusual, could maybe be a Funky Buddha rival if more substantial, not that that would make it better.

Jan 15, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a 4 oz. taster glass.

3.5 A: Orange amber color. Came without a head.

4.0 S: Smells as advertised. Superbly sausagy. Tons of lavender, caraway, and other assorted spices. Smokiness and toasty after that. I didn't pick up much maple though. Super herbal.

3.0 T: Herb overload. I love what they are doing with this, but I'm just not a huge fan of herbal beers. Big smokiness, lavender, herbs, toasty.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light creaminess.

3.5 D: This is unique through and through and vastly different that anything else that I've ever had. This is a must try if you visit JO's and it's on-tap.

Mar 25, 2012
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #4

Good old fashioned amber - quite clear. Small bruise of a head. Dear aroma - whatcha doing? Lots of lavender, like something you'd get mom for Mother's Day. Spot of maple works well - not too sweet. Just a touch of smoke with a spicy sausage bent. Spicy. Excellent aroma. Lavender doesn't translate as pleasantly to taste. Maple and puffs of smoke. Random spices. Medium body with a thinner feel. Moderate carbonation. Maple/floral finish.

Oct 12, 2011
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to nonic pint glass at Jackie O's on 8/26/11 & 8/27/11
*From notes

A: It looks like a Sam Adams Boston Lager: clean rustic amber. A one finger head fade quickly and moderate lacing follows.

S: Wow - there's enough lavender on the nose to plant a garden. The smoke is present, but it's more of a supporting player to the fresh herbal qualities.

T: What a crazy and insanely delicious beer! Again, the lavender is all over this thing like Jackson Pollock on a canvas. Seriously, if you're not a lavender fan (which I most certainly am), then steer clear. As the herbaceous profile fades, the smokiness begins taking hold of the back palate. And it's certainly smokey at that, yet expertly balanced by a deft hand.

M: Bubbly - it suits the refreshing nature of the beer. It's not too thick and cloying, rather gets in, out and over just in time for your next sip.

O: In a weekend that featured 33 beers on tap, my Pops and I had more of this then anything else. And this coming from a guy (me) who loathes smoke/rauchbiers!

This amazing creation was the talk of the bottle release weekend, and I simply could not get enough of this heavenly stuff. I really hope Brad keeps this one in heavy rotation, as I'll need an IV next time.

Sep 02, 2011
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cwguy5 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Jackie O's release 8/11. Served from draft into pint glass. Thanks to jisom123's wife, Danielle, for her colorful commentary on this one. 'Dishrag' will always be associated with this one! See jisom123's review for further dishrag info.

A - pretty dark that night but looked like a clear amber color with a thin white head; sparse lacing
S - lots of lavender right off the bat then maple and brown sugar followed by oak and grass(the lawn type)
T - a lot like the smell; loads of lavender with some bread and a light smoke finish
M - medium carbonation; smooth and soft with herbal lavender linger
D - surprisingly drinkable for amount of lavender but this may just be a personal preference on the lavender; left me wanting for more smoke and a little less lavender

Aug 31, 2011
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jisom123 from Indiana

3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable. Smells like Lavender and syrup.

I took a drink and thought it tasted pretty good. She agreed that it tasted good as well; "Dishrag good".

This is a fine beer and I recommend trying it, regardless of my wife's blunt honesty. (btw, she loved the barking pumpkin!)

Aug 30, 2011
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's one of Brad's crazier experiments that I was really excited to try. A smoked beer with lavander and maple, designed to taste and smell like breakfast sausage. On tap at the August release.

Semi clear. This beer is a caramel-copper color.

There is LOTS of lavender in the aroma, especially before it warms. Its very floral, it reminds me of bath salts or sleepy time tea. Maple comes out with warmth and things start to get more "breakfasty". The smoke is quite restrained. A hint of something metallic is picked up here and there.

Lots of flowery spice. The smoke holds off until the finish where it ties into the maple quite nicely. After a few more sips this stuff does take on a maple sausage flavor. Its quite nice, as strange as that sounds.

A thinner take on medium body. Carbonation is mild.

It doesn't scream breakfast sausage, but it comes very close. Its just a really enjoyable, easy to drink smoked beer.

Aug 29, 2011
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MarkIntihar from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub the night before the bottle release. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice Orange-amber color with half a finger of white head and decent retention. Nice enough looking but not exactly what I picture a smoked beer to look like.

S - The best part of this beer is definitely the smell. Very heavy on the sweet maple, with just enough smoke and a dash of lavender. This is exactly what this beer would taste like if perfect.

T - Much more heavy on the lavender here, with the initial taste being a brief flash of the sweet maple present in the nose, but that gives way too quickly to a strong lavender finish. Too much for this drinker. Still a solid beer, but disappointing after the smell.

M - Very well carbonated, with a smooth finish going down.

O - I want so badly to love this beer, but there is simply way too much lavender in it for me. Interesting concept for a beer, but not what I was hoping for after the initial taste.

Aug 27, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at jackie os day before the new beer rekease

A-red body witha nice white head

S-little bit of coriander and orange Peel

T-follows the nose with a little bit of smoke at the enend.

M-medium body and very smooth

O-4.25 shared with mouthful. Very drinkable and will have again

Aug 27, 2011
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jale from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery.

A: Pours amber with a finger of white head.

S: Big floral lavender followed by some smoked malt.

T: Floral lavender sweetness upfront moving into mild smoked malt. Not overdone with the smoke or lavender.

M: Light body with great carbonation.

O: A very nice light and refreshing smoked beer.

Aug 26, 2011
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Spider889 from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got to sample this out of the fermentor a month back with Brad and loved this beer then. He described it as a Rauchbier with lavender added. At first I was shocked at the strong lavender push, but then the smoke started coming through. As I was going for my second sip he mentions that it is meant to taste like breakfast sausage, and suddenly it clicked. Spot on.

This review is from a couple pours I had at the Blues and Brews fest in Akron on Saturday.

Poured into the souvenir half pint glass (pours were pretty big, usually around 4-5 ounces easy).

The beer has maybe just a bit of haze to it, but otherwise very clear, a nice golden pale wheat color. The head was nice and tall, I had to let the beer settle a bit before sampling.

Smells like the sum of its parts - breakfast sausage. Particularly like maple flavored Jimmi Deans patties to be a bit specific. It's not hard to detect each ingredient though. Lavender is easily the most robust component. The smoke is strong enough to show that this beer has a meaty quality to the aroma, while not being so overpowering that it becomes overwhelming or acidic. Maple is very subtle but strong enough that I was getting some of it on my first sampling from the fermentor even though Brad did not mention that there was maple in it. In short, while odd at first, the beer accomplishes its goal wonderfully.

The taste is very nice as well. I believe that the beer smells more like sausage than it tastes, but only slightly so. The main component that I have not seen listed in the beer description from Brad that I felt like I was tasting was rye. Spicy and prickly, rye notes were there for me at least. The beer starts with smoke and finishes a bit bitter.

Crisp and refreshing despite the hot and humid weather at the outdoor fest.

Overall Hogwash accomplishes its goals nicely. I really like this beer and hope to see it come back around for another go in the future. I'm not entirely sure if Brad was joking or not, but he was telling me that he'd love to make a Barrel Aged Imperial Hogwash sometime, even if just for the name of it. I say - give it a go. I'd be quite excited to try that one.

Aug 09, 2011
Hogwash from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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