Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Wild Ale
Ranked #213
Ranked #2,108
4.24 | pDev: 8.02%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: We took our Razz wheat and soured it with B. Lambicus, Pediocaccus, and Lactobacilious it was then blended with our Organic Honey Nut Brown. Then blend was keg conditioned for 6 months allowing the wild yeast and bacteria to gorge themselves on the sugar rich nut brown portion of the blend. This beer is ripe with complexities including a fruity, musty, beady, and leathery nose and a light caramel covered raspberry flavor that finishes very tart and semi dry.
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Cyoung1313 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 release. Pours a dark brownish burgundy with minimal head. Nose is dominated by berries. Malty and acidic with loads of ripe fruit. Tart, funky and acidic with a nice mouthfeel. Another excellent JO's brew.

Feb 07, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper-red with a bubbly tan ring.

Smell is seedy yet funky jam with woody oak, cherry and almond paste.

Taste is very sharply sour with charred oak, roastiness and acetic cherry via a medium body, mild carbonation and sticky dry finish.

Apr 03, 2018
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everyone was saying how jammy this was. It's a really nice beer but about a b- in the jam zone. Slight funk on the back end with sour being the predominant flavor with raspberry.

Jan 07, 2017
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2016 version, listed as a sour brown ale aged in oak barells with rapsberries.
A - mahogany color, gentle carbonation, stunning cap of loose froth.
S - Berries, toffee, beautiful earthy undertones, some alcohol rises through, with warmth the melding of the rapsberrie and the oak stitch together and are inspired
T - The base is a solid malt with a bit of light roast, sour component is delicate, the rapsberrie contribution is assertive but not overpowering. Time in the barrel only accetuates the flavors adding some vanilla.
M - Medium in body, soft on the palate, the water profile is neutral. Tartness creaps in, the the palate response reflects the tension between the base and the final product. Wonderfully balanced the feel is delightful.g
O - What a treat this is, sour, and tart.This release shows real skill, the use of the rapsberry is spot on, adding to the nose, while not dominating. The barrel touch is refined.
A true delight.

Jul 04, 2016
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a thin, light cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a dark, clear mahogany. Lacing is patchy but sparse with little stick. Average.

Nose is tart raspberry, strawberry and other red fruit. Robust and juicy. Simple.

Opens crisp and tart. Raspberry, strawberry and vinegar. Tart, puckering, and seedy. More fruit foward in the middle with a touch of earthy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste of puckering fruit, bitter seed and fruit stem. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down crisp and dry. Puckering finish with a lingering, dry aftertaste. Nice.

A solid beer overall but the flavor is separated between watery and tart and puckering. Worth trying but it's not one of the better offerings in the style.

Oct 02, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared by Sasha - thanks. Bottle #133 of 250 (2014).

A: Pours a light brown with reddish highlights under an off-white, 1/2" head which yields some spotty lace.

N: Juicy raspberries, basalmic tartness, fruity.

T: Fruity raspberries, aged wood, dark roasted malts, some tartness.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Tart and fruity finish.

O: Soured brown and oak aged with raspberries is enjoyable.

Jun 30, 2014
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cosmicevan from New York

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the math trade, split with Pete in some Jackie o glassware.

196/400 from 2013

Brew pours deep maroon almost purple settles almost black in the glass. Nice head and great lacing. Nose is super sour and fresh raspberry.super ripe raspberry. Bathe oak comes in to smooth things out with a subtle hint of vanilla. Really easy drinker for something so sour. Quite tasty and done right. Really ripe fruit. Really great.

May 10, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish-brown pour, with a collar of off-white bubbles. In the nose, raspberries, lactic, acetic, woody, with a good dose of dark roasty malts. More of the same in the taste, tart raspberries, lacto and acetic qualities, leather and wood, toasted wheat, dark malts bringing in a touch of roastiness. A lot going on, and seemingly in contrast, but the end result was quite balanced overall. Medium body, lively carbonated. A nice brew all in all.

Mar 30, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, dark mahogany brown color with plenty of ruby light.

Nose complex tart fruit, raspberries very nice, sour malts, malt vinegar, light caramel and cocoa, molasses, light barrel, etc.

Taste sour malts, malt vinegar, sour raspberry, tart fruits, dark malts like brown sugar and creamy brown malts, hint of molasses and caramel, nice overall sourness and a cranberry like tartness. Tart sticky finish tart sour malts and raspberry.

Mouth is med bodied, sticky little flemmy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, good dark malts with great raspberry fruit and good sour flavors, very well done and tasty.

Feb 18, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Dark rose and maroon. Lots of ruby tones. No clarity though--this beer is clouded with chunks of fruit. Very nice. I like!

Lots of berry character in the aroma, with big notes of oak, some lactic character, though not a ton, and a bit of dried grass.

Flavor is very fruit-forward as well, nearly juice like, if not for the complementary oak, earth, and moderate sour character. Very tasty.

Medium to full in body, especially for the style, with moderate carbonation.

Another winner from Jackie O's. Whales, bro.

Jan 19, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. This is bottle 59/380.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear mahogany color that has a strong red tint to it. There is a layer of off white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the pour.

Smell: There is a strong sweet and sour component to this one. I'm getting sweet, jam like raspberries along with a tart vinegar note and some dark sour like funk.

Taste: There isn't as much sweet raspberry here as there was in the smell. The raspberries are still here, they just show up more in the tart component. There is a hint of vinegar along with the raspberries. There is just a touch of sweetness underneath the tart raspberries. The finish is sour.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with aggressively tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good raspberry sour. I would have liked a little bit more sweetness from the fruit in the taste, but I still really liked it.

Dec 19, 2012
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle next to the campfire after having picked up my bottles as Jackie O’s earlier in the day. Served in a wine glass. Pours a beautiful pink-red with a touch of a garnet hue. Nose is loads of fresh, tart raspberries alongside some lactic acid and restrained earthiness. Flavor is full of tart red raspberries. Behind those come some nice musty, earthy notes. Acidity in the background. Acid and fruit balance is quite nice, with enough funk to add the right amount of complexity. Very nice.

Dec 16, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. At the time of this review this is #44 on the "Top Beers - American Wild Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter.

Beer is brown and really hazy with a tan head of small bubbles, lazy, breaks quickly, pulls to the walls of the glass. No lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is complex, oak, vinous, succinic and lactic with hints of a sharp acetic character.

Beer is nice, light in body tart on the finish. Effervescent on the palate with a relatively dry finish. I'd have it again. It sort of reminds me of consecration but not quite as good.

Dec 04, 2012
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TheBeerologist from Rhode Island

4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's Munich glass

Pours a reddish amber with a thin, 1/2 finger beige head

Smells of funk and berries - sour/lacto, with a heavy dose of the razz wheat and a bit of roastiness as well

This is straight up tart, and really well balanced with the raspberry. Maybe a bit of oak/wood, but really predominately sour/lacto and berry. Definitely the tartest beer I have had from Jackie O's.

Mouthfeel is full and light at the same time (can that really work? - it does here) Nicely carbonated, truly a pleasure

Overall a fantastic sour and certainly my favorite that has been released by Jackie O's. I wish I had several more of these.

Oct 07, 2012
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nlmartin from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a light brown coloration. The head was very short lived and quickly desolved. No lacing noted on my glass.

S- The aroma of the beer is loaded with semi sweet and tart raspberries. The aroma is lightly soured. A bit of chocolate and some leathery notes are present.

T- The beers flavor leads with tart raspberries. The sourness rides in on a raspberry tide. Well done.

M- The body of the beer is light. The carbonation is gentle. The beer has a very dry finish.

O- I am really enjoying the interplay of sour and tart raspberry flavors in this beer. The sourness of the beer never reaches oppresiveness. Frankly I was sad to see how fast this beer disappeared from my glass.

Sep 08, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Eric at the annual pre-Toronado bottle share. Served in a taster glass of some sort.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving a few splotches of lace. Dark amber body.

S - Interesting mix of flavors here - the raspberry wheat component is front and center, but the nuts and chocolate from the brown ale also show up. The aroma isn't intensely 'wild', with some tart fruit and mild lactic character, but it's quite nice all the same.

T - The taste is significantly more sour and acidic, with some definite lactobacillious presence. Again, some raspberries, wheat, and milk chocolate malt flavors, as well as a mild leathery flavor that I initially mistook for wood.

M - Very dry, medium body, with pleasant carbonation. No obvious alcohol here, although neither blend component was very high in ABV to begin with.

D - Not what I was expecting when I heard this was a 'raspberry sour', but quite enjoyable anyway. A promising start to Jackie O's STAFF program and a beer I would happily drink again.

Aug 20, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a reddish brown with light raspbeery hues, nice frothy dirty white cap, bubbles a nice amount of light lacing

S: Paspberry all the way; both fresh and puree with a funkiness, stinging and lacto presence with sm old wood and pinch of wheat

T: Lacto ran away with this beer. Nice freesh raspberry lockjaw with a prominent little booze sting with hay, light funk, Earthy and elments of old oak and wood, measure of vanilla. The finish is very acidic

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, funk and sour but th raspberries are very nice

O: Nicely done.

Aug 11, 2012
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tewaris from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by dc55110, thanks!

Hazy, reddish, blood brown with a fast departing head. Quite complex aroma that was off putting at first but got enjoyable soon --- framboise, earth and grass.

I preferred aroma to taste; I found the intense sourness hindering to the enjoyment of this beer. There was also an odd nuttiness in the finish but I am neutral about that. The body and carbonation were fine.

It was a good beer but too acetic and sour for my taste.

3.5, 4, 3.5, 4, 4

Aug 09, 2012
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with becomes a clear light brown held up to the light. The is almost no head. The nose is a sour, fruity raspberry with a touch of sweetness. The taste is rather funky blend of sweet and tart with an excellent dry raspberry finish. It drinks very similar to an oud bruin, but doesn't have an intensely dry finish.

Aug 04, 2012
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice ruddy garnet hue with a one finger off white, tannish head that fades to leave a thinnish halo and wisps. Looks like a nice Flanders red.

S - Now, I was hoping for lots of raspberry here, which as it warms up this really comes to its own. Very fresh berries and berry juice here. Not sweet at all, just very clean raspberries.

T - Taste is tough here. Its got lots of that fresh berry that the nose has. Big, bright raw raspberries and their juices that are immediately, perhaps even just slightly, overpowered by some really strong tartness. Lots of big vinegary tart berry notes. This beer is very, very sour.

M - Mouthfeel is delicious. Incredibly tart and sour. Wonderfully drinkable.

O - Overall this is a very good beer from Jackie O's. The sourness may be a tad too assertive for some, but I do enjoy how it melds with the already tart raspberry. Wondering how this will hold up to age.

Jul 27, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottle # 189/380.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity/berry aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that makes it easy to drink.

Jul 25, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle 56 of 380. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - First, the bottle. Awesome new labels from Jackie O's. The logo is clean and sophisticated. The wax, however, makes me want to hurt someone. It's like plastic. And lots of it. Shit it's annoying. The beer is brown with heavy red hues. No real head, just some off-white bubbles.

Smell - Raspberries everywhere. Huge aroma of sour raspberries. Dominated by the raspberries, but nice.

Taste - Again, lots of raspberries, but some framboise notes of funk. Just a bit. Harsh acidic flavor. Extremely sour, maybe too much for my tastes.

Mouthfeel - Quite sour. Enamel-eating sour. Medium carbonation and a pretty light body.

Overall - I hate to peg it back too much for being so sour, but I don't like them that way. The sourness covers up flavors I want to taste. That said, this is a clean, well-fruited sour that was quite delicious.

Jul 18, 2012
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Urbancaver from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st Jackie O's STAFF release

Bottle shared by Brad Clark at the Hill Farmstead 2nd anniversary party.

Pours a nice brown with a touch of red. Light minimal head.
Smells tart and raspberry heavy. Very nice aroma.
tarts very similar to old la folie. But with a raspberry kick. Not too sour but definitely tart. Lightly acidic and lots of raspberry.
Well carbonated. Overall a very enjoyable sour

May 29, 2012
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seeswo from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Evelyn was brewed for the Jackie O's STAFF membership. The best I can gather, it is a raspberry sour brown. Best ABV guess would be 7%.

Sexy bottle with a minimalist black label with purple script and purple wax. Pours A hazy brownish color with a tannish head. Looks the part. The smell is light vinegar, acidic and tart raspberry. The taste is moderately sour, light raspberry with lots of nice balance and no off favors. This hits the level of sourness in this type of beer perfectly. The mouthfeel has a moderate body, like the wanderer, but with more carbonation. Overall, this beer is great. Reminds me of a mildly raspberried C+C LaFolie, with that sharp bite and good level of sourness.

One thing that was nice was after establishing my impressions, I dropped a few raspberrys in. Not only do they taste great in the end, but they add just a touch of brightness. Great work Brad! My favorite Jackie O's sour!

May 28, 2012
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 163 ratings