Mandala - Citra
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #346
Ranked #2,276
4.22 | pDev: 8.53%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 4-pack as I was passing through Ohio in June. Really solid beer across the board. Pours nice with a big fat head that leaves nice lace. Nose is big as well with nice tropical and herbal notes. Taste follows suit with both the herbal and mango/citrus thing going on. Not sure how the other versions compare. However, would like to see the hop varietal listed on the can since it takes a bit of guesswork and palate work to figure out which one it is.

Sep 01, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Golden somewhat cloudy body with a finger of white foam. Smell is citra to the face, with lime, grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine. Taste is pretty much the same, but the citra is allowed to run wild to the finish, very nice bitterness. Body is a little light for dipa, but otherwise great hop textures.

Jul 14, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

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

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/9/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, light pepper/pine, honey, biscuit dough, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt sweetness; great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Touch of lingering rind. Mild increasing warmth of 9% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops, fruity yeast, and moderate bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV with the mellowly bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Extremely juicy/lightly dank hops with English yeast; sizable malt backbone, but not overly sweet/heavy feeling from lingering bitter dryness. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. Right on par with the other variations I've had so far.

Aug 04, 2018
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beauty is unique and tasty. It pours ever so slightly cloudy with fine bubbles. The aroma is terrific, nasty skunky hops, but in reasonable proportions. Every whiff seems different, as there is a lot going on here. The taste similarly baffles. It is sweet, bitter, every so slightly citrusy and somewhat bready (but definitely not white bread). The finish is smooth and creamy. Like many high end Jackie O's products, it is not a good value (pricey).

This is definitely a dreamy brew, and I may guzzle all of the half growler in very short order (and take a snooze).


May 24, 2018
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4-pack purchased form local grocery chain for $11.99. Can bottom dated 7/18/2017.

Dark straw colored, slightly hazy elixir poured into snifter yielding a nice 2-finger, bright white foam which survives the tasting as a think rim. Plenty of thick lacing coats the vessel.

Being a single hop IPA, the Citra hops are the star of this brew and don't disappoint. Plenty of thick tropical notes of mango, pineapple and fresh melon.

This brew hits the mark for me in multiple categories: smooth, bitter tropical hops, refreshing fruit flavors with a nice subtle spice and a mellow finish.

Nicely carbonated, medium body with the alcohol well hidden for an 8.5%er.

Jackie O's has made its rep on (mostly) BA stouts and adjunct beers but has really made an effort to create some hop-head pleasing brew. Their reworked Mystic Mama IPA is one example, but this single hop Mandala series has provided some outstanding choices as well.

Aug 08, 2017
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Light golden color, thick white head slowly fades leaving lots of sticky lacing. Citrusy tropical aroma. Very tropical taste with light bready notes, a bit of yeast comes through with grapefruit peel and grassy bitterness in the end. Thin to medium slick feel.

Aug 08, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.
A - Pours a bright hazy orange with a one inch thick head.
S - Aroma is sweet, like candied orange. Vary nice!
T - More malty than anything. Light on the citrus, fairly bitter on the finish.
M - Not as thick as a typical DIPA. Medium carbonation.
O - Lots of promise here but never makes it to the level of special.

Aug 02, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros. Canned on 6/24

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger head that fades to leave thin blanket.

S - Aromas of huge malt presence, caramel, cardboard, super faint citrus.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, huge old hops (which makes no sense) generic bitterness, really bland hops, no real citrus. Unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, rather thin.

O - Overall this is a very underwhelming ipa. Really unfortunate considering this is a fresh can.

Serving type: can

Jul 29, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to rudzud 6/24/16

Big creamy foamy head, fades semi slowly messy lacing, mostly clear honey orange color.

Nose candied fruit, smells like old ipa, fruity but generic syrupy candy, maybe a little herbal spicy hop, candied apple, candy malt, messy, so much like malt thing.

Taste more aged hops, candied fruit, apple, sweet syrupy malt and candy, big spicy earthy hop too, herbal like, big bitter earthy spicy hop finish.

Mouth is syrupy messy, lighter carb.

Overall just sad.

Jul 29, 2016
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange body, some definite haze, still pretty transparent, with a persistent white head, starting fat but fading slowly to a white cap, with lots of rich frothy lacing.

S - Rich hop nose, showcasing a solid citra bouquet, mango and passionfruit, pineapple and guava. A bit of wildness, but nothing harsh. Smells deliciously chewy.

T - The taste delivers on the hoppy promise of that nose, with a full range of tropical fruit, a strong malt core that stands up nicely to the bitter bite, and a close that delivers a solid bite but does not run into medicinal or other overloaded hop signals. Nicely done.

M - Brisk, sticky open, chewy with hop resin, and a close that is drying, but not as brutally as one might expect. The tongue takes a hit but is not scorched.

O - I must watch for this beer in the future. The single hop here is common and popular, but Jackie O manages to pull a lovely array of traditional citra flavors while avoiding many of the common traps this tricky hop can spring if not handled with finesse.

Jul 17, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into tulip glass

A: Light amber almost a burnished gold color, pretty good clarity. Light soapy white head.

S: Light cantaloupe, grass smell, slight lemon

T: Huge sweet cantaloupe, slightly bitterish nice sweet candied taste. A little lemon and some

M: Lighter carbonation, nice sweet sticky mouthfeel

O: It is ok its pretty sweet not a bad citra forward beer but almost too sweet, nothing to write home about.

Jul 09, 2016
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very hazy/cloudy orange color with a minimal white lacing of head.

Aroma is straight up Citra hops. Bright citrus, very tropical smelling with hints of dankness and pine as well.

The flavor is also like straight Citra hops in your face! Sweet orange, tangerine, grapefruit, some mango and pineapple with apricot and a earthy dank note and pine too. Lots of different hop flavors and slightly juicy.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean mouthfeel, very well hidden alcohol. Nice bitterness level.

So glad they canned this! Best Jackie O's canned beer by miles!

Jul 06, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel malt sweet, with big grapefruit, tangerine, mango, toasted bread crust, pine, resin, pineapple, and peach notes. Very fruit forward.

Flavor is more sweet malt dominant initially, but the fruit notes come out mid palate and linger, muted, in the finish, which is fairly dry and lightly resiny bitter. More grassy and earthy in flavor than fruity.

Jul 05, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear colder honey color. Aroma is citrusy and a little sweet. Flavor is citrus peel up front with a smooth balanced finish. Drinks pretty smooth and overall just a really quality beer.

Apr 17, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i absolutely love this brewery, but in my experience, their hoppy stuff is a step behind their other styles, which is less and less common i think these days. i have only begun to explore the single hopped versions of this beer, but the citra left a bit to be desired, at least for me. its got a little darker look to it, although still not north of orange, and well heady and clear. lots of bubbles too, which i appreciate in a bigger ipa. the nose is oddly not all that hoppy to me. maybe its the fatty i partook in right before i had this, but i have to say, it didnt pop like some of their others. citra is there in the nose distinctly, but its muted, and overbalanced a little by richer malt profile. the taste matches the nose, better as a session imperial ipa, if such a thing exists, due to its balance and use of grain to counter the hops, but the citra doesnt seem quite bold enough on its own to cut it, certainly not on the bitterness scale, and so it seems too malty for the style and also for my taste. drinkable as they go though because of the bubbles and the relative lack of residual sweetness given its malt base. not my favorite from them, but i will try the others for sure if they come around.

Mar 02, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into an IPA glass
A: Clear, light orange with a one-finger head
S: Clean, hop-forward, mostly citrus (fresh orange/lemon). Pine along with hints of herbs/caramel underneath the citrus
T: More earthy and herbal than the nose, still solid citrus in the middle with an caramel/earthy finish
M: Medium-bodied, crisp and dry
O: Showcases the hop well and is very tasty

Dec 17, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold-brass with a large white foam that dies to a minimal off-white film.

This smells like orange PEZ, but for some dank sweat and cracker. However, I also get some feet, cat pee and rug as it warms--some classic notes managed to survive this haze craze after all!

Taste is lemony-orange cannabic dankness with cracker. This puppy is really hoppy and spicy but also reminds me of Froot Loops!

Full and frothy with a crisp, semi-dry finish.

A tasty brew that hits the spot.


In May 2018, they changed the recipe of this puppy to use Conan yeast and produce a hazier NE-style IPA. The following is a review for this new version, but I find my overall score not changing drastically.

Hazy orange amber with a moderate off-white froth settling to a persistent lumpy blanket leaving a few spots of lace.

Smell is graham and dank rug with spicy cannabis and pepper, lemon and orange, and a faint bit of burnt rubber, resin and grapefruit.

Taste is kind of like a mix of Heady and Hopslam, with a honey-like sweetness and graham-like malt underlying a grapefruit and cannabis combo with notes of orange rind, eucalyptus and zippy white grape. I feel like, more than anything else, the yeast adds an acidity not unlike that which is found in Trillium IPAs.

The moderate to light body has a light fuzzy carbonation with a cotton dry finish.

Dec 17, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

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

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

Growler poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with solid clarity; small eggshell white head that leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are very nice. Nice balance between tropical and citrus notes. Lots of mango along with some sticky grapefruit. The malts take a backseat in the aroma and flavor department. The flavors follow the nose. Very sharp and clean. More mango along with some pineapple. The grapefruit is there along with some lemon and lime zest. Orange notes are there. Subtle pine notes. Some black pepper in the mix. Solid bitterness. Once again, the malts take a backseat. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Finishes clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice DIPA. Well crafted and very enjoyable. It's definitely worth checking out if you come across it.

Dec 16, 2015
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BeechwoodJim from Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the last of the keg 60oz's of goodness. Got a discount since the last 4ozs were foam but upon pouring into my glass I was greeted with a citrus aroma and a delicate hoppy bite. 2 glasses in and I'm hooked. Way to go Jackie O

Apr 17, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jackie O's Mandala Citra


Poured into pint glass

A: Orange to copper in color with good lacing

S: Not pungent or dank but very fruity. Mangos and peaches

T: Mmm . . . Tangy ipa. Very good taste is peaches and mangos.

M: Medium to thin but suitably impressed for a dipa. Kinda sticky

O: A very nice dipa for the citra fans

Mar 31, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Jackie-O's

A- pours a golden orange-amber color with a small creamy white head that has great retention and lacing around the glass

S- lots of bright citrus-grapefruit hops, a bit danky with some lemon peel, just a touch of sweet doughy malt on the back-end

T- citrusy hops explosion with notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, some grassy notes with a sweet and malty finish. Awesome citrus notes coming from this one

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a slightly viscous finish

O- I really enjoyed the citrus hop aromas and flavors, yet it had just enough sweet and bready malt to balance it out. A superb DIPA.

Sep 27, 2013
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oline73 from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap during the anniversary celebration. Served in a tasting glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a hint of gold. There is a quarter finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Juicy citrus hops with some pineapple and tangerine mixed in. There is a good amount of sweetness backing up the hops. Tons of fresh citra.

Taste: This reminds me of a west coast DIPA. There is no heat that would have clued me in to the abv. Citrus hop bitterness balanced by a the malty sweetness. The finish is quite bitter.

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

Overall: This is a very nice beer that showcases the citra hops. I enjoyed it and would be interested in having more.

Jan 01, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe what I having is already on BA, but the growler tag says "Citra Mandela". Merge if need be.

Huge thanks to JM03 for this beauty!

Pours a dark orange, somewhat hazed, with a finger of cream colored head. Juicy, juicy citrus aroma! Orange, zest, cream, bread. Taste is bitter, fruity, orange, grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Malts in the back . Full bodied creamy and substantial! Dipa heft in full force!

Sad day, when this growler is gone....

John! Ohioan! Live at JO'S :D

Dec 13, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Kan. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few spots of lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Lots of Citra hops, with juicy orange, tropical fruits, and a hint of dank onion. Fairly balanced, with the expected sugar cookie malts and a touch of brown sugar as well.

T - Similar to the aroma, but with not quite as much malt character. Lots of citrus flesh and a touch of rind, and a few slightly herbal notes. There's moderate bitterness that grows over time.

M - Medium body, pleasant crisp carbonation, some lingering oily hop resins amid the dry finish. No alcohol presence.

D - A solid and well-crafted DIPA. The reviews on Ratebeer seem unusually high, but if you like Citra hops you certainly won't be disappointed by this one. If I were at Jackie O's I'd definitely order this one again.

Dec 03, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub twice, once with regular carb and once with nitro. This turned out to be a VERY solid DIPA, my favorite hoppy beer to date from Jackie O's.

It pours a clear copper color, with about 2 fingers of fine foam on top which eventually recedes to a nearly non-existent ring. The aroma is all Citra hop, grapefruit and other acidic citrusy aromas, very appetizing. I can smell the sweet caramel malts beneath but only barely, the Citra is used to good advantage. The flavor is all hops, aggressively astringent and immediately addictive. The initially scathing hop presence is tempered by some lingering sweetness in the aftertaste, albeit with a lasting hop burn on the tongue.

The body is thicker than expected for 8.2% ABV, fairly heavy feeling. It actually tastes like it might be higher than 8.2% too, but it could be a suggestion from the strength of the flavors. Anyway it's very quick drinking, I've had many glasses now (mostly from growlers throughout a day of NFL) and I'm still loving it. Great job Brad!

Oct 21, 2012
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