Waka Waka Waka
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,312
Ranked #5,848
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look – Trampoline on top. Looks viscous. Amber-orange. Didn’t get a lot of head.

Smell – Uncooked loaf of bread. Grapefruit. Cheap cologne “after smell.” Faintly dank. You know it is an IPA.

Taste – Malty. Citrusy. Alcohol is there but quickly fades.

Feel – Viscous. Smooth and sticky.

Overall – Enough differentiation to write home about this one. For those who say the D stands for Dank in DIPA, not quite there, but close enough. Equally matched with old school beer taste and citrus.

Apr 01, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a howler right from the taproom.

A - Mostly clear, copper-orange pour that doesnt yield a large head, but retains a solid frothy, film like (think Guinness) layer on top that leaves lacing behind like it's going out of style.

S - Lots of malt. Very bready, like homemade dough. Some tropical fruits. Not real in your face hops, but there does seem to be some resinous pine there too.

T - I would say it is one of the more malt forward DIPAs I have had. There is still plenty of hops to balance it out on the back side. Very citrusy and tropical, but not just the typical grapefruit/pineapple. Very juicy, and works very well with the strong malt base. Some bitterness surfaces in the middle to remind you it's an IPA, along with a little bit of a peppery kick, then is calmed back down by a subtle caramel sweetness like a mother gently rocking her baby to sleep. Finish is as smooth as a dolphins ass.

F - Very creamy. I can't overstate that aspect. The only other DIPAs that I can think of with this mouth feel are Lawson's SoS, and Heady. Very surprising given the predominantly clear appearance. Carbonation seems to be on the lower side, which also makes me wonder where the nitro-like head comes from.

O - Who said Jackie O's couldn't do non-barrel aged? Seriously? I have actually never heard that... In all actual seriousness, this is Incredibly smooth, great variety of flavors that play well with each other. Alcohol is slighy noticeable, and it is probably a hair on the malty/syrupy side (for majority, not me) but those are my nitpicking items. Now I will be dreaming of the day they tweet that they are bottling/canning Waka.

Feb 08, 2015
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Brenden from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A thick and barely translucent orange-red brew, appropriately served in a snifter, is crowned by a pale orange-tinted head one finger tall. It's extremely creamy with great stick to the walls and lots of it, chunky at first and densely patchy below.
This is a hoppy brew with an interesting and varied profile, lots going on here in ways that wouldn't necessarily seem to work entirely but do. It's raw initially, pithy to a point with an earthiness that runs all the way through, more prominently at first before giving way to other elements. Pine comes in strongly, giving it more rawness, and there's a note that I could only describe as cheesecloth, but in a good way, along with some tobacco.
In the flavor, some of the "cheesier" notes are subdued, and the tobacco leaf is part of the overall leafier profile. It's got big, resinous and oily hops of a mostly piney, green, earthy and, again, raw but refined nature even as a bit of honey sweetness evens, balances, and adds depth to it. A peppery bite nips at the tongue underneath.
This medium-bodied beer is first crisp, then a smoothness comes in alongside and they both ride together into a nice finish. Overall, it's very juicy on the palate.

Mar 04, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a medium copper color that's clear in appearance, an evenly creamy/frothy head and light carbonation.

S - Vinous, creamy, slightly acidic tropical and passion fruit.

T - Spicy tropical fruit, light floral, red juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Starts with a spicy presence before the light caramel base surfaces and blends with a spicy, peppery, fruit rind finish with a lingering bittersweet fruit resin finish. Sweet, spicy, and balanced bitterness.

M - Creamy smooth with gentle carbonation and heavy medium body, thicker than the average D-IPA.

O - Balanced and spicy, at first it doesn't particularly stand out but as you work through the glass and things warm the spicy resin intensifies and really grows on you. If you like spicy beers (which I do), the 9% is completely hidden with no alcohol effervescence and warming - worth a try. Surprised at the low number of reviews as of today.

Aug 29, 2013
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ray's Place. Hop aroma. A light colour, a decent hop flavour. Decent drinkability, and I would think intended. About where your average DIPA is. Carbonation about right. Waka Waka Waka name is intended to signal complexity. Was not getting that nor tropical fruit.

Aug 03, 2013
Waka Waka Waka from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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