Jester | Indigo Imp Brewery

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Indigo Imp Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MCDuhamel on 04-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by zhooker:
Photo of zhooker
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a stemmed pilsener glass. Exceptionally hazy golden honey in color. No head -- given the bottle-conditioning, I poured it off very slowly to minimize particulate in the glass.

The scent is all citrus -- a little sharp and stingy in one whiff, then a little sweet in the next. There is a bready malt backbone to this, which is probably where the sweetness is coming from. Banana bread! That's it!

Vinegar-like sourness or spiciness, typical of some Belgian brews, overcomes the mouth. This does a lot of work to counteract the fruit flavors that were so present in the nose. The malts and hops seem well-balanced, but again, these also take a backseat to the the strong flavors imparted by the yeast. Despite the slight disparity in style, this really reminded me of Sly Fox's Chester County Bitter, if you're familiar.

This might be one to age in the basement. Conveniently, Indigo Imp dips the cap of one bottle in each six pack in some thick wax (a la Maker's Mark), which I suppose serves no real purpose, but for some reason it seems proper to age it. A bit of maturation might counteract some of the strong yeastiness.

On another note, Indigo Imp could really use a new graphic designer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say I've had the Blonde Bombshell and this one so far and I like these funky sours. These aren't the most refined versions, rustic Cleveland open fermentation with water from the filtered Cuyahoga? I don't what their water source is but this Belgian style funk pale ale is a hazy unfiltered copper orange hue with a white bright head that dwindles pretty damn quick. Minimal scattered lacing, nose has a nice banana bread yeast note with hints of spice and mild citrus notes. Something gives off a lactic creamy yogurt sensation. Flavor is sour makes you pucker enough but nothing that drys the throat leaves a bit of dryness in the finish. Fruity with citrus and banana mild clove and spicy tones, a bit of a solvent chemical touch as the sour apple and lemon citrus flavors peak but it blends in without much harshness. Again the creamy lactic notes brings out hints of citrus fruit and greek yogurt blended. Mouthfeel is medium bodied not cloying just a bit sour with a dry presence after each sip, I could see the acidity bother the faint at heart or the GERD suffering community a bit. Drinkability is good, I'm actually able to gulp this sour ale and enjoy the flavors or I could slowly sip and really analyze the complexity from the open fermentation, I'm a fan.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer more than any other of Indigo Imp's seems to have been negatively affected by some bad yeast in some previous batches. Call it QC, call it whatever, it's certainly improved now.

Pale orange with a golden-hued brightness, this beer is also quite clear. An interestingly colored head, sort of a light tan but not exactly, reaches a full finger in height. It's retained for a decent length of time. Lacing is light to moderate.
There's lots of sweet fruit on the nose, including a hint of banana, red and white grape, and pear. It's complemented by a bite of spice. Overall, it shows nice depth and proves itself Belgian in style. There's a light floral hoppiness, but not a whole lot.
Fairly tasty and quite interesting, I get the impression of toast with apple jam in the taste.. It's definitely sweeter than it is hoppy, and there's a big banana finish to it.
The body is light and the feel is smooth. It remains sweet into the finish, and even gets a little tingly (spicy?) on the tongue.

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Photo of Stigs
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - pours with a short lived inch of loose, light tan foam, settling to a thin film. the beer is mostly clear, light copper in color with active bubbling.

S - bright and yeasty, with some fruity apples and banana. slight mildewy mustiness carries throughout, with some slightly cooked veggies and grains.

T - some flashes of fruit, red apples, pear, and some over-ripened banana. chiming in after that is some yeast, complete with phenols. complete lack of hops leave this unfinished at the end.

M - thin body, with a little below average level of carbonation. extremely odd and sticky after the swallow, and a bit unpleasant.

D - drinkable, bordering unpleasant. held back severely by an awkward, sticky and irritating mouthfeel. not much good to pull out of this.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rocky, frothy head atop a beautiful creamy orange body. Aroma of sweet citrus and clove. Starts a touch sweet, then the malt backbone, and of course all the complexity of a Belgian yeast including banana, clove, and orange. Finishes just a touch dry. Unyielding effervescence.

I like this one quite a bit. Really lets the yeast and its complexity shine. Not great reviews elsewhere, but I have no idea why. Looks good, smells good, feels good, tastes better.

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Photo of prototypic
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jester pours an interesting copper color. It’s very hazy, and looks a little orange with backlighting. Definitely intriguing for a Belgian Pale. It’s topped with a slightly off-white head. It stands about a finger tall and falls to a surface covering quickly. It holds firm there for a while. Lacing was light to moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It’s definitely spicy and fruity. Spicy clove and pepper might be attributable to the yeast. The yeast definitely has a Belgian character, but its presence could be stronger. Fruity notes of orange and apricot are there. Alcohol is not noticeable. It’s a little weak in terms of strength, and isn’t all that deep. Still smells pretty good.

The flavor is definitely a step or two below the nose. It kicks off with clove and pepper spice flavors. They’re not very intense, but don’t taste bad. The fruity orange and apricot flavors are much more subtle here. There’s a little yeast, but it’s faint and is only barely reminiscent of Belgian yeast. It just fades away from there. Alcohol is very light. Finishes with light spice and yeast flavors.

Jester has a lighter body that won’t be confused with anything Belgian. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem buzzy. Too thin to be smooth. It goes down relatively easy, but it’s not all that enjoyable.

To be fair, Jester isn’t a joke. It’s not very good beer, but it isn’t a total disaster. To be a successful Belgian Pale, it needs more of everything – aromatics, flavor, body – the works. If you ignore the style classification, it might be somewhat passable. In any event, it needs work.

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Photo of nickd717
1.74/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235, who I can always count on to supply me with the Indian Wells equivalents of the midwest.

The appearance is - WTF - extremely murky orange with a quickly fading off-white head. Looks disgusting.

The smell is rather wheaty with a bit of orange, almost like Blue Moon, which is not good.

The flavor is rather citric with sweet caramel and spice, with an acrid, off-putting finish. Man, this is rough.

Falls flat on the mouthfeel with some astringency and medium-light body.

Well, Ryan described Indigo Imp as the Indian Wells of Ohio, and judging by this beer, he's not far off. This is bad.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to Tifore
for this beer!

A- Poured a murky coppery color. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Longer streaks of lace on the glass.

S- Tons of fruit in the front of the aroma. Apples and banana are the two dominate fruits. Light yeasty notes with a stale almost mildew like presence. This works for the beer making it seem more Belgian if that makes sense. Hints of grains and a touch of alcohol balance everything out in the nose.

T- Apple, pears, and a bready malt base comes out in the front. Also, in the middle more of the musty yeasty tastes come out to play for a second before giving way to a bready malty ending. No real hops at all in this brew. I don't know what to think as it kind of leaves the beer a little unfinished.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for style. Light fruits and bready malts left on the palate. More malts and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. No real off flavors although everything kind of seemed muted. Flavors were blending but not to the style I see it is put in as.

D- I didn't find this one bad at all just missing a little something. Like a backend and that's about it from making this a above average beer. Nice easy drinker other than that...nothing over the top but nothing that makes this beer bland as well.

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Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of oline73
1.92/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange/amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head goes away very quickly leaving just a trace around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This is a surprise. The smell is tart and a bit funky. Smells like this beer is going to be quite acidic. There is also a slight sweetness.

Taste: There is some sweet malt, tart fruit, and a note of cooked vegetables. This is a really weird beer. Acidic and sour, but not in a particularly good way. Had no idea what to expect and can't say that I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a finish that isn't as dry as it should be.

Overall: I'm all for trying new things, but this is a terrible beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.69/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Slightly pink and blonde. Average lacing with a nice ring.

Smell - Slightly sour with hints of sewage. Not much else going on. Very dark fruits.

Taste - I definitely get that Belgian taste; it's just not very good. While the smell is sour one, it transfers into an unpleasant bitterness. The taste is entirely too bitter and unpleasant. It's very acidic with no hints of other Belgian properties.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Not very drinkable. Too bitter and unpleasantly rawly sour. Medium bodied. Just unpleasant.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +46%

Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Duvel glass. No date. The body was a turbid butterscotch color. There was a creamy eggshell head that fell to a ring and left no lace.

The smell was of soft Belgian yeast. Slight bubblegum. There was a mild sourness too.

The taste was sweet and tart. Mildly peppery. Canned pears. Tonic water. Finishes dry and effervescent. A bit hollow, drinkable but dulled.

Mouthfeel was medium density with plenty of carbonation. Underwhelming overall really.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.52/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

10/04/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this.
A: Hazy amber honey milk; it poured with a small head that turned into a VERY small collar.
S: Orange pulp, milky caramel toasted bread.
T: Lemon finish, spicy (almost like pumpkin pie) caramel and orange peel. Nicely refreshing.
M: Syrupy, spritzy, only OK.
D: Really good.

In my experience, Indigo Imp is hit-and-miss from bottle to bottl. Their better stuff is always the soured bottles.

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Photo of Clembo1957
1.93/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A strange beer, actually quite unpleasant and not to my taste at all.

Poured from a 12oz bottle, a good pour resulting in a lasting foamy head.

Appearance: slightly cloudy amber appaerance. the beer is unpasteurised and unfiltered so you may end up with sediment in the glass

Aroma: A sour aroma, hints of fruit.

Taste: the further in got down the glass the harder it was to finish, a sour unpleasant taste.

mouthfeel: plenty of carbonation.

Overall not a beer i'd recommmend or try again.

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Photo of samie85
3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed 4/17.

A- Pours an orange/amber with a white head.

S-Smells of coriander and belgian yeast. Going into this one, I expeced more of an APA as it said nowhere on the bottle anything about it being stylistically Belgian.

T-Tastes predominantly of Belgian yeast with some slight sourness.

M-Medium bodied and pretty effervescent.

D-Pretty drinkable but not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of J2t645
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.19/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy amber, exhibiting significant chill haze. A half-inch head forms on the pour, falling to a film over the beer. No lacing at all.

S: Yeast, banana, some clove and overripe fruit are present in the nose. A bit funky.

T: Some maltiness is evident on the palate at first, followed by fruit and some spiciness. The beer finishes fairly dry. Hops are not really evident.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly light; the carbonation is unobtrusive, but present.

D: Neither quaffable nor a sipper, this beer is easy enough to drink without being a real session beer.

Overall: Nothing on the label suggests that this "pale ale" (as it is described in the notes on the back label) is brewed with Belgian-style yeast (I figured that out only after visiting the brewer's web site), so a drinker expecting an American or English pale ale will be very surprised by this beer. Understanding that caused me to re-evaluate this beer; as anything other than a Belgian style it would be way out of bounds. As a Belgian-style pale ale, it's decent enough, if not in any way outstanding. It has a nice drinkability without the overwhelming strength of the bigger dubbels or "abbeys" on the market. There is a bit of funkiness throughout the beer, I suspect due to the open vessel fermentation. I'll come back to this beer when looking for something different and "Belgiany" without the high gravity. If only it were prettier in the glass . . .

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Photo of NCleland19
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of SaltofOH
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Graded to taste, not style. Single from a mix-and-match 6 pack.

Appearance: Dark copper with a slight haze (it is bottle-conditioned and unfiltered, after all). A 1/4" foamy tan head off a very gentle pour (to avoid disturbing the sediment). Awesome lacing.

Aroma: Sour. Belgian. Bubble gum. Pears. Artificial candy. Yeast. There are not too many beers worth sitting and nosing, but this is one.

Taste: Like the nose, starts sour/tart; minimal to nonexistent hop presence. Weighty and substantial, but still refreshing. Weird. This is a complex beer. This is not one you kick back several of. Not sweet, but somehow leaves me with an unpleasant cloying feeling.

Mouthfeel: Hefty, but not slick. Quite carbonated, but small, light bubbles.

Overall: this is a very complex beer, in every respect. That detracts from its enjoyability for me, but makes me want to go out and buy a six pack of this. The tart/sour not sweet but still cloying aspect suggests that this has higher alcohol. Very "Belgian" in character.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small orange citrus hop and a small gingerbread like malt. In the taste, big orange citrus hops, and a small gingerbread like malt. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange juice citrus in the aftertaste. Big citrus hops in an ale, actually kind of love it.

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Photo of PDXHops
1.64/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Slightly hazy orange with a fizzy soda pop-style head that's gone in a flash. No head, no lace. I do like the hue, though.

Smells bready with a vague fruity marmalade quality. I suppose there's a light stray spicy Belgian yeast note in there somewhere, but as this stuff warms up, the fruit smells take a turn toward tart and overpowering territory.

Holy mackerel, tart indeed, not to mention sorta rotten tasting. Multiple tiny sips are required to evaluate this critter, and tiny sips are frankly all I care to venture. Vegetative, medicinal, somehow with a fruitiness that's simultaneously tart, almost sour, but overripe. The abundant carbonation does this stuff no favors; then again, the level of carbonation is probably the least of the concerns here.

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Photo of Ryan011235
1.58/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap in a pint glass at Hal & Al's on 9/10/10

Unfiltered. Cloudy tangerine, pineapple juice highlights. Very murky. Poured no head. No lace.

The aroma is a weird cluster of bland, past-prime fruit - banana, apple, pear & hints of orange. A touch of Belgian style yeast, though lacking spiciness.

The taste isn't quite a bland, but is by no means good. Tart apple notes & some banana. Hints of hops. Slightly more spicy. Finishes kind of medicinal. Tastes as murky as it looks.

Medium body. Carbonation is moderate but not enough to augment the mild spices. Rotting fruit esters linger beyond the finish.

Certainly the shaker pint didn't help, but I doubt a tulip would cure what ails this beer. It's just not enjoyable at all. Indigo Imp is going to have to step up their game to hang in Cleveland.

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