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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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 77
Photo of mandy27
4.6/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I cannot comprehend some of the bad reviews. Many seem ignorant of what this brewery is about. Worst case scenario I've had with Jester is that it sometimes tastes better ( read a nice rounded sour) a few weeks after I buy it. Hey Zeus, Indigo Imp is making some of the most interesting beer I've had in a sea of baby Ohio micro breweries.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.25/5  rDev +46.6%
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 WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +44.8%
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 OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +41.4%
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 guitaristshad
4.02/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon pouring this into a glass, this confused me. I double checked to make sure I bought the Jester and not something else, as it was a murky, unfiltered wheat look. The smell was alright, not overly hoppy on the aroma. The taste, however, was the saving grace. A very unique brew. It was like Raging Bitch's younger, less bitter brother. A nice sweeter finish than expected. Looking forward to having another one of these.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, which is indeed indigo.

Pours an opaque brown. Smell is citrusy, clovey, and pungent. Right up my alley there. Tastes sour, with some fine Belgian yeast and herbal flavors coming to the forefront. Finishes dryer and smooth. Feels medium-bodied. Very cloying yet good beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail clean, clear pint glass. $1.50 single bottle at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A Orange brown glowing body and almost no head whatsoever. I do remember a brief head but after 30 seconds it is completely gone and I was trying to pour a head. Nice unfiltered yeasty body with sediment observable. No lacing.

S Belgian like malt and yeast, maybe some hops? It is not unlike a Belgian Dubbel but it is watered down. Inviting smell albeit a bit weak. I had to smell 3 times to get this information from this beer.

T A nice Belgian Dubbel like taste that reminds me a lot of Willoughby Brewing Company's Abbey Road Dubbel. I think that this is certainly more Belgian than it is Pale Ale. I do not taste much hops which I thought was a key aspect of a Pale Ale. Like the Blonde Bombshell that I tasted and rated earlier tonight, this beer is fairly simple in its taste, not changing much at all from first sip through to the aftertaste. I will make an educated guess and say that the ABV is likely about 7.0%

M Little to no carbonation. This has the feel of a thick, alcoholic punch.

D Good. I could have many of these.

Notes: A bit simplistic in its taste spectrum, this is a welcome taste to the Cleveland market and certainly the national market. I would not be surprised to see excellent things coming from Indigo Imp in the future. Great start guys!

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Photo of TheNightbird
3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Bright orange color, not too much head to talk about.

S- Upfront banana aromas. Followed up with bread and clove smells. Hops are there but they are over powered by yeast profile.

T- The bavarian style of yeast comes through first. Soft hops and grain then follow. Some faint acidity is present towards the end of the sip. There is a yeasty aftertaste that lasted a while.

M- Solid medium body. The carbonation goes well with the body of the beer.

D- Solid drinkability.

A unique beer out of my home town. If I did not look at the color of the beer, I would have thought that I was drinking a nice Bavarian Wheat. Overall I am happy that I sampled this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Indigo Imp : Jester

Pours a cloudy orangeish color, slight yellowish head and a good deal of lace. Aroma of hay, yeast, and alittle funk. In the taste, somewhat malty with faint cocoa/nutty notes, belgian yeast, and a mild tartness that lingers well into the aftertaste. A little funky, malty, and very mildy sour in the finish. Medium bodied, chalky finish. Overall, interesting and kind of nice.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
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 UDbeernut
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

A: hazy gold orange color, no head what so ever

S: light malt aroma, nice belgian yeast aroma

T: light buttery malt, little bitterness. Slightly watery, but ok none the less. A lot better than I was expecting

M&d: light bodied, nice amount of carbonation. Certainly fits the belgian pale style well


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Photo of ne0m00re
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
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 hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with an airy head of quickly fading off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast notes
Taste-Spicy yeast, faint pineapple and pear, definite Belgian underpinnings. Interesting flavor and nicely balanced.

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Photo of zhooker
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of tlazaroff
3.34/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured orange with no head. Had a somewhat barnyard experience while drinking it, but it was expected and nice. The alcohol isn't hidden very well, I didn't know what the ABV is while drinking it, but it defiantly wasn't masked well at all. I could drink this again but probably wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Maltenbach
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy copper color. Thin head dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is reminiscent of a blonde Belgian ale. Fruity esters with clove. Up front flavors are spicy citrus, lemons, dried apricot, clove. Finish is sour citrus with perhaps a bit of anise and burnt orange. Flavors are complex, but perhaps a little too sour for my palate. This would be a refreshing beer for a hot day, but it’s not one to sit and savor.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 srandycarter
3.24/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light murky apple juice, small near white head leaves fast to disk.

S - Sweet, cooked pit fruit.

T - Starts nice and fruity, Belgian yeast like, but gets sickly sweet at end.

M - Light carb and body, balance off to the sweet.

D - One is enough. Thank you!

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.19/5  rDev +10%
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 Molson2000
3.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight malt aroma with hints of fruit. Very fruity and a bit sour. Label mentions a pale ale but this is more of a saison. Very high carbonation. Sourness is the main aspect here and it lasts right through the finish. Terrible pale ale, but not a bad saison (although not a great one).
I appreciate the brewery trying to do unique things, but calling this a pale ale with the Belgian yeast that they are using is just wrong. Open air fermenting is cool, but if your beer is so radical, why not describe it better on the label. Reference saisons and lambics!!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.11/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioned Belgian ale. I can appreciate that. Flavor fits to style, but it's a bit too strong along several lines. More soapy than I'd prefer. There's a real strong yeasty citrus thing too. Feel is nice and it's pretty easy to drink, but if things were reigned in a lot more and characteristics more refined instead of all over the place, I could appreciate it more. An okay execution, but not quite where it should be.

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Photo of samie85
3.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 cpetrone84
3.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-good looking golden amber color, very hazy in transparency. The head is thin and bubbly, an aggressive pour gives off little foam that dissipates immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass

S-big nose of belgian yeast, cloves, hints of banana, lemon, and a touch of peppery spice.

T-the taste follows the nose, big on the yeasty cloviness, lots of sour lemon, a touch of banana, and some belgian spice

M-very smooth and creamy, a little thinner and watered down, a high level of carbonation but not too much

D-very sour and spicy, the mix is ok, the body is good imo. Not something I'm too interested in though.

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Photo of Mississipping
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz wax-dipped bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Unbelievably cloudy/hazy muddy straw color. One-finger light tan foamy head that almost refuses to subside. Sticky lacing coats the glass. 

S: Bready yeast, with only a hint of hops. There isn't much going on with the smell, in terms of a traditional IPA. There is a decent amount of Saison yeast and spiciness. A touch grainy and grassy too. Slightly disappointing, considering the impressive presentation. 

T: This really tastes more like a farmhouse ale than an IPA to me. It's not so much funky as it is yeasty and spicy. The hops are completely subdued, giving the peppery and grassy farmhouse qualities center stage. Really not at all what I was expecting, but moderately enjoyable. Decent amount of booze at the finish is somewhat unpleasant. 

M: medium bodied with a decent weight. Carbonation level is really high, although it creates a soft, pillowy, creaminess on the tongue that isn't unpleasant. Again, even the feel resembles a farmhouse ale. Just a bit drying at the finish, partially from the small amount of hops, the spiciness, and the booze. 

O: I'm indifferent about this one. Totally didn't hit the mark based on style, but maybe unintentionally, resembles a mediocre, slightly hoppy saison. As it warms, it gets a little hoppier, but never really approaches that of a typical IPA. Just a bit boozy for my taste. I'm glad I got to try this, as it's completely unexpected and intriguing. 

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2.9 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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