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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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408 Ratings

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is an ale brewed with spices, not brewed with pumpkin.

(Beer added by: nortmand on 09-12-2007)
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Photo of StoutHunter
2.39/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer a few times, but for some reason I've never reviewed it and I thought it was time to give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't look that great, I liked the old one much better, the new one looks cheesy, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a an orange amber color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This wasn't a great looking beer, the color was nice, but the head, lacing and retention weren't good

S- The aroma starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness with a light pumpkin aroma being the first to show up, but it's quickly overpowered by the spices which seem to dominate the aroma and it's the cinnamon that for sure stands out the most. Up next I get a bready and light grainy aroma. This beer didn't have a great aroma, it was dominated by Cinnamon and it didn't let any other aspects shine through.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin still being the first to show up, but it might be even lighter than it was in the aroma and it's quickly overpowered by the spices with the cinnamon still being dominating. Up next comes a watery and light grainy flavor. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a weird cinnamon like aftertaste. This wasn't a good tasting beer, the cinnamon was too overpowering and there weren't any other nice flavors to back it up.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little watery, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a decent mouthfeel, but I wish it wasn't watery.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and i thought that it was a poor example of a Pumpkin Ale, instead of letting the pumpkin shine it was dominated by the cinnamon and that didn't let through any nice supporting flavors. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, a little watery, not filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge at all to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only aspect that wasn't below average. What I liked the least about this beer was taste, it just wasn't good and it didn't really have any redeeming aspects. I wouldn't buy this beer again, now i see why i haven't had it in a couple years. I wouldn't recommend this beer, it's just not a good example of the style. All in all I didn't like this beer, Arcadia is a good brewery, but this isn't a good beer and I don't understand why they choose to release this below average Pumpkin Ale every year. This is my least favorite beer from Arcadia and it's one of my least favorite Pumpkin Ales. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

StoutHunter, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%

It's time for so many pumpkin brews to pop up. Some are really great. This is not one of the great ones.

My bottle looks flat. The color is fine but there is almost no head. The aroma is a sharp spice.

The taste is mildly spicy but otherwise had little going on. The mouthfeel of this bottle is poor but the aftertaste and burp are pretty nice.

I don't want to try this again.

schoolboy, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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Photo of matjack85
2.9/5  rDev -11%

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 12oz brown bottle for $4. The bartender said it's a pumpkin beer without any pumpkin in it. The website and bottle label say the same thing. Doesn't seem to make much sense, but we shall see.

The beer poured a hazy copper/orange color but it didn't produce any head - just a thin white rim that faded in about 10 seconds. Despite the lack of head it still left a decent amount of lacing.

It has the smell of all the pumpkin pie spices - just no pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice aroma and not much else. Actually smells pretty good.

Tastes like drinking carbonated water with those 3 spices in it, plus a touch of noticeable alcohol. There is a slight bitterness in the finish. I didn't care for it.

Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I don't know if even the addition of pumpkin could have saved this one. It was bad on so many levels.

matjack85, Oct 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Pandarus, Oct 19, 2014
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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.