Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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75
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420 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 21.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: nortmand on 09-12-2007

This is an ale brewed with spices, not brewed with pumpkin.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 420 | Reviews: 163
Reviews by divineaudio:
Photo of divineaudio
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pint glass

a - pours a hazy orange color with a few chunks of yeast sediment in it. forms a finger of off white head that calms quickly to a thin film. very little lacing.

s - all spice, nothing else.

t - unfortunately, flavor is dominated by spice. very little malt character coming through though there is a bit of bitterness in the finish.

m - thin with far too much carbonation.

o - well, at least it's appropriately named. not awful, but not for me. certainly won't be returning to this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of schoolboy
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Hmm, though they don't say it's a Pumpkin Ale, the allusion is there due to the pumpkin head on the label. After some investigation, we find there's no pumpkin in this beer. It's just spiced, like the label says. Misleading, but let's move on.

Orangey-amber in color and completely hazy due to loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Thin layer of lacing sticks around for a while. Obvious pumpkin pie spice aromas (cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg), but the allspice and nutmeg become borderline soapy due to overuse. Mild malt sweetness and a faint buttery tone in the nose as well. Good smoothness with a creamy medium body. Malt is a little bit toasty with a kiss of sweetness. Woody hop bitterness in the middle. Spices take over with more of an earthy allspice and nutmeg combo. Yeasty and a tad buttery with a juicy fruit flavor in the center. Flavors seem to fall apart toward the end with a bitty grain and lingering butter flavor in the semidry finish.

It's hard to get past the spicing here. Bringing in the buttery tone is where this beer loses it. A bit of a chore to drink, and the spicing alone just doesn't cut it for us. If you're going to attempt a Pumpkin Ale, do it right.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange hue with an inch of off white head creamy head on top. Aromas of lightly grainy caramel malt and light pumpkin along with cinnamon and nutmeg as the prominent spices. Subtle hops in the background.

First sip is light caramel malt with some DMS and a touch of pumpkin meat. Spiciness follows with nutmeg and cinnamon leading the way again. A bit grainy overall. Finishes with a touch of herbal hops. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium and sorta prickly on the tongue, not much creaminess to be had here. Overall, it's a pretty tasty pumpkin ale but it doesn't stand out from the pack.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with virtually no head, even with an aggressive pour. Mostly clove in the nose, with some faint background spice, all of which warmed/burnt my nose. Vaguely spicy taste, tiny bit of hops at the end. An OK beer, but there are certainly better examples of the style.

Photo of warnerry
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/12/10

A - Pours a murky brown with no head.

S - Nice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg dominate; also some sweet malts in the background.

T - Once again cinnamon dominates; beneath the cinnamon are cloves and nutmeg, a sweet slightly earthy bread malt and a faint nutty flavor.

M - Has a rich mouthfeel, but not heavy; the cinnamon really dries out the mouth on the finish.

D - I am certainly enjoying this beer, but I don't know if I would want more than one in a sitting; nice to have a beer with the pumpkin spices without the sweetness of many pumpkin beers.

Photo of MOShepp
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color with a thin head and very little lacing.

Bottle says spiced with allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells slightly of nutmeg, lemon, mostly like a wheat beer, not a pumpkin spiced beer.

Tastes a little spicey, maybe some cloves, no cinn. allspice or nutmeg though. Balanced with some hops showing in the middle.

It's not a bad beer, just not what I'd call a spiced ale.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours a very clear, medium amber, with a creamy bone head and lots of fine-grained carbonation bubbles.

One of those beers that smells really nice, but not entirely like something I'm eager to drink; great as a candle, however. The aroma is dominated by spices, as is the flavor. A solid malt base appears mid-taste, but essentially only spices remain in the aftertaste.
Borders on over-spiced, if notclearly over the top, but thankfully there's a nice mix of spices, with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice all evident.

Feel: Medium+ body; medium but soft carbonation; odd mix of smooth and lightly astringent/harsh.

O: spicy seasonal choice.

Photo of glid02
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a friend who got it up in Champaign, IL. Much obliged.

Pours a nice dark orange/copper color with a two-finger rocky white head. The sheeting has larger than average bubbles and doesn't stick around too long.

Smells great. A whole lot of spices, mostly nutmeg and brown sugar. There are also some light fruit notes.

I wish it tasted as good as it smelled. It tastes like an average amber with just the slightest spice and fruit notes. Mildly sweet without much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is alright. The carbonation is a bit much, but the thickness is pretty good.

Drinkability is alright as well. It goes down easily enough, but I think it's lacking as a good pumpkin beer.

Overall this certainly wasn't bad, but there are better pumpkin beers out there. Worth a shot if you're into pumpkin beers.

Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color lies somewhere between copper and bronze, shades of orange and bronze melding together. A nearly white head is about one finger high and fades to 1/2 a finger thick. What remains never fades beyond that and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is variously spicy and pretty heavily so, but not so much that it's overpowering or overbearing. In fact, it's more of a beer that's hoppy with some spicing as well. Underneath some toasty and caramel malts notes blend. While I like the spices and they're not overdone, there ought to be something more to the pumpkin aspect.
The taste is essentially the same, as some spices season an otherwise balanced brew that is by no means reminiscent of IPA but surprisingly hoppy nonetheless. There's a woody note leading into the finish. Without the "Pumpkin" moniker, this is simply a good spiced beer. Again, though, I would like more pumpkin to my pumpkin beers than simply the spicing.
The body is medium, almost fuller, smooth with a crisp bite.
This is a good beer but could use more pumpkin. Maybe my bottle was tame, but spicing wasn't harsh.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia- Jaw Jacker

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's Norristown, PA.

A- Nice looking golden orange with a thick fluffy white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Big pumpkin spice. Nutmeg dominates followed with cinnamon.
T- Big nutmeg, Cinnamon, and vanilla. Very flavorful.
M- Thick and rich with a creamy/ chewy finish.

Overall- Tough to find by me but buy it if you see it! Tasty stuff here.

Photo of king75
3.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber orange color with about an inch of cloudy head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell is great. Can pick up the smell of pumpkin spice, along with a hint of ginger.

Taste is of pumpkin spice, but honestly taste more like a lager than a spiced beer. Not bad tasting, just not as flavorful as I was expecting out of an octoberfest style of beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bitter bite at the end, makes the cheeks pucker ever so slightly. Leaves the mouth feeling dry.

Notes: very drinkable. Not a bad beer just not spectacular. Liked it enough that I would buy it again given the chance, but not so great that I would have it on hand readily at all times.

Photo of Magpie14
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a deep cloudy amber in color with soft orange and reddish brown hues popping through. Lacing is below par and the tiny frothed ecru head leave much to be desired

S: the nose is not very pumpkin-like. It notes cinnamon and nutmeg with toasted malts and a sort of banana bread character

T: spices ranging from nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The bulk of the beer is made up of toasted malts, nutty, caramel, and a yeast/wheat bread character (I was thinking walnut crusted banana bread, or something like that). Not that impressed. Flavors are mild mannered and not pumpkin enough for me

M: slick and palatable. Body is mild in stature

D: I pass on this one. Not bad but not great. It does not utilize the flavors very well

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the HopCat. I am starting to find pumpkin beers late summer. This one had significant and distinct pumpkin, as well as other spices to enhance drinkability. Cloudy yellow with some lace. Above average mouthfee. Not bad, and cinammon and nutmeg are spices I like. Mildly spicy aromas.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - This is murky and cloudy as hell! Looks like completely foul bilge water from the innards of a sunken ship, and I like it! There are several shades of rusty orange due to the layering effect of the boatloads of yeast that burped out of this bottle. the head is a big solid three fingers, and eventually settles and stays at a dense creamy white finger. This leaves big sheets of lace on the glass, and swirling brings that head up to two fingers that looks like it could support a nickel if you carefully laid it on top.

S - Canned pumpkin filling, hard-n-tuff brown bread or rolls (the kind you tear apart before buttering up), and some gentle earthy notes. Not as assertive as I would like, this one is very mellow and underpowered.

T - Old pumpkin (after it's been sitting out on your porch for the entire month of October), dry spice like cinnamon and nutmeg, and dank moldy earth as you might smell in a root cellar. In fact, the label lists cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice as ingredients in this brew and IMO they are a bit overdone. I thought that this would be more pumpkin-based since the label has that cool evil pumpkin on it, but it's more spiced than anything.

M - Medium bodied, slightly syrupy at first, and then extremely dusty and dry from the powdery spice. This leaves a nice autumnal spice flavor lingering in the mouth for several minutes, and I like it for that.

D - Eh. This one is way over-spiced, and under pumpkined. The spices can get very annoying and distracting if you don't sip this very slowly, so that puts a session out of the question. I'd pass on this one next time.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker sports a really cool label that's perhaps the best label I've seen on a pumpkin beer so far.

The beer is a handsome, mostly-clear orange amber beneath a frothy head of lightly yellowed white. In addition, the head retention is pretty good and it initially leaves some very nice walls of sharply craggy lace.

The aroma is mildly caramelish and gently spicy (cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg - but in no particular order, and in fact, they almost combine into one at times), and there's a little bit of a rind-like aroma. I don't want to say "vegetal" because that's normally percieved as negative, but there's something there that's different ( which might just be the dryness of the spices making me think of the chalky-dry rinds of some fruits and vegetables). Regardless, it's pleasantly not sweet and loaded with cinnamon, as some 'pumpkin' beers can be.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and fairly zesty on the tongue. The carbonation helps to accentuate the spiciness and bitterness of the beer, and I wonder if perhaps it's a bit much for the amount of spice that's already in the beer.

The flavor is, as indicated, fairly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). The medium-caramel maltiness contains it pretty well however, until the second half of the glass when it starts to build on the palate. Some grassy (and spicy?) hops simmer underneath. The bitterness is also slightly elevated at that point, and it finishes very long and dry, spicy, and bitter.

Overall, it's a pretty standard 'pumpkin' ale that's just a little heavy on the spicing, although I appreciate that they were able to keep the nutmeg and all-spice in the mix where cinnamon usually dominates. I enjoyed one, but I wouldn't go for a second; and to be honest, although I quite often look at these beers as possible compliments to fall and winter holiday meals, I think I'd only go for this one merely as a novelty beer at halloween. Well, maybe with some sweet yams ;)

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single...bought a 6 pack at Sam's in Downers Grove, right down the street from the Westin I am staying at for work and consumed while watching the cubs game and chargers-packers

appearance: sweet label featuring a man-eating pumpkin and the traditional arcadia font. pours into a hotel tumbler - body is a clear pumpkin shade of amber with a very minimal beige head and very little lacing

smell: nice pumpkin pie aroma - i can tell this one will have a fair amount of pumpkin flavour and not just a whole ton of spice. nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and brown sugar spotted in the background

taste: this is a very nice pumpkin ale that definitely fits somewhere in my top 5. I may have to scoop another 6 pack down here in case it does not make its way up to Madison. Flavour is dominated by a nice pumpkin pie aroma with a nice bready crust flavour highlight as well. The use of cinnamon is great and not overpowering. Nutmeg and brown sugar provide nice compliments as well

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lackluster beer at best.

Poured a cloudy orange color with a one finger head that faded fast. Spices are there...cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. This beer leaves an odd after taste in the mouth.

I understand that there are no pumpkins used in brewing this beer. That is ok because pumpkins do not have much taste. It is just a lousy ale that is poorly spiced.

Not a drain pour, but this beer is a chore to drink. It is blah and dull.

So many better fall and pumpkin beers out there this one should be avoided.

Photo of russpowell
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Spices & metallic hops

T: Spices, especially cinnamon & some peppery notes up front. A bit of squashyness as this warms, along with nutmeg & more cinnamon. Finishes spicy with a touch of herbal hops 7 yes more cinnamon

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

Drinks alright, would never buy another sixer of this when I can get Ichabod & Schafly's Pumpkin brews. A very average offering

Photo of joeboe2001
1.9/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Worst pumpkin I have had this year!

A- Looked okay. Not much of a head, light gold in color in a dark venue.

S- Light pumpkin smell--not overbearing.

T - All of the usual pumpkin pie spicing BUT this stuff tasted more like pumpkin pie hand soap than beer! Relatively offensive chemical aftertaste, very week beer taste!

M -The soapy taste turned me off--hope it wasn't a poorly washed glass.

O - I recommend spending your next $5 elsewhere!

Photo of Shumista
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am such a sucker for seasonal beers. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Holland shaped pint glass.

A- Jaw-jacker pours a dark copper with a small off white head.
S- Extremely spicy. Lots of cinnamon, some allspice and nutmeg as well. Smells like pumpkin pie, even though there is not actually any pumpkin used in the brewing process.
T- Tastes like pumpkin pie. All the typical pumpkin pie spices are here. Cinnamon stands out as the most prominent spice.
M- Medium-bodied, decent mouthfeel.
D- I drank four of these the other night...I have no idea how. Normally I wouldn't want more than one or two.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker brewed by Arcadia Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. This brew smells like pumpkin pie. You also pick up on a hit of grains and malts. The taste is bold with spices and pumpkin. To me there is to much spice in this brew. Jaw-Jacker has a lot going on in it. The mouthfeel is bold, clean, and full of flavor. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has an Ok balance to it. It is a bit much on the spices, but it grows on you. Overall I'm giving Jaw-Jacker 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You Arcadia Brewing Company

Photo of nortmand
4.7/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant pumpkin orange. Fluffy white head.

Nutmeg dominates the aroma and is supported by balanced undercurrents of cinnamon, cloves and white pepper.

Slight sweetness up front, flavorful spice midtongue. Again, nutmeg dominates, but clove oil is also there. It also leaves a nice peppery heat tingle on the outer edges of the tongue. Fantastic. Very nice biscuit flavors there as well.

Medium bodied, this is a very nice beer. Solid English ale base, complex and interesting without being overbearing, this is a world class pumpkin ale.

Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-copper color with a small off-white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is big on cinnamon, almost like big red, with some nutmeg and allspice to give that pumpkin pie character. The taste is quite spicy with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. This is balanced against a toasted malt which is a bit lemony and astringent. Some earthy hops round out the profile. The feel is light to moderate with extremely fizzy with a lemony astringency. A decent pumpkin pie style brew, would like to see some pumpkin added in to tone down the spice, though the malt does cut it a bit.

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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.