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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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75
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339 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

09-05-2011 23:04:18 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

09-28-2012 02:19:40 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2/5  rDev -38.3%

11-06-2013 21:17:08 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

A: The beer is quite hazy amber-orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high dense beige colored head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of the types of spices used in a pumpkin pie are present in the nose—nutmeg and allspice seem to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of spices, except that notes of cinnamon are also noticeable and linger through the finish. No bitterness or sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied
O: When I first saw that this beer doesn't have any pumpkins in it, I thought that the balance might be off but the beer isn't really too spicy. It's definitely a nice beer for the fall, especially if you don't want something that's sweet.

09-20-2013 03:33:56 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

--Henry David Thoreau

Pumpkin skin orange with an unfiltered haze and edges the color of ripe butternut squash. The beige cap is one finger at its apex, and that's after an increasingly vigorous pour. The foam isn't completely without character, but it's no masterpiece either. A smattering of lace shows up... then melts away.

Although it's easy to appreciate the spices in the nose (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), they aren't bursting out of the glass. It's hard to believe that Arcadia wouldn't use pumpkin to brew a pumpkin ale, but maybe they know best. A little gourd might help the aroma. A little more spiciness definitely would.

Jaw-Jacker is actually better than anticipated after the smell test. Yeah, it's more subtle than most, but maybe that's what's needed so that one doesn't get pumpkin palate fatigue after one or two bottles. Spice overload can quickly become a problem with these things.

The base beer is undoubtedly an amber ale and it's a pretty damn good one. Glancing back at my review of Arcadia Amber, I'm not surprised. There's a moderate amount of toasted barley and hint of caramel as well. I probably wouldn't have come up the 'citrusy hops' flavor on my own, but it's definitely there if one chooses to look for it.

Obviously, center stage is occupied by pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg seems most prominent to me, which is just how I'd have designed it. The more I drink, the more I realize that this is one of the best pumpkin ales that I've had. It's probably even in the top handful.

The are few things worse than a body/mouthfeel that lets down the flavor profile. I'm happy to report that nothing of the sort has happened here. The beer is light-medium, nicely smooth and clings a bit on the back end. I also like the fact that the bubbles are energetic without being manic.

Jaw-Jacker is delicious beer. The' trick' is that Arcadia has brewed a pumpkin ale without using pumpkin. The 'treat' is the quality and drinkability of the final product. If you have the opportunity to do so, pick up a sixer. I now wish that I had.

10-24-2007 13:28:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +12%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a modest head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice fest

Taste: Opens with a sweet malty flavor with the pumpkin pie spice flavors bursting forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a sweeter edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly watery

Drinkability: Interesting decision, to brew a pumpkin ale without pumpkin; ultimately, it is missing something in the depth of flavor beneath the spices

10-28-2009 02:41:50 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev -7.4%

08-06-2014 06:13:35 | More by zestar
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear, pumpkin husk-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Autumnal aroma of a homemade pumpkin pie spice mix backed by some toasty malts. Where are the pumpkins?

Taste: Simple toasted malts with a modicum of sweetness transitions into the usual suspects found in a pumpkin pie (though, I'm more of a sweet potato pie man, myself) spice blend: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Very, very faint citrus hoppiness with only a meager amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with what you'd call some residual spiceness. Okay, so there are no pumpkins -- joke's on me!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine in the context of a light spiced beer, I guess, but it's hard to refrain from letting out a discontented sigh for want of pumpkin. But if the pumpkins available to Arcadia are anything like the ones featured on the label, then I can fully understand their absence and omission from the recipe.

03-20-2009 16:20:28 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -7.4%

10-20-2013 14:19:24 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -16.7%

This pumpkin ale poured out as a deep copper color with a tan fizzy looking head. The lacing is not really noticeable at all here. The smell had some spicy pumpkin aromas with some light clove in there too. The taste was pretty light to me. There wasn't too much else happening here. The mouthfeel was average. Overall it's not the best pumpkin ale out there. Wouldn't have to buy this one again.

06-06-2011 02:16:35 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +21.3%

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

Do I really want my jaw jacked...? In any case, the brew pours a hazy sunset russet-amber topped by around a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, clove, and blood orange. The taste holds notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange rind, light caramel, and that apple-cinnamon combination you find in cereals and turnovers. You know the one. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a finish that borders on the dry. Overall, a nice and tasty spiced brew, nothing Earth-shattering but definitely enjoyable.

10-14-2010 18:22:14 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%

Cool "killer pumpkin" label, very "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes".

Dull copper color, with good lacing. Many tiny streamers of carbonation, looks like champagne in that respect only. Head sticks around for the duration of the glass. Small particles in suspension, pumpkin or yeast? Hmm...

Initial aroma after opening the bottle is "pumpkin pie", spices and all. In the glass, it's kind of dull with a faint hint of the spice. There's a slight funkiness that seems a little off.

Very lightly malty, pumpkin hint, subdued spice. Not malty enough to have a full body, it's more thin and watery. Dry aftertaste of nutmeg and maybe cinnamon. It's easy enough to drink, just doesn't stand out from other Pumpkin Ales.

Bottle notes: Pacific NW hops, British 2-row barley malt, notched B/C 0/1

Purchased a single for $1.49 at Rudy's Liquors, LaSalle, IL.

10-22-2007 01:53:10 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, bubbly tan head. It didn't leave much lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkins, cinamon, nutmeg and light malt.

T - First and foremost, it tasted of cinamon and nutmeg. It had a nice spiciness. The pumpkin flavor was a little muted but still good.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Nice spices and flavors.

10-18-2007 04:15:07 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +12%

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 ;)

05-12-2009 23:19:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -7.4%

04-26-2014 02:31:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -7.4%

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

11-03-2009 05:33:52 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

Decanted at 45 degrees from the brown 12oz into a siedel.
A - A shade darker than honey, like a spiced fresh brewed red tea w/ about 2 fingers of cream head w/ a compact bead.

S - A lovely blend of spice w/ a heavy clove influence - similar to mincemeat. Subtle cinnamon notes w/ only a dash of nutmeg round out the aroma

M - Smooth, crisp and malty w/ an ample dose of spice and carbonation. Finishes on the dry side yet touch of the creamy malt linger.

T - Malty, rich and lightly nutty, the flavor has a conservative amount of spice and light sweetness from malt w/ a hint of nutty husky flavors. The malt has a smooth creamy and vegetal flavors indicate true pumpkin in the mash. The spice tingles lightly at the tip of the tongue w/ the kind of subtlety that makes you return for more. Very well blended w/ spice, malt, and a moderate noble hop spice in the background. This pumpkin flavor is retrained, but enjoyable. The flavor doesn't jump out, and go over the top, but does its job well.

D - This is a fine example of a well made pumpkin ale - the spices are used deftly and the feel is great. I prefer a skosh less clove, but overall a very balanced and quaffable ale. It has session qualities w/ pumpkin and spice as accentuation of a very good ale.

10-15-2007 22:23:39 | More by Slatetank
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a hazy burnt orange with a small white head that leaves a bit of streaky lacing. Light aroma of pumpkin pie spices and caramel. Taste of nutmeg and cinnamon, light spicy yeast, pithy and a bit vegetal, even though there isn't actually any pumpkin in this one. A little bit bland, but not entirely without its charm. Light-medium mouthfeel, and moderately drinkable.

11-07-2011 14:27:27 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that fades to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of spices along with some mildly sweet malt. Cinnamon along with some nutmeg. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Again, the spices are quite dominant, especially up front. The spice flavors fade and leave a bready malt along with a rather strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. Prickly carbonation, with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a nice spice beer. The smell was really the best part. I think it might get a bad wrap because they sell it as a pumpkin beer.

09-07-2011 02:58:16 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-10-2013 16:41:59 | More by mendvicdog
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +22.8%

Pours orange copper with a thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice - typical pumpkin spicing. The house yeast strain adds spicing. Overall, it's robust, but not overpowering.

The taste is pumpkin pie. There is a sweetness that is reminiscent of whipped cream over the spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The sweetness fades to a spicy, dry finish. The yeast strain adds a buttery note that helps with the smoothness in this case.

It is creamy.

This is a nice pumpkin spiced ale. It keeps its ale character while being spiced.

09-23-2013 04:48:17 | More by jwc215
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +23.5%

11-18-2011 02:06:46 | More by imperialking
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

05-29-2013 17:30:52 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

This poured with about a finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. The color was a hazy orangish-amber. The nutmeg and allspice really jumped out on the nose. The mouthfeel was medium with a bracing interplay of spices on the tongue. The finish had more of a cinnamon flavor than I had experienced on the tongue, but it still had a lot of spice lingering after the swallow. It was decent, but I have had much better pumpkin ales and probably would not return to this one right away.

01-20-2008 17:11:38 | More by woodychandler
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

10-08-2013 00:40:23 | More by duceswild
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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.