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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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321 Ratings

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 MsRif


3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. Poured a brownish orange color with a slight bit of haze to it. Small white head with minimal lacing. Aroma of spices, vanilla, caramel...much like pumpkin pie, actually. Tasted like it smelled, though it was disappointingly one-dimensional. Could have been stronger on spices.

Light to medium in mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, just not great. Drinkable...give it a try once for the experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 16:42:52 | More by MsRif
Photo of Rifugium


3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2011 14:27:27 | More by Rifugium
Photo of buschbeer


3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - I pours orange to burnt orange in color. I got a skim of beige head.

S - I get some vanilla and nutmeg on the nose.

T - I get some spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, but they taste watered down.

M - Thin and watery

O - I like a lot of pumpkin beers. This doesn't rate up there with my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:02:11 | More by buschbeer
Photo of divineaudio


2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 21:58:40 | More by divineaudio
Photo of dorianmarley


3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is murky brown and orange, with nice lacing.

Nose has tons of cinnamon and spice, with cooked apples--very aromatic.

Taste is spicy, but not overwhelming. Has apple and brown sugar, and possibly a hint of pumpkin, but is much more of a spice beer than a pumpkin beer. Flavor dulls to just spice about midway through.

Mouthfeel is sort-of watery, with smooth carbonation and a nice spice bite.

Overall, not much of a pumpkin beer, but is well-spiced.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:08:07 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no bottle date but most likely from this season. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 fingers of off white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Aromas of big cinnamon, clove, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, caramel, and a bit of citrus. Decent aromas here, but there seems to be an odd medicinal aroma as well. Taste of big spiciness, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon up front; with some caramel and sweetness near the finish. Not much bitterness on the finish; but notes of big spices, pepper, clove, and cinnamon linger on the finish. Medium bodied with fairly high carbonation; with a bit of a creamy moutfeel and smooth drinkability despite the carbonation level. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is actually quite good for a spiced ale. Good balance of spices and sweetness, and I definitely enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:29:08 | More by superspak
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with a few small particles, lots of bubbles, and a one-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front. Sweet malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Spicy and kind of tart.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of smooth and slightly dry.

O: Average spiced ale. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:01:06 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of shortbus7


3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A copper orange color with a slight red tint. No head on this beer at all.

S: cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight touch of pumpkin.

T: Very spicy. Loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. Has a slight pumpkin aftertaste. Very reminiscent of a fall day.

M: Good amount of carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and creamy.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers I believe. Has the right amount of spice and does not taste like an over-sweet desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:53:55 | More by shortbus7
Photo of BlastBeats


2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a hazy burnt orange color.. very weak head.

Smell: beers of this style generally have very a good aroma; there's cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste: the first few sips are okay.. then the sour, off-putting aftertaste becomes more pronounced. Where's the pumpkin? Apparently there isn't any.. wish I would have known that beforehand. The spices put this beer in a choke-hold and contribute to that dry, almost artificial tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: some sharpness on the front of the tongue.. plentifully carbonated.

Overall: Having recently had a bottle of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Southern Tier Pumking, it's clear that this beer isn't in the same league.. seems like they cut corners or something. Pass this one up; you won't miss much.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 07:38:47 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of brew3crew


4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-golden caramel with no head whatsoever

S-nice spiciness that reminds me of Thanksgiving

T-lavander with old spices. Almost like a Christmas ale

M- medium body and smooth

O-"tastes like Thanksgiving" said waitress and it didn't disappoint

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 15:59:18 | More by brew3crew
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew


4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, cloudy, good head. some sediment.

S: Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, malty sweetness

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices followed by a pumpkin pie flavor.

M: Malty but easy to drink. Carbonated quite well.

Overall: This beer is really good. Spices up front with a pumpkin flavor and a pleasant aroma. Definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 22:46:43 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
Photo of stxSS07


1.8/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle dated 8/25/11 into a bell pint.

Picked this up at a local shop while I was on a hunt for some pumpkin ales. I noticed this was an Arcadia brew (love Cereal Killer) and happened to have a giant pumpkin on the label so I figured it had to be the answer.

A- Pours a murky orange with a finger's worth of white head that doesn't hang around too long. Tons of floaties.

S- Sweet and toasted malts and baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg etc. Smells like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin pie spices dumped in. Very disjointed.

T- Follows the nose. Subdued sweet and toasted malt notes along with a watery taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, this seems like a watered-down Oktoberfest with spices dumped in. Where is the pumpkin that sold me on the label?!

M- Light with high carbonation. Reminiscent of an AAL.

O- Very disappointing brew. I am a huge fan of Arcadia's Cereal Killer and bought this hoping it would follow that brew's reputation for quality. Not only is this beer sub-par, it purposefully misleads the consumer. This is released in the fall and has a pumpkin on the label with no accompanying information? Come on! This is one of the few times I wish I would've remembered to bring my phone into the store so I could check BA and avoid this garbage.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:56:50 | More by stxSS07
Photo of BucannonXC5


2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Dema (Westin) in Detroit, Mich. Color was a darker amber. Looked hoppy right off the bat. Minimal amount of head, lacing and film.

Smelled pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit off-putting.

Initial taste was nutmeg. Also some pumpkin pie and some cinnamon spices. A sharp hoppy finish.

Medium body. Dry finish with spices on the end of the tongue. Soft carbonation and flattened out even more at the end.

I guess I’m glad I tried this, so I know not to the next time.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 20:51:01 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of jale


2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a good finger of off-white head.

S: Roasted malt,allspice,cinnamon,nutmeg and just a hint of citrus.

T: Allspice upfront followed by a hint of cinnamon. A little citrus hopiness in the middle and some wheat tartness. Late finish is some citrus hoppy bitterness.

M: Light body with average carbonation.

O: Would like to see more malt backbone to this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 02:29:34 | More by jale
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange amber in color with nothing but small spots of white froth as a head. Light scent, mostly seasonal spices like nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, oddly placed yet solid notes of lemony citrus, lightly caramely sweet and faintly musty malt profile. Taste a little better than scent lead on, still not overpowering, rather standard blend of spice and caramel malt with, again, a quite oddly present splash of lemony hops. Comes across as lightly watery at the end, dry finish. All around a "meh" beer that doesn't do much wrong, it just lacks in most categories to make it worth while.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 15:26:48 | More by rfgetz
Photo of BB1313


2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on date noticeable right below the bottle's neck. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clean looking transparent burnt orange, great color but little head and decent lacing. The aromas are typical, but nothing exciting. Tons of cinnamon and allspice in the nose and flavors. Tastes artificial and not like a genuine pumpkin ale. Very spicy and bitter. Flavors are pretty sloppy. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed; slightly spicy. This just wasn't an exciting beer, I don't have much to say. It's not the worst pumpkin ale I've ever had, but it just didn't do anything for me.

If you see it, I'd pass because there are tons of better examples of the style. This isn't a knock on Arcadia, because I like some of their beers, but this is a complete miss, although it could've been worse.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:13:41 | More by BB1313
Photo of bluHatter


4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a muddy/cloudy brown red color, little to no head, no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, apple, cinnamon, red wine. Smells like halloween in the fall. Very nice nose.

T: Cinnamon, pumpkin spices, allspice and some nutmeg. Sweetly bitter. There's something I love about pumpkin spices brewed into beer and wine. My favorite wine, for example, is a local wine called Witche's Brew, a red wine with very similar overtones.

M: A little carbonation, no alcohol tingle at all. Satisfying despite the lack of carbonation, partly due to its richness.

O: A great October ale, or something to remind you of the wonderful smells and tastes of Fall. I love the picture on the front - this may be my new favorite Halloween ale. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:24:34 | More by bluHatter
Photo of Jesse13713


1.98/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - The glass fills half with the beer and half with its head. A nice whipped froth on top that is slightly soapy. A murky sort-of brown with light orange hints.

Smell - Light gourd and spices. Orange citrus. A sort of ripe and vine-like smell as well.

Taste - A flatly spiced ale full with nutmeg and a bit of sweetener. The spice here is very simple and lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Extremely plain and flat. This sort of tastes like water with spice stirred in. Light-bodied and overall a bit funky tasting. This beer lacks complexity and taste. One of the most disappointing fall beers out there, especially in the spice department. Light-bodied but leaves my mouth dry. I had this a year ago and was also not too impressed. I will not be trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 20:21:10 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of oline73


3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 02:58:16 | More by oline73
Photo of Brenden


3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 14:12:38 | More by Brenden
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 23:04:18 | More by Sammy
Photo of PilsPony17


2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Minimal carbonation with a very subtle head. A deep orange brownish hue is pretty appealing about this brew. It needs a touch more carbonation.

B: Very strong with the nutmeg aroma on first smell with a hint of brown sugar. Almost has a certain pie crust smell.

T: A very strong spice presence on the palate. Nutmeg flavors and other holiday like spices dominate until the finish when a surprisingly bitter hop presence comes through. It's almost got a butter cream flavor in between all of that.

M: The minimal carbonation really doesn't add to this brew's drinkability. It's about medium bodied overall and needs to be a bit thicker.

Overall: It's certainly no pumpkin brew but it sure as hell smells and tastes like a holiday autumn pie which is pretty nice. But what this brew is missing is a big pumpkin presence to help even out all of those spices and sharp hop flavors on the end. Arcadia, your better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 17:16:49 | More by PilsPony17
Photo of clint1019


3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold color with a cream colored head that dissapated into a thin cover.

S - All the the typical aroma's of a pumpkin pie with out the pumpkin: clove, nutmeg, & cinnamon.

T - Sweet malt flavor that is almost overwhelmed by the strong spicing in this beer.

M - Light bodied.

O - This beer is not to be confused with a pumpkin beer. This is a spiced beer and should be reviewed as such. That being said the spicing in this beer is a little over-powering. It's hard to taste or smell anything else with all the spicyness going on here.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 12:36:49 | More by clint1019
Photo of lavellen


2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most uninspired of the pumpkin ale's I've had. Did a search last year to try to find something like what I made with a brewer friend of mine and did not come close. This year I'm making one and I'm re-visiting my study. The mouthfeel is mediocre, too much bitterness for the style and no good flavors are present after the bitterness attacks your tongue. The color is fine, its a lighter orange color and the aroma promises far more than the beer delivers. Too much alcohol/bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:46:51 | More by lavellen
Photo of Knapp85


2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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