Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev +10.5%
Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium clear orange. Almost no head, no visible bubbles. Color is fine, but it looks flat.
Smell is quite nice. Pumpkin, rich and full and squashy. The spices are a great complement, bringing out that classic pumpkin pie flavor, but with a beery twist. I like it.
Taste is good. It's not quite as pumpkin pie like as the taste; it's more grainy, a little bitter, and just generally less flavorful. If it tasted like the smell, I'd be happy.
Feel is okay. It does come across rather flat. Not terrible, but could be quite a bit better.
On balance, I like this beer. Maybe I'm just intoxicated by that pumpkin pie smell. The rest leaves a fair amount to be desired.
01-10-2014 15:56:41 | More by zeledonia
3.86/5 rDev +19.1%
A: Pours a nice orange hue with light cap of tan foam, slightly hazy but looks fantastic. Would like to have seen a bit darker color.
S: Aroma is of spices nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice.
T: Taste is of Pure pumpkin pie!
M: Medium bodied to full, great carbonation level.
O: Overall a great beer, lots of malty sweetness an a pumpkin pie taste if you think a pumpkin beer shuld taste like the pie this ones right up there in the top 10 maybe at 5 as pumpkin beers go this ones great!
12-18-2013 02:31:25 | More by nukem5
2.75/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
11-25-2013 04:11:35 | More by JohnFatAss
2.63/5 rDev -18.8%
From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Arcadia's Jaw Jacker is a fairly sweet and well-spiced autumnal ale that is too sweet, a bit too one-dimensional, and overly carbonated for my tastes. Although this beer doesn't contain any pumpkin, it comes across as very similar to most other heavily spiced pumpkin ales, indicating how little flavor a brewer can typically extract from a pumpkin, and how much the malts must simulate what could be expected as pumpkin to our tastes.
Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white colored foam, made up primarily of medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat dish-soap like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting just below one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a moderately dark copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter copper hues. Carbonation remains visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.
Aroma is primarily of pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and apple cider-like sweetness.
Front of palate experiences cloying, pure sugar sweetness joined to pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of spicy clove). Mid-palate of continuing sugar sweetness with pie spices (cinnamon becoming more pronounced) and a bit of apple cider flavor. Back of palate finds continued pie spices (cinnamon and spicy clove-like flavors being most prominent), diminished sweetness, and a bit of pleasant graham cracker taste in the mid-back as the beer warms. Aftertaste of sugary sweetness and cinnamon, similar to a "red hot" candy; a bit cloying, not particularly pleasant.
Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a moderately fizzy mouthfeel at first, which gradually calms to a smooth and slightly foamy mouthfeel over a few seconds. Beer does not close dry, and leaves moderate stickiness on the lips and palate.
11-20-2013 16:31:54 | More by falloutsnow
3/5 rDev -7.4%
12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/11/2013 printed on the bottleneck. I haven't had this brew since around this time last year, so I'm glad to revisit it. I just recently learned that this beer isn't actually brewed with real pumpkin, which is kind of misleading. Regardless, going in unbiased.
Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.
A - Pours a murky burnt orange color with some carbonation bubbles rushing topside, and a half finger of off-white suds that fades quickly.
S - Smell is of cinnamon, crisp cola presence, herbal spice rack / oregano notes via the allspice and nutmeg, and a hint of buttery biscuit malt presence.
T - Taste is of crisp cola, brown sugar, cinnamon, herbal allspice, nutmeg, and some sort of syrupy medicinal cherry cream sort of taste, most likely imparted from the spice.
M - Feel is crisp, and clean, with mild stickiness, and some lingering medicinal notes. Fairly unpleasant, but leaves you wanting another sip.
Overall, a fairly unimpressive anti-pumpkin beer from Arcadia. Pretty disappointing from all angles. I wouldn't be upset if they phased this beer out in favor of a beer actually brewed with pumpkin.
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker ---3/5.
11-11-2013 01:07:37 | More by mfnmbvp
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.