Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company
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2.75/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-25-2013 04:11:35 | More by JohnFatAss
2.63/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 16:31:54 | More by falloutsnow
3/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 01:07:37 | More by mfnmbvp
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.