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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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75
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406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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 BB1313
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

BB1313, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

bluHatter, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
1.98/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Jesse13713, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

oline73, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Brenden, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of PilsPony17
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

PilsPony17, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of clint1019
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

clint1019, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of lavellen
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

lavellen, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnaimon and nutmeg, a touch of pumpkin. Taste is very spicy, lots of cinnimon, some nutmeg, a tad bitter, no pumpkin to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall while not being a bad beer, I feel it is just a bit over spiced.

tone77, May 19, 2011
Photo of warnerry
3.63/5  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.

warnerry, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/27/10

A:Pours a orange/amber color with a frothy white head, nice lacing is left down the
glass

S:Up front there is is nice hint of nutmeg, ginger, and spice. Much of the likes of actual pumpkin pie

T:Very smooth up front with the nutmeg hitting the palate in the middle. Followed up by some
spice notes left on the back of the palate lingering on.

M:Fairly thin body that is a little watery with not much carbonation. Palate is left
fairly moist

D:Let me start by saying that I' am not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers but this one
was very refreshing. Easy to drink with the flavor you would expect but not to overpowering,
very refreshing and worth a try. I'll say it once again, watch out for Arcadia they have some tasty brews

SuperNova777, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Morey
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-copper in color with good clarity. One finger head quickly faded to a thin lace covering the top of the beer. Very little in the way of head retention.

The spices definitely came through in the aroma at first, but they seem to have mellowed a bit after a few minutes or so.

Taste- Ok...I'm really missing the pumpkin here. I believe that this is the first Pumpkin Ale I've sampled that isn't brewed with any pumpkin. The spices are there, but they are a bit overwhelming without the pumpkin there to smooth them out.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a bitterness from the spices that seems to stick to your tongue, and isn't all that pleasing.

I suppose a could drink a few, but I'd rather have a Pumking, Weyerbacher Pumpkin, Dogfish Punkin, Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin, Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin or even a New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin. You starting to get the picture?

Morey's Bottom Line: It's not horrible, but why not have the pumpkin? I know there are no rules as far as craft beer is concerned, but this beer seems to need the smoothness of the pumpkin in a big way.

Morey, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
1.4/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Uhh... this beer has so much carbonation it isn't funny. I didn't even pour it heavily and it generated about four and a half fingers of head. Huge, thick, heavy lacing developed on this never-ending cap. Its unfortunate. This is one of the few times I've felt like I want less head in my beer.

The ruby body tapered down to a orange and yellow mixture. Tons of bubble streams from the bottom.

S- Heavily spiced. Outrageous amounts. Astringent, metallic, odors. The cinnamon is there as well as the allspice, but they are awful to detect. It feels as if there are acidic notes burning at my nostrils.

T- These flavors caused me to go into convulsions. I understand now why this beer is called Jaw-Jacker. It caused my jaw to lock up in pain. That same astringency found in the nose, is transferred to the taste buds. Tons of overspiced cinnamon and allspice coming through, malty finish with a nice baked bread flavor. However, it doesn't make up for the terrifying opening every time.

M- Thin, lots of carbonation, watery body. Mild lingering flavors.

D- Never again. I would give this to friends as a joke beer at best. It is probably the worst experience I've had with beer as of yet.

Khazadum, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep rich ruby color that is slightly hazy. It has a decent sized laced head.
S: Nice sweet malt aroma with a great mixture of spices like cinnamon and all spice.
T: The beer has a fantastic woody cinnamon flavor that turns into all spice a nutmeg type flavor. The blend of spices and the malt really give me the allusion of a pumpkin beer even though this is not a pumpkin.
D/M:Crisp and clean but packs a subtle punch. Strong flavors that blend together well. The label was also really cool which misled me to think this was a pumpkin.

pzrhsau, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
1.8/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A - This pours a hazy. orange coppery color. There is a one finger, tan head that has decent retention. There is no lacing at all and there is some loose sediment at the bottom of my glass.

S - Oh God, this is awful. There is a mix between plastic and cinnamon. It's very chemically smelling, and what's even worse is that it's really, really pungent. Not sure what's going on here but it's really bad for sure.

T - They really over did the spices here. This beer has no balance at all. It's all about strong cinnamon taste. It reminds me of drinking cold apple cinnamon tea. There is no pumpkin. Arcadia really dropped the ball on this one considering it is important to have good balance in a spiced or pumpkin beer.

M - Surprisingly the mouthfeel isn't bad. There is a good amount of carbonation that gives it a nice, light mouthfeel

D - The smell and taste kill it. I'm not sure I'm going to able to finish and it's not sitting well with my stomach at all. I wouldn't be surprised if this was a bad batch.

LairdChisholm, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Buggabeer
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foured into 16oz draft glass.
A. has the appearance of a pumpkin colored amber. very nice.
S. I can smell the nutmeg and cinnamon along with a hint of pumpkin.
T. I really enjoy the taste of this pumpkin beer much better than others I have tried. (Dogfishhead, Weyerbacher and Wolavers) however it does fall short of the Screaming Pumpkin Ale. You can pick up the nutmeg and cinnamon in this beer with a hint of pumpkin.
M. Like alot of beer it feel very good with no bad lingering after taste.
D. Again I think this is a very good pumpkin beer. Surprised not everyone feels the same.

Buggabeer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TMoney2591, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on-tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer looks a slight hazy brown orange with a finger of puffy white foam. The aroma is akin to apple cider or perhaps a spicy caramel apple. There seems to be lots of cinnamon on the nose as well as some nutmeg and clove. The cinnamon taste is even more prominent in the flavor and the green apple is it's main counterpart. When mixed with the caramel malts it really gives that fall flavor and is quite nice. The mouth is a tad too watery for my liking, but be cause of the flavors you can power through it. I feel it's quite drinkable, there really isn't anything too harsh about this beer.

Vdubb86, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well I don't really think I will have many Arcadia ales after this one. I may try the Cocoa Loco again but lets go on with the review

A - Well it starts off with a nice crisp amber with an inch of head. Not much to complain about.

S- Well you get slight cinnamon and nutmeg but it smells grassy and weird.

T - OMG why does every beer I try of Arcadia have a sort of cough syrup tone to it? I think it's from the toasted malts they bring or maybe the northwest cost hops, who ever heard of those? Anyway the spice is there but is covered up by these tastes.

M - Well surprisingly medium bodied but was a sipper for me!

D - NA and no and maybe one again (Cocoa Loco) but I can't seem to love their beers! Even the coveted "Cereal Killer" barleywine with the cool label changed it to a blue hand in spoon and divered my sales with a 6.25 a 12oz price tag which is not even worth a longshot!

Pumpkin Spice Pass!

DrDemento456, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of mikehodgman
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an entirely different beer on tap. I have never had a beer that tasted more different from bottle to draft.

The beer looks amber/orange when poured with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells like a bouquet of fall spices. Tastes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, some brown sugar flavors blend together with a tasty, sweet and smooth ale. Very, very drinkable with medium carbonation.

Avoid the bottle at ALL costs, but do yourself a favor and stop in at the pub to have this on tap. It will be worth it!

mikehodgman, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of youngleo
1.68/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured to a small half inch head. Head was gone in no time. Ale itself was brown in color. No lacing at all. Had a strong cinnamon smell also smelled of nutmeg. Also notes of fruit, maybe apple. Didnt taste as strong as it smelled. I thought that it actually didnt have a lot of flavor going on. Maybe a slightly sweet apple, and hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Felt okay in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was a little excessive. I wont buy again. There was a lack in flavor. Almost like carbonated water.

youngleo, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
2.78/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, picked up on a whim recent East Coast travels (what can I say? I really enjoy pumpkin ales and the West Coast doesn't have many...). Poured to a pint after a yardwork-filled afternoon. Damn (beautiful) fall leaves.

Bottled: 07/19/10

Creepy/odd label: a tattered scarecrow with an abnormally huge pumpkin head, its shark-like jaws agape and ready to chomp on the full moon.

A: A rusty auburn that looks perfectly like fall...in that it's sort of tired and lifeless, like changing foliage. Hazy, but not enough to cover a minimal carbonation, a few stray wrigglers. Barely a head, not even enough to cover; holds a scant ringing white cream and a smudge of film. Worst: sizable dark chunks of spice/yeast/other resting heavily in the glass bottom. Nice color, but that's about it.

S: Good aroma, full of the requisite 'pumpkin' spices. Nutmeg stands out most, covering a nutty roast. Pretty good strength.

T: Well the 'plus' here is that the spice is truly 'spicy', zesty and earthy. It's otherwise a dour amber that has far too many 'Premium Pacific Northwest Hops' going on, and a gritty/dirty finish. Wanted to like this. Didn't.

M: Slick and thin and under-carbonated, yet somehow holding as a dull, unsettling bitterness squarely on my taste buds. Need a scraper ~ bleech.

D: An impulse buy that seemed at the time worth a stab; oh, how helpful some wi-fi would have been. As fun as it should be to try a new beer with seasonal flair like this - wow, just not very good. I've had other Arcadias and enjoyed them, but this is a 'pass' if the opportunity arose again from the pumpkin patch.

msubulldog25, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of philbe311
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - The slighteset of fizzy off-white head quickly dissappears leaving a fizzy splotchy lacing... A pale rusted orange color with sluggish but powerful carbonation that can be seen bursting through the top of the liquid surface...

S - Bursting with cinnamon... Nutmeg... All spice... Pumpkin pie spice... Pecans... Some minor notes of caramel... Some faint bready malts...

T - A mangled mix of spice dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg... An odd Slightly medicinal presence throughout that further intensified on the finish... Also present on the finish is some burnt pie crust...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Uber fizzy... Lop sided and uneven... Slightly burnt texture... A dry slimey medicinal finish...

D - As many have mentioned, there may some false advertising going on here... The label depicts a scarecrow with a huge pumpkin head with jagged teeth, however there is no pumpkin in this offering it's all spices...

philbe311, Sep 21, 2010
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.