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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
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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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GRPunk

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A thin white head quickly turned to a nice lace sitting atop this orange-peach colored brew. It had medium-light carbonation. Good sticking left on the glass.

S- Nice spicy aroma. I picked up mostly the sweeter smelling spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- Nice flavor. It was a little sweet up front with spice through the middle and a lightly hopped finish.

M- It had a clean mouthfeel. Light carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not too sweet or spicy to enjoy more than one.

Overall- A good example of the style. It's something I'd pick up again as a nice fall drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 02:21:35 | More by GRPunk
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single. Beer #2 of the Halloween pumpkin ale tasting.

Pours a deep orange. Smells of fresh pumpkin pie. Taste follows, with a nice spicy bite to it. The pumpkin taste is present, and finishes a little more bitterly than I would have liked. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 04:17:52 | More by mjd83goblue
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orange hue with an inch of off white head creamy head on top. Aromas of lightly grainy caramel malt and light pumpkin along with cinnamon and nutmeg as the prominent spices. Subtle hops in the background.

First sip is light caramel malt with some DMS and a touch of pumpkin meat. Spiciness follows with nutmeg and cinnamon leading the way again. A bit grainy overall. Finishes with a touch of herbal hops. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium and sorta prickly on the tongue, not much creaminess to be had here. Overall, it's a pretty tasty pumpkin ale but it doesn't stand out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 23:24:51 | More by orbitalr0x
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MarzenMan

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle in blind tasting.

A - No head. Light orange red color. No lacing.

S - Definite nutmeg and cinnamon. Also very floral and hoppy. Nice.

T - The spices from the smell don't come through as much as you would expect. Nutmeg comes through and some cinnamon but is mostly overwhelmed by hops. Fairly aggressive hops. I don't get much malt from it at all. The very faint malt that does come through is mostly sweet. Tastes like a standard pale ale with the slightest hint of pumpkin spice.

M - Very average. Fairly watery.

D - Average. Its not much of a seasonal which is the only reason I would have selected it. Still if your looking for an ale that gives you the slightest reminded fall is coming this is a decent beer.
Update: This one is starting to grow on me, a sweet hoppy treat but still not very "pumpkiny".

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 16:33:07 | More by MarzenMan
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bort11

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that gives a loud crack when opened. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Fizzy white head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. Recedes to a solid ring around the edges. Color is a darker amber orange, with lots of carbonation activity. It leaves a dusting of bubbles on the bottom of the glass.
Smell is spicy with ginger and all-spice, with a mild pumpkin/vegitable aroma. Taste is all about the pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice are delivered on a solid malt base.
Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, Arcadia beers do tend to be a little over carbonated. However, the carbonation does create a creaminess that I have been looking for in a pumpkin ale. Light and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 04:36:05 | More by bort11
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 13:28:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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emerge077

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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

It pours a pretty golden orange, with honey tones and tea hues. A finger of light tan head drops away soon to ripples of foam. Speckles of lacing peck the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts the warm, autumnal spices of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, all lying atop a mellow blanket of toasted malt and pumpkin.

Upon tasting, the malt is the first assertion, though it is promptly outdone by a less distinct but more pushy spiciness, notable mostly for clove and cinnamon, but also for a slight acrid bite. The pumpkin is present and a touch more vegetal than expected, leaving an odd taste behind. A measure of residual sweetness perks up toward the end, and the finish is a muddled but lingering spice bitterness. It's kind of a shame the flavor didn't build on the aroma's pleasance.

Light bodied, the malt and spices combine to impart a lively presence on the palate.

The aroma had me thinking that this might be one of the best pumpkin ales I've had. The flavor though, while not utterly discrediting that possibility, did not represent nearly as well. This dichotomy winds things into a drinkable but not overly desirable offering. I wouldn't say no out of hand to another of these, but first you'd have to prove to me that there was nothing better available at the moment. I'm not sure how likely that is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 18:08:28 | More by Foxman
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eye: Looks great in the glass, excellent lacing and excellent head retention. Body is an extremely clear golden orange and looks lively with very tiny carbonation bubbles continuously journeying to the top of the glass. I don't think the eye candy can get much better.

Nose: Very potent aroma here. By the time I'm done pouring the brew, without my nose even close to the bottle or glass I am already smelling the aroma of this brew. Lots of spice in the aroma, definitely cloves-I'd say they are the leading/most dominant spice-and also some allspice. Also a good malt backbone-you know that fermented smell that just can't be ignored, the underlying smell to all beer. Smells great, but I think that for a pumpkin ale the spices are a bit out of whack, doesn't quite remind me of my grandma's pumpkin pie.

Tongue: My first impression is lots of allspice and nothing much more. The finish is dry from the spices. Cloves and allspice definitely take over the flavor profile on this one, not a great beer, not all that complex. Doesn't seem that there is much in the way of the malt either, just mainly spices, I think that this could be much better balanced. A nice malt backbone to support the spices and add more depth of flavor would be nice.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Overly light(for a pumpkin ale) on the palate. I find that there is no other way to describe it. Its almost like it evaporates once one starts to swallow it. The brew has a pretty dry finish and is lightly carboanted, just doesn't do it for me. This is a beer one could easily drink all night, and even though it is somewhat enjoyable, I don't think that I'd want to specifically drink this pumpkin ale all night, there are others that I'd much rather have over this one. Most likely will never buy this one again, I'm not too impressed by any of Arcadia's brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 03:31:36 | More by becktone
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

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

Pours a golden autumn color with a little head retention, but not much. The nose is of pumpkin pie spices and maybe a quick whiff of alcohol. It has flavors of pumpkin pie spices, as well as hints of a wheat ale. Actually, it almost reminds me of a wheat wine I had tried a year or so ago with the addition of fall seasonal spices. Its not going to strike you as a wheat ale of any sort, but when considering other pumpkin ales that Ive tried, it seems to lean in that direction more so than its peers. Not a bad beer, if you are fond of the style I would reccommend trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 05:20:09 | More by jasonpeckins32
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whynot44

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pumpkin colored brew with a modest ivory head that disipates fairly quickly with no real lacing.

The aroma is pumpkin pie with a hint of malt and citrus. The taste is likewise mainly pumpkin pie spices, but not overbearing, with notes of pumpkin, biscuits (or crust), and some mild toasted malts. Fairly dry rather than sweet, especially at the finish where a bit of piney, citrus hops comes in. Somehow this all works nicely together. Just a hint of alcohol warmth afterward. Altogether a decent fall brew.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easy enough to drink. All it needs is a scoop of whipped cream.

6% ABV

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:10:20 | More by whynot44
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BMoney575

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 10-3-07
A3 date marked on label.

Pours a hazy orange color, with a super-clingy white head that bubbles away for a long time.

Smell is all spice, very sweet, hints of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Taste is surprisingly pumpkin-y, with subtle clove and cinnamon. The subtle spice lets the pumpkin take center stage. There is a somewhat adjunct flavor in the back, that is a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel is good, although a bit thin and over carbonated.

Drinkability is good, but it's rather bland.

Overall, a good beer. Not the best I've had, but I'm glad I bought a sixpack.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:30:42 | More by BMoney575
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Appears dark amber with some brown tint to it, 1/8 inch, very thin, white head with very little carbonation bubbles to the top, no lacing. Smells primarily of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spices, very much like a pumpkin pie. Taste is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spices, and some breadiness, with a sweet brown sugar pickup as the beer warms. Very smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Definitely a drinkable pumpkin ale, not too overwhelming in any of the aspects, nicely balanced with all of the flavors. Fantastic for a Fall brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 21:54:04 | More by HopDerek
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight foggy orange-brown color with a finger of head that dies down quickly to a solid looking film of fine bubbles. No lacing. Nose is tons of nutmeg aromas, some roasted malt. Maybe light citrus. A good aroma. Flavor's a lot like gingerbread cookies. Definite nutmeg presence, giving it an eggnoggy sort of feel as well. Nice, rough, bready mouthfeel appropriate for the style. I actually liked this one. It lacked the standard Arcadia sourness which I've grown fairly tired of - I think it's my favorite from them.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 20:39:06 | More by soupyman10
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia- Jaw Jacker

12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's Norristown, PA.

A- Nice looking golden orange with a thick fluffy white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Big pumpkin spice. Nutmeg dominates followed with cinnamon.
T- Big nutmeg, Cinnamon, and vanilla. Very flavorful.
M- Thick and rich with a creamy/ chewy finish.

Overall- Tough to find by me but buy it if you see it! Tasty stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 19:22:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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david131

California

4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a small, thin white head. Absolutely no carbonation streams rising to the top.

S- Wow, very aromatic. Lots and lots of pumpkin and cinnamon and other spices. Very unique and interesting, it blows me away.

T- Delicious. Pumpkin and spices and a little bready. This covers all the bases. Wonderful and flavorful. Really impressive.

M- Very creamy and tasty. This makes my mouth water. Excellent.

D- Very well done. A little on the rich side, but this has replaced O'Fallon's as my favorite pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:19:06 | More by david131
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malibujohnny

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time my store has carried this brew.Fall seasonals and pumpkin beers come few and far between....until this year.Pours a medium dark amber with only a ring of bubbles around the glass and does not seen to lace down at all.Actually it has no lacing down my pint.I have had a few other pumpkin brews and this one stands out!! Great warming pumpkin pie and nutmeg smell.I wonder if a little whip cream would be good?(snout of the whip cream canister in the beer....and easy does it. This beer in the fall around a fire with a light jacket and good buddies listening to great rock music will suit my needs and yours too!!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 04:08:13 | More by malibujohnny
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dirtylou

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single...bought a 6 pack at Sam's in Downers Grove, right down the street from the Westin I am staying at for work and consumed while watching the cubs game and chargers-packers

appearance: sweet label featuring a man-eating pumpkin and the traditional arcadia font. pours into a hotel tumbler - body is a clear pumpkin shade of amber with a very minimal beige head and very little lacing

smell: nice pumpkin pie aroma - i can tell this one will have a fair amount of pumpkin flavour and not just a whole ton of spice. nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and brown sugar spotted in the background

taste: this is a very nice pumpkin ale that definitely fits somewhere in my top 5. I may have to scoop another 6 pack down here in case it does not make its way up to Madison. Flavour is dominated by a nice pumpkin pie aroma with a nice bready crust flavour highlight as well. The use of cinnamon is great and not overpowering. Nutmeg and brown sugar provide nice compliments as well

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 20:14:36 | More by dirtylou
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nortmand

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant pumpkin orange. Fluffy white head.

Nutmeg dominates the aroma and is supported by balanced undercurrents of cinnamon, cloves and white pepper.

Slight sweetness up front, flavorful spice midtongue. Again, nutmeg dominates, but clove oil is also there. It also leaves a nice peppery heat tingle on the outer edges of the tongue. Fantastic. Very nice biscuit flavors there as well.

Medium bodied, this is a very nice beer. Solid English ale base, complex and interesting without being overbearing, this is a world class pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 22:03:08 | More by nortmand
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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
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