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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | 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 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
Photo of mfunk9786
1.78/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Why would anyone want to drink a pumpkin beer that doesn't have any pumpkin in it? I don't often feel moved to review beers that really let me down but I couldn't resist digging into this fraud.

A: Pours a hazy orange color that doesn't have much character to it. Sort of sits in the glass with a whirlpool of yeast(?) that eventually settles. It strikes me as a poorly filtered beer more than anything, and that shows itself later on in the mouthfeel category.

S: Pumpkin pie spices on overdrive. The only thing missing from this is actual pumpkin aroma. It sort of smells like, if you've mixed allspice and nutmeg and cinnamon in a small cup being prepared to be plopped into a batter, and just took a big sniff of that spice cup... it's not the most appetizing thing in the world. Just a big ball of spice on the nose. Oof. I've had overspiced pumpkin ales (Southampton, I'm looking at you!) before, but never have smelled anything like this.

T: All spice and, well... what is this? Sort of has a buttery character much like a weak offering in the Oktoberfest arena, sort of like an autumn-beer Frankenstein gone wrong. As a huge lover of pumpkin beers, and frankly, a pumpkin beer apologist - I'm downright insulted by what I'm drinking. There's no pumpkin here! This is a weak, weak beer with a heavy dose of spices. If you like pumpkin pie spices, the first sip might fool you, but by the end of the experience...

M: You're overwhelmed by spice. The cinnamon is particularly overdone. I finished this beer feeling thirsty, almost as if I'd put a teaspoon of cinnamon in my mouth and let it absorb all of my saliva.

D: An extremely unpleasant experience, and drinking the entire bottle is a chore. A beer this bad deserves a 1/5 in the drinkability category, because in such splendid company as Pumking, Night Owl, Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout... why bother with this?

mfunk9786, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a somewhat hazy medium amber orange color. Off white head is half an inch thick when poured, settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. No lacing. Nice strong aromas of spice such as nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, not much pumpkin, maybe a bit of that. Has a nice toasted caramel malt flavor upfront along with the aforementioned spices-cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, a bit of pumpkin spice, perhaps some banana bread and is rounded out with a nice citrus hop flavor on the back end. Has a smooth finish. Has a nice crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer overall, I was just expecting something a bit more pumpkin ale like here.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy deep, dark hazy orange color that has suspended yeasts that have a nice swirl effect in the glass. Minimal head, minimal lacing that leaves a very thin wispy layer on top.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and spices.

Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild malt sweetness. Has a mildly bitter herbal hopped finish. Has a bready yeast crusty flavor. Barely noticable abv.

Smooth and crisp with good carbonation.

Drinkable and pretty tasty. Wouldn't get a case of this, but it is worth a try.

ujsplace, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Hmm, though they don't say it's a Pumpkin Ale, the allusion is there due to the pumpkin head on the label. After some investigation, we find there's no pumpkin in this beer. It's just spiced, like the label says. Misleading, but let's move on.

Orangey-amber in color and completely hazy due to loose sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Thin layer of lacing sticks around for a while. Obvious pumpkin pie spice aromas (cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg), but the allspice and nutmeg become borderline soapy due to overuse. Mild malt sweetness and a faint buttery tone in the nose as well. Good smoothness with a creamy medium body. Malt is a little bit toasty with a kiss of sweetness. Woody hop bitterness in the middle. Spices take over with more of an earthy allspice and nutmeg combo. Yeasty and a tad buttery with a juicy fruit flavor in the center. Flavors seem to fall apart toward the end with a bitty grain and lingering butter flavor in the semidry finish.

It's hard to get past the spicing here. Bringing in the buttery tone is where this beer loses it. A bit of a chore to drink, and the spicing alone just doesn't cut it for us. If you're going to attempt a Pumpkin Ale, do it right.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of king75
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber orange color with about an inch of cloudy head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell is great. Can pick up the smell of pumpkin spice, along with a hint of ginger.

Taste is of pumpkin spice, but honestly taste more like a lager than a spiced beer. Not bad tasting, just not as flavorful as I was expecting out of an octoberfest style of beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight bitter bite at the end, makes the cheeks pucker ever so slightly. Leaves the mouth feeling dry.

Notes: very drinkable. Not a bad beer just not spectacular. Liked it enough that I would buy it again given the chance, but not so great that I would have it on hand readily at all times.

king75, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a deep cloudy amber in color with soft orange and reddish brown hues popping through. Lacing is below par and the tiny frothed ecru head leave much to be desired

S: the nose is not very pumpkin-like. It notes cinnamon and nutmeg with toasted malts and a sort of banana bread character

T: spices ranging from nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. The bulk of the beer is made up of toasted malts, nutty, caramel, and a yeast/wheat bread character (I was thinking walnut crusted banana bread, or something like that). Not that impressed. Flavors are mild mannered and not pumpkin enough for me

M: slick and palatable. Body is mild in stature

D: I pass on this one. Not bad but not great. It does not utilize the flavors very well

Magpie14, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo.

Deep orange to brown color, head had largely faded by the time the glass was brought to the table. Body was fairly clear. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was standard for a Pumpkin Ale. I realize this is not categorized as a pumpkin ale nor does it contain pumpkin, but the aroma and flavor are there. Biscuit and bready malt with a touch of caramel. Pumpkin spices occupy the rest of the aroma. Jaw Jacker is not overly spiced, the spices fall into a sweet spot.

Flavor hits on much the same notes as the nose. Malt serves as a solid base for the spice to play off of. Bready and a touch of caramel malt. Pumpkin spices come of just as you would expect. For a pumpkin beer without actual pumpkin, this is not bad.

Body is fairly light and creamy. Served on cask the carbonation level is a moot point. Finish finds a mid ground but does not come off too sweet. Spices stick to the tongue but fade before too long.

Very enjoyable beer. Not my favorite for the style or season but solid none the less. Jaw Jacker is very drinkable with no real offensive qualities. Worth a taste.

kzoobrew, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Orange/Amber slightly cloudy color with a decent amount of sticky head with alright retention.

Smell: Pumpkin and spices are pronounced with a nice orange scent in the background.

Taste: The initial taste isn't anything special, there are noticeable spices but not too strong. It does end up leaving a pumpkin spice aftertaste that is pretty good.

ruckus232, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber orange color with mild lacing and carbonation.

Smell is a rich pumpkin spice and nutmeg, not much else going on.

Taste is obviously pumpkin spice upfront followed with nutmeg, brown sugar, some cinnamon, and then more pumpkin and ends with a bitter bite from the hops.

The carbonation prickles the tongue up front then dies down to an almost smooth finish. It's a nice medium bodied beer that finishes semi-wet.

For a pumpkin ale, Arcadia did a nice job of keeping it tame and I think the hops and the pumpkin spice work well together.

Pumpkin ales are definitely a unique breed and something that not everyone may appreciate; but this one is well balanced and I think one of the better pumpkin ales out there. If you're not sure, try at least a bottle or a 6-pack, Jaw-Jacker is worth a try.

jzeilinger, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of PaulAD
4.63/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother recommended this to me in a sixtel. I am glad he did! This draft beer is very drinkable and leaves no aftertaste. I poured it in a chilled glass and the lines to my beer meister were brand new - a perfect setup for a good fall beer. Can't wait to get home tonight and have another!

PaulAD, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Katahdin
4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a truly excellent fall beer. The aroma when first poured reminds one of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Upon tasting it you will not be disappointed in the aroma, it truly has that pumpkin pie taste. Hints of nutmeg linger on your tongue. The beer is very drinkable, not at all heavy, and refreshing on a crisp fall day.

Katahdin, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Spices & metallic hops

T: Spices, especially cinnamon & some peppery notes up front. A bit of squashyness as this warms, along with nutmeg & more cinnamon. Finishes spicy with a touch of herbal hops 7 yes more cinnamon

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation

Drinks alright, would never buy another sixer of this when I can get Ichabod & Schafly's Pumpkin brews. A very average offering

russpowell, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of wnh
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear reddish copper with a large, sticky light cream colored head that lasts and leaves nice lacing. One of the better looking pumpkin beers I've poured.

Baking spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove--dominate the nose, pushing what little pumpkin there is pretty far into the background. As expected, the same is true of the palate. On the whole, Jaw Jacker comes across more as a baking spice beer than a pumpkin beer; there is very little pumpkin flavor here, unfortunately.

The spices seem the lend themselves to the mouthfeel as well, giving the beer an unpleasant powdery, chalky quality. I couldn't even finish the glass. Starts out fairly decent, but goes downhill fast. Very disappointing.

wnh, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a modest head that leaves a few dots here and there

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice fest

Taste: Opens with a sweet malty flavor with the pumpkin pie spice flavors bursting forward by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a sweeter edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly watery

Drinkability: Interesting decision, to brew a pumpkin ale without pumpkin; ultimately, it is missing something in the depth of flavor beneath the spices

brentk56, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass. How is this not a Pumpkin Ale?!?

A Orange Brown body, somewhat cloudy but for the most part translucent with minimal but creamy head. 3.5

S Nice, authentic pumpkin smell with spices. Interesting, inviting. 4.0

T/M Nice smooth pumpkin based beer with good spice profile. This taste rivals my personal favorite in this style, Southern Tier Pumking. I did not expect this beer to be as smooth as it was. 4.0

D Really nice drinkability. I finished my glass without any difficulty whatsoever. 4.5

adamette, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of dismal
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass. Pours orange/light copper with a very small white head that disappears very fast to basically nothing. Leaves no lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is pretty predictable, pumpkin and spices. Nothing really jumps out, the pumpkin could be stronger but at least you don't have to look for it. The taste is kind of bitter right away. It's followed by some spices and just a hint of pumpkin. The pumpkin isn't really as noticeable in the taste which is kind of a shame. The spices really come out in the aftertaste I think. A lover ABV makes this one pretty drinkable. A pretty decent fall beer. I wouldn't turn this down if available at a bar/on draft or if someone had one for me.

dismal, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of jt31914
1.25/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. Bottle

A: Amber color with large amount of head; lots of carbonation rising, the carbonation is ridiculous

S: Spice smells are prominent, I can't detect a specific spice, but it's a little overly strong.

T: This is awful, the spices all battle to dominate the beer and there is no coherence or unity. This beer has an identity crisis and can't choose what it wants to taste like. The spices are harsh and overwhelming. Awful!

M/D: It's a bad beer with bad mouthfeel, so how could it be drinkable?

Two thumbs down.

jt31914, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of MDekker
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty basic, darker-orange colored beer. Not much head off of an average pour.

S: The nose is dominated by pumpkin pie, basically - all the spices mentioned on the label - cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg - come through like crazy. A little malt in the background, too, but no bitter hop aromas to be noticed.

T: It smelled better than it tastes. It has a fresh pumpkin flavor, and some nearly citrus hints, bready notes, and a decent finish.

M: A bit watery, and otherwise unremarkable.

D: Not bad, but not awesome.

MDekker, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Soneast
2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, to brown color, with a fingers width of light brown colored head, whose bulk dissipates rapidly to a sudsy layer, then slowly dissolves into a watery ring leaving very little lace on the glass.

The aroma is definitely spice-centric, unfortunately being predominated by the allspice, I would say. Quite a sweet brown sugar-ish malt aroma throughout. While, admittedly, this is reminiscent of fall and Thanksgiving dinner, what with all the pumpkin spice-ish aromas, ultimately it smells cloyingly sweet, and the spices are a bit muddled, and somewhat dirty.

Thanfully the flavor is not quite as spice heavy as the aroma. The malt character is much more pronounced, somewhat toasty and sweet, with just enough of the spices coming through to remind you of the season, predominately through pumpkin pie spice related flavors, and just a touch of floral hop character leaving a light bitterness at the back end.

The medium bodied beer, feels pretty good, with a nice creamy quality to it, and a complimentary amount of carbonation but the spices pretty much ruin any redeeming qualities the beer may have. Just too much, IMO. I doubt I would buy this again, but I am not overly disappointed with my purchase.

Soneast, Oct 09, 2009
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.