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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 PHENSO


3.05/5  rDev -5.9%

I hate it when a brewery doesn't bother to write a little something on the bottle or six-pack to describe what you are paying for. Terrible of me to review this after enjoying one of my favorite IPA's (Stone Ruination), but I have an idea of what they were trying to do here.

Very pretty to look at, and it reminds me that it's the season of the witch alright. Bright orange with little lacing or head at all. Left my pint glass clean as a whistle.

Smelled spicy, and this got me worked up for something as buttery and spicy as say...Southern Teir's Pumking, but not even close. Intitially sweet, follwed by a quick hop slap and an alcohol aftertaste. It's ten minutes later and still on my tongue. Very thin mouthfeel, but left a sticky sweetness behind.

There's better pumpkin beer out there, and I just learned that this has no pumpkin in it! This is a good way to get the macro beer people to try something different without freaking them out. Bring it to a Halloween party for the cool graphics on the bottles, and encourage those who don't normally drink beer to try it out.

10-27-2008 05:00:57 | More by PHENSO
Photo of MOShepp


3.33/5  rDev +2.8%

Cloudy amber color with a thin head and very little lacing.

Bottle says spiced with allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells slightly of nutmeg, lemon, mostly like a wheat beer, not a pumpkin spiced beer.

Tastes a little spicey, maybe some cloves, no cinn. allspice or nutmeg though. Balanced with some hops showing in the middle.

It's not a bad beer, just not what I'd call a spiced ale.

10-23-2008 04:14:25 | More by MOShepp
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured into a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with virtually no head, even with an aggressive pour. Mostly clove in the nose, with some faint background spice, all of which warmed/burnt my nose. Vaguely spicy taste, tiny bit of hops at the end. An OK beer, but there are certainly better examples of the style.

10-22-2008 02:11:45 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of SpecialK088


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a bottle into a willy

A-Extremly cloudy burnt orange color, very cider like apperance.

S-Sweet malt, spices (clove) and carmel

T-subtle flavor overall slight hop finish with a sweeter front, small pumpkin flavor in the front and middle.

M-Near a heavy body very big medium if not, smoot from start to finish excellent carbonatin level.

D-I wish I could find 6 packls of this one I would like to have a few more.

10-09-2008 02:08:55 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

2.53/5  rDev -21.9%

A: Fairly standard copper appearance. Minimal white head upon poor that quickly dissipated.

S: Not much of a nose on this. Very weak in fact.

T: Very bland taste with some actual pumpkin in the back. Just none of the things you want in a pumpkin ale.

M: Low carbonation. Boring on the tongue.

D: This is a drain poor for me. I have too much good beer in my fridge to waste my sobriety on this.

10-05-2008 00:05:53 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.55/5  rDev +9.6%

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange color with a off white head that fell to a ring after a bit.

S - wheat beer aroma with some spiciness.

T - spiced wheat beer flavor upfront with a faint bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - it's ok as far as fall seasonals go.

10-03-2008 21:03:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


2.63/5  rDev -18.8%

Appearance - pours a pleasant sunset orange, a short lived head quickly evaporates to a few stray wisps across the top.

Aroma - mildly vegetal, lightly spiced and floral.

Taste - decent opening flavor of pumpkin and some good accompanying spices. Not overly sweet but a good malt presence. I don't care for the use of hops here. Not very heavy-handed but very bitter and astringent on the swallow and following. Turns a decent malt start into a harsh hop finish. Ends annoyingly bitter.

Mouthfeel - the body has a little weight to it, average crispness.

Drinkability - a pumpkin ale of last resort in my book. Bottle code B3...

09-27-2008 18:49:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours amber colored with orange tints.
The aroma of spices,cinnamon and nutmeg.
The taste of spices,cinnamon,nutmeg,malts and some pumpkin hints.
The feel is dry,crisp,medium carbonation& body and spicy with a mild bitterness.

Notes: A decent brew,but many people are missing the point.
It is an herb/spice beer and for the style it is very good.
The beer advertises as a Pumpkin Ale with the mean looking pumpkin on the artwork,but in truth it is just capitalizing on the season and the style which I believe is closely related.
Still, a good beer worth the purchase.

09-23-2008 02:49:12 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of jeremyd365


3.98/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured a thickish, dark coppery with a slight tinted head. It smelled very spicy of pumpkin and perhaps cinnamon. It seems moderately carbonated and has a decent body. It's finish is great--very spiced but not over the top. A great seasonal and another great beer from Arcadia. I would definitely have this one again.

09-12-2008 21:06:23 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of glid02


3.5/5  rDev +8%

Got this from a friend who got it up in Champaign, IL. Much obliged.

Pours a nice dark orange/copper color with a two-finger rocky white head. The sheeting has larger than average bubbles and doesn't stick around too long.

Smells great. A whole lot of spices, mostly nutmeg and brown sugar. There are also some light fruit notes.

I wish it tasted as good as it smelled. It tastes like an average amber with just the slightest spice and fruit notes. Mildly sweet without much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is alright. The carbonation is a bit much, but the thickness is pretty good.

Drinkability is alright as well. It goes down easily enough, but I think it's lacking as a good pumpkin beer.

Overall this certainly wasn't bad, but there are better pumpkin beers out there. Worth a shot if you're into pumpkin beers.

09-07-2008 23:58:31 | More by glid02
Photo of coldmeat23


3.9/5  rDev +20.4%

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Translucent dark amber color. Thick, creamy, sandy colored head. Heavily carbonated. Had to pause after pouring half of this and wait a couple of minutes for the massive head to diminish before pouring the rest of the bottle. Excellent retention and great lacing.

The allspice and nutmeg dominate the nose. Very nice level of sweet underlying malt smell. Light yeasty notes.

The taste is totally sweet-malt based with spicy pumpkin flavors. Once again the allspice and nutmeg dominate, but the cinammon makes a light showing on the back end. Nice caramely edge to this one.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth make this feel very nice.

An easy to drink (and enjoy) festive ale here. A good representation of the style.

08-21-2008 21:54:16 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of DrJay


3.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Clear amber with some light beige foam that formed a ring of coarse bubbles with a fine skim covering the beer. Some short-lived lace. Very spicy aroma, aromatic nutmeg, some cinnamon. Low bitterness with a bit of malt, but mostly spice here too. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a little lemon, with the spice lingering in the finish. Medium/light bodied with average carbonation, a little on the dry side. This was OK, but the character was heavy on spice and thin on beer.

01-24-2008 01:40:01 | More by DrJay
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

This poured with about a finger's worth of off-white head with low retention. The color was a hazy orangish-amber. The nutmeg and allspice really jumped out on the nose. The mouthfeel was medium with a bracing interplay of spices on the tongue. The finish had more of a cinnamon flavor than I had experienced on the tongue, but it still had a lot of spice lingering after the swallow. It was decent, but I have had much better pumpkin ales and probably would not return to this one right away.

01-20-2008 17:11:38 | More by woodychandler
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2.68/5  rDev -17.3%

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold. Small, creamy, off-white head. No legs, moderate lacing. Looks flat and lifeless.

Pumpkin pie spices (allspice & nutmeg). Citrus. Some graham cracker flavors and caramel.

Bitter more than sweet, perhaps too much so? Spices (nutmeg & clove). Spicing very big in finish and aftertaste. Citrus - lemon & grass.

Medium in body. Low to moderate carbonation. Fairly dry.

The flavor combination (sweet pumpkin pie characteristics and hop bittering) just doesn't work well together for me. Seems like it needs to tone down one or another.

01-14-2008 16:14:02 | More by
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +21.3%

The final bottle of pumpkin/ pumpkin style ale brought back from the parents recent US trip. 12 oz brown bottle (label as pictured above).
Good looking beer, pour amber color with orange highlights, decent sized white head. Good retention and lacing left behind.
Great aroma, more what I have been looking for, pumpkin, lots of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg.
The taste has lots of similar flavors, a solid malt beer with lots of spice. Very flavorful, but without being cloying or artificial tasting. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, then a bit of clean hop bite at the end. One of the best pumpkin beers I've had. Perfecly spiced and flavored like pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, which suits the style. This is one beer that I wish I had more of to enjoy as the weather turns, a good fall or even a winter brew.

12-24-2007 15:24:22 | More by BigBry
Photo of garcia2a


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

This was a birthday gift from my inlaws and finally they got me something I can use.

Poured out a golden orange and just slightly cloudy. I got about a half inch head that quickly dissipated.

The bouquet was spicy and warm. Memories of nutmeg and beer by the fire on a cold night. Just the right amount of spice. The tast followed through with a warming pumpkin body that wraps the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is an very nice pumpkin beer that I believe is a great example of the style. Drinkable now through the new year!!

11-13-2007 05:44:19 | More by garcia2a
Photo of schusterbauer


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

Appealing dirty orange in the glass, smells like a spice rack. Upfront, the taste is quite nice, but an out-of-place bitterness forms in the mouth at the finish. To support the level of spice here, it seems that some additional sweetness is necessary.

11-08-2007 14:38:10 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%

Not bad... Not bad at all... This is a really good pumpkin ale, albeit a little strong for me... At 6% alcohol, a little less of a percentage would make this beer absolutely super... Otherwise, the taste, smell, and drinkability are top-notch... Definitely a must-try for all pumpkin beer fans... Although this wouldn't be my first-choice, I would definitely buy a six-pack again... Nice amber-orange color, and a wonderful autumn-pumpkin smell packs quite a punch... Without a doubt, worth a try...

11-08-2007 02:00:02 | More by dsa7783
Photo of CortexBomb


3.83/5  rDev +18.2%

Pour is ruddy orange with a light white head on top, smell is quite spicy, pumpkin pie...i.e.: nutmeg...smells tasty.

The taste starts out with the spice from the nose, overwhelming at first, and then the malts show up, and finally the spice comes back in a more distinguishable form...a very strong nutmeg tone on the back of the tongue along with all-spice...cinnamon is present, but it creates a background flavour more than a foreground one to me. Heavily malted, though the hops lend a bit to the background...they might be being obscured by the spice. A tasty, spicy Fall beer. Of the pumpkin beers I've had, the taste on this one has to rate as good, though I don't know if it's fair to rate this as a "Pumpkin beer" when, to the best of my knowledge, it is only spiced like pumpkin pie and has no actual pumpkin meat in it.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both about par for the course. Nothing really special going on with the mouth, average thickness and such, and the hops are not doing too much. Drinkability, also just average. The spice is not overly aggressive, but the beer is not remarkably smooth or anything like that.

The bottom line: you know what you're getting into with this one, it's a spicy Fall pumpkin pie flavoured beer. Of the variety, this is a good example though, and I have rated it by the style, which in my mind, is weak overall. I like a good spicy beer like this though, and it's whetting my appetite for the Christmas spiced beers.

11-05-2007 01:00:06 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of GRPunk


3.98/5  rDev +22.8%

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.

11-03-2007 02:21:35 | More by GRPunk
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

11-01-2007 04:17:52 | More by mjd83goblue
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3.48/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +12%

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".

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


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

10-27-2007 04:36:05 | More by bort11
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3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

"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.

10-24-2007 13:28:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.