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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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332 Ratings

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 21.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 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
Photo of woodychandler


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
Photo of

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
Photo of mjd83goblue


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
Photo of orbitalr0x


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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of emerge077


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

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


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

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


3.28/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%

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

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


3.58/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

10-03-2007 23:30:42 | More by BMoney575
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.