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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 21.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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 thecarster1
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, very slight head less than a quarter inch that faded so fast leaving no real lacing, orangey color, cool label though.

s- very mild, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.

t- nice malt background with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, very slight if any cooked pumpkin.

m- light bordering on medium body.

d- nice and drinkable, i'd say it's more drinkable than a couple other pumpkin ales just because it doesn't have so much overwhelming spice to it, just wish it had more pumpkin.

thecarster1, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Shumista
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am such a sucker for seasonal beers. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Holland shaped pint glass.

A- Jaw-jacker pours a dark copper with a small off white head.
S- Extremely spicy. Lots of cinnamon, some allspice and nutmeg as well. Smells like pumpkin pie, even though there is not actually any pumpkin used in the brewing process.
T- Tastes like pumpkin pie. All the typical pumpkin pie spices are here. Cinnamon stands out as the most prominent spice.
M- Medium-bodied, decent mouthfeel.
D- I drank four of these the other night...I have no idea how. Normally I wouldn't want more than one or two.

Shumista, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin light tan head. Hazy dark amber body. Lacing is okay.

Smell: Very spicy. Perhaps a little overboard with the cinnamon. It doesn't really have the pumpkin pie aroma that I like from this style.

Taste: Pretty much just a cinnamon ale. The other spices add a little depth and complexity, but the spices aren't in balance.

BierFan, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-copper color with a small off-white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is big on cinnamon, almost like big red, with some nutmeg and allspice to give that pumpkin pie character. The taste is quite spicy with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. This is balanced against a toasted malt which is a bit lemony and astringent. Some earthy hops round out the profile. The feel is light to moderate with extremely fizzy with a lemony astringency. A decent pumpkin pie style brew, would like to see some pumpkin added in to tone down the spice, though the malt does cut it a bit.

Gmann, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cloudy orange color with a minuscule head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet fruit, cinnamon, bubble gum, and some pumpkin. A good scent, but I would preferred it if it had a stronger pumpkin character.

Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, earth, grain, and sugars. A solid beer, but the flavors don't blend together quite as nicely as they could have.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and biting, refreshing.

paco1029384756, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of Tromba
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a rich orange/brown, with just a little bit of off white head that dissipates to almost nothing very quickly. No lacing.

S: Baking spices are apparent and very sweet. Definite notes of pumpkin, even though it isn't actually made with any.

T: Cloves, allspice, nutmeg up front, giving way to a nice malt profile, followed by a little zing of cinnamon. Pretty neat evolution on the palate. Finish is slightly bitter and dryer than you might expect from a beer made from "sweet" baking spices. Again, definite pumpkin notes (but no pumpkin in the beer)...maybe we have come to associate pumpkin with the spices that surround it to such a degree that we have trouble distinguishing the two?

M: Medium-full body, moderately high carbonation level, with a slightly watery feel at the finish.

D: Hearty enough for cool fall evenings, but light enough to enjoy more than a couple at a time. Good seasonal. (high level of spices may be a turnoff for some)

Tromba, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep copper color body with a two finger off white foamy head . Aroma is of sweet roasted barley and pumpkin pie , nice amount of cinnamon and other spices with just a hint of baked apple . Flavor is lightly sweet with some nice cinnamon , and nutmeg notes , a little brown bread . A light bitterness and citrus finish from the hops . Medium body , smooth mouthfeel . A good drinker for a style that is not my favorite .

WakeandBake, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had an amazing fizz right out of the bottle, almost like a sparkling ale, but the head just evaporated before my eyes. It then settled into a slightly cloudy, hazy, orangey amber color, no head, no lacing, fairly flat. Pumpkin and spice nose.

The beer has the typical seasonal spices, such as pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice. The beer is good, it has a pumpkin pie like taste with a bit of a bite in the finish. Nothing exceptional, but it was an enjoyable herbal beer to have. There isn't much malty base here, more the spices and some thinness. It's a decent beer for what it is.

albern, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker sports a really cool label that's perhaps the best label I've seen on a pumpkin beer so far.

The beer is a handsome, mostly-clear orange amber beneath a frothy head of lightly yellowed white. In addition, the head retention is pretty good and it initially leaves some very nice walls of sharply craggy lace.

The aroma is mildly caramelish and gently spicy (cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg - but in no particular order, and in fact, they almost combine into one at times), and there's a little bit of a rind-like aroma. I don't want to say "vegetal" because that's normally percieved as negative, but there's something there that's different ( which might just be the dryness of the spices making me think of the chalky-dry rinds of some fruits and vegetables). Regardless, it's pleasantly not sweet and loaded with cinnamon, as some 'pumpkin' beers can be.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and fairly zesty on the tongue. The carbonation helps to accentuate the spiciness and bitterness of the beer, and I wonder if perhaps it's a bit much for the amount of spice that's already in the beer.

The flavor is, as indicated, fairly spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice). The medium-caramel maltiness contains it pretty well however, until the second half of the glass when it starts to build on the palate. Some grassy (and spicy?) hops simmer underneath. The bitterness is also slightly elevated at that point, and it finishes very long and dry, spicy, and bitter.

Overall, it's a pretty standard 'pumpkin' ale that's just a little heavy on the spicing, although I appreciate that they were able to keep the nutmeg and all-spice in the mix where cinnamon usually dominates. I enjoyed one, but I wouldn't go for a second; and to be honest, although I quite often look at these beers as possible compliments to fall and winter holiday meals, I think I'd only go for this one merely as a novelty beer at halloween. Well, maybe with some sweet yams ;)

NeroFiddled, May 13, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, pumpkin husk-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Autumnal aroma of a homemade pumpkin pie spice mix backed by some toasty malts. Where are the pumpkins?

Taste: Simple toasted malts with a modicum of sweetness transitions into the usual suspects found in a pumpkin pie (though, I'm more of a sweet potato pie man, myself) spice blend: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Very, very faint citrus hoppiness with only a meager amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with what you'd call some residual spiceness. Okay, so there are no pumpkins -- joke's on me!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine in the context of a light spiced beer, I guess, but it's hard to refrain from letting out a discontented sigh for want of pumpkin. But if the pumpkins available to Arcadia are anything like the ones featured on the label, then I can fully understand their absence and omission from the recipe.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light copper color with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells of light malts with some adjunct cereals present in the nose. First sip is light with the spices dominating the flavor. The flavor is good as the spices in the taste are not over powering the malts. Mouthfeel is only fair as it is under carbonated.

ATLbeerDog, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
2.48/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - This is murky and cloudy as hell! Looks like completely foul bilge water from the innards of a sunken ship, and I like it! There are several shades of rusty orange due to the layering effect of the boatloads of yeast that burped out of this bottle. the head is a big solid three fingers, and eventually settles and stays at a dense creamy white finger. This leaves big sheets of lace on the glass, and swirling brings that head up to two fingers that looks like it could support a nickel if you carefully laid it on top.

S - Canned pumpkin filling, hard-n-tuff brown bread or rolls (the kind you tear apart before buttering up), and some gentle earthy notes. Not as assertive as I would like, this one is very mellow and underpowered.

T - Old pumpkin (after it's been sitting out on your porch for the entire month of October), dry spice like cinnamon and nutmeg, and dank moldy earth as you might smell in a root cellar. In fact, the label lists cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice as ingredients in this brew and IMO they are a bit overdone. I thought that this would be more pumpkin-based since the label has that cool evil pumpkin on it, but it's more spiced than anything.

M - Medium bodied, slightly syrupy at first, and then extremely dusty and dry from the powdery spice. This leaves a nice autumnal spice flavor lingering in the mouth for several minutes, and I like it for that.

D - Eh. This one is way over-spiced, and under pumpkined. The spices can get very annoying and distracting if you don't sip this very slowly, so that puts a session out of the question. I'd pass on this one next time.

pmcadamis, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a 12 ounce glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with no head or lacing to note; not too impressed by it.

S: A fairly spicy, pumpkin smell with a slight, malt backbone to it.

T: A floral taste with some ginger and pumpkin tastes. There was a slight, burning, alcohol aftertaste that was not very complimentary to the taste.

M: A little watery and overcarbonated; not too impressive.

D: An ok drinkability overall. A fairly light mouthfeel and could have used a bit more of a robust taste to it. A fairly decent beer overall.

maddogruss, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of AMo
2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Arcadia Ales Jaw-Jacker pours a dense brownish orange with an inital one finger froathy head. Looks like dark spices mixed into an inital orange liquid. The smell is medium strong with a bitter spice aroma. Taste like like what I would imagine the breath of the pumpkin on the bottle. The ale claims to have spices added (cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg). Thats kind of what it taste like. An over mix of spices in liquid with a bitter aftertaste. Nasty film develepment on the gums. The mouthfeel is actually pretty nice. I can enjoy it up till the point I start to taste the wicked culmination of spices. Feels dense, like it looks, with a medium sharp carbonation. Drinkability is worth putting one bottle in a pumpkin beer six pack mixer, and only for comparison. Six packs are over priced and would not be advised for purchase.

AMo, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of mdcrouser
2.33/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given the label and name, I'm looking forward to a highly-hopped, pumpkin ale here.

A strangely artificial light orange-hue gives a faint illusion to the future tastes of the beer - and the nose then completely gives it away, with those spices noted on the label, but I only pick them up prior to the first drink. Afterwards, they become relatively non-existant.

Similarly, the first taste is somewhat enjoyable, noting the allspice and a bit of the nutmeg especially, one has to wait a bit between drinks, just to reclaim that taste a second and third time. Otherwise, it comes through with overt alcohol and a very mild bitterness. Any trace of hops is very subtle, jumping from the tongue like a happy trick-or-treater off of my front porch.

The key with this one is to drink very slowly so as to catch what flavors do exisit, and don't plan on enjoying it as much as you might have liked.

mdcrouser, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Epseja for the complimentary bottle after our Pumpkin Ale tasting last night.

Served in an English pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature. The label is notched at the letter "B" and the number "3".

Appearance- Fiery orange and hazy, this supports a bubbly three finger head that lasts for several minutes before eventually laying down. Although the lacing is minimal, the color and body looks good.

Smell- A firm maltiness is complimented by the more obvious allspice notes, there is less of a cinnamon presence here as compared to many others of the style. Creamy nose, pleasant overall.

Taste- There is a sharpness to this beer's debut on the tongue, more of a fleeting whipcrack of hops... the spices are also way upfront, overshadowing the more balanced display seconds later and through the bready swallow. Lasting hop bitterness lingers well afterwards.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Carbonated to the point of being tolerable... the volume and resulting burps are higher than expected, so it's a gassy experience in the belly. One's enough for me, it could use some taming with regard to the spices.

yelterdow, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had this a couple different times and sometimes it has been great and other times it has been slightly off. For the most part it is a good beer. It is not my favorite pumpkin but it is a good spiced beer if you are looking to break away from the usual spiced beer. It is quite bitter and you can tell there is a British influence. It has a deep bronze almost copper color with a lot of carbonation to the body. There is a tight head and lace. It has a strong aroma of pumpkin spice and hops. There is not much for malt but there is a strong pumpkin taste. It is medium bodied beer.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium to dark amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine and grapefruit. Tastes of pretty much the same. Medium bitter with a light sweetness to it. Why was that pumpkin on it if there is no pumpkin in this?

Notes from 6/17/05

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.6/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lazy, hazy amber with a decent topping of ivory head, she tries to sheet stick to the glass side as I quaff downward.

Not picking up any pumpkin in the aroma, nor any spices - seems to sniff like a malty ale. Quaff reinforces the aroma - not much here but an astringent attempt at a pumpkin. This one Jacks more than my jaw.

Wow, why would a brewer put out something like this? Glad this was a freebie bottle supplied by ME golfin' buddy that's diggin' the craft. Thanks for hooking me up.

Vancer, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a orange hue with nice peach highlights. The cap is a small two fingers worth of small,medium and large bubbles all bursting rapidly,deflating away to nothing,except for a thin ring around the edge. The nose is greatly understated in comparison to the bold and spicy flavors within. I smell only a small amount of spice and subtle tangerine. The flavors are not overdone keeping this one away from some of the artificiality that is sometimes standard in these pumpkin offerings. I'm glad that Arcadia didn't add any pumpkin,it helps the spice to build off of the malt flavors creating a pumpkin pie feel without taking anything away from the natural flavors. The body is medium to thin with just a touch of slickness,the carbonation is on the high end,but acceptable for the style. A subtle drying aftertaste and slightly sticky fruitiness lingers for a moment after the last drop is gone. Very quaffable,a very light seasonal and a bad ass name!

orangemoustache, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of PHENSO
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

PHENSO, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

MOShepp, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SpecialK088, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

aerozeppl, Oct 05, 2008
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.