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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker - Arcadia Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

323 Ratings
THE BROS
53
awful

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Ratings: 323
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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atone315

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-11-2013 21:33:22 | More by atone315
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claspada

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.4%

10-11-2013 12:44:03 | More by claspada
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-10-2013 22:45:11 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-10-2013 16:41:59 | More by mendvicdog
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nosavingsaccount

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

10-09-2013 03:49:29 | More by nosavingsaccount
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-09-2013 02:13:20 | More by creepinjeeper
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duceswild

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

10-08-2013 00:40:23 | More by duceswild
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joek440

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

10-08-2013 00:19:25 | More by joek440
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chuckv

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.5%

10-06-2013 03:06:05 | More by chuckv
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grimey68

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-06-2013 02:18:00 | More by grimey68
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Giggy

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

10-05-2013 21:20:36 | More by Giggy
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +8%

10-05-2013 00:08:27 | More by Phillyz
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange-pink hue with a thin cream-colored head, a touch of carbonation to be seen. Thin lacing, and eventually the head completely disappears, even the usual ring around the top.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg, some malt in the background to remind you it's a beer. Perfectly autumn-themed, if a bit too assertive about the fact.

T: Cinnamon prevails heavily on the front, while nutmeg is dominant on the finish. Gosh, that's unbalanced. Not unpleasant for a few sips, just very, very heavy on the spices. Approaching the 'cinnamon challenge' in liquid form. Is there even any pumpkin in this?

M: Not much carbonation but not super smooth either. The finish is (I've never thought to use this description before) powdery, as if the ground spices are in my mouth, too.

O: Jaw-jacker is right. While cinnamon may be a pleasant spice, you will get your fill of it in three sips from this beer. Until now I've thought that I wanted a beer as unbalanced and spice-forward as it was possible to make, approaching blended pumpkin pie with alcohol, but I rescind that statement. While enjoyable to drink one, this ends up being neither a well-crafted beer nor a even guilty pleasure.

EDIT: Read the description, I guess there wasn't supposed to be any pumpkin present. Those misleading bastards!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 06:35:13 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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KingMe

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

10-02-2013 22:43:52 | More by KingMe
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

10-02-2013 01:55:17 | More by thinwhiteduke
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joeboe2001

Maryland

1.8/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Worst pumpkin I have had this year!

A- Looked okay. Not much of a head, light gold in color in a dark venue.

S- Light pumpkin smell--not overbearing.

T - All of the usual pumpkin pie spicing BUT this stuff tasted more like pumpkin pie hand soap than beer! Relatively offensive chemical aftertaste, very week beer taste!

M -The soapy taste turned me off--hope it wasn't a poorly washed glass.

O - I recommend spending your next $5 elsewhere!

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 14:21:38 | More by joeboe2001
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

09-30-2013 00:15:07 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker could not be more orange and hence look any more appropriate for a pumpkin ale. Dense and solid in complexion, you can't make a finger out on the other side despite its rather luminous glimmer. Its "head" (while and where it exists) is thin as twine.

No actual pumpkin was used in the recipe - what does that matter? How many of us eat pumpkin anyhow? I'd wager few people can think of a recipe that uses pumpkin other than pumpkin pie. It's all in the spices, baby. And this beer, which uses cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg, provides plenty of spicy/savory flavour and texture.

In setting out to brew a pumpkin ale, Arcadia was wise to look no further than the brewer's grandmother's pumpkin-pie recipe. This smells (and especially tastes) like a delicious fall-time dessert, the perfect conclusion to a thanksgiving dinner. As much as it tastes like pie and vanilla ice cream, however, it also tastes like sweet potato.

Jaw-Jacker has the expected pumpkin-pie spices but it also has an unexpected amount of body. The brewery refers to this as an 'amber-wheat ale' so the toasty, caramelly undertones and crisp, effervescent texture should not be surprising. I half-expected a beer with this much character to be a little higher in alcohol; it's super agreeable.

Arcadia has managed to capture and bottle the months of September through November and have made a near-perfect fall-time quaff; it's got me seeing bats and scarecrows and jack o-laterns as well as a bountiful dinning room table. Pumpkin Ale initiates will find love and even the style's most discerning critics shouldn't have much to bicker about. Greatly enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:44:43 | More by biegaman
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Dr_Bahmbay13

Michigan

3/5  rDev -7.4%

09-28-2013 21:20:04 | More by Dr_Bahmbay13
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Eastside151

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

09-27-2013 21:44:21 | More by Eastside151
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

09-25-2013 22:49:38 | More by Alkey
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, no head.

Smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and semi-sweet pumpkin.

Mild sweet and tart pumpkin flavor mixed with the aforementioned spices and a light wheaty malt.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation over the tongue.

Not a great pumpkin ale, but not terrible. I've had worse ones. Has an okay flavor and aroma with a slightly sub-par body. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again against other pumpkin ales, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 22:11:57 | More by Cylinsier
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Gr8Lakes

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

09-23-2013 13:32:23 | More by Gr8Lakes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange copper with a thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice - typical pumpkin spicing. The house yeast strain adds spicing. Overall, it's robust, but not overpowering.

The taste is pumpkin pie. There is a sweetness that is reminiscent of whipped cream over the spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The sweetness fades to a spicy, dry finish. The yeast strain adds a buttery note that helps with the smoothness in this case.

It is creamy.

This is a nice pumpkin spiced ale. It keeps its ale character while being spiced.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:48:17 | More by jwc215
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8%

09-23-2013 00:04:36 | More by JohnnieNepal
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
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