Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale | Arbor Brewing Company

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Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2005

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't really expecting much from this ale but I was impressed. Very balanced flavors and the ABV was very well masked even when it warmed up a bit. If it was a touch sweeter I would get it again but I found nothing wrong with pounding this brew. Try it!

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Photo of travelguy
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattsucks
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Botulizard
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lightman
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with minimal head. head dissipates quickly. Nose is kind of watery malt with dark fruit like raisin and fig. mouthfeel is a little watery and the dark fruits show their muscles half way through the sip. end palate is sweetness with caramel maybe? overall I was able to enjoy this beer. nothing I would get again. when I look for the dark fruit flavors this is not bad but if I was just pounding would be not so good.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle [not dated] poured into a tulip glass

Jackhammer Old Ale has a reddish dark brown body with a bubbly tan 1-finger head. The head held well leaving behind light/thin lacing. The nose was dominated by the malty sweetness of caramel and light brown sugar. The flavor was very similar to the smell with hints of buttery rum and a burnt toasted quality. Hops became present at the finish which balanced some of the sweetness. The mouth feel was smooth; a little chewy, lighter carbonation, and a pleasant alcohol warming.

Overall, a pleasant Old Ale that is a little lighter in flavor making it very drinkable.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed this nice old ale from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine ale pours a deep, dark, brownish mahogany with a moderate head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin wispy layer, and subtle lacing. plums, brandy, dark cherries, raisins, and caramel malts. Flavors follow the nose with brandy and cherry notes to the fore, plums and raisins on the middle and sides, and cola, cherries, and subtle booze on the back with moderate hop bitterness. Nice mouth feel, slick and coating, with a bitter malt and bittering hops finish with light carbonation. Darn near perfect for the style. Excellent.


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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown with a small light khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and little lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts and dark fruits. Lots of cherries as well along with some toffee notes. The flavors seem to follow the nose. Lots of dark fruits. Lots of raisins and plum. Lots of caramel and toffee as well. The malts definitely do their thing. It has a subtle sweetness, but nothing crazy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's thin, but still fluffy and smooth. I'd say this one is dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Old Ale. It has just about everything that you could want in the style. It might not be "mindblowing", but it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of skaboom420
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red94tt
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G-CraftBeer4life
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is always a nasty style. Since I was doing this brewer this weekend for the first time, I picked big, bad styles. So far, two for two - well made ales.

This one looks like flat coke in the glass. The aroma is right - deep, dark, hoppy. The taste matches, with all the bitter and darkness you expect.

The aftertaste is huge. This is typical of these nasty old ales. It avoids the horrible funkiness these sometime have. I think this one is a success. I look forward to the last Arbor Brewing sample.

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Photo of Agentveba
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of K-Dog
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about this beer is on par with an average old ale. If you like this style is worth a try. Not one of the greatest by any means but still it's an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a solid old ale. Flavors on point with some nice sweet make with a nice warming finish but no alcohol bite. Would definitely grab this one again. Believe this one was almost a year old.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SerialTicker
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slow pour into the glass still gave a surprisingly large head, soapy and creamy in consistency, with a beige tinge to it. The beer is a slightly hazy ruby brown-ish color, pretty much what I'd expect from the style. Lacing is spotty. (4/5)

Smell: Something not quite Old Ale-like in here. I'd assume it's the malts used, as this smells like a brown. It also comes off a bit cheap in quality, like there are some adjuncts in there somehow, somewhere. Additionally, there's some alcohol on the nose, which is never a problem for me in Old Ales, but with the somewhat low-quality aroma coming out of this beer, the alcohol almost comes off as a muted rubbing alcohol sort of aroma. As it warms up a dark fruit jam smell becomes apparent and really spruces things up, thankfully... without it, this would basically smell like a rubbing alcohol infused brown ale. (3.5/5)

Taste/feel: Yeah, eh. It just doesn't really taste quite like any Old Ale I've had before, and that's not a good thing. It just doesn't have a ton of flavor like I'd hope given the style/ABV. It has the usual suspects of dark fruits and some sweet malt, but it comes off as pretty average. The two things that bother me the most are the strange moderately metallic bitterness on the finish, and the mouthfeel. Jackhammer goes in slightly creamy, but then comes the too-high carbonation, and, bizarrely, the beer finishes thin. The flavor that's there isn't bad, but the thinnish mouthfeel and bitter finish make this a pretty forgettable Old Ale. (3.5/5, 3/5)

The price isn't too horrible at $2.49 for a single, but the quality still isn't quite there.

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