Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale | Arbor Brewing Company

Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale
BA SCORE
58.5%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 123 ratings
Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arborbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,244
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
123
Liked:
72
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
12.37%
Alströms:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of jimmyd3
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This old ale from Arbor Brewing pours an opaque medium brown, with a light lacy head that dissipates quickly. The first smells are of sweet fruits and burnt caramel. The mouth feel is about what you expect from an old ale, good body, lingers on the tongue, but not sticky. It finishes with a mild bitterness that balances out the flavor well. Jackhammer hints at being a big beer but doesn't come at a big price, which is why I have added this offering to my "regulars". When I don't feel like quaffing an $8 beer, this one does quite nicely. Well done Arbor Brewing.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of h4ger
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moodyxc9
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mattsucks
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Botulizard
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lightman
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zshaft
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +2.7%
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 +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red94tt
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of G-CraftBeer4life
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of K-Dog
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +14%
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 +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 58.5% out of 100 with 123 ratings
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