Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale | Arbor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
122 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
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you rubbed your face in a ripe banana, and then dunked your head in molasses, then dunked your head in brandy. Why is it called Jackhammer, that's my only question for you.

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Photo of Hrodebert
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
A nice deep red color, about two fingers of light brown head, on initial pour. Great head retention, one finger of head stays around for a while. Fairly good lacing. I think the beer's fairly clear, but the color is dark enought that it's still hard to see through. Overall, a great look.

Smell - 4/5
Some slightly sweet malts, fruits, cherry, chocolate roasty/smokiness. Fairly good smell

Taste - 4/5
Sweet cherry/fruity malts, some very small alcohol and hops presence. The taste is good, but it does seem perhaps a little more one-dimensional than the smell, given the roastiness which was present in the smell but which I can't taste. Still, a great taste

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium to full bodied, a light amount of carbonation. Beer is very smooth.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a darker ale. Never have been a huge fan of the "ale" smell, and this one is about the same as the rest. It's got flavor, that is for sure. Not bad at all.

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Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marcb105
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bsarmstr51
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of garstick
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of devildogbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this one. Real smooth but still had boldness

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Photo of tommy5
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breakingbland
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaxPowers
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks man.

Chestnut brown body with a small tan head. Brown bread, light spice, maybe a touch of molasses. Yeasty bready. Mild sweetness. Smooth and easy drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of JakeForest
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of irish6174
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MiWolfman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MgoJohnStamos
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Dave2234
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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