Arcadia Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #279
Ranked #47,827
3.32 | pDev: 20.18%
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Notes: This spiced amber-wheat ale is our celebration of the arrival of Autumn. Using the finest malted barley and a small amount of wheat for mouthfeel, Jaw-Jacker displays a brilliant orange-amber color, despite the absence of pumpkin in the recipe. The addition of cinnamon, all-spice, and nutmeg (in the exact proportions of a family pumpkin pie recipe) creates a refreshingly spicy, season brew.
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kimlhurst from Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange in color, tan medium to covering collar with carbonation and some lacing. Slightly sweet aroma. Burnt qweet taste that lingers into a bitter taste.

Jan 30, 2020
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Crystal clear orange/burnt orange coloring, a white-ish head that is comprised of numerous small bubbles that dissipates within a few minutes to leave lacing around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Strong enough that you can smell it outside of the glass, it is reminiscent of a fall candle with things like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg etc... like you would imagine a fall day to smell.

Taste: Bitter, spice forward beer when it hits your tongue. You get all the fall candle smells as flavors that I mentioned above. Offset by a brown sugar like sweentess on the backend.

Feel: Soft carbonation, noticable enough to know that it's there but not overbearing. Medium-light body. Bitterness clings to the tongue but the rest of it goes down pretty smoothly.

Overall: A powerfully scented, decent tasting fall beer. Way more spice than a pumpkin pie, but that's ok. Probably wouldn't seek out but also if someone gave me one I would not turn it down.

Oct 28, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber color with a minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is pumpkin and spices. Tastes of cinnamon and pumpkin. Creamy mouth feel.

Apr 14, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a dark orange milky brown color with a muted quickly dieing little white foamy head that barely left any lace.
The aroma had a nice balance of spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove up front pummeling the pumpkin sweetness back a little bit. Mild little bit of sweet earthy to mild caramel sweet extract.
The flavor leaned towards the spiciness initially and then seemed to try and develop a mild sweetness in it's balance. Aftertaste was somewhat leaning into the spices, slight sting of the clove, but I wasn't bothered by that.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied; perhaps just a touch under with a fair decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Some spices in the finish.
Overall, with the onset of the spices in this beer, I'd say this definitely leans closer to the "herbed/spiced beer" than a true pumpkin ale, but still, it's one that I'd have again if I could get it.

Jan 05, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange and cloudy, no visible carbonation, topped with two fingers of beige head.

Smells of pumpkins, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves.

Tastes of pumpkins, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger with a light sweetness.

Medium, tannic body with relatively high carbonation.

Got this in Kunming in April, drinking Nov. 2nd, 2017 in Chiang Mai. Cheers to my friends in Kalamazoo. Really great pumpkin ale!

Nov 02, 2017
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottled poured into a Founder's Black Party pint glass. Bottled on 7/28/17, making this just about 3 months old.

A: Pours a light amber/orange color, minimal white head.

S: Heavily spiced up front, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Not a lot of pumpkin, if any.

T: Definitely not as spiced as I remember, but the seasoning is there. Minimal pumpkin flavor.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

O: This beer has really fluctuated in quality over time. Used to be great, then last couple years were rough, over-spiced. This year is much better for some reason. Don't think it's ever been a true pumpkin beer, and instead just a spiced ale, but that's fine. It's a classic seasonal around here in Michigan, and I love having it every year.

Recommendation: Not a true pumpkin ale, but itches that Fall seasonal scratch.

Oct 28, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what the deal is with this ale.
I think Arcadia should stick to its better brews and improve on them. For I have two good ales from them and several bad.
(Jaw-jacker was given to me... a clue.)
I should have saved it for a tasting of beer guys instead of punishing myself with the whole bottle.
But doing my duty here.... a confused and confusing ale. Don't buy it.

Mar 25, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Pumpkin spices featuring cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Caramel maltiness with toastiness underneath. It doesn't have much of an actual pumpkin component - it seems spice heavy. Still, it's pleasant.

3.0 T: Taste is like the nose. It's spice heavy without a pumpkin backbone. Toasty and caramel malts.

2.75 M: Light to lighter medium body. Watery feel. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

2.75 D: It's not horrible, but it's one of the weaker pumpkin beers I've had this year.

Dec 11, 2015
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: October 22, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse pokal... OCCASION: another good Thursday ends with some beer... APPEARANCE: lazy, hazy, off-white head that settles to a consistent halo; body is an orange-amber, equally hazy body with slight effervescence--a fitting, Autumnal view... AROMA: light gingerbread, nutmeg and pumpkin spices allure the nostrils; a wheaty clove spice... PALATE: thin, wheaty in consistency; smooth and easy drinking--a bit too easy?... TASTE: a mellow, blunted impact that belies the aroma; nutmeg and pumpkin spices are clearest, with cinnamon and allspice or pepper developing the profile into a larger-than-expected flavor experience; the lightness of body plays out in the flavor, allowing for a swift sipping and a reasonably enjoyable quality... OVERALL: not sure how to take this one at first, with its lightness exhibiting a wheat beer, its ABV upwards of an ale, and a taste that blend the two... intriguing enough to encourage another bottle--a possibility, but not a necessity...

Oct 23, 2015
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dar482 from New York

3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber color.

The flavor pops of pumpkin beer spices with an emphasis on a zingy quality, similar to ginger. A touch of sweetness, then onto strong herbal bitterness.

Oct 05, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint. Ruddy orange in color, with aroma of pumpkin spices (go figure). Mostly cinnamon and nutmeg, with some bready malt. Taste follows through on the aroma. Wasn't going to try this one this year but my wife picked up a bottle; it was a pleasant surprise. Neither of us are fans of pumpkin ales, but this is a nice solid ale.

Sep 29, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcadia Jaw Jacker.

Found a bottle at my local Meijer for $1.19 flat and decided to toss it into my mix a six. Mind you, supermarkets may start putting the smaller guys out of business given the fantastic pricing options and the fact they run very fresh product.

Look - Pours a moderately deep amber with a half finger of off white head that quickly drops to a broken cloud formation around the glass. Carbonation appears to be moderate with this one. Somehow left a fair bit of lacing. 4.

Smell - It pretty much smells exactly how you would expect a pumpkin ale to smell. A mixed nose of cinnamon and nutmeg with some pie crust. 4.

Taste - Hmmm what do ya know, a perfected balance of cinnamon and nutmeg with a dosage of pie crust. Honestly this is what a session pumpkin ale should taste like. 4.

Feel - The body is very thick and well rounded with a large dose of carbonation. A tad creamy as well despite little to no remaining head. 4.

Overall - I don"t really get the hate for this one. Not sure if there was a recipe change or what, but It was better than an Ichabod ( Not enough pumpkin ) and even better than a Pumking ( Too much pumpkin ) . If you want a very solid, easy to drink, warming pumpkin ale for a cool late September/October night around the fire you don't really need to look any further than this. I'd have again. 4.

Aug 25, 2015
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jslice99 from New York

2.36/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 oz bottle from holiday beverage, staten island new york. Look: burnt orange. Not much head. Smell: ok pumpkin spices, nothing special. Taste: not very good. I think this is what pumpkin rind would taste like. Just spices barely. No pumpkin flavor what so ever. Ive had better malt liquors. Feel: light to nothing. Bland, sour. Not satisfying at all. Barely any carbonation. Overall: i love pumpkin beers and look forward to this time of year to try new ones. This is one of the worst. Just watery spice. No pumpkin flavor very disappointing. Im being generous with a 2 rating. I dont recommend it at all. I would never, ever buy again

Aug 22, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker brewed by Arcadia Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.0% This brew pours out a deep amber color with a nice off white head. The smell is rich with pumpkin and spices. This brew smells like pumpkin pie. You also pick up on a hit of grains and malts. The taste is bold with spices and pumpkin. To me there is to much spice in this brew. Jaw-Jacker has a lot going on in it. The mouthfeel is bold, clean, and full of flavor. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has an Ok balance to it. It is a bit much on the spices, but it grows on you. Overall I'm giving Jaw-Jacker 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You Arcadia Brewing Company

Mar 08, 2015
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JLaw55 from Missouri

2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like a soured nutmeg and cinnamon beer bomb. Not good. Didn't cover the alcohol flavor very well, which is surprising as it is only 6.0%. Mouth feel was thin and watery. Not pleasant.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

Feb 04, 2015
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. 12oz brown bottle for $4. The bartender said it's a pumpkin beer without any pumpkin in it. The website and bottle label say the same thing. Doesn't seem to make much sense, but we shall see.

The beer poured a hazy copper/orange color but it didn't produce any head - just a thin white rim that faded in about 10 seconds. Despite the lack of head it still left a decent amount of lacing.

It has the smell of all the pumpkin pie spices - just no pumpkin. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice aroma and not much else. Actually smells pretty good.

Tastes like drinking carbonated water with those 3 spices in it, plus a touch of noticeable alcohol. There is a slight bitterness in the finish. I didn't care for it.

Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

I don't know if even the addition of pumpkin could have saved this one. It was bad on so many levels.

Oct 22, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark copper, rusty burnt orange. Light cream colored head that recedes to a film, very light lacing.

Aroma: Very thin array of spices such as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.

Taste: Mostly cinnamon up front, then allspice and nutmeg follow. Paper thin, little "meat on the bones" to this.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Overall: I rated it 3 across the board, but this is not good. That's average to most pumpkin beers though. This is a bottle of spices and little else.

Oct 12, 2014
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -15.7%

This beer poured with almost no head. Nothing stood out in the smell or the taste. It was not terrible taste just nothing stood out to make me ever want this again.

Oct 06, 2014
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StoutHunter from Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer a few times, but for some reason I've never reviewed it and I thought it was time to give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label doesn't look that great, I liked the old one much better, the new one looks cheesy, I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on more of a an orange amber color when held to the light with half a fingers worth of off white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This wasn't a great looking beer, the color was nice, but the head, lacing and retention weren't good

S- The aroma starts off with higher amount of medium sweetness with a light pumpkin aroma being the first to show up, but it's quickly overpowered by the spices which seem to dominate the aroma and it's the cinnamon that for sure stands out the most. Up next I get a bready and light grainy aroma. This beer didn't have a great aroma, it was dominated by Cinnamon and it didn't let any other aspects shine through.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin still being the first to show up, but it might be even lighter than it was in the aroma and it's quickly overpowered by the spices with the cinnamon still being dominating. Up next comes a watery and light grainy flavor. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a weird cinnamon like aftertaste. This wasn't a good tasting beer, the cinnamon was too overpowering and there weren't any other nice flavors to back it up.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, a little watery, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a decent mouthfeel, but I wish it wasn't watery.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and i thought that it was a poor example of a Pumpkin Ale, instead of letting the pumpkin shine it was dominated by the cinnamon and that didn't let through any nice supporting flavors. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, a little watery, not filling and the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge at all to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was the only aspect that wasn't below average. What I liked the least about this beer was taste, it just wasn't good and it didn't really have any redeeming aspects. I wouldn't buy this beer again, now i see why i haven't had it in a couple years. I wouldn't recommend this beer, it's just not a good example of the style. All in all I didn't like this beer, Arcadia is a good brewery, but this isn't a good beer and I don't understand why they choose to release this below average Pumpkin Ale every year. This is my least favorite beer from Arcadia and it's one of my least favorite Pumpkin Ales. Better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

Sep 21, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, fall 2014 bottling. Pours lightly hazy bright orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with god balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and solid complexity of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid spiced ale. Good balance and solid complexity of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A bit one dimensional, but nicely enjoyable otherwise.

Sep 06, 2014
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.02/5  rDev -9%

It's time for so many pumpkin brews to pop up. Some are really great. This is not one of the great ones.

My bottle looks flat. The color is fine but there is almost no head. The aroma is a sharp spice.

The taste is mildly spicy but otherwise had little going on. The mouthfeel of this bottle is poor but the aftertaste and burp are pretty nice.

I don't want to try this again.

Aug 31, 2014
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

3.19/5  rDev -3.9%

A- Pours a hazy burnt orange, similar in shade to a pumpkin. Small white head that dissipates quickly.

S- It's all spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. Some sweetness.

T- Kinda thin, no real pumpkin presence, pretty much all spices.

M- Thinner than how I prefer pumpkin beers.

O- Probably one of the worst pumpkin beers I've had. No real balance in the flavor and the beer is pretty thin. There are many other pumpkin beers out there, I guess one plus on this one might be it's price, it comes in a 6 pack and is usually under 10 bucks.

Aug 29, 2014
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sween100 from Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma includes citrus and nutmeg. Didn't taste the cinnamon at first but after I had a few sips it was prevalent. Could also taste some mild wheat notes. Would be difficult for me to drink while eating food due to its spicy cinnamon flavors.

Apr 28, 2014
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brutusmuktuk from Michigan

1.8/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The best thing about this beer is that it looks like apple cider. And the bottle has some awesome artwork. The smell, oddly similar to over-ripe bananas, is off-putting. The flavor is lacking. There’s a harsh bite to it (someone called it sour and I agree), which makes it difficult to enjoy.

Feb 19, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 13 November 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium clear orange. Almost no head, no visible bubbles. Color is fine, but it looks flat.

Smell is quite nice. Pumpkin, rich and full and squashy. The spices are a great complement, bringing out that classic pumpkin pie flavor, but with a beery twist. I like it.

Taste is good. It's not quite as pumpkin pie like as the taste; it's more grainy, a little bitter, and just generally less flavorful. If it tasted like the smell, I'd be happy.

Feel is okay. It does come across rather flat. Not terrible, but could be quite a bit better.

On balance, I like this beer. Maybe I'm just intoxicated by that pumpkin pie smell. The rest leaves a fair amount to be desired.

Jan 10, 2014
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 488 ratings