Arcadia Jaw-Jacker | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arcadiaales.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by nortmand on 09-12-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,018
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
475
pDev:
20.43%
Bros Score:
2.2
 
 
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4
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of rkunken
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewmastermel
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pretty thin. Not bad though.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

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Photo of JerBear517
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aclockworkchris
2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of szmnnl99
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigRed10
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of heysuz
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brittanylicious
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LJWalker
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Apok23
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of red94tt
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beginner2
2.82/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Jackalope1977
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Grupatre
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WestwardHo
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 475 ratings
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