Arcadia Jaw-Jacker | Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Jaw-JackerArcadia Jaw-Jacker

Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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.

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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 DavoleBomb
2.99/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
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...

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Photo of dar482
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Raime
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of jslice99
2.36/5  rDev -28%
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

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
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

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -39%
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

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Photo of matjack85
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.02/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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Photo of sween100
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
1.8/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice orange hue with light cap of tan foam, slightly hazy but looks fantastic. Would like to have seen a bit darker color.

S: Aroma is of spices nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice.

T: Taste is of Pure pumpkin pie!

M: Medium bodied to full, great carbonation level.

O: Overall a great beer, lots of malty sweetness an a pumpkin pie taste if you think a pumpkin beer shuld taste like the pie this ones right up there in the top 10 maybe at 5 as pumpkin beers go this ones great!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Lackluster beer at best.

Poured a cloudy orange color with a one finger head that faded fast. Spices are there...cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. This beer leaves an odd after taste in the mouth.

I understand that there are no pumpkins used in brewing this beer. That is ok because pumpkins do not have much taste. It is just a lousy ale that is poorly spiced.

Not a drain pour, but this beer is a chore to drink. It is blah and dull.

So many better fall and pumpkin beers out there this one should be avoided.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Arcadia's Jaw Jacker is a fairly sweet and well-spiced autumnal ale that is too sweet, a bit too one-dimensional, and overly carbonated for my tastes. Although this beer doesn't contain any pumpkin, it comes across as very similar to most other heavily spiced pumpkin ales, indicating how little flavor a brewer can typically extract from a pumpkin, and how much the malts must simulate what could be expected as pumpkin to our tastes.

Pours a 1cm tall head of off-white colored foam, made up primarily of medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat dish-soap like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting just below one minute in a decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a medium-sized island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a moderately dark copper orange color, with light bringing out brighter copper hues. Carbonation remains visible through the nearly opaque (90-95% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is primarily of pie spices (cinnamon and nutmeg) and apple cider-like sweetness.

Front of palate experiences cloying, pure sugar sweetness joined to pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of spicy clove). Mid-palate of continuing sugar sweetness with pie spices (cinnamon becoming more pronounced) and a bit of apple cider flavor. Back of palate finds continued pie spices (cinnamon and spicy clove-like flavors being most prominent), diminished sweetness, and a bit of pleasant graham cracker taste in the mid-back as the beer warms. Aftertaste of sugary sweetness and cinnamon, similar to a "red hot" candy; a bit cloying, not particularly pleasant.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a moderately fizzy mouthfeel at first, which gradually calms to a smooth and slightly foamy mouthfeel over a few seconds. Beer does not close dry, and leaves moderate stickiness on the lips and palate.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/11/2013 printed on the bottleneck. I haven't had this brew since around this time last year, so I'm glad to revisit it. I just recently learned that this beer isn't actually brewed with real pumpkin, which is kind of misleading. Regardless, going in unbiased.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a murky burnt orange color with some carbonation bubbles rushing topside, and a half finger of off-white suds that fades quickly.

S - Smell is of cinnamon, crisp cola presence, herbal spice rack / oregano notes via the allspice and nutmeg, and a hint of buttery biscuit malt presence.

T - Taste is of crisp cola, brown sugar, cinnamon, herbal allspice, nutmeg, and some sort of syrupy medicinal cherry cream sort of taste, most likely imparted from the spice.

M - Feel is crisp, and clean, with mild stickiness, and some lingering medicinal notes. Fairly unpleasant, but leaves you wanting another sip.

Overall, a fairly unimpressive anti-pumpkin beer from Arcadia. Pretty disappointing from all angles. I wouldn't be upset if they phased this beer out in favor of a beer actually brewed with pumpkin.

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker ---3/5.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin. In the taste, strong all spice and raw cinnamon, just a little pumpkin flavor and tangy vegetable notes. Lots of spice, and a fair malt sweetness. Medium bodied feel with a strong carbonation. Overall, this is a decent pumpkin ale with lots of spices.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy orange-pink hue with a thin cream-colored head, a touch of carbonation to be seen. Thin lacing, and eventually the head completely disappears, even the usual ring around the top.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg, some malt in the background to remind you it's a beer. Perfectly autumn-themed, if a bit too assertive about the fact.

T: Cinnamon prevails heavily on the front, while nutmeg is dominant on the finish. Gosh, that's unbalanced. Not unpleasant for a few sips, just very, very heavy on the spices. Approaching the 'cinnamon challenge' in liquid form. Is there even any pumpkin in this?

M: Not much carbonation but not super smooth either. The finish is (I've never thought to use this description before) powdery, as if the ground spices are in my mouth, too.

O: Jaw-jacker is right. While cinnamon may be a pleasant spice, you will get your fill of it in three sips from this beer. Until now I've thought that I wanted a beer as unbalanced and spice-forward as it was possible to make, approaching blended pumpkin pie with alcohol, but I rescind that statement. While enjoyable to drink one, this ends up being neither a well-crafted beer nor a even guilty pleasure.

EDIT: Read the description, I guess there wasn't supposed to be any pumpkin present. Those misleading bastards!

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