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.

Added by nortmand on 09-12-2007

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Photo of nortmand
4.7/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant pumpkin orange. Fluffy white head.

Nutmeg dominates the aroma and is supported by balanced undercurrents of cinnamon, cloves and white pepper.

Slight sweetness up front, flavorful spice midtongue. Again, nutmeg dominates, but clove oil is also there. It also leaves a nice peppery heat tingle on the outer edges of the tongue. Fantastic. Very nice biscuit flavors there as well.

Medium bodied, this is a very nice beer. Solid English ale base, complex and interesting without being overbearing, this is a world class pumpkin ale.

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Photo of PaulAD
4.65/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My brother recommended this to me in a sixtel. I am glad he did! This draft beer is very drinkable and leaves no aftertaste. I poured it in a chilled glass and the lines to my beer meister were brand new - a perfect setup for a good fall beer. Can't wait to get home tonight and have another!

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Photo of Katahdin
4.43/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a truly excellent fall beer. The aroma when first poured reminds one of a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Upon tasting it you will not be disappointed in the aroma, it truly has that pumpkin pie taste. Hints of nutmeg linger on your tongue. The beer is very drinkable, not at all heavy, and refreshing on a crisp fall day.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.34/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a small, thin white head. Absolutely no carbonation streams rising to the top.

S- Wow, very aromatic. Lots and lots of pumpkin and cinnamon and other spices. Very unique and interesting, it blows me away.

T- Delicious. Pumpkin and spices and a little bready. This covers all the bases. Wonderful and flavorful. Really impressive.

M- Very creamy and tasty. This makes my mouth water. Excellent.

D- Very well done. A little on the rich side, but this has replaced O'Fallon's as my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
4.29/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color, cloudy, good head. some sediment.

S: Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, malty sweetness

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, other spices followed by a pumpkin pie flavor.

M: Malty but easy to drink. Carbonated quite well.

Overall: This beer is really good. Spices up front with a pumpkin flavor and a pleasant aroma. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.29/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears dark amber with some brown tint to it, 1/8 inch, very thin, white head with very little carbonation bubbles to the top, no lacing. Smells primarily of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spices, very much like a pumpkin pie. Taste is of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spices, and some breadiness, with a sweet brown sugar pickup as the beer warms. Very smooth and creamy with little carbonation. Definitely a drinkable pumpkin ale, not too overwhelming in any of the aspects, nicely balanced with all of the flavors. Fantastic for a Fall brew.

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Photo of bluHatter
4.23/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a muddy/cloudy brown red color, little to no head, no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, apple, cinnamon, red wine. Smells like halloween in the fall. Very nice nose.

T: Cinnamon, pumpkin spices, allspice and some nutmeg. Sweetly bitter. There's something I love about pumpkin spices brewed into beer and wine. My favorite wine, for example, is a local wine called Witche's Brew, a red wine with very similar overtones.

M: A little carbonation, no alcohol tingle at all. Satisfying despite the lack of carbonation, partly due to its richness.

O: A great October ale, or something to remind you of the wonderful smells and tastes of Fall. I love the picture on the front - this may be my new favorite Halloween ale. Quite good.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single...bought a 6 pack at Sam's in Downers Grove, right down the street from the Westin I am staying at for work and consumed while watching the cubs game and chargers-packers

appearance: sweet label featuring a man-eating pumpkin and the traditional arcadia font. pours into a hotel tumbler - body is a clear pumpkin shade of amber with a very minimal beige head and very little lacing

smell: nice pumpkin pie aroma - i can tell this one will have a fair amount of pumpkin flavour and not just a whole ton of spice. nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and brown sugar spotted in the background

taste: this is a very nice pumpkin ale that definitely fits somewhere in my top 5. I may have to scoop another 6 pack down here in case it does not make its way up to Madison. Flavour is dominated by a nice pumpkin pie aroma with a nice bready crust flavour highlight as well. The use of cinnamon is great and not overpowering. Nutmeg and brown sugar provide nice compliments as well

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

drinkability: good

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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 pzrhsau
4.17/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep rich ruby color that is slightly hazy. It has a decent sized laced head.
S: Nice sweet malt aroma with a great mixture of spices like cinnamon and all spice.
T: The beer has a fantastic woody cinnamon flavor that turns into all spice a nutmeg type flavor. The blend of spices and the malt really give me the allusion of a pumpkin beer even though this is not a pumpkin.
D/M:Crisp and clean but packs a subtle punch. Strong flavors that blend together well. The label was also really cool which misled me to think this was a pumpkin.

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Photo of Buggabeer
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foured into 16oz draft glass.
A. has the appearance of a pumpkin colored amber. very nice.
S. I can smell the nutmeg and cinnamon along with a hint of pumpkin.
T. I really enjoy the taste of this pumpkin beer much better than others I have tried. (Dogfishhead, Weyerbacher and Wolavers) however it does fall short of the Screaming Pumpkin Ale. You can pick up the nutmeg and cinnamon in this beer with a hint of pumpkin.
M. Like alot of beer it feel very good with no bad lingering after taste.
D. Again I think this is a very good pumpkin beer. Surprised not everyone feels the same.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at hopcat CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-golden caramel with no head whatsoever

S-nice spiciness that reminds me of Thanksgiving

T-lavander with old spices. Almost like a Christmas ale

M- medium body and smooth

O-"tastes like Thanksgiving" said waitress and it didn't disappoint

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass on-tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer looks a slight hazy brown orange with a finger of puffy white foam. The aroma is akin to apple cider or perhaps a spicy caramel apple. There seems to be lots of cinnamon on the nose as well as some nutmeg and clove. The cinnamon taste is even more prominent in the flavor and the green apple is it's main counterpart. When mixed with the caramel malts it really gives that fall flavor and is quite nice. The mouth is a tad too watery for my liking, but be cause of the flavors you can power through it. I feel it's quite drinkable, there really isn't anything too harsh about this beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Poured from tap at the brewery 10 15 09 into a clean, clear glass. How is this not a Pumpkin Ale?!?

A Orange Brown body, somewhat cloudy but for the most part translucent with minimal but creamy head. 3.5

S Nice, authentic pumpkin smell with spices. Interesting, inviting. 4.0

T/M Nice smooth pumpkin based beer with good spice profile. This taste rivals my personal favorite in this style, Southern Tier Pumking. I did not expect this beer to be as smooth as it was. 4.0

D Really nice drinkability. I finished my glass without any difficulty whatsoever. 4.5

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Photo of mikehodgman
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an entirely different beer on tap. I have never had a beer that tasted more different from bottle to draft.

The beer looks amber/orange when poured with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Smells like a bouquet of fall spices. Tastes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, some brown sugar flavors blend together with a tasty, sweet and smooth ale. Very, very drinkable with medium carbonation.

Avoid the bottle at ALL costs, but do yourself a favor and stop in at the pub to have this on tap. It will be worth it!

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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 neenerzig
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a somewhat hazy medium amber orange color. Off white head is half an inch thick when poured, settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass. No lacing. Nice strong aromas of spice such as nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, not much pumpkin, maybe a bit of that. Has a nice toasted caramel malt flavor upfront along with the aforementioned spices-cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, a bit of pumpkin spice, perhaps some banana bread and is rounded out with a nice citrus hop flavor on the back end. Has a smooth finish. Has a nice crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer overall, I was just expecting something a bit more pumpkin ale like here.


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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange copper with a thin head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice - typical pumpkin spicing. The house yeast strain adds spicing. Overall, it's robust, but not overpowering.

The taste is pumpkin pie. There is a sweetness that is reminiscent of whipped cream over the spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The sweetness fades to a spicy, dry finish. The yeast strain adds a buttery note that helps with the smoothness in this case.

It is creamy.

This is a nice pumpkin spiced ale. It keeps its ale character while being spiced.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- A thin white head quickly turned to a nice lace sitting atop this orange-peach colored brew. It had medium-light carbonation. Good sticking left on the glass.

S- Nice spicy aroma. I picked up mostly the sweeter smelling spices of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T- Nice flavor. It was a little sweet up front with spice through the middle and a lightly hopped finish.

M- It had a clean mouthfeel. Light carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not too sweet or spicy to enjoy more than one.

Overall- A good example of the style. It's something I'd pick up again as a nice fall drinker.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thickish, dark coppery with a slight tinted head. It smelled very spicy of pumpkin and perhaps cinnamon. It seems moderately carbonated and has a decent body. It's finish is great--very spiced but not over the top. A great seasonal and another great beer from Arcadia. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on cask at Central City Tap House in Kalamazoo.

Deep orange to brown color, head had largely faded by the time the glass was brought to the table. Body was fairly clear. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma was standard for a Pumpkin Ale. I realize this is not categorized as a pumpkin ale nor does it contain pumpkin, but the aroma and flavor are there. Biscuit and bready malt with a touch of caramel. Pumpkin spices occupy the rest of the aroma. Jaw Jacker is not overly spiced, the spices fall into a sweet spot.

Flavor hits on much the same notes as the nose. Malt serves as a solid base for the spice to play off of. Bready and a touch of caramel malt. Pumpkin spices come of just as you would expect. For a pumpkin beer without actual pumpkin, this is not bad.

Body is fairly light and creamy. Served on cask the carbonation level is a moot point. Finish finds a mid ground but does not come off too sweet. Spices stick to the tongue but fade before too long.

Very enjoyable beer. Not my favorite for the style or season but solid none the less. Jaw Jacker is very drinkable with no real offensive qualities. Worth a taste.

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Photo of malibujohnny
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time my store has carried this brew.Fall seasonals and pumpkin beers come few and far between....until this year.Pours a medium dark amber with only a ring of bubbles around the glass and does not seen to lace down at all.Actually it has no lacing down my pint.I have had a few other pumpkin brews and this one stands out!! Great warming pumpkin pie and nutmeg smell.I wonder if a little whip cream would be good?(snout of the whip cream canister in the beer....and easy does it. This beer in the fall around a fire with a light jacket and good buddies listening to great rock music will suit my needs and yours too!!

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/27/10

A:Pours a orange/amber color with a frothy white head, nice lacing is left down the

S:Up front there is is nice hint of nutmeg, ginger, and spice. Much of the likes of actual pumpkin pie

T:Very smooth up front with the nutmeg hitting the palate in the middle. Followed up by some
spice notes left on the back of the palate lingering on.

M:Fairly thin body that is a little watery with not much carbonation. Palate is left
fairly moist

D:Let me start by saying that I' am not the biggest fan of pumpkin beers but this one
was very refreshing. Easy to drink with the flavor you would expect but not to overpowering,
very refreshing and worth a try. I'll say it once again, watch out for Arcadia they have some tasty brews

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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 whynot44
3.94/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pumpkin colored brew with a modest ivory head that disipates fairly quickly with no real lacing.

The aroma is pumpkin pie with a hint of malt and citrus. The taste is likewise mainly pumpkin pie spices, but not overbearing, with notes of pumpkin, biscuits (or crust), and some mild toasted malts. Fairly dry rather than sweet, especially at the finish where a bit of piney, citrus hops comes in. Somehow this all works nicely together. Just a hint of alcohol warmth afterward. Altogether a decent fall brew.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and easy enough to drink. All it needs is a scoop of whipped cream.

6% ABV

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