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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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of joeboe2001
1.9/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Worst pumpkin I have had this year!

A- Looked okay. Not much of a head, light gold in color in a dark venue.

S- Light pumpkin smell--not overbearing.

T - All of the usual pumpkin pie spicing BUT this stuff tasted more like pumpkin pie hand soap than beer! Relatively offensive chemical aftertaste, very week beer taste!

M -The soapy taste turned me off--hope it wasn't a poorly washed glass.

O - I recommend spending your next $5 elsewhere!

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker could not be more orange and hence look any more appropriate for a pumpkin ale. Dense and solid in complexion, you can't make a finger out on the other side despite its rather luminous glimmer. Its "head" (while and where it exists) is thin as twine.

No actual pumpkin was used in the recipe - what does that matter? How many of us eat pumpkin anyhow? I'd wager few people can think of a recipe that uses pumpkin other than pumpkin pie. It's all in the spices, baby. And this beer, which uses cinnamon, all-spice and nutmeg, provides plenty of spicy/savory flavour and texture.

In setting out to brew a pumpkin ale, Arcadia was wise to look no further than the brewer's grandmother's pumpkin-pie recipe. This smells (and especially tastes) like a delicious fall-time dessert, the perfect conclusion to a thanksgiving dinner. As much as it tastes like pie and vanilla ice cream, however, it also tastes like sweet potato.

Jaw-Jacker has the expected pumpkin-pie spices but it also has an unexpected amount of body. The brewery refers to this as an 'amber-wheat ale' so the toasty, caramelly undertones and crisp, effervescent texture should not be surprising. I half-expected a beer with this much character to be a little higher in alcohol; it's super agreeable.

Arcadia has managed to capture and bottle the months of September through November and have made a near-perfect fall-time quaff; it's got me seeing bats and scarecrows and jack o-laterns as well as a bountiful dinning room table. Pumpkin Ale initiates will find love and even the style's most discerning critics shouldn't have much to bicker about. Greatly enjoyed!

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy amber orange, no head.

Smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and semi-sweet pumpkin.

Mild sweet and tart pumpkin flavor mixed with the aforementioned spices and a light wheaty malt.

Medium to light body with tingles of carbonation over the tongue.

Not a great pumpkin ale, but not terrible. I've had worse ones. Has an okay flavor and aroma with a slightly sub-par body. I probably wouldn't seek this one out again against other pumpkin ales, but I'm glad I tried it.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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2/5  rDev -39%

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

A: The beer is quite hazy amber-orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high dense beige colored head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of the types of spices used in a pumpkin pie are present in the nose—nutmeg and allspice seem to stand out in particular.
T: Much like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of spices, except that notes of cinnamon are also noticeable and linger through the finish. No bitterness or sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied
O: When I first saw that this beer doesn't have any pumpkins in it, I thought that the balance might be off but the beer isn't really too spicy. It's definitely a nice beer for the fall, especially if you don't want something that's sweet.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
3.28 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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