Arcadia Jaw-Jacker | Arcadia Brewing Company

Arcadia Jaw-JackerArcadia Jaw-Jacker
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 167
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of TheSarge
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into a generic 12oz pilsner style glass, and the brew makes a two finger thick light tan head, and the body is slightly hazy and is copper in color.

Gives off a caramel sweet aroma, and the spices used to make this brew are easily discernible.

Taste wise it's sweet upfront with toffee and then turns to cinnamon and nutmeg. In the end there is an odd spinach like bitterness.

Feels medium in body, a little thirst quenching, and leaves the mouth a little dirty/sticky.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Megahertz
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 8/27/12. Carefully decanted into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - Deep amber to brown, slightly hazy, with large, tight white head. Crystal clear.

S - Mild pumpkin spices, heavy on the nutmeg, with a nutty background note.

T - Toasted bread and bread crust with a restrained pumpkin pie spice character. Transitions to an english-like fruity ester flavor. Firm, husky-astringent bitterness throughout. Slightly roasted finish helps clear any residual sweetness.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

O - A good example of an english take on a pumpkin ale. Somewhat tannic, but still very nice.

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Photo of Cikemascio
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of theecaleb
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Mix of an Amber and Pale, almost a orange/copper in color. Good looking brew, pale white head leaves little lacing.

S: Nutmeg, Spices, Pumpkin Pie

T: Bitter, Spicey, and soapy.

MF: Same as taste, leaves a gross after taste of dish soap.

O: Its like drinking an air freshener, smells great, but taste terrible.

No I would not recommed this beer to a friend.

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Photo of mater
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jordand3
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of enelson
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of KegsAndEggs
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Lawl3ss
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Medium amber with two fingers of spritzy white head. A few streaks of lace are left when the beer is gone.

Smell- Mace, cinnamon, faint maple. Not really much aroma, but what's there is decent.

Taste- Similar to the nose, but more gingerbread-like. Nutty, toasted, solid mild amber with a hint of caramel and a touch of darker roast. Tealike bittering in the middle. For some reason I'm thinking toasted walnut shells. Savory spices are the dominant finishing flavor, but there's also a graininess and a tannic character. Mild spicy warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium carb. Dry, floury, almost gritty feel towards the end that feels like I'm actually eating the spices.

Overall- It's ok, but it just doesn't stand out for an autumnal/pumpkin beer in the price range. The gritty, overspiced feel also detracts from it, even though the flavors themselves are fine enough. Something a little lighter would really take this one over the top- I would like to see a similar malt base and spice profile done as a cider-like sour.

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1.25/5  rDev -61.9%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Rich540
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of elNopalero
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This looks hazy but vibrant in the glass, a bright bleached cardboard color along with considerable foam. The foam seems consistent with the Arcadia Ales I’ve sampled recently, and despite trying a pumpkin ale in March, 2012 it appears to have held up. There’s a noticeable holiday spice on the aroma— nutmeg, allspice & some clove—with the flavor matching the aroma. The spices are complemented by a sharp bittering. It’s effervescent, very light on the palate. It’s not boozy but there’s a boozy mouthfeel similar to that from bigger beers I’ve sampled. Although this brew is probably half a year old it’s still tasty.

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 24.5% out of 100 with 466 ratings
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