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 divineaudio
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pint glass

a - pours a hazy orange color with a few chunks of yeast sediment in it. forms a finger of off white head that calms quickly to a thin film. very little lacing.

s - all spice, nothing else.

t - unfortunately, flavor is dominated by spice. very little malt character coming through though there is a bit of bitterness in the finish.

m - thin with far too much carbonation.

o - well, at least it's appropriately named. not awful, but not for me. certainly won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is murky brown and orange, with nice lacing.

Nose has tons of cinnamon and spice, with cooked apples--very aromatic.

Taste is spicy, but not overwhelming. Has apple and brown sugar, and possibly a hint of pumpkin, but is much more of a spice beer than a pumpkin beer. Flavor dulls to just spice about midway through.

Mouthfeel is sort-of watery, with smooth carbonation and a nice spice bite.

Overall, not much of a pumpkin beer, but is well-spiced.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with a few small particles, lots of bubbles, and a one-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg up front. Sweet malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Spicy and kind of tart.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Kind of smooth and slightly dry.

O: Average spiced ale. Good, but not great.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A copper orange color with a slight red tint. No head on this beer at all.

S: cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight touch of pumpkin.

T: Very spicy. Loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. Has a slight pumpkin aftertaste. Very reminiscent of a fall day.

M: Good amount of carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and creamy.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers I believe. Has the right amount of spice and does not taste like an over-sweet desert beer.

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Photo of BlastBeats
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a hazy burnt orange color.. very weak head.

Smell: beers of this style generally have very a good aroma; there's cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste: the first few sips are okay.. then the sour, off-putting aftertaste becomes more pronounced. Where's the pumpkin? Apparently there isn't any.. wish I would have known that beforehand. The spices put this beer in a choke-hold and contribute to that dry, almost artificial tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: some sharpness on the front of the tongue.. plentifully carbonated.

Overall: Having recently had a bottle of Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Southern Tier Pumking, it's clear that this beer isn't in the same league.. seems like they cut corners or something. Pass this one up; you won't miss much.

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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 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 stxSS07
1.81/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle dated 8/25/11 into a bell pint.

Picked this up at a local shop while I was on a hunt for some pumpkin ales. I noticed this was an Arcadia brew (love Cereal Killer) and happened to have a giant pumpkin on the label so I figured it had to be the answer.

A- Pours a murky orange with a finger's worth of white head that doesn't hang around too long. Tons of floaties.

S- Sweet and toasted malts and baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg etc. Smells like an Oktoberfest with pumpkin pie spices dumped in. Very disjointed.

T- Follows the nose. Subdued sweet and toasted malt notes along with a watery taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, this seems like a watered-down Oktoberfest with spices dumped in. Where is the pumpkin that sold me on the label?!

M- Light with high carbonation. Reminiscent of an AAL.

O- Very disappointing brew. I am a huge fan of Arcadia's Cereal Killer and bought this hoping it would follow that brew's reputation for quality. Not only is this beer sub-par, it purposefully misleads the consumer. This is released in the fall and has a pumpkin on the label with no accompanying information? Come on! This is one of the few times I wish I would've remembered to bring my phone into the store so I could check BA and avoid this garbage.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Dema (Westin) in Detroit, Mich. Color was a darker amber. Looked hoppy right off the bat. Minimal amount of head, lacing and film.

Smelled pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit off-putting.

Initial taste was nutmeg. Also some pumpkin pie and some cinnamon spices. A sharp hoppy finish.

Medium body. Dry finish with spices on the end of the tongue. Soft carbonation and flattened out even more at the end.

I guess I’m glad I tried this, so I know not to the next time.

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Photo of jale
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a good finger of off-white head.

S: Roasted malt,allspice,cinnamon,nutmeg and just a hint of citrus.

T: Allspice upfront followed by a hint of cinnamon. A little citrus hopiness in the middle and some wheat tartness. Late finish is some citrus hoppy bitterness.

M: Light body with average carbonation.

O: Would like to see more malt backbone to this.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark orange amber in color with nothing but small spots of white froth as a head. Light scent, mostly seasonal spices like nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, oddly placed yet solid notes of lemony citrus, lightly caramely sweet and faintly musty malt profile. Taste a little better than scent lead on, still not overpowering, rather standard blend of spice and caramel malt with, again, a quite oddly present splash of lemony hops. Comes across as lightly watery at the end, dry finish. All around a "meh" beer that doesn't do much wrong, it just lacks in most categories to make it worth while.

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Photo of BB1313
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled on date noticeable right below the bottle's neck. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a clean looking transparent burnt orange, great color but little head and decent lacing. The aromas are typical, but nothing exciting. Tons of cinnamon and allspice in the nose and flavors. Tastes artificial and not like a genuine pumpkin ale. Very spicy and bitter. Flavors are pretty sloppy. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed; slightly spicy. This just wasn't an exciting beer, I don't have much to say. It's not the worst pumpkin ale I've ever had, but it just didn't do anything for me.

If you see it, I'd pass because there are tons of better examples of the style. This isn't a knock on Arcadia, because I like some of their beers, but this is a complete miss, although it could've been worse.

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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 Jesse13713
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - The glass fills half with the beer and half with its head. A nice whipped froth on top that is slightly soapy. A murky sort-of brown with light orange hints.

Smell - Light gourd and spices. Orange citrus. A sort of ripe and vine-like smell as well.

Taste - A flatly spiced ale full with nutmeg and a bit of sweetener. The spice here is very simple and lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Extremely plain and flat. This sort of tastes like water with spice stirred in. Light-bodied and overall a bit funky tasting. This beer lacks complexity and taste. One of the most disappointing fall beers out there, especially in the spice department. Light-bodied but leaves my mouth dry. I had this a year ago and was also not too impressed. I will not be trying this again.

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Photo of oline73
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that fades to just a ring around the glass.

Smell: Lots of spices along with some mildly sweet malt. Cinnamon along with some nutmeg. Smells a lot like pumpkin pie.

Taste: Again, the spices are quite dominant, especially up front. The spice flavors fade and leave a bready malt along with a rather strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. Prickly carbonation, with a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a nice spice beer. The smell was really the best part. I think it might get a bad wrap because they sell it as a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color lies somewhere between copper and bronze, shades of orange and bronze melding together. A nearly white head is about one finger high and fades to 1/2 a finger thick. What remains never fades beyond that and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is variously spicy and pretty heavily so, but not so much that it's overpowering or overbearing. In fact, it's more of a beer that's hoppy with some spicing as well. Underneath some toasty and caramel malts notes blend. While I like the spices and they're not overdone, there ought to be something more to the pumpkin aspect.
The taste is essentially the same, as some spices season an otherwise balanced brew that is by no means reminiscent of IPA but surprisingly hoppy nonetheless. There's a woody note leading into the finish. Without the "Pumpkin" moniker, this is simply a good spiced beer. Again, though, I would like more pumpkin to my pumpkin beers than simply the spicing.
The body is medium, almost fuller, smooth with a crisp bite.
This is a good beer but could use more pumpkin. Maybe my bottle was tame, but spicing wasn't harsh.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the HopCat. I am starting to find pumpkin beers late summer. This one had significant and distinct pumpkin, as well as other spices to enhance drinkability. Cloudy yellow with some lace. Above average mouthfee. Not bad, and cinammon and nutmeg are spices I like. Mildly spicy aromas.

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Photo of PilsPony17
2.37/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Minimal carbonation with a very subtle head. A deep orange brownish hue is pretty appealing about this brew. It needs a touch more carbonation.

B: Very strong with the nutmeg aroma on first smell with a hint of brown sugar. Almost has a certain pie crust smell.

T: A very strong spice presence on the palate. Nutmeg flavors and other holiday like spices dominate until the finish when a surprisingly bitter hop presence comes through. It's almost got a butter cream flavor in between all of that.

M: The minimal carbonation really doesn't add to this brew's drinkability. It's about medium bodied overall and needs to be a bit thicker.

Overall: It's certainly no pumpkin brew but it sure as hell smells and tastes like a holiday autumn pie which is pretty nice. But what this brew is missing is a big pumpkin presence to help even out all of those spices and sharp hop flavors on the end. Arcadia, your better than this.

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Photo of clint1019
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold color with a cream colored head that dissapated into a thin cover.

S - All the the typical aroma's of a pumpkin pie with out the pumpkin: clove, nutmeg, & cinnamon.

T - Sweet malt flavor that is almost overwhelmed by the strong spicing in this beer.

M - Light bodied.

O - This beer is not to be confused with a pumpkin beer. This is a spiced beer and should be reviewed as such. That being said the spicing in this beer is a little over-powering. It's hard to taste or smell anything else with all the spicyness going on here.

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Photo of lavellen
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the most uninspired of the pumpkin ale's I've had. Did a search last year to try to find something like what I made with a brewer friend of mine and did not come close. This year I'm making one and I'm re-visiting my study. The mouthfeel is mediocre, too much bitterness for the style and no good flavors are present after the bitterness attacks your tongue. The color is fine, its a lighter orange color and the aroma promises far more than the beer delivers. Too much alcohol/bitterness.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pumpkin ale poured out as a deep copper color with a tan fizzy looking head. The lacing is not really noticeable at all here. The smell had some spicy pumpkin aromas with some light clove in there too. The taste was pretty light to me. There wasn't too much else happening here. The mouthfeel was average. Overall it's not the best pumpkin ale out there. Wouldn't have to buy this one again.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cinnaimon and nutmeg, a touch of pumpkin. Taste is very spicy, lots of cinnimon, some nutmeg, a tad bitter, no pumpkin to speak of. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall while not being a bad beer, I feel it is just a bit over spiced.

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Photo of warnerry
3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 9/12/10

A - Pours a murky brown with no head.

S - Nice aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg dominate; also some sweet malts in the background.

T - Once again cinnamon dominates; beneath the cinnamon are cloves and nutmeg, a sweet slightly earthy bread malt and a faint nutty flavor.

M - Has a rich mouthfeel, but not heavy; the cinnamon really dries out the mouth on the finish.

D - I am certainly enjoying this beer, but I don't know if I would want more than one in a sitting; nice to have a beer with the pumpkin spices without the sweetness of many pumpkin beers.

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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 Morey
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-copper in color with good clarity. One finger head quickly faded to a thin lace covering the top of the beer. Very little in the way of head retention.

The spices definitely came through in the aroma at first, but they seem to have mellowed a bit after a few minutes or so.

Taste- Ok...I'm really missing the pumpkin here. I believe that this is the first Pumpkin Ale I've sampled that isn't brewed with any pumpkin. The spices are there, but they are a bit overwhelming without the pumpkin there to smooth them out.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a bitterness from the spices that seems to stick to your tongue, and isn't all that pleasing.

I suppose a could drink a few, but I'd rather have a Pumking, Weyerbacher Pumpkin, Dogfish Punkin, Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin, Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin or even a New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin. You starting to get the picture?

Morey's Bottom Line: It's not horrible, but why not have the pumpkin? I know there are no rules as far as craft beer is concerned, but this beer seems to need the smoothness of the pumpkin in a big way.

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Arcadia Jaw-Jacker from Arcadia Brewing Company
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