Halloween Review #2 – Arcadia Jaw-Jacker

Arcadia Ales – Battle Creek, MI
Jaw-Jacker Ale – 6.0% ABV – 12 oz . bottle

“Ale with spices added – cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg” www.arcadiaales.com

So… interesting story…

A little bit of research on Arcadia’s website says there’s NO pumpkin in this beer!  Based on the label, which has an awesome scary pumpkin on the front, I think that’s a bit of a rip off.  It’s also quite misleading.  Especially when I’m trying to review 3 pumpkin beers.  And it was such a cool label, oh, well.

Anyway… This “Non-Pumpkin Spiced Fall Beer” pours an amber shade of brown with an off-white head.  The head leaves a thin layer of foam after fading.

It smells strongly of the included spices with some malt aromas.

The flavor has large amounts of spices, with a bit of sugary malt flavors.  It has a strong, malty backbone.  I can’t taste much hops, but I think that’s a good thing in a beer like this.

Interestingly enough, the flavor improves as it warms up a little.  Pour and wait a few minutes to make the flavors a bit bolder.  Warmer temperatures definitely bring out the toffee like flavors, while mellowing out the spices.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of negative aspects.  First, is that there is a bit of a burnt taste that I don’t like in there somewhere.  Second, there is a mild astringent that wouldn’t be out of place in an IPA, but I don’t find it very pleasing in a fall spiced beer.

The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied, and the carbonation is average.

Jaw-Jacker isn’t too bad, and also falls around the middle of the pack of seasonal fall beers.  There’s just not much balance or subtlety.  But, there’s NO pumpkin!

Overall: B-

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Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 7:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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