pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Arcadia Jaw-Jacker, a pumpkin spiced ale but no pumpkin - Pours an orangey-amber with off white head that dissipates to a rim of lacing fairly quickly. Overwhelming cinnamon aroma, which features strongly in the flavour profile but nutmeg and malt bread are quite discernible too. Finishes with some nice citrus hops. Mouthfeel is good, but this beer while having the basics, just doesn’t have unity.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear glowing dark reddish orange with a medium foamy fluffy cream colored head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin, fairly malty, some burnt hair? Flavor is a bit plasticy, hair-spray, bitter pumpkin, chalky, bitter, spices without anything to back it up. Medium bodied, corse tightly packed carbonation bubbles, thin feeling.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iced tea colored pour with a small off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the pumpkin, but with more of a fresh pumpkin quality than baked. Heavy pie spice notes are balanced with some baked apple, toasted almond, and banana bread. The flavor is dry, doughy malts with some baked apple and pumpkin, strong allspice and cinnamon with hints of licorice and some lingering piny hop bitterness. There is a dry, cheweyness to the body with plentiful carbonation.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I was very unimpressed with this beer. It came it a variety pack and thought it might be a nice surprise. I was wrong. The beer really missed the mark.
zvikar (4118) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 15, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
@Freaktoberfest, pours light orange with a small white head, aroma of clove, mint, lavender and some malt in between, flavors of apple with some acidity and spiced with cinnamon & lavender, quite water. Not my style
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy copper color, dinky white head, some lace. nose of pumpkins and spices. flavor of pumpkin and spices. medium bodied, clean finish. i am getting to the end of my rope with pumpkin beer.
jcwattsrugger (11858) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@Earth-on tap-pours a rich light tan head and amber color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice, cinnamon. Taste is dark malt-licorice, cinnamon-spice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma was light spices and fruits with a candied ginger presence dominating. The flavor was tart, spicy and a little bitter with a fruity presence and pervading candied ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium body. Solid.
Onslow (1353) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a thin head. Aroma dominated with apple pie spice. Flavor is good - a really solid ale in the background but dominated by the spices. I’m not a big fan of spiced brews and prefer those with pumpkin in them – per Arcadia’s website, there is no pumpkin in here. I was stupid enough to think that it was a pumpkin ale when I bought it - no doubt the label graphic fooled me - but thankfully my taste buds are smarter than my brain.
This is probably as good as the spiced beer style gets, though not as good as a nicely spiced holiday porter or stout. What can I say? A good example o a style I find uncompelling - if you like the spice ale you’ll probably really like this. For me - it’s OK , but I won’t be buying it again.
jsquire (4040) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer with a short lived off white head. Surprisingly subtle aroma, but what there was hinted of nutmeg and spice. Spicey beer with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie spices. Some underlying caramel sweetness and almost orange juice citrus. Medium bodied. Okay pumpkin beer.