jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007
On-tap, served in a imperial pint glass. The ABV is 6%. "No pumpkins were harmed" in the brewing process, this is a spice/herb ale.
Poured a slightly hazy orangey amber with visible sediment, creamy white head, good retention, light amount of ringed sticking.
A fall seasonal nose, allspice and clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, malted wheat, toasted grainy malts, a subtle citrus at the edges.
I like the taste of this, a pleasant balance of spices, malts and citrus hops. Dry flakey pie crust-like malts, baking allspice that is sweeten by cinnamon and nutmeg. The malted wheat meshes with citrus hops for a unique sweet and sourness. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a brief flash in the taste towards the end, warming in the back of the palate. Finishes dry, spicy soft baked pie crust covered with lemon zest.
Jaw-Jacker is a good seasonal ale from Arcadia, a unique blend of spices, hops and malted wheat. There is no pumpkin used in this, yes, I know, it seems surprising, but email Arcadia yourself if you don’t believe me.
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Tried today from Tim’s beer rep. Actually quite nice for a pumpkin ale (with no pumpkin). Very nice balance of flavor. Most pumpkin ales I find to be very seltzery and off in the spice flavor. This is very nice and should be well commended. Tim has done a nice thing with this beer. coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Translucent dark amber color. Thick, creamy, sandy colored head. Heavily carbonated. Had to pause after pouring half of this and wait a couple of minutes for the massive head to diminish before pouring the rest of the bottle. Excellent retention and great lacing.
The allspice and nutmeg dominate the nose. Very nice level of sweet underlying malt smell. Light yeasty notes.
The taste is totally sweet-malt based with spicy pumpkin flavors. Once again the allspice and nutmeg dominate, but the cinammon makes a light showing on the back end. Nice caramely edge to this one.
Medium bodied, creamy and smooth make this feel very nice.
An easy to drink (and enjoy) festive ale here. A good representation of the style.
Damico (3150) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
The aroma is malty, but sweet and spicy like the fall should smell. The color is a beautiful orange amber. There is a malty aftertaste that is slightly sweet and a little bit too much allspice. But overall it was enjoyed. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Aroma: Pumpkin pie aromas clearly evident, with hints of citrus hops, but not too much.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with no head.
Taste: Medium sweetness throughout with hints of sourness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, dry texture, soft carbonation, long finish.
Overall: The best pumpkin ale I’ve tasted this season (2013). It’s very pumpkiny, despite having no actual pumpkin in the recipe, with the spice flavors apparent, but tempers it with the hops for great flavor. I really enjoyed this one.
BARRYBEERBARON (25) - USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle. Pretty good pumpkin. Easy to drink and not overly spicy. Would drink this anytime!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spics, brown sugar, just what I would expect from this style of beer. The flavor hints at cinnamon and nutmeg, with a solid bready malt backbone. Very little hops. Above average pumpkin beer. BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2013
nice pumpkin spice with a good bit of pumpkin flavor and a fuller body. seems like a pumpkin pudding since the body is thick because of a full frothy foam. the kicker here is a nice grape and citrus fruit punchy hit that comes right before the finish. it’s here and then it’s gone. pretty snazzy for a pint or so. good stuff.