Colonel Blides Cask Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy amber color with a one finger head of a light cream color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the grainier side with a lightly toasted bready smell mixed within. Along with these smells are some aromas of caramel and a little bit toffee as well as the slightest hint of a citrus hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a toasted bready taste with some sweeter flavors of caramel and toffee. The sweeter flavors begin losing ground as the taste moves on with the bready flavor taking on a more roasted cracker like taste. As this occurs some hop flavors of a citrus and grassy nature come to the tongue. While the sweetness lessens from the start, it is still quite detectable with it never really leaving a “dry” beer. In the end with the transitions in the taste, one is left with a very lightly hopped, moderately sweet, cracker taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are both quite appropriate as they uphold the lightly hopped flavors of the brew, all while still maintaining an easy drinking base for the sweeter flavors of the brew.
Overall – Nothing out of this world, but nothing wrong with it either. A nice easy sipping pub brew.
01-15-2014 23:30:41 | More by Darkmagus82
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with long lasting, fluffy, white head and much lacing. Aroma is of piney and citrusy hops, caramel and bready malt, yeast and some fruity esters. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal hops, caramel malt, bread crust and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice session brew.
12-30-2013 15:40:04 | More by mikeg67
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured into a standard pub glass.
Blides has a hazy, dark amber appearance with a very small head, half a finger at most. However, there is good retention on that small head as you drink. There's toffee and caramel on the nose with some roasted malts, but not much going on aroma-wise. Big roasty malts with some chocolate and more toffee flavours in the ale itself. There's a little bit of piney hops, but not a lot. I'm even noticing some oakyness rounding it off at the end. The flavor profile is nicely balanced...not very complex, but fairly smooth and easy to drink. It's an enjoyable ale, but nothing more.
06-29-2013 19:13:37 | More by greenmtn1111
3.64/5 rDev +0.3%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a semi cloudy reddish orange color, big thick foamy head, great lacing.
S - Herbal yeast and malts, a medium grassy hop tone to it.
T - Taste close to its smell, a nice bitter taste with good malts to smooth it out.
M - Medium feel, decent lingering hop feel to ti.
O - This was a lot better than I was expecting, easily quaffable, with a good balance of flavors. Nothing extraordinary, but just good.
03-26-2013 00:13:14 | More by Omnium
3.51/5 rDev -3.3%
My first Cricket Hill try.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear auburn color with a thin wispy white head atop.Some caramel toffee and butteriness mainly in the nose,no hop presence really to be had.Has a pretty nice feel to it with low carbonation.Flavors are somewhat fruity with a toffe malt base but not overly sweet,a smattering of earthy/leafy hops in the finish.This beer might be better served to be a little lighter in alcohol at 5.5% it's not a real sociable ale but it doesn't have enough "stuff" going on to grab over a more well hopped beer of the same size to be honest.
03-21-2013 21:11:39 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Small head with low retention. Little to no lacing. Hazy, dull copper body. Aroma is mainly rich in caramel malt and brown sugar. Taste is mildy bitter, caramel sweet, slight molasses and slightly spicy on the tongue. Good tasting beer, however not sure if it is supposed to taste like this, really wish there was a bottle date to check for freshness or some description on the label.
11-26-2012 05:33:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
Colonel Blides Cask Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.