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Colonel Blides Cask Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Colonel Blides Cask AleColonel Blides Cask Ale

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83
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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%


Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
5.5% ABV
31 IBU'S

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-31-2003)
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Reviews by Augustiner719:
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Augustiner719

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a really nice reddish auburn color with a massive off white head that leaves nice lacing. Has a slight haze to it. Really pretty. Aroma is very creamy and has a orange sorbet undertone. Also has a bready rye component. The taste is very smooth and fruity. Dry esters of fruit come through with a bitterness that give this beer a nice bite. This is one of my favorite cricket hill beers next to their jersey summer ale. Really nice feel with great carbonation and a nice clean finish. Drinkability is great. Really solid session able beer. Got to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 20:53:44 | More by Augustiner719
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-05-2014 22:47:59 | More by muskiesman
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

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02-22-2014 04:54:27 | More by Jacobob10
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CreekyJarls

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-08-2014 18:12:12 | More by CreekyJarls
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 23:30:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 15:40:04 | More by mikeg67
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2013 15:30:47 | More by BillRoth
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Bifpocaroba

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-24-2013 13:09:30 | More by Bifpocaroba
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Skibum211

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -11%

09-22-2013 04:28:59 | More by Skibum211
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-22-2013 17:14:59 | More by Varkias41
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RebelGirl

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

07-10-2013 15:07:23 | More by RebelGirl
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 19:13:37 | More by greenmtn1111
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John_Crozier

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-22-2013 20:12:44 | More by John_Crozier
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GratefulJack

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-02-2013 22:39:19 | More by GratefulJack
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 00:13:14 | More by Omnium
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oberon

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 21:11:39 | More by oberon
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-05-2013 00:47:01 | More by mdillon86
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 05:33:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-13-2012 07:06:23 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Taste is nice, but seems thicker than I would expect and a bit more "pale ale" than bitter. Still, it works, for the most part. I wouldn't hold it up against any productions from the other side of the pond, but it's a nice drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:40:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A touch darker than your typical English bitter, looks more like a brown ale with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Well it does have a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Next to that it seems to have very little English malt (herbal I kind of hate) and some biscuit malts.

T - To me it came off more as a pale ale. Balanced citrus hops and clean tasting malts with a touch of biscuit. I guess it could have used more english tea like malts to make it more of an ESB.

M - Light to medium easy to finish.

Overall nothing to go out of your way in finding but a pretty sweet cast ale found at your local six pack shop.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 14:59:28 | More by DrDemento456
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WDJersey

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-27-2012 03:32:00 | More by WDJersey
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-12-2012 21:39:34 | More by rolltide8425
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a relatively clear copper-caramel color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away a bit but left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a bit of citrusy flavors and a light amount of bitterness. There are notes of earthy and fruity yeast and toasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The color seems to be a bit darker compared to other beers in the style. The aroma could be a bit stronger, but it is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 12:34:03 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper caramel in color with a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a couple of thick patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has a rather mild aroma with some light earthy hop notes and just a hint of citrus. There are some very light malt notes and overall the smell is well balanced.

T: The beer has a light amount of grainy malt body in the flavor and a lot more hoppiness than the smell would indicate. The hop flavors are both earthy and citrusy - I get more of a orange peel than lemon. The hop bitterness is not agressive and there is some caramel malt sweetness in the finish - overall pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky and very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a good example of the style, especially from the taste perspective - the bitterness is just the right amount and the proper flavor. This beer is enjoyable and I could likely have more than one, though I do not know that I would call it sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:12:06 | More by dbrauneis
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Colonel Blides Cask Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.