Colonel Blides Cask Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Colonel Blides Cask AleColonel Blides Cask Ale

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-31-2003

5.5% ABV
31 IBU'S
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle leaving a medium sized head in the pint glass. The head faded rather quickly, leaving minimal traces behind.

Light copper in color. A yeasty, malty scent. Not much carbonation seen in the body.

First sip, hit with a slight burst of hops. Not expected, but good. The hoppiness evens out, but remains on my tongue. A malty finish on the end. A good, drinkable beer. Nothing extraordinary, but good. Would enjoy this with a burger or other types of pub food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

undated 12 oz. bottle with updated label (versus photo).
A bottled cask ale is an oxymoron; a point hammered home by the large head. But ignoring this ...

Poured moderately clear amber with a large, creamy tan head that had good retention and left patterned lacing on the glass. A thin coat of sediment remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: earthy-herbal hops dominate, creating a dank, rather unappealing brew.

Flavor: mild and less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Modest complexity with hints of roasted nuts. Very mildly bitter.

Feel: Some cask ale character at last: Medium body with a smooth texture. But ample medium carbonation and a light astringency.

O poor. Drinkable but DNF.

Photo of FlyingRabbit
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Sunset orange and copper. Not much head, and what was there dissipated quickly.

Smell: a little cucumber with bitterness

Taste: Almost a bitter ice tea. Definitely much weaker up front with a malt-o-meal taste, then hitting its stride as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, with a lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: See comments below.

Overall: I wasn't bowled over by this, but I could see where it might improve if it were poured fresh from a cask. Pretty run of the mill though it wasn't horrible by any stretch. I definitely agree with the other reviewer that said this would be an excellent beer in a pub with a burger. Matching it with an appropriate food would probably enhance the enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. While this was a tasty ale, I was disappointed that a beer with "cask" in the name was poured with CO2. Still, it was a subtle and well-balanced beer. Up front there were toasted mildly nutty barley, which were then backed by floral, herbal citrus hops that I couldn't quite place as either American of British. Still I think this beer would fit in just fine at an English pub, the body was, light, drinkable, and true to style. I really enjoyed and hope I can find a case around here.

Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/23....pours medium amber with a 1/2 inch white head of fluffy foam. Modest musty malt nose. Taste opens soft with a fast bitter wave that fades out. Tasty flavor profile. Nice beer. Does what an ESB expects to.

Photo of tjd112
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into Sam Smith's Nonic

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper with white head, well laced

Smell: A hint of cantaloupe, some hops

Taste: Bready, not a whole lot going on

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: Could only have two at a time

Overall: An OK brew

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a radiant sunset orange with a thin 1/2 finger spongey beige capping tha dissipated quickly to a patchy covering. A mixture of micro and macro sized particles create a translucent nature while a sporadic display of macro bubbles rise at a moderate rate. The lacing was sparse and weak.

S: The nose was composed of wet lemons with flashes of sweet caramelized sweet grains. The hopping was light overall, not bad, just not enough to holds one attention for long.

T: The flavor begins with wet lemons with flashes of sweet caramelized grains. Light hints of sour orange peels are evident as well. The hopping was moderately strong, much more so then the nose lead on, while the finish finds a nice wet citrus twang of grapefruit. Flashes of sweetness and juicy wet citrus do just enough to warrant a good experience.

M: light bodied with a ligth carbonation tingle sensation. The texture was slightly creamy while the finish is composed of a sharp twang of grapefruit peels of ample proportions lacing the tongue.

D: All in all not a bad drink, would venture so far to say it was 6-pack worthy. Good ease of consumption (2-3) with a moderately decent enjoyability factor.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

started to pour this one into the glass, it became quickly obvious that it was going to be a voracious pour, so I quickly slowed it down, but even still, it took two times to get the full bottle into the glass. A huge head, almost immeasurable in size formed on the top and quickly spilled over down the sides of the glass. Very vigorous and lively pour here. The color was bright amber yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy, but very light and bright. There was tons of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass, which really kept up throughout the entire session. Nice light yeast and fruity characters coming out right away. Some light smells of peaches, bananas, light cereal grains, and grasses were all picked up right away. Very bright aroma, here for sure. Really a nice tight profile and seemed to be very nice. A touch spicy in the back end I was starting to pick up, and some muted hop aromas, though nothing terribly extreme here. Lots of light cereal grains, light fruit, bananas, peach, a hint of lemon perhaps, all mingling in together and giving it a very light flavor. Hints of grass coming through now along with a slightly muted hop profile are really starting to make this one pop now. The finish was crisp, clean and quick, straight to the point. A nice sharp cutoff of light grassy hops gave way to a lingering flavor of light grain. Super light bodied and very highly carbonated would be the best way to describe this one. The feel was extremely light, classic for a blond ale, and much lighter then even a pale ale would be. Huge carbonation profile really helped it go down effortlessly, with a smooth clean and crisp finish.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of forceten
4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cricket Hill Colonel Blide's is best described as an English style Bitter, although it is not quite in any particular style.

It is an unfiltered, dry-hopped ale that was originally sold to bars for use in casks. As a result, the beer is less carbonated than the other beers in the line, and less carbonated than a typical bottled beer. This is an attribute some, including me, absolutely love as it contributes to its exceptional drinkability. It is intended to be a session beer, as ALL Cricket Hill beers are. The idea is to create a flavorful beer made with quality ingredients (water, hops, barley malt, and yeast) with balanced hops and malt without overbearing alcohol or hop character.

Colonel Blide's has a fantastic pink grapefruit peel character from the hops. The beer slides down your throat easily, and at the end of a pint calls for another. The nose isn't heavy, but it is somewhat floral. The color is a beautiful orangey amber, deep and slightly opaque.

Many bars in New Jersey have put this beer on their draught lines under their house name, like Cloverleaf Tavern. Unfortunately, they call it a wide range of styles, from Alt to Red, none of which is accurate.

Photo of thor638
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers to drink, and I try to have it everytime I see it.

Drinkability & mouthfeel are superb on this beer, I prefer cask conditioned beers so I am slightly biased. Very "easygoing" mouthfeel so I can keep coming back to this beer.

The taste is good to very good, no overbearing tastes and perfectly bitter.

Cricket Hill's (hands down) best beer, *Disclaimer* never had it by the bottle.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The Staff at the fest informed me this is indeed intended to be an ESB despite the somewhat reserved attributes.

Appearance: Amber with ruby hues and off-white head.

Smell: Reserved hops and fruit with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Gentle and approachable the balanced hop malt flavor is pleasant but not impressive. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: It is a bit more thin than I would have expected or desired. Still not bad.

Drinkability: This beer is not very impressive but it is easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Vendetta
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 26, 2008

Pours fairly light amber. Good head and solid lacing. Smells of a little malt, fruit, weak. Nothing about this beer impressed me until I sipped it. Excellently balanced taste. Cricket Hill continues to impress me for a small local brewery. Lots of citrus notes there, some lemon and grapefruit topped with a hop punch akin to that of an IPA. I would actually almost consider this an IPA. Finishes hoppy/bitter. Smooth palate with a light, ticklish carbonation. Unlike other tasters, I didn't find this beer to be bland at all -- very complex and shocking. Very surprising brew, thumbs up.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

extra via jwc 215

Yowza, this beer is boring. Pours an opaque orange cloud with a thin white head that quickly fades. No lace to speak of. Smells like nectarines.
Tastes like orange juice beer over and over, again and again. No real hop or malt character at all.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sunday August 31, 2008...

Had the opportunity to try this little-known beer at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ...
One of the options on draught was this altbier called "Cloverleaf Altbier"... According to the bartender that afternoon, this beer is brewed especially for the establishment by Cricket Hill Brewery, in neighboring Fairfield...
The beer pours a ruddy, tawny, copper hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Smell: Aroma replete with hints of hops along with a slight balance of malts...
Taste: Crisp, refreshing, easily-drinkable taste with notes of bread, butter, slight vanilla, and caramel... There is certainly a nice balance between the malts and hops...
Good mouthfeel along with an ultra-easy level of drinkability...
If you get the chance to stop in, it's certainly worth a try...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains some hops, caramelized malts and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice hops bitterness that isn't over-powering. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and nuts creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this 12 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed amber with a thin off-white head.

The smell is bready/slightly yeasty with a citric touch.

The taste is of biscuity malt with a bitterish citric touch. Soft, but well-balanced. Slightly dusty, tannin-ish, dry finish.

Light-to-medium bodied, with soft carbonation.

Says "cask ale" on the bottle. A bit confused about that, as it is bottled. Anyway, it has a nice enough citric balance, but has an amateur homebrew-ish yeastiness to it that gives it almost an unfinished touch.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with about 1 finger of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of bready malts and light citrus mostly.

The taste is bready malts, some yeast, light to moderate hop presence, and some notes of citrus.

Light bodied, smooth and creamy, very low carbonation.

This was a decent beer, good balanced flavor and very easy to drink. Would make a great session beer.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  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.

Photo of lou50rp
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery color with little, khaki colored head. head quickly dissipated.
Smell of fruitiness and some hops. A mild smell.
Good taste of hops with a bit of bitterness at the end. Not too strong.
felt good in the mouth. Medium feel with little carbonation.
Good drink cold on a hot day. Will keep an eye out for it in my visits to specialty stores.

Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Colonel Blides Cask Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.