Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maddogruss on 06-04-2007

Our unfiltered Breakfast Ale is as fresh and full of flavor as a day down the shore! Fermented with Belgian ale yeast, this beer has a slightly tangy, fruity taste that pairs as well with bacon and eggs as it does with a back yard barbecue. Easy to drink with wonderful flavor, a combination that makes this beer a Summer favorite!

21 IBU
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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 55
Photo of reds2harleys
4.17/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice - Easy drinking beer. Perfectly named Summer Ale, very smooth.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from jcwattsrugger, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy deep golden color with a decent sized but quickly fading bubbly white head, Sweet bready malt aroma mixed with a fair amount of light fruit and hints of spice. The flavor is sweet bready malt with a bit more yeasty flavors than the aroma suggested. Light citric tartness and fruit round us out nicely. Medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. A bit fuller in body than I normally associate with a summer brew, but honestly I'd rather drink this!

Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/1...see through clear copper, amber tints, low foam. Malty pils nose. Like an english pale or bitter. Funky yeast flavor, off center bitter wrapped around a traditional pale malt base. Little sweet pop at the close. An odd mix, takes some getting used to.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Great in the summer time. Fruity, tastes of wheat, and orange.

Photo of seedyone
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

11/14/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure if this is what I'm drinking ,as what's in the glass tastes more like Gueuze/Sour-ish.

Not up my alley. Maybe the 'breakfast' part comes from an affinity to Wheaties?

Photo of mikeg67
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with small, short-lasting, fluffy white head and good carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops, caramel malt and some apples. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-dry. Good session brew.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to yankeepride for sending this one as an extra! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Mildly hazy, deep gold to amber, with lots of visible carbonation. A finger and a half of white fluffy head forms, but fades fairly quickly.

S: Light citrus hops up front with some yeastiness, but a larger biscuit malt presence underneath. There's a metallic undertone here that may not bode well.

T: Nice biscuity malts up front, moderate toasted character. A nice hop bitterness comes in with some citrus and resinous flavor, but mostly bitterness. Some fruity Belgian yeasty esters (apple, mild banana) show up in the middle, and increase as the beer warms somewhat. As the malt sweetness takes back over, there is a metallic flavor just before and through the swallow. It doesn't overwhelm, but its presence frustrates the palate.

M: Full-bodied for style. Average carbonation sensation, although lower than the appearance suggested. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: There's nothing particularly offensive here, other than the frustrating metallic flavor. But nor is there anything to endear it to me. I would try it again, perhaps on tap, with the hope the metal is missing.

Photo of Act25
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

poured into a .5 l cylinder.

A: Pours a very hazy dark golden yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation. Poured a 1 finger head with good retention, which returns with a swirl. Not much lacing. Not much to look at.

S: A pleasant Belgian style - Ample aromas of fruit yeast with pale malts and sweets and quite a bit Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Follows the smell with more fruit - I get pineapple mostly, with apple. strong hints of sweetness, yeast, and subtle of spice at the finish. A good finish. Nice.

M: Medium, a bit creamy.

O: Easy drink, light belgian style, indeed good for bfast whether at 4 or 7 am.
Original.

On the fence about recommending. Guess I'll have to try at Breakfast.

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruity esters are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and candi sugars as well as some hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste seems to be a lot fruitier compared to the smell—apples and bananas seem to stand out in particular—and has slight hints of sweetness. Hints of yeast and spices are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, and while the flavor is not very complex I agree with the label in that this would make a nice accompaniment to a breakfast of bacon and eggs.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle that is very fresh.

The Appearance is great. A nice golden hue with a good inch and half of airy head.
The smell has soome citrus but is mostly yeast and spice.
The carbonation is a little on the high side and it doesn't have a big finish.
The Taste is yeasty and spicy. There are hints of banana on the finish.
Overall, I like this beer more than I probably should. But it is an enjoyable warm weather beer.
Very drinkable and it makes me want to get a shore house.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky burnt orange hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a moderate yeast ester with some wheat spice.

The taste consisted of fruity and earthy esters with some citrus, soft candy sugar and chewy wheat malt.

The mouthfeel was moderately chewy.

Overall a tasty and refreshing Belgian inspired ale.

Photo of greybeardloon
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No date.

A: Huge head--really, like it's infected.

S: Initially, all I get is dust. Later, sweet Belgian yeast byproducts come through.

T: The same dustiness comes through, as does the yeast. There is some tartness on the finish. Really pretty simple flavors, but not bad (except for the dust).

M: Pretty flat.

O: I'm not sure if there was something wrong with this beer. The huge head. Could indicate so, but the flavor isn't obviously of infection. Not something I will look for in the future, but not bad.

Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge head, maybe too much of one. Really glad I didn't give it a hard pour. The head is soapy and hangs around for a long time.
Smells of spicy citrus, pine, grass and, strangely enough, cotton candy.
Foams and bubbles in the mouth with notes of Belgian yeast. Spice, cloves and anise predominate with lingering notes of candy and brown sugar.
Low point is the excessive carbonation which makes it a little difficult to drink. Breakfast? Don't see that happening.

Photo of tone77
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden/ brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is absolutely bursting with fruit. Taste is also fruity, yeast, some spice, lots going on here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall I was pleasently surprised with this beer. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a small, delicate, white head. Yeasty aroma, bread, citrus, with a bit of funk. Pretty smooth actually, with a toasted bread taste, a bit of spice--clove and pepper--candi sugar, and some citrus coming in mid-drink. Light-medium body, and easily drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, orange-amber body with a medium-sized, suds, just off-white head that's gone fairly fast.

Smell: Aroma is lightly bready, slightly tart, and with a bit of ruptured fruits and spice.

Taste: Lightly bready, faintly grainy pale malts with a twinge of caramel, candyish sweetness, then a flash of rippling tartness, with a vague taste of apricot and peach juice. Tiny pinch of spice. Dried orange peel. Lightly bitter. Tartish, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: This brewery is not off to a rousing start with me. SBA just doesn't come together for me, flavorwise, remaining fairly noncohesive and an overall disappointment.

Photo of Heischman
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer/Brewery - Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale/Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
City/State- Fairfield, New Jersey
STYLE – Belgian Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBU – 39
DATE – 18 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – Bottle
GLASSWARE – English Pub Pint
APPEARANCE – Murky with an apple cider coloring to it, poured with a nice head that settled to am thin layer on the top of the beer
AROMA- Citrus and apple notes with a touch of honey
TASTE – Not as strong with the citrus as you would think from the aroma, but it is there. Good strong wheat flavor and a touch of that unique Belgian ale yeast
MOUTHFEEL – not as thick as one with think with the name Breakfast in it. Good carbonation, maybe a bit too much. It is a very gassy beer, not even ½ way and burping up a storm.
CONCLUSION – OK, I was looking forward to a good heavy beer to chew on and when I poured this I thought I had it. I was wrong. Still a good beer that I would drink again, maybe sitting next to the camp fire. It is a summer beer but I think I would enjoy it more on a brisk evening.
-JH-

Photo of mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dishwater with lots of bubbles.

Looks nice with big frothy head on hazy amber beer. Light body, cardboard scent. Coarse carbonation, but enough for an average mouth feel. Hint of sourness. Quite a touch of yeast but not much malt on the tongue. Some bitterness that fades away. Flavors are muted, dirty. The sour and bitter flavors are just not interesting or harmonious.

Has so little in common with average Belgian Pale Ales, and this is such a good style, I call it below average.

Photo of danedelman
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this as a recommendation from the beer buyer at my liquor store.

Some background on Cricket Hill...I dislike all their beers. I teach my children not to use the word hate.

This one was not bad. Had a wheat flavor to it although I was told it is made with barley malt and no wheat malt.

Flavor was good, this is a good after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day beer.

All in all I was impressed wih this beer as a Cricket Hill Brewery Beer and hope they improve their beer, this one is much improved from what I have had of theirs.

Photo of tkepx182
1.45/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tasted as if it was flat. It had a rougher texture to it then most of the other beers that i have sampled from cricket hill. It disappointed me. The beer had little head with no real color distintion or clarity. The only upside is the fact that this beer seems to go well with eggs and bacon on a hot summer day.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A feverishly strong fizzy effervesce shows within a translucent cadmium orange body. The head forms quickly to a 2 finger level but lapses rather quickly. Eggshell white, the spongy head leaves only a faint reminder of its presence with a few splashy lines for lace that was weak on the hold and coverage in relation to its initial size.

S: Moderate level of fresh green hopping, sets against some semi-dry orange peels. Overall the aroma lacks a distinguish-ability.

T: Spicy orange and toasted wheat malt is set against a orange and citrusy hopping that was lightly mild, but fresh and lingering bringing along with it a ok bit of zing. A touch of hefe-like yeastiness, semi-dry lemons rounds things out.

M: Zippy and sharp carbonation, medium full body and maltiness that was fluid with a creamy feel on hold. A fairly assertive hoppiness of orange and citrus flowers are left behind. The mouthful and body seem to be one of the better parts of the drink.

D/O: Don’t know how much of a breakfast drink, or summer drink this is, but as a Belgian pale it falls a bit more short. Limited appeal but could handle one or two. It drinks like it wants to be a hefe rather a Belgian pale and comes off as a average at best interpretation. Not bad, just not exciting and unworthy of comparison against a true Belgian pale or even a good American styled Belgian pale. Overall an average on the fence rating here.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden yellow body color with a white head that disapeared quickly. Looks decently carbonated.

Citrus hops and a bready buscuity smell with some spice as well.

What a weird tasting beer! Orange, buscuits, yeast, toasted bread and a slight spiciness. Weird.

Light body, light to approaching medium carbonation, feels a little watery but it's a summer beer and is supposed to be "refreshing". Yet, it does leave with a somewhat dry taste and feel.

I couldn't tell if I liked it or not at first. It has a really weird taste that started to grow on me. Orange citrus flavor mixing with buscuity malts and spice. The mixing of flavors just made it taste a little awkward; but it is a strangely drinkable beer. If you see it, give it a shot.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured was nice enough with a hazy golden amber color, light with a touch of carbonation and a light haze about it. Small head of white rose up from the bottom to about an inch and settled down gently. Decent side glass lacing as well.

Nice light grain, touches of peach and light citrus hops. A hint of a light biscuit like touch and some light spices. Odd mix, but it worked a touch. The flavor was more of the same, light, smooth, crisp and clean, with a very easy sessionability to it. An easy drinker, the light hop profile followed along well and dried out the finish just enough for me. A bit light, but still very good. Nice use of light hops and not too heavy. I could see myself drinking this one again, no problem.

Photo of korguy123
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually did as I was told and cracked this around 9am for breakfast

12oz bottle into DFH signature glass.
Special thanks to chelodina1 for this one.

No ABV and no freshness date to be found on bottle...

A- Hazy gold/copper hue. Carbonation is minimal resulting in zero head. Lacing is non-existent.

S- Coriander, yeast and Belgian spices. Bananas, orange zest and cracked black pepper.

T- Faint yeast, almost like a sourdough bread. Lemon zest, faint coriander. Very light and refreshing with zero aftertaste.

M- Thin to medium bodied.

D- Very enjoyable, very easy drinking. Excellent summer beer.

Photo of a74gent
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty easy to pound these back because there isn't a lot here. The initial nose is very nice and it looks like a color belgian pale kind of pour.

The flavor is very empty though with an emptiness that should be filled with some flavor.

This is an easy drinker for breakfast if you like not to have much flavor. I'd prefer a coffee stout or something to go with a cold weather and a good tailgate party.

Skip this one unless you're really looking for something light and floral.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.