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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast AleJersey Summer Breakfast Ale

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jersey summer Breakfast Ale

Cricket Hill Brewery

12 ounce bottle, pours clear, light almond amber, under a long lasting light khaki head. Then leaving a thick collar and light sheeting. I'm getting honey and tropical fruits like melon in the sniff. Tasty enough summery ale. More tropical fruit, plenty of honey and a hint of peppermint in the finish. Works as a summer, easy drinking beer, or for that matter as a "breakfast ale". Certainly nothing earth shattering going on here, just a lighter, fruity, easy drinking ale.

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3.5
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3.5

Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Situation: Near completion of degrassing the swingset, after a trip to the pool and the first paint coat settling downstairs... a busy day!
Glassware: Affligem chalice
Appearance: dark orange body with a soft bubbly white head that thins quickly...
Aroma: light, almost absent of scents--I am surprised by the lack of anything save the high fruit...
Palate: light, thin and slightly fizzy--acidic and rather smooth--easy drinking...
Taste: a bit sour and puckerish, approaching a Rodenbach... hints of lemony wheat and citric orange with late soft hops...
Overall: clean from start to finish, pleasant--and still trying to igure out the "breakfast" element of this beer...maybe I'll know in the morning...

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown. This was a surprisingly delicious beer. I've never had such a good American-style wheat beer that relied so heavily on clean malts and subtle yeast character. In addition to the sweet, toasted wheat cracker taste, there were also mellow notes of pineapple, white grape, and orange in a beer that seems pretty straight forward. The most similar beer I've had is the Sam Adams Summer Ale, but this lacks the over-spicing of the Sam. This is a great summer session ale. I'm going to get more.

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

Got this one from jcwattsrugger via jwc215, cheers to all!

Pours a hazed apricot with 3+ fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Average lacing & no head retention

S: Apple peels, coriander, white pepper & juicyfruit gum

T: Apple peels, a touch of grapefruit bitterness, some breadyness & cloves up front. Dryness, apple juice & cloves as this warms. Finishes fruitty with apple peel & grapefruitty hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks easy, a nice take on the style with some leaning towards hefeweizen

Photo of drcarver
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Beer Yard in Wayne in a summer mixed case. Poured into a pint glass slightly chilled.

A - a light golden body with yellow highlights. A head appeared and disappeared very quickly with no lacing. There is a slight haze to the brew and plenty of sediment at the bottle of the bottle afterwards.

S - Not much going on here, but definitely no tuna as earlier guessed at. Bread and yeast aroma with a hit of citrus somewhere in there.

T - Sweet and sour. No real discernable flavor.

M - Light bodied with a lively mouth feel.

D - It goes down easy. Nice summer beer. Kudos for that.

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 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 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 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 SixpointJMH
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky but healthy golden colour with not much of a head to it. Extremely spotty amounts of residue a left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of Belgian candy, some yeast, banana and general spice. Simple, but effective.

The flavour takes the aroma a builds upon it a touch. Belgian candy noted are subdued a bit in favour of a grassy flavour that was unexpected based on the aroma. Yeast is present mostly in the middle and at the finish of each sip where it bends nicely with a burst or banana sweetness. Mouthfeel is light bodied a fairly refreshing.

This is a pretty good brew. I'd take it over many of the other bland summer ales that are out there but that said it's not overly memorable either. Still, it's a nice summer session beer.

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

Excited to try the latest offering from Cricket Hill.

First - the label...not impressed; should have used the same layout as there other beers...

Beer had a cloudy, golden, wheaty hue.

Definitely smelled the bananas that others had smelled as well as toffee.

Taste was good - very similar to a hefeweizen; a nice, refreshing summer beer.

Overall, I would buy again but only because I would want my friends to try it.

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 thor638
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

VERY strong banana-ish overtones when taking the introductory smell. However that is quickly lost when the beer is tasted. Overall, an average beer with nothing too special except a catchy name.

I envision drinking this beer on July 4th weekend down the shore as a break from the rest of the "pack".

It does have a low drink ability score, I wasn't impressed with the taste and it didn't grab me and say "Drink me Again"-

Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold orange with a 1/2 inch creamy off white head; decent lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, wheat, grass, sweet malt, cinnamon, and spices like light pepper and light caramel. Pretty nice nose overall.

Tastes like it smells, with yeast, orange peel, coriander, lemon, wheat, grass, sweet malt and spices like light pepper and light caramel. Pretty well balanced with an overall sweet flavor for what seems to be a wheat beer, but is listed in BA as a Belgian Pale Ale classification. A decent brew, but the only knock is that it leaves a malty yeast taste that resembles a penny.

Mouthfeel is crisp and on the light side, with a medium body and a dry tingle that leaves a slight bitter pucker.

OK beer which went down easy, but not one I'd seek out again.

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

Served in a standard shaker style glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is a nice cloudy orange/dark gold color and is clearly unfiltered. The light tan head is about ¼" and fades fairly soon leaving virtually no ring around the glass and minimal foam on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves minimal lacing and as the beer is consumed there is even less lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean and the beer is clearly a wheat beer. There are hints of spice (mainly clove) but I don't pick up any really strong banana aroma.

Taste: The flavor is clearly that of a nice wheat beer and is clean and fresh but also very simple. There is some clove flavor and sweetness here but I don't really get much in the way of the strong banana flavor described in the brewery's write up about this beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is relatively light and the limited carbonation makes itself felt in a light prickly feeling in the mouth. The finish is relatively short and lightly sweet with no traces of hop dryness or bitterness to relieve the sweetness.

Drinkability: I found this nice, simple and drinkable, more so when the last half of it was paired with the salmon salad I ordered for lunch. The two went well together. This would make a good summer beer for casual drinking and I certainly would not hesitate to have another some day. That being said, I'll probably not go out of my way to choose it over other wheat beers.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a light orange hue with a minimal head that deposited a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild, unassertive, wheat-laden aroma with hints of honey...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, replete with honey, wheat, and a crisp, clean finish perfect for a hot, Summer day with mild nuances of oranges and tangerines...
Good stuff...
Worth a try...

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orangish/tan with a thin head that soon becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of banana/clove with caramel candy. Biscuity sweetness. Smells like an American hefeweizen with a Belgian-like touch.

The taste is sweet with mild spiciness. Banana/clove follows through from the aroma, as does some biscuit. As it progresses, bubblegum/candy sweetness becomes more noticeable. Sweetness balanced more by spiciness than bitterness. Hops nearly undetectable, though the yeast does come through to give it some bready notes. It has a noticeable, refreshing wheat tang under all the sweetness.

LIght-to-medium bodied, the sweetness lingers but not too cloying.

This one is a bit too all-over-the-place - seems to lose its focus, with what could be complexities not quite meshing the way it could. Worth checking out, and interesting, it's too sweet and the different directions become a bit annoying as it progresses. Still, nothing particularly "bad" about it. I don't know that I would categorize this as an American Pale Wheat Ale - At brewery I was told it was "Belgian-style" and like I mentioned, it had hefeweizen characteristics. Interesting...

Photo of Voonder
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper orange color, cloudy with thin white head. Smell - wheat mostly, yeast and some banana in the background. Taste is malty, somewhat yeasty, touch of banana and clove. Nice balance, very rich and smooth, pretty thick brew. It's drinkable, I guess, it goes down pretty well. Overall, very solid brew, would have it again. Thanks a lot jwc215 for sending me this.

Photo of jefferson
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this dark golden / hazy orange colored summer liquid from an awesome cricket hill flip top growler courtesy of Paul68 and his gracious Wild Card LIF.

came across as a kind of a hefeweizen / belgian hybrid, with the yeast and banana dominating the nose on this one.

other assorted fruit flavors appear on the palate following the banana... along with subtle spiciness and a welcomed sweetness.

worked out well in my opinion. a great light, flavorful, smooth drinking beer, perfect for the summer.

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 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 maddogruss
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was the other on tap at Cloverleaf last night. Also served in a firkin cask. Fantastic compared to the one on tap.

A: A dark amber body with a thick, off-white head with solid retention all the way through the finish. We got to keep the glasses, and a day later the glass is still laced with the head.

S: A very sweet smell, typical of a solid wheat ale.

T: A great taste. Solid wheat ale. Reminded me of a hefe with those banana esters in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet tasting and very good beer.

M: A solid, full-bodied mouthfeel that was very smooth.

D: Definitely a drinkable brew. Solid, smooth, great tasting. An excellent wheat ale whose robust flavor was only augmented because it was fermented and conditioned in a cask.

Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy golden yellow color a spotty head. Carbonation bubbles were slowly rising from the base of the glass.

Smell: yeast spiciness is all that is detectable.

Taste: yeast flavors are bold along with some citrus, green grapes, and some spiciness with some mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is very short.

Drinkability: I did not really enjoy the flavor profile here, and the yeast components seemed a bit bolder than expected. But one may find this quaffable.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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