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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: maddogruss on 06-04-2007)
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Reviews by greybeardloon:
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

07-08-2012 01:51:24 | More by greybeardloon
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.68/5  rDev +7%

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.


09-19-2009 11:53:57 | More by Billolick
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-29-2013 13:08:06 | More by acurtis
Photo of JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

06-06-2014 21:33:41 | More by JMS1512
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%

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...

09-26-2009 03:41:20 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Varkias41

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-22-2013 17:16:45 | More by Varkias41
Photo of Griffith


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

01-09-2014 22:14:00 | More by Griffith
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

06-10-2009 03:29:54 | More by tempest
Photo of russpowell


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

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

08-27-2008 03:45:57 | More by russpowell
Photo of Hobbit


4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

04-22-2014 03:46:45 | More by Hobbit
Photo of mikerems

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

03-07-2012 07:05:42 | More by mikerems
Photo of drcarver


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

05-29-2009 20:10:19 | More by drcarver
Photo of erialbill

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

04-24-2014 02:58:59 | More by erialbill
Photo of tone77


4.2/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

09-17-2011 14:13:46 | More by tone77
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

05-23-2011 22:05:14 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.9%

01-12-2012 17:31:17 | More by bonbini26
Photo of jeddis1

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

07-06-2012 01:34:58 | More by jeddis1
Photo of sluggo013


2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

05-17-2014 23:07:38 | More by sluggo013
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

02-26-2011 20:22:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-03-2013 12:19:08 | More by campfirebrew
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-18-2008 03:21:57 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of metter98

New York

3.51/5  rDev +2%

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.

08-09-2013 12:29:06 | More by metter98
Photo of civicm87

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

06-17-2013 00:56:57 | More by civicm87
Photo of rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

07-28-2008 19:10:56 | More by rkcrozier
Photo of dreichus


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

04-29-2014 23:14:35 | More by dreichus
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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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