Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of biglouddrums
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got a sixtel of this for a camping trip after a recommendation from Jay at Oaktree Buyrite in South Plainfield, NJ. Everyone loved it. I'm not sure what makes this a breakfast beer but it was very drinkable and makes a good session beer. This is probably the best beer I've ever had that was made in New Jersey.

Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of CoolGuy42
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Conniehophead
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Vogt52
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Augustiner719
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

Pours a nice golden orange color with a tiny head that recedes quickly. really has a nice sunset orange color that is appealing.

Smell: Has a beautiful aroma, really makes me wish i had a nice big breakfast infront of me to pair this with. Has a fruity estery aroma that gives way to a spicy floral aroma.

Taste: Really shines through with the belgian yeast here. has the balance, bitterness, floral components and acidity to make this a really food friendly beer. Really would go well with seafood, breakfast (eggs sausage etc) and even some dairy dishes like lasagna. Totally a gem for pairing with foods.

Mouthfeel: Falls very short here because its not carbonated well at all for this style. However, for breakfast which it seems its intended for, this could really do well with the lack of carbonation.

Drinkability: really could put a few of these suckers back. has a great acidic tone that is second to none with that fruity estery flavor. Distribution is limit but i have a feeling that it will really start to grow once this brewery gets more exposure.

Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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 goblet
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

the labal on the bottle fits the summer theme very good, soft summer mornimg ,no i didn't have it for beakfest yet.. after the initial pour i got a very tight white frothy head that quicky faded to a thin sheet ,it stuck around leaving no lace.

a cloudy amber orange color ,with loads of carbonation. the aroma bring to mind wheat and orange peels,lite malt ,and even a bit floral.

taste is similar to the smell with citrus and wheat ,a tad sweet even some pears and other lite summer fruits .lite malt with some grain all well balance and fitting.

lite body and smooth well rounded feel on the palate , mild citrus,sweet dry after taste.

this is a beer you want to get for the summer ,bring it to the beach,on a fishing trip ,camping ,it goes good with out door BBQ food ,use you imagination if its summery and you can drink there go for it..

Photo of Voonder
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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 tempest
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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 maddogruss
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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 SammyJaxxxx
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with an off-white, bubbly, one-finger head of foam. No lacing.

S - It smelled of clove, yeast and wheat. Also, a slightly nutty aroma.

T - It hits you with a good dose of clove and yeast. It had a sweet wheat flavor and touches of fruitiness.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. An easy drinking, light-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good tasting wheat ale. It didn't look impressive but it had good flavors.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudly yellow color, nice carbonation, small fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is malty, yeasty/grassy, very slight spices. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malty, with a nice touch of yeast/grassy, very slight spice (I like that). Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all, Thanks Joe.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of jefferson
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 NJBeer265
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Heischman
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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 bill_rue
3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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