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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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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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 biglouddrums
4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of goblet
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
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..

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Photo of Voonder
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of Heischman
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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
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.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. It's light, tangy and tasty. Look is typical, golden no head really. Smells good. Taste, like I said slight tang, light, drinkable, solid carbonation, fresh. Good stuff!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of ATPete
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Cricket Hill's SUmmer offering pours a very hazy orange brown color with a small but sticky white head. The brew sports a huge banana aroma, with not too much else going on in the nose. Its got a smooth but creamy texture, a subtle spice twang, notes of bubble gum with a big semi-sweet banana character rounding everything out. It's definitely got some body for its style but this brew is by no means heavy, very well drinkable, nice beer. It just borderlines 'flavored' for me almost, lots and lots of banana coming through this one.

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Photo of jefferson
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to give this a try since I never have been for breakfast and I wanted to see if this could fit the bill. I wasn't sure what this was categorically before I had and once I saw that this was a Belgian Pale Ale, it made a lot more sense, although I'm not sure now many people in Europe have a beer like this for breakfast!

The pour wasn't anything outstanding here - a translucent amber hue with some head and nearly no lacing to be seen. Mouthfeel's just a bit thin but certainly not weak. In terms of taste, there's the usual straw, clove, wheat, and just a hint of banana and plum here. The aftertaste is a mellow grassy sourness that subtly lingers and almost begs for something greasy to go with it. Is this where the eggs come in, sunny side up perhaps?

No one knows how strong this is and sure enough, I don't seem to mind either. Beers don't get much more easygoing than this but this doesn't fall into the "lawnmower" category. Rather, it's good on a nice warm evening and I"m sure it would fit the bill in the morning too, even as a meal unto itself. I wish there was a bit more carbonation here to lighten everything up, but this works fine on its own and serves as a nice addition to Cricket Hill's portfolio nevertheless.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of korguy123
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of a74gent
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
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