Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
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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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 57
Photo of tkepx182
1.45/5  rDev -57.8%
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 seedyone
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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 ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
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 mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
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 oregonskibum
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a cloudy tangerine orange. Pours with basically no head, just a thin film that dies off almost immediately. Appears flat.

S: Smell is fairly subdued. Citrus-like flavors, orange peel. Some faint spicy notes. Really not much here and needs to be swirled to pick up want aromas are there.

T: Taste really isn't much of an improvement. More orange peel, orange, lemon flavors. Some light pepper notes. The malt (or yeast) flavors remind me of dry grass. Finish is mellow and unremarkable.

M: Slightly watery, very low carbonation (basically flat).

D: Not sure if this was a poorly sealed bottle or standard for this brewery/beer. It wasn't bad or offensive, but not really a good beer either.

Photo of FickleBeast
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a half finger of sticky foam and an unpleasant glump of yeast on the end. This wasn't labeled as bottle conditioned, otherwise I would have been more careful. In fact, the bottle says little more than Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale, so I don't know what to expect... maybe bacon?

The color a cloudy banana yellow. It would look perfect for a hefe. Smell is yeasty - banana mostly. I'll admit, I'm approaching this first sip with some trepidation...

Ok, the yeast doesn't really carry over and dominate the flavor. Instead, I'm getting some husky graininess, and a lingering mild bitterness. It is not great, but I was expecting worse based on the appearance and aroma. All in all the flavor is pretty unremarkable. Carbonation seems light, and there is a little bit of sweetness on the aftertaste.

All in all, the appearance of this beer hurts the score, and the flavor doesn't really do much to redeem it. I feel like this needs to either finish dryer and more refreshing, or add some hops to make this more of a pale ale. As it stands now, it is an ugly, bland beer.

Photo of greybeardloon
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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 ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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 ColForbinBC
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A hazy golden yellow body with a huge fluffy head. Head rose quickly, forcing me to pour a few times while it went down. Moderate lacing and some tiny streams of bubbles.

Aroma is faint and lacking in overall complexity. Bread and yeast spiciness with some citrus hiding in there.

There is a bold yeast spiciness that is nicely welcome, but the rest of the body is a little lacking. Some lemon peel and toasted bread are also present.

Light bodied for sure with a faint lingering lemon aftertaste. Crisp and dry.

The drinkability is probably the best thing this beer has going for it however I was not overwhelmed by the flavor profile. Maybe on a really hot morning could I see this being a true breakfast ale.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: A hazy orange beer with yellow highlights around the edges. Minimal head and lacing, and tons of floaty hazy yeasties.

Aroma: Tuna fish? Plenty of earthy yeast notes, some light malt, cloves and other spices, citrus (both lemon and orange zest), bananas, and a medley of other light estery fruity notes - pears and peaches come to mind.

Taste: Rather dry but with some residual sweetness. A lot of complex, heavy candy sugar, some spicy leafy hops and other spice notes, peaches again. A lot of dirty earthiness in this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bubbled and medium-bodied, with less carbonation than I expected or would have liked. Even though.

Drinkability: Didn't care for this one too much - it seemed to have a split personality between an American wheat ale and a Belgian pale with none of the best characteristics of either. A few "off" notes as well, though, so perhaps it was a bad bottle.

Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -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 thor638
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a cloudy orange with a 1 finger head of foam. Decent head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell has notes of peach, yeast, wheat, a touch of banana.

The taste is yeasty, has some peach, light banana, slightly spicy, a bit of citrus and some earthiness. Sounds interesting but the flavours don't work all that well together.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation, it finishes earthy and then goes all watery. Not bad but not something I would drink again.

Photo of drcarver
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brownish orange with a big two finger head.

Smells Mainly of spices. Cloves mostly. Slight banana and orange aroma too.

Flavor is very typical wheat beer. Spice and cloves dominate. Flavor overall is a bit watered down.
Not sure where the breakfast part of this ale comes in. The cricket hill websites recommends having this with your morning eggs.
Mouthfeel is light and watery. Clean and smooth and easy to drink. Not much crabonation.
Not a great wheat but drinkable. Just a bit to light on flavor.

Photo of dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.37/5  rDev -2%
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 danedelman
3.37/5  rDev -2%
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 Act25
3.44/5  rDev 0%
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 jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
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 drtth
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 9InchNails
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.