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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.53%
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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Photo of tkepx182
1.4/5  rDev -59.3%
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.

tkepx182, May 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Madfish85, Aug 28, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

TheBigBoy, Oct 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

sluggo013, May 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

PhawkYu, Dec 31, 2012
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

mactrail, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of oregonskibum
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

oregonskibum, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

FickleBeast, Jul 10, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

acurtis, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jennib1, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

thisisjosiahs, Feb 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

KathrynD, Jul 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

LoveStout, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Aisha, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jlenik, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

djrn2, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

BrooklynPanch, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

DIPAFAN, May 11, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

greybeardloon, Jul 08, 2012
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.

beerthulhu, May 23, 2011
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.

ColForbinBC, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

CrellMoset, Aug 21, 2008
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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.