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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: 133
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 oregonskibum
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of thor638
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
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"-

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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 dacrza1
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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...

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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 ColForbinBC
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of BigMike
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy but bright golden amber color with about two fingers of off white foam. Nose and flavor are of wheat, citrus fruits, mainly oranges, sweet malts, yeast, lightly toasted bread, a hint of bananas and tingling spice. The ale is adequately carbonated with a crisp medium body. Worth trying.

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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 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 drcarver
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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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 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 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 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 Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 CrellMoset
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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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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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.