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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 lknox511
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

lknox511, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

plaid75, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

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 jeddis1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

jeddis1, Jul 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

tpm767, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of CoolGuy42
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

CoolGuy42, May 21, 2012
Photo of Njstoutlover23
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Njstoutlover23, May 04, 2012
Photo of bill_rue
3.75/5  rDev +9%

bill_rue, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
2/5  rDev -41.9%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

RoryOMoore, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

jlenik, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +16.3%

jrutigs, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a cloudy orange with a huge head, maybe too much of one. Really glad I didn't give it a hard pour. The head is soapy and hangs around for a long time.
Smells of spicy citrus, pine, grass and, strangely enough, cotton candy.
Foams and bubbles in the mouth with notes of Belgian yeast. Spice, cloves and anise predominate with lingering notes of candy and brown sugar.
Low point is the excessive carbonation which makes it a little difficult to drink. Breakfast? Don't see that happening.

kirok1999, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

tone77, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%

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 Heischman
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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-

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

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 danedelman
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

danedelman, May 27, 2011
Photo of tkepx182
1.4/5  rDev -59.3%

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
Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

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 9InchNails
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

9InchNails, May 09, 2011
Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.