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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.58%
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 jeddis1

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-06-2012 01:34:58 | More by jeddis1
Photo of tpm767

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-18-2012 00:24:02 | More by tpm767
Photo of CoolGuy42

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

05-21-2012 16:38:37 | More by CoolGuy42
Photo of Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-04-2012 02:01:41 | More by Njstoutlover23
Photo of bill_rue

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

04-04-2012 15:43:37 | More by bill_rue
Photo of mikerems

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

03-07-2012 07:05:42 | More by mikerems
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -41.7%

01-12-2012 17:31:17 | More by bonbini26
Photo of RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%

12-23-2011 23:59:36 | More by RoryOMoore
Photo of jlenik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-11-2011 21:25:12 | More by jlenik
Photo of jrutigs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%

11-27-2011 18:16:39 | More by jrutigs
Photo of kirok1999


3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:30:24 | More by kirok1999
Photo of tone77


4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 14:13:46 | More by tone77
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 03:07:55 | More by Rifugium
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 17:52:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Heischman


3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 15:31:26 | More by Heischman
Photo of mactrail


2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 03:48:17 | More by mactrail
Photo of danedelman


3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 18:19:26 | More by danedelman
Photo of tkepx182

New Jersey

1.4/5  rDev -59.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 00:34:23 | More by tkepx182
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:05:14 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 20:22:44 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 20:22:41 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 14:38:49 | More by korguy123
Photo of a74gent


3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 16:43:24 | More by a74gent
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

4.22/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:50:37 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of oregonskibum


2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 20:10:26 | More by oregonskibum
Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.