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Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 Heischman
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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
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 -16.4%
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.

mactrail, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of danedelman
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

danedelman, May 27, 2011
Photo of tkepx182
1.4/5  rDev -58.9%
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
Photo of beerthulhu
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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 9InchNails
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

9InchNails, May 09, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of korguy123
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

korguy123, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of a74gent
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

a74gent, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Augustiner719, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

oregonskibum, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

CHickman, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

FickleBeast, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of thor638
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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"-

thor638, May 28, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

JerzDevl2000, May 04, 2010
Photo of dacrza1
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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...

dacrza1, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.5
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3.5

Billolick, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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 BigMike
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

BigMike, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

drtth, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

zeff80, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of biglouddrums
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

biglouddrums, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of goblet
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
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..

goblet, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

tempest, Jun 10, 2009
Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.