Fall Festivus - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by stingrayvr6:
3.68/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured into a pint glass. Clear amber/yellow color, apparent carbonation, frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell bready and malty, some toasted malt and caramel. Taste light and malty, sweet up front balanced by some hop bitterness in the finish. Spicy finish, almost clove-like. Very drinkable, a bit light but solid brew, nothing wrong with it.
11-11-2010 01:28:40 | More by stingrayvr6
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2.75/5 rDev -17.2%
Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!
12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.
A: Pours a light glowing amber. Not much head leaves a creamy skim and light lacing.
S: Not a whole lot going on here. A bit of sweet, grainy malts but that's about it.
T/M: A small touch of light, earthy hops. Some lightly toasted malts, biscuity, maybe some toffee. Body is medium or so and carbonation is accurate.
D: Drinkable but very ho-hum. Was excepting a least a little something more from this.
10-02-2009 04:16:29 | More by pwoods
3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
Cricket Hill- Fall Festivus
A- Light orangish obrown with a small light ringed lacing head.
S- Nutty earthy malt with slight pine hops.
T- Malty, Slight caramel, wood/ bark earthiness. A touch of pine hops.
M- Very malty and earthy with a decent sweet hoppy finish.
Overall- Decent, didn't WOW me but it was drinkable. Mediocre at best.
09-06-2009 16:48:20 | More by NJpadreFan
3.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Picked up a single from Abe's. The brewery describes this beer as earthy, and damn, I have to agree. The big, yeasty, nutty malt (and likely yeast) combine with earthy garden lemon rind. The aftertaste of this beer is almost like a lemon drop, and I kind of like that. This is an interesting ale in a typically boring style. I'll do a better job decanting next time, which is to say, I'd drink this again.
09-10-2011 21:07:00 | More by tempest
2.78/5 rDev -16.3%
clear copper colored amber with a nice thick two inch head of white foam that capped off the top and gave it a nice appearence
very light, which to be honest kinda dissapointed me. What I could pick up was very grainy and boring with big notes of cereal grain very apparent as well as a musty kinda of bread smell. Some light grassy hops There was a slight hoppiness in the finish, but again I stress light as it was really not a factor in the overall flavor. This was truly a malty lager and really not the normal flavor I would expectVery light bodied ale, actually lighter then I thought it would be which was suprising, but still not terrible just neded a little bit more to put it over the top. It did come come off a little bit slick and thin despite having really good carbonation
11-22-2011 03:20:19 | More by mikesgroove
3.33/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance is a hazy dark gold. Smell has a hint of spice, some what floral. Good mixture of spice and hops on the taste. Mouthfeel is ok, hangs a little on the tongue. Overall, this is an ok tasting beer which finishes hoppy. We feel this beer misses a little, but is drinkable. Will go well with some beef.
10-26-2011 23:13:34 | More by barleyroad
4.03/5 rDev +21.4%
On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.
Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing
The smell featured a light grainy malt with an herbal tea like hop.
The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop punch with a balancing soft caramel malt.
The mouthfeel was clean and dry.
Overall a very tasty hop forward fall treat.
10-27-2012 21:33:38 | More by plaid75
3.89/5 rDev +17.2%
A- big creamy rich light tan head poured over a very murky amber body. Even though it was poured down the side of a pint glass, I had to hold the pour halfway through to prevent the foam from overflowing. head lasted a few min but didn't create any lacing. slight bubbling lasted throughout the evaluation
S- very hoppy aroma with some malty notes..very nice
T- strong hoppy flavor followed quickly by an acidic taste followed by a dull malty taste. not unpleasant
M- a light, crisp feel that quickly fades to a heavy, malty feel on the tongue
O- I had to re-check the beer style because I couldn't believe this wasn't an IPA. This is a really good IPA even though they consider it an amber. would have liked it more had the heavy, malt mouthfeel not been present
11-08-2013 02:21:27 | More by tabhill
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a very clear and attractive orangish light amber color, but has almost no head. The slight ring of foam does leave some lace on the glass, but it there is not a whole lot to write about as far as the head goes.
The aroma nice and floral with hints of orange zest and lemon. It is a pretty subdued nose, with a some slightly toasty malt character.
The flavor is quite balanced and not as malt forward as some ambers I have had. Citrusy, slightly floral and spicy hops give way to caramel malt sweetness and a bit of toasted character and some grass. There is also a nice fruitiness to this beer, but as it warms I am picking up a bit of an off putting plastic like flavor.
The mouthfeel on the lighter side of medium with subdued carbonation. It finishes very well, with a nice balanced feel that pretty much disappears.
This is a very drinkable beer, but just not very interesting. I am not sure what makes this a fall ale, and to be totally honest I think the name is the best part.
10-22-2010 22:24:18 | More by zoso1967
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
extra via jwc215
Pours a cloudy orange with a 2 finger, bubbly white head. Some lace, and ok retention.
At first it smelled like burnt cantaloupe and tuna fish. That went away and it smelled like non-burnt cantaloupe with yeast and spice. Smells like a orange wheat beer actually.
Tastes like tangy, burnt orange rinds with a nice yeast finish. Tastes like an orange wheat beer.
Are you sure this isn't a wheat beer?
01-03-2009 00:57:11 | More by donkeyrunner
3.2/5 rDev -3.6%
On-tap 9/21/2010 at The Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, fruit, nuts and a little bit of hops.
T: The taste is very bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and other fruits come in. The hops presence is mild and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several others that I would choose first.
09-28-2010 15:30:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours amber with a thin, lasting, off-white head. Uneven rings of lacing stick.
The smell is bready/biscuity, grainy with a hint of orange and light hop spicing.
The taste is yeasty - sweetish with some orange marmalade and a light sourish note. It has a dryish finish with a floral/herbal touch.
Light-bodied with somewhat sharp carbonation.
Not bad, but a bit yeasty in a "home-brewish" way. And I'm not quite convinced that a thin beer necessarily makes for a "cross-over" or "session" beer. More caramely, smoother maltiness would improve it, I'm thinking. Not quite sure I catch the "fall" aspect here, either. Drinkable, but something "off-ish" about it that I would want to "session" with it.
11-18-2008 17:37:16 | More by jwc215
3.55/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with little head. Scent is quite sweet and leads with caramel and brown sugar, followed up by yeasty bread and stale nuts, faint grassy, pine and lemon hops. Taste a touch less sweet than nose dictated and overall less bold, brown sugary sweet, bready, nuty and mildly hoppy. Medum bodied, good carbonation. A lot going on in the nose, less in the taste, just a decent brew.
10-17-2011 13:23:57 | More by rfgetz
3.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Transcribed from undated notes.
To say that I did not get much head would be gilding the lily. Realistically, it settled into wisps before I had a chance to engage my pen. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber with the haze attributible to my aggressive pour in which I stirred up some of the sediment at the bottom. I did not mind it, but others may want to be aware that it is bottle-conditioned, apparently. Nose had a maple-sugary sweetness underlain by a piney hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of pine hops on the tongue. Finish had the same pine flavor. How to quantify this one? I like the Cricket Hill peeps, I generally like their beers, I like hoppy beers, but I do not think of a "Fall Festivus" as hoppy.
06-13-2011 20:57:20 | More by woodychandler
3.73/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance: hazy orange in color with some yellowish highlights. A two inch head lasts a while before breaking apart.
Smell: floral hops and some sweetness is detectable.
Taste: caramel, orange, pear, and a floral hop bitterness are most notable, but there is a bit of earthiness here too.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue after swallowing.
Drinkability: this beer went down easily and more than one could be had in a session.
11-07-2009 11:53:59 | More by Gavage
Fall Festivus from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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