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Fall Festivus - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-08-2008)
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sendbeer

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -62.3%

10-29-2012 15:54:58 | More by sendbeer
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

04-04-2012 03:57:48 | More by ChrisPratz
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

01-18-2014 21:46:49 | More by Lehighace06
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bobbybradley


2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-24-2012 18:16:15 | More by bobbybradley
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pwoods

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:16:29 | More by pwoods
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civicm87

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

06-15-2014 20:18:38 | More by civicm87
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IMS


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

04-30-2012 19:27:19 | More by IMS
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:20:19 | More by mikesgroove
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up a few weeks back because it was available via the single bottle. I have no idea if this is play on the Seinfeld episode but I've never had a Fall Festivus beer before and after having this, I'm not sure if I'll ever have one again. This doesn't look or feel like an American Amber and only because I've let it warm up quite a bit am I even getting this down...

The pour to this was alright - very hazy, a murky apricot hue, and decent head to boot. The lacing was there but didn't last that long. The taste is very sharp - think grapefruit, rind, and an acrid metallic undertone with a bit of wheat and rye thrown in for thickness. The aftertaste lingers quite a bit and this almost reminds me of an inferior gin in terms of the mouthfeel. Although I love a good Sapphire and Tonic, there's just something missing in this beer. It's probably more malt as there just doesn't seem to be enough of a backbone to this.

The ABV% isn't listed and I've hardly felt it as I've worked my way through my glass. I think that I'm so used to the American Ambers from Troegs that something like this is a stylistic opposite. While I've had worse beers, this is probably my biggest disappointment for 2009 and I'm glad that I didn't start off the near year this way. Only worth a try because of its single-bottle availability and ability to clean my mouth out of any food or drink I've had beforehand.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 10:00:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. The pour is a clear orange slightly amber color with just a very thin white head that vanishes almost instantly and doesn't leave much more lace. Lots of visible carbonation. The smell is mostly candied orange with a twinge of barley and caramel to add a bit of sweet graininess. The taste is dry bready malts with a bit of citrus and caramel to the finish. A very bready and grainy beer that kind of leaves a bit of a mineral aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent; light body and expected carbonation. For my money, I think I've had better ambers. This is fair enough and easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:10:41 | More by Bendurgin
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/25/09

A - Pours a deep orange brown with just some spotty bubbles

S - not alot of aroma of all, just some light malts and citrus

T - light malt, some brown sugar and lemon, not alot going on here

M - good carbonation along with some bitterness

D - light flavor, nothing amazing, just easy drinking due to lack of flavor

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 16:02:23 | More by mikereaser
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer into a pilsner - fridge - Fall 2009 brewing

Appearance: Transparent golden orange and yellow beer with a 1" tall, off-white head. There is a ton of carbonation bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass and don't let go. Looks like quite an active beer. Great retention and plenty of lace on the glass for the top-off.

Smell: Some pepper, clove and nutmeg are all quite subdued in strength. Munich malt freshness and an underlying cereal grain aroma. No hops.

Taste: Mild flavors of cereal, nutmeg and some crisp hops. A nicely balanced beer that is aching for more maltiness!!!

Mouthfeel: Crisp, lightly bodied, well carbonated and very refreshing. Nothing cloying in this beer. Just a solid, mild brew. Not as spicy as I thought it would turn out.

Drinkability: Excellent. Not a powerhouse, but worth returning to for a few rounds.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:53:18 | More by Risser09
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-19-2011 12:21:29 | More by bacher468
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LoveStout

New York

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-01-2014 21:23:44 | More by LoveStout
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-02-2012 12:43:09 | More by djrn2
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-23-2011 23:56:59 | More by RoryOMoore
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a hazy orange gold with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is hoppy and earthy with the hops winning out....quite bitter nose overall. Oh, and it also has some corn notes that reminds me of a typical macro. Not the best nose...

The taste starts off bitter, can't say it's of citrus or pine or grass, just bitter. I get some earthy malt tones and a strange feeling of some funk and..yeast?? Weird. The finish is bitter but again, it's a weird bitterness and the aftertaste lingers on a bit too much.

The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation borders on high. Head retention is good and there's some nice lacing.

Drinkability? Not too bad but I could do without that blasted aftertaste. For the style though, I thought it missed its mark.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 16:43:08 | More by Bitterbill
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Peak Organic Fall Summit Ale.

A: Clear amber with lots of tiny bubbles and a three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Too foamy. Not much lacing.

S: Malt and hops. Mild. Kind of off.

T: Pretty hoppy. Not much malt flavor. A bit spicy. Mineral taste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Dry.

O: I didn't like this beer too much. The head was too foamy and the smell was off. The taste wasn't much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 02:18:04 | More by SolipsismalCat
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 00:57:11 | More by donkeyrunner
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2010 15:30:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ralphs66

New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-30-2012 22:44:17 | More by Ralphs66
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RTMiller

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-23-2012 00:34:02 | More by RTMiller
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 17:37:16 | More by jwc215
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MSL94

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-02-2013 23:57:52 | More by MSL94
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:13:34 | More by barleyroad
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Fall Festivus from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.