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Reserve Ale - Barleywine - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Reserve Ale No. 3
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Russian River glass on 9/2/11.

Pours a deep golden orange color with a huge off-white head that dissipates leaving little lacing on the glass. It has a very pretty color seen more in the style of DIPA’s but I guess thats splitting hairs. I would liked to have seen a lot more head retention but in all its a pretty looking beer.

Smell is of malt sweetness, toffee, and a slight vanilla smell. I have to admit that I had a small problem smelling this brew. I just got done cleaning the apartment and doing some laundry and my hands smell of bleach and detergent. What I do pick out though I like

Taste is much easier to pick out. Its malt sweetness right from the first sip. Touches of dark fruit and a little earthy hop bitterness at the end. Tasty, I like it.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight and it also has a very nice tingling touch to it that really helps lift the taste to a higher level. It moves through the pallet very smoothly for a barley wine without any age on it. Almost no alcohol burn at all.

Overall I think that this is one of those beers where the whole is greater then the some of its parts. I enjoyed it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel with some nuts and alcohol. The flavor is more complex with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Different from anything I've ever had. Delicious in every way. Strong

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent, orange toned amber with a small white cap that fades into a small floating cap and hearty collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cracked wheat, raisins, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas, with mild cherries, and dates standing out.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spritzy of CO2, sticky sweet, with sticky bun flavors resonating.
Has potential but would greatly benefit from aging.

Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are realllly sweet. No hop presence at all. Smells light too if that's possible or this style. All caramel malts...

The tastes are dominated by the malts once agian but not in a good way. It's one thing if a barleywine has been aged for a bunch of years and the hop presence falls out, but this is def subpar at best. It's one of those beers that you can drink, but you would rather drink something else/better. Enough said. This brewery needs to step in up for me to buy another one of their products.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark amber color with a creamy off-white head that left a thin layer throughout the beer.

The aroma was of faint grains and some dark fruit.

The taste was of dark fruit, grain, bread, some notes of alcohol.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was an average beer, I thought the flavor was weak for the style. I might try again but not on cask.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdfb79 for bringing this to a recent tasting. Always love trying a new brew that I haven't heard anything about before. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a single-finger white head that fades down somewhat quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Half a collar sits around the edges of the beer. The nose brings a really strong grainy presence with a bit of booze as well as some faint dark fruits characteristics in the background. The taste is more grain and booze. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair amount of carbonation and some alcohol. Drinkability is okay; nothing offensive, though I wasn't in a hurry to get through this.

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a clear, burnt orange-brown with a nice white head and some lacing. Aroma of dark fruits and sugars. Taste of dark fruits and sugars, organic, with an alcohol bite. A bit of stale bread lingered on the palate. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, kind of thick and not too drinkable. Below-average barleywine.

Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to some rather large surface bubbles.

Smell: one dimensional malt sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe dark fruits, mild alcohol tones, moderate bitterness, and a hint of pepper / earthiness shows up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: decent but not great barleywine. Worthy of a try if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of magnj
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz split 3 ways

A - murky copper color, almost no head.

S - musty nose is vaguely sweet.

T - sweet up front with some hop flavor, ends with some apple and caramel. Was hoping for some bitterness to match but found none.

M/D - full body, sweet and sticky. Not boozy, but kind of boring and too sweet without enough hops. Wouldn't get again...although now i have a second bottle.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date

appears a hazy dark copper color, with 1/2" cream colored head. decent lacing. just a bit of malt sweetness in the aroma. taste is dominating by a nice bready caramel flavor. mild earthy hop flavor in there too. mellow and smooth flavors. medium to thick body, coats the mouth. soft carbonation.

overall - mild easy drinking barleywine.

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color with a negligible head. The aroma is quite malty...a touch of bread and toffee...some slight brown-sugar notes with caramel. The hop aroma is present, but in the background. The taste is a bit harsh with alcohol, but the malt is firm and very engaging. Very pronounced bitterness. Full in body, yet not mouth-filling, so its mouthfeel seems a bit incomplete. Still, fairly good.

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Als served in a pint glass. Limited release 500th brew.

Pours a clear dark amber color with little to no head besides a minimal amount of white carbonation bubbles that rise to the surface of the brew. Alcohol aroma is also filled with scents of grain and a little bit of hops. Taste has a very fresh grain profile along with mild alcohol warmth, bitter hops and slightly citrusy. Light feel with moderate to high carbonation level. Lingering taste of the fresh grain and mild lingering bitter hops is left in the mouth. Overall it isn't bad but it falls a little short on my expectations and is quite mild for a barleywine with a slightly watery taste to it. The fresh grain taste however is a very noteable characteristic I did like though.

Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/12/2011

Bottle shared by Jason (weibull), thanks! Snifter.

A: Orange with a bubbly white head.

S: Caramel and toffee with some piney hops and a touch of grapefruit. Light oxidation.

S: Upper moderate bitterness with notes of pine and grapefruit pith. Prominent notes of caramel and toffee. Booze is very well hidden. Candied sweetness and late palate warming.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky, dry, and a touch thin.

Overall: Pretty good. It's like a Barleywine light. I think this should be categorized as an American Barleywine as there's nothing English about it.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty basic bronze color. Ok carbonation. Rather still. Buttery and toffee like aroma. Big malty flavor. Again very buttery and toffee like in the flavor department. Mild "wood" flavor. Lingering dried fruit. Slight bite-more so from the alcohol then hops. Sticky and gummy mouthfeel. Lip smackin good. Nice UK barleywine for sure.

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a rather modest head that leaves only the vaguest trace of lace

Smell: Sweet toffee malt and earthy hops

Taste: Opens with a toast and toffe malt flavor that builds in intensity until mid-palate, when the hops arrive, bringing both English earth tones and American citrus to the palate; a delicate balance between the sweet and bitter flavors lingers, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; surprisingly light for the style

Overall: Clearly, the brewer was going for a different take on the barleywine style here and others have marked this down for not standing up to the bigger examples of the style; I rather liked this brew, thinking it had a nice flavor profile combining old and new world hop elements and didn't mind that the mouthfeel and alcohol was not as thick as some of the big guns of the style

Photo of bonkers
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is light orange, one inch white head. The aroma is sweet, bready. A very sweet barleywine, hints of alcohol, and caramel. It finishes light, light alcohol burn. It has a nice sticky mouthfeel, but it is too thin. A decent brew, lots of better barleywines out there.

Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought to a local tasting to try alongside The Mother of All Storms.

a - Pours an amber/copper color with two inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, caramel malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, sweet fruity malts, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - This was a slightly above average barleywine, but it exceeded my expectations. Nowhere near as good or complex and MoaS, but how many English barleywines are? Glad to try but wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, went up side by side with the Mother of all Storms...no contest really.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice white head of medium bubbles and low carbontation, not much lacing.

Beer smells like raisins and malt with a slight alcohol to it.

Beer is medium bodied and warming on the front half of hte palate. There is some moderate bitterness at the back but mostly from grainy acidic and not from hops. The forward half is sweet and fruity, stone fruits, overall its a decent beer but needs more palate connectivity. It was fine.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber body with medium bubbles creating a thin head with a vigorous pour coming straight white.

Smell: Light toffee, with the scent of rum. Very light smell.

Taste: Sweet caramel taste with a heavy dose of alcohol that might be overwhelming to some. Honestly should be paired with dessert.

Mouth: Sticky, but seems a bit flat...lighter carbonation maybe due to packing reasons or age of the beer.

Overall: I love barleywines because of the complexity they offer, this one lacks that punch. It's simple, tastes like alcohol and barley. Factoring in price you can get much better for the money. Hope you enjoy...Salud!

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jcwattsrugger and markwise over on ratebeer. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. The aroma is nice rich floral hops, some spicy hops, some earthiness and a touch of citrus. The taste is pretty smooth and mellow with floral and spicy hops sweetened by maltiness. Toward midway mild dark fruity ester and citrus notes join in and take this to the finish. Smooth drinkable barleywine.

Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this 22oz bomber at the Georgetown Deli last week ($8.99) and consumed on 30JAN11. Full name, per the label, should read "Cricket Hill Reserve No. 3 Barleywine".

Poured into a small tulip, the bier was a bright copper, maybe even a touch orangey. Had a slight haze, and intermittant carbo lazing its way up. Head was thin from the start, off-white in color, and was mostly a rim-clinger. Nose? Quite malty, with some dark fruit and a slight tropical lean to it. Body was decent, medium all the way, with good smoothness.

Flavor had some sweetness, though not as much as suggested by the aroma. It coats the tongue, and throws in some toffee and brown sugar. Has some dark fruit action, mostly in the guise of dates and raisins. Gets a bit resiny at times, but is a tad bitter at the finish. Felt hot, green and young. Not bad, but... and not one I'd get again, especially at the price. Zum wohl!!

3.7
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since it was available via the big bottle and I haven't had anything from these guys in a while. I'm not much of a Barleywine drinker, but this wasn't as strong tasting or in the alcohol department as some that I've had before. While this wasn't an outstanding beer, it was pretty drinkable and it's nice to see these guys branching out from the 12 oz. bottle!

Decent pour to this - clear, with a light amber hue and a little bit of lacing. The aroma wasn't too powerful and this had the feel of a Belgian beer since it was somewhat floral and sour - not as much barley as I expected. The aftertaste only saw the hops and alcohol slowly linger, with the slightly watery mouthfeel not holding the grain for very long. By no means was this week, but this didn't have the feel of mead or rye that I associate with this style. It made it pretty easy to enjoy, but I wish this had a bit more backbone to it!

The alcohol can be felt but you'll have to down the whole bottle before it kicks in. Not as dark in taste or complexity as other beers of this style but for this time of the year, it has it's own niche. Worth a try once to support your local brewer!

Photo of 9InchNails
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Oaktree Discount Wines and Spirits in South Plainfield; it was cheaper there than it was at the Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars of Boonton.

Off white head turning into a ring around the glass. A hazy burnt copper gold body color. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nothing much going on.

Big time sweet maltiness, toffee, vanilla and toasted caramel. Quite a pleasant aroma.

Very sweet right away. A hazelnut, some toffee, roasted and toasted caramel, nut and dark fruits come into play. Just a touch of dry bitterness as well. I think this is quite tasty.

Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation. Some alcohol warmth detected but no so much tasted. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Definitely, not a bad feel in the mouth.

Overall, it gets a little heavy on the belly. This is a sipper for sure. I'm not a huge fan of Barleywines but I'm a fan of my local brewery, Cricket Hill. This is a pretty tasty brew, though. I'm glad I got this for the right price of $7.99; I've seen it as much as $9.99. I say give it a shot if you see it.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Served alongside Mother of All Storms. Oops.

A: The beer appears mostly clear and is orange in color. The beer has a white head of approximately half an inch that leaves some random traces of lacing about the glass.

S: The beer smells sweet and of dark fruits and alcohol.

T: The flavors seem muted and / or subdued. Overall, I found this to be a bit too sweet for my liking. Beers of this ilk become almost immediately cloying to me, as my palate can't tolerate the unrelenting sweetness without a big, robust malt bill and a healthy level of complexity. Balanced and refined, this is not.

M: Alcohol presence was too forward, especially for a lower alcohol type beer, within this style.

D: I wasn't impressed.

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Reserve Ale - Barleywine from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.