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Reserve Ale - Barleywine - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Reserve Ale - BarleywineReserve Ale - Barleywine

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 39
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 11.78%
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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Reviews by UMNbeerhunter:
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Jparkanzky
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of magnj
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of Roberto11232
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of bonkers
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Reserve Ale - Barleywine from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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