Colonel Blides Cask Ale | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Colonel Blides Cask AleColonel Blides Cask Ale

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
5.5% ABV
31 IBU'S

Added by Bitterbill on 05-31-2003

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 97
Photo of hman43
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: It pours amber with a fluffy off white head.

Smell: There are aromas of bread and moderate fruity esters.

Taste: The flavor is sweet with fruity esters, plums, dominated the flavors with a bready malt backbone.

Feel: It has a light-moderate feel with low bitterness. Overall, it is a highly fruity rather easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chinchill
2.69/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

undated 12 oz. bottle with updated label (versus photo).
A bottled cask ale is an oxymoron; a point hammered home by the large head. But ignoring this ...

Poured moderately clear amber with a large, creamy tan head that had good retention and left patterned lacing on the glass. A thin coat of sediment remained stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma: earthy-herbal hops dominate, creating a dank, rather unappealing brew.

Flavor: mild and less hoppy than the aroma suggests. Modest complexity with hints of roasted nuts. Very mildly bitter.

Feel: Some cask ale character at last: Medium body with a smooth texture. But ample medium carbonation and a light astringency.

O poor. Drinkable but DNF.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10/23....pours medium amber with a 1/2 inch white head of fluffy foam. Modest musty malt nose. Taste opens soft with a fast bitter wave that fades out. Tasty flavor profile. Nice beer. Does what an ESB expects to.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy amber color with a one finger head of a light cream color. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is on the grainier side with a lightly toasted bready smell mixed within. Along with these smells are some aromas of caramel and a little bit toffee as well as the slightest hint of a citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a toasted bready taste with some sweeter flavors of caramel and toffee. The sweeter flavors begin losing ground as the taste moves on with the bready flavor taking on a more roasted cracker like taste. As this occurs some hop flavors of a citrus and grassy nature come to the tongue. While the sweetness lessens from the start, it is still quite detectable with it never really leaving a “dry” beer. In the end with the transitions in the taste, one is left with a very lightly hopped, moderately sweet, cracker taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The average carbonation and body are both quite appropriate as they uphold the lightly hopped flavors of the brew, all while still maintaining an easy drinking base for the sweeter flavors of the brew.

Overall – Nothing out of this world, but nothing wrong with it either. A nice easy sipping pub brew.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with long lasting, fluffy, white head and much lacing. Aroma is of piney and citrusy hops, caramel and bready malt, yeast and some fruity esters. Body is medium and tangy. Herbal hops, caramel malt, bread crust and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice session brew.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pub glass.

Blides has a hazy, dark amber appearance with a very small head, half a finger at most. However, there is good retention on that small head as you drink. There's toffee and caramel on the nose with some roasted malts, but not much going on aroma-wise. Big roasty malts with some chocolate and more toffee flavours in the ale itself. There's a little bit of piney hops, but not a lot. I'm even noticing some oakyness rounding it off at the end. The flavor profile is nicely balanced...not very complex, but fairly smooth and easy to drink. It's an enjoyable ale, but nothing more.

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Photo of Omnium
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a semi cloudy reddish orange color, big thick foamy head, great lacing.
S - Herbal yeast and malts, a medium grassy hop tone to it.
T - Taste close to its smell, a nice bitter taste with good malts to smooth it out.
M - Medium feel, decent lingering hop feel to ti.
O - This was a lot better than I was expecting, easily quaffable, with a good balance of flavors. Nothing extraordinary, but just good.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Cricket Hill try.Pours into a standard pint glass a clear auburn color with a thin wispy white head atop.Some caramel toffee and butteriness mainly in the nose,no hop presence really to be had.Has a pretty nice feel to it with low carbonation.Flavors are somewhat fruity with a toffe malt base but not overly sweet,a smattering of earthy/leafy hops in the finish.This beer might be better served to be a little lighter in alcohol at 5.5% it's not a real sociable ale but it doesn't have enough "stuff" going on to grab over a more well hopped beer of the same size to be honest.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. Small head with low retention. Little to no lacing. Hazy, dull copper body. Aroma is mainly rich in caramel malt and brown sugar. Taste is mildy bitter, caramel sweet, slight molasses and slightly spicy on the tongue. Good tasting beer, however not sure if it is supposed to taste like this, really wish there was a bottle date to check for freshness or some description on the label.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Taste is nice, but seems thicker than I would expect and a bit more "pale ale" than bitter. Still, it works, for the most part. I wouldn't hold it up against any productions from the other side of the pond, but it's a nice drinker.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A touch darker than your typical English bitter, looks more like a brown ale with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Well it does have a decent amount of hoppy bitterness. Next to that it seems to have very little English malt (herbal I kind of hate) and some biscuit malts.

T - To me it came off more as a pale ale. Balanced citrus hops and clean tasting malts with a touch of biscuit. I guess it could have used more english tea like malts to make it more of an ESB.

M - Light to medium easy to finish.

Overall nothing to go out of your way in finding but a pretty sweet cast ale found at your local six pack shop.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a relatively clear copper-caramel color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that faded away a bit but left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of citrus in the nose along with some hints of toasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has a bit of citrusy flavors and a light amount of bitterness. There are notes of earthy and fruity yeast and toasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The color seems to be a bit darker compared to other beers in the style. The aroma could be a bit stronger, but it is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper caramel in color with a very light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a couple of thick patches, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has a rather mild aroma with some light earthy hop notes and just a hint of citrus. There are some very light malt notes and overall the smell is well balanced.

T: The beer has a light amount of grainy malt body in the flavor and a lot more hoppiness than the smell would indicate. The hop flavors are both earthy and citrusy - I get more of a orange peel than lemon. The hop bitterness is not agressive and there is some caramel malt sweetness in the finish - overall pretty well balanced.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky and very light dryness in the finish.

O: This is a good example of the style, especially from the taste perspective - the bitterness is just the right amount and the proper flavor. This beer is enjoyable and I could likely have more than one, though I do not know that I would call it sessionable.

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Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is an orange-amber colored liquid, completely clear, with a slim white head. The aroma is faint...a little biscuity, bready malt, and just whiff of earthy hops. The taste, however, is more aggressive. Brilliant balance...cracker and bread-like malt flavor, backed very nicely with a solid malt bitterness. There is a touch of peel and apricot. The beer is a little more carbonated that I'd like, especially given the name 'cask ale'. Still, it's got a medium-body and is very easy to drink. Nice session brew.

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Photo of Sipchue
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The flavors and aromas of beer (and food) trigger emotions and memories for me, just like music. Colonel Blides Cask Ale is one that does not disappoint. When brewing my own, one style I continually attempted to perfect was an English Cask Conditioned Ale. From time to time, I stumbled across a brewery that was offering a hand pumped ale, and always ordered it. This beer looks great. It's smell is awesome - it triggered that "ahhhh" in my brain that said "yea, this is good". It tastes very much like it should. A few too many bubbles, but when I let it warm slightly from the fridge temp, there were less bubbles and it became real. If you enjoy the style, this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foamy, almost soap-like off white head that disapears immediately. Orangey red body with a goldish bottom. Spot lacing on the glass. Nice looking, despite the head disappearing.

I get mostly citrus aroma and not much else. It's not a bad thing since its a pleasant smell.

Big time citrus with a slightly toasted bready malt flavor with some caramel. Slightly bitter, kind of sweet but very tasty.

Light body, medium carbonation, it feels nice and leaves the lips a little sticky.

I have had Colonel Blides many times in bottle form and once on tap at the brewery; it is definitely, one of my favorite beers by Cricket Hill. It did taste slightly off in the growler but still tasted good. The flavors seemed a little weaker, not as in your face. Anyway, it is definitely worth a try regardless if you can get a hold of it.

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Photo of jlenik
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: orange brown color. almost a little cloudy but not too bad. toasted golden might be a better way to describe the color. not much head to this guy.

s: rather tame with the smell. very balanced but some slight hop notes reach out.

t: I can taste way more hops in it than I can smell. Still balanced but this bottle definitely had a more aggressive hop profile than I remember it having last year.

m: this beers finishes very dry and I love it. I think it is just something I've expected from the style.

o: Overall I think this is one of the better brews I've had from a NJ brewery. Even though my experience at the Cricket Hill brewery was far from spectacular I still think a lot of their beers are solid.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Have had several beer from this brewery and this one sounded like it would be pretty tasty. The pour was pretty standard for me with a some decent head on it and an amber colored body. The beer wasn't much more than a regular English Bitter. The flavor is on the dry and malty side. Not much hop aromas of taste coming from this one. For me this beer was just average and not much more. Just another English Bitter.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

started to pour this one into the glass, it became quickly obvious that it was going to be a voracious pour, so I quickly slowed it down, but even still, it took two times to get the full bottle into the glass. A huge head, almost immeasurable in size formed on the top and quickly spilled over down the sides of the glass. Very vigorous and lively pour here. The color was bright amber yellow, somewhat hazy and cloudy, but very light and bright. There was tons of carbonation visible throughout the entire glass, which really kept up throughout the entire session. Nice light yeast and fruity characters coming out right away. Some light smells of peaches, bananas, light cereal grains, and grasses were all picked up right away. Very bright aroma, here for sure. Really a nice tight profile and seemed to be very nice. A touch spicy in the back end I was starting to pick up, and some muted hop aromas, though nothing terribly extreme here. Lots of light cereal grains, light fruit, bananas, peach, a hint of lemon perhaps, all mingling in together and giving it a very light flavor. Hints of grass coming through now along with a slightly muted hop profile are really starting to make this one pop now. The finish was crisp, clean and quick, straight to the point. A nice sharp cutoff of light grassy hops gave way to a lingering flavor of light grain. Super light bodied and very highly carbonated would be the best way to describe this one. The feel was extremely light, classic for a blond ale, and much lighter then even a pale ale would be. Huge carbonation profile really helped it go down effortlessly, with a smooth clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of matty
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is dominated by hops.Taste is hops and light frutiness.This does not go down very well it takes a hard swallow to get it all down.Overall a pretty unsavory beer that was not the least bit enjoyable.I would not recommend and you can bet this is my last one ever.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains some hops, caramelized malts and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a nice hops bitterness that isn't over-powering. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with mildly sweet flavors of caramel, citrus and nuts creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid sessionable beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber in color with about 1 finger of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of bready malts and light citrus mostly.

The taste is bready malts, some yeast, light to moderate hop presence, and some notes of citrus.

Light bodied, smooth and creamy, very low carbonation.

This was a decent beer, good balanced flavor and very easy to drink. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of fdfad227
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

took at least 5 minutes to pour and the head had to be reduced many times to make it drinkable with minimal head
noticeable lace from top to bottom
not a real heavy beverage but has sufficient body and taste for the person who expects quality a ale.
would have this beer again

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Photo of jlandis
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy and copper in color with thin white head that fades to a few small bubbles.

S - Smells like a generic pub beer. Slightly bready with a sweet crystal malt and a faint citrus aroma.

T - Crisp hop bitterness that reminds me of lemons, then there is a bready malt and earthy yeast. The hop presence is much more pronounced than I expected it to be, and thats not a bad thing.

M - The body is nice and creamy with subtle carbonation.

D - This is a fantastic beer! Cricket hill is a self pronounced "Gateway" brewery into the craft world, so I wasn't expecting much from this offering, but I was pleasantly surprised by the way they hit this style right on. Yeah, it is a bit deceiving calling is a Cask Ale and using Co2 carbonation, but the nice creamy body makes up for it. I will look for more offerings from Cricket Hill.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Firkin at The Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. I think this is my first Cricket Hill Beer ever.

Colonel Blide looks nice, nice in that a nice bright white sudsy head stays on top throughout the ride. Sticking is minimal but it's there if you look for it. For a English Bitter this is much darker than other versions. Id say a bright brown with gold within sets the mood. Smell is quite sweet but not cloyingly so. I get a bunch of apple, slight pear with caramel in small spirts. A nice earthy hop background keeps it together. I never experienced a bitter with such a fruity component and Im liking it. The usual bitter characteristics are there including pale malt(muted), bready morning food, and a touch of grain. The fruit is a added bonus and apple and pear are up there with some others following. The feel is spactacular and smooth with a minimal bite of carbonation, that's barely noticable. A medium bodied bitter with uummmpppphhh. I really liked this and I had another. Very easy to drink but not that easy to find, I never saw this anywhere in the philly area, or even heard of it. Thanks Scoats for bringing this one to my attention.

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Colonel Blides Cask Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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