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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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle leaving a medium sized head in the pint glass. The head faded rather quickly, leaving minimal traces behind.

Light copper in color. A yeasty, malty scent. Not much carbonation seen in the body.

First sip, hit with a slight burst of hops. Not expected, but good. The hoppiness evens out, but remains on my tongue. A malty finish on the end. A good, drinkable beer. Nothing extraordinary, but good. Would enjoy this with a burger or other types of pub food.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
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 TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.92/5  rDev +36.3%

Photo of chinchill
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of FlyingRabbit
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Sunset orange and copper. Not much head, and what was there dissipated quickly.

Smell: a little cucumber with bitterness

Taste: Almost a bitter ice tea. Definitely much weaker up front with a malt-o-meal taste, then hitting its stride as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, with a lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: See comments below.

Overall: I wasn't bowled over by this, but I could see where it might improve if it were poured fresh from a cask. Pretty run of the mill though it wasn't horrible by any stretch. I definitely agree with the other reviewer that said this would be an excellent beer in a pub with a burger. Matching it with an appropriate food would probably enhance the enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. While this was a tasty ale, I was disappointed that a beer with "cask" in the name was poured with CO2. Still, it was a subtle and well-balanced beer. Up front there were toasted mildly nutty barley, which were then backed by floral, herbal citrus hops that I couldn't quite place as either American of British. Still I think this beer would fit in just fine at an English pub, the body was, light, drinkable, and true to style. I really enjoyed and hope I can find a case around here.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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 tjd112
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into Sam Smith's Nonic

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper with white head, well laced

Smell: A hint of cantaloupe, some hops

Taste: Bready, not a whole lot going on

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: Could only have two at a time

Overall: An OK brew

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a radiant sunset orange with a thin 1/2 finger spongey beige capping tha dissipated quickly to a patchy covering. A mixture of micro and macro sized particles create a translucent nature while a sporadic display of macro bubbles rise at a moderate rate. The lacing was sparse and weak.

S: The nose was composed of wet lemons with flashes of sweet caramelized sweet grains. The hopping was light overall, not bad, just not enough to holds one attention for long.

T: The flavor begins with wet lemons with flashes of sweet caramelized grains. Light hints of sour orange peels are evident as well. The hopping was moderately strong, much more so then the nose lead on, while the finish finds a nice wet citrus twang of grapefruit. Flashes of sweetness and juicy wet citrus do just enough to warrant a good experience.

M: light bodied with a ligth carbonation tingle sensation. The texture was slightly creamy while the finish is composed of a sharp twang of grapefruit peels of ample proportions lacing the tongue.

D: All in all not a bad drink, would venture so far to say it was 6-pack worthy. Good ease of consumption (2-3) with a moderately decent enjoyability factor.

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Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BogAl
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ryanflc
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Skibum211
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 KickbacksSteve
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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 forceten
4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cricket Hill Colonel Blide's is best described as an English style Bitter, although it is not quite in any particular style.

It is an unfiltered, dry-hopped ale that was originally sold to bars for use in casks. As a result, the beer is less carbonated than the other beers in the line, and less carbonated than a typical bottled beer. This is an attribute some, including me, absolutely love as it contributes to its exceptional drinkability. It is intended to be a session beer, as ALL Cricket Hill beers are. The idea is to create a flavorful beer made with quality ingredients (water, hops, barley malt, and yeast) with balanced hops and malt without overbearing alcohol or hop character.

Colonel Blide's has a fantastic pink grapefruit peel character from the hops. The beer slides down your throat easily, and at the end of a pint calls for another. The nose isn't heavy, but it is somewhat floral. The color is a beautiful orangey amber, deep and slightly opaque.

Many bars in New Jersey have put this beer on their draught lines under their house name, like Cloverleaf Tavern. Unfortunately, they call it a wide range of styles, from Alt to Red, none of which is accurate.

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Photo of thor638
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers to drink, and I try to have it everytime I see it.

Drinkability & mouthfeel are superb on this beer, I prefer cask conditioned beers so I am slightly biased. Very "easygoing" mouthfeel so I can keep coming back to this beer.

The taste is good to very good, no overbearing tastes and perfectly bitter.

Cricket Hill's (hands down) best beer, *Disclaimer* never had it by the bottle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Colonel Blides Cask Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 97 ratings