Fall Festivus | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 11-08-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of RJIV
4.61/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft.
Much different form what I remember, which was more of a red dominant marzen.
This beer pours a nice, solid copper color.
Smell of hops upfront with an underlying caramel sweetness.
Hops follow through with the upfront flavor, but gives way to a nice caramel, toffee sweetness.
The beer is thicker than other amber.
You can either call this a hoppy amber ale or red IPA - either way this beer is extremely well balanced between hops and malts. Really impressive from a brewery that does a lot of good not great beers.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body with a beige head that leaves very nice lacing. Light carbonation -- some noticeable bubbles.

Citrus and caramel with some noticeable piney hops. This is definitely one of Cricket Hills best smelling beers.

Caramel, citrus, piney hops, toffee, some alcohol detection. This is A very tasty beer!

Light body, medium carbonation, very crisp and easy going down.

What a surprise to see this at Apple Bees! It's really nice to see that they support their local brewery! This is a very tasty seasonal beer by Cricket Hill! At least one positive thing about my night was having this beer; it cheered me up while I watched my beloved Yankees fail miserably.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing

The smell featured a light grainy malt with an herbal tea like hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop punch with a balancing soft caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was clean and dry.

Overall a very tasty hop forward fall treat.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice amber color with a nice head

S- smells like a red ale should slightly hoppy and malty

T- light but good flavor compares favorably to the best reds

M- very smooth beer with no bitterness

D- Very drinkable beer could easily have several of these but alas only bought one

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of njcraftguy
3.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice fall/winter beer. Good flavor but nothing special. Would drink again. Pretty low ABV for a fall style beer but also smooth and drinkable. Fairly tasty

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Photo of BFCarr
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stingo
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one has session beer written all over it. An agreeable tasting amber ale with finely balanced malt and hops. This is a beer you drink, not think. The mouthfeel paired well with the taste as it was neither watery nor thick. Definitely a brew to reach for after more complex/heavier beers. I enjoyed it enough to have a second pint.

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Photo of chefdaddy18042
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just purchased a keg of this for my kegerator and i have to say that this is a unique beer. On their website it says that it is a combination of hops and malt. you can definitely taste that it is strikingly similar to an ESB. It pours a small white head, with an amber color. it truly is a session beer, but i am still in the dark about the ABV. i think it is in the lower category. overall though, i think that it is a great beer that is new to the cricket hill brews.

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Photo of tabhill
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- big creamy rich light tan head poured over a very murky amber body. Even though it was poured down the side of a pint glass, I had to hold the pour halfway through to prevent the foam from overflowing. head lasted a few min but didn't create any lacing. slight bubbling lasted throughout the evaluation

S- very hoppy aroma with some malty notes..very nice

T- strong hoppy flavor followed quickly by an acidic taste followed by a dull malty taste. not unpleasant

M- a light, crisp feel that quickly fades to a heavy, malty feel on the tongue

O- I had to re-check the beer style because I couldn't believe this wasn't an IPA. This is a really good IPA even though they consider it an amber. would have liked it more had the heavy, malt mouthfeel not been present

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is quite hoppy and woody, rather like an IPA, with a nice undertone of - yep - autumn leaves, as well as a subtle note of yeast. Pours a hazy amber with an extremely thick, fine-bubbled, persistent pale creamy-tan head. Sharp flavor is quite hoppy, more at an IPA, quite bitter but not fiercely so, with a nice dry-leaf undertone and malty and honey hints. Quite tasty! Smooth texture has average body and good fizz. This ’un will have you singing "Autumn Leaves."

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Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with some yellowish highlights. A two inch head lasts a while before breaking apart.

Smell: floral hops and some sweetness is detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange, pear, and a floral hop bitterness are most notable, but there is a bit of earthiness here too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and lightly dry at the finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: this beer went down easily and more than one could be had in a session.

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Photo of Icemann383
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orangish gold hue with a nice tall head.

S: Light blend of spices and hops.

T: Nice blast of hops up front. Some cereal grains to provide sweetness. Real nice balance between hops and malt.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy.

D: Good, I think this is a solid as hell beer. My favorite of those I have tried from Cricket Hill.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is copper, head is light tan and exploded out of the glass, hard to tell if its the carbonation or a bottling issue.

Smell is super hoppy for a beer this size, big citrus, light pine, light toasted and caramel malts noted.

Taste is also very hoppy for a brew at below 5% abv, hard to believe because the malt flavors are pretty decent as well, its not thin or watery; hops are citrus, grapefruit prominent, light pine; malt is surprisingly present in this brew, solid toast and caramel noted, hops really take over the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty solid, a little biting from some over-carbonation and strong hop flavors.

Overall, a surprisingly flavorful lighter ale, great hop presence and solid malt flavors. happy festivus

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Photo of Omnium
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Mason Pint

A - Hazed orange with a finger of soapy white head, nice lattice of lacing.
S - Some sweet malt, resinous pine, a little floral, a touch of orange zest
T - Taste is a little lacing, orange and grapefruit caramel and candy like malt, slightly piney with a nice hop portion.
M - Watery, slightly metallic aftertaste.
O - Decent amber, I was pleased with this, doesnt strike me as a fall beer, but Its complex enough. If canned it would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Clear amber/yellow color, apparent carbonation, frothy white head, decent retention and lacing. Smell bready and malty, some toasted malt and caramel. Taste light and malty, sweet up front balanced by some hop bitterness in the finish. Spicy finish, almost clove-like. Very drinkable, a bit light but solid brew, nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's. The brewery describes this beer as earthy, and damn, I have to agree. The big, yeasty, nutty malt (and likely yeast) combine with earthy garden lemon rind. The aftertaste of this beer is almost like a lemon drop, and I kind of like that. This is an interesting ale in a typically boring style. I'll do a better job decanting next time, which is to say, I'd drink this again.

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Photo of cooch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep cloudy copper with a really nice fluffy two finger creamy white head. There is a surprising amount of haziness in this Bier. A boat load of clinging in this beer makes the whole glass pretty much look foamy.

Nose is a wee bit hoppy. At first I thought this to be an Oktoberfest, but I found out not. Nice floral and cirtusy hop notes with some spiciness, mostly cloves. Lots of sweet caramel malts as well.

The flavor comes thru semi hoppy but it is by no means strong though, nor does it have much of a lasting aftertaste. Just a nice juicy citrus and pine hop addition. Then the spicy and bready malts come through partnered with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

A nice change for a Fall seasonal, but one that I think would be better earlier in this season rather than later.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed orange amber color with little head. Scent is quite sweet and leads with caramel and brown sugar, followed up by yeasty bread and stale nuts, faint grassy, pine and lemon hops. Taste a touch less sweet than nose dictated and overall less bold, brown sugary sweet, bready, nuty and mildly hoppy. Medum bodied, good carbonation. A lot going on in the nose, less in the taste, just a decent brew.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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