East Coast Lager | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
190
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
14.54%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to KMitch for lugging a growler of this one back home to share. We cracked the top, pouring a brew of pale gold into flared Heineken pils glasses. It held a brief half finger tall head of crisp white bubbles before fading into spotted lacing and a sticky film across the top of the beer. Absolutely no haze or sediment was found to obscure the crystal clarity of the beer, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave huge bitterness of soaps and suds, with independent grassy hop essence, pale and chalky adjuncts, spongy plastics, dried raspberry fruitiness, white sugar, and simple baker’s yeastiness. Our first impression was that there was nice toasty malt flavoring which was pleasantly crisp and refreshing for the weary traveler. As we sipped, this simple brew began with starchy pale and pilsner maltiness, lemon rind, grassy and softly soapy hoppiness, musk, coin, and twiggy resins. The middle came to a peak with lemon balm, toasted corn, white and wheat flours, continued adjuncty metallics, and soft lemony bite. The end came with peppery booze, gingerbread warmth, aluminum, strong dry yeastiness, cooked caramel sweetness, sea salt, and bitter, muddy earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of white sugar, toasty pales, roasted figs, waxed paper, celery, sesame seeds, soapy hops, white flour, and green and dried grassiness. The body was light to medium in fullness, and equally as light on the carbonation. Each sip showed poor cream or frothiness, but decent slurp and flow to the glug. Finishing pop was crisp. The mouth was left wet, with eventual bone dry astringency streaking across the hard palate and tongue. The abv was easy, and the beer drank as light as any in its class.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its simplicity, and its nice, crisp drinkability. This guy is a surprisingly invigorating hybrid of craft and macro, and we can see how aspects of this would be appealing to both crowds of drinkers. There has actually been a big push for this kind of thing lately, at least in Michigan where we are currently holed up, with breweries like Shorts. It is actually an interesting, almost full-circle transition we are witnessing before our eyes. This is the kind of beer that, if produced and labeled by a BMC, would be considered subpar, but since its coming from the smalltime, and with perhaps a more interesting or robust use of hops, or some random ingredient, we enjoy it with much less conviction. Observational diatribe over. Despite the enhancing bitterness of this beer with warmth, and its dimming appeal, it goes down smoothly enough and can be enjoyed.

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A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of biscuit and bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of mineral water. Little if any bitterness is present
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is easy to drink, it comes across as being rather bland in both the smell and taste.

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Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some very light notes of floral and citrus/orange hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness. There are very light notes of citrus/orange and floral hops. Very light notes of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable but not one of the more interesting beers that I have tried in my experiences in drinking craft beers - there are good flavors and aromas but the beer is rather bland overall.

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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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