Reserve Ale - Barleywine | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Reserve Ale - BarleywineReserve Ale - Barleywine
BA SCORE
3.5/5
42 Ratings
Reserve Ale - BarleywineReserve Ale - Barleywine
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reserve Ale No. 3

Added by Bierman9 on 04-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
42
pDev:
11.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber body with medium bubbles creating a thin head with a vigorous pour coming straight white.

Smell: Light toffee, with the scent of rum. Very light smell.

Taste: Sweet caramel taste with a heavy dose of alcohol that might be overwhelming to some. Honestly should be paired with dessert.

Mouth: Sticky, but seems a bit flat...lighter carbonation maybe due to packing reasons or age of the beer.

Overall: I love barleywines because of the complexity they offer, this one lacks that punch. It's simple, tastes like alcohol and barley. Factoring in price you can get much better for the money. Hope you enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Roberto11232
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bbrown12
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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 Jparkanzky
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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 UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
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 BeerdedEric
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Oaktree Discount Wines and Spirits in South Plainfield; it was cheaper there than it was at the Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars of Boonton.

Off white head turning into a ring around the glass. A hazy burnt copper gold body color. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nothing much going on.

Big time sweet maltiness, toffee, vanilla and toasted caramel. Quite a pleasant aroma.

Very sweet right away. A hazelnut, some toffee, roasted and toasted caramel, nut and dark fruits come into play. Just a touch of dry bitterness as well. I think this is quite tasty.

Medium body, a decent amount of carbonation. Some alcohol warmth detected but no so much tasted. It leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Definitely, not a bad feel in the mouth.

Overall, it gets a little heavy on the belly. This is a sipper for sure. I'm not a huge fan of Barleywines but I'm a fan of my local brewery, Cricket Hill. This is a pretty tasty brew, though. I'm glad I got this for the right price of $7.99; I've seen it as much as $9.99. I say give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

6/12/2011

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 Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Reserve Ale - Barleywine from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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