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Reserve Ale - Barleywine | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
42
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 42
Photo of BeerCon5
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark amber color with a creamy off-white head that left a thin layer throughout the beer.

The aroma was of faint grains and some dark fruit.

The taste was of dark fruit, grain, bread, some notes of alcohol.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was an average beer, I thought the flavor was weak for the style. I might try again but not on cask.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jcwattsrugger and markwise over on ratebeer. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. The aroma is nice rich floral hops, some spicy hops, some earthiness and a touch of citrus. The taste is pretty smooth and mellow with floral and spicy hops sweetened by maltiness. Toward midway mild dark fruity ester and citrus notes join in and take this to the finish. Smooth drinkable barleywine.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this 22oz bomber at the Georgetown Deli last week ($8.99) and consumed on 30JAN11. Full name, per the label, should read "Cricket Hill Reserve No. 3 Barleywine".

Poured into a small tulip, the bier was a bright copper, maybe even a touch orangey. Had a slight haze, and intermittant carbo lazing its way up. Head was thin from the start, off-white in color, and was mostly a rim-clinger. Nose? Quite malty, with some dark fruit and a slight tropical lean to it. Body was decent, medium all the way, with good smoothness.

Flavor had some sweetness, though not as much as suggested by the aroma. It coats the tongue, and throws in some toffee and brown sugar. Has some dark fruit action, mostly in the guise of dates and raisins. Gets a bit resiny at times, but is a tad bitter at the finish. Felt hot, green and young. Not bad, but... and not one I'd get again, especially at the price. Zum wohl!!

3.7
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3

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Photo of magnj
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz split 3 ways

A - murky copper color, almost no head.

S - musty nose is vaguely sweet.

T - sweet up front with some hop flavor, ends with some apple and caramel. Was hoping for some bitterness to match but found none.

M/D - full body, sweet and sticky. Not boozy, but kind of boring and too sweet without enough hops. Wouldn't get again...although now i have a second bottle.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

Served alongside Mother of All Storms. Oops.

A: The beer appears mostly clear and is orange in color. The beer has a white head of approximately half an inch that leaves some random traces of lacing about the glass.

S: The beer smells sweet and of dark fruits and alcohol.

T: The flavors seem muted and / or subdued. Overall, I found this to be a bit too sweet for my liking. Beers of this ilk become almost immediately cloying to me, as my palate can't tolerate the unrelenting sweetness without a big, robust malt bill and a healthy level of complexity. Balanced and refined, this is not.

M: Alcohol presence was too forward, especially for a lower alcohol type beer, within this style.

D: I wasn't impressed.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mdfb79 for bringing this to a recent tasting. Always love trying a new brew that I haven't heard anything about before. Served in a snifter.

Pours a medium copper color with a single-finger white head that fades down somewhat quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Half a collar sits around the edges of the beer. The nose brings a really strong grainy presence with a bit of booze as well as some faint dark fruits characteristics in the background. The taste is more grain and booze. Mouthfeel is medium with a fair amount of carbonation and some alcohol. Drinkability is okay; nothing offensive, though I wasn't in a hurry to get through this.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dan, went up side by side with the Mother of all Storms...no contest really.

Beer is amber with a slight haze, nice white head of medium bubbles and low carbontation, not much lacing.

Beer smells like raisins and malt with a slight alcohol to it.

Beer is medium bodied and warming on the front half of hte palate. There is some moderate bitterness at the back but mostly from grainy acidic and not from hops. The forward half is sweet and fruity, stone fruits, overall its a decent beer but needs more palate connectivity. It was fine.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Brought to a local tasting to try alongside The Mother of All Storms.

a - Pours an amber/copper color with two inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruit, caramel malts, light bready malts, and light alcohol.

t - Tastes of dark fruit, caramel malts, sweet fruity malts, and bready malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - This was a slightly above average barleywine, but it exceeded my expectations. Nowhere near as good or complex and MoaS, but how many English barleywines are? Glad to try but wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of bonkers
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter. The pour is light orange, one inch white head. The aroma is sweet, bready. A very sweet barleywine, hints of alcohol, and caramel. It finishes light, light alcohol burn. It has a nice sticky mouthfeel, but it is too thin. A decent brew, lots of better barleywines out there.

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Photo of claspada
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas are realllly sweet. No hop presence at all. Smells light too if that's possible or this style. All caramel malts...

The tastes are dominated by the malts once agian but not in a good way. It's one thing if a barleywine has been aged for a bunch of years and the hop presence falls out, but this is def subpar at best. It's one of those beers that you can drink, but you would rather drink something else/better. Enough said. This brewery needs to step in up for me to buy another one of their products.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a neat copper color with a thick foamy head atop. A bit light in color for style. The head retention is impressive at least.

S: Not nearly malty or bready enough. Not picking up anything distinctly English smelling about this either. Gives off more of a pale ale aroma. Hops seem to be more in the forefront. Not getting anything reminiscent of the style here. Really only picking up the faintest malt aromas here.

T: A bit more malts come through on the palate, just seems overly hopped and that they skimped out big time on the grain bill. Has a bitterness that is not common in English barleywines. Was expecting something malt forward with good honey, bready notes. Disappointing.

M: Does have the correct mouthfeel, good weight and body. Finishes with a bit of sticky sweetness on the lips. It's a shame everything else takes away from the finish though.

D: Drinks like a pale ale, too bitter for the style but not a bad tasting beer. Missed the mark with this one and after paying 9.50 for a bomber of it, I am contemplating asking my money back. Won't be grabbing this beer again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to some rather large surface bubbles.

Smell: one dimensional malt sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, ripe dark fruits, mild alcohol tones, moderate bitterness, and a hint of pepper / earthiness shows up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: decent but not great barleywine. Worthy of a try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel with some nuts and alcohol. The flavor is more complex with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently since it was available via the big bottle and I haven't had anything from these guys in a while. I'm not much of a Barleywine drinker, but this wasn't as strong tasting or in the alcohol department as some that I've had before. While this wasn't an outstanding beer, it was pretty drinkable and it's nice to see these guys branching out from the 12 oz. bottle!

Decent pour to this - clear, with a light amber hue and a little bit of lacing. The aroma wasn't too powerful and this had the feel of a Belgian beer since it was somewhat floral and sour - not as much barley as I expected. The aftertaste only saw the hops and alcohol slowly linger, with the slightly watery mouthfeel not holding the grain for very long. By no means was this week, but this didn't have the feel of mead or rye that I associate with this style. It made it pretty easy to enjoy, but I wish this had a bit more backbone to it!

The alcohol can be felt but you'll have to down the whole bottle before it kicks in. Not as dark in taste or complexity as other beers of this style but for this time of the year, it has it's own niche. Worth a try once to support your local brewer!

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent, orange toned amber with a small white cap that fades into a small floating cap and hearty collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cracked wheat, raisins, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas, with mild cherries, and dates standing out.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, spritzy of CO2, sticky sweet, with sticky bun flavors resonating.
Has potential but would greatly benefit from aging.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Als served in a pint glass. Limited release 500th brew.

Pours a clear dark amber color with little to no head besides a minimal amount of white carbonation bubbles that rise to the surface of the brew. Alcohol aroma is also filled with scents of grain and a little bit of hops. Taste has a very fresh grain profile along with mild alcohol warmth, bitter hops and slightly citrusy. Light feel with moderate to high carbonation level. Lingering taste of the fresh grain and mild lingering bitter hops is left in the mouth. Overall it isn't bad but it falls a little short on my expectations and is quite mild for a barleywine with a slightly watery taste to it. The fresh grain taste however is a very noteable characteristic I did like though.

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Reserve Ale - Barleywine from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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