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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%
 
 
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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.
3.48 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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