American Ale | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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American AleAmerican Ale

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a deep copper brown with two finger head and leaving some significant lacing.

S: Lots of dry cracker malts. Touch of grapefruit.

T: Following the nose, the flavors and dominated by bread and cracker malts.

M: Medium body with a dry finish.

O: Decent but not outstanding.

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Photo of Act25
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being an APA fan and from NJ, I really want to like this beer, but tasted against Dales Pale Ale and Terrapin Rye Ale, it falls short, even tho it looks really good.

A: Pours super hazed apricot/copper with a massive, energetic sand colored head that lasts, turns into steep islands of foam, and laces the glass. Looks great, but sinks to average from there.

S: A decent blend of citrus hops & a bready malts, but there's a Hackensack background, kind of old rail road ties over fall salt marsh.

T: Follows smell, starts bready, with floral & citric hops, then complex additions of brown sugar, grass, and apricot. Finishes with that Meadowlands stink, not bad, just lingering and weaving between tar and decay and salt march, salt water.

MF: Makes for a complex brew that is medium bodied with medium carbonation. However, not making me go for more...

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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single picked up in a six mixer, and poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium copper, penny colored. Good head of foam rings around. Bready malt nose, much toffee. Taste is a sweet caramel with a nice hop in the back. Quite bready. Light pine in the background. Really good.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and only died down a little, also leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is maltier having flavors of caramel and pale malts along with notes of citrusy hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has a good balance between the malts and hops, but none of the aromas or flavors really stands out as being interesting.

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Photo of da_beers
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Beautiful burnt orange with some amber. Two plus fingers of a creamy white head. Slightest haze to it. Low carbonation coming through.

S - Sweet malt on the nose, followed by light hoppy/earthy tones. Grassy as well. Very mellow, but complex all at once.

T - Starts with sweet malt, but almost as quickly it changes to a beautiful hop bite. The lingering taste on the palate is perfectly balanced. I get some caramel coming through as well.

M - Buttery quality, very smooth. Drinkable as anything. The slight bitter aftertaste is spot on.

O - I love this beer, it almost confuses me as to why I do! The drinkability, smoothness, look, butteryness, and hoppiness all combine for an awesome brew.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of this brewer. He has the best speeches about brewing, and the love of it. I recommend looking him up on YouTube.

I had this on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in a pint glass. The coloring on this beer is a darker yellow. The foam would be about two to three fingers, if the bartender didn't maximize the pour.

The nose and flavor on this ale is very drinkable. I like the bready malt on this one. There is even a little sweetness with this one.

I recommend trying this one out for it's clean drinkable experience.

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Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with no freshness info.

Appearance: A light orange-gold body reveals itself under a heavy 3-4 fingers worth of head. Looks fluffed, whipped and fairly insistent.

Smell: Caramel malt, biscuity, hints of peaches, good does of hops.

Taste: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma. Caramel, hint of hops, mineral-like and hints of peaches or mangoes. Fleeting flavor that doesn't quite latch on long enough.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, mild bitterness but the finish is super clean and abrupt.

Overall: Good potential in the start but doesn't follow through. Average.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours orange with a long lasting, thick white head. Aroma is of caramel, bready malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, earthy hops, caramel and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and hoppy. Nice session brew.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No date.

A: Almost zero head or lacing.

S: Faint herbal and spicy hops. Some yeast.

T: Bready, slightly sweet with a touch of butteriness (but not enough to be unpleasant). Floral hops are faint. There is a hint of something sour.

M: Decent.

O: A drinkable and inoffensive but unremarkable moderately-hopped pale ale.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber in the glass. Not a world-class head but a nice little sudsiness with the pour. Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated.

A very pleasant hoppy flavor rises up. This is really the classic APA, in my opinion. Not trying to be an IPA but presenting a more hoppy flavor. This one just tastes like fresh hops, a little coarse, but aromatic and herbal. A great undertone of sweet malt that keeps emerging as you sip. Bitterness in the aftertaste give it a twang. If there was a factor for it, I'd give this a high score for balance. The malt is so pleasant, it just gives this a big drinkability quotient.

From the 12 oz bottle with the more stylish new black label with blue and white lettering. Bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a fizzy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is average, there is some malts and some hops on the nose. Nothing too special though. The taste was pretty well balanced between the hops and malts. The mouthfeel was good, it had a sharp crisp dryness to it, good carbonation and medium body. Overall it's a good drinkable brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal head, amber in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toffee and meadow

Taste: sweet toffee and caramel start followed by earthy hops. The finish blends both tastes.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, very light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle and a less bitter end

Overall: An average apa that I could get again or just as easily pass over. I think what may be missing is more body. this I found to be way too light even for the style.

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Photo of gipzy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: slightly - cloudy honey color
smell: overall blend of citrus oranges and dull hints of caramel
taste: not a typical APA in my opinion, tastes more like a lager
mouthfeel: pleasantly quenches your thirst. easy to throw back several

overall: a pleasure to have after a long day at work.... goes well with Lebanese cuisine

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber hue backed up by ruby grapefruit high lites. There is a slight haze, perhaps nothing more then chill haze.
There was very little in way of foamy head during the pour, but a thick surface lacing was always present during the session,

There is a nice balance of aromas here between sweet caramel malts andlively citrus hops.

A good tasting beer here and as in the aromatics the taste is equally balanced.
Malts are sweet andhops have a lively citrus taste. In the finish you taste biscuits and malt husks.

A good solid medium body I'd say.
Beer starts out sweet and ends on a dry note.
Not much of an aftertaste.

Ba calls this an APA but the bottle states an amber, to me this drinks like an amber. Even though there is plenty of hop flavor the flavor is more akin to an amber. It's more restaint.
I like it and have no problem drinking it no matter what the hell it is.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light amber with a few tiny bubbles and a one-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted a minute. Okay lacing.

S: Bready and sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops and spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and a moderate hop bitterness. Very piney bitterness. Flavors seems a bit off, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing.

O: Pretty solid APA, but I just couldn't get past the flavor being a bit off.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little dark for a a pale ale. It has kind or an orange, amber color to it.

It has a faint citrus smell.

The taste is of sweet malts and finishes with a mild citurs hop bitternes.

The flavor is good, but my first few swallows had a slight metalic taste. The metalic taste went away after the beer warmed up a bit.

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Photo of justinjj1280
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never heard of this one, so I picked it up when I saw it.

Pours copper with a creamy off-white head that stuck pretty well and left some lacing.

It's pretty aromatic.

The body is on the light side of medium with smoothness and a little creaminess in the mouth.

Taste is of sweet, toasty and bready malt with some hops for balance.

This is a rock solid ale. Based on taste, I was thinking this was more of an American Amber, rather than a Pale Ale. Either way, it's not flashy, but it's pretty tasty and the drink-ability factor is high. At right at 5% ABV, a good session brew because it's so easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got my growler filled at the brewery with this brew. One of my favorite beers from Cricket Hill.

Off white head that turns into a film but leaves lacing on the glass. Copper color body with decent amount of bubbles.

The aroma seems a little subdued. Slight citrus, grain and sugar but all on the weaker side.

Sweet malt, citrus, some grain and bread. The flavors seem a little off than what I normally enjoy but still good.

Light to approaching medium body, carbonation is on the medium side. Very easy going down. A refreshing beer all the way, like all their brews are. It leaves the lips a little sticky when it dries.

Cricket Hill's American Ale is one of my favorite beers by them. This is tasty and never seems to fail. Well, this time, the flavors seem a little off, like it wasn't as fresh. I got it filled from the brewery, can't get it much fresher than that, unless I brewed it myself. It's still good but I had to subtract some points.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness info available.

A: Pours a clear, copper-orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Faint citrus, hay and sweet malt. A bit subdued.

T: Leads with sweet malt, some diacetyl and a little fruit, finishes with some piney bitterness. There's a bit of a metallic flavor on the finish that isn't so good, but it's faint enough that it doesn't ruin everything.

M: Light and creamy, pretty nice.

O: Not my favorite, but still above average. Would probably try it again if they started using freshness info so I could be sure.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden russet with a slight, creamy ivory head that quickly shrinks to a film and leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is slightly fruity and hoppy with faint mango and grapefruit and plenty of biscuity smelling malt. Cricket hill American Ale tastes more Amber than APA to my taste buds but it doesn't have a style designation on the label so that may be the intended style. Well balanced between fruity hop and sweet biscuit maltiness - think a slightly hoppier Fat Tire - with some lemony hop notes in the finish. Lean bodied and effervescent. Not a bad beer just a session/gateway beer that's easy to drink and will appeal to a lot of people who want to make the jump from macro lagers into something more flavorful.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color on the pour, a bit light with great clarity to it. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the glass and a light head of white forms over the top that settles down gently leaving a broken crown. Light hops, hints of grapefruit are buried under caramel malts. Bready at times on the nose with only the lightest amount of light fruit popping through. Clean and crisp flavor, well balanced again but leaning more on the malts then anything else. Light feel, and well carbonated. First sips are heavy with caramel and bready grains but I do start to pick up some light touches of pine and citrus as I keep going. Very drinkable.

Overall this was a very solid pale ale. Nothing mind blowing but I was impressed none the less. A solid offering I would not mind going after again.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's. Yes, it is an American pale ale, but there's very little distinguishable about it. There's a share of piney citrus and dry grain in the background, but nothing stands out besides the occasional, and unpleasant husky taste. I appreciate that the body and alcohol are more in line with a session ale, unlike so many overblown pale ales, but this beer just doesn't do it for me. Maybe it would be interesting on cask.

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Photo of donManguno
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my second beer from my first BIF. Thanks again, acurtis.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Lovely orange color with a decent head, not much to talk about here

S: Citrusy hops and a good deal of biscuity malt, a little bit funky.

T: Here we go, I detect mild floral hops, and a slightly sweet biscuit malt backbone, with a touch of grapefruit in the finish. The malt profile is excellently layered, and the aftertaste is mild and pleasant, inviting another sip.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a little lacking but it isn't stopping me from pouring this glass down my gullet.

D: Supremely drinkable, the glass was almost empty before I knew it.

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Photo of Samp01
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy amber with a small off white head, Aroma of caramel malt some floral hops. Taste is caramel malt, barley and light hops. Palate is light to med body, light carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malts with some light hoppiness to add some balance, Overall seems to be light for the style of amber ale, could be more flavorful. An ok and easy drinking brew

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a touch of haze and two fingers of light tan foam with an orange cast. Quite a nice looking APA.

Smell: aroma is mild with a light blend of fruity, funky hops and quite a bit of biscuity malt. Not too bad.

Taste: mild and slightly caramelly. Biscuitiness comes in toward the end but is nowhere near as prevalent as in the aroma. Hop character is slightly floral; quite a bit different than the aroma. Hops are mild and bitterness is low. Sokay.

Mouthfeel: medium body with rather a lot of carbonation. This makes it pretty creamy, so I like it.

Drinkability: this is a refreshing, quaffable drink with a light but enjoyable flavor. Normally this style's drinkability tracks to flavor for me, but in this case refreshment kicks it up a notch.

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