Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cricket Hill Brewing Company - East Coast Lager; Paymaster's Porter Ale; Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale

The Cricket Hill Brewery is out of Fairfield, New Jersey.

East Coast Lager - Pours a yellow golden with a small rapidly disappearing head.  The aroma is fairly light, of grain and apples.  The taste does not have as much malt-grain as most lagers, is light with a lot of fruit taste, some sweetness, and has a bitter finish after the wave of fruit sweetness passes.  A somewhat interesting beer at first, but not a good "lager".  As I continue with the glass, a slight soapiness develops in the taste that is nauseating.

Paymaster's Porter Ale - This beer pours densely black, opaque, with no head.  The aroma is slightly sweet, dark roasted malt, very chocolaty.  The taste is dark roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate.  This is leagues better than their other two beers I have tried.

Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale - This beer pours a cloudy orange in color with a touch of brown and an off-white head.  The aroma is yeasty, estery, with banana notes, spicy like cloves and coriander, and a lemony sourness.  The taste is brighty, zesty, spicy, and lemony zesty, with the yeast coming through on the finish, but in a much more subdued manner than in the aroma.  This is a flavorful but citurs zesty light summer drinker.

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