EithCubes (5249) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
So neither of the two bottles I have in front of me are new; I bought them at the same place, from the same shelf, last week, and they heave different labels; one lists at 6.5% abv (green cricket, bg is alternating lines) and the other doesn’t say (white cricket, plant/nature swirls bg), and neither has a date (but they have the same name and bar code). So, bad move by the store? Or shared blame? Anyway, great way to side-by-side, each from a glassware twin. White cricket is faintly of caramel and heavy in hops right out of the bottle, PNW grapefruit, classic early-2000s; green cricket similar but bigger with far heavier caramel and pinier/woodier hops. Pours are very similar: clear copper, white cricket is a shade duller with smaller bubble, green cricket extra-clear with larger bubbles, both with dense and soapy beige heads. White cricket oily in the mouth and a touch watery in the finish, medium body and a touch flattish, crackery finish with a little dough, spicy woody hops; green cricket turns up the cracker and dough but reduces the wood and spice while adding a bit more obvious alcohol. Mouthfeel a bit flatter/more rubbery in green cricket but it’s minimal; both are more brown ale/APA hybrids than bitters.
I’m amused, they’re close enough that I can’t tell if they’re from the same batch and one just got an old label to use up that stock, or if they’re a year apart and the recipe allows for extremely graceful aging; green cricket is just a shade fresher, but really the differences are quite minimal! Regardless, won’t be buying again, as I don’t really dig the product, but there’s a compliment to be given for quality control.
ectuohy27 (763) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
High abv (complete with burn) version of an English bitter, distinguished also by West Coast-style hops. Not my thing but not badly done
N3lson1 (543) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle given to me by a friend, thank you Danny. Very hoppy aromas. Decent taste. Was expecting more from Cricket Hill.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body with a large frothy off-white head that retained well. The nose is the nose is pretty nice, smells fairly dry with some toasty malt and a light citrusy hops. The flavor is a bit sweet up front, but dries out towards the finish. Clean light floral hoppiness that balances the malt pretty well. Pretty easy drinking beer, not the most exciting, but solid for an ESB.
pineypower (2757) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dmac. Thanks dude. Pours out a cloudy orange color with a big off white head. Aroma is some citrus and grassy hops, cereal grains, and some bread. Taste is smooth and clean, light citrus hops, cereal, bread, dough.
burg326 (4737) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber is brown color with aromas of toffee, light hops and some light yeast. Flavors are the same light spice thrown in as well decent beer overall.
SHIG (3983) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger: Poured a caramel brown with off white head. Aroma is hoppy and toffee malt. Taste is super hoppy forward with malt and dry spice finish.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
9/2/2010. From bottle. Light amber color with a white head. Hoppy aromas with caramel, spices and light malt. Floral hops throughout and really a very nice ale.
RobertDale (4353) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Dave! Pours a somewhat cloudy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and grass. Taste is caramel malt, grapefruit, grain, grass, and florals. Pretty good.
gripweed57 (1001) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Orange amber color with lots of bubbles topped by a huge rocky white head. Complex toasted malt nose with tropical fruit undertones. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor has lots of spicy, peppery hops to boot. Finish is dry, bitter and long.