MxPx1484 (17) - USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the Pocono beer fest. Excellent addition to Cricket Hill’s arsenal. Very smooth with a nice malty finish. The beer was only a few weeks old. Can’t wait to taste it again when its a little less green. PS They need to get rid of that stupid dart game.
coldbrewky (1490) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at the brewery fot their Friday night get-to-gether. A darker brown black that is translucent. Nose has hints of rasins but since there was so much smoke and it was after all in the woring area of the drafty brewhouse I lost a bit of the nose. Not to worry, the body is medium with a nice hop emphasis. A good patent/choco body builds the character of this brew. The finish is a bit watery but this in no way disables this brew. An all day drinker for sure. I wish I had brought my growler for some of this to take home. Even more so that I hope the economics of this brewery enable them to put this in bottles soon. it was a pleasure speaking with Rick Reed last night at length. May 2008 be the year of the Cricket. It was also nice to get the whole story of how this was named by the brewer himself. ....I’m not tellin’ go there yourself and ask him....the nerve of you people!
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought this was a decent beer. Nice malty flavor - ’grainy kind of palate. Drinkable brew. very nice.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I didn’t really care for this one at the Split Rock fest...although the person giving out fake tatoos was cool.
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the grey lodge. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar to aroma with a creamy mouthfeel. A drinkable porter
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice porter at little to roasty for me. Was a tad "watery".
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Grey Lodge in NE Philly. Dark brownish black pour. Roasted, dark malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit sweeter and more "chocolatey" than most porters. Overall, pretty good and better than most beers I’ve had from this brewer.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 Re-rate based upon batch 2, that I have on tap at my apartment. Almost black in color, light ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is roast and chocolate, with some light caramel and slight chalky notes. Taste has alot of chocolate and moderate roasted grain, with some subtle caramel sweetness, a touch of bready yeast. Light to medium bodied, a touch watery but very much in line with the style. Overall, very enjoyable and probably my favorite of all of the beers they have brewed.
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was luckily able to try this (at the brewery) on a few occasions. Working from recent memory, it pours a dark brownish-black with very little head. Flavors of chocolate and coffee, with a nice mouthfeel, and slightly higher carbonation than is usually associated with Porters or Stouts. An inviting aroma rounds out the balance. As with all of Rick’s beers, this one is easy to drink, and would be a great introduction to the style. A very nice first effort from the great guys over at Cricket Hill, I hope they make more!