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Hopnotic India Pale Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Hopnotic India Pale AleHopnotic India Pale Ale

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004)
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Reviews by JasonA:
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2.05/5  rDev -37.3%

Very light copper, transparent. Macro carbonation, minimal lacing.

Ack. Maybe this is a bad bottle. Metallic, light grapefruit. Undesirable all over the place.

Well, some assembelence here. First is unfermented sugars, though not malt. Almost like table sugar, but not too sweet. Some hops, feels like there was no effort here. Light malt, maybe corn syrup.

Nothing. Not realy a lot here. Very wet. No ABV present.

Hate to say this, but it tastes like an IPA Bud/Miller/Coors would make. Nothing preset.

I refuse to believe any brewer would realease this. Im adding it to my wants list since as I want to give them another chance since this review is going to be wicked horrible.

I might just pour this

05-03-2009 00:27:45 | More by JasonA
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Nice golden orange pour with a fluffy one inch head that leaves trails of lacing as it falls. A mix of floral and citrus hop notes along with some caramel sweetness. Nice, but a bid subdued.

First taste hits with a nice mellow intermingling of hop flavors, floral, orange peel and lemon. A nice sweet biscuity malt with hints of caramel rolls along the palate.

Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel that satisfies. Good carbonation. This could make a nice session brew, but it would need more hoppiness in there. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the hook up on this one.

12-12-2004 02:27:18 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.13/5  rDev -34.9%

New to the area, so I decided to give it a try. Pours a clear, copper color with minimal head that gives way quickly. Aroma is of weak grains and a very bitter and slightly metallic smell. Taste is of off tasting bitterness, slight citrus hop flavors, metallic notes, hop spices. Aftertaste is very metallic and off. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. As far as drinkablity, I am going to have to muscle my way through this one pint. Their are tons of IPA's out there, and this one falls upon the lower rungs of the ladder, in my honest opinion.

02-09-2008 23:52:00 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of merlin48


3.88/5  rDev +18.7%

Bottle pours a clear coppery amber body with a small offwhite head. Retention is decent and the lacing is spiderwebby.

Aroma is mostly grassy and herbal hops with hints of apricot and lemon. Toasted barley underneath.

Medium body and carbonation has an earthy feel.

Taste opens with a grassy hop bitterness that is smooth and clean and not at all astringent. Herbal hop notes mingle throughout. Toasted caramel malt base balances well and fruity hints of orange zest and lemon add some interest. Finsihes clean and even.

Very nicely balanced between hops and malt. Fits the English IPA profile quite well. Enjoyable.

09-03-2010 00:18:45 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.68/5  rDev -18%

12 ouncer, pours very light and golden, minimal white head, quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Mild hop nose. Watery center, minimal grainy hop package. Malt for body and hops for flavor and complexity called for to lift this weak and lame "IPA" up to respectability. Not impressed, just slighly better then macro piss water.

11-09-2004 02:37:58 | More by Billolick
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3.03/5  rDev -7.3%

A nice light copper color pours into the glass w/ a half finger of bright white head...produces thin, but attractive lacing.
Aromas are faint...some semi-sweet malt, floral hops, and even a touch of spice.
The taste is decent...actually a touch more sweet than bitter.
A buttery flavor hangs around, making the mouthfeel slightly cloying and less then refreshing. Carbonation is a bit less than where I'd like to see it, making this one just average for me.

08-16-2005 00:38:40 | More by warriorsoul
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

11-26-2012 02:12:22 | More by Guinnsslvr
Photo of MicroBeerMan1980


4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

A: Golden alfalfa honey color. It's cloudy like a hefeweizen. Foamy creamy head that stayed thick for a few minutes. It thinned out but is still clinging to the glass.

S: Yeast, bread and malts. The hops are very mild, but there.

T: Great malt profile shines brightly. Hops are balanced very well with malts. It's not over bearing like many IPA's. It tastes like a traditional English IPA or ESB, and not like it's American counterparts which are known to blow your hair back with hops.

M: It's level and moderate on the palate. Not tannic or heavily carbonated. Smooth with a pinch of bitter. It's what you'd expect from an English bitter.

D: Very drinkable. If you're in a pub, and you see it on the hand pump, ask the bar keep to pour you one.

04-22-2011 02:45:49 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
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New York

4/5  rDev +22.3%

11-16-2011 03:28:54 | More by virinow
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-16-2013 18:36:04 | More by Mikkiicky
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured into DFH IPA glass; semi-clear orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head, absolutely beautiful. Even from an easy pour, it overtook the glass and I had to stop pouring early. Pouring in the last little bit, the head rose above the lip and is only just now slowly turning into larger bubbles and falling slowly, but there is still a central column of incredibly tight foam that isn't going anywhere. Chunky lacing is everywhere. Amazing head on this beer.
Smell is definitely English IPA; metallic clean malt, supported by a dash of slightly dank herbal hops.
Taste is odd; clean malt makes a quick show, but then hops take over. A quick dash of herbal hops and then it's all over, leaving a tiny hint of bitterness to make you wonder what just happened. There's not much to this beer.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, I'm not really a fan of English IPAs. As far as "tamer" IPAs go, I'd prefer a fruity/floral one over an English-style any day. But this one seems a bit off for English anyway...eh.
Drinkable, but nothing special. That head though...

09-26-2013 05:23:29 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light orange rind, hazy. decent sized off white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Not a ton of aroma, and I'd bet against dry hopping. Light grassy and floral hops that are nearly covered by an equally light grainy malt base.

T/M: Moderate bittering with much more hop flavor than expected. Very grassy with a fresh leave like flavor. Definitely English. Malts are bready, biscuity, with a hint of caramel. Body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is a bit understated.

D: Drink easy enough and probably has at least somewhat low ABV. Pretty good on style points. It's just not very tasty or interesting.

09-29-2009 03:30:06 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

01-25-2012 20:27:24 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-27-2012 22:50:47 | More by RDW
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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mountains of foam, I had to let it die down a few times. Some nice bubbles up from the bottom through a gold-orange body to a white head.

S: Smells mostly of yeast, not much malt or hops to speak of.

T: Again mostly yeast. The description here specifies it's an English IPA, but even then I'd expect more bitterness. This would be a mild pale ale.

M: The saving grace - it's fantastic. Smooth and full with a very clean, bubbly finish.

O: Not for hop-heads. Fairly sessionable ABV could fit in well at a barbecue.

09-10-2012 01:43:58 | More by RichardMNixon
Photo of lnashsig


3.03/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to Eric for the chance to taste this one- #BOTG 65! A style I don't typically like (English IPA), but here we go:

Poured from bottle into glass- no bottle date visible. Pours a light orange/yellow color, pretty cloudy. Decent head, little retention. Smell- floral, tea leaves. Not what I like on my IPA's, but I guess to be expected for an English IPA. Taste- mild bitterness, some toffee, floral. Tea Leaves again. Bleh. All of this may be good for the style, but I really don't care for it. I'm going to plead ignorance for the style, not knock this beer too much for it, and move on to the next.

06-13-2012 22:50:26 | More by lnashsig
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

DATE REVIEWED: June 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: O's/Yanks renewed, and Blatt is named new Cavs coach...APPEARANCE: light amber, effervescent body; creamy pure white head that stands firm; inviting with nice spiraling lacing... AROMA: sprucey with some citrus scents; a bit of grapefruit, apple, melon and otherwise, agreeable... PALATE: big, full-bodied presence that demands attention on the tongue and teeth; a pulsating aftertaste, almost an aftershock... TASTE: a well-balanced approach here,, with grapefruit,, apple, melon, mellow sweet malts and a bit of yeasty funk--a tasty balance... OVERALLL: a strong, memorable experience throughout, with enough punch and balance ti please the palate--a local brew delivers a winner....

07-01-2014 02:06:19 | More by dacrza1
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -11.3%

Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA

Appearance- glowing orange with a thick white head. Looks like a pumpkin ale.
Smell- Grass and Hay. Hops smell musky like a barn!
Taste- Light grassy hops with a slight dry aftertaste. Very light and watery.

Overall- My 6 pack might be a little old, I don't know, but it has a slight skunky aroma. Otherwise the beer is an entry level IPA not very powerful. Perfect for your Budweiser buddies!!

06-10-2005 21:34:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7%

08-22-2013 17:16:25 | More by Varkias41
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3.5/5  rDev +7%

07-27-2014 01:30:27 | More by Griffith
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

06-22-2012 14:23:56 | More by KenC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +12.5%

I thought this was an English style IPA and research shows this to be the correct case. I think this is underated because people get a drier, pale plus hopped ale. This is somewhat leaf dry astringency and on the bitter side, it is malted to ease drinkability and nicely done.Lace and small head on orange.

05-20-2007 02:44:55 | More by Sammy
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -2.4%

A - bright, hazy orange with a huge, dense cap of thick, foamy, pure white head; really good retention

S - huge bready malts, some faint citrus

T - creamy, bready, soapy, citrusy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This beer is almost what I would have expected. It's dominated by bready malts with a nice citrusy hop character. Unfortunately, it has an intense creamy, soapy, almost lactic off-flavor that ruins everything. This is definitely not a beer I ever want to have again.

02-23-2013 22:05:54 | More by tdm168
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4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

Although this beer is proclaimed as an English style IPA, it could just as easily pass as an American Pale Ale! It's slightly hazy, golden-orange body is capped by a frothy head of bright white; and bright, resinous, grassy, and citrusy hops (reminiscent of Nugget) greet you in the nose! In the mouth, it's medium bodied with a median carbonation level and fine bubbles that leave it smooth and gently creamy across the palate. The flavor is as might be suspected given the hoppy nose.... it's resinous, grassy, floral and mildly citrusy hops are interwoven throughout a blanket of bready and biscuity malt. The balance is impeccable, with hop and malt teetering back and forth over a solid support beam of bitterness! It finishes drying as a wave of it's hop-infused maltiness receeds to reveal the few sparkling gems of hop flavor still left on the palate. Quite drinkable!

01-19-2005 23:27:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.05/5  rDev -6.7%

i was playin a gig and a friend from jersery came and brought me a nice gift it was some cricket hill brew from NJ i was happy....so i tried it up and here goes....

smells of sweet champagne and pours clear golden color with lots of carbonation looks nice. No pine or citrus like typical IPA's. taste is very mild. Toasted champagne flavors come through. it almost think they might have put the lager into an IpA bottle. not a bad beer but don't be fooled by the name this most certainly isn't an ipa.

04-08-2010 22:27:59 | More by Ezone024
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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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