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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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75
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
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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Photo of tjd112
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass

Appearance - Orange color with fluffy white finger head, well laced.

Smell - A bit of a weak grapefruit

Taste - Very fruity, this is definitely a mild IPA. A lot of oranges and apricots

Mouthfeel - Medium

Drinkability - Surprisingly good for an IPA

Overall - A good I[A for those who hate IPAs

tjd112, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey/Amber colored, solid 1 inch of head, constant carbonation bubbles

S - Mellow earthy, nice bitter-sweet hops

T - Bitter at first, very aromatic, earth-flowerish, sweet after taste

M - light, fizzy - totally the opposite of what i figured (heavy/bitter)

O - A very refreshing anytime beer!

facundoCNB, Jan 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

gwiedman1, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Rubihahn, Mar 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Druss157, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Again, thank you to the ever so thoughtful KMitch for supplying a growler of this to share. We cracked the top, pouring a brew of solid apricot orange into flared Heineken pils glasses. A one and a half finger tall head of snow white, soapy and cakey bubbles was noted to show excellent retention. A chill haze cut clarity, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of wonderfully sweet and robust citric and nectary hop resins, soft pale and lightly toasted grain, white sugar sweetness, lemon, apple, mango, and pineapple fruitiness, earthen clay, soft plastics, pine sap, clover honey, and lactic creaminess. Our first impression was that the flavoring was just as clean and sweet as the nose would suggest, but without too much bitterness of the hops so as to throw off the balance. As we sipped, the taste began with piney and citric hops, nectarine and mango fruitiness, Band-Aid phenols, soft booziness, and chalky metallics. These blended and enhanced through the middle, with continued fruitiness of apricot, nectarine, and juicy lemon flesh, herbal parsley oils, perfumed flora and earthy-pined hops, English pales and crystal maltiness, and orange rind bitters. The finish came with licorice spiciness, mint leaf, clean and warming booziness, white sugar sweetness, cider vinegar, cigar wraps, chlorine, phenolic plastics, pineapple and mango flesh fruitiness, and coin. The aftertaste breathed of pine sap, kiwi skins, saltine crackers, honey and confectioner’s sugar sweetness, pineapple and peach juiciness, metallic yeastiness, authentic strawberry flesh, floral, piney, and citric hop resins, and clean pale grain wash. The feel was light and airy, with solidly medium body, and medium carbonation. Each sip gave creamy slurp and smack, but lesser froth, cream, or poppy glug. The mouth was left coated and cooled, with light astringent tug across the back of the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank quite well.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its flavoring. We had a bit of a shock when we first opened this beer, took a whiff, and sipped it because, generally speaking, it has that same luster of fresh hoppy goodness possessed by both Sucks and Heady Topper. Things were fruity, fresh, and confidently smooth, and it tasted just like it smelled. The hops throughout were thickly resinous and heady, with sticky oiliness that went on for days. That said, as the beer warmed, and with a second serving of it, it began to fade. The edges seemed just a bit cheaper, with more metallics and less smoothness to the sip. That said, we were transiently enhanced by this one, but it just didn’t seem to possess that reproducibility and longevity that keeps you coming back to your favorite beers time and time again.

TheBrewo, Dec 08, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

MicroBeerMan1980, Apr 22, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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....

dacrza1, Jul 01, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 19, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy peach juice with rocky snow-white head. Moderate and steady carbonation. Nice mild aromas of apricots and orange peels with a slight spruce sap scent lingering in the background amongst the faintest traces of sweet malts. Bitter orange flavors begin the sip, rounding out to a sharp mineral middle. Some crystal malt sweetness comes through near the finish, along with more citric hops, lending a fresh-squeezed orange juice quality to the final aspect of the flavor. Thin-to-medium body, overall juicy mouthfeel, somewhat sharp and off-dry. This really isn't a very "complex" IPA, but I think that's actually a very fine thing to be. Sometimes I don't want to be clobbered with astounding flavor profiles (and, of course, sometimes I really do!). It's refreshing to find a straightforward, solid-drinking IPA like this. I'm glad the nice folks at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ, hipped me to this beer when they included a free Cricket Hill shaker pint with my last purchase (which I used to drink Hopnotic IPA, naturally). Anyway, this seems to be a pretty underrated beer, and it has my thorough recommendation.

orfeu, Oct 31, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head. Head is nice and chunky with excellent staying power and excellent chunky and patchy leftover lace.

Smell- Some alcoholic esthers with some traditional pine and grapefruit scents and a touch of lightly toasted malts.

Taste- Hops are quite sugary with some tropical fruit flavors. Malt is somewhat covered up by the strong bitterness of the hops, but some light caramel malts come through.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level with a pretty hefty bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads will enjoy this beer. Could be a touch more balanced, but still quite good.

GClarkage, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of ny101
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Hopnotic India Pale Ale

This beer to me is a basic IPA. I

Appearance- Slight Haze, and a little on the light side for an IPA in my mind. I was expecting it to have a golden amber hue, but to me it appears only Golden. Good head retention, moderate lacing.

Smell - Pleasant hop aroma.

Taste - Fairly simple, nothing too complex going on. Slightly less bitter than most IPA's but well within style. Flavor hop additions make up for lack of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Easily drinkable. Perfect Carbonation, no diacetyl.

Overall - I feel like the reviews on this beer are overly harsh, or perhaps the recipe was changed. Yes, it is definitely is a bread/butter IPA, nothing to interesting, lots of Cascade, but honestly, sometimes that's a good thing. It's a solid product, and I would probably buy it again. Great for introducing someone to a simple basic IPA.

ny101, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Hobbit, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

st9647v3, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

weaselchew, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

motothrillz, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of outdoorbrewer
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tasted Hopnotic IPA at an open house Friday eve in Fairfield NJ was the fourth tap in the lineup with the third having a ? lable - I was instructed to start on the left with the lager then amber to the IPA trying the ? last. I guesed it as an ESB which was confirmed by Rick the proprietor. Cask conditioned of course
Back to the IPA - it has a malt flavor balanced with tons of hops aroma and bitterness that lingers - roasted malts show a presence that will definetly satisfy our thirst for more flavor
Enjoyed the beers and the company
When in the area visit Cricket Hill

outdoorbrewer, Mar 07, 2005
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

derekdenim, Jan 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

rcatalano, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Srecko, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

jlenik, Dec 11, 2011
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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.