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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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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 317
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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Reviews: 148 | Hads: 317
Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this from a pint glass chilled. Picked up from quick six.

The color is lightly hazed golden with thick pale microfoam and lace clings in thick rings on the glass, the bead is fine. The smell is sweet and grassy with an almos floral complimentary odor of hops with mild citrus. The feel is moderately bitter with subtle toasted graininess and creamy yeast texture with slightly dry and spicy finish.

This Ipa is semi-bitter with a floral hop taste and herbal tinge on first sip. The grassy astringent aspect comes toward the middle with a light toasted grain flavor in the background and mild citrusy acidic and light tropical accent. The semi bitter taste continues after the sweet balanced finish. Overall I found nothing to complain about, yet it is not a beer that is stellar in the realm of the style either. The taste and aroma are good, but nothing really sets this apart. There aren't really any apparent flaws it is just a good drinking beer with lots of bitterness.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a (512) Three tulip.

Hopnotic pours well enough, showing a hazy tangerine body. Overly-carbonated, though, as a gentle pour nearly causes the glass to overflow with a rocky, bone-white head. Decent mottles of lacing left behind. Aroma is nice, too, with peach and mango tropical fruitiness and a hint of citrusy hops. Malts are crackery in the background, and there's almost a Belgian character to them.

The flavor is a bit of a mess, with spicy yeast esters hitting the palate aggressively up front. Again, I'm reminded of a Belgian IPA (and not a good one at that). The hops provide enough tropical fruitness to save what is an otherwise unremarkable IPA. Malts are almost non-existent. The mouthfeel is a hot mess, with huge bubbles that loll across the palate. The beer finishes with a medicinal aftertaste. Not for me.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cricket Hill Hopnotic

Pours clear gold with a big head with good retention.

A little bit of citrus aroma with earthiness, but also a weird wheaty tart note.

Starts out somewhat spicy finishing with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thin and adequate carbonation.

Really not good at all. Not even remotely close to an IPA hop profile with off flavors and a thin mouthfeel to boot. It's a shame after how beautiful it looked.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dirty yellow body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: faint lemon grass/veg, corn/grain, caramel

T: lemon grass, earthy veg, light malt, hint
of bitter/oily finish

M: light/med body, mild oily/slick mouth

O: Thought I would give this brewery another
go, but again was not thrilled. Would
not recommend, nor buy again.


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Photo of titosupertramp
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There doesn't appear to be a date on the bottle.

A: Hazy golden in color, looks to have a lot of floaties. Maybe a finger of soapy white head that fades quickly leaving light lacing, sparce lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Without a bottle on date, it's hard to say, but I'll guess this is an old bottle. Hardly any hop smell at all. Faint, faint grass, yeasty, bready malts. To be honest, this isn't even close to what I'm looking for in an IPA. I understand that this is supposed to be an English style IPA, but I'd still like something a little more.

T: Taste isn't half bad, but hops are still a little too subtle, even for an English IPA. I will say the hops do have a nice grassy, slightly bitter finish. Sweet, bready malts are the predominate taste here.

M: On the light side of medium. Well carbonated.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but I wouldn't pick it up again unless I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.39/5  rDev +33.4%
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!

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Photo of y2jrock60
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very pale orange, almost yellow. The head quickly fades leaving behind virtually no lacing.

S- Almost no aroma, very mild malt tones with some grapefruit hops.

T- This is an IPA? I understand that it's an English IPA, but this tastes more like a craft lager. It's very light with a malty character. Grapefruit hops are present at the end, but are not very pronounced and only leave a slight lingering bitterness.

M- Very light bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation.

D- High drinkable for an IPA since there is virtually no hop presence.

I wouldn't consider this an IPA, it's closer to a Pale Ale. It actually tasted very similar to Appalachian Brewing Company's Mountain Lager, which is a completely different style of beer. There is nothing offensive about this brew, but there's nothing great about it either.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very citrusy aroma here, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. This is one of beers that has a solid, decent flavor, but isn't exactly exciting or groundbreaking.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that doesn't try to do anything spectacular, but still manages to produce something drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up single bottle of this at a local store since I hadn't seen it in the state yet. I have to say, I was disappointed. Pours a quite hazy golden with very little head. What head there is does stick around as a light swirl and leaves some scant lacing. Light notes of citrus and paraffin in the nose, and not much else. Undercarbonated, and frankly, the beer seems unfinished with some raw wort notes of a sweet graininess and a bit of acrid bitterness. A tad grainy as well and generally it has flavors that can only be described as murky. There are some faint citrus flavors of lime and orange, but they're generally lost in the muddle. Meh.

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Photo of metaltec15
1.81/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear very light golden color with no carbonation at all.
S: No Hop aroma at all was not sure if I was drinking an IPA or a Miller Lite.

T: pale malt, some yeast, maybe very little herbal hops.

M: Smooth and clean and no carbonation.

O: If you are going to call a beer an IPA you need to be able to smell and taste the hops. This was a far cry from an IPA. It was lacking lots of hop aroma and if I didn't know what style it was I would think I was drinking a light lager.

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Photo of Forb
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy golden hue with minor head and minimal lacing.

Smell/Taste: Nose is almost in-existent but a very minor grassy hop presence is apparent. Palate is faint with a minor burst of earthy hops alongside a sweetness reminiscent of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: Decent beer. Nothing I'd rave about.

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Photo of bpw28
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Small bleach white head, hazy pale gold (about a 5 SRM), nice lacing, alot of carb.

Smell: Very light citrus, bit of funk (good kind), coriander, light yeast, light yeast, sweet, light malt, fresh cut grass, oaty/hay/animal feed.

Taste:Spicy, bit bready, little grassy note, little funk not as strong as nose, mandarin orange, hop bite is weak for an IPA (IMO), perfect carb, floral, jasmine, piney tail end.

Final Thoughts: Very...interesting. I've been in the mood for a kind of funky beer, but I didn't expect it to be from a random IPA. The yeast on the bottom really changes this beer. The first time I had it I didn't realize it was bottle conditoned and it just tasted like a plain IPA. After that first, I realized it was BC, so this time I got at it and it changed the beer totally. I can't say I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I can say I will not buy it under the auspices of an IPA. A good post-post-lawn mower brew. One to have after that witbier, hef, or ipa you have after the lawn.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler I got filled at Cricket Hill Brewery into my Wormtown Brewery pint glass.

Off white foamy head that has good retention. Noticeable sporadic bubbles. Light golden color body that's cloudy.

Floral hops with some bready yeast. Aromas are on the weak side.

Floral, some bitterness that mixes with a bready flavor. The breadiness really is the main focus here with the bitterness in the background. It's an alright tasting IPA.

Leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is medium with a light body. Feels okay, very easy going down.

This is a average tasting IPA. The flavor and aroma are on the bland side. Cricket Hill has so many better brews than this, like their: American Ale, Colonel Blides and their Shandy that they have only at the brewery. I wouldn't completely steer clear away from this IPA; I believe they're a lot better ones out there.

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Photo of Azurescens
2.57/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/25/11.

A: Pours a clear very light golden color with whitish head that leaves some nice rings of lacing around glass.

S: Pale malt and yeast, practically no detectable hop aroma.

T: Sweet pale malt and honey, some yeast, maybe some herbal hops.

M: Fairly smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation.

O: If you are going to call a beer an IPA you need to be able to smell and taste the hops, this beer is lacking big time in the hop department. Its not a bad beer, if I were reviewing it as an English pale ale it would have gotten much higher marks but if they label it an IPA I will review it as such.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since it had been a long time since I gave this a try and wanted to see how it held up since the last time I had it. Sure enough, it wasn't as good as I remember it being but that could be because my tastes have changed so dramatically over the years. As many have alluded to on here, the hops are quite subtle and difficult to find, which is probably this beer's biggest weakness.

Light pour to this both in the amber hue and the head, since it didn't last long. Nearly no lacing could be detected and there wasn't much of an aroma to this either. The mouthfeel was strong in lemongrass and a ginger-like spice with a pretty malty backbone underneath everything. The grassy hops came out in the aftertaste but never did I get the impression that this was an IPA, even if it was English and not the stronger versions that I've become accustomed to. Between the light taste and mouthfeel, accompanying carbonation, and sweetness of the malt, this just didn't cut it for me. Sure, it's beer and it goes down easily but I would have preferred it to stay true to stylistic form. For some odd reason, this seemed like a lager to me.

I don't know how strong this is in the alcohol department but just like the taste, there's no punch to be packed in terms of the strength of this beer. It's not a bad choice for the summer and this would go great with Thai food but that's about all I envision for this beer. For the casual drinker, there are better and more memorable choices on the market. There's no doubt that this could use another dose of hops to up the ante.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet orange citrus. In the taste, orange citrus hops and quite sweet, with a lack of malt backing. A small hop bite and thin and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice orange citrus, but sweet and lack of body and balance.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.44/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although this is not a strong IPA as some i have tried, it does have the same drawbacks and the rest of them. It had a hoppy smell and a stronger aftertaste then what im used to. Cricket Hill did do a good job with this beer, it is a shame that I did not prefer this beer

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has a hazy golden orange color. Not much of a head and almost no lacing left on the glass.

It has a very mild smell. Fruity with some hops.

Taste is very mild too. Sweet upfront with a dry, bitter after taste.

Lightly carbonated, almost watery, but very easy to drink.

A good IPA, it just does not stand out.

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Photo of aasher
2.11/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was split from Cricket Hill's variety pack with a couple BAs at work. It poured a bright orange in color, very light, and very clear with a light off white head. It smelled of pale malt with a light orange twist. This beer literally just arrived but it smelled like a skunked Dortmunder. There was ZERO hop presence at all. This beer is definitely not an IPA, not even an English one. This beer has the hop profile of Miller Lite. It drank very light and thin. It didn't have any of the stickyness or dryness that you get from most IPAs. This beer was an awful interpretation of the style.

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Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange with a fluffy eggshell cap that leaves some filmy lace on the glass. Herbal hop notes and sweet malt, pretty tame for any kind of IPA. White fleshed fruit and earthy hops with ample bitterness and minerality. Medium bodied and creamy. A decent tasting English style IPA and a nice lawnmower beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine; overall, pretty good stuff; a light, satisfying IPA. Easy on the palate, not too pungent in aroma either. Hints of hops balanced with a mild backbone of malts evident. A local brewery comes good on this British depiction of a pale ale. Not bad.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of Icehouse57
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a great LOOKING beer.... and I'm sorry to say it stops there.

Looks beautiful, nice copper color. Not much of a lasting head though.

Taste was very underwhelming. I'm told its supposed to be an English IPA but nowhere on the packaging does it say that. Even if it were, its a very long way from Samuel Smith IPA. Not much malt, and not much hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel was undercarbonated. Maybe it fits with the whole English IPA thing, simulating on cask? I did notice a little bit of crustiness around where the bottle cap was supposed to be. Maybe this whole sixer had loose caps?

Overall... I'm sorry. Its just somewhat below average for a craft beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a few of the elements of a good ipa. The main thin that I felt that was missed was the big hoppy flavors. The color was on the copper side and fairly clear in color. The beer was just a little weak to me. Not the greatest IPA out there.

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Photo of HosP
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew thrown my way from Patchmaster. 12oz bottle.

A- Pours dull gold in color. One finger white head. Small amounts of lacing left on glass.

S- Interesting nose here as the malts come through stronger than the hops. Caramel malts are nice and sweet. Some grassy, citrusy hops come through at the end.

T- Very smooth creamy flavors here. Everything is blended, with nothing jumping out. Grassy hops at first. Bready malts mixed in afterwards.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D- First attempt at an English IPA. Interesting drink, but I'm still American, give me a regular IPA. Still a good drink though, just not my style.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.