Hopnotic India Pale Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 313
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (306 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a golden with crimson hues body.

S: nice strong aroma but unfortunately it smells like a wheat beer with orange peel, breads, grains.

T: again this one is more like a wheat beer than any kind of IPA be it English or American. Little hop content instead wheat, breads and some citrus make up a beer that maybe should be re-labeled. fruity phenol and yeast content.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: This is a strange beer. It would make a decent witbier but this one has little in hop character. (569 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off fluffy white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface as well as lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some notes of grapefruit citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of floral and spicy hops. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little hoppier and bitter compared to other English IPAs but has a nice amount of flavors of hops. (756 characters)

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. (250 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangerine skin orange with sunflower yellow edges; a fairly typical color for the style. The pour begets a three finger cap of yellowed ivory that's neither creamy nor firm and rocky, but is something in between. Fine, periodically broken sheets of BB-shot lace decorate the upper few inches of the glass and do a pretty good job of covering the rest of it as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is pleasant enough, but could be both more powerful and more hoppy. Musky fruit (apples and apricots) leads the way and identifies this as an English version of the IPA style. While I have no knowledge of the hop bill, I'm betting that East Kent Goldings make up at least a portion of it. (Edit: Simcoe, East Kent Goldings and Challenger, according to the brewer).

Hopnotic is on the friendly, easy to drink side of the IPA street. At first I thought it wasn't quite hoppy enough, but given the sub-style, I'd say it's in the ballpark, if not a little more bitter than the average. What resinousness is present bides its time until the finish when it comes on with surprising force. In fact, as I drink, I'm beginning to think that it's as hoppy as many good American IPAs.

I've settled on the lower of the two taste scores that I've been considering because the beer lacks a certain spark. It's a bit too simple and straightforward to be counted among the truly good versions, English or otherwise. At least the brewers have seen fit to add enough pale malt to provide more than a little countering sweetness. Given the cumulative bitterness, I'm guessing that this bottle is extremely fresh.

The body/mouthfeel is a definite highlight. It's no more than medium for the style, but fills the mouth nicely and is supremely smooth in the bargain. A perfect amount of carbonation helps a great deal.

Cricket Hill's Hopnotic IPA is quality beer and is a more than credible version of the English IPA style. I could just as easily have granted the higher flavor score since I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle even more than the top half. What the hell. This is a well-brewed beer that is disappearing remarkably quickly. I thing I'll reward it accordingly. (2,173 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a very nice hazy amber with a good three fingers of frothy white sticky lace on the top. Nice slow faded left behind a good amount of side glass lace and a good amount of frothy stuff sitting on top.

The aroma was nicely hopped, with a good floral bouquet of sticky citrus smells. Lots of orange peel and tangerine mingled in with a good amount of sugar. This was laid down on top of a good bread like malted base. flavor was very nice, blended well into the bready base was a good orange flavor and a nice, albeit quick biting bitter finish. Nice long dry pause lengthened out the finish and kept you wanting to come back for a little more. The flavor was a touch light I have to admit and this became more apparent as it went on. Nice and smooth, this medium to light bodied ale never really felt thin. Nothing too dramatic that would make you think twice, this had all the earmarks of the kind of easy drinking brew that you would have no trouble with at all.

Overall this was a nice IPA. I have of course had better, and also had much, much worse, but this one will definitely work. I was surprised by the balance it posed, not simply relying on a ton of hops to push through the flavor. A really nice choice and a good call. (1,248 characters)

Photo of nickfl
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A yeasty aroma with notes of malt, spicy clove and wheat (it smells like a wheat beer?!?)

T - A weird, spicy character up front with notes of lemon zest and vanilla. Some more of the same in the middle that transitions to a sweetly malty finish with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, this is terrible. The hop character is almost non-existent except for a slightly harsh and fairly strong bitterness in the finish. It is equal parts odd and bad; and let me be clear here: I am not rating this poorly because it is an English IPA and I wanted an American IPA, I'm rating this low because it is a bad beer by any standard. If anything it tastes like a poorly conceived wheat beer. (872 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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! (876 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from bonkers, courtesy of Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first. (885 characters)

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. (989 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good two-finger head that has some lasting power. It also leaves good lace on the glass. The color is a cross between gold and amber. There's quite a bit of haze to the liquor.

Not very hoppy smell for an IPA--definitely in the background. Very dry aroma.

This is a spicy IPA, but not from the hop per se. The hop shows up on swallow and lasts a long time on the aftertaste. The malt portion is very dry.

I like this beer more than I thought I would after the smell. At first, I found this beer to be relatively middle-of-the-road, but after each subsequent sip, it grows on me more and more. (597 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish copper with a white head. It thins a bit too much, but remains a thin covering and leaves some rings of lacing.

The smell is thin but some earthy tones and citrus fruitiness is there.

Some citrus flavors, grapefruit and orange especially, give it some bitterness with a sweet malt backbone. It doesn't taste bad at all, but could use a bit more hops, even for an English-style IPA.

It is smooth and a touch creamy. A bit too sweet for the style. It leaves the impression of having a Pale Ale rather than an IPA, but the body holds up pretty well.

It's pretty easy to drink, though the sweetness is a little to much for the style. Not one of the better IPA's out there, but might be okay as an intro to the style. It's a very mild IPA. (761 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. Pours a finger tall fluffy white head that slowly reduces to thin film covering about 70% of the surface of the beer with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin hops and light citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of some slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a touch of caramel malts. Then there are moderate flavors of pine/resin hops and some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This beer is probably a slight amount hoppier and more bitter than I expected in an English IPA but it is still enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. The flavors of the hops come through nicely and are not quite as subdued as some others in the style, Enjoyable and one I would likely order again. (1,229 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (782 characters)

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

Served lightly chilled in a thistle type glass. Pours with a frothy light tan colored head (which though small manages to leave some lacing on the glass as I work my way through this beer) that sits atop a brilliantly clear, full copper colored beer. The aroma is somewhat subdued, but does have a nice herbal hop note that is joined by just a hint of citrus. There is also a hint of something soapy in the aroma, though it is faint and not really off-putting at all.

The taste is quite smooth and creamy up front, it is really fairly lightly carbonated. There are solid malty notes of caramel and lightly toasted malt. The beer has a nice, though somewhat subtle for an IPO, bite to it that continues through to the end of the beer. This is quite herbal & floral in its hop character, but there is some soft citrus notes as well. There is a bit of light astringency in the finish that joins a nice lingering bitterness; in combination they definitely make you want to take another sip.

This beer is really quite well balanced between the malt and the hops, it is almost more of a Pale Ale than anything. It is quite tasty though, and is definitely a good offering that I am happy to be drinking at this moment. (1,217 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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. (506 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear yellowish / orange color. The head was 1"+ and was fluffy white, but it disappeared quickly. Some minor lacing occurs. The aroma is mildly floral and grassy. The flavor is a decent balance of malt and bitterness, though not overwhelming. Some light grapefruit, lemon, and grassy notes are in the background but do add to the flavor ever so slighlty.

The mouthfeel is light - medium in body, with a smooth start and a long slighlty bitter finish. Drinkability is all right, but this IPA does not get the tastebuds hoppin'... (543 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (331 characters)

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. (648 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and a soft malt sweetness.

The taste consisted of a moderately vibrant hop and round malts. Good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale. (352 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice darker golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malts, but with a nice touch of hops, very slight citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice little touch of hops, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one. (401 characters)

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. (599 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rustic orange with a thin, sparse with bubbly head that quickly faded after the pour.

S: a citrusy hopping of lemony grapefruit aroma.

T: The initial flavor was lightly hopped with lemons, grapefruit and oranges. There was a sweet maltiness that finished with a dry grassy hopping. Overall the hopping was only moderate and a tad rough in the palate. Finished with a dry citric bite.

M: thin, almost water. Slightly disappointed.

D: Ones enough, not enjoyable or flavorful enough to be a session or to justify a the cost of a six-pack. (555 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very murky looking deep golden appearance. Thin bubbly white head that fails to leave much lace. The aroma seems more sweet than hoppy to me. Sweet bread type of sweetness. A little doughy on the nose. The flavor is sweet and spicy. Slighty bitter and not very hoppy at all. Sweet doughy tones dominate. And pepper yeastiness comes into play as well. Decent tasting beverage, but not what I would call an EIPA by any means. (423 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear and bright gold colur with about an inch of foam.

The smell has some hoppy bitter notes of orange citrus with a light malt sweetness.

The taste is of orange citrus, a bit of lemon, a goodly amount of sweet malt, and a little bit of pine. Not overly bitter at all...a pretty nice balance here. Oh yeah, I didn't notice until now, this is an English style IPA. THat explains things. ;^) I like!

Good medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the low side of medium.

Drinkability? Since I like English IPAs, I can say this is very easy to drink and very tasty. The abv isn't listed but I'd guess that it is under 6%. I could be wrong. Very good sessionable IPA in my book. (729 characters)

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.