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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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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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 Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -18%
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.

Billolick, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Georgiabeer, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ejimhof, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Wasatch, May 07, 2008
Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

rab53, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

tdm168, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

plaid75, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
1/5  rDev -69.4%

sendbeer, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -8.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Bighuge, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Trashcat, Thursday at 09:39 PM
Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Bitterbill, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

avalon07, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Griffith, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

vfgccp, May 12, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopflop for this one! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours a nice hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Lacing was minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and subtle hop notes. The flavor was of subtle hops and malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was very smooth for an IPA and is quite drinkable. If you enjoy IPAs with subtle flavors you owe it to yourself to try this one.

thagr81us, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Capital Ale House.

A - Dusky looking copper color with a small head and a bit lof lacing.

S - Get a lot of malts and sweetness on this, with hops on the back end. A little bready, hops are mosly of the grassy/farmy type, but they are too understated.

T - I asked the server two times if he had brought me the right beer. Did not taste like an IPA at all. He confirmed, and I also confirmed later with a fairly knowledgable bartender. Tastes like a skunked pilsner. This was horrible, mostly sweet, very little hops.

M - Little watery, nice carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

D - I guess it's not hard to drink, except you have to get past the bad taste.

AgentZero, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -8.3%

LoveStout, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of aasher
2.1/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

aasher, May 05, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to caresville for the opportunity to try this brew. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent, light copper color with a slightly golden hue when backlit. Half inch fizzy white head slowly recedes into a broken skim - some strands of lacing evident during the tasting. Copious tiny bubble present in solution. Not much of a nose - light malt maybe. Taste - not really too IPAish. Malty, a little sweet, some citrus acidity, maybe a little bit of interplay of hops in there, but kind of like an APA. Mouthfeel is light and slightly prickly. Not really much of an IPA, but I could drink a couple. Just seems to be missing some of the qualities you look for in the style.

Jwale73, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

ROGUE16, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ColForbinBC, Jan 18, 2014
Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.