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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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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004)
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Photo of mralphabet
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Copper colored with about 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with very nice lacing.

S: Slight hint of hops with a notes of lemony grapefruit.

T: Hops right up front, but it is very light with hints of lemons and grapefruit, then I'm getting a slightly sweet malt. Ends with another hit of light hops.

M: Mid bodied with lighter carbonation than I was expecting. Pretty basic.

D: Pretty low ABV, but not as Hoppy or flavorful as I was expecting. Pretty average overall.

mralphabet, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of ism
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited and voluminous white head crowning a pale honey body with effervescent carbonation scrambling to break free. Nose is sweet malt, with a slight phenol farmhouse character. Moderate carbonation, light body with a slight slickness. Very sweet malt base, somewhat bready, completely unbalanced with hop character barely emerging. Slight pine dryness in the finish.

Fairly easy to drink, if not for the utter blandness and lack of complexity, but I suppose that's the style.

ism, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of sholland119
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pale amber, nicely carbonated, with a long lasting off white head and great sticky lacing.

S-Bready malt with a faint citric hop presence.

T-Lots of bready malt in the front along with some nice caramel sweetness. A mild finish of pale citrus hops does not subdue the malt.

M-Light side of medium bodied, a bit watery.

D-Not really an IPA in my book but drinkable enough as a pale ale, I guess.


sholland119, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first encounter with this brewery - at the coffee/beer shop 'Brew' in Philly. I added a 12 oz. to the mixed sixer I was making and carried it back to Portland. Poured to a pint. No dating on the label.

Speaking of... a simple one, orange and white on black, the 'cricket' logo crafted with just a few brush strokes...

A: Sunshine golden hue radiates from the glass. Was almost clear before the last ounce or so poured - lots of silty sediment at the bottom. Caught myself before pouring too much; the result is a fine haze that can't hide a fair amount of rising carbonation. Small head, a short-lived half-finger of whitish cream. Pretty nice lace in wide, broken cobwebs.

S: From an English IPA, I'm not expecting a ton of hops like an American version: I'm correct here. Very little hop nose, more sweet caramel with a little spice and sweet orange.

T: Subdued hop presence makes this seem more like an English Pale or Bitter. As one who prefers a maltier IPA any day, I'll admit finding this pretty enjoyable although it does seem weaker even within its style. Fruity sweetness (candied citrus, apple) and earthy spice. A slight chalky/medicinal bitterness in the finish.

M: Refreshing and light-medium bodied, subtly carbonated with a cleaner finish. Body seems to get thinner later in the glass, as if the carbonation is fading; at the same time, smoothness grows exponentially.

D: Perfectly 'pub-like', a small-feeling IPA (ABV: unknown, but seems 4.5-5%) that's balanced and easy to drink. It's a bit of a misnomer to punnily call your beer 'Hopnotic' when there really isn't a big hop presence. Oh well, regardless of name this is a beer I like enough to have again.

msubulldog25, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 26, 2010
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 merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Honey-gold with tall 2-finger off-white head with good retention and exceptional lacing.

S: Grassy hops aromas accent an interesting maltiness which is bready pale malts with some minor caramel accents. Hops also provide other herbal complements and a light lemony citrus note.

T: Flavor is very balanced and clean with grassy, herbal hops most prominent but nearly equaled by the pale maltiness that is quite crackery and bready. There is a lemon flavor present also. The whole has a very tea-like flavor.

M: The feel is very smooth and coating with low-medium carbonation and an ample maltload to carry a very nice medium body. Without this, it would come off much like a hoppy lager given the malt complexities and clean character of the flavor.

D: A pretty nice brew and really a nice representation of the English IPA. Not usually my cup of tea, but I have enjoyed each one of these from the 6-pack a little more than the last.

argock, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a white head that hangs around a while.
Fruity, hoppy smell with a bit of sweetness.
Grapefruit flavor with a touch of sweet and bread. Bitterness at the end. taste not strong.
Feels good in the mouth with carbonation present.
Drinkable IPA. Tastes need to be more pronounced.

lou50rp, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

This beer pours a georgous golden yellow orange color with a small 1 finger white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Really has no aroma. It's got a touch of bitter lemony cake on the nose but so faint. Really lacking, just a touch of sweetness that gives any aroma at all. No hops on the nose for me. Taste falls very flat. I really enjoy there limited release beers but this and the American ale really seem watered down and bland. Might have a touch of lemony woodiness with very light malt. Mouthfeel is again a touch flat as this brewery tends to be for me. The drinkability is high though despite the lack of flavor because it's very very smooth. It's been filtered to all he'll I believe which stole the hop bitterness I was looking for in an ipa. Worth a shot and I would take this over gmc products all day. Really the quintessential sports drinking beer.

Augustiner719, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a honey yellow with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The taste follows the nose, the finish lingers with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Medium in body, average carbonation. IMO kind of sweet for an IPA, but it is nicely hopped and a solid brew.

bonkers, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While I have sentimental connections with Cricket Hill (note the icon) I can't say that I've been overly attracted to their beers.
This one is thin all around. Thin body, thin odor, thin flavor. This almost drinks like a hoppy, pale lager. The malt character speaks very much of a somewhat dense pilsner. Grassy notes, hints of citrus in a lemon way, a little bit earthy.
This is NOT a hophead's delight. Hops in this beer are very much used to accent and highlight other aspects.
As a summer time beer I can warmly recommend this. While, for the most part, I do prefer richer, denser beer, for something on the milder, lighter side of the spectrum this is pretty good. While thin, flavors are clean and focused.

ommegangpbr, Jun 26, 2010
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 thor638
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a slightly above average IPA; can undoubtedly be classified as an entry into "hopdom." A good beer for a beginner into the Craft Beer Revolution.

The smell was not strong, and not overtaking; whether you like that or not is your call.

Fair taste, but only right above average, I prefer way more hops but from what I hear that is how the brewmaster likes to brew. So hats off if that is what he was trying to pursue.

Drinkability was the best, I could easily drink a couple of these on a hot summer day because it was "smoother" than most IPAs.


thor638, May 28, 2010
Photo of HeroicDoses
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 20, 2010 8:34pm, rocking soundboard Eyes of the World 11/13/73 on bose, clear spring skies, enough said....poured a clear mahogoney orange, very quickly disapating light head. Smell is a strange alcoholly/grapish mixture...in a agood way. First sip/first impression = this is the most poundable IPA I've ever had. Mouthfeel is that of a cool river downstream from choice hop factory. (---> China Doll btw). Hops are very tasty. Not overpowering by any means, but tasty in a kinda slow cooked way. Before reading the other reviews I'd assume that the knock will be it's lack of boldness, but I see that as a nice alternative to standard IPA's. Market this properly and you'd have a mainstream brew. (This song is too slow, fast forawrd --> Sugar Magnolia....much better). Anyway, yes, this is a well made lighter IPA. Perfectly balanced, tasty, drinkable and good looking. Sunshine daydream indeed.

HeroicDoses, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Ezone024
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ezone024, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of tjd112
4.75/5  rDev +45.3%
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 Seanibus
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried to like this beer. I tried it several years ago but was unimpressed. I came back to it recently and I was even less impressed.

Pours a pretty, clear orange with a large fluffy white head. The aroma is clean and citrusy, though not distinctive. Flavor, however, is not great. There is some light fruit, apricot and peach, with some delicate jasminy hop character. But there is a briny quality that overwhelms the beer - it is salty and a bit metallic. The mouthfeel is solid, dense and briny. Not so great.

Seanibus, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of SLeffler27
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopnotic is a chill-hazed orange amber ale with a chunky off-white seafoam head. The lacing is patchy with solid stickiness.

The aroma is that of orange, with some floral notes and a hint of light-struck skunkiness. Some bread dough is revealed with warmth.

This one suffers a little from age, but bitterness is moderate with light acidic notes and some balance in the finish.

The Sam Adams perfect pint glass compliments this very dry, fizzy beer with a medium body. The alcohol is present, but far from strong.

This is an easy-to-consume beer, best suited with food and casual situations.

SLeffler27, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a clear dark golden color with a 1/8th head that recedes quickly. There is minimal to no lacing. By the end of the beer there is barely fine ring of foam leaving a few speckles of lacing when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is soft and malty with very little hop presence, much more like an English style IPA than an American style. What hop presence is there is grassy and herbal in character. (Which is what it should be like.)

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the light caramel malt backbone with only traces of hop presence. The hop flavors are grassy and floral and well integrated with the bready malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and has minimal carbonation, particularly by the end of the beer. The finish is medium length with lots of malt presence tapering off into a dry ending with minimal hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a workman like beer with nothing particularly outstanding or challenging in its character. It is a good session beer in that one can drink several of them at a sitting. Each sip leads easily onto the next and then the beer is gone. That being said there is no particular reason to seek out this beer or to have it again unless it is your local brew. Good but nothing outstanding. However it does match my expectations for an English style IPA intended to be easily drinkable and attractive to a local audience.

drtth, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of brauseboof
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured about an inch of light head. Somewhat of a hazy pale yellow. Couldn't detect much in the aroma, perhaps a bit of biscuity yeast. Had a very mild citrus taste, a bit of bitteness and a tad of malt.
Fairly nicely carbonated and pehaps creamy.
Not really too much to get excited about here, and I had high hopes having spent my formative years in NJ.

brauseboof, Dec 11, 2009
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 caresville
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into a slender pils glass. pours a hazy orange to amber with some carbonation and decent sized white as cloud head. also some noticeable lacing is present. smell is mostly grass, hay, straw, with notes of oranges and faint hops. taste is surprisingly hoppy (i am saying this because of the faint hops smell) and crisp. notes of oranges, pears and grapefruit. not overly bitter, but it is there on the swallow. easily a great brew to throw down a few of, while doing yard work on a hot summer day.

caresville, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of rye726
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is quite grainy with some pale malts and grassy hops. Taste more like an English mild than IPA. Hops are quite mellow, as are the malts. Light body lacks carbonation and is thin in the finish. Not very impressed by this one.

rye726, Nov 06, 2009
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
Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.