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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: 291
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:
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(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004)
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Photo of deanhead
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%

Served in a fabulous little glass, that just works the beer over. It is a nice Golden to Pale hue. The quintessential color of an Amrican IPA. Woah, just as advertised.

Aroma is citrusy, and piny. With a little bit of currant.
Taste is biscuity, with a blast of mlat that is balance with some fine hop bitterness. The taste lingers beyond the pale.
Crips an d slightly clingy bitterness to this beer.
Light to mediu bodied beer. Decent selection, but not my go to beer. Perhaps herea the bech it may become my goto beer.

deanhead, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of magnj
3.9/5  rDev +19.6%

a - Light golden body, 1 finger foamy white head. Some carbonation present, small bubbles.

s - Mild hops aroma and a tad sweet. Smells like a bitter with a lot of late floral hops, not American hops or American style sticky-sweet malts.

t - Like the smell suggests, this beer is not high in IBUs. Nor is it overly sweet. I think it's well balanced and distinctly different from American interpretations. Not overpowering but full of subtle flavor from English malts and hops.

m/d - Light body. ends a little dry. A little sticky but seems reasonable. Really easy to drink, not sure on the ABV but seems low enough to session.

magnj, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%

My first beer from Cricket Hill, "Jersey's local beer", out of Fairfield, New Jersey. I picked up a bottle of this while down in NJ for work. If you are EVER in NJ and are looking for a great place to get some beers I definitely suggest going to Oak Tree Discount Wine and Sprits in South Plainfield. It is an amazing place with a ridiculous amount of great beer.

Pours a very bright golden orange color with a nice looking thick, white head. When held to the light, its clean and clear.

Sticking my nose into the glass I get a bit of orange and lemon citrus smells along with some sweet and sour malt.

Taste is very much dominate by the malt flavors and not so much the hops. This is however an English-style IPA so that is to be expected as compared to the hop bombs that are American IPAs. The malty backbone to this is really the standout flavor with only a slight bit of cirtusy hop bitterness in the finish.

This may not be everyone's cup of hops. Its much more of a subdued IPA than anyone jonesing for their hop fix may be looking for. This one makes me think of Fuggles IPA by Shipyard, another English-style IPA. I'll have to give their Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale a try next time I am down that way...

indiapaleale, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%

The look is a transparent yellow with a tinge of orange. Color and depth of a pale lager. A tall, white head, with specks of lace.

The aroma is pale crystalline malts. Lemon and orange hop. Not unpleasant, but very very weak. Smells like a pale with a little extra; needs a lot more hop aroma for balance.

The taste is lemon, orange and hints of grapefruit and tangerines. Malts are very pale-like. It's actually more like a pale ale with some extra stuff added in. A small bite in the aftertates. As it warms up, some toasted malts start to emerge and bite a little.

The feel is fizzy and decently bodied. It's a heavily-malted English-style IPA. The hops are but an accent. Not bad, but not exciting.

williamherbert, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a very small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, grapefruit, and light citrus. Flavor is mostly malty, with some melon and citrus too. Definitely not very hoppy, but it's still a pretty enjoyable beer. Easy to drink too.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of jlb307
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

got this from Onenote81 as an extra in our trade (thanks Jon)

Poured from the bottle into my SlyFox pint.

A: Nice honey gold color with some cloudiness to it. Could have developed a thicker head, as the one it had was less than a half inch and didn't retain long at all. Did develop some nice lacing though.

S: Could have been a bit more fragrant for an IPA. Smelled sweet and citrusy but that's about it. Not much of a hops presence. Actually kind of reminded me of a Belgian tripel as far as aroma.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but not what I was expecting. Very mild bodied. Not very bitter but smooth. Slight taste of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple.

M: Kind of thin. Crisp finish, but not much to offer.

D: As IPAs go, this one is probably pretty average. Maybe a good starter for someone a little intimidated by bitter ales looking to try something new.

jlb307, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of PhxHorn
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%

Thanks to jwc2154 for this bonus in a giant box.

On one hand, this is apparently supposed to be an English IPA. On the other hand, it doesn't say "english" on the label, plus it has a name like Hopnotic. So I think it's reasonable to expect some hoppiness. The color is a cloudy yellow with a minimal head. The smell is a bready yeasty smell. The taste is a yeasty breadish taste, with a fairly sweet malt component. Not much hops to speak of, though. Carbonation is about right. As a pale ale or maybe an amber, this would have gotten much higher marks. But even as an English IPA, it's sorely lacking in hop flavor. Still a drinkable brew, and enjoyable on its own merits, though.

PhxHorn, May 27, 2009
Photo of JasonA
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%

Very light copper, transparent. Macro carbonation, minimal lacing.

Ack. Maybe this is a bad bottle. Metallic, light grapefruit. Undesirable all over the place.

Well, some assembelence here. First is unfermented sugars, though not malt. Almost like table sugar, but not too sweet. Some hops, feels like there was no effort here. Light malt, maybe corn syrup.

Nothing. Not realy a lot here. Very wet. No ABV present.

Hate to say this, but it tastes like an IPA Bud/Miller/Coors would make. Nothing preset.

I refuse to believe any brewer would realease this. Im adding it to my wants list since as I want to give them another chance since this review is going to be wicked horrible.

I might just pour this

JasonA, May 03, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.88/5  rDev +19%

Bottle received from obrienej in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a clear dark orange with a modest 2-finger head on top. Retention is suprisingly great as I drink this beer. Beautiful sticky globs plaster all over the glass edge. A thing of beauty.

Smells of oranges, all-spice, bananas, cream, and flowers. Well-rounded scent I'd say. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet creamy as it goes down. Flavor is of muted hop bitterness, finishing ever so slightly spicy. Nice malt balance on this one. If you were expecting a hop bomb, this is not it (as most of the reviewers apparently were). Remember, this is an English style, not American. And as an English IPA, this is spot on from my experience. It is perfectly blended with the hints of bitterness and malty sweetness. Recommend.

Onenote81, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%

As far as English IPAs go, this one is missing the mark, but judged on its own merits, it isn't a bad beer. It pours a very clear golden amber color with a thick creamy off white head that retains very well and laces all over the glass. The nose on the beer is peculiar in that there are more sweet malts, and candied flavored aromas than there are hops. There is a definite citrus rind and orange burst smell to the beer, but no real hoppiness in the nose, and not much of the dry bready malt backbone characteristic of the style.

The taste does have some bittering hop but it is leafy rather than oily or estery, and the sweet malt and bubble gum like candy flavored notes just shouldn't be there. The beer has a hop balanced with the malts, but the hop isn't dry enough for an English IPA, nor oily enough for a nouvelle American version of the same. There is just a leafy bitterness that isn't that special. The sweet malts, citrus, bubblegum in the background is just silly. This beer is okay, but Cricket Hill has a long way to go. There beer is very smooth and creamy.

albern, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -8%

On tap (on multiple occasions).

Poured a medium amber with a small head. Light citrus and floral aroma and tastes (neither over powering). I've had this on more than a few occasions, and each time I re-rate it, my numbers go down. Maybe I'll have to stop trying this one.

hopdog, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of jrjohnso
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%

"A fine beer, but no IPA"

purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

this beer does not live up to the advertising on the label. big IPA letters stamped on the label leads one to assume they are in for some serious hoppy bitterness. not so much.

ignoring the label, this is a fine beer. pours a orange hue with everlasting head. this is my favorite out of the sampler 12 pack from CricketHill. A hoppy beer you can drink a few of. this is what an IPA was 10 years ago before somebody decided to crank 120 IBU's in there beer and set the new IPA style.

jrjohnso, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -11%

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 Vendetta
2.38/5  rDev -27%

Original Rating Date:
July 12, 2008

Overall it's a good beer, but fails as an IPA. Doesn't have the grassy, hoppy aroma that I've come to expect from other IPAs. Pours a cloudy pale yellow, small white head. Lightly citrus taste that lacks a hoppy punch. It's really not a bad beer, easy to drink and tastes good, but not a good IPA.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a golden yellow/orange with slight head that left minimal lacing. Slight citrus hop to the nose, leading to the same taste. Its not as hoppy as I had hoped but was just enough to leave me wanting more. This could easily be a nice session beer although its not remarkable.

mikereaser, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of MrMalt27
3.88/5  rDev +19%

A traditional IPA- hoppy yet balanced. Not over the top like some IPAs have gone, but enough punch to let you know there's a good amount of hops in it. Nice color, nice hoppy nose, with a fairly malty backbone. You can have plenty of these without falling off your stool.

MrMalt27, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%

A - From a bottle it pours 1 fingers worth of off white head. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color. You can see lots of carbonation bubbles rushing towards the top. The head lasts for a good while and laces up the glass pretty well.

S - Some sweet malts, grapefruit, and earthy hops are most prevelent in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a slightly smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

T - It starts with a bready malt followed by some sweet caramel notes. It finishes with some bitter earthy hops. The malt flavors seem to overpower the hops in this brew.

A pretty good brew, not quite as hoppy as your typical IPA. It's very drinkable though.

boralyl, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -8%

12 oz. bottle with a black label of a bright orange cricket sitting on top of the letters "IPA" in big bold white letters. The back label has a lengthy paragraph about the and a "bottled on" date. The problem was was that there was nothing in that block. None of my bottles had anything in the date block. Talk about being lazy Cricket Hill.

When poured into a victory pint glass, this cricket is a hazy golden lemon yellow. The color was decent, but the head of foam on this beer was thin, small, and white in color. What was there had OK retention that left behind a spotty white film and a few spots of white lace.

The aroma was waffle cone like with toasted malts, a tiny hint of grapefruit, a ponch of citrus hops, and a touch of apple juice. That's a first, a beer that smelled almost like a waffle cone at first and then turns into apple juice. Funky!

The taste was lightly hopped with toasted malts, crispy floral hops, a hint of lemon, and then the taste ended with a huge slice of grapefruit. There was more garpefruit in this beer than anything else. Not really that well balanced, but the taste of grapefruit was nice.

The mouthfeel was on the light side with an aftertaste of toasted malts, a hint of grapefruit, and some bitter and crispy floral hops at the end.

In the end, it's really nothing more than a session IPA. If you like your beers smelling like waffle cones and apple juice and tasting like grapefruit, then you really need to try this IPA.

AltBock, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%

Copper pour with a medium white head that settles quickly.

Aroma is raw dough and mushy grain with hints of green grass and light minerals.

Flavor is buttery caramel, cooked grain, and grassy hops that just taste old.

Body is mediumish with an average mouthfeel and less than average drinkability. No freshness date but it tastes past it's prime.

AlexJ, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of naproxen
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%

I was thoroughly unimpressed by this IPA (I may have even made a Jersey joke while drinking it out of spite). I picked this up from the store without any prior knowledge of it, just never saw it before.

It poured a mild to darker amber, but clear. I think it was the smell that first set me off, it was just bland and kinda metallic. The taste confirmed this, maybe a bad batch or bottle but there was definitely a metallic taste that was more prominent that any of the weak malts, and are there hops here?

I did not finish my 12oz bottle, it would be a waste of carbs.

naproxen, May 15, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%

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 ffejherb
2.9/5  rDev -11%

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass

A - Hazy, almost dusty amber/orange body with ½-finger white head that receded into a patchy film and left adequate lacing around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation present.

S - First whiff reveals bready malts and a mixture of grassy and citrus hops. Hops are quite restrained for an IPA. Some sweet caramel malt also presents itself during subsequent whiffs.

T - Quite malty for an IPA, with the aforementioned breadiness at the forefront along with some sweet caramel. Hops are primarily grassy, though there is just a bit of citrus fruit present. Overall, the flavor is well-balanced, albeit perhaps a bit too malt-forward for my preference, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Pretty creamy texture with a reserved carbonation that provides minimal prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky. Finish is dry and moderately bitter and leaves a tinge of metallic residue on the tastebuds.

D - Not a bad IPA, but nothing memorable. Perhaps a bit too malty for my tastes, but it is still tasty. Drinks a little more like a pale ale.

ffejherb, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
2.13/5  rDev -34.7%

New to the area, so I decided to give it a try. Pours a clear, copper color with minimal head that gives way quickly. Aroma is of weak grains and a very bitter and slightly metallic smell. Taste is of off tasting bitterness, slight citrus hop flavors, metallic notes, hop spices. Aftertaste is very metallic and off. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. As far as drinkablity, I am going to have to muscle my way through this one pint. Their are tons of IPA's out there, and this one falls upon the lower rungs of the ladder, in my honest opinion.

Doomcifer, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

smcolw, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of joeskirkie
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%

Purchased fresh from the brewery.

Pours a crisp clear orange, very good white head, nice lacing.

On the nose: citrusy, piney hops with some sweet malty undertones.

On the tongue: a sweet bready rindy orange, washed down with some refreshing bitterness, not overwhelming by any means. Quite balanced, as intended from what I understand.

The sweetness in this beer makes it slightly more "heavy" I would still by no means call it heavy though. It finishes clean, and like the APA, sessions well.

joeskirkie, Nov 07, 2007
Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.