Hopnotic India Pale Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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3.74/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. - Hopnotic India Pale Ale
First things first from reading the few recent reviews and the old reviews, I am guessing they changed the formula for this brew because after I reviewed mine I read others from earlier dates and it sounded like we were drinking different brews. The label changed as well but that doesn't always been the brew did. Anyway, just wanted to mention that.
Look - Pours a slightly hazy mostly clear golden amber orange with a massive foamy head that dissipates quite slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing. Bubbly and medium carbonation.
Smell - Sharp citrus and piney hops with a faint bready malt backbone.
Taste - Snappy carbonated and then juicy lemon hop intro, then fades to bitter grassiness and bready malt.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy in fact but otherwise on the dry side. Rests bitter. Boozy for its low ABV, a little throat hot. Decent drinkability.
Overall - A light IPA, crisp citrus and refreshing. I am not seeing most of the same negative qualities on some of the older review, again I am guessing this is a reformulation attempt. I did notice that it is a little on the tart side, but otherwise this is a decent brew. Would not recommend this one to hop heads necessarily and if I did I would call the hops lemonade hops, not really my favorite style.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2013 11:22:07 | More by JMScowcroft
3.75/5 rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from the bottle into a tumbler-style pint glass. Body is hazy tangerine orange with a fluffy 1.5-finger white head. Leaves behind some good thick rings of lace.
S: Juicy citrusy hops - think oranges or clementines. Touch of biscuit/bready malt underneath. Solid nose, though for some reason I think it smells more like an APA than an American IPA. . . . Wait, I see it's listed as an English IPA. Hmmmm. . . . Slight mustiness keeps this from a higher score.
T: First impression is the citrusy hops again. Some grapefruit, some orange. Kind of juicy hops over bread doughy malt. Finishes with a juicy hop bitterness that's pleasant; lemony and minerally bitterness on the back of the tongue. Again, tastes more like an APA than an English IPA; the citrus gives the impression of American hops (C-hops perhaps) rather than the British counterparts (Fuggles, Goldings, Kent).
M: Creamy in feel, call it medium in heft. Carbonation is a bit lacking.
O: Decent. Better than I expected, to be honest, given the reviews here and the reputation of this brewer. Maybe I got one that's uber-fresh (I'll check the bottle for dating info). I bought a single bottle at Price Chopper and doubt I'd buy a full sixer of this (there are so many IPAs that I like better than this), but I'm not unhappy with the purchase at all.
Serving type: bottle
06-15-2013 00:12:18 | More by Kendo
3.63/5 rDev +11%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-16-2013 01:01:38 | More by dbrauneis
3.69/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 00:52:55 | More by metter98
Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.