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Hopnotic India Pale Ale - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 303
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:
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(Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004)
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4.18/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Again, thank you to the ever so thoughtful KMitch for supplying a growler of this to share. We cracked the top, pouring a brew of solid apricot orange into flared Heineken pils glasses. A one and a half finger tall head of snow white, soapy and cakey bubbles was noted to show excellent retention. A chill haze cut clarity, but in the absence of sediment. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave notes of wonderfully sweet and robust citric and nectary hop resins, soft pale and lightly toasted grain, white sugar sweetness, lemon, apple, mango, and pineapple fruitiness, earthen clay, soft plastics, pine sap, clover honey, and lactic creaminess. Our first impression was that the flavoring was just as clean and sweet as the nose would suggest, but without too much bitterness of the hops so as to throw off the balance. As we sipped, the taste began with piney and citric hops, nectarine and mango fruitiness, Band-Aid phenols, soft booziness, and chalky metallics. These blended and enhanced through the middle, with continued fruitiness of apricot, nectarine, and juicy lemon flesh, herbal parsley oils, perfumed flora and earthy-pined hops, English pales and crystal maltiness, and orange rind bitters. The finish came with licorice spiciness, mint leaf, clean and warming booziness, white sugar sweetness, cider vinegar, cigar wraps, chlorine, phenolic plastics, pineapple and mango flesh fruitiness, and coin. The aftertaste breathed of pine sap, kiwi skins, saltine crackers, honey and confectioner’s sugar sweetness, pineapple and peach juiciness, metallic yeastiness, authentic strawberry flesh, floral, piney, and citric hop resins, and clean pale grain wash. The feel was light and airy, with solidly medium body, and medium carbonation. Each sip gave creamy slurp and smack, but lesser froth, cream, or poppy glug. The mouth was left coated and cooled, with light astringent tug across the back of the tongue. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank quite well.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its flavoring. We had a bit of a shock when we first opened this beer, took a whiff, and sipped it because, generally speaking, it has that same luster of fresh hoppy goodness possessed by both Sucks and Heady Topper. Things were fruity, fresh, and confidently smooth, and it tasted just like it smelled. The hops throughout were thickly resinous and heady, with sticky oiliness that went on for days. That said, as the beer warmed, and with a second serving of it, it began to fade. The edges seemed just a bit cheaper, with more metallics and less smoothness to the sip. That said, we were transiently enhanced by this one, but it just didn’t seem to possess that reproducibility and longevity that keeps you coming back to your favorite beers time and time again.

TheBrewo, Dec 08, 2013
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Hopnotic India Pale Ale

This beer to me is a basic IPA. I

Appearance- Slight Haze, and a little on the light side for an IPA in my mind. I was expecting it to have a golden amber hue, but to me it appears only Golden. Good head retention, moderate lacing.

Smell - Pleasant hop aroma.

Taste - Fairly simple, nothing too complex going on. Slightly less bitter than most IPA's but well within style. Flavor hop additions make up for lack of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Easily drinkable. Perfect Carbonation, no diacetyl.

Overall - I feel like the reviews on this beer are overly harsh, or perhaps the recipe was changed. Yes, it is definitely is a bread/butter IPA, nothing to interesting, lots of Cascade, but honestly, sometimes that's a good thing. It's a solid product, and I would probably buy it again. Great for introducing someone to a simple basic IPA.

ny101, Oct 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass; semi-clear orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head, absolutely beautiful. Even from an easy pour, it overtook the glass and I had to stop pouring early. Pouring in the last little bit, the head rose above the lip and is only just now slowly turning into larger bubbles and falling slowly, but there is still a central column of incredibly tight foam that isn't going anywhere. Chunky lacing is everywhere. Amazing head on this beer.
Smell is definitely English IPA; metallic clean malt, supported by a dash of slightly dank herbal hops.
Taste is odd; clean malt makes a quick show, but then hops take over. A quick dash of herbal hops and then it's all over, leaving a tiny hint of bitterness to make you wonder what just happened. There's not much to this beer.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, I'm not really a fan of English IPAs. As far as "tamer" IPAs go, I'd prefer a fruity/floral one over an English-style any day. But this one seems a bit off for English anyway...eh.
Drinkable, but nothing special. That head though...

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.