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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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148 Reviews
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Reviews: 148
Hads: 317
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 24.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: It comes of a slightly darker gold, white head was thin maybe 1/8" off the body with a gentle pour.

Smell: Light hops but potent smell when it comes to bitter, feels a little like a euro pale lager if you ask me.

Taste: This beer is a slight Czech pilsener, it isn't as hoppy as most IPAs and no where near as tasteful hops meet bitter but light, expect a euro pale lager type of feel.

Mouth: This is true pale not a compliment...nothing spectacular here.

Overall: I was expecting a lot more, I am huge IPA fan and before getting to half glass this beer disappoints. I can't say I love it but I can't hate Cricket Hill for trying, Salud!

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Photo of AlexJ
2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BCMan
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured up light amber to yellow with a frothy, white head. Nose is subtle and dry. This beer is billed as an IPA but I'm not really getting that. Hop flavor is very subtle. The after taste is a bit stale. This would be a worthy session beer but not much more than something to pound during the game. Would I reccomend this??? For $25 a case, probably.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One on NJ's lesser know breweries introduces a new beer, and totally revamped packaging. Gone are the seascapes, in is a very stylistic modern label, featuring, finally, a cricket.

Pours a surprisingly bright gold, crystal clear, with a solid two finger level head. Bits of lacing hang about the glass.

Nose features some grass and hay, but no citrus, no earthliness. Very laid back.

Caramel glides across the tongue, followed by a wash of herbal hoppiness which bathes the entire mouth. Pleasant hop aftertaste can force a smile. Its nice, if very low key. Very soft, there's no bite and plenty of balance. Pleasant, but not what you would expect.

Good round mouthfeel, nothing watery at all. Certainly drinkable.

Leave off the label, and I would say this is a solid golden ale with an above average mouthfeel. Call this an IPA with a name like "Hopnotic" and in the summer of Smuttynose it seems to be a felony case of false advertising. Not a terrible beer, but not what it's made up to be.

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Photo of pwoods
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light orange rind, hazy. decent sized off white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Not a ton of aroma, and I'd bet against dry hopping. Light grassy and floral hops that are nearly covered by an equally light grainy malt base.

T/M: Moderate bittering with much more hop flavor than expected. Very grassy with a fresh leave like flavor. Definitely English. Malts are bready, biscuity, with a hint of caramel. Body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is a bit understated.

D: Drink easy enough and probably has at least somewhat low ABV. Pretty good on style points. It's just not very tasty or interesting.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA

Appearance- glowing orange with a thick white head. Looks like a pumpkin ale.
Smell- Grass and Hay. Hops smell musky like a barn!
Taste- Light grassy hops with a slight dry aftertaste. Very light and watery.

Overall- My 6 pack might be a little old, I don't know, but it has a slight skunky aroma. Otherwise the beer is an entry level IPA not very powerful. Perfect for your Budweiser buddies!!

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Photo of ffejherb
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Hazy burnt orange; 1 finger, fluffy, white head that stuck around; a lot of lacing;

S: very subtle aroma; a little citrus - maybe grapefruit; since this is an English IPA, I was expecting more malt - not getting that at all;

T: hint of floral; medium bitter finish with a hint of citrus; kind of bland; not getting the English part of this; seems closer to an East Coast IPA; no malt at all;

M: Medium bodied; a little effervescent;

O: easy to drink; balanced; nothing really exciting, but nothing really bad;

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of AltBock
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out a clear golden yellow color with about 3 fingers worth of fluffy white foam. The head drops rapidly leaving some lacing about the glass as it does. Aroma is fairly mild with floral and earthy hops dominating and notes of citric hops are present as well. The taste seems fairly balanced with sweet malt being met by earth grassy hops blow for blow. A little too much emphasis on the malt in the taste but a pleasant mild taste now the less. The after taste is a bit dry and has a slight bitterness to it. The body is medium to light with a smooth creamy feel to it. This has decent drinkability with the mildness of it and nothing inherently flawed except the malt concentration. Not a bad beer but nothing to get excited over. Thanks for the brew Lupe and BIF 14.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Fish113d
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass from a bottle slightly chilled.

Appearance is pale gold color with an aggressive fluffy and clingy tan head. Decent foam but basic for the style.

Aroma is a bit of sour grapefruit. Hops are NOT so apparant though, and there's nothing else to divulge.

Very bitter hops up front with some slight sugariness at the swallow, but the citrus flavors were not there as much as I hoped.

Feel is very very thin. I'd compare the feel to a LITE beer. Carbonation is mild making it enjoyable, but it is just too thin to really enjoy...just nothing there.

Easy to consume a whole lot of, and maybe a decent beer to introduce new micro beer drinkers to the style since the flavor is a little lacking (break them in). However, just boring IMO.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer had a body with quite pale golden color and a decent sized lasting head. The carbonation was medium and steady. The aroma was very grassy hops that were a bit sulfurous. and off putting. The taste was much better than the aroma first suggested, with a very sweet malty backbone, buttery diacetyl, and very slight herbal hop bite. A bit thicker in mouthfeel tan most English style IPAs, this beer feels syrupy and a bit too malt accented. The alcohol content is not listed, but with the beer had a nice warming effect on my insides. If they had thrown in some more hops to bring this closer in line with the rest of the beers in the style, this would have fared much better.

Thanks Lupe and BIF 10 for this one.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this out into a glass mug. Looked quite nice; amber body with a solid white head. Retention was very poor, but it slowed down to a decent lacing. The smell was slightly hoppy. The taste was decently hoppy, nothing too impressive. It definitely did not taste like an IPA; maybe an APA. The mouthfeel was nice a full-bodied like an IPA. The beer itself is pretty drinkable, even though I was not too impressed by this by this beer. I was expecting more hops in the taste, but they just were not there.

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Photo of Seanem44
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I had this at an Irish pub in NJ. If this IPA is the best NJ has to offer, I don't think I ever want to try another beer from the state. This IPA tasted like hops mixed with vomit. Ok.... I might be a little too harsh here, but it was lacking severely. It's like an ingredient was left out. The potential was there, but never arrived. Almost like a sneeze that dies out right before it happens. Very disappointed with my choice, even more so since they had some fine Great Lakes beer on tap. STAY AWAY.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice light copper color pours into the glass w/ a half finger of bright white head...produces thin, but attractive lacing.
Aromas are faint...some semi-sweet malt, floral hops, and even a touch of spice.
The taste is decent...actually a touch more sweet than bitter.
A buttery flavor hangs around, making the mouthfeel slightly cloying and less then refreshing. Carbonation is a bit less than where I'd like to see it, making this one just average for me.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for the chance to taste this one- #BOTG 65! A style I don't typically like (English IPA), but here we go:

Poured from bottle into glass- no bottle date visible. Pours a light orange/yellow color, pretty cloudy. Decent head, little retention. Smell- floral, tea leaves. Not what I like on my IPA's, but I guess to be expected for an English IPA. Taste- mild bitterness, some toffee, floral. Tea Leaves again. Bleh. All of this may be good for the style, but I really don't care for it. I'm going to plead ignorance for the style, not knock this beer too much for it, and move on to the next.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Forb
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Hazy golden hue with minor head and minimal lacing.

Smell/Taste: Nose is almost in-existent but a very minor grassy hop presence is apparent. Palate is faint with a minor burst of earthy hops alongside a sweetness reminiscent of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: Decent beer. Nothing I'd rave about.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a (512) Three tulip.

Hopnotic pours well enough, showing a hazy tangerine body. Overly-carbonated, though, as a gentle pour nearly causes the glass to overflow with a rocky, bone-white head. Decent mottles of lacing left behind. Aroma is nice, too, with peach and mango tropical fruitiness and a hint of citrusy hops. Malts are crackery in the background, and there's almost a Belgian character to them.

The flavor is a bit of a mess, with spicy yeast esters hitting the palate aggressively up front. Again, I'm reminded of a Belgian IPA (and not a good one at that). The hops provide enough tropical fruitness to save what is an otherwise unremarkable IPA. Malts are almost non-existent. The mouthfeel is a hot mess, with huge bubbles that loll across the palate. The beer finishes with a medicinal aftertaste. Not for me.

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Photo of dherling
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, honey golden pour with a head that dies on contact. Nose of hops and lemon. Tastes woody, with soome slight hops, but not really bitter at all. Totally does not fit the IPA mold. It runs down the gullet a little too smooth, no sprakly bite to pick things up a bit. Not an enjoyable beer.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.