Hopnotic India Pale Ale | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
crickethillbrewery.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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#44,628
Reviews:
150
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341
pDev:
16.46%
 
 
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Reviews by titosupertramp:
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2.54/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There doesn't appear to be a date on the bottle.

A: Hazy golden in color, looks to have a lot of floaties. Maybe a finger of soapy white head that fades quickly leaving light lacing, sparce lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Without a bottle on date, it's hard to say, but I'll guess this is an old bottle. Hardly any hop smell at all. Faint, faint grass, yeasty, bready malts. To be honest, this isn't even close to what I'm looking for in an IPA. I understand that this is supposed to be an English style IPA, but I'd still like something a little more.

T: Taste isn't half bad, but hops are still a little too subtle, even for an English IPA. I will say the hops do have a nice grassy, slightly bitter finish. Sweet, bready malts are the predominate taste here.

M: On the light side of medium. Well carbonated.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but I wouldn't pick it up again unless I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of bobbybradley
3/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mountains of foam, I had to let it die down a few times. Some nice bubbles up from the bottom through a gold-orange body to a white head.

S: Smells mostly of yeast, not much malt or hops to speak of.

T: Again mostly yeast. The description here specifies it's an English IPA, but even then I'd expect more bitterness. This would be a mild pale ale.

M: The saving grace - it's fantastic. Smooth and full with a very clean, bubbly finish.

O: Not for hop-heads. Fairly sessionable ABV could fit in well at a barbecue.

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Photo of HopBrain
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Jman_01
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an average appearing white head settling over lightly haed bright golden toned liquid. Fruity and yeasty nose is replaced by lots of bitter smelling hops...perhapd some Amarillo & Cascades here. Some brief malt sweetness is washed away by lightly biscuity flavors then loads of hops. The hop bitterness is abundant and quite aggressive. The finish is long and bitter, with a fruity quality coming thru the hops at the tail end. This is for sure a hophead's quaffer.

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Photo of travishardy929
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just couldn't get into this one overall. It's pretty bland and boring and, while moreseo in the English IPA style, was actually moving into ESB territory at times for me.

It starts off nice enough with a good looking light amber liquid topped with a frothy white head that is somewhat sticky.

The smell is grassy, a touch sweet and earthy as well. Seems to be a slight edge to malt over the hops here.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the smell, but even more bland and even moreso maltier. Hops are there, but just don't jump out at you. This one seems a bit buttery at times as well.

I'd kick the hop flavouring up big time here and lay off on the malt a bit, but that's just me. Not bad (and far from great), but no where near what I was expecting.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very murky looking deep golden appearance. Thin bubbly white head that fails to leave much lace. The aroma seems more sweet than hoppy to me. Sweet bread type of sweetness. A little doughy on the nose. The flavor is sweet and spicy. Slighty bitter and not very hoppy at all. Sweet doughy tones dominate. And pepper yeastiness comes into play as well. Decent tasting beverage, but not what I would call an EIPA by any means.

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Photo of zoober911
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
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 CMalenda
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although this beer is proclaimed as an English style IPA, it could just as easily pass as an American Pale Ale! It's slightly hazy, golden-orange body is capped by a frothy head of bright white; and bright, resinous, grassy, and citrusy hops (reminiscent of Nugget) greet you in the nose! In the mouth, it's medium bodied with a median carbonation level and fine bubbles that leave it smooth and gently creamy across the palate. The flavor is as might be suspected given the hoppy nose.... it's resinous, grassy, floral and mildly citrusy hops are interwoven throughout a blanket of bready and biscuity malt. The balance is impeccable, with hop and malt teetering back and forth over a solid support beam of bitterness! It finishes drying as a wave of it's hop-infused maltiness receeds to reveal the few sparkling gems of hop flavor still left on the palate. Quite drinkable!

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Photo of GuyIncognito
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a clear and bright gold colur with about an inch of foam.

The smell has some hoppy bitter notes of orange citrus with a light malt sweetness.

The taste is of orange citrus, a bit of lemon, a goodly amount of sweet malt, and a little bit of pine. Not overly bitter at all...a pretty nice balance here. Oh yeah, I didn't notice until now, this is an English style IPA. THat explains things. ;^) I like!

Good medium mouthfeel with the carbonation on the low side of medium.

Drinkability? Since I like English IPAs, I can say this is very easy to drink and very tasty. The abv isn't listed but I'd guess that it is under 6%. I could be wrong. Very good sessionable IPA in my book.

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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd offering from this brewery. Somewhat hazy golden color. Nice sized head on top-decent carbonation level. Good grassy and citrusy aroma. Flavor does much to mirror the aroma-very nice. Quite grassy and grapefruit like. Not a full frontal hop assault but enough presence to make the whole package enjoyable. Some good lingering malt sweetness. Good body. Overall an enjoyable pale. I am suitably impressed for a brewery I have heard very little about. Nice job.

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Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

No best by date indicated. Pours a dark gold with about a quarter inch of white head that has excellent retention. Decent carbonation levels are present.

Smell:

Hoppy, as one would expect from an IPA, though not as focused as many IPA's. While the typical spicyness is apparent, there is something odd going on as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

A very well balanced IPA, which I wasn't expecting from the aroma. Hops are predominant, and make themselves known immediately, but there is also a strong malt contingent that appears mid-sip, and rides it out until the end.

Licorice flavors appear towards the end along with an herbal presence. Really quite drinkable.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.28 out of 5 with 341 ratings