Hopnotic India Pale Ale | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Hopnotic India Pale AleHopnotic India Pale Ale

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 329
Photo of tjd112
4.71/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass

Appearance - Orange color with fluffy white finger head, well laced.

Smell - A bit of a weak grapefruit

Taste - Very fruity, this is definitely a mild IPA. A lot of oranges and apricots

Mouthfeel - Medium

Drinkability - Surprisingly good for an IPA

Overall - A good I[A for those who hate IPAs

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.39/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Honey/Amber colored, solid 1 inch of head, constant carbonation bubbles

S - Mellow earthy, nice bitter-sweet hops

T - Bitter at first, very aromatic, earth-flowerish, sweet after taste

M - light, fizzy - totally the opposite of what i figured (heavy/bitter)

O - A very refreshing anytime beer!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
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 orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy peach juice with rocky snow-white head. Moderate and steady carbonation. Nice mild aromas of apricots and orange peels with a slight spruce sap scent lingering in the background amongst the faintest traces of sweet malts. Bitter orange flavors begin the sip, rounding out to a sharp mineral middle. Some crystal malt sweetness comes through near the finish, along with more citric hops, lending a fresh-squeezed orange juice quality to the final aspect of the flavor. Thin-to-medium body, overall juicy mouthfeel, somewhat sharp and off-dry. This really isn't a very "complex" IPA, but I think that's actually a very fine thing to be. Sometimes I don't want to be clobbered with astounding flavor profiles (and, of course, sometimes I really do!). It's refreshing to find a straightforward, solid-drinking IPA like this. I'm glad the nice folks at Oak Tree in South Plainfield, NJ, hipped me to this beer when they included a free Cricket Hill shaker pint with my last purchase (which I used to drink Hopnotic IPA, naturally). Anyway, this seems to be a pretty underrated beer, and it has my thorough recommendation.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE REVIEWED: June 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: O's/Yanks renewed, and Blatt is named new Cavs coach...APPEARANCE: light amber, effervescent body; creamy pure white head that stands firm; inviting with nice spiraling lacing... AROMA: sprucey with some citrus scents; a bit of grapefruit, apple, melon and otherwise, agreeable... PALATE: big, full-bodied presence that demands attention on the tongue and teeth; a pulsating aftertaste, almost an aftershock... TASTE: a well-balanced approach here,, with grapefruit,, apple, melon, mellow sweet malts and a bit of yeasty funk--a tasty balance... OVERALLL: a strong, memorable experience throughout, with enough punch and balance ti please the palate--a local brew delivers a winner....

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head. Head is nice and chunky with excellent staying power and excellent chunky and patchy leftover lace.

Smell- Some alcoholic esthers with some traditional pine and grapefruit scents and a touch of lightly toasted malts.

Taste- Hops are quite sugary with some tropical fruit flavors. Malt is somewhat covered up by the strong bitterness of the hops, but some light caramel malts come through.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level with a pretty hefty bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads will enjoy this beer. Could be a touch more balanced, but still quite good.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden alfalfa honey color. It's cloudy like a hefeweizen. Foamy creamy head that stayed thick for a few minutes. It thinned out but is still clinging to the glass.

S: Yeast, bread and malts. The hops are very mild, but there.

T: Great malt profile shines brightly. Hops are balanced very well with malts. It's not over bearing like many IPA's. It tastes like a traditional English IPA or ESB, and not like it's American counterparts which are known to blow your hair back with hops.

M: It's level and moderate on the palate. Not tannic or heavily carbonated. Smooth with a pinch of bitter. It's what you'd expect from an English bitter.

D: Very drinkable. If you're in a pub, and you see it on the hand pump, ask the bar keep to pour you one.

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Photo of ny101
4.04/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tasted Hopnotic IPA at an open house Friday eve in Fairfield NJ was the fourth tap in the lineup with the third having a ? lable - I was instructed to start on the left with the lager then amber to the IPA trying the ? last. I guesed it as an ESB which was confirmed by Rick the proprietor. Cask conditioned of course
Back to the IPA - it has a malt flavor balanced with tons of hops aroma and bitterness that lingers - roasted malts show a presence that will definetly satisfy our thirst for more flavor
Enjoyed the beers and the company
When in the area visit Cricket Hill

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
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 kernalklink
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew at philly craft fest- wish i had heard of this brewery before- very nice E-IPA aromas, subtle citrusy hops with a malt backbone to back it up. The malts are slightly sweet with medium body, while the hops settle in on the end for a refreshing floral aftertaste. Not overly dry on the backend. Great flavors and mild taste make this a session IPA that will not destroy your palate.

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Photo of deanhead
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of magnj
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jackorain
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Creamy white head, great retention, hazy yellow-gold color, good lacing

S-Citrus hop, bready malt

T-Great citrus and pine hop nice malt backbone for balance

M-Creamy wth good carbonation for balance

D- very good, I could easily session this one.

Overall seems to hit the English IPA target very well

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tangerine skin orange with sunflower yellow edges; a fairly typical color for the style. The pour begets a three finger cap of yellowed ivory that's neither creamy nor firm and rocky, but is something in between. Fine, periodically broken sheets of BB-shot lace decorate the upper few inches of the glass and do a pretty good job of covering the rest of it as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is pleasant enough, but could be both more powerful and more hoppy. Musky fruit (apples and apricots) leads the way and identifies this as an English version of the IPA style. While I have no knowledge of the hop bill, I'm betting that East Kent Goldings make up at least a portion of it. (Edit: Simcoe, East Kent Goldings and Challenger, according to the brewer).

Hopnotic is on the friendly, easy to drink side of the IPA street. At first I thought it wasn't quite hoppy enough, but given the sub-style, I'd say it's in the ballpark, if not a little more bitter than the average. What resinousness is present bides its time until the finish when it comes on with surprising force. In fact, as I drink, I'm beginning to think that it's as hoppy as many good American IPAs.

I've settled on the lower of the two taste scores that I've been considering because the beer lacks a certain spark. It's a bit too simple and straightforward to be counted among the truly good versions, English or otherwise. At least the brewers have seen fit to add enough pale malt to provide more than a little countering sweetness. Given the cumulative bitterness, I'm guessing that this bottle is extremely fresh.

The body/mouthfeel is a definite highlight. It's no more than medium for the style, but fills the mouth nicely and is supremely smooth in the bargain. A perfect amount of carbonation helps a great deal.

Cricket Hill's Hopnotic IPA is quality beer and is a more than credible version of the English IPA style. I could just as easily have granted the higher flavor score since I'm enjoying the bottom half of the bottle even more than the top half. What the hell. This is a well-brewed beer that is disappearing remarkably quickly. I thing I'll reward it accordingly.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear coppery amber body with a small offwhite head. Retention is decent and the lacing is spiderwebby.

Aroma is mostly grassy and herbal hops with hints of apricot and lemon. Toasted barley underneath.

Medium body and carbonation has an earthy feel.

Taste opens with a grassy hop bitterness that is smooth and clean and not at all astringent. Herbal hop notes mingle throughout. Toasted caramel malt base balances well and fruity hints of orange zest and lemon add some interest. Finsihes clean and even.

Very nicely balanced between hops and malt. Fits the English IPA profile quite well. Enjoyable.

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Photo of MrMalt27
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a honey yellow with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The taste follows the nose, the finish lingers with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Medium in body, average carbonation. IMO kind of sweet for an IPA, but it is nicely hopped and a solid brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of 86sportster883
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hopnotic IPA is a worthy EIPA from NJ that begs to be drunk at English pub temperatures. The first time I tried this beer I drank it cold, right out of the fridge, and I wasn't impressed. For this tasting I let a bottle warm up a bit before giving it another try. I found it to be much better, and truer to the English IPA style, when warmer (45+).

The Hopnotic poured pale golden and crystal clear topped by a quick fading head with some stickiness. It felt medium bodied with a fine carbonation that helps to achieve a momentary balance between malt and hop before resiny hop flavors prevail. The dry, mineral finish is punctuated by an initially mild hop bitterness that then lingers and grows.

Overall, I found this offering from Cricket Hill to be a pretty good EIPA that is very drinkable, and that I grew fonder of over time.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop and a soft malt sweetness.

The taste consisted of a moderately vibrant hop and round malts. Good residual hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and well balanced ale.

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Photo of matty
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colored beer with a decent citrusy smell.Taste is citrus with either honey or caramel,a good mixture for this beer.This beer holds it's taste from first to last sip.Definetly something I would buy and recommend.Makes me want to try more products from cricket hill.

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