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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Added by RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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 tuowl74a
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of BeerRun13
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw. A fairly small, just off white head leaves little to no lacing.
Malty with some hints of toast. Nice floral hop aroma.
Nice play of malt and hops, very balanced. A little caramel in there? Good bitternes from mid sip to finish.
Light to medium bodied. Nice carbonation. Finish washes away the initial bitterness, but leaves a bit behind. Slightly dry finish.
Nice beer. Well balanced.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
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 drtth
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer as served is a clear dark golden color with a 1/8th head that recedes quickly. There is minimal to no lacing. By the end of the beer there is barely fine ring of foam leaving a few speckles of lacing when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is soft and malty with very little hop presence, much more like an English style IPA than an American style. What hop presence is there is grassy and herbal in character. (Which is what it should be like.)

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the light caramel malt backbone with only traces of hop presence. The hop flavors are grassy and floral and well integrated with the bready malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-bodied and has minimal carbonation, particularly by the end of the beer. The finish is medium length with lots of malt presence tapering off into a dry ending with minimal hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a workman like beer with nothing particularly outstanding or challenging in its character. It is a good session beer in that one can drink several of them at a sitting. Each sip leads easily onto the next and then the beer is gone. That being said there is no particular reason to seek out this beer or to have it again unless it is your local brew. Good but nothing outstanding. However it does match my expectations for an English style IPA intended to be easily drinkable and attractive to a local audience.

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Photo of JayQue
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good take on an English IPA. Not a hop bomb but rich flavors with a little hop bitterness at the end. Pours a clear dark gold color with a good size white head. About average head retention with thin ladder-like lacing on the glass.

Aroma is malty, not that pronounced. Taste is pretty good. Smooth malty flavor, a little citrus and bitterness in the finish. This is primarily a malty beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. THe abv wasn't listed but I'm figuring @ 5. This is tasty and drinkable..probably low enough octane to be a session beer.

My first beer from NJ...not bad at all!!

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very citrusy aroma here, with some hops as well.

T: Tasted of hops, some citrus and a bit of malt. This is one of beers that has a solid, decent flavor, but isn't exactly exciting or groundbreaking.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that doesn't try to do anything spectacular, but still manages to produce something drinkable.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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