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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/10...pours bright copper, white foam, quite striking. Minty pine nose, grassy. Strong oily bitter taste, slick bitter burn, then subtle sweet close. Doesn't let up. Flavorful bitter. Tasty.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Young's nonic pint.

A- thick, dense, khaki head. Slightly hazed, deep golden body with light carbonation. Great retention. A sloppy pour settled into a dense, 1-finger foam. Awesome stick.

S- balanced. Cracker-like malts and flowery/grassy hops.

T- More balance, though definitely hoppy. Ritz crackers. Mix of grassy, grapefruit, and lighter/spicy hops. Maybe a touch floral, like an herbal tea. Some grain. A touch of aspirin.

M- medium-full body. Lightly carbonated. Nice, hoppy bite. Dry.

O- A real easy drinker. Nicely balanced. A good American example of the English style. Received as a sixer as a gift. Something I would buy if it were available.

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Photo of Kendo
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a tumbler-style pint glass. Body is hazy tangerine orange with a fluffy 1.5-finger white head. Leaves behind some good thick rings of lace.

S: Juicy citrusy hops - think oranges or clementines. Touch of biscuit/bready malt underneath. Solid nose, though for some reason I think it smells more like an APA than an American IPA. . . . Wait, I see it's listed as an English IPA. Hmmmm. . . . Slight mustiness keeps this from a higher score.

T: First impression is the citrusy hops again. Some grapefruit, some orange. Kind of juicy hops over bread doughy malt. Finishes with a juicy hop bitterness that's pleasant; lemony and minerally bitterness on the back of the tongue. Again, tastes more like an APA than an English IPA; the citrus gives the impression of American hops (C-hops perhaps) rather than the British counterparts (Fuggles, Goldings, Kent).

M: Creamy in feel, call it medium in heft. Carbonation is a bit lacking.

O: Decent. Better than I expected, to be honest, given the reviews here and the reputation of this brewer. Maybe I got one that's uber-fresh (I'll check the bottle for dating info). I bought a single bottle at Price Chopper and doubt I'd buy a full sixer of this (there are so many IPAs that I like better than this), but I'm not unhappy with the purchase at all.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cricket Hill Brewing Co. - Hopnotic India Pale Ale

First things first from reading the few recent reviews and the old reviews, I am guessing they changed the formula for this brew because after I reviewed mine I read others from earlier dates and it sounded like we were drinking different brews. The label changed as well but that doesn't always been the brew did. Anyway, just wanted to mention that.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy mostly clear golden amber orange with a massive foamy head that dissipates quite slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing. Bubbly and medium carbonation.

Smell - Sharp citrus and piney hops with a faint bready malt backbone.

Taste - Snappy carbonated and then juicy lemon hop intro, then fades to bitter grassiness and bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy in fact but otherwise on the dry side. Rests bitter. Boozy for its low ABV, a little throat hot. Decent drinkability.

Overall - A light IPA, crisp citrus and refreshing. I am not seeing most of the same negative qualities on some of the older review, again I am guessing this is a reformulation attempt. I did notice that it is a little on the tart side, but otherwise this is a decent brew. Would not recommend this one to hop heads necessarily and if I did I would call the hops lemonade hops, not really my favorite style.

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Photo of cbl2
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.


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.


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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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.99.

A: Honey-gold with tall 2-finger off-white head with good retention and exceptional lacing.

S: Grassy hops aromas accent an interesting maltiness which is bready pale malts with some minor caramel accents. Hops also provide other herbal complements and a light lemony citrus note.

T: Flavor is very balanced and clean with grassy, herbal hops most prominent but nearly equaled by the pale maltiness that is quite crackery and bready. There is a lemon flavor present also. The whole has a very tea-like flavor.

M: The feel is very smooth and coating with low-medium carbonation and an ample maltload to carry a very nice medium body. Without this, it would come off much like a hoppy lager given the malt complexities and clean character of the flavor.

D: A pretty nice brew and really a nice representation of the English IPA. Not usually my cup of tea, but I have enjoyed each one of these from the 6-pack a little more than the last.

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Photo of Naugros
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A half inch head forms on the pour but doesn't last long. The remaining ring of suds and film leaves behind very thin and spotty lace and only on the side of the glass you're drinking from. The beer is an golden yellow/orange with a mild hazing and visible carbonation.

The smell is rather weak for an IPA. I get the malts (light caramel) and the hops come through as a mild citrus with a splash of pine and herbs.

The taste is different entirely. Pine resin dominates and the difference in the smell leads me to believe that many variety of hops with different flavor profiles were used to bitter and finish. The malt flavors are as unremarkable as they were in the smell leaving the melody of hops to shine through. Drink at different temperatures and with food and without and you'll grasp all the different hops used in this one. The beer is well balanced. I also have to give them credit for not jumping on the bandwagon of Pacific Northwest hops. They're in there but they're not the only kids in the sandbox.

Medium-bodied, the bitterness does not overwhelm even though it presents itself immediately and all across the palate and corners of your mouth. Aftertaste does not carry through the bitterness, yet leaves behind some of the sweetness from the malts. One of the easiest drinking IPAs I've had in a while, but that's because it's one of the weakest.

This brewery is within 10 minutes of my house and yet this is the first bottle that I've bought. I had one of their beers on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern, but can't remember which. Their beers tend to be low in ABV and they claim to concentrate on flavor. If this is a concentrated effort then I'm a bit disappointed. It is good enough for me to seek out their other brews and give them a shot...a tour of the brewery is definitely in order due mostly to its proximity than the result of this offering.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this was an English style IPA and research shows this to be the correct case. I think this is underated because people get a drier, pale plus hopped ale. This is somewhat leaf dry astringency and on the bitter side, it is malted to ease drinkability and nicely done.Lace and small head on orange.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off fluffy white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface as well as lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with some notes of grapefruit citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has hints of floral and spicy hops. It has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little hoppier and bitter compared to other English IPAs but has a nice amount of flavors of hops.

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Photo of caresville
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from 12 oz bottle into a slender pils glass. pours a hazy orange to amber with some carbonation and decent sized white as cloud head. also some noticeable lacing is present. smell is mostly grass, hay, straw, with notes of oranges and faint hops. taste is surprisingly hoppy (i am saying this because of the faint hops smell) and crisp. notes of oranges, pears and grapefruit. not overly bitter, but it is there on the swallow. easily a great brew to throw down a few of, while doing yard work on a hot summer day.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a clear pale golden with a slightly off-white head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a slight light caramel aroma.

The flavor was slightly sweet in the malt department with a light bittering complement. The bittering lasted very well through the flavor and was grassy and slightly citrusy in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a light lasting caramel impression. The body was medium and well done. The beer could have certainly been more hoppier, but was easy to drink.

12 ounce bottle I found in the cooler of the restaurant, Eccola Italian Bistro in Parsippany, NJ. The waitress originally said they had no microbrews but I saw the sixer in the cooler and asked again and got what I wanted!

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Race Street Café in Philly.

A: Nice orange amber. Decent if light head with little retention.
S: Grainy with a slightly citrus-sweet scent. Little bit of the piney hops coming through.
T: This was a lot less hoppy than I expected, but I had to keep reminding myself that this is an English and not an American version of the IPA. Grainy and earthy tone (similar to a lager taste.) More hop bitterness towards the end, with a dry aftertaste. I still felt it was missing that spark.
M: Smooth and refreshing.
D: Very drinkable.

I may have had a different expectation going in when I ordered this one. Anything labeled “hopnotic” would seem to imply being punched in the face with hops. Kind of a misnomer, but a good English IPA. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of hardysf
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear Amber pour. Spot on color for English ipa. A little cloudy, light head. Well carbonated throughout, refreshing mouthfeel. Smells of grapefruit and maybe some pine. Finished with bitterness. Sort of stings the back of your throat but more of a malty than hoppy flavor.

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Photo of bpw28
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Small bleach white head, hazy pale gold (about a 5 SRM), nice lacing, alot of carb.

Smell: Very light citrus, bit of funk (good kind), coriander, light yeast, light yeast, sweet, light malt, fresh cut grass, oaty/hay/animal feed.

Taste:Spicy, bit bready, little grassy note, little funk not as strong as nose, mandarin orange, hop bite is weak for an IPA (IMO), perfect carb, floral, jasmine, piney tail end.

Final Thoughts: Very...interesting. I've been in the mood for a kind of funky beer, but I didn't expect it to be from a random IPA. The yeast on the bottom really changes this beer. The first time I had it I didn't realize it was bottle conditoned and it just tasted like a plain IPA. After that first, I realized it was BC, so this time I got at it and it changed the beer totally. I can't say I wouldn't buy this beer again, but I can say I will not buy it under the auspices of an IPA. A good post-post-lawn mower brew. One to have after that witbier, hef, or ipa you have after the lawn.

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Photo of HeroicDoses
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 20, 2010 8:34pm, rocking soundboard Eyes of the World 11/13/73 on bose, clear spring skies, enough said....poured a clear mahogoney orange, very quickly disapating light head. Smell is a strange alcoholly/grapish mixture...in a agood way. First sip/first impression = this is the most poundable IPA I've ever had. Mouthfeel is that of a cool river downstream from choice hop factory. (---> China Doll btw). Hops are very tasty. Not overpowering by any means, but tasty in a kinda slow cooked way. Before reading the other reviews I'd assume that the knock will be it's lack of boldness, but I see that as a nice alternative to standard IPA's. Market this properly and you'd have a mainstream brew. (This song is too slow, fast forawrd --> Sugar Magnolia....much better). Anyway, yes, this is a well made lighter IPA. Perfectly balanced, tasty, drinkable and good looking. Sunshine daydream indeed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a very nice hazy amber with a good three fingers of frothy white sticky lace on the top. Nice slow faded left behind a good amount of side glass lace and a good amount of frothy stuff sitting on top.

The aroma was nicely hopped, with a good floral bouquet of sticky citrus smells. Lots of orange peel and tangerine mingled in with a good amount of sugar. This was laid down on top of a good bread like malted base. flavor was very nice, blended well into the bready base was a good orange flavor and a nice, albeit quick biting bitter finish. Nice long dry pause lengthened out the finish and kept you wanting to come back for a little more. The flavor was a touch light I have to admit and this became more apparent as it went on. Nice and smooth, this medium to light bodied ale never really felt thin. Nothing too dramatic that would make you think twice, this had all the earmarks of the kind of easy drinking brew that you would have no trouble with at all.

Overall this was a nice IPA. I have of course had better, and also had much, much worse, but this one will definitely work. I was surprised by the balance it posed, not simply relying on a ton of hops to push through the flavor. A really nice choice and a good call.

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Photo of bigone4
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle I got from an in person trade with silks636 on a wedding trip to NJ. No freshness date on the bottle but it was fine. Appearance was good a nice pale hazy orange straw color. Nice fluffy white head that dissipated rather slowly. Nice lacing down the glass. Smells very floral with hints of citrus especially grapefruit scents. Slight malt hint in the back of the nose. Taste is very fresh, crisp and clean. Well carbonated with a nice flowing hop flavor. Milder hop bite but it builds as it goes down. Nice dry hop finish with many well constructed flavors. Nice aromatic IPA with good drinkability and taste. This is an enjoyable beer worth giving it a try if you like milder IPA's. Not a very overpowering hop flavor making it a very drinkable beer. I would consider drinking it quite often if I could find it near me. I would think it would make a decent all around everyday IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. Pours a finger tall fluffy white head that slowly reduces to thin film covering about 70% of the surface of the beer with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pine/resin hops and light citrus/grapefruit hops over the top of some slightly sweet grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of slightly sweet grainy malts with just a touch of caramel malts. Then there are moderate flavors of pine/resin hops and some lighter notes of citrus/grapefruit, floral, and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively crisp.

O: This beer is probably a slight amount hoppier and more bitter than I expected in an English IPA but it is still enjoyable and pretty easy to drink. The flavors of the hops come through nicely and are not quite as subdued as some others in the style, Enjoyable and one I would likely order again.

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Photo of scooter231
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I like the cricket better than the brews themselves, but this was a decent IPA. Had the necessary hoppy and citrus kicks with a fair amount of sweet malts, a decent frothy mouthfeel, and was very easy to drink. But it lacked depth for me. I'd love to have a sixer or two in the back of my fridge for everyday, thirst-quenching drinking, but I wouldn't order it if I went out. Still, nothing to frown at.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that retains for awhile. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom makes this an enticing offer.

S: Aromas of fruity hops with a nice bready maltyness

T: Upfront tastes of grapefruit hops hit the palate first with a slight bready malt undertone. Not bitter, but just how a good tasting English Pale Ale should taste. Slight metallic and grassy taste also.

M & D: Mouthfeel and drinkability are both alright-not great, but just alright. Average more or less. Smooth and oily mouthfeel with not much aftertaste--malts are more lingering than hops. Carbonation is pretty good and not too pronounced. Drinkability is high as its an easy drinker. Pretty good, but there are better.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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