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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

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Added by RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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1/5  rDev -69.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

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1.52/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not worth tracking it down

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1.81/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear very light golden color with no carbonation at all.
S: No Hop aroma at all was not sure if I was drinking an IPA or a Miller Lite.

T: pale malt, some yeast, maybe very little herbal hops.

M: Smooth and clean and no carbonation.

O: If you are going to call a beer an IPA you need to be able to smell and taste the hops. This was a far cry from an IPA. It was lacking lots of hop aroma and if I didn't know what style it was I would think I was drinking a light lager.

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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2.01/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very light copper, transparent. Macro carbonation, minimal lacing.

Ack. Maybe this is a bad bottle. Metallic, light grapefruit. Undesirable all over the place.

Well, some assembelence here. First is unfermented sugars, though not malt. Almost like table sugar, but not too sweet. Some hops, feels like there was no effort here. Light malt, maybe corn syrup.

Nothing. Not realy a lot here. Very wet. No ABV present.

Hate to say this, but it tastes like an IPA Bud/Miller/Coors would make. Nothing preset.

I refuse to believe any brewer would realease this. Im adding it to my wants list since as I want to give them another chance since this review is going to be wicked horrible.

I might just pour this

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2.11/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer was split from Cricket Hill's variety pack with a couple BAs at work. It poured a bright orange in color, very light, and very clear with a light off white head. It smelled of pale malt with a light orange twist. This beer literally just arrived but it smelled like a skunked Dortmunder. There was ZERO hop presence at all. This beer is definitely not an IPA, not even an English one. This beer has the hop profile of Miller Lite. It drank very light and thin. It didn't have any of the stickyness or dryness that you get from most IPAs. This beer was an awful interpretation of the style.

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2.13/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

New to the area, so I decided to give it a try. Pours a clear, copper color with minimal head that gives way quickly. Aroma is of weak grains and a very bitter and slightly metallic smell. Taste is of off tasting bitterness, slight citrus hop flavors, metallic notes, hop spices. Aftertaste is very metallic and off. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light bodied. As far as drinkablity, I am going to have to muscle my way through this one pint. Their are tons of IPA's out there, and this one falls upon the lower rungs of the ladder, in my honest opinion.

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2.24/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cricket Hill Hopnotic

Pours clear gold with a big head with good retention.

A little bit of citrus aroma with earthiness, but also a weird wheaty tart note.

Starts out somewhat spicy finishing with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is too thin and adequate carbonation.

Really not good at all. Not even remotely close to an IPA hop profile with off flavors and a thin mouthfeel to boot. It's a shame after how beautiful it looked.

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2.27/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium brown with a thin beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is quite grainy with some pale malts and grassy hops. Taste more like an English mild than IPA. Hops are quite mellow, as are the malts. Light body lacks carbonation and is thin in the finish. Not very impressed by this one.

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2.37/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Overflowing glass of foam, that is mostly white.

S: Aroma of cake batter, dough and pale malt. Some sweet hops, but nothing over the top, not what I call Hopnotic by aroma.

T: Bleh, probably the worst single ipa I have had in well over a year or two. Doughy taste, overbittered and horrible flavors all around. Just Not.... good

M: Over carbonated, light mouthfeel.

O: Please dont try this. I am reminded of one of my earlier home brews that was OK... for a homebrew...

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2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
July 12, 2008

Overall it's a good beer, but fails as an IPA. Doesn't have the grassy, hoppy aroma that I've come to expect from other IPAs. Pours a cloudy pale yellow, small white head. Lightly citrus taste that lacks a hoppy punch. It's really not a bad beer, easy to drink and tastes good, but not a good IPA.

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2.44/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although this is not a strong IPA as some i have tried, it does have the same drawbacks and the rest of them. It had a hoppy smell and a stronger aftertaste then what im used to. Cricket Hill did do a good job with this beer, it is a shame that I did not prefer this beer

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2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a few of the elements of a good ipa. The main thin that I felt that was missed was the big hoppy flavors. The color was on the copper side and fairly clear in color. The beer was just a little weak to me. Not the greatest IPA out there.

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2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was thoroughly unimpressed by this IPA (I may have even made a Jersey joke while drinking it out of spite). I picked this up from the store without any prior knowledge of it, just never saw it before.

It poured a mild to darker amber, but clear. I think it was the smell that first set me off, it was just bland and kinda metallic. The taste confirmed this, maybe a bad batch or bottle but there was definitely a metallic taste that was more prominent that any of the weak malts, and are there hops here?

I did not finish my 12oz bottle, it would be a waste of carbs.

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2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am sampling a cold bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a lite gold color with soft fluffy off white head foaming up about 2 cm and holding at least a surface layer throughout.
Aroma is pretty mild with slight caramel and a bit of bitter citrus hops but overall very mild. Not too great on the nose IMO.
First sip reveals a lite and thin body with average carbonation. Flavor is rather empty up front but does come through with an orange rind bitter bite on the finish. Pretty one dimensional on flavor and rather mild at that.
The beer is clean but rather empty. It does go down very easily.
I wont buy this one again.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 330 ratings
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