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 Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to caresville for the opportunity to try this brew. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Poured a translucent, light copper color with a slightly golden hue when backlit. Half inch fizzy white head slowly recedes into a broken skim - some strands of lacing evident during the tasting. Copious tiny bubble present in solution. Not much of a nose - light malt maybe. Taste - not really too IPAish. Malty, a little sweet, some citrus acidity, maybe a little bit of interplay of hops in there, but kind of like an APA. Mouthfeel is light and slightly prickly. Not really much of an IPA, but I could drink a couple. Just seems to be missing some of the qualities you look for in the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopflop for this one! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Pours a nice hazy yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Lacing was minimal throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and subtle hop notes. The flavor was of subtle hops and malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was very smooth for an IPA and is quite drinkable. If you enjoy IPAs with subtle flavors you owe it to yourself to try this one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet orange citrus. In the taste, orange citrus hops and quite sweet, with a lack of malt backing. A small hop bite and thin and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry orange citrus in the aftertaste. Nice orange citrus, but sweet and lack of body and balance.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Capital Ale House.

A - Dusky looking copper color with a small head and a bit lof lacing.

S - Get a lot of malts and sweetness on this, with hops on the back end. A little bready, hops are mosly of the grassy/farmy type, but they are too understated.

T - I asked the server two times if he had brought me the right beer. Did not taste like an IPA at all. He confirmed, and I also confirmed later with a fairly knowledgable bartender. Tastes like a skunked pilsner. This was horrible, mostly sweet, very little hops.

M - Little watery, nice carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied.

D - I guess it's not hard to drink, except you have to get past the bad taste.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a very small white head. Aroma of sweet fruits, grapefruit, and light citrus. Flavor is mostly malty, with some melon and citrus too. Definitely not very hoppy, but it's still a pretty enjoyable beer. Easy to drink too.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap (on multiple occasions).

Poured a medium amber with a small head. Light citrus and floral aroma and tastes (neither over powering). I've had this on more than a few occasions, and each time I re-rate it, my numbers go down. Maybe I'll have to stop trying this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed brass color with a huge white head that stayed as a thick layer leaving a heavy sheet of lacing behind.

S - bitter and earthy.

T - lots of bitterness with just a hint of malty sweetness towards the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - it's just ok.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.49/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of ffejherb
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass

A - Hazy, almost dusty amber/orange body with ½-finger white head that receded into a patchy film and left adequate lacing around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation present.

S - First whiff reveals bready malts and a mixture of grassy and citrus hops. Hops are quite restrained for an IPA. Some sweet caramel malt also presents itself during subsequent whiffs.

T - Quite malty for an IPA, with the aforementioned breadiness at the forefront along with some sweet caramel. Hops are primarily grassy, though there is just a bit of citrus fruit present. Overall, the flavor is well-balanced, albeit perhaps a bit too malt-forward for my preference, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Pretty creamy texture with a reserved carbonation that provides minimal prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky. Finish is dry and moderately bitter and leaves a tinge of metallic residue on the tastebuds.

D - Not a bad IPA, but nothing memorable. Perhaps a bit too malty for my tastes, but it is still tasty. Drinks a little more like a pale ale.

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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 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 tgbljb
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber bottle with bottled on date blank??. Poured a hazy medium amber color with slight white head. Smell is sweet and slightly fruity, totally lacking in hops. Smell is not very pleasnt at all, and each taste reminds me of it. Taste is very dry and bitter, with a low-level maltiness trying to break through. Finished th more dry bitterness. Not too good a beer. My first beer from ricket Hill and I'm very dissapointed.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine; overall, pretty good stuff; a light, satisfying IPA. Easy on the palate, not too pungent in aroma either. Hints of hops balanced with a mild backbone of malts evident. A local brewery comes good on this British depiction of a pale ale. Not bad.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first encounter with this brewery - at the coffee/beer shop 'Brew' in Philly. I added a 12 oz. to the mixed sixer I was making and carried it back to Portland. Poured to a pint. No dating on the label.

Speaking of... a simple one, orange and white on black, the 'cricket' logo crafted with just a few brush strokes...

A: Sunshine golden hue radiates from the glass. Was almost clear before the last ounce or so poured - lots of silty sediment at the bottom. Caught myself before pouring too much; the result is a fine haze that can't hide a fair amount of rising carbonation. Small head, a short-lived half-finger of whitish cream. Pretty nice lace in wide, broken cobwebs.

S: From an English IPA, I'm not expecting a ton of hops like an American version: I'm correct here. Very little hop nose, more sweet caramel with a little spice and sweet orange.

T: Subdued hop presence makes this seem more like an English Pale or Bitter. As one who prefers a maltier IPA any day, I'll admit finding this pretty enjoyable although it does seem weaker even within its style. Fruity sweetness (candied citrus, apple) and earthy spice. A slight chalky/medicinal bitterness in the finish.

M: Refreshing and light-medium bodied, subtly carbonated with a cleaner finish. Body seems to get thinner later in the glass, as if the carbonation is fading; at the same time, smoothness grows exponentially.

D: Perfectly 'pub-like', a small-feeling IPA (ABV: unknown, but seems 4.5-5%) that's balanced and easy to drink. It's a bit of a misnomer to punnily call your beer 'Hopnotic' when there really isn't a big hop presence. Oh well, regardless of name this is a beer I like enough to have again.

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Photo of Herky21
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated 12 oz. bottle. Purchased for ~$1.75 at BeerCrazy in Des Moines.

Appearance - hazy, golden straw. Resembles a cream ale. Seems to be a lot of yeast or perhaps a thick protein haze.

Smell - faintest amount of citrus. Could use some improvement here.

Taste - sharply bitter if you were revewing this as an English IPA. Doesn't have that malt backgroudn one would expect. After reading their description on the website and considering the hops they used I don't think it was intended as English. As an American IPA, it's pretty drinkable and the crisp, sharpness of the hops and the pithe and citrus in the middle of the taste is its best quality.

Mouthfeel - lingering oils. Might be just a hair more carb'd than the IBUs need in this one.

Overall - it's decent. I like a good amount of aroma and found that disappointing. Seems like a lot of cascade hops as well, which are a classic treat.

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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 BeerLover99
2.59/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dirty yellow body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: faint lemon grass/veg, corn/grain, caramel

T: lemon grass, earthy veg, light malt, hint
of bitter/oily finish

M: light/med body, mild oily/slick mouth

O: Thought I would give this brewery another
go, but again was not thrilled. Would
not recommend, nor buy again.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cricket Hill Hopnotic IPA

Appearance- glowing orange with a thick white head. Looks like a pumpkin ale.
Smell- Grass and Hay. Hops smell musky like a barn!
Taste- Light grassy hops with a slight dry aftertaste. Very light and watery.

Overall- My 6 pack might be a little old, I don't know, but it has a slight skunky aroma. Otherwise the beer is an entry level IPA not very powerful. Perfect for your Budweiser buddies!!

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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 grub
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle in a trade with northyorksammy. thanks sammy!

12oz bottle.

pours slightly hazy amber colour with a small very dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. floral hops. hint of grapefruit and orange. light cracker malts. touch of caramel.

taste is nice. low bitterness level. sweet orange and caramel. cracker malt. earthy hops. bit of alcohol. hops and bitterness feel a bit low, even for an english ipa.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation feels a hair high. fairly light body.

drinkability is good. a touch sweet, but otherwise fairly balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a (512) Three tulip.

Hopnotic pours well enough, showing a hazy tangerine body. Overly-carbonated, though, as a gentle pour nearly causes the glass to overflow with a rocky, bone-white head. Decent mottles of lacing left behind. Aroma is nice, too, with peach and mango tropical fruitiness and a hint of citrusy hops. Malts are crackery in the background, and there's almost a Belgian character to them.

The flavor is a bit of a mess, with spicy yeast esters hitting the palate aggressively up front. Again, I'm reminded of a Belgian IPA (and not a good one at that). The hops provide enough tropical fruitness to save what is an otherwise unremarkable IPA. Malts are almost non-existent. The mouthfeel is a hot mess, with huge bubbles that loll across the palate. The beer finishes with a medicinal aftertaste. Not for me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since it had been a long time since I gave this a try and wanted to see how it held up since the last time I had it. Sure enough, it wasn't as good as I remember it being but that could be because my tastes have changed so dramatically over the years. As many have alluded to on here, the hops are quite subtle and difficult to find, which is probably this beer's biggest weakness.

Light pour to this both in the amber hue and the head, since it didn't last long. Nearly no lacing could be detected and there wasn't much of an aroma to this either. The mouthfeel was strong in lemongrass and a ginger-like spice with a pretty malty backbone underneath everything. The grassy hops came out in the aftertaste but never did I get the impression that this was an IPA, even if it was English and not the stronger versions that I've become accustomed to. Between the light taste and mouthfeel, accompanying carbonation, and sweetness of the malt, this just didn't cut it for me. Sure, it's beer and it goes down easily but I would have preferred it to stay true to stylistic form. For some odd reason, this seemed like a lager to me.

I don't know how strong this is in the alcohol department but just like the taste, there's no punch to be packed in terms of the strength of this beer. It's not a bad choice for the summer and this would go great with Thai food but that's about all I envision for this beer. For the casual drinker, there are better and more memorable choices on the market. There's no doubt that this could use another dose of hops to up the ante.

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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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