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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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 329
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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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 beveragecaptain
3.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Cricket Hill IPA pours out a dirty looking orange brown color with a medium head. The aroma is fruity and herbal with just a hint of hops. The flavor starts out sweet and fruity, with lemons and peaches. Herbal, grassy flavors come in a the middle. This beer is not very hoppy at all. The mouthfeel is medium and there is a pleasant level of carbonation. A little buttery. Drinkability is average. Mediocre pale ale.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this in a local liquor store. Figured I'd try a New Jersey brewer I haven't tried before.

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out a golden color with some orange tone that barely lets any light through. A nice foamy one finger white head sits atop and laces the glass well.

S - A very grassy hop smell. Quite pungent. Not much else going on but fairly pleasant.

T - Has an interesting malt profile. A very sweet flavor overall, especially for an IPA. The hops come through in the aftertaste with a nice bitterness. Not great, not bad. Pretty good, but a lot different than many other IPAs.

M - Feels nice and smooth on the tongue.

D - Not bad by any means but the sweetness is a bit much, especially given the style.

Overall: Glad I tried this but don't know if/when I'll go for it again with the other great IPAs out there.

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

Served lightly chilled in a thistle type glass. Pours with a frothy light tan colored head (which though small manages to leave some lacing on the glass as I work my way through this beer) that sits atop a brilliantly clear, full copper colored beer. The aroma is somewhat subdued, but does have a nice herbal hop note that is joined by just a hint of citrus. There is also a hint of something soapy in the aroma, though it is faint and not really off-putting at all.

The taste is quite smooth and creamy up front, it is really fairly lightly carbonated. There are solid malty notes of caramel and lightly toasted malt. The beer has a nice, though somewhat subtle for an IPO, bite to it that continues through to the end of the beer. This is quite herbal & floral in its hop character, but there is some soft citrus notes as well. There is a bit of light astringency in the finish that joins a nice lingering bitterness; in combination they definitely make you want to take another sip.

This beer is really quite well balanced between the malt and the hops, it is almost more of a Pale Ale than anything. It is quite tasty though, and is definitely a good offering that I am happy to be drinking at this moment.

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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 Fish113d
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass from a bottle slightly chilled.

Appearance is pale gold color with an aggressive fluffy and clingy tan head. Decent foam but basic for the style.

Aroma is a bit of sour grapefruit. Hops are NOT so apparant though, and there's nothing else to divulge.

Very bitter hops up front with some slight sugariness at the swallow, but the citrus flavors were not there as much as I hoped.

Feel is very very thin. I'd compare the feel to a LITE beer. Carbonation is mild making it enjoyable, but it is just too thin to really enjoy...just nothing there.

Easy to consume a whole lot of, and maybe a decent beer to introduce new micro beer drinkers to the style since the flavor is a little lacking (break them in). However, just boring IMO.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice light copper color pours into the glass w/ a half finger of bright white head...produces thin, but attractive lacing.
Aromas are faint...some semi-sweet malt, floral hops, and even a touch of spice.
The taste is decent...actually a touch more sweet than bitter.
A buttery flavor hangs around, making the mouthfeel slightly cloying and less then refreshing. Carbonation is a bit less than where I'd like to see it, making this one just average for me.

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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 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 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 SixpointJMH
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just couldn't get into this one overall. It's pretty bland and boring and, while moreseo in the English IPA style, was actually moving into ESB territory at times for me.

It starts off nice enough with a good looking light amber liquid topped with a frothy white head that is somewhat sticky.

The smell is grassy, a touch sweet and earthy as well. Seems to be a slight edge to malt over the hops here.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the smell, but even more bland and even moreso maltier. Hops are there, but just don't jump out at you. This one seems a bit buttery at times as well.

I'd kick the hop flavouring up big time here and lay off on the malt a bit, but that's just me. Not bad (and far from great), but no where near what I was expecting.

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Photo of BCMan
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured up light amber to yellow with a frothy, white head. Nose is subtle and dry. This beer is billed as an IPA but I'm not really getting that. Hop flavor is very subtle. The after taste is a bit stale. This would be a worthy session beer but not much more than something to pound during the game. Would I reccomend this??? For $25 a case, probably.

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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 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 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 orbitalr0x
3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden orange pour with a fluffy one inch head that leaves trails of lacing as it falls. A mix of floral and citrus hop notes along with some caramel sweetness. Nice, but a bid subdued.

First taste hits with a nice mellow intermingling of hop flavors, floral, orange peel and lemon. A nice sweet biscuity malt with hints of caramel rolls along the palate.

Nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel that satisfies. Good carbonation. This could make a nice session brew, but it would need more hoppiness in there. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the hook up on this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label Lore: Simple slick marketed design of a orange cricket which is their logo and Fairfield NJ. There is a “Bottled on” box, left blank.

Bright golden yellow orange slightly hazy pour with a sticky spumescent egg shell white head and plenty of sporadic bubbles escaping. This lattice lace left behind.

Light aroma of grassy citrous nose.

First Swigs: Malt front flavors that reveal some dry hop balance in the lingering finish. Grainy Earthy mineraly dusty IPA flavors. Biscuit malts are detectable. Dry Tang powder orange and hard candy malts here mostly.

Lasting carbonation. Thin body. Not particularly a beer that begs to be enjoyed again in the same session.

Last Swigs: Delicate oranges meets hard candy malt and dried leaves. Lacks a hop spike. A great beer bargain, at $20 a case. This would improve with just more hops. There are probably some Willamette or Fuggles in here. Good convert for the Big3 drinker. Not a top notch IPA, so you’re not missing anything without it. This is actually better from the bottle, by the way.

Beer is good. Happy local fresh beering.

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Photo of Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, pours very light and golden, minimal white head, quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. Mild hop nose. Watery center, minimal grainy hop package. Malt for body and hops for flavor and complexity called for to lift this weak and lame "IPA" up to respectability. Not impressed, just slighly better then macro piss water.

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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 meathookjones
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out a clear golden yellow color with about 3 fingers worth of fluffy white foam. The head drops rapidly leaving some lacing about the glass as it does. Aroma is fairly mild with floral and earthy hops dominating and notes of citric hops are present as well. The taste seems fairly balanced with sweet malt being met by earth grassy hops blow for blow. A little too much emphasis on the malt in the taste but a pleasant mild taste now the less. The after taste is a bit dry and has a slight bitterness to it. The body is medium to light with a smooth creamy feel to it. This has decent drinkability with the mildness of it and nothing inherently flawed except the malt concentration. Not a bad beer but nothing to get excited over. Thanks for the brew Lupe and BIF 14.

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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 rajendra82
2.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer had a body with quite pale golden color and a decent sized lasting head. The carbonation was medium and steady. The aroma was very grassy hops that were a bit sulfurous. and off putting. The taste was much better than the aroma first suggested, with a very sweet malty backbone, buttery diacetyl, and very slight herbal hop bite. A bit thicker in mouthfeel tan most English style IPAs, this beer feels syrupy and a bit too malt accented. The alcohol content is not listed, but with the beer had a nice warming effect on my insides. If they had thrown in some more hops to bring this closer in line with the rest of the beers in the style, this would have fared much better.

Thanks Lupe and BIF 10 for this one.

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling clear yellowish / orange color. The head was 1"+ and was fluffy white, but it disappeared quickly. Some minor lacing occurs. The aroma is mildly floral and grassy. The flavor is a decent balance of malt and bitterness, though not overwhelming. Some light grapefruit, lemon, and grassy notes are in the background but do add to the flavor ever so slighlty.

The mouthfeel is light - medium in body, with a smooth start and a long slighlty bitter finish. Drinkability is all right, but this IPA does not get the tastebuds hoppin'...

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One on NJ's lesser know breweries introduces a new beer, and totally revamped packaging. Gone are the seascapes, in is a very stylistic modern label, featuring, finally, a cricket.

Pours a surprisingly bright gold, crystal clear, with a solid two finger level head. Bits of lacing hang about the glass.

Nose features some grass and hay, but no citrus, no earthliness. Very laid back.

Caramel glides across the tongue, followed by a wash of herbal hoppiness which bathes the entire mouth. Pleasant hop aftertaste can force a smile. Its nice, if very low key. Very soft, there's no bite and plenty of balance. Pleasant, but not what you would expect.

Good round mouthfeel, nothing watery at all. Certainly drinkable.

Leave off the label, and I would say this is a solid golden ale with an above average mouthfeel. Call this an IPA with a name like "Hopnotic" and in the summer of Smuttynose it seems to be a felony case of false advertising. Not a terrible beer, but not what it's made up to be.

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