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 | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

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Photo of brauseboof
2.52/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured about an inch of light head. Somewhat of a hazy pale yellow. Couldn't detect much in the aroma, perhaps a bit of biscuity yeast. Had a very mild citrus taste, a bit of bitteness and a tad of malt.
Fairly nicely carbonated and pehaps creamy.
Not really too much to get excited about here, and I had high hopes having spent my formative years in NJ.

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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 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 rye726
2.27/5  rDev -31%
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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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 pwoods
2.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a light orange rind, hazy. decent sized off white head forms and holds for a bit. Decent lacing.

S: Not a ton of aroma, and I'd bet against dry hopping. Light grassy and floral hops that are nearly covered by an equally light grainy malt base.

T/M: Moderate bittering with much more hop flavor than expected. Very grassy with a fresh leave like flavor. Definitely English. Malts are bready, biscuity, with a hint of caramel. Body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is a bit understated.

D: Drink easy enough and probably has at least somewhat low ABV. Pretty good on style points. It's just not very tasty or interesting.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/02/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour with a 1/2 inch head. Head is nice and chunky with excellent staying power and excellent chunky and patchy leftover lace.

Smell- Some alcoholic esthers with some traditional pine and grapefruit scents and a touch of lightly toasted malts.

Taste- Hops are quite sugary with some tropical fruit flavors. Malt is somewhat covered up by the strong bitterness of the hops, but some light caramel malts come through.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation level with a pretty hefty bitter lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Hop heads will enjoy this beer. Could be a touch more balanced, but still quite good.

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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 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 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 indiapaleale
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Cricket Hill, "Jersey's local beer", out of Fairfield, New Jersey. I picked up a bottle of this while down in NJ for work. If you are EVER in NJ and are looking for a great place to get some beers I definitely suggest going to Oak Tree Discount Wine and Sprits in South Plainfield. It is an amazing place with a ridiculous amount of great beer.

Pours a very bright golden orange color with a nice looking thick, white head. When held to the light, its clean and clear.

Sticking my nose into the glass I get a bit of orange and lemon citrus smells along with some sweet and sour malt.

Taste is very much dominate by the malt flavors and not so much the hops. This is however an English-style IPA so that is to be expected as compared to the hop bombs that are American IPAs. The malty backbone to this is really the standout flavor with only a slight bit of cirtusy hop bitterness in the finish.

This may not be everyone's cup of hops. Its much more of a subdued IPA than anyone jonesing for their hop fix may be looking for. This one makes me think of Fuggles IPA by Shipyard, another English-style IPA. I'll have to give their Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale a try next time I am down that way...

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

The look is a transparent yellow with a tinge of orange. Color and depth of a pale lager. A tall, white head, with specks of lace.

The aroma is pale crystalline malts. Lemon and orange hop. Not unpleasant, but very very weak. Smells like a pale with a little extra; needs a lot more hop aroma for balance.

The taste is lemon, orange and hints of grapefruit and tangerines. Malts are very pale-like. It's actually more like a pale ale with some extra stuff added in. A small bite in the aftertates. As it warms up, some toasted malts start to emerge and bite a little.

The feel is fizzy and decently bodied. It's a heavily-malted English-style IPA. The hops are but an accent. Not bad, but not exciting.

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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 jlb307
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

got this from Onenote81 as an extra in our trade (thanks Jon)

Poured from the bottle into my SlyFox pint.

A: Nice honey gold color with some cloudiness to it. Could have developed a thicker head, as the one it had was less than a half inch and didn't retain long at all. Did develop some nice lacing though.

S: Could have been a bit more fragrant for an IPA. Smelled sweet and citrusy but that's about it. Not much of a hops presence. Actually kind of reminded me of a Belgian tripel as far as aroma.

T: Not a bad tasting beer, but not what I was expecting. Very mild bodied. Not very bitter but smooth. Slight taste of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple.

M: Kind of thin. Crisp finish, but not much to offer.

D: As IPAs go, this one is probably pretty average. Maybe a good starter for someone a little intimidated by bitter ales looking to try something new.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jwc2154 for this bonus in a giant box.

On one hand, this is apparently supposed to be an English IPA. On the other hand, it doesn't say "english" on the label, plus it has a name like Hopnotic. So I think it's reasonable to expect some hoppiness. The color is a cloudy yellow with a minimal head. The smell is a bready yeasty smell. The taste is a yeasty breadish taste, with a fairly sweet malt component. Not much hops to speak of, though. Carbonation is about right. As a pale ale or maybe an amber, this would have gotten much higher marks. But even as an English IPA, it's sorely lacking in hop flavor. Still a drinkable brew, and enjoyable on its own merits, though.

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Photo of JasonA
2.01/5  rDev -38.9%
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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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 albern
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as English IPAs go, this one is missing the mark, but judged on its own merits, it isn't a bad beer. It pours a very clear golden amber color with a thick creamy off white head that retains very well and laces all over the glass. The nose on the beer is peculiar in that there are more sweet malts, and candied flavored aromas than there are hops. There is a definite citrus rind and orange burst smell to the beer, but no real hoppiness in the nose, and not much of the dry bready malt backbone characteristic of the style.

The taste does have some bittering hop but it is leafy rather than oily or estery, and the sweet malt and bubble gum like candy flavored notes just shouldn't be there. The beer has a hop balanced with the malts, but the hop isn't dry enough for an English IPA, nor oily enough for a nouvelle American version of the same. There is just a leafy bitterness that isn't that special. The sweet malts, citrus, bubblegum in the background is just silly. This beer is okay, but Cricket Hill has a long way to go. There beer is very smooth and creamy.

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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 jrjohnso
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"A fine beer, but no IPA"

purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

this beer does not live up to the advertising on the label. big IPA letters stamped on the label leads one to assume they are in for some serious hoppy bitterness. not so much.

ignoring the label, this is a fine beer. pours a orange hue with everlasting head. this is my favorite out of the sampler 12 pack from CricketHill. A hoppy beer you can drink a few of. this is what an IPA was 10 years ago before somebody decided to crank 120 IBU's in there beer and set the new IPA style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a rustic orange with a thin, sparse with bubbly head that quickly faded after the pour.

S: a citrusy hopping of lemony grapefruit aroma.

T: The initial flavor was lightly hopped with lemons, grapefruit and oranges. There was a sweet maltiness that finished with a dry grassy hopping. Overall the hopping was only moderate and a tad rough in the palate. Finished with a dry citric bite.

M: thin, almost water. Slightly disappointed.

D: Ones enough, not enjoyable or flavorful enough to be a session or to justify a the cost of a six-pack.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.38/5  rDev -27.7%
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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Photo of mikereaser
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow/orange with slight head that left minimal lacing. Slight citrus hop to the nose, leading to the same taste. Its not as hoppy as I had hoped but was just enough to leave me wanting more. This could easily be a nice session beer although its not remarkable.

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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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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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