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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Photo of Knapp85
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
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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Photo of HosP
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another brew thrown my way from Patchmaster. 12oz bottle.

A- Pours dull gold in color. One finger white head. Small amounts of lacing left on glass.

S- Interesting nose here as the malts come through stronger than the hops. Caramel malts are nice and sweet. Some grassy, citrusy hops come through at the end.

T- Very smooth creamy flavors here. Everything is blended, with nothing jumping out. Grassy hops at first. Bready malts mixed in afterwards.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D- First attempt at an English IPA. Interesting drink, but I'm still American, give me a regular IPA. Still a good drink though, just not my style.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear gold/amber. One finger head that dissipates quite quickly. Leaves a bit of lacing.

There is some malt sweetness in the aroma - a little bit of hop bitterness, but no citrus/resiny smells like with other IPA's I've tried.

The first taste is the sweetness up front followed by a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Definitely not a beer for hop heads, but very pleasant and easy drinking.

Light mouthfeel - nothing too offensive here.

Overall, this is a smooth easy drinking brew. I am but unclear as to why it's called "Hopnotica" as it is definitely not that strong on the hops for an IPA. But, all the same, enjoyable and a beer I would drink again with a burger and fries.

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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 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 mralphabet
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Copper colored with about 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with very nice lacing.

S: Slight hint of hops with a notes of lemony grapefruit.

T: Hops right up front, but it is very light with hints of lemons and grapefruit, then I'm getting a slightly sweet malt. Ends with another hit of light hops.

M: Mid bodied with lighter carbonation than I was expecting. Pretty basic.

D: Pretty low ABV, but not as Hoppy or flavorful as I was expecting. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of ism
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited and voluminous white head crowning a pale honey body with effervescent carbonation scrambling to break free. Nose is sweet malt, with a slight phenol farmhouse character. Moderate carbonation, light body with a slight slickness. Very sweet malt base, somewhat bready, completely unbalanced with hop character barely emerging. Slight pine dryness in the finish.

Fairly easy to drink, if not for the utter blandness and lack of complexity, but I suppose that's the style.

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Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a pale amber, nicely carbonated, with a long lasting off white head and great sticky lacing.

S-Bready malt with a faint citric hop presence.

T-Lots of bready malt in the front along with some nice caramel sweetness. A mild finish of pale citrus hops does not subdue the malt.

M-Light side of medium bodied, a bit watery.

D-Not really an IPA in my book but drinkable enough as a pale ale, I guess.


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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 TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from bonkers, courtesy of Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, some hops and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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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 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 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 lou50rp
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a white head that hangs around a while.
Fruity, hoppy smell with a bit of sweetness.
Grapefruit flavor with a touch of sweet and bread. Bitterness at the end. taste not strong.
Feels good in the mouth with carbonation present.
Drinkable IPA. Tastes need to be more pronounced.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.

This beer pours a georgous golden yellow orange color with a small 1 finger white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Really has no aroma. It's got a touch of bitter lemony cake on the nose but so faint. Really lacking, just a touch of sweetness that gives any aroma at all. No hops on the nose for me. Taste falls very flat. I really enjoy there limited release beers but this and the American ale really seem watered down and bland. Might have a touch of lemony woodiness with very light malt. Mouthfeel is again a touch flat as this brewery tends to be for me. The drinkability is high though despite the lack of flavor because it's very very smooth. It's been filtered to all he'll I believe which stole the hop bitterness I was looking for in an ipa. Worth a shot and I would take this over gmc products all day. Really the quintessential sports drinking beer.

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Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a honey yellow with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma is sweet and grassy. The taste follows the nose, the finish lingers with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Medium in body, average carbonation. IMO kind of sweet for an IPA, but it is nicely hopped and a solid brew.

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

While I have sentimental connections with Cricket Hill (note the icon) I can't say that I've been overly attracted to their beers.
This one is thin all around. Thin body, thin odor, thin flavor. This almost drinks like a hoppy, pale lager. The malt character speaks very much of a somewhat dense pilsner. Grassy notes, hints of citrus in a lemon way, a little bit earthy.
This is NOT a hophead's delight. Hops in this beer are very much used to accent and highlight other aspects.
As a summer time beer I can warmly recommend this. While, for the most part, I do prefer richer, denser beer, for something on the milder, lighter side of the spectrum this is pretty good. While thin, flavors are clean and focused.

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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 thor638
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a slightly above average IPA; can undoubtedly be classified as an entry into "hopdom." A good beer for a beginner into the Craft Beer Revolution.

The smell was not strong, and not overtaking; whether you like that or not is your call.

Fair taste, but only right above average, I prefer way more hops but from what I hear that is how the brewmaster likes to brew. So hats off if that is what he was trying to pursue.

Drinkability was the best, I could easily drink a couple of these on a hot summer day because it was "smoother" than most IPAs.


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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 Ezone024
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was playin a gig and a friend from jersery came and brought me a nice gift it was some cricket hill brew from NJ i was happy....so i tried it up and here goes....

smells of sweet champagne and pours clear golden color with lots of carbonation looks nice. No pine or citrus like typical IPA's. taste is very mild. Toasted champagne flavors come through. it almost think they might have put the lager into an IpA bottle. not a bad beer but don't be fooled by the name this most certainly isn't an ipa.

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Photo of tjd112
4.71/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass

Appearance - Orange color with fluffy white finger head, well laced.

Smell - A bit of a weak grapefruit

Taste - Very fruity, this is definitely a mild IPA. A lot of oranges and apricots

Mouthfeel - Medium

Drinkability - Surprisingly good for an IPA

Overall - A good I[A for those who hate IPAs

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Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried to like this beer. I tried it several years ago but was unimpressed. I came back to it recently and I was even less impressed.

Pours a pretty, clear orange with a large fluffy white head. The aroma is clean and citrusy, though not distinctive. Flavor, however, is not great. There is some light fruit, apricot and peach, with some delicate jasminy hop character. But there is a briny quality that overwhelms the beer - it is salty and a bit metallic. The mouthfeel is solid, dense and briny. Not so great.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopnotic is a chill-hazed orange amber ale with a chunky off-white seafoam head. The lacing is patchy with solid stickiness.

The aroma is that of orange, with some floral notes and a hint of light-struck skunkiness. Some bread dough is revealed with warmth.

This one suffers a little from age, but bitterness is moderate with light acidic notes and some balance in the finish.

The Sam Adams perfect pint glass compliments this very dry, fizzy beer with a medium body. The alcohol is present, but far from strong.

This is an easy-to-consume beer, best suited with food and casual situations.

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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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Hopnotic India Pale Ale from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.29 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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