Hopnotic India Pale Ale | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Hopnotic India Pale AleHopnotic India Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.27/5
330 Ratings
Hopnotic India Pale AleHopnotic India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
crickethillbrewery.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RonfromJersey on 07-17-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,911
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
330
pDev:
16.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of brauseboof
2.52/5  rDev -22.9%
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 titosupertramp
2.54/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There doesn't appear to be a date on the bottle.

A: Hazy golden in color, looks to have a lot of floaties. Maybe a finger of soapy white head that fades quickly leaving light lacing, sparce lacing and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S: Without a bottle on date, it's hard to say, but I'll guess this is an old bottle. Hardly any hop smell at all. Faint, faint grass, yeasty, bready malts. To be honest, this isn't even close to what I'm looking for in an IPA. I understand that this is supposed to be an English style IPA, but I'd still like something a little more.

T: Taste isn't half bad, but hops are still a little too subtle, even for an English IPA. I will say the hops do have a nice grassy, slightly bitter finish. Sweet, bready malts are the predominate taste here.

M: On the light side of medium. Well carbonated.

O: This isn't a terrible beer, but I wouldn't pick it up again unless I knew it was fresh.

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Photo of nickfl
2.54/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Two fingers of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A yeasty aroma with notes of malt, spicy clove and wheat (it smells like a wheat beer?!?)

T - A weird, spicy character up front with notes of lemon zest and vanilla. Some more of the same in the middle that transitions to a sweetly malty finish with fairly strong bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Wow, this is terrible. The hop character is almost non-existent except for a slightly harsh and fairly strong bitterness in the finish. It is equal parts odd and bad; and let me be clear here: I am not rating this poorly because it is an English IPA and I wanted an American IPA, I'm rating this low because it is a bad beer by any standard. If anything it tastes like a poorly conceived wheat beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.56/5  rDev -21.7%
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 Azurescens
2.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/25/11.

A: Pours a clear very light golden color with whitish head that leaves some nice rings of lacing around glass.

S: Pale malt and yeast, practically no detectable hop aroma.

T: Sweet pale malt and honey, some yeast, maybe some herbal hops.

M: Fairly smooth medium body with low-moderate carbonation.

O: If you are going to call a beer an IPA you need to be able to smell and taste the hops, this beer is lacking big time in the hop department. Its not a bad beer, if I were reviewing it as an English pale ale it would have gotten much higher marks but if they label it an IPA I will review it as such.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

OK, NOTHING SPECIAL!

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: single finger head with excellent retention on a golden with crimson hues body.

S: nice strong aroma but unfortunately it smells like a wheat beer with orange peel, breads, grains.

T: again this one is more like a wheat beer than any kind of IPA be it English or American. Little hop content instead wheat, breads and some citrus make up a beer that maybe should be re-labeled. fruity phenol and yeast content.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: This is a strange beer. It would make a decent witbier but this one has little in hop character.

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Photo of Icehouse57
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What a great LOOKING beer.... and I'm sorry to say it stops there.

Looks beautiful, nice copper color. Not much of a lasting head though.

Taste was very underwhelming. I'm told its supposed to be an English IPA but nowhere on the packaging does it say that. Even if it were, its a very long way from Samuel Smith IPA. Not much malt, and not much hops in the taste.

Mouthfeel was undercarbonated. Maybe it fits with the whole English IPA thing, simulating on cask? I did notice a little bit of crustiness around where the bottle cap was supposed to be. Maybe this whole sixer had loose caps?

Overall... I'm sorry. Its just somewhat below average for a craft beer.

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2.68/5  rDev -18%
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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2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
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 RichardMNixon
2.74/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Mountains of foam, I had to let it die down a few times. Some nice bubbles up from the bottom through a gold-orange body to a white head.

S: Smells mostly of yeast, not much malt or hops to speak of.

T: Again mostly yeast. The description here specifies it's an English IPA, but even then I'd expect more bitterness. This would be a mild pale ale.

M: The saving grace - it's fantastic. Smooth and full with a very clean, bubbly finish.

O: Not for hop-heads. Fairly sessionable ABV could fit in well at a barbecue.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of y2jrock60
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very pale orange, almost yellow. The head quickly fades leaving behind virtually no lacing.

S- Almost no aroma, very mild malt tones with some grapefruit hops.

T- This is an IPA? I understand that it's an English IPA, but this tastes more like a craft lager. It's very light with a malty character. Grapefruit hops are present at the end, but are not very pronounced and only leave a slight lingering bitterness.

M- Very light bodied for an IPA with moderate carbonation.

D- High drinkable for an IPA since there is virtually no hop presence.

I wouldn't consider this an IPA, it's closer to a Pale Ale. It actually tasted very similar to Appalachian Brewing Company's Mountain Lager, which is a completely different style of beer. There is nothing offensive about this brew, but there's nothing great about it either.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up single bottle of this at a local store since I hadn't seen it in the state yet. I have to say, I was disappointed. Pours a quite hazy golden with very little head. What head there is does stick around as a light swirl and leaves some scant lacing. Light notes of citrus and paraffin in the nose, and not much else. Undercarbonated, and frankly, the beer seems unfinished with some raw wort notes of a sweet graininess and a bit of acrid bitterness. A tad grainy as well and generally it has flavors that can only be described as murky. There are some faint citrus flavors of lime and orange, but they're generally lost in the muddle. Meh.

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Photo of Kinger22
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Decent flavor, suitably carbonated, yet lacking in hoppiness. The smell isn't powerful, but it has a hint of citrus and hops. Overall a beer I'd drink, but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

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2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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