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 dherling
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, honey golden pour with a head that dies on contact. Nose of hops and lemon. Tastes woody, with soome slight hops, but not really bitter at all. Totally does not fit the IPA mold. It runs down the gullet a little too smooth, no sprakly bite to pick things up a bit. Not an enjoyable beer.

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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 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 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 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 BeerdedEric
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler I got filled at Cricket Hill Brewery into my Wormtown Brewery pint glass.

Off white foamy head that has good retention. Noticeable sporadic bubbles. Light golden color body that's cloudy.

Floral hops with some bready yeast. Aromas are on the weak side.

Floral, some bitterness that mixes with a bready flavor. The breadiness really is the main focus here with the bitterness in the background. It's an alright tasting IPA.

Leaves a dry feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is medium with a light body. Feels okay, very easy going down.

This is a average tasting IPA. The flavor and aroma are on the bland side. Cricket Hill has so many better brews than this, like their: American Ale, Colonel Blides and their Shandy that they have only at the brewery. I wouldn't completely steer clear away from this IPA; I believe they're a lot better ones out there.

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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 JohnFatAss
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has a hazy golden orange color. Not much of a head and almost no lacing left on the glass.

It has a very mild smell. Fruity with some hops.

Taste is very mild too. Sweet upfront with a dry, bitter after taste.

Lightly carbonated, almost watery, but very easy to drink.

A good IPA, it just does not stand out.

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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 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 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 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 tdm168
3.24/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

A - bright, hazy orange with a huge, dense cap of thick, foamy, pure white head; really good retention

S - huge bready malts, some faint citrus

T - creamy, bready, soapy, citrusy, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This beer is almost what I would have expected. It's dominated by bready malts with a nice citrusy hop character. Unfortunately, it has an intense creamy, soapy, almost lactic off-flavor that ruins everything. This is definitely not a beer I ever want to have again.

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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 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 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 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 Omnium
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Slightly hazed yellow gold with half a finger of foamy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, light pine, a tad astringent, some faint citrus
T - Creamy sweet malt, a little bready, some citrus zest, a hint of floral notes.
M - Bitter a little soapy and definitely chewy.
O - Just a really lame east coast style IPA

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH IPA glass; semi-clear orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head, absolutely beautiful. Even from an easy pour, it overtook the glass and I had to stop pouring early. Pouring in the last little bit, the head rose above the lip and is only just now slowly turning into larger bubbles and falling slowly, but there is still a central column of incredibly tight foam that isn't going anywhere. Chunky lacing is everywhere. Amazing head on this beer.
Smell is definitely English IPA; metallic clean malt, supported by a dash of slightly dank herbal hops.
Taste is odd; clean malt makes a quick show, but then hops take over. A quick dash of herbal hops and then it's all over, leaving a tiny hint of bitterness to make you wonder what just happened. There's not much to this beer.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium-thin.
Overall, I'm not really a fan of English IPAs. As far as "tamer" IPAs go, I'd prefer a fruity/floral one over an English-style any day. But this one seems a bit off for English anyway...eh.
Drinkable, but nothing special. That head though...

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Photo of boralyl
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - From a bottle it pours 1 fingers worth of off white head. The beer is a slightly hazy copper color. You can see lots of carbonation bubbles rushing towards the top. The head lasts for a good while and laces up the glass pretty well.

S - Some sweet malts, grapefruit, and earthy hops are most prevelent in the aroma.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a slightly smooth feel and moderate carbonation.

T - It starts with a bready malt followed by some sweet caramel notes. It finishes with some bitter earthy hops. The malt flavors seem to overpower the hops in this brew.

A pretty good brew, not quite as hoppy as your typical IPA. It's very drinkable though.

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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 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 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 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 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.
3.29 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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