Small Batch - Imperial IPA | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by threeviews on 07-19-2012

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Jbats
1/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color with no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts and pine resin hops are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and starts off with flavors of caramel malts with hints of citrus and transitions to notes of pine resin hops and a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

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Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Druss157
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BigOldOaf
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of John_Schlaffer
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A nice clear orange color, that leaves a nice finger of off white head at the top, nice lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: A nice nose of tropical fruit and some strong fresh hops throughout, a nice sweetness on the tail end.

T: A good tasting IPA, from a New Jersey brewery, lots of hops all over, a perfect bitterness, a nice sweet note on the tail end as well.

M: mid bodied, and mid carbonation.

O: A great tasting DIPA, very simple and unique in the same sense, a good brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A clean but deep copper/orange with 2 fingers of head which gave off quite nice lacing. Smells of honey, caramel, light fruity hops. The taste is completely different! Earthy bitter hops up front with a light sweet malty backbone. The hop bitterness lingers for a great tasting dipa. The mouthfeel is the weakest point. Medium body with low carbonation. Sticky on the lips.

Overall this is a solid dipa but I'd prefer a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of jlenik
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Rifugium
1.9/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a stem glass, a dark murky amber color with a small white head; moderate retention and a bit of lacing. In the nose, bready malt sweetness, and a light fruitiness, vaguely construable as hops, but lacking any crisp or distinctive hop qualities. Taste: bland malt bomb, earthy, overripe fruit sweetness. This didn't look like an IPA, this didn't smell like an IPA, this didn't taste like an IPA. This was not an IPA. This wasn't a DIPA. I don't really know what it was, but whatever it was, it was not good at all. Medium mouthfeel, chewy, stale. Go in expecting a DIPA and you will find this essentially undrinkable.

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4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of threeviews
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz Growler into a Cpt. Lawrence elongated tulip glass

A- Pours a crystal clear, golden orange with a substationtial 2-fingers worth of head. As consumed, the lacing is impressive!

S- Immediate blast of citrus rind and resinous pine in equal amounts...Sierra Nevada Torpedo on steroids! Malt sweetness is nowhere to be found...a hop lover's dream!

T- Although not to endorse Sierra Nevada, Cricket Hill's Imperial IPA has the bitterness of Hoptimum with the body of Torpedo. A bit unbalanced, but for the fans of a citrus/piney forward Imperial IPA, this delivers...and in copius amounts.

M- On the lighter side of medium and with ample carbonation, a Hop-Head would nothing like more than another serving. The tacky, resinous finish demands nothing more than another...well done!

O- It's about time Cricket Hill attempts a staple of many US craft breweries in the category of Imperial IPA. Although it might not appeal to all that sample, it is a bold, hoppy beer and worthy to all those who love hops...well done and hope it can make its way into bottles in the near future!

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Small Batch - Imperial IPA from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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