The Cricket Hill Brewery is in Fairfield, New Jersey.
This 5.2% ABV India Pale Ale pours a bright and clear orange-copper in color. There is a tall, thick and foamy head that is off-white in color. The aroma is clean and grassy, jasmine tea, over a solid semi-sweet malt base. The taste follows the aromas directly, with a clean and brassy finish, lightly bitter and dry. This beer is not a spectacular IPA, but it is a nice and pleasant easy drinker, and far better than when I originally tried it. It still is not a hop head's IPA, but it does not have any off notes, I would not seek it out strongly (being a hop head), but I would not avoid it anymore. (Why did I try it again? Oh hell, why not?)
My review from May of 2011: Pours an orangish-golden to light copper-amber in color. Slight floral and fruit hop aroma. The flavor is subdued and well balanced with the malt. There is a light floral and fruit hop and a light caramel malt. This is not a very bold IPA and would not please most hop heads. I tried this again on May 27, 2011 and it is even more disappointing. It has a light, slightly sour fruit flavor. This is not a good IPA, nor even much of a good beer of any style, and I would avoid it in the future.