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Bastard Kat - Kulshan Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 7.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kulshan Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bastard Kat IPA is an American IPA, brewed in the style of West Coast IPAs. The light golden ale is topped with a thick white head. Generous doses of hops throughout the brewing process, including the hop back and dry hopping, give Bastard Kat a crisp, citrusy, hop aroma. Hop bitterness and flavor are both pronounced, making Bastard Kat a natural for hop-heads. The finish is dry and crisp, leaving you ready for another sip.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 03-21-2012)
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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours perfect yellow amber with a fat creamy head of foam that lasts and leaves a bit of lace before receding to a thin ring. Looks perfectly clear at first glance but then reveals some very tiny particles floating in suspension. By the time I am done with the glass they are gone. The beer has some small bubbles floating upwards. The nose is lovely bright lemon that becomes sweeter and more bountiful as the beer warms. That is met by a bright bit of orange. Lovely combination on a soft and subtle sugar cookie malt. Light as your grandmother would make. There is a serenity in this malt that is both delicate and crisp. It verges on so many things but stays true to it's simplicity always . Light spice as the beer comes toward the finish which is delightfully light and dry. West coast style mouthfeel all the way and the only real weight in the mouthfeel is from the alcohol which is not on the palate. Brilliant! Then just as you think it's almost done a small stickiness comes over the palate and a bit of pine. Nothing too forceful now, just some light lip smacking delight. There is a lovely bitter to end this beer that really does linger a bit and showcase all that delicate flavor but it also brings out the tartness of the lemon.

I love this and think it's extremely well crafted. It has every measure of an IPA but not in copious amounts. It does not run roughshod over your palate it is subtle and perfectly balanced. The malt in this is superb and I wish I could describe it's grace better. The lightness and the crispness of it. Reminds me of a lemon drop candy by the end.

Thank you @beertunes

utopiajane, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1.2%

L: 4.00
A: 4.00
T: 4.00
M: 4.00
O: 4.00

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a clean pale copper color w/ a sudsy bright white head, nice patchy lace.

Aroma is clean bright floral, piney, citrusy hops. Has a sweetness to it.

Taste follows nose. Pale neutral malt and a nice blend of bright, flavorful hops. Juicy orange and grapefruit. Nice lightly bitter finish countered by a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel is balanced, clean, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall a straight-up tasty IPA. Highly drinkable.

Another big thanks to beertunes for sending this my way.

draheim, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Kurmaraja, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Rutager, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of Aleforme
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Aleforme, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Courtesy of @BeerTunes.

Pours a bright shiny gold color with a modest frothy white head.

Smell is a robust citrus scent. Orange and lemon blossoms.

Taste is a bitter lemon grapefruit and pine flavor.

Very crisp and wet.

A nice light in color and body drinkable IPA. Like the Bridgeport IPA but better.

RJLarse, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a bright, clear golden color; it poured with a big, sticky head.

I smelled plenty of pine and grapefruit pith plus just a touch of sugar cookie maltiness. The taste is similar, maybe a bit more balanced than the nose. Resinous pine dominates the hop profile. Lots of bitterness at the finish, this is a beast. I'm liking the sugar cooki/caramel sweetness cutting the hops. Really good IPA overall.

DIM, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can received from the generous BA known as BeerTunes. No obvious freshness date on the can, but they did put the kind of stats on the sides of the can for the beeriffically inclined to geek out on. Interesting abv percentage – I can't help but wonder if it's too good to be true. Call me a cynic, but I’ve heard of too many cases where such percentages have been rounded off in one direction or another to entirely trust that it's really 6.66%.

Poured an initially clear, then chill-hazed amber color, with a very thin white head after a rough pour. No lace whatsoever.

Citrusy and sappy hops in the nose. Much milder aromas of bready malts.

The hop flavor is a little bit more piney than in the nose. I get tastes of pineapple, grapefruit and pine sap, in that order. Moderately dry zap to the palate at the swallow.

Carbonation is lower than it needs to be. Thick mouthfeel that is somewhere between resiny and syrupy. Less body would be more, in the long run.

This reminds me of a lot of good, local IPAs I’ve had in numerous places. It's good enough that I would probably drink the hell out of it if it was one of my local IPA choices. A perfectly serviceable IPA, it’s a little too thick and sappy for something I’d want repeated pints of.

woemad, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

This pours from the can a yellow gold colour with an impressive head of billowy foam. Slowly shrinking foam reveals some nice lacing.

The nose is of bitter citrus, grapefruit, and more bitterness from what I perceive as pine. Btw, there's still a 1 finger head of foam since I poured it.

A west coast IPA it claims to be and by golly, a west coast IPA it is. Deliciously bitter without being overly so. It's more of a piney hop bitterness than a citrus one and that pine seems to carry just the wee bit of malt sweetness along for the ride.

That, I think, takes the possible over the top bitterness to my palate to a more manageable level; it is still a very hop forward brew, mind you, but it rests in my comfort zone and that is always what I hope for in brews of this type.

The mouthfeel? Lets me just call it perfect.

Beertunes, mate, a big thank you for this wonderful nectar. I'm enjoying the long lasting aftertaste even now that my glass is sadly empty.

Bitterbill, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of John_M
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

The beer pours an orange amber color with decent head retention and lacing. On the nose, I get considerable orange citrus, but with some underlying sweet malt as well. The beer comes across as quite tropical and juicy on the nose, but with some nice underlying citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but there's some noticeable heat from alcohol on the finish, that mars the beers drinkability a bit. Otherwise, the beer delivers plenty of hoppy bitterness in an orange and tropical fruit package. Mouthfeel is fairly full, especially considering the relatively low abv.

A nice beer, though I wish the alcohol was a bit less noticeable.

John_M, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sharpski, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mabermud, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of jellikit
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: more yellow than orange. Crystal clear. Small head.

S: mango.

T: mango and citrus. Mellow hop flavor and bitterness. Basic malt. A little on the sweet side.

M: medium carbonation. Medium, smooth body.

O: great IPA. Not over the top on hops. Balanced well. Just right. Needs a little more aroma.

jellikit, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

mc4z, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

bumchilly25, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kemoarps, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kjkinsey, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of heyealex
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat disappointing actually. I think its just not my preference, but it seems too bitter without enough flavor to back it up. I enjoy bitter IPAs, but this seems to be bitter for the sake of it.

Their other beers more than make up for it, so not a big deal, I still love Kulshan

heyealex, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of staceya2
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

staceya2, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of beer-me-please
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

beer-me-please, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

CletisVandamme, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Beer21, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
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Bastard Kat from Kulshan Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.