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Bastard Kat - Kulshan Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulshan Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.66% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 03-21-2012

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.
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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on-tap at the brewery

Served in a shaker - bright orange body shines in the Bellingham sunlight. Aromatic hop profile - lots of bright citrus, tangerine, lemon zest, hop oil. Nice oily body with a clean finish. This one goes down easy and is always worth a shot.

Photo of joelparker
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Shawkabukoo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of CletisVandamme
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stonewall
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Remdog
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of heyealex
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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.

Photo of Chadzo69
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of klmcmachen
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Impfan
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully balanced IPA with components of citrus and tropical fruit, and just the right mouthfeel and body to strike a ba perfect balance between richness and ideal drinkability.

This brew is totally clean, and without any flaws that I could detect, and would make an ideal session ale...just what Bellingham needed!

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Moose90
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JISurfer
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Bastard Kat from Kulshan Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.