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Bastard Kat - Kulshan Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.13%
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 draheim
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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 Beer21
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Beer21, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

dirtylou, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of joelparker
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

joelparker, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jmccraney, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of mc4z
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mc4z, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of jellikit
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Shawkabukoo, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of CletisVandamme
4/5  rDev -1.5%

CletisVandamme, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Stonewall, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Remdog, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

bumchilly25, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of heyealex
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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 John_M
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 klmcmachen
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

klmcmachen, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Impfan
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

Impfan, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Kopfschuss, May 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kjkinsey, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kemoarps
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kemoarps, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Aleforme
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Aleforme, Yesterday at 04:10 PM
Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

mabermud, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of beer-me-please
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

beer-me-please, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of woemad
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 20, 2014
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Bastard Kat from Kulshan Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.