Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shiredave on 10-22-2003

This brew is a coppery and heavily hopped India Pale Ale. Named after brewmaster Keegan’s grandmother whose driving earned her quite a reputation with local police racing her six children to and from a local Long Island beach ferry during the 1960’s, Hurricane Kitty is the undisputed family favorite. We try to make the hop bill read as aggressively as her driver’s record.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Massive frothy head, it's not shy about sticking around either. Mildly hazed tawny color--a somewhat dark IPA we have here. Big wafts of toffee and orange zest, a lovely aroma. Creaminess on top of smoothness lends an unadulterated mouthfeel. Hops clamp down hard with a dragging bitterness; citric rind, wild herbs and tobacco notes within. Maltiness reaches high with caramel, toasted bread and an almost nutty, biscuity flavor. Bitterness holds strong but never jumps over the top to become super dominant. Bittersweet finish with a long, lingering, pleasant aftertaste.

A notch above the rest, surpassing the middle of the pack. A great example of what American craft beer is today.

Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no abv or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a dark old coppery color with lighter amber highlights and a tall off white head. The head has good retention and makes lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a strong sweet caramel maltiness with firm citrus and mellow piney hop notes.

Taste: It has a solid medium body with a sweet malty character off set buy citrusy hops on the finish. Its sweetness is caramel like and dominates most of the flavor profile till the finish where the hops pop out, bringing with them the bitterness of an IPA. This bitterness slowly fades of the tongue well into the aftertaste.

Notes: For an IPA it is a bit sweet and hop heads will be looking for more hop notes up front. I could also see the sweetness limiting the drinkability after a couple.

Photo of renegadeburger
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok last one of the three i tried from this neat brewery in hudson valley

poured into my glass a copper color had a real nice brilliance to it head various sized bubbles real nice lasting power

smelled faint in the beginning then i let it warm up a bit you definitely could pick out some nice fruity hops and esters there

tastes nice real good balance the hops are not overwhelming at all i wish it had a little more horsepower in there but still a good beer for sure

mouthfeel a bit hanging dry there because not enough pop in the carbonation

overall a good beer though i could see this as a nice go-to ipa if you lived in the area like their beers

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, Pours the advertized copper amber, clear. Tan puffy head, with good retention, leaves thick and sticky respectable lacing. Aroma/nose of sweet, perfumy malts and grainy flowery hops, nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded. NIcely crafted IPA, Hoppy yes, but almost balanced by a nice layer of malts.Grainy, oily hop crunch is evident but not overpowering. More nice brew from the Hudson Valley's Keegan Ales. I need to make a road trip to this place soon.

Photo of mocktm
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always have heard good things about this IPA, thought it was time for a go.

Pours a deep copper red hue, much darker than most IPAs. A finger and a half of thick and rocky off white colored head forms that doesn't seem to mind sticking around for a bit. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind as it slowly dies down to film cover.

Aromas are balanced and flavorful; a pleasant mix of earthy hops, citrus rind and serious malty caramel/nut notes. Not as hop forward as most IPAs, but I was anticipating that from the deeper color that this wasn't going to swing that way.

Despite the malt emphasis on the nose, the grapefruit kicks you in the face initially on this one. Although, the malt does makes its presence well known in the finish, contributing a sweet bready flavoring to round it out. Lingering, yet subtle hop bitterness throughout. Pretty nice IPA, though hop-heads will be disappointed.

Medium to heavy body with some thick and rich characteristics. Finishes semi-dry with a slightly sticky nature. Pretty filling, yet doesn't pack the ABV punch you'd expect for the body type.

Overall, an admirable, yet kind of different take on a classic IPA. Easy to find and a good bang for the buck, I'd buy it again.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/30

This IPA is copper for sure, clouded in the body and lightening at the edges. A deeply-pocked tinted finger maintains a height of just over one finger. Heavy spotting at the very top gives way to thick, heavy sheeting that's pretty impressive.
The nose is simple but strong, balanced and deep. It puts hops forward, showcasing them in a pungent earthy, floral and leafy bitterness offset by creamy toffee sweetness and that light sweet and pithy balance of orange rind.
Honey and caramel seem to even out that same bitterness, which goes gently and unoffensively briny in the middle and finishes lightly woody with a touch of caramel.
The feel is smooth and creamy with a crisp bite in a medium body.

Photo of lumberjerk
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper with a quickly disappearing light brown head.

Aroma: Full on hops.

Taste: Very clean. Light malty flavor, but bright hops. Not overpowering at all. Some IPA like to simply jam as many hops as possible into a brew, but this one balances the large amount of hops in it with the malt flavor. The result is a rather nice balance between the two flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The sometimes overpowering hoppiness of IPAs is not present here.

Overall, a very nice representation of the style. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in IPAs.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great AIPA that is most definitely hops driven.
Pours a copper/amber with a slightly off white head that reaches about an inch up the glass and then takes forever to melt away. A beautiful sticky map is left in it's wake and the top of the brew is always covered with white all the way down.
Aromas are fresh, green hops with just a touch of amber malt sweetness.
Flavor follows nose. Slightly sweet amber malt then very fresh, clean citrus and pine oil hops followed with a touch of the sweetness just to balance it out.
Aftertaste is very clean. Definitely a worthy IPA.

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Passable IPA. Some bitter flavour, but in fact low on bitterness. Faint hop aromas. Simcoe, citrus. Highly carbonated. I wouldn't have this again. A bit amber with a lasting quarter inch of foamy white head. Slightly more bitter than sweetness. Ken's fresh bottle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from Hurricane Kitty.... it's just another amber ale, right? But I could smell it as I was pouring it - hops! - a good sign. And then, when I tasted it, I had to pull the bottle out of the recycling bin to take another look at the label. "Amber IPA".... now it all makes sense! The appearance is typical amber ale. Body and mouthfeel the same. Even the caramel-tinged malt base is exactly what you'd expect. However, not unlike some of the west coast favorites, this amber ale is packed with hops! I can't even figure out what they are, but they're a bit piney and resinous, and citrusy and grassy and mildy floral. Very nice! I'm thinking Centennial and Chinook. Regardless, I could enjoy a pint or two - or even three - of these. :)

Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bacchus in New Paltz, NY. Appeared a clear amber with no head. The aroma and upfront flavor is a crisp grapefruit and juicy pineapple, but the flavor quickly fades along with a thin note of caramel malt into an empty-feeling aftertaste. I sniff, snipped, and gulped - where'd the beer go? An IPA without an aftertaste is a let down.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence copper/red on the darker side for an IPA. Smell pinny definetly American hops. Taste pinny hops strong bitterness light malt backbone dry somewhat astringent finish. Mouthfeel mediem body high carbonation. Drinkability ok not my first pick for an evening or an IPA for that matter.

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper with a good sized head. Not much lacing but there is some. Smell has a big toasted malt and butterscotch and center with notes of honey and citrus. Taste is nicely balanced with a butterscotch and toffee backbone with a nice grapefruit hoppiness. A dry graininess as well as slightly nutty. Gooood bitter finish that is dry and clean with a touch of hop oil and graham lingering... Gently effervescent feel with a creamy, quenching touch. An easy drinking IPA that is well balanced and quaffable in the highest.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of off-white foam which dissipates. Piny hop aroma with a hint of malt to back it up. Initial hop bitterness is piny as well, followed by a malt sweetness and a dry crisp finish. Medium bodied mouth feel and good drinkability on this one, will definitely try some of their other offerings next time I have the chance.

Photo of hollicetales
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

me-ow this is one tasty kitty....pours a nice almost copper with a good average sort of even smells like kitty....kidding...but you get that good whiff of hops and those hops really assert themselves...this one has a nice bitey aftertaste with hints of pine...which i really enjoy that nice piney taste...this beer can scratch me up any old time with it's fiesty drinkability

Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When backlighted a rose red coloring shows through filled with a lively sense of effervesce. A strong holding 2 finger whipped cream head structure sits steadily atop providing a nice lace coverage on the vessel.

S: Dry toasted grain and pine are noticeable for aroma. Really strong grainy sense, herbal hops, chives, with some dried lemony flower hops. The flavor shows a lemon-pine hopping with a support of dry toasted grain. Good level of hops, though is sloppy in execution, a bit harsh and unfocused. Lemony flower hops appear midway before a dry lemon-pine hop finish.

M: medium malt base, dry toasted and dry hopped sense on the tongue.

O: Overall the hops are fairly strong on this one, unfortunately they are a bit unfocused, and sloppy flavor wise, a bit harsh, with a linear complexity. Hoppy yet only moderately tasty, nothing that would keep me drinking after one. Shallow experience, sloppy execution overall, only fills a need to scratch a hop fix and wont satisfy your taste needs. Drinks more like a red then an ipa, with a similar malt base and different hop combination may fair better.

Photo of akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in New York City.

A: The ale is a copper color, even in the darkened bar environment, with a translucent body. The head neared a finger and managed to lace nicely around the glass.

S: The nose is full of grain, concentrated and thick with tart fruits, as though it wants to be a little bit bigger (like a barleywine). General hop bitterness is present but it doesn't coalesce into an identifiable aroma.

T: The ale has a solid grainy backbone, consistent with the nose. Green, tart fruits mark that body. The hops are big, leaving a strong bitterness in the palate that has citrus notes and a scarring bitterness that overdoes the lemon and herb elements. The ale tastes much stronger that the 5.5% lets on.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, strong on both malts and hops. I might even go so far as to say too strong on both.

D: One pint was sufficient for me. I'd give it another shot in the comfort of my own home but probably wouldn't make it a high priority if I were out.

Photo of bonbini26
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Ginger Man 10/01/08

A - Pours copper in color and leans toward a darker shade. Head retention shows good qualities while the resulting lace around the glass is impressive.

S - Fruity aromas are first in the smell. Definitely some citrus that is very close to orange. A leafy hop aroma quickly backs it up.

T - Orange / citrus / fruit are first in line and are not too strong. This one does not destroy the taste buds like some other IPA's. Leaf and pine step up next and still remain lighter that expected. The malt flavors are on the end and are mostly caramel and bread crust. Alochol is constant throughout but stays in a very distant background.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter an hangs on for a while. Quite smooth overall.

D - Drinkability is very good for this beer. The balance of flavors and alcohol is spot on for what I would consider to be a good session beer. The hop profile is on the light side but it still works well for this particular beer. More of a pale ale to me than an IPA, could be stronger in the body and hop department for me

Photo of krberg
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pre-packaged growler from my local beer store. It pours a great bright copper color with a large pillowy head. The smell is all hops. The taste is amazing. Huge citrusy hop flavor. Cascade, I suspect. The hop flavor fades away to a nice malty-hoppy balance. Its mouthfeel is a silky medium-full. I haven't been this happy with a new "local" beer in quite some time. Hopefully my local will get it on tap soon.

Photo of cooter
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prejudices and problems to note: As a New Paltzer, this is nearly my hometown brew. A solid favorite at the bar. Unfortunately, I'm also recovering from a cold, so my smell/taste is impaired. But I can't resist having a drink...not in the bad way, but a healthy, normal way... Also, I noticed a weird residue around where the cap was (not a twist--could it be glue? Why?)

Pours a very brown amber with a sticky, clumped head. Good lacing. Peppy mouthfeel and a sticky, piney hop character. Smells of orange peel. Sharp bitters near the back. Cloying mouthfeel/taste that makes you want to keep drinking partly because the first taste and feel is so markedly more enjoyable than the latter. Aftertaste reminds me of a belgian dark ale, for some reason.... Keegan is solid, and although I like this one, the other brews from Kingston are less...sour, I guess. Strong hops doesn't have a balance.

Photo of BrewMan13
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPA's after I went on a tasting spree of IPA's brewed in NY over the summer (Wagner Valley IPA was another fave), so I had to go back and get a 6er.
Pours bit darker then your average IPA, 'coppery' as the brewery puts it. Impressive head with staying power and which leaves some sticky lacing. A few 'floaties' though detract from the overall appearance, but I s'pose a more careful pour would have avoided that.
Has a very nice aroma; you get a nice whiff of hops. Taste is what did it for me though: has the expected bit of IPA bitterness, but its not harsh like so many others. Also has a more solid malt backbone then your average IPA. I would say the malt and hops are in a friendly competition, with the hops winning out, but not dominating. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, despite the carbonation. I cant help but think of a quote from a Sam Adams commercial in which they say their beer " not watery, its got something to it. You know you're drinking a beer." Which is how I would describe this guy as its got a little bigger mouthfeel then an average IPA.
Highly drinkable. If it means anything, this is the first 6-pack of an IPA that I think I've ever purchased, as I was a 'malt man' for so long and avoided the hoppy stuff. No worries here though, this is an IPA done right.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a copper amber color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like sweet caramel malt, with some pine and a bit of grapefruit.

This one of the maltier IPAs I've had, to its detriment. Fairly astringent bitterness, plus sweet syrupy malt character. Tastes stronger than the ABV suggests, which is weird. Just doesn't work. The hop flavor is more in-line with pine-sol.

Medium bodied, syrupy, rough mouthfeel. Not all that drinkable.

Maybe I need a fresher bottle of this, but it just doesn't quite work for me.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to drseamus for the growler!

Poured a nice hazy copper with a thin creamy head that did not last long but that left a nice lace. No visible carbonation, but a beutiful copper tone.

Smell was very sweet. Lots of malt balance in hear. Some citrus hops, orange, tangerine. Very earthy and grassy smel. Smells like a nice pale ale.

The taste was very crisp. Caramel sweetness, with the bread and grass flavors hit you first. Followed by a nice piney hopped taste, with a dry finish to make you come back. Key word here is balanced, hands down.

This is very smooth going down, nice carbonation, not oily or watered down. Very very nice.

Overall this is a fine brew. I would call it more of a pale ale as opposed to an IPA, very good and a welcome treat. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would love another!

Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: tyranena pint, aged copper-amber in color, pours a full head that leaves a heavy layer behind, light lace

s: nutty toffee with a backing of dark toast, some earthy pine hops, dark sugars, a bit understated but there's some nice stuff in there

m: carbonation light-medium and smooth, medium bodied

t: nutty caramel and toffee body, there's certainly some sugar here but it's surprisingly dry given the color, even a touch of roast in the background as a piney hop flavor precedes a full, sappy bitterness, pretty nice

d: easy enough, a serviceable if not particularly impressive ipa

single from Westmere, Albany, NY

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the hops are not overpowering because they are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and sessionable because it's not very strong or bitter.

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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.