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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

306 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Keegan Ales visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 10-22-2003)
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LIRedneck

New York

5/5  rDev +35.9%

07-09-2014 00:05:29 | More by LIRedneck
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Jumski

New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

05-24-2012 19:47:28 | More by Jumski
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Mypintishalffull

New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm kitty. This one purred for me. Great pour into my pint glass. Nice three inches of head. Great malt and gentle spice. Balance throughout the pour. Lots of character here. Outstaning mouthfeel. Nice and bright with cleansing hop bite. Yet not too sweet. Keegan Ales let's try some more.

THE KITTY MADE ME PURR

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 05:01:05 | More by Mypintishalffull
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aboji

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-04-2012 23:53:55 | More by aboji
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ggell100

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-27-2014 03:32:59 | More by ggell100
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WorldOfBeerCraft

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

08-25-2013 06:33:12 | More by WorldOfBeerCraft
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Steiner1

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, really good actually. The bottle is nothing flashy but this is a well hopped IPA that is very smooth and drinkable and you cant tast the alcohol like you can with some IPA's which is a good thing. After pouring into a pint glass this beer appears much more impressive and a nice smell of hops and grapefruit hits your nose as you approach the glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:41:25 | More by Steiner1
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-05-2011 17:54:52 | More by asparkoflife
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper color with massive slightly off-white chunck head. Great retention and lacing.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy. A nice grapefruit scent also present.
Taste is initially big-time hops, that very rapidly fade leaving a nice caramel malt sensation. Perfect balance.
The finish brings the hop dryness back, giving the perfect ending to this beer.
Great drinkability. Trult an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 23:36:38 | More by tgbljb
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longpondbeerman

Maine

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this local (Kingston, NY) pale ale at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, where they note that the ABV is 6%. Frankly, I'd say it's more of an IPA with its heavy dose of west coast hoppiness. To begin, it pours a dark golden amber with a wonderful frothy off-white head. The lace is abundantly sticky, and the hops are immediately noticeable in the aroma, along with a tangy citrus backdrop. The taste is sharply hopped with an exquisitely subtle sweetness in the undertow. The citrus is evident mostly as a grapefruity bitterness (like the Dogfish Head 60 minute and the Stone). Yes, an IPA, really. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is a highly drinkable and delightfully hopped ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2004 23:44:27 | More by longpondbeerman
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hoponit

New York

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in tasting session at brewery and in growler.
Overall impression was very good. Special commendation for the bold (by East-coast standards) use of hops. The copper color and the accompanying malt flavor were a welcome variation on an IPA. Looking forward to this one being bottled soon.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2004 05:47:25 | More by hoponit
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Shiredave

New York

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler brought for samples fresh from the first batch, gratefully shared by the brewery rep.

This is a pretty beer; red/gold color with a solid white head. Powerfull, citrusy hop aroma- bready malt gives it a marmalade like smell.

The first sip is all toasted biscuits and fresh grain -very fresh! Resinous piney hop and mild bitterness, medium bodied with sharp, hoppy flavors. The hop character is all IPA - all oranges and mulched pine needles, but bitterness is not as intense as some.

A very well made session IPA, that Mr Keegan told me he made for himself. I told him he made it for me too. A fine offering from NYS newest Microbrewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2003 04:13:42 | More by Shiredave
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half Time growler.

Poured an inviting amber color with a wonderful yellow-white head and tons of lacing. Head receded into a nice slick on top with errant bubbles here and there. Smell was serious citrus hops. The most obvious being a fresh grapefruit. It morphed into a more piney smell with a deeper sniff. Just a slight cracker malt aroma lurking in the back. Taste was super hoppy for an east coast beer. Tons more of the grapefruit hops that left a wonderful dry mouth and a smooth malt that kept it just balanced enough. I hope that Keegan Ales keeps up the good work becuase this is an excellent start. Just normal enough to drink tons of but definitely a departure from other upstate NY beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2004 23:50:08 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +19%
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!

Serving type: growler

02-12-2007 02:05:17 | More by mikesgroove
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roan22

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My BF picks up 6-packs of this for me occasionally at Half Time, since he goes up that way for work! Its not available [yet] in Pennsylvania.

Appearance: beautiful copper color, not orange...Nice fluffy off white foam and extreme lace left!

Aroma: might have to come back to this one..my sinuses are stuffed up and i can't pick up nuanced notes, but i get a sharp citrus note first then a faint resiny smell mostly.

Taste: delicious! toasty pumpernickel bread and grapefruit juicy hops in the front..then a little pine-resiny bitterness, followed by some tongue numbing when the hop oils dry..finished by a tiny hint of butterscotch and a cute peppery spicyness leaves me craving more.

Mouthfeel: nice medium body. not at all boozy tasting.

Drinkability: All-around, an interesting cycle of tastes throughout the sip. Under 6%, the "taste punch" for what u get ABV-wise, is worth a 5. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 07:35:59 | More by roan22
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johnniemarg

New York

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also enjoyed this on tap at Hop Devil release party (see previous review). And yes, I can see how Rebecca could cause inflated ratings, but this is one heck of an IPA.

Pours a nice amber with 2 fingers of head. Great head retention is like nothing I've seen before. It's there the entire beer. Gorgeous lacing also like nothing I've ever seen. You could easily count the number of swigs I had to finish the beer because of the big thick parallel rings around the glass. A solid 5 for appearance.

Aroma is flowery hops. Dandelions.

The flowery, piney hops are very well balanced with just enough malt. This is not too hoppy, but just right for me.

Slick medium body turns creamy with a swish.

This is my kind of IPA. A perfect session IPA and immediately in my top 5. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 16:21:01 | More by johnniemarg
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my kegerator it's the ipa until I make some. Set the CO2 just enough to push this lovely brew from the keg to my favorite glass and it always creates a beautiful foam that lasts and laces the glass with globs of head that is there until the last sip. The aroma is a blend of hops and malt, there to introduce themselves to you. Follow that with a flavor blend of crystal malts and some hop bitterness leading to a satisfying finish. Medium body dry leads to watery palate easy carbonation nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 04:44:06 | More by outdoorbrewer
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soultrain

New York

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A- Yep, Coppery colored beer, like it says on the bottle. Rich, thick, and creamy 1/2 inch of off-white foamy head. Smells fantastic, cascade hops? You know, sometimes when I had this beer in the past, there were little floating hop particles in it, but not this time; it's copper clear. Excellent lacing, all the way down.
S- Smells like hops. Cascade hops, though I may be incorrect. I am so lucky that this beer is brewed only 10 minutes from my house. The 6- packs I get are soooo fresh, and with a nice hoppy beer like this, freshness matters.
T- Taste is great! Citrus hops in front, crystal malt backbone, aftertaste is lip-smackingly killer, yes, fantastic BALANCE and everything you could want in an IPA and more. In a taste test between this and Victory's Hop Devil, this magnificent Kitty won, easy. I love IPAs, and try new ones all the time....9 times out of 10, I say to myself, shoulda got a Kitty. Must be the freshness.
M- Fabulous mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. (see note below)
D- Drinkability is SUPREME.

CRUX: FANTASTIC EVERYDAY IPA. This beer has had a permanent residency in my DBF since it came out, and, as long as they make this beer, it shall dwell in it's prefered spot, on the left and to the left of the Keegan Ale's "Mother's Milk." Hurricane Kitty is a value that I hold dear and to which I shall always return...this brewery deserves all the support it gets...and more....in a perfect world, Keegan Ales would brew a limited Double IPA, sorta like Stone's Ruination, only more supremo, and life, for me, would just, (James Brown "UGHNN"), be sooo sweet...hint...hint....

Note: Draft or bottles are fantastic. Somehow, I'm less inclined to appreciate the Growler version....had a "flatness" problem twice....everybody loves 'em though, must be me...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 03:46:33 | More by soultrain
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Stimack

New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Had this on tap at Mahar’s and just got it on a whim. Brew poured to a copper/amber color with a nice off white had that broke down to nice lacing. The aroma from this brew is all citrus smelling hops, simply fantastic, that were pronounced but over powering. The taste of this brew was sharp from the hops with a nice balance from the malt after the initial bite settles down a bit. This is a nice hoppy brew, not as intense as some that I have had but a very nice brew that I hope I can find in bottle during the summer.

Glad I gave it a try!

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2004 01:28:22 | More by Stimack
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PhotoMattT

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

07-29-2012 19:56:14 | More by PhotoMattT
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-14-2012 03:48:24 | More by danwho
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Motozappa

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-05-2013 02:53:02 | More by Motozappa
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balinor

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-14-2014 01:10:08 | More by balinor
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cavedave

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, strongly dark amber-ruby, topped by a very thickly made two inch head that subsided slowly to a nice dark beige and leaves thick slabs and arms of finely bubbled lace.

A zesty inhale full of lemon and orange sweetness, subtle yeastiness, hints of earth and herbosity, a fine perfume which sets my taste buds to alert and stands my nose hairs to attention.

Wow what a wonderful flavor. Starts with a blast of citrus, caramel, and bitterness, not as piney a hop blast as many American IPAs, but plenty enough hoppiness, taste, and complexity, as well as deliciously good citrus and earthy bitterness to send the sip into a long finish that is exactly dry enough.

This beer is helped immensely by the just-right mouthfeel. Medium bodied, nice residuals which clear for the next sip, carbonation lower than many others of this style (the way I like it).

Exceedingly drinkable, nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 15:28:28 | More by cavedave
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

05-01-2014 19:14:58 | More by Durandal_777
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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.