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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Sammy, May 08, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

acurtis, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

metter98, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite the gusher, with the quid pro quo being that the head is huge, the retention is fantastic and the lacing impressive; still, marking it down for the gush

Smell: Pine-Sol, almost camphorated, with caramel malt undertones

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with a growing piney bitterness that develops at mid-palate; rather balanced into the finish, as the hops aren't able to sustain the momentum

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At one time this beer was apparently called an Amber IPA, which makes sense in a style-bending way as this beer would score a lot higher as an Amber than it does as an IPA

brentk56, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

mikesgroove, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

ygtbsm94, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9%

JAHMUR, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
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. :)

NeroFiddled, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of caramelized malt with a background of citrus sweetness and floral hops.

T: The taste is dominated by a pale and dry hops bitterness, not the regular floral type that you normally get in an American IPA. There's a very hearty malt character, even for the style, but there's very little sweetness. The after-taste is bitter and dry.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent but not the best representation of style, it gets better as it warms and could drink a few of them, but it's not one of the first beers that I would choose in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with a creme head. Nose is malty sweet. Flavor is an interesting mix of hops and amber character. Bitter, yes. Hoppy, slightly. An IPA? I dunno about that. The label reads "coppery IPA". And that makes sense. Feel has a fairly full and biting carbonation. Liquid is typical. A nice drinker. Not really a normal IPA. I bet this would be interesting on cask.

RblWthACoz, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cavedave for this extra. Served in my Surly pint glass. No apparent bottling date.

A - Pours with two finers of soapy orange-tinged off-white foam, that dissipates slowly and leaves lovely rings of lace and a solid cap. Slightly hazed fiery copper body that has a nice glow to it, and a few streams of lazily rising bubbles. Quite excellent looking brew.

S - Very East Coast IPA smell, with some fruity Simcoe and Warrior hop flavors, and maybe a touch of C-hop citrus in the periphery. Fairly malt-forward, with a good amount of caramel and bread going on. Feels more pale ale to me, but I'm a hophead so I'm bias.

T - The taste is more pine, but mixed with caramel, multi-grain bread. There's a bit of zesty flavor that's evocative of rye or pumpernickel. Bitterness is restrained, but present.

M - The body is a touch more carbonated than I prefer, but well within the reasonable range. Some nice enamel-tingling hop resins and a slightly dry finish. Medium-thick body - pretty viscous for an IPA.

D - It was pretty easy to drink a 12oz - no obvious alcohol, reasonable bitterness and carbonation, pretty session-worthy. I just wish it was a little more aromatic in the hop department (not sure if this is due to freshness, or just the way it is).

MasterSki, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one, no date on the IPA.

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some lacing, over mostly clear coppery orange colored beer.

Nose brings some hops, light candy like hops with a little orange peel, some light pine and earthy hops, and just a bit of fruity hops with that. There is a light toasty caramel malt underneath it, with some toffee that adds to the candy hop flavor.

Taste is malty at first, caramel nutty reddish toasty malts, semi sweet and little syrupy, again candy is a key word. Hops bring candy hops again, light candied orange peel, as well as a bit of pine and light grassy flavors, with and earthy hop demeanor. Again light fruity and chewy hops. Fair amount of bitterness but not a lot, and mostly a sweet caramel nutty toffee malt mostly dominating. Finish is drier with a bigger bitterness, lingering candy hops, light grassy pine and chewy like hops, with light caramel malts as well.

Mouth is med bodied, decent fluffy carb.

Overall, OK but not great. Malts are decent but more of a red ale style than IPA, even for an east coast IPA, and hops are not what the American palate has come to expect for American IPA, this one being mostly earthy, candy chewy like with just a bit of pine and slightest orange peel like.

jlindros, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -18.3%

oline73, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a wonderful hoppy aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that serves as a base for it's bitter hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine American IPA. It has a complex maltiness as well as a pleasant hop character; a good drinker.

WesWes, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of mdfb79
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/29/13 notes. Picked this up about a week before at City Swiggers for $2.49/12 oz. bottle. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, dark reddish amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Has lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and some light citrus hops. Not bad but not very hoppy at all; lots of malts in the nose.

t - Tasted of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, toffee, wheat, and bready malts. Malts are still there but a lot more hops than the nose had too...the pine is nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer but like the Double Dorado I had before it, a little too malty for me on the IPA front. More hops were present in the taste than the nose, but still a lot of caramel and malts. Worth checking out but wouldn't get it again if I was looking for something hoppy.

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper with reddish hues and an off-white head that becomes a large wispy patch that slowly vanishes, but reappears and stays with gentle swirling. Lacing sticks. Nice enough looking to edge it up to the higher of the two scores I had in mind for it.

The smell is of caramel upfront, with pine and tropical fruit. Buttery caramel is just a bit too forward.

The taste is hoppier than the nose led me to believe it would be - a good thing... herbal/pine with tropical fruits. Caramel backing does keep balance, a bit more caramelish than I would like, but hoppy enough to keep me satisfied. Finishes bitter (slightly metallic/ aspirin-ish) Some alcohol warmth shows.

It is medium-bodied - slightly towards watery at times - but holds up. It has a lingering minty freshness.

It's bitter enough and hop flavour there, though caramel backing quite strong.

jwc215, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color where it appears completely clear. Lots of upward moving fine bubbles. The head is modest but lasts while receding slowly in a rocky fashion.

Very pleasant blend of lighter crystal malt and a floral hop. Well-balanced.

This beer is more bitter than the smell suggests and is very true to style. Rich bodied with a higher than average carbonation. Initial taste features a very brief neutral malt flavor. The bitterness takes over and lasts through the aftertaste. The alcohol is in the background.

smcolw, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 2" fluffy head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is mellow, as some soft citrus and pinecones are barely detectable with your nose in the glass.

Taste: decent caramel malt backbone, but the flavors were unbalanced as the grapefruit citrus was much more pronounced than the piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp at the start. The finish was less crisp and the strong grapefruit tones continue to stick out when swallowing.

Drinkabililty: very easy to drink, but I would like to see some more piney bitterness up front with this one.

Gavage, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for this one!
Appears a dark mahogany brown with a thick 2 finger white head that lasts for more than a minute. Lots of chunky lacing clings to the glass. Very mild carbonation can be seen.
Smells earthy with a touch of vanilla, pine and cedar.
Taste is bitter and has a creamy, earthy subtleness.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy sugar sweetness that's mild compared to the chewy wood like hops that are present.
Drinkability is decent, as it is similar (IMO) to an ESB, or an English style ale drawn from a cask. The mild carbonation and smoothness makes this original IPA a treat.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, May 27, 2005
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Billolick, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

tempest, May 26, 2009
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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.