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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
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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UDbeernut

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a pint glass at their brewhouse

a: amber color, light head with fair retention

s: slight caramized malt sweetness, slight pine and citrus hint

t: slightly more sweet than most IPAs, did have a bite of citrus and pine bitterness. Very enjoyable.

m&d: slightly thick, chewy mouth. Slightly dry finish. Lightly carbonated.

Overall an impressive and drinkable "little" IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 23:12:11 | More by UDbeernut
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to mymrnngjckt for hooking me up with this one. Thanks Kevin!

Appearance: Pours a very deep, cloudy amber color with a half inch of bubbly white head. Has some nice retention and some nice soapy lacing.

Smell: Smell is much sweeter than I expected. There is a slight hoppy snap hiding out somewhere in the back, but it is struggling to come out.

Taste: A sloppy kind of hoppy bitterness mixed in with a robust sweetness. An interesting flavor, but I was hoping for a more clearly defined bitter hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and a nice medium- to full-body.

Drinkability: Not a bad IPA overall. There sweetness provides some semblance of balance (though I was hoping for a bigger hop punch), there is great presentation in the glass, and it's easy to drink. I've have better, but I've had worse too.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 15:09:33 | More by krisandajt
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erosier

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and off-white/tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet caramelized malts, earthy and citrus-y hops that blend nicely for a nice balanced nose.
T: Like the aroma, it has a nice caramelized malt taste followed by earthy and citrus-y hops that is more noticeable here than in the nose. Nice aftertaste with this one.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable IPA, I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 10:43:39 | More by erosier
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color, pretty cloudy and opaque, with two fingers of creamy tan head. Head keeps pretty well and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smell is earthy, herbal, and resiny; also a lot of caramel malt here, which has a slight buttery quality to it. Not super hoppy for an IPA actually,

Taste also has a big malt presence, with lots of sweet caramel and some grainy bread. Slight toasted note in the finish, as well. Hops are a little bolder than in the nose, and again consist of herbal, earthy and very resiny flavors, with a decent smack of bitterness in the finish. The flavors aren't too bad but for me it feels a little out of balance.

Mouthfeel is a somewhat chewy medium body; I'd never guess this was only 5.5% alcohol; it drinks higher. Slightly astringent finish with a nice slickness to it.

This is a good IPA but not a standout. If it's fresh and local it would seem like a good bet.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 00:33:56 | More by number1bum
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aquatonex

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Bacchus in New Paltz...

Pours a darkish amber color, little bit of creamy head that leaves a little bit of lacing. Nose is floral and sweet with the hops prevalent. Taste follows well with fresh hops that are a good balance between bitter, caramel sweet, and after-hints of flowers. Burns a little going down but very refreshing and goes well with food.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 02:05:25 | More by aquatonex
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. The kitty appears a clear rich amber color with about two fingers of tight ecru foam. The head leaves a thin lace in its wake. Nose and flavor consist of toasted grain, grassy earthy hops, pine, biscuits, sweet caramelized malt. Medium in both body and carbonation with a clean finish. Nicely balanced, smooth, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 04:00:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My, what a lovely beer! This one pours a bright glowing amber with flashes of dark cherry when held to the light. The head is a sticky foam that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. This leaves some sweet stripes of lace behind.

Smells of fruity hops with touches of pine and plumbs that has a dry edge to it.

The flavor starts out smooth and mild but a burst of playful hop dryness comes out tantalizing my palate. They're big, dry and piney with a touch of orange rind and an all-around fruity sweetness to the dryness. This is backed by a touch of homemade bread crusts. I'm not sure if this is just an awesome beer, or if I'm just really in the mood for some hops.

Feels dull and glassy with a fizzy froth of carbonation.

I'm quite smitten with this one. Nothing is really all that spectacular about it, but it seems very well balanced and brilliantly constructed. Doing more with less? Well done!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 21:30:11 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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adamwonak

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a delightful coppery IPA that reminds me of a Lagunitas beer. The hops are very noticable and would probably get a little overwhelming after a while. The hops are a little spicy, which I like! I wasn't able to detect much af the malty flavors, so I can't really comment there. Overall I enjoyed this beer and definitely order it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:22:35 | More by adamwonak
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in Kingston in June and has been chilling in the fridge since.

Darker copper brown, cloudy with a frothy white head. Decent retention. Noticeable piney hop scent but mainly medium malt . Flavor is similar with the malt front and center. Bitter, with a sharp burnt caramel body lacking much in the way of sweetness. Kind of a battle between flavors with - smooth would not be a good way to describe the taste here. Hop flavors leave something to be desired.
Good thickness for an IPA, but a little over-carbonated.

I enjoy IPAs done in this "copper" style, but thought that the roasted/burnt flavors in this one were a little too strong. Still, a good beer and I suspect much better if you are able to get it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 21:36:17 | More by GeezLynn
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at either Party Source or Brilbeck's, Syracuse, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy coppery brew. Head holds on well, with average lacing. Aroma is biscuity malts coupled with earthy hoppiness. Taste follows the nose, everything comes together very nicely. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 22:30:37 | More by ppoitras
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Durge

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at room temperature into a pint glass this one is a dark copper-mahogany color with a huge light oatmeal colored head and fair lacing. The aroma is a full and satisfying malt with light herbal hop, along with a somewhat chewy brown sugar. The flavor brings a somewhat flat grassy hops with more brown sugar malt. It also brings a little smoke, almost results in something resembling a cigar taste. It's a bit watery though the mouthfeel isn't too bad. It's drinkable but a bit acrid. Passable but the flavor just isn't getting it done.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 04:45:02 | More by Durge
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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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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, clear burnt orange color infused with red tint. Huge head after a hard pour. Off white, very thick, actually turning rocky leaving an abundance of lacing.
Wonderful infusion of hops and malts filter to the nose. Very heavy, sweet, candylike reminders.
Taste is dominated by hops, but balanced weekly by the malts.
Very bitter in the front and holding on through the finish.
I liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:04:39 | More by dmamiano
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Lexluthor33

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with a great head and lace.
The aroma of pine,malts,floral hops and caramel. Some fruit hints included.
The taste of hops,malts and mild bitterness.

The feel was medium body,medium carbonation and only mild bitterness.

Notes: A good session brew and a nice surprise.Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 03:00:13 | More by Lexluthor33
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 02:52:41 | More by tempest
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ShaneBertou

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very attractive deep copper, reddish ale. Heady with moderate lacing.

S: Mild malt, sweet hop aroma.

T: Semi-sweet on the front end, some bitterness emerges on mid-palette.

M: Clean on front end with a little bit of a pucker on the aftertaste.

D: Decent drinkability. Might wear on you before too long. But it's a clean, somewhat crisp beer. A bit tasty!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 20:07:01 | More by ShaneBertou
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Naugled

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in flute from bottle

a: good appearance, deep copper color, crystal clear, nice head and rentention, rocky and stiff

s: deep hop and caramel, this is like an IPA of yesteryear (the 90's). good hop aroma and malt balance

t: nice tasting ipa but the bitterness is a little out of balance. I like the hop flavor and maltiness but just a bit too bitter. It also seems like an english yeast was used, which is nice, it adds some good character you don't find in most american ipas.

m: a little sticky for me, but still has a certain crispness to balance it. the crispness is what might accentuate the bitterness as well.

d: good drinkability, but is a big beer in my book, not a session ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 15:22:13 | More by Naugled
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to biggness for this one.

A - Dark orangish-brown with a perfect three finger head. Excellent retention on the foamy head with a solid sheet of lace left on the glass. Only reason I did not give this a 5.0 is because I like my IPA's to be a little lighter in color. Something tells me this one might be a little too heavy on the malt for my liking.

S - Very strong aroma of bready malts, caramel, and earthy hops. Hints of a little spice and pine in the hop nose as well. A good aroma and very well balanced, just not what I look for in an American IPA.

Edit: As the beer warms, the hops become a little stronger in the nose. Still not my preferred balance, but much hoppier than at first sniff.

T - Caramel sweetness and fresh baked bread initially. Then a big wave of hops comes through rather unexpectedly. Lots of piney and floral tastes with a little hint of citrus as well. Finishes with a mild bitterness and strong sweetness. Very well balanced beer.

M/D - Light to medium bodied, a little more thin than it shoudl be. Carbonation level is good, if maybe a little too high. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 14:41:41 | More by ckeegan04
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StJamesGate

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at New World Home Cooking in Saugerties, NY.

Pours bright pink-orange with a lacey off-white head. Nose is sour earth and wood. Woodiness up front - is that Golding hops? A blast of pink grapefruit to end. Light to moderate feel.

A bit closer to an English IPA until that citrus end. Nothing revolutionary, but enough flavor to fuel a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 17:30:30 | More by StJamesGate
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed copper with an inch of sticky froth. Interesting aroma - hoppy with pine and grapefruit, but also some other floral notes and coffee. Ooh. Very bitter, with a toasty edge and rich maltiness. Hops are heavy on the bitter side, without a lot of juicy AIPA flavours, which IMO keeps this particular beer from the "A" list Still a very solid brew with some interesting aspects. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 17:01:08 | More by allergictomacros
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to clockworkorange for hooking me up with a bottle of this.

A-Clear, deep copper color with a medium light tan head. Head held on till it reduced to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-Spicy citrus and a nice amount of caramel malt. Not overwhelmingly aromatic but pleasant.

T-Bitter orange rind a little lemon and spice. Accompanied by a supporting bill of toasted caramel malt.

M-Medium bodied with good lingering bitterness and a dry, woody finish.

D-A well put together beer at only 5.5%. A nice session IPA. Enough of a hop kick and bite to please a hop head like me, Nice dry, astringent woody finish. Wouldn't mind keeping a stock of this on hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 00:17:17 | More by Deuane
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gford217

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light clear copper with a big off-white head that lingers as a cap for a long time and leaves very good lacing.

The aroma starts with a moderate floral hop aroma with some pine resin in there as well as hints of citrus. The caramel malts temper the hops and lead to a mild, but well balanced nose.

The taste had a big astringent bitterness that seemed a little out of balance to me. The caramel malts are in the background, but the bitterness is dominant and leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is creamy but definitely prickly with the big astringent bitterness.

I'm a little puzzled by the taste on this as it may have just been a bad bottle. Either way, I wasn't impressed and the bitterness was slightly off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:34:53 | More by gford217
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with 2+ fingers of frothy khaki tan head. Great retention and nice full lacing stick. Smells of fruits, citrus rind, caramel, bread, and grass. Tastes of orange, lemon, and apricot up front followed by toasted grains, caramel, and a bread backing. Finishes with some earthy and grassy hop dryness. Medium in body with good carbonation. Sweet and earthy with a nice dry finish. Pretty bold flavors, both in hop presence and malt presence that makes the beer seem a lot stronger than 5.5%. Pretty enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 22:28:04 | More by HopDerek
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ironbike1

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color with a nice thick cream head, which laces all the way to the end of this beer. Has a nice bitter tone with plenty of hops, and a touch of sweetness almost like an amber. Very tasty drink. Brewed local to my area & is a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:00:26 | More by ironbike1
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:05:22 | More by RblWthACoz
Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.