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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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 Sean9689
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours copper, half a fingers-worth of white head, some spotty lacing and a thin ring around the glass remains. Some whisps here and there on top.

S - Grapefruit, sweet citrus, nice malt notes, slight bitterness. Not exactly sure how old this bottle is, but it's lost some hops, that's for sure.

T - Grapefruits first and foremost, some citrus hops, slight bitterness, subtle malt character. Really nice mix of hops and malts. Not sure if this is old or not, but it's pretty darn good.

M - Light, good carbonation for the style, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.

D - Well, I really liked this IPA. A nice balance of hops and malts and neither were overdone, IMO. Give it a try, I sure enjoyed it!

Sean9689, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper hue with maybe some red highlights and a nice white head that does recede after some time. Smelled of the pine and citrus, a bit lemony. Tasted of a nice balance between the bitter hops and the malt, enjoyable. Mouthfeel was pleasant and this is a really drinkable ale. I have liked all from Keegan Ales so far.

gskitt, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of 321jeff
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with hints of gold around the edges. A vigorous pour yields three fingers of soapy off-white head that lasts for awhile before fading and leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of bready malts with some pine and citrus hop aromas in the background. The aroma is walking a fine line between a strong APA and a weaker IPA. I will say though, it's a nice and enjoyable aroma.

Taste is much more like an IPA. Some bread and caramel, but a solid bitterness from the hops and a somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky. Carbonation is pretty high. A very nice local IPA. I'm never sure what to expect from a local East Coast IPA, but this one is solid and I would make this a regular if Keegan was available to me.

321jeff, Jan 18, 2011
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired via trade with jchow79 and poured into standard curved shaker-pint glass. There is a blank white strip on the far right (and top) side of the label that looks like it would be perfect for some sort of "freshness date", but nothing is written in the white space. As such, I can only assume it's fresh, and will proceed with reviewing it under that assumption. I sure do wish more breweries would include some sort of freshness info on the bottle...

A: Pours a very copper/brown color, hazy, with a thick bubbly off-white head on top. It left nice lacing on my glass as I worked through the bottle. Well done.

S: The nose isn't overpowering, but I do pick up earthy malt notes and some mild citra.

T: Bitter-sweet beer. The malts are dominating here. Bitter-sweet carbonation comes on first, and is quickly washed away by a great deal of malt sweetness. It finishes with some citrus and bittering hops.

A decent East Coast IPA, I just prefer the "west coast style", personally. More hops, more grapefruit, more citrus, more bitterness, less malts, please! That said, this is a pretty solid example of that "East Coast" style.

M: Carbonation is lively here, and it finishes well with a good thick tongue-coating of citra hops and sticky-sweet malts.

D: I wouldn't be *anxious* to have this one again, but I wouldn't be oppossed to running across it and revisiting it at some point down the line.

psuKinger, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA pours a very lightly hazed amber. It's topped by a thick, off-white head that leaves good lace. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, slight roast, and chocolate, which is very odd for an IPA. The hops are mild and resiny with hints of citrus.

Caramel malts upfront move into a dry grassy, and citric hop finish. This beer is medium-modied with moderate carbonation.

Despite the interesting combination of aromas this was a nice, bitter IPA with good malts to back up the hops.

EPICAC, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

generallee, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of blackie
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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

blackie, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is burnt orange-amber. Pours with a thick 1 1/2 inch off white, creamy head. Disippates slowly, leaving a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Some earthy and citrus hop aromas mixed with a strong caramel smell. Comes across as being fairly sweet with hints of brown sugar. Smell isn't that great.

T: Some faint hops are present early in the taste, mainly grassy or earthy flavors. Then the malts really kick in. Very bready with some nutty flavors. Similar to the smell, taste continues to carry some sweet notes with pleny of caramel flavors. Finish is a touch bitter, but really nothing like I would expect most IPA.

M: Medium body, moderate to approaching high level of carbonation.

D: This wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't an IPA. I would call this an amber. The hops were too subdued, the IBUs likely in the 20's, and the malt flavors way out of balance for an IPA. I didn't have any problems finishing this beer and at 5.5%, it would make a good sessionable beer. But I wouldn't grab this if I were looking for an IPA.

oregonskibum, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a late bithday gift. Came recommended from Craig's Kegs

A- pours the exact copper shade as mentioned on the bottle. An impressive shade of red as well. The head of the brew jumps out the most as it is very rocky and explosive. It does fade as well

S- a good presence of floral hops emerges on the first initial scent. It seems to be enraveled in some sweet malty flavor. I would almost say it's syrupy and has a brown sugar scent as well. The scent reminds me of a 90 min for some reason

T- not as much of a hop bite as I wanted. However, the brew exhibits some earthy bitterness and malt towards the end. The bitterness is definitely there... I did want a little more "hopness" if you will

M- well carbonated and creamy

D- this is good for a rather unknown IPA (IMO). The sweet characteristics of the malt really make for an almost sweet bitterness. The lower ABV allows a decent amount of these to be enjoyed. Again, a little more citrus properties... and you might be taken this brew up a notch

lovindahops, May 05, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have not reviewed this in a while so why not try out of a bottle.

A: Nice clear copper color with a finger of white head. A decent amount of lacing as well.

S: Had a very earthy hop nose. Quite a bit of malt in there as well.

T: Starts off with a little bit of a piney note. Then goes right into the malt. Finishes a little bit bitter. Not that complex.

M: Really lighy bodied for an IPA which brings me to my next point.

D: As an IPA this is meh. As an amber ale it is excellent. It is a great sessionable beer with hops which is getting harder and harder to find these days. I often overlook this beer but a fresh shipment came in so my hand was forced.

aerozeppl, May 03, 2010
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 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 donniecuffs
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a sampling glass at the brewery, it poured a transparent red amber with one finger of white head that laced very well. It smelled of malt, subtle grapefruit, and orange peel. The taste started off a little more hop-bitter than hop-citrus as expected, but it dissolved to a nice malty flavor mid-palate, and then finished on an extremely dry note, with hints of orange peel. Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel, punctuated by a healthy dosage of carbonation. A nice session IPA.

donniecuffs, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of roan22
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

roan22, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of UDbeernut
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

UDbeernut, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

krisandajt, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

erosier, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

number1bum, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of aquatonex
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

aquatonex, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of adamwonak
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

adamwonak, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

GeezLynn, Aug 09, 2009
Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.