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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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BA SCORE
83
good

341 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Shiredave on 10-22-2003)
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Photo of rfgetz
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orage/copper color with minimal cap of frothy off-white head, some sticky lacing. First whif brought a decent chunky of nuts, toffee and light carmel, only searching for hops brought a floral and spciy quality. First sip was quite bitter but lacking great hop flavor - floral and spicy are there, but covered up by the bitterness and malt. The malts are as nose dictated, lightly swet carmel, toffee and nutty. Medium bodied, lightly sticky on the palate. An IPA lacking in good hop charachter is hard to appreciate - wondering if there is a freshness issue.

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.

Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Ken, 12 oz into a tulip.

Pours copper, closer to a golden brown around the edges with a slight haziness in the body. Light cream coloured head, that reduces to a collar with light retention. Nose is malt right off the bat, with some mild and faint citrus notes. I kept going back to this, but was felt it was relatively tame in all regards. Taste is real bitter before any flavour comes through, and evolves into some lemon and harsh citrus notes. Bitterness is fairly dominant, and took over the palate in most respects. Medium high carbonation, and not a ton of body to this.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown almost copper color with a small off white foam head that has good retention. Lacing is moderate.

S: A nice crisp amount of citrus hops are more prominant. There are some bready malt, toffee and caramel as well but nothing really stands out.

T: The malt character is more prevalent on the front end. Mostly some caremel and toffee. In the middle the citrus hops come to the fore front making the toffee/caramel more of a small undertone. Beer finishes nicely balanced with the malt coming to the forefront more. Decent mix of citrus hops and caramel on the back.

M: A nice light/medium body leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: A nice IPA to drink on a hot day. Low ABV makes having several a nice option. Would like to see a freshness date on this, but overall was a tasty IPA.

Photo of ken2cart1
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a- mahogany, small white head

s- biscuity malty no detection of hops, can tell in for a balanced east coast ipa

t- balanced ipa for sure, with malt in the forefront- bisuity, sweet carame- then hops in the background to balance- no hop taste just bittering hops, harsh bittering ending

o- balanced eastcoast ipa, west coast is my style but i like a good east coast too but it needs some flava

Photo of aficionado
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st sixer was fresh, floral, fruity & bitter, with moderate malt backbone.
*This one would've got a solid B+ rating.

2nd sixer was similar to the first, but the hops were faded. Solid B.

3rd sixer was a digusting malt bomb. Not sure what happened here. This must've been real old. C rating.

The appearance is the best thing about this beer. Orange copper body. Completely translucent. Sticky lacing and a 2 finger off white head with a tinge of yellow in it. I would be a happy man if my homebrews came out this attractive.

The aroma does not accentuate the hops as much as the taste. It's somewhat floral, but I smell more malts than hops. Needs more of an emphasis on dryhopping aromas.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell. But this is still a malty East Coast IPA. The floral attributes come out more on the tongue, along with some soapiness, bitter orange, grapefruit and caramel.

The mouthfeel is nice. It's not too thick or thin. High carbonation, medium body. Pleasing to the tongue.

Reminiscent of a tiny Dogfish 90 Minute. A good example of an East Coast IPA. I just wish the flavor was more consistent.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

finally took a chance on these fine ale purveyors from up the road. The bottle is popped, the loud noise startles me. Will it foam over? No, it rises slowly, I pour. Coppery and fairly clear with a voluminous offwhite head. Chunks of yeasty particulate round out the pour. The aroma is a blend of citrus, grass, funk, and some caramel. Infection..The saddest of ploys on April Fools. The taste isn't bad, but it's not american IPA material. Some hop quality, definite funk aftertaste, a little bit of sweet malt presence, decent bitterness. It is drinkable still but falls far outside my expectations for this beverage. All in all, not bad for a Belgian IPA or pale, but this is not supposed to be as such. Alas, I shall revisit in the future. For now, I have four more to drink.

Photo of dtivp
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper with a one finger dull white head, little retention and some lacing.

Aroma of floral hops and citrus.

Taste had an initial slight toffee sweetness then the hops and citrus took over with a nice crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a light side of medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a nice refreshing crisp beer, very enjoyable.

Photo of vfgccp
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light maple syrup. Thick off-white head that holds up with great lace.

S - Sweet bread, lightly toasted brioche. Touch of nutmeg. Carmel. Touch of dried plums.

T - Huge malt. Baked breads, honey, caramel. Hops roll up and make a nice cameo through the backend of the profile: pine, tarragon. Huge malt balance for an IPA.

M - Full body with a well balanced bitter/sweet finish.

O - Nice bread notes, and overall flavor balance.

Photo of teeitup78
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Keegan brew. The kitty pours golden copper with 2 inch head. Smell of mostly citrus. A clean bitter taste that brings a slight citrus character. Not as hoppy and flavorful as I was hoping for.

Good Deal

PS- I dont think Stave Hooks has even tried this.

Photo of Tartarus
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours very translucent copper with about an inch and a half of head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Faint smell of citrus hops is all I can really pick up.

T&M: A solid mix of hops and malt hits you right up front, and the aftertaste is distinctly dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation.

D: The flavors don't make this one very drinkable, I think one of these slowly enjoyed over an evening is just about right.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of crisp looking slightly off-white head. The head has good retention and laces nicely on the side of the glass.

S - Aroma is full of hops aroma, a nice mix of pine and citrus hops. Some really nice grapefruit comes through. There is also some nice sweet caramel malts in the background for a bit of balance.

T - Starts off with some sweet toffee notes with some building citrus hops and some nice bitterness. Through the middle some of the grassy hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of hop flavor and bitterness and some toffee malt sweetness that linger very nicely.

M - Medium bodied and a moderate amount of crisp carbonation. Very smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Feels crisp and refreshing. Nice fry finish with nice bitter elements.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced flavors with a nice hop profile. Nice strong bitterness. Very refreshing and crisp beer.

Photo of lumberjerk
4/5  rDev +9%
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 claspada
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of nutty toffee with a backing of earthy and pine hops, nothing outstanding, but good.
The taste follow the nose opening with light toffee and pale maltiness quickly followed with the pine and floral/grassy and earthy hoppiness; quite balanced if I do say so. The finish is a tad bitter, but doesn't linger on the palate too long.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average level of carbonation.
Overall this is a good beer; it borders between an American amber and an American IPA but I still enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, probably forgettable, but worth a purchase for the quality/value.

Photo of gnemesis
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received via trade extra from cosmicevan. Poured from 12oz bottle into pint on 2/15/2011.
This ale pours amber and burnt orange. Creamy off-white head clears at least a finger in thickness. The nose on this one surprised me a bit- honey, caramel, vanilla?, some maltiness but only a small amount of detectable hops. The taste just adds to my surprise- more of the sweetness described in the smell with a bit of faint earthy hops in the finish. I really expected this IPA to offer more pleasant bitterness but this seems malt forward. Its not bad as I enjoy beers on the sweet side. It offers a medium body and good carbonation but I just can't get over the lack of hops. This was an OK beer- maybe it sat too long on a shelf somewhere.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.