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Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours copper in color and leans toward a darker shade. The tan rocky head comes to a solid one inch in the nonic. Retention shows good qualities while the resulting lace around the glass is impressive.

S - Fruity aromas are first in the smell. Definitely some citrus that is very close to orange. A leafy hop aroma quickly backs it up. Midway aromas include charcoal, caramel, and dark bread. The tail end has some more fruit but is closer to cherry.

T - Orange / citrus / fruit are first in line and are not too strong. This one does not destroy the taste buds like some other IPA's. Leaf and pine step up next and still remain lighter that expected. The malt flavors are on the end and are mostly caramel and bread crust. Alochol is constant throughout but stays in a very distant background.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter an hangs on for a while. Quite smooth overall.

D - Drinkability is very good for this beer. The balance of flavors and alcohol is spot on for what I would consider to be a good session beer. The hop profile is on the light side but it still works well for this particular beer. I would have more of these and recommend trying it if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:41:03 | More by csmiley
Photo of akorsak


3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ginger Man in New York City.

A: The ale is a copper color, even in the darkened bar environment, with a translucent body. The head neared a finger and managed to lace nicely around the glass.

S: The nose is full of grain, concentrated and thick with tart fruits, as though it wants to be a little bit bigger (like a barleywine). General hop bitterness is present but it doesn't coalesce into an identifiable aroma.

T: The ale has a solid grainy backbone, consistent with the nose. Green, tart fruits mark that body. The hops are big, leaving a strong bitterness in the palate that has citrus notes and a scarring bitterness that overdoes the lemon and herb elements. The ale tastes much stronger that the 5.5% lets on.

M: The mouthfeel is bold, strong on both malts and hops. I might even go so far as to say too strong on both.

D: One pint was sufficient for me. I'd give it another shot in the comfort of my own home but probably wouldn't make it a high priority if I were out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 16:29:13 | More by akorsak
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, courtesy of littlebreeze - Thanks!

Hazy, orange brown color. Small to medium sized head. Creamy, light tan. Decent lacing, not much legs.

Malty and sweet - fruity. Citrus. Caramel. Earthiness.

Bitter more than sweet, lemon and grass. Crackery middle. Faint roast notes. Lemon, grass, and roast all combine to create a nice, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, good balance with a hop tilt.

Medium body, seems a bit coating. Low to medium carbonation. Dry, but balanced.

Overall, a very tasty beer. Balanced, yet hoppy enough for me to get my fix!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 18:54:56 | More by
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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of joeybeerbelly as an extra.

Coppery golden pour, decent head... Wow, loads of sediment in this and I mean tons... I can usually make it through these but this looks chunky...yeech...

Bitter hop smell with a small amount of malt...

Very bitter hoppy taste... Sort of metallic...

Glad I got to give this one a go but I don't think I would buy this were it available..

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:52:33 | More by Tilley4
Photo of JDV


3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to davehoward for the bottle!
Rich murky dark reddish brown pour with a creamy beige head. Smell is nicely hopped with floral and tea like notes and a hint of malt. Nice mild bitterness throughout along with a pleasant floral hop flavor. Nice crisp carbonation and good full body. Wasn't expecting much from this for some reason but was pleasantly surprised. A very nicely made and enjoyable IPA that I'd recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:02:42 | More by JDV
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South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hurricane Kitty... hm, odd name, alright, I'll give it a crack. Goes into my Sam Adams glass looking like any other IPA, clear and coppery and with a fine looking fat rocky head. I'm shocked though, at the amount of yeast (I hope it's yeast...) sediment that falls into the glass. I mean, we're talking big white chunks that look not unlike tonsiliths... ::shudder:: I decide timidity is the way to proceed and leave a good quarter inch of Kitty in the bottle. Not all the yeast settles out. Oh boy.

Smells quite malty, toasted grain and maybe a little maple. Surely not vanilla? Hops are there, citrus and fairly vague. Smells a little weird, actually... musty and... cardboard. Hmm.

Tastes pretty poor to boot. Too much caramel here, plus a weird malt sweetness that is not balanced by the hops and some funky yeast. Hops are bitter and a little medicinal. It's a pity, I wanted to like this one... the name is cool... but I don't think this warrants finishing the bottle.

Mouthfeel is okay, nothing big. Finish is slightly dry and leaves a taste of strange caramel and reminds me of old books and aspirin.

Hurricane Kitty is, unfortunately, going down the drain. I hate it when this happens, but ya gotta call 'em like ya drink 'em. A very average take on the American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:41:31 | More by kkipple
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A_pours a rich copper red with a fluffy, fluffy three finger head. Plenty of lacing.

S_Mild citric hops, some biscuity malt. Mild aroma.

T_A bit on the sour side, not as strong in the hops department as i would like but pleasing enough. A high biscuity malt presence.

M_Lighter body, high carbonation.

D_Decent not great IPA. With so many good ones ont he market, I probably wont be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 05:22:25 | More by sleazo
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence copper/red on the darker side for an IPA. Smell pinny definetly American hops. Taste pinny hops strong bitterness light malt backbone dry somewhat astringent finish. Mouthfeel mediem body high carbonation. Drinkability ok not my first pick for an evening or an IPA for that matter.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2008 01:22:31 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of TheBCrew

New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Two fingers of off-white foam which dissipates. Piny hop aroma with a hint of malt to back it up. Initial hop bitterness is piny as well, followed by a malt sweetness and a dry crisp finish. Medium bodied mouth feel and good drinkability on this one, will definitely try some of their other offerings next time I have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 03:48:05 | More by TheBCrew
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisted: 17 Jun 10

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this one.

Pours a hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, very slight hop note, with lots of caramel, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, to me, this is not an IPA at all.

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, tiny off-white head, which then leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is definitely not a hoppy IPA, good but not a really good IPA, glad to have had a chance to try though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 01:25:41 | More by Wasatch
Photo of williamherbert

New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very cloudy, dark cider orange color. Really thick looking. Beautiful stark-white pillowy head. Appears to hvae floating sediment. Looks thick and awesome. Good icy lace.

Very fresh-smelling piney hop aroma. Strong bitter hops. Has a dry (malt?) smell, with a hint of yeast. Hint of sweet berries. Excellent.

Taste is a major bitter hop blast. The hops are both woodsy and sweet. Nice balance. Serious bitter aftertaste. Almost an imperial IPA.

Feels thick and a little chewy. Leaves a film. Bubbly at the end, really thick. Overall, it's a big, thick, substantial IPA. Tremendous one-off, maybe too bitter for a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 01:06:25 | More by williamherbert
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 05:27:12 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy red body with a creamy one-finger eggshell head

S - Loads of fresh, floral / spicy hops with a slightly phenolic note

T - Very, very grassy - tastes dry-hopped, like a Hazed + Infused, which is a plus in my book.

M - Thin, carbonated, with a slight bite to the finish

D - I liked this one a lot; a must for grassy hops fans and IPA lovers. The only dectractor was the bit of "doctor's office" / "bandaid" scent I got near the end of the nose.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 22:32:54 | More by yourunclewalt
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great AIPA that is most definitely hops driven.
Pours a copper/amber with a slightly off white head that reaches about an inch up the glass and then takes forever to melt away. A beautiful sticky map is left in it's wake and the top of the brew is always covered with white all the way down.
Aromas are fresh, green hops with just a touch of amber malt sweetness.
Flavor follows nose. Slightly sweet amber malt then very fresh, clean citrus and pine oil hops followed with a touch of the sweetness just to balance it out.
Aftertaste is very clean. Definitely a worthy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 03:11:21 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of albern


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is about the hops. It is a light brown pour with a quickly dissipating head and decent lacing. The smell is robust hops and the taste follows suit. You have the resin, citrus, oil hop esters in the taste of this beer. You can feel the oils of the hops on the tongue as well. The beer has a strong after taste, nice carbonation, there is a sharp caramel taste that comes through which are the malts popping in at the end. I'm not a strong hops kind of guy so this beer is not to my liking but I'll give it its due. It does have a nice smell and the beer does make a statement. I drank this after having a rather bland beer beforehand, so I might have been a little biased at the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 12:30:09 | More by albern
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper brown color with a spotty off white head that sankly quickly to a thin film. The nose has lots of flowery grapefruit, some malt, a little pine, but mostly citrus. The taste offers fresh pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tin, other citrus and tropical notes, and also some bubblegum/cotton candy. Has a medium body with carbonation on the lower side. Overall, its refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 03:16:09 | More by dherling
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New Jersey

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

This beer was pretty good. It was a fair, amber color; a little on the light side, but overall, the body looked pretty good. A thick, creamy white head with good retention; stayed with me the whole time I drank. The head was very creamy; just resting my lip on the brim of the glass was enjoyable. The smell allowed a little bit of hops to come through but also smelled kind of malty. The taste was very smooth with hints of hops present; nothing too significant but balanced the malts fairly well. The mouthfeel was pretty average; nothing overly impressive. Pretty drinkable beer; nice and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2007 00:10:13 | More by maddogruss
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer, with a bright yet cloudy orange/amber color, a thick, creamy head that sticks around for the duration, and sweet, sticky lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, and a bit of caramel malt.

The flavor is mostly grassy and earthy hops, with the malt backbone balancing but never impeding the flavor. There is a bit of ann herbal/tea flavor to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, and the finish is a bit dry. Overall this is an incredibly drinkable and enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 17:34:48 | More by BBM
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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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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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New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be a serviceable pale ale. Hoppy, sweet, aromatic, and everything one could want from a beer. Sessionable and easy to drink. It was ruby red with a fluffy head. The taste was bitter and hoppy but balanced. Nothing spectacular but nothing was wrong with it either. I would recommend it when dining at the Brew Pub.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2006 07:43:29 | More by Litterbean
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPA's after I went on a tasting spree of IPA's brewed in NY over the summer (Wagner Valley IPA was another fave), so I had to go back and get a 6er.
Pours bit darker then your average IPA, 'coppery' as the brewery puts it. Impressive head with staying power and which leaves some sticky lacing. A few 'floaties' though detract from the overall appearance, but I s'pose a more careful pour would have avoided that.
Has a very nice aroma; you get a nice whiff of hops. Taste is what did it for me though: has the expected bit of IPA bitterness, but its not harsh like so many others. Also has a more solid malt backbone then your average IPA. I would say the malt and hops are in a friendly competition, with the hops winning out, but not dominating. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, despite the carbonation. I cant help but think of a quote from a Sam Adams commercial in which they say their beer "..is not watery, its got something to it. You know you're drinking a beer." Which is how I would describe this guy as its got a little bigger mouthfeel then an average IPA.
Highly drinkable. If it means anything, this is the first 6-pack of an IPA that I think I've ever purchased, as I was a 'malt man' for so long and avoided the hoppy stuff. No worries here though, this is an IPA done right.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 21:28:13 | More by BrewMan13
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

According to the bottle Hurricane Kitty is a "Coppery India Pale Ale". They weren't kidding. I poured this into a pint glass and it was a brightly polished copper. Clear, which I wasn't expecting and moderate carbonation bubbles rising throughout the glass. A 2 finger creamy white head showed itself as I poured then slowly faded to a half finger for the entirety. Sticky sheet lacing down the sides as I drink that eventually slides back into the body. This beer looks really good.

The smell is a little on the weak side but still good. There is a malt backbone but it's mostly grassy, herbal hops. There is tea cooming through as well. I'm usually not a fan of the metallic aroma, which appears here, but oddly enough it seems to fit into this brew. If not for the faintness of the smell it would get a higher rating.

The taste is amber ale all the way but the herbal/grassy hops make this beer unique. The hops lead the way but the malt stays close behind. Wet hay, earthiness is the up front flavor but toasted grains and a touch of caramel malt sweetness balance it all out very nicely. I detect a very light bitterness way back in my throat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but with a slightly higher than average carbonation that tickles the tongue and pushes the flavors through nicely.

Hurricane Kitty could easily be an everyday drinker. The balance and size make it a good choice to session. If you see it anywhere pick it up and try it. Like I said before it's unique and I would recommend it.


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:06:05 | More by joe1510
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:28:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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2.05/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very clear brew, yet the taste is drab and unreasonably compromised by yeasts and undesirable yeast byproducts. The sharp bittering only offsets these deficits, enhances their sulfury qualities, and reduces drinkability. Listed as a pale ale on the house readerboard, Hurricane Kitty is light brown in color. Hop flavor and aroma are entirely absent. 5.5% ABV.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2006 15:08:58 | More by RedDiamond
Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.