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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 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
Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ppoitras, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Durge, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

cavedave, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

dmamiano, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Lexluthor33, Jun 01, 2009
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
Photo of ShaneBertou
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

ShaneBertou, May 20, 2009
Photo of Naugled
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Naugled, May 19, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

ckeegan04, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

StJamesGate, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

allergictomacros, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Deuane, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

gford217, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

HopDerek, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of ironbike1
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

ironbike1, Oct 24, 2008
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 riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a fluffy white head. Very good retention and a nice lace. Aroma is of grapefruit and grassy hops.Body is the heavy side of medium with a lot of carbonation. Taste is fruity with a bitter hoppy finish. Not the greatest IPA but worth a try for sure.

riversider76, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ the Ginger Man 10/01/08

A - Pours copper in color and leans toward a darker shade. Head 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.

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. More of a pale ale to me than an IPA, could be stronger in the body and hop department for me

bonbini26, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a murky, ruddy, tawny, dark-amber hue with a modest foamy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the glass...
Thick aroma dominated by hops and vanilla sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the flavor, however this IPA seemed slightly off-balanced and dominated by a murky, astringent flavor that wasn't too appealing...
Thick mouthfeel dominated by caramel and hops...
Drinkability was decent due to the modest 5.5% ABV...
Good, but not great...

dsa7783, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

csmiley, May 29, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

akorsak, May 21, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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..

Tilley4, Apr 03, 2008
Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.