1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

Not Rated.
Hurricane KittyHurricane Kitty

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

341 Ratings

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hurricane Kitty Alström Bros
Ratings: 341 | Reviews: 163 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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