Hurricane Kitty - Keegan Ales

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 13
Gots: 24 | 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 IntriqKen
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.

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.

Photo of dherling
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.

Photo of maddogruss
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.

Photo of BBM
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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!

Photo of tgbljb
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.

Photo of Litterbean
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.

Photo of BrewMan13
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 " 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.

Photo of joe1510
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.


Photo of NeroFiddled
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. :)

Photo of RedDiamond
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.

Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is actually more brown than the copper that is described on the bottle. It lvs a nice thick hungry looking head of bumpy foam. Looks fresh and hungry for air. Fairly murky also.

Smell is balanced hoppy pale ale but nothing over the top.Taste is pine like hoppiness but also balanced fairly well. There is a bit of a sharp bite on the finish. Somewhat sticky sappy resinous mouthfeel but not a real detractor. Overall--a nice American Ipa--glad I bought it and would definitely buy it again.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger pillowy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrus and peppery hop aroma couched in a nice burnt grain aroma.

The taste featured a solid toasted malt body which supported the strong peppery and grapefruity hop flavor. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was full and sharp. Good carbonation.

Overall a very impresive AIPA. Well balanced and very drinkable.

Photo of bjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this while in upstate New York for the weekend.

A: Pours a dark copper reddish color with a nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Good retention.
S: Floral hop aromas with a citrus follow up. Good hop notes throughout.
T/M: Citrus hops followed by floral hop notes blend well together. Subtle caramel malt notes behind the bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Good bitter ending. Nice levels of carbonation.
D: A pretty decent IPA. I would pick this up again if I got the chance.

Photo of soultrain
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A- Yep, Coppery colored beer, like it says on the bottle. Rich, thick, and creamy 1/2 inch of off-white foamy head. Smells fantastic, cascade hops? You know, sometimes when I had this beer in the past, there were little floating hop particles in it, but not this time; it's copper clear. Excellent lacing, all the way down.
S- Smells like hops. Cascade hops, though I may be incorrect. I am so lucky that this beer is brewed only 10 minutes from my house. The 6- packs I get are soooo fresh, and with a nice hoppy beer like this, freshness matters.
T- Taste is great! Citrus hops in front, crystal malt backbone, aftertaste is lip-smackingly killer, yes, fantastic BALANCE and everything you could want in an IPA and more. In a taste test between this and Victory's Hop Devil, this magnificent Kitty won, easy. I love IPAs, and try new ones all the time....9 times out of 10, I say to myself, shoulda got a Kitty. Must be the freshness.
M- Fabulous mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. (see note below)
D- Drinkability is SUPREME.

CRUX: FANTASTIC EVERYDAY IPA. This beer has had a permanent residency in my DBF since it came out, and, as long as they make this beer, it shall dwell in it's prefered spot, on the left and to the left of the Keegan Ale's "Mother's Milk." Hurricane Kitty is a value that I hold dear and to which I shall always return...this brewery deserves all the support it gets...and a perfect world, Keegan Ales would brew a limited Double IPA, sorta like Stone's Ruination, only more supremo, and life, for me, would just, (James Brown "UGHNN"), be sooo sweet...hint...hint....

Note: Draft or bottles are fantastic. Somehow, I'm less inclined to appreciate the Growler version....had a "flatness" problem twice....everybody loves 'em though, must be me...

Photo of johnniemarg
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also enjoyed this on tap at Hop Devil release party (see previous review). And yes, I can see how Rebecca could cause inflated ratings, but this is one heck of an IPA.

Pours a nice amber with 2 fingers of head. Great head retention is like nothing I've seen before. It's there the entire beer. Gorgeous lacing also like nothing I've ever seen. You could easily count the number of swigs I had to finish the beer because of the big thick parallel rings around the glass. A solid 5 for appearance.

Aroma is flowery hops. Dandelions.

The flowery, piney hops are very well balanced with just enough malt. This is not too hoppy, but just right for me.

Slick medium body turns creamy with a swish.

This is my kind of IPA. A perfect session IPA and immediately in my top 5. Highly recommended.

Photo of newyawker
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Keegans launch party at the Hop Devil Grill. Rebecca, the hot bartender. Check her out on

Anyways, I hope she doesn't influence my review ;-) This beer is the color of bronze, with a big, wavy white head of foam that has specs of golden amber polka-dotting it. The smell is pure hops, cascades I think.

Pretty full bodied, sharp crash of hops hits your taste buds but is muscled with a firm malt chassis.

Initally smooth, finishes a bit biting, this is a good overall IPA. It was especially cool to talk with Geoff the brewer. Good beer.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass... orignally had this one on tap at BC/TC 2005 and was super impressed. Glad I could find a bottle by me!

A - Pours with great action that creates a medium to large bubbled head of almost two inches, but creamy and marshmallowy on top. Color is a beautiful hazy grilled apricot orange. And now for the interesting part... the body holds a ton of tiny particles in suspension, none of which seem to be falling downward through the beer. It almost resembles the tiny air bubbles one might find in a gel candle. Very interesting indeed. One wonders if this beer is as viscous as this fact would imply... Lacing is thorough, intricate and consistent throughout the whole glass.

S - Citrusy and floral, with notes of toasted lemon and dried apricot. Some nice roasted malt character and wild honey sweetness. Very fresh smelling.

T - Right up front there is an excellent, almost smoky roasted malt sweetness along with a citrus fruit freshness. As the beer makes its way to the back of the throat, the hop profile grows exponentially until it becomes quite large and crisply bitter. Not quite sure if this is accurate, but I get the impression of European Pilsener hops... The finish leaves a great, dry yearning for more. Great ride from start to finish.

M - There is a definite surprising thickness to this beer, as mentioned above. Very slick and slippery in the mouth. Carbonation is just right, and the finish is a liquid Jello water slide.

D - Just look at the numbers above. It doesn't take an actuary to extrapolate the fact that this beer is good lookin', good smellin', good tastin' and guess what? Easy to drink. If you like your hops bold but not overly brash, this is a great beer to reach for.

Just like I remembered it in Cooperstown.

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

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 2" fluffy head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is mellow, as some soft citrus and pinecones are barely detectable with your nose in the glass.

Taste: decent caramel malt backbone, but the flavors were unbalanced as the grapefruit citrus was much more pronounced than the piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp at the start. The finish was less crisp and the strong grapefruit tones continue to stick out when swallowing.

Drinkabililty: very easy to drink, but I would like to see some more piney bitterness up front with this one.

Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours burnt honey color with a nice little tuft of head. The head produces a decent and attractive lace. The aroma on this brew is an appealing mix of flowery hops, slightly pine-like, with a good dose of sweet-smelling malt. The taste is a little sweet, but well balanced by a powerful hop sensation in the mid-taste. There’s a nice variety of flavors in this brew: grapefruit, burnt and toasted malt, vanilla, and a sweet mustiness. It all works very well together, with a medium body. The whole thing is quite drinkable. Solidly good, and better than expected.

Photo of ccs
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color, cream color thin head, delicate lacing on the glass. Interesting IPA, not dramatically bitter, but mostly unremarkable. Green hop aroma. Malt hits first, then the bitterness. It does get better as it warms up a little and releases some the the carbonation. Probably wouldn't drink several of these in a row, but one is a nice change. Alas...we purchased it on our trip to New York and probably won't be back this is it for a while.

Photo of JackStraw22
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy dark amber in appearance. Not much head. Very fresh hop aroma, and quite sweet. A little too fruity in the aroma for me. Not real bitter for an IPA, more malty sweetness than hoppy. Really just an average IPA. It's worth a try, and it's good, but so many better IPAs out there.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, Pours the advertized copper amber, clear. Tan puffy head, with good retention, leaves thick and sticky respectable lacing. Aroma/nose of sweet, perfumy malts and grainy flowery hops, nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded. NIcely crafted IPA, Hoppy yes, but almost balanced by a nice layer of malts.Grainy, oily hop crunch is evident but not overpowering. More nice brew from the Hudson Valley's Keegan Ales. I need to make a road trip to this place soon.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for this one!
Appears a dark mahogany brown with a thick 2 finger white head that lasts for more than a minute. Lots of chunky lacing clings to the glass. Very mild carbonation can be seen.
Smells earthy with a touch of vanilla, pine and cedar.
Taste is bitter and has a creamy, earthy subtleness.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy sugar sweetness that's mild compared to the chewy wood like hops that are present.
Drinkability is decent, as it is similar (IMO) to an ESB, or an English style ale drawn from a cask. The mild carbonation and smoothness makes this original IPA a treat.

Finger licking good.

Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.