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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 johnniemarg
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

johnniemarg, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of newyawker
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 http://www.myspace.com/hopdevilgrill

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.

newyawker, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of EPseja
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

EPseja, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Gavage, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Suds, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of ccs
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 soon...so this is it for a while.

ccs, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of JackStraw22
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

JackStraw22, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

Billolick, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

weeare138, May 27, 2005
Photo of Loki
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a growler that was sealed at dated from Marco's Beverage in New Windsor, NY

Appearance: Deep, reddish brown, Much darker than most pale ales. Big, spongy head with great lacing.

Smell: Wonderful, citrusy, floral hops smell. However, the smell is slightly muted and not near as big as I expected. There is also a more stated roasted, caramel malt nose than with most.

Taste: Sweet, roasted, caramel malts quickly followed by citrusy, piney hops. Good, dry hop finish. Wonderfully tasty and hoppy with a solid malt balance. This reminds me of a smaller version of the DFH 90 min, not as much hops or malt, but an amazing balance of the two that pair together, but seem to remain separate as well.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, sticky, hop tingling good.

Drinkability: Wonderful, I wish I had more of this at home. I hope my batch of homebrew comes out this good.

Loki, May 04, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark amber with a light cream colored head on top. Head stays intact leaving some nice lacing around the glass. Citric hops with some pine lead the way with a strong caramel malt aroma backing them. Pretty balanced scent overall. Taste is similar with caramel malt being as much a factor as the hops. Plenty of citric hops here and it is pretty bitter. Ends on a light hoppy note. About average mouthfeel for an IPA. Overall a solid IPA that is pretty big on malt as much as the hops.

meathookjones, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resinous citrus hop aroma. Hazy, dark amber colored beer. Thick and creamy, beige colored head holds strong leaving a sheet of lace once it fades. Mouthfeel is chewy, but it's not that thick of a beer. Doughy kind of biscuit malt flavor is wrapped in gooey grapefruity hops. Finish is a fairly bitter, but nothing too crazy. A good solid IPA.

HappyHourHero, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange/amber colour with a really nice head of foam that left excellent lacing up and down my pint glass. Aromas are all sticky floral hops with some citrus in the mix as well. These New York IPA's are all awesome, but they all seem quite similar as well. The taste was hoppy up front with a fresh, crisp maltiness in the middle, and a slightly dry and hoppy finish that gives some nice hop burps as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is nice.

francisweizen, Feb 03, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The East coast boys are coming around on the IPAs. Everyone knows by now Smutty and Victory, but upstate NY has got some things going on, too, between this and Souther Tier and Ithaca Brewing.
This is a nice copper-amber color with a small but clingy head. The aroma is of fresh grapefruit and pine, with some grassy, herbal notes mixed in. This beer is best consume, in my opinion, at cellar temperatures, which really lets the substantial malt backbone shine through. The hops are there, to be sure, and deliver a delicately bitter pine/grapefruit/herbal payload to your tongue, but this is quickly balanced out by some nice toffee/caramel sweetness. Then the rsidual hop bitterness comes back and helps the beer finish with a bracing, but by no means overpowering bitter finish. This IPA is all about balance, and is just a classic example of the style.

bultrey, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of shippos
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish copper with a tan lacey dense head. resiny hoppy aroma with an excellent chewy malt aroma to balance it out, piney and a bit citrusy also. good smack of dry hops upfront really drying the mouth out and then the malt kicks in to quench your thirst. very nicely brewed and a very respectable and drinkable ipa.

shippos, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of cooter
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Prejudices and problems to note: As a New Paltzer, this is nearly my hometown brew. A solid favorite at the bar. Unfortunately, I'm also recovering from a cold, so my smell/taste is impaired. But I can't resist having a drink...not in the bad way, but a healthy, normal way... Also, I noticed a weird residue around where the cap was (not a twist--could it be glue? Why?)

Pours a very brown amber with a sticky, clumped head. Good lacing. Peppy mouthfeel and a sticky, piney hop character. Smells of orange peel. Sharp bitters near the back. Cloying mouthfeel/taste that makes you want to keep drinking partly because the first taste and feel is so markedly more enjoyable than the latter. Aftertaste reminds me of a belgian dark ale, for some reason.... Keegan is solid, and although I like this one, the other brews from Kingston are less...sour, I guess. Strong hops doesn't have a balance.

cooter, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a wonderful hoppy aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that serves as a base for it's bitter hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine American IPA. It has a complex maltiness as well as a pleasant hop character; a good drinker.

WesWes, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of kennyo
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice aroma, hops/malt , beautiful Nice copper, on the darker side, color with head that doesn't stay around for long, could be the bar glasses. Very drinkable, in the macro sense- poundable or should I say session beer. Taste is very hoppy, piney, carbonation level is good. This beer went very well with food, fajitas
My only comment is that a little more malt would give this beer a better balance. Not a complaint but a comment.

kennyo, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Stimack
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Had this on tap at Mahar’s and just got it on a whim. Brew poured to a copper/amber color with a nice off white had that broke down to nice lacing. The aroma from this brew is all citrus smelling hops, simply fantastic, that were pronounced but over powering. The taste of this brew was sharp from the hops with a nice balance from the malt after the initial bite settles down a bit. This is a nice hoppy brew, not as intense as some that I have had but a very nice brew that I hope I can find in bottle during the summer.

Glad I gave it a try!

Stimack, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of hoponit
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in tasting session at brewery and in growler.
Overall impression was very good. Special commendation for the bold (by East-coast standards) use of hops. The copper color and the accompanying malt flavor were a welcome variation on an IPA. Looking forward to this one being bottled soon.

hoponit, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of hollicetales
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

me-ow this is one tasty kitty....pours a nice almost copper with a good average head...it sort of even smells like kitty....kidding...but you get that good whiff of hops and those hops really assert themselves...this one has a nice bitey aftertaste with hints of pine...which i really enjoy that nice piney taste...this beer can scratch me up any old time with it's fiesty drinkability

hollicetales, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is an amber-brandy color, with a thick frothy head which leaves an intricate lace. Smell comes off instantly hoppy, with citrusy and piny hints, but underneath there is a hint of malt and yeast, like unbaked bread. The taste is all hops, with the wonderful grapefruit bite which fades nicely into a bitter aftertaste on the back of the mouth. There are hints of earthy pine, and an interestingly subtle undertaste of sweetness. The hop presence in this ale is alot like that in the SierraNevada Pale Ale, if memory serves me. I gather its a West Coast thing. Great mouthfeel, with the hop bite, nice carbonation and smooth, not-too-heavy feel. The beer is very drinkable, and its price certainly belies its quality.

FranklinPCombs, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half Time growler.

Poured an inviting amber color with a wonderful yellow-white head and tons of lacing. Head receded into a nice slick on top with errant bubbles here and there. Smell was serious citrus hops. The most obvious being a fresh grapefruit. It morphed into a more piney smell with a deeper sniff. Just a slight cracker malt aroma lurking in the back. Taste was super hoppy for an east coast beer. Tons more of the grapefruit hops that left a wonderful dry mouth and a smooth malt that kept it just balanced enough. I hope that Keegan Ales keeps up the good work becuase this is an excellent start. Just normal enough to drink tons of but definitely a departure from other upstate NY beers.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this local (Kingston, NY) pale ale at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, where they note that the ABV is 6%. Frankly, I'd say it's more of an IPA with its heavy dose of west coast hoppiness. To begin, it pours a dark golden amber with a wonderful frothy off-white head. The lace is abundantly sticky, and the hops are immediately noticeable in the aroma, along with a tangy citrus backdrop. The taste is sharply hopped with an exquisitely subtle sweetness in the undertow. The citrus is evident mostly as a grapefruity bitterness (like the Dogfish Head 60 minute and the Stone). Yes, an IPA, really. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is a highly drinkable and delightfully hopped ale.

longpondbeerman, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of altctrlsdelete
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first growler, so why not my first review? My cousin surprised me with this after returning from New York after Christmas -- I'd asked him to look for some Southampton brews for me, but he couldn't find any and came up with this instead.

Pours a beautiful amber color with a bubbly white head. Plenty of carbonation here, and leaves a solid lacing in its wake. Notes of pine and citrus in the nose (this is a pale ale? I don't think so), but not much else, and not very powerful. This is a very well balanced IPA, with the initially sharp pine and smooth orange flavor fading quickly to a malty, slightly piney aftertaste. One of the least overpowering IPAs I've encountered -- there's something here for hopheads, but there's much wider appeal here. Medium-bodied in the mouth, very smooth and easy going down. Drinkability is where it's at here, this is definitely a session IPA, and while it won't knock you over like a Ruination (or even a plain old Stone IPA), there's still a delicious hop flavor to be enjoyed here.

Overall, a solid brew that I could enjoy all night long (and will tonight) and that leaves me looking forward to the next time someone I know will be in the position to get this growler refilled.

altctrlsdelete, Jan 01, 2004
Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.