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Lucky Kat - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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440 Ratings

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: jjayjaye on 02-14-2008)
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1/5  rDev -71.5%

03-23-2012 17:29:20 | More by mctizzz
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2/5  rDev -43%

02-20-2012 18:14:44 | More by chrispoint
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2/5  rDev -43%

01-11-2012 19:20:14 | More by khargro2
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2/5  rDev -43%

02-16-2012 00:48:06 | More by JohnnyMc
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -43%

11-21-2011 18:47:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
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2.2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters. Carmel notes and sweet candied fruits. Hops? What? I must have missed them.

Appearance: Deep, clear amber colored pour. A sticky white head that retains reasonably well.

Flavor: Carmel malt notes up front. An earthy, spicy hop bitterness to balance. Some darker fruit notes in the background. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: Not an American IPA. An American Amber at best. Way to carmelly and fruity for an IPA. Try again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:35:26 | More by mattcrill
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2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

05-07-2013 22:52:27 | More by blknikon
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2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served this beer on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY

I was initially surprised by the light copper color and very little head that greeted me.

Not impressed with this effort.

I thought it offered no balance and was way too sweet.

Initial hop bitterness but this doesn't last and you are left with a sweet aftertaste with no balance.

No hop flavor lingers.

Move onto your next available choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2008 01:03:43 | More by Reagan1984
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2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Two fingers worth of head; darker for an IPA. The carbonation is very apparent from the pour.

S: Slightly hoppy - not very intense but a very pleasant smell. No form of grain or barley present.

T: Stronger than the smell. The bitterness of the beer was quite enjoyable and there was a distinct hop taste. This IPA was better than average in taste, but not the best I've had (it lacked the boldness of other great IPAs).

M: Very bubbly, not smooth at all. The beer became more malty as it warmed but was carbonated to the point that the mouth feel was the least enjoyable aspect of the beer.

D: Not the most drinkable beer, it would be hard to have more than one of this beer due to the strong bitterness and heavy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 04:06:59 | More by jt31914
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New York

2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20 oz pour at Suspenders, Wall St, Manhattan.

Medium amber arrived with almost no head; no lacing, either.

Aroma is redolent of piney and floral hops, smells pretty good. First sip is nice, unassuming malt delivers a fairly large wallop of hoppy flavor and then a rather tongue-searing bitter finish that lingers eternally. Taste is good but the effect is unbalanced, just not enough sweetness or other malt flavor to offset the bitterness; in the end complexity and drinkability suffer greatly. The bitter aftertaste accumulates to almost give a cigarette ash taste in the mouth. It's too bad, because the hops taste nice, but you can't just suck on hops (or at least I don't want to).

Food would likely redeem this beer, and the astringent sour bitterness might provide a nice counterpoint to St Louis BBQ ribs, or fries, or a burger drenched in KC Masterpiece; my ratings are for the beer standing alone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 02:42:16 | More by kenito799
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2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Dark, almost too dark for an IPA. Looks more like a Scottish Ale.

Smell: more malty than hops.

Taste: No hop taste at all. More bready malts than I care for in an IPA. Very dense, viscous and not really wanting to take another sip.

Overall: Could not finish this supposedly "IPA" as I just found it too thick and syrupy and not enjoyable at all. Not bashing Magic Hat because I really like their Odd Notion Series, so they are definitly cabable of making good beers. Just don't call this an "IPA".

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 12:23:04 | More by Kolsch
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2.4/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a fizzy one finger beige head that quickly fades into thin ring. Not much in the lacing department.

Very earthy dirt hop aroma with some dry pine notes and a bit of caramel malt that has some nut and biscuit character.

Very watered down with a lot of literally earthy hops up front that taste like dirt with a caramel biscuit malt backbone that provides a bit of balance and a very odd unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 00:40:37 | More by corby112
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

01-13-2012 02:35:10 | More by uziangis
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

12-25-2011 18:00:47 | More by phishinNYC
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

01-06-2013 23:46:05 | More by chefduff2
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

03-18-2012 04:31:57 | More by andrewborstein
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-21-2012 13:19:06 | More by joex444
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

01-13-2012 15:08:26 | More by whartontallboy
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-04-2013 18:56:35 | More by Budinetz
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2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Awesome artwork, cool cat. Sweet notches in the label to tell you when the "best by" date is. Love the little sayings under the caps. Pours yellow-brown and settles light amber in the glass. Cloudy with very little fizz. Decent, foamy head.

Smell - Smells of malt and hops, just what I expected from an IPA, nothing special here.

Taste - Instant hoppy bite, followed by little to no creaminess. I was hoping for more flavor or some zing, also would have been better if it were a tad bit creamier.

Mouthfeel - Hoppy mouthfeel, pretty standard for an IPA, no point here for originality.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable if you like this style of beer, which I tend to. A pale ale would probably be more preferred by the average drinker.

This isn't as good as Blind Faith (by Magic Hat), and for a really good APA try Fat Angel (by Magic Hat).

This beer just doesn't stand up against the others of its kind by Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 05:41:51 | More by JMScowcroft
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2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It only goes downhill when the best comment you have about a beer is its artwork, albeit very impressive. Nevertheless, 12 oz. bottled poured into a Stone Brewing shaker.

Partially cloudy with faint carbonation and 1/4" head. If there was lacing, I might need corrective lenses.

The only thing I detected in the nose was biscuity malt.

Tastes like a bad mixture of sweet berries and syrup. The hops could be lurking, but are engulfed by the aforementioned ingredients.

Buttery with little carbonation. The aftertaste is actually better than the initial taste.

This was somewhat difficult to enjoy overall, so I'm confident I won't ask Lucky Kat for another date. I've consumed a lot of Magic Hat's line, and most of it tastes alike. I don't know if this is necessarily a good thing, but hey, at least they are consistent. Off the mark for an IPA, which despite the claim on the bottle, could be why the Bros. categorized it as a pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 00:35:19 | More by weiserr
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2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Normally a Magic Hat lover I was left dissapointed with this entry to the lineup.

A - A nice penny brown color added to my anticipation however there was not much head on the pour, again this was dissapointing.

S - This aroma seems to lack the robustness of IPA's that I have become so aquainted with. An extremely light hop scent with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

T - Aroma and flavor are not very congruant. A bitter perfume like flavor that lacks the balance of malt. Aftertaste is slightly metallic.

M - Good mouthfeel on this for an IPA. Finishes in the back of the mouth.

D - I wouldn't say that its a bad beer, but I also wouldnt go out of my way to get it again. More balance would be a major benefit.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:04:51 | More by ams0286
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2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm just not digging it. A nice copper-colored beer, just gets more boring from there. Seems to completely lack that hoppy "brightness" that I like so much. Not a whole lot going on in the nose on this beer...decent hoppy bitterness lingers... it's drinkable, and I'm not hating it....it's just, with so many other great IPAs being produced locally (Ipswich, Smuttynose) this is something I wouldn't go out of my way for at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:13:29 | More by corey0212
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2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Kat IPA

Appearance: This beer pours a crystal clear amber orange with bright red highlights. The head is nearly non-existent with only a thin white lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell: For an IPA this beer has little to no hop aroma. Instead, there is a slight caramel malt character with a hint of spicy undertones. Deep in the back of the aroma is a minute character of fresh peeled lemons. There is a slight fruity ester which actually reminds me of a nice English bitter.

Taste: There is a slight caramel malt sweetness followed by only a minute spicy hop character. The only other notable hop characteristic is a distinct lingering, borderline harsh, high alpha hop bitterness. This coupled with the slight alcoholic warming makes for an unexciting and one dimensional finished.

Mouthfeel: This beer is extremely thin with a light to mild carbonation. The light body of this beer makes it easy to pitch back, but definitely not as full as I would expect from most IPA's.

Drinkability: The light mouth feel of this beer coupled with the mild flavors makes it fairly drinkable. I pitched back quite a few from the six pack I bought in one night and they went down smoothly throughout the evening.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer just doesn't have a lot going on. I would not say it is a bad beer, but it lacks the characteristic citrus and floral aroma and flavor that I find so enjoyable in my IPA's. The saving grace of this beer is the fact that it's easy to drink and goes down smooth. However, I doubt most people looking for an IPA want to pitch back a light and un-complex beer. Get it to try once, but don't look for it to solve your quest for the perfect American IPA hop bomb. ;)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 02:41:22 | More by Jekster
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Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.