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Lucky Kat - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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438 Ratings

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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a decent head. It has a citrus & hops aroma with some biscuit notes.
The taste was a well balanced malts and hops. It was sweet with a hint of caramel. I think the mouth feel was smooth with medium body and malts that went well with the sweets. A good session beer.

Notes: As the beer warms it loses some hops kick,the trick is not to let it sit too long.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 19:15:57 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of tempest


4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Sam Adams glass.

Nice white head with a gold-amber body. Leaves lacing as I drink it down. The aroma has dry biscuit and toffee malt with both grassy and citrus fruit hops. The flavor matches the aroma with a slight peppery hop flavor that also balances nicely with the toasty malt flavors. Medium body and an overall well-balanced flavor.

There's been talk about Magic Hat dumbing down their beers, but this is a pretty complex and tasty IPA. Worth a try if you like an English bent on your IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 00:51:42 | More by tempest
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 ounce bottle into pint glass
A-Dark copper color, nice head with decent lacing
S-sweet citrus aroma
T-strong hop flavor right out front that mellows into a very pleasant after taste
M&T-feels great going down, not real heavy. A very drinkable beer.
Overall- Lucky Kat is a classic example of what an IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 21:41:59 | More by bonkers
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Classic IPA copper color. Fluffy bubbly white head, possibly about two fingers.

S- Smell was of citrus hops, grapefruit, some caramel malts (faint).

T- Taste was very crisp and clean for an IPA. Bitter hop punch up front that kind of smacks your tastebuds around, but this lost some steam halfway through. Notes of citrus fruits and spices, as well as sweet malts. Nice balance.

M- Mouthfeel was light bodied and highly carbonated.

D- Excellent sessionable IPA. My only complaint is that the hop punch lost some hair half way through.

Give it a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 21:07:17 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly nice cloudy copper colour with a mid-sized to somewhat large, off-white frothy head. Retention time is decent and it does leave nice, thick rings of residue on the glass.

The aroma is also fairly nice with an even blend of caramel, butter, and dirty hops along with a slight citrus punch and perhaps a bit of pepper(?).

Flavour takes the aroma and beefs it up a bit: Caramel quickly blends with a dirty, biting hop flavour that seems to once again have a bit of pepper mixed in with it. Earthiness comes through to the finish of each sip and sweetness/citrus fruit flavours are a lot more subdued here (even though they are fairly mellow to begin with in the aroma). There is a decent butter taste at the finish of each sip as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a decent amount of crispness to it, although it did seem slightly thin at times.

Overall, this isn't a bad addition to the Magic Hat family. It's certainly got a bit more pep to it than the Fat Angel, which is the beer that this one is apparently replacing. It doesn't stand out above the crowd, but is a solid representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 02:15:41 | More by guinness33
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a clear amber body with a good inch of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Smells citrussy, piney, and grassy with undertones of caramel malt. Tastes bitter - citrussy, grassy, and piney first, with a strong malt backbone with a fair bit of caramel malt. Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation makes this a pretty drinkable IPA. Wow. A perfect example of the style, extremely tasty and drinkable with no flaws. Far and away the best Magic Hat brew I've had in quite some time and an all-around great IPA. I'll definitely be getting this again!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 01:11:36 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of pale hops up front. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty malt character to balance things out. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I wasn't sure that I would like this beer but was pleasantly surprised to find that I did. This is a good beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 14:30:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice, well-rounded IPA. nice look with a light amber color, medium carbonation and a nice tight frothy head. The aroma is classic IPA, with a spicey herbal hop scent and subtle tangy fruits. Very peppery.

flavor is right on the money with sublime balance. A perfect mix of subtle pine-apple fruitiness with a big, spicey, herbal and earthy hop taste that is very "in tune". Feels medium bodied, crisp with a clean bite. Feels just right.

a very nice standard american IPA. Nice lable art too.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:57:39 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured a copperish amber into a pint glass with a thin slightly off white head. The head gave way to some sudsy film on the surface and patchy lacing.

Hop bomb on the nose, pine, grapefruit. The hop assault continues on the tongue. A very bitter brew, thickens the saliva. Very active carbonation.

A fair beer by magic hat, don't like it nearly as much as their sesaonal hIPA

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 20:11:24 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - A very nice look. Coppery color with about a finger and a half of bubbly yet creamy looking off white head. Lacing begins to stick a little bit and the head stays well.

S - Aromas that lead you to anticipate some bitterness. Also a bit of a grainy smell. Reminds me of a toned down H.I. Pa on the nose.

T - Grassy hop flavors initially. Flvaor remains fairly bitter throughout. The finish has a tiny touch of citrus leading into a bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a touch of carbonation.

D - Not a bad pale/IPA that will satisfy a hop craving.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 22:29:57 | More by EStreet20
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2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer was copper colored with a thick white froth. The aroma is bitter but not hoppy per se, and the taste is the same, just a bitter ale with none of the flavors I want out of an IPA (citrus or pine or whatnot). The body was OK, fairly thick, but the overall drinkability was only average.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 04:23:04 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of BeerTruth


3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Buff your Inner Glow."

12 oz. bottle poured into the special Sam Adams glass.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a chunky off-white two finger head that slowly falls. Good amount of lacing left on the sides, meow. Lots of tiny bubbles race to the top of the glass throughout the entire tasting. Good start Magic Hat, let's keep it up. Smell is pretty earthy with hints of pine and dirt. Ringwood yeast, musty oak, and some caramel malt in the nose as well. For an IPA, it could use more citrus in the nose. Ugh, it's going downhill...taste is extremely pale. Much too watered down with the slightest bit of floral evergreen and citrus hops. Aftertaste is watery with some ringwood, ugh...Mouthfeel is light with a pillowy body. Lots of carbonation with this one as well. Very basic beer, pretty typical of Magic Hat now-a-days. Where for art thou Blind Faith?

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:52:26 | More by BeerTruth
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright, clear orange with amber hues and a towering 2+ finger rocky tan head that lasted several minutes before receding to a firm, foamy layering that left a horizontal layered lacing down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was light.

S: fresh and citrusy with light pine needles and a sweet caramel presence in the end.

T: dry, toasted malt, with some dry pine hopping followed by a bright citrusy juice like flavor. The beer finished with a touch of blacky peppery spiciness, a lingering sour dried caramel, as well a chalkiness after the swallow.

M: medium full, softly carbonated.

D: Overall a decent drinking brew, nicely hopped with a dry black peppery and sour malt finish makes this intriguing and one of their better beers. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 22:58:58 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Jason


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap reads "Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal". Did they save the cap for me or what? So the website say "Irresistible Pale Ale" yet the label reads "an IPA". We'll tag it as an IPA for now. Clear and bright copper color, a solid head forms from a sturdy pour. Light tangerine hop aroma from the Amarillo hops and a little herbal from the Crystal, clean toasted grain and a mild buttery note in the back of the nose. That trademark Magic Hat smoothness is there, the biscuity and caramel malt tone battles it out with the hop bitterness. A stale mate as both walk away in a balance manner. Maltiness takes the low road and cover the palate with a caramel sweetness an bread crust biscuity tone. The hops take the high road with more flavor than bitterness yet there is a spicy prickly character upfront. Finish semi-sweet with a pinch of linger hop.

If this is Fat Angel's replacement than it a damn good choice. As far as the whole confusion of Pale Ale or IPA. One brewer's IPA is another brewer's Pale Ale. Either way, welcome to the beer world Lucky Kat, I am sure you'll find many friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 13:52:59 | More by Jason
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2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a clear golden amber with a thick, rocky head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. A faintly sweet smell - not discernable hop aroma, which was odd for an IPA. The initial taste was slightly sweet, with hints of corn, finishing with a fairly dry hop bite. Not what I expected in an IPA, and I was a bit put-off by the slight vegetable "corn" flavor. Not their best effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:42:21 | More by pershan
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Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As you pour this beer your get a big whiff of ringwood butterscotch. A cooper/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a nice creamy off white head and a nice bit of lace. The ringwood note mentioned earlier gives way th a more balanced citrus hop/caramel malt character. The taste has a light malt note followed by a more dissernable citrus hop note. Kinda like a #9 with out the fruit and a bit of a citrus hop note instead.
Note. the label says "an IPA"
I think Jason and Todd have this correctly catagorized.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 21:26:13 | More by ybnorml
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Poured a nice copper color with 1" of head that stuck around for a little while, then dissapated to good lacing.

Smell- A good scent of floral hops and some citrus.

Taste,Mouthfeel- This beer has a good balance of Hops to malt. Very refreshing and not overpowering. Medium body and carb.

Drinkability- a mild APA if compared to what is on the market today, but a very drinkable beer, quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:42:08 | More by johnnyirishman
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3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lucky Kat has a very fresh hops smell. It reminds me of the smell from Roxy Rolles and is reminiscent of both Magic Hat's Blind Faith (no longer available) and hIPA.

The taste is very citrusy and definitely has that floral-ness of some of the other beers (hIPA and Blind Faith -retired) Magic Hat brews. Lucky Kat is well balanced with a nice malt character that prevents this beer from being too one-sided. I'm a fan of about 2/3 of the beers that Magic Hat brews and this is one that I can't say too many bad things about.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 03:46:29 | More by indiapaleale
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3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange-brown color in to the glass with a thick and tall off-white colored head that laces the glass well all the way down. The smell is a very floral, peppery hoppy bitter aroma over some malts. I didn't smell much else, maybe a little citris in there as well. The taste is pretty good as it has a very nice rich malty base followed by a fruity citrisyness and then followed by alot of hoppy bitterness. The taste is pretty good, but I would have put this as an American IPA, not an APA. Plus I think it says IPA on the bottle. The mouthfeel is pretty good - very crisp and clean feeling. The drinkability is pretty good as I could have a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 15:26:58 | More by erosier
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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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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a snifter - 2008 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy orange and brown color with a 1" head that is off white. The lace clings a little bit. Large and small bubbles.

Smell: Peppery yeast hits at first. Fruity esters next. Pepper, strawberry and floral lavender hops.

Taste: Hoppy beer has a tender sweetness to it. Malt and wheat flavored background for this one. Kind of like a hoppy Belgian ale. Pepper. Mildly complex.

Mouthfeel: Slick and not very carbonated. Medium body. Floral with lingering bitterness. Not much alcohol.

Drinkability: Pretty high. This beer is pretty bland and more Centennial hops would contribute to the grapefruit flavor. Perhaps a bit too under-attenuated.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 12:40:47 | More by Risser09
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3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey-apricot colored with a an eggshell white wispy head that rises up strong and recedes quickly leaving fat fingers of lacing.

Inviting aroma of sweet and pithy citrus and cinnamony malt.

Flavors of mild citrus hops and honey, slightly piney, understated yeast. Not sure if it's the usual ringwood, if so, it doesn't burst through like other MH beers. Bits of toffee and butterscotch.

Dry mouthfeel, semi-full, crisp and slightly tingly.

Good session beer, pleasantly hoppy, not too overdone. Even the MH website isn't sure if this is an IPA or fat pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:45:05 | More by far333
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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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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive copper color, topped with an evenly bubbled, ivory head. Nice and clear, with flecks and sheets of lace clinging to the glass as the beer is consumed. Nice, lasting head.
Tangy, hoppy aroma, with bright citrus and deeper, woody tones. Hop driven, but the malt is there in balance with toasted sweetness. A tiny bit of that ringwood butteriness, but barely detectable. Adds some creaminess to the malt, if anything.
The flavor is very bright, full of hoppy goodness in a vaguely west coast way. Bright in the way of oily, grapefruity orange citric bitterness. Rather hop driven, with some toasty sweetness balancing things out in an american way, tucked neatly within the crevices of the hop cones. Medium to full bodied, with a crisp, dry finishing texture. A little bit of creamy diacetyl butter, lending smoothness to the malt's sweetness. Some of that ringwood yeast fruitiness, coming across as Macintosh apple, sweet peaches or white grape. Nice.
I liked Blind Faith well enough, but this is a much more "modern", west coast influenced american IPA. Very bright and polished to a glossy sheen, from the color to the flavor. I can't find any flaws worth noting. Up to snuff with the better .american IPAs, like Lagunitas, Southern Tier and Hop Devil, at least I think so. Nothing extra special or crazy, but I could see myself getting this when i get a craving for an IPA while out with friends or kicking around the house. Hoppy, but within the boundaries of sucking down a few in a sitting. If you want to get a feel for Amarillo hops, this is a good one. That's the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 07:16:05 | More by UnionMade
Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.