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Lucky Kat - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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451 Ratings

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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of BDIMike
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a good amount of carbonation and a nice white head that stays throughout the beer.
Smells primarily of hops and a bit of citrus.
The taste is primarily of strong citrusy hops. There is a bit of a dry, biscuity taste at the end as well.
Mouthfeel is not as smooth as the usual Magic Hat. Fairly sharp going down.
Nothing incredibly great going on with this beer. It is much too sharp for me to drink more than a couple of these.

Photo of 6470zzy
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With a vigorous pour this amber colored brew gives up a good two finger off-white frothy head. Head retention was average, but the lacing was beautiful.

I am getting a total aroma of piney goodness from this one. It reminds me of the pine forests of my childhood.

The body seems to me a little bit on the light side and the hop bitterness kicks in on the way home. I would have liked to have seen a rad more malto-dextrines in this one but overall a solid replacement for Fat Angel. This is definitely a brew that I won't shy away from when I belly up to the bar.


Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is orangey-copper in color with a 1-finger off-white head on top. Leaves some lace on the way down.

S: Sweet orangey-citrus with a touch of grapefruit or lemony bitterness.

T: Honey-sweet malt early, with a dry, lemony bitterness at the end of the sip and a nice palate-cleansing dryness. There is a slight coppery metallic taste, however, that detracts from the overall taste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, decent carbonation but somewhat slick.

D: Pretty good.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy hop and a good carame sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop spice followed by a subtly sweet grainy malt. Good pine notes as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and smartly hopped IPA.

Photo of garcia2a
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deer amber color, clear with little carbonation. These is a white, tenacious head that slowly dissipated to an inner ring about 5-6 minutes post first sip.

The bouquet is lighter than I expected. Crisp hops and toasted malt on the nose. A slight banana tone on the bouquet finish.

There are fine hops on the taste, not overpowering, just enought to leave a wonderful aftertaste. The malt balances nicely with its toasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is decent, making this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of redmagik99
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange, small receding head. smells fruity and hoppy (simcoe or amarillo?) and corny. That corniness comes in the taste too - a little bit off. Not sure if it's what you'd call "husky" and I don't think any adjuncts were used, so I don't know what the deal is with that. Either way, it's still pretty good. Piny (but not very citrusy) hops dominate as they should in an IPA but there's a significant caramelly malt balance too. Nice. Decent level of carbonation, a little oily, goes down easy. Not my favorite from the magic hat lineup but a good backup beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber golden. Thin white head,with good retention,and lacing. Aroma is of citrus,and bread.Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a good balance of hops and malt. Fruity,but with a nice buttery balance. You will want more than one!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Newcastle pint glass.

A: Poured a deep and vibrant copper amber body with a sturdy head of white foam from a semi-agressive pour.

S: Smells of citric and herbal hops with a sweet toasted malt profile and light buttery notes in the aroma.

T: A very tasty blend of sweet and rich layered malts, toasted grain, caramel and buttered biscuit. Added are the tangerine and grapefruit hops with an herbal menthol finish.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but so easy drinking it doesn't slow you down.

D: This is one fine drinking pale ale. Not too agressive in the hop department and pleasantly sweetened malt character make for a very drinkable ale.

Magic Hat keeps making leaps and bounds with their dark and interesting take on traditional beers styles. Call it what you will, but I Lucky Kat delicious.

Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy dark orange. Big fluffy head. Glows like a Christmas light. Really nice to look at.

Smell is a nice woody hop. Has pine notes and a hint of oak. Malt is a little sweet and biscuity. Nicely balanced woody IPA aroma.

The hops here have a distinct woody flavor, and tastes as if aged (briefly) in oak. Grassy and outdoorsy. Definite pine-oil taste. Could use a tad more balance, but it's good. A hint of bubblegum?

Feels thick and a little oily. Almost milky. Well-crafted. Smooths out toward the end. It has the taste of an honest-to-goodness Imperial IPA. Stronger than most Magic Hat fare. Woody, milky, and probably their most heavy regional offering.


Photo of auxiliary
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy orange-amber color. Head simmered down to a pool.

smell - Smells of hops and citrus spice.

taste - Has a citrus spice and malt mix at first, but the hops come in real quick. It is not that overpowering though.

mouthfeel - Medium body and bitter.

drinkability - easy drinking beer, not too hoppy. Nice beer that was put together by magic hat.

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, drink before end of....info notched onto the rear label...pours darker honey amber, near clear, light tan head, typical lightish lacing. Minor grainy hop nose. Easy drinking and likely crowd pleasing. But with its minor hop bite, this one feels unsatisfying and middle of the road in approach, ultimately quite forgettable.

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is piney hops with occasional sweetness and finishes hoppy with the typical lingering bitter aftertaste of an IPA. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of Lexluthor33
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.

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.

Photo of bonkers
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
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!

Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

Photo of DaggerEyes
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

Photo of EStreet20
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

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?

Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 451 ratings.