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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: 9
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: jjayjaye on 02-14-2008

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
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Ratings: 451 | Reviews: 316
Photo of BeerTruth
3.23/5  rDev -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?

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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.

Photo of pershan
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of johnnyirishman
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of erosier
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of weiserr
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.37/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of far333
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.

Photo of corey0212
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
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.

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

Poured a copper color with a rocky off white head. Left some spotty lace on the glass the whole way down.

Citrusy hop smell dominates the brew.

Taste is hops. Like a piney-citrus. There is some malt in the background, but you really have to look for it. Not Magic's best IPA. I am curious why they put it out.

HAs good mouthfeel and good drinkability but no pizazz. This is a good beer, but doesn't stand out from the pack. Why do something if you are not going to try for the best or at least something off the beaten path.

I will drink again, but my mouth isn't watering thinking about it.

Photo of ams0286
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before end of June:

Pours copper with a one-finger head that thins, but lasts. A moderate amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of pale malt with citric fruitiness.

The taste is of citric, tangy fruitiness with balancing malty/grainy sweetness. As it progresses, maltiness overtakes hop bitterness. An apricot-like fruitiness is also present - making it somewhat like a touch of #9 with more hops (and diacetyl). There is butter mixed in, detracting from the taste a bit. Mild alcohol in the bitterish, then sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbnonation. I was between scores on the feel, but the buttery slickness interferes too much, making it more slippery than smooth.

It certainly has the brewery's stamp on it. Drinkable enough if you don't mind minor distractions. Had more potential in the initial sips. Could be better, could be much worse.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass with 2 fingers of dense off-white head with good retention. A good amount of lacing is left behind. Slightly hazy light (likely due to dry-hopping) copper color). Citrusy aroma, heavy grapefruit scent. Not the best balanced beer - quite bitter, lacking the malt backbone - but finishes dry and crisp. Grapefruit flavor again. Medium-light bodied, drinkability is somewhat hindered by the lack of balance.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter hop scent that is accompanied by a roasted/sweet crystal malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite that quite grapefruity. The malt base is inadequate. This is a lopsided beer. I'm guessing Chinook hops with this one. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very hoppy ale. I wish it had a little more mouthfeel and malt character. It's just a hop bomb.

Photo of dsa7783
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
As a new release from Magic Hat, I was eager to try this one...
An aggressive pour resulted in a huge foamy and frothy head that lacked staying power and soon dissipated, leaving a modest amount of lacing...
Subtle, non-descript smell that lacked any real noticeable characteristics...
Average, mediocore taste to say the least, not too exciting, and nothing extravagant, with bittersweet lemon, and slight grapefruit...
Watered-down, lacy mouthfeel with not too much going on here either...
Average drinkability due to the fact that the alcohol percentage was fairly modest and undetectable...
Wasn't impressed with this one, and felt that Magic Hat could've definitely come up with something better...
Not recommended...

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hey big Shot, your breath is Rot."

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a crème head. Nose is pine and citrus hops. Flavor is bark, bitter dirt-like hops. Minor bitterness. Typical feel on the liquid and the carbonation is pretty full. This is a nice APA. Nothing crazy though.

Photo of NEhophead
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin, light amber in color beneath a foamy white head. Webbed lacing scattered around half of the glass.

Caramel-scented, toasted malts with hints of hazlenut; semi-sweet flavored tea aromatics. Notes of clean citrus and pine. Pleasantly balanced in aroma.

Lemon and citrus-flavored hops up front; very clean. Fresh, toasted malts with a bready flavor and a touch of diacetyl. Typical Magic Hat yeast with noble, floral hops in the middle leading to a soft, slightly burnt bitterness.

A light, medium in body; lightly bready. Very airy on the palate as a result of the malt profile and signature yeast.

A light bodied; pleasant Pale with a nice balance of citrus/floral hops and toasted malts. Nothing to seek out, but a pleasant version of the style.

Photo of gory4d
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I came across this beer last week and am happy to have found it.

Poured vigorously into a pint glass, it's a deep translucent orange with a pale, three-finger head that's thick like beaten egg whites. Not much lacing, but vestiges of the head remain all the way to the bottom.

The smell doesn't open up much (I am getting over a cold, mind you), but I get juniper berries and a hint of mango -- intriguing.

Taste-wise, the juniper hits me up front, giving way quickly to fruity malt, with a surprisingly hard, bitter finish, the alcohol just fluttering at the edges. It feels a little thick for the ABV, but is clean and not at all tacky. The carbonation seems just right, offsetting the thickness of the brew.

I'd call this an immensely quaffable beer, with an ABV that's low enough to let you enjoy a few with no fear.

BA calls this an APA, whereas Magic Hat calls it some sort of IPA. It straddles the border between them, and is simply a pleasant and tasty ale.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, powdery, off-white head.

Smell: Pungent aroma of spiced citrus and flowers with a vague maltiness and small hint of biscuit crumbs.

Taste: A taste of toasted pale malts with a bit of hard candy sweetness. Citrus fruitiness with a light taste of spicy herbs. Just barely medium bitterness that rides out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An alright beer, that's for sure, but if the hops and bitterness were any lighter, I'd have to remove the 'I' from IPA. Appropriately listed on BA as a pale ale.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before end of July '08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - clear, copper color with a big fluffy light beige head that settled to a good layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - bitter hop aroma.

T - very good flavor blend of bitterness and sweet malt finishing dry and bittersweet. Nice hoppy bite with a good malty balance.

M - medium bodied with clean carbonation feel.

D - very easily could be a good session beer.

Final Note: If this is Magic Hat's replacement brew for Blind Faith, I accept. I won't miss BF as much with this beer around.

Photo of marcpal
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Old Bay in New Brunswick. Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Poured orange with a nice fluffy pillow cloud head.

S: Not an IPA as the bottle lists this one. There are some hops there but the molts dominate. After having the HiPA, this one was not anywhere similar.

T: Malts and yeast, slight kick of the hops but not an IPA in any way shape or form. Definitive dry hops and earthiness but overbalanced on the malt end. Still had a good flavor.

M: Yeasty light, highly carbonated. No oil feel and not its impressive characteristic.

D: Moderate, nothing to write home about. Just not an IPA.

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