Lucky Kat - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

451 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 451
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | 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

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 hdofu
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orangeish beer with an off white head. This is quite a hoppy beer. The smell I pick up is hopps and lots of it. Taste is a little smokey with a thick hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of alcohol burn and a light body. Quite refreshing and worthy of a second helping.

Photo of fitzy84
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from the holiday sample pack. Very slight golden-amber appearance with some excellent lacing from the large head it had from the pour. There is a dull, almost blunt burnt smell of the grainy hops. Florals help even it out a bit. Decently hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Slightly dull carbonation but still packs an ok punch. Overall, not too bad.

Photo of ujsplace
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Bright copperish color, with two finger thick off white head that has nice lacing.

S: Burnt grainy hops, mild malts.

T: Initially a sweet floral hoppiness followed by a yeasty breadiness with a mildly bitter hop finish.

M: Light and crisp.

D: This is a crowd pleaser. Overall, this is a good, solid brew from Magic Hat.

Photo of wingman14
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around. Smells mostly hoppy with some sweet notes. Taste starts mildly hoppy with some malt, stays mild until the finish and aftertaste which has a bit more hop flavor and a very slight bitter aftertaste. This one has a light mouthfeel, and a smooth feel. This is an easy drinker, a mild IPA, but still enjoyable.

Photo of armock
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a copper color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of caramel malt upfront with light hops for an IPA

T - Follows the smell caramel malt first then the hops

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I was a little disappointed with this beer it's pretty weak for an IPA to me it's more like a pale ale but it's still a drinkable beer but there's better IPAs out there

Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Best by October notched on the back label. Poured a semi-translucent copper with a one inch bright white dollop of foam. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent cap with generous lacing and excellent adhesion. Mild nose - some citrus and a suggestion of a light malt bill. Taste follows nose, but also a little astringency and a slight skunky quality that came out in the nose following the cap pop, and also seems to be a part of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that starts out even and then seems to prickle the middle of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Not sure if this bottle was past its prime, but it just wasn't anything special.

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

after have this beer a bunch of times i decide to finally to review this beer.
Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
appearance : deep amber color with nice lacing.
smell hoppy but isn't too strong
taste balanced between hops and malts
good mouth feel and drinkability

Photo of Nipitato
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Good burnished copper hue. Good clarity. Thin white head with good stand.

S: Caramel malt aroma with lots of mineral notes. Not particularly hoppy.

T: Beer has a nice bitterness that crescendos. Strong caramel malt base. Hoppiness is tinny/metallic. Grapefruit character as well.

MF: Medium body. Well carbonated. Dry finish.

D,notes: A nice not too hoppy IPA.

Photo of ThirstyBird
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish honey color with just a touch of haze. A light tan head that stays aloft reasonably well. Nice lacing.
Smell is malty, fruity and a lot less hops that I would expect.
Well the hops make an appearance in the taste but not in a good way. Still malty but watery at the same time then the hops follow but rather mild and just end up leaving a bitter aftertaste in the back of my mouth.
On the heavy side of light with some oiliness. Fairly subdued carbonation.
I can get it down alright but wouldn't buy this one. A mediocre offering from Magic Hat.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a two finger bubbly off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and flowery hops, with a bit of sweet honey and caramel malt aromas. Taste is a bit floral earthy almost mineraly with a sweet malt edge. Sweet honey and maybe some brown sugar in there with a hint of butterscotch. Long lingering sweetness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation, with a watery/syrupy almost tart mouthfeel. Decent brew, but hardly an IPA. If it were a pale ale I might have scored it higher. Better than most magic hat brews, but pedestrian when compared to some other craft brew offerings.

Photo of adamette
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken hours before typing this in on 12 13 09. Poured from the 12 oz. beer that I received at a party thrown by a co worker of my wife's. Thanks Jennifer and Dan for the kind offer of this beer. Poured into a cool Alaskan Brewing Company pint glass provided by Dan.

A Light brown body, slightly cloudy with a minimal, creamy head. Some lacing. 3.5

S Distant smell, little hops with some malt. This smelled less hoppy than I thought it might. 3.0

T Barley and hops predominate. Beer has a moderate bitterness but none of these tastes are strong or interesting. 3.0

M Moderate feel, beefed up by some of the hops and barley malt and it remained creamy too. 3.5

D Fair to good. I finished the pint glass without too much trouble.

Notes: Not sure what the beer style/taste has anything to do with Lucky Kat or Halloween (if that is the holiday that it is in honor of). This is a fine beer but not one that I would seek out again. That has generally been the way for Magic Hat for me so far.

Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with an off white head. Leaves thin patches of lacing behind.

Citrus aromas hit the nose along with some spices from the hops.

Taste is hoppy with orange rind and lemon flavors. Malt brings in a bit of buttered biscuit flavor. Smooth throught the swallow yet finishes dry on the palate.

Medium bodied with plenty of spritzy carbonation.

Overall, not a bad choice. Well balanced with just the right amount of hop flavor. This Kat is certainly a lucky one and should go a long way.

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

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a thick 2 finger head of yellow stained head. Retains fairly well and laces decent along the glass. Nose is a nice mixture of both citrus hops and malty sweetness. Little bit of grain aroma fills out the rest of the nose. Taste is well balanced with a good ratio of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Low carb and medium feel. Very easy drinking. This isn't a beer with any outstanding qualities or flaws. Of the beers magic hat makes, this is probably my favorite to date.

Photo of mnrider
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Fresh to date. "Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal" under cap.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color. With a half inch of bubbly white head. Leaves small amount of lacing. Head shrivels to a thin layer.

S: Tangy aroma with a hop flavor that is earthy.

T/M: Mmmm, Good. Very smooth and creamy. Sweet caramel malts. Hops balance this brew out nice, as they are not to overpowering. Finishes with a bit of hop spices.

D: Very good brew from Magic Hat. One of the better ones from them. I could drink many Lucky Kats.

Cheers!!

Photo of northaustin
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellowish amber with two fingers of even white head. nice retention and spotted stringy lacing.

smell: no hops present, big ricey bmc type smell for sure but less appalling.

taste: actually has a nice balance of bittering hops and sweet malts. some flavor hops but no biggey.

mouthfeel: very smooth, a nice hop oilyness in the end, very subtle and sweet.

drinkability: not enough hops for me to consider this an ipa. if anything its a lighter pale ale. very sessionable though.

Photo of ollie78
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very nice golden amber hue

S: Mellow hoppy

T: The flavor covers every aspect of my mouth. The flavor has citrus hints. Refreshing.

M: To piggyback on the taste, the beer flows smoothly to every region of my mouth. Like water to the desert.

D: A beer I would recommend and have no problem purchasing on a consistent basis.

Photo of mattcrill
2.22/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of ommegoose
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was in the winter mixed pack. For once, the bottle gives some clue what kind of beer it is.

Poured into a pint glass. A one-inch head on top of this one faded to a cap, and leaves full lacing all the way around. Dull coppery color.

Bitter aroma of grapefruit rind with a little sweetness in the malt underneath. Lack of depth in the hop aroma.

Goes for puckering bitterness. Hop character is ill-defined, with just a bit of acidic citrus character. Not a fresh hop flavor really. The malt is kind of musty and earthy. Leaves plenty of lingering bitterness. I know this beer cannot be all that old, so I'm pretty sure the lacking flavor is due to low quality ingredients. Definitely some buttery flavor in there.

Feel is okay. Carbonation is not too busy. There's about as much body as would be expected.

In the crowded IPA market I can't see any reason to ever buy this. This is a boring IPA, and not a great beer choice in general. I'd take any number of macro pilsners over this probably. The long-lingering bitterness is not real inviting, so this is not an easy drinker.

Photo of irishking1977
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed pack.

"Without hops the world stops," under the cap. Maybe for some, but could you imagine time stopping simply because hops no longer exist? Hmmm...perhaps.

A: Pours a cloudy gold/copper with a slight head and scant lacing. Appropriate appearance of a good IPA.

S: Hops dominate the smell along with some citrus and herbal notes. The scent is quite hoppy, but how hoppy is it really?

T: Hops and grapefruit with slight herbal and bitter hop aftertaste. For a hoppy brew, it's pretty balanced and not over powering. Very nice indeed.

M: Well carbonated and a bit prickly due to the hops, and somewhat creamy and thick. Good, sturdy mouthfeel.

D: I never really liked IPA's until recently. I'm starting to understand the appeal. Lucky Kat is definitely a drinkable brew that is easy to drink considering it's moderate IBU (58)

Photo of BeefyMee
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brilliant burnt orange color with a head that won't quit and nice lacing. What more could you ask for?

S: Hoppy grapefruit dominates.

T: Sweetly hoppy. Not very bitter. A good dose of buttery ringwood in the finish especially as it warms.

M: Smooth and creamy. Magic Hat usually does well here.

D: About as drinkable as it gets.

I miss Blind Faith but this is a capable replacement. Still kind of a mild easy drinking IPA as its predecessor was though the hops are dialed up a bit.

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

Poured from the bottle a nice amber color with a thinner white head.

Aroma of caramel malts, floral hops and tea.

The taste is sweet caramel malts, herbal notes and strawberry. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A very sessionable IPA from Magic Hat.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a typical, orange-amber color with a relatively thin head that leaves behind no lacing as it dissipates. The aroma is fairly light; I'm just getting some hoppiness but not much else. The taste is hoppy up front, followed by a powerful malt taste, and finishes again with the hops which I thought was a strange combination. There's not a whole lot of complexity beyond that. It goes down very smooth and seemed very refreshing to me, so I would say that it'd make an excellent session beer and I could see drinking a bunch of these in one sitting.

However, I think as a whole this beer is fairly average. It might be a good introductory beer into the world of IPAs but for a seasoned hop head, this one falls short.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color. Has a thick foamy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Strong hop smells with hints of grapefruit. Typical American IPA territory here.

Taste: Has the strong hop flavors requisite for an American IPA. Also has the typical grapefruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth. The hoppy bitterness is complemented by a nice carbonation bite.

Drinkability: A decent IPA. It's not the hoppiest I've had but it's pretty good. The fruity flavors come out more strongly in this one than in others I've had. Try it.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours (surprisingly) caramel colored, with a large tan white head that dissipates slowly with lots of lace.

Smell: Slight hint of sweet malt, mostly masked by earthy and floral hop aromas.

Taste: Begins with sweet buttery malt and finishes with a pleasant earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with almost no carbonation. Sticky, dry finish.

Drinkability: Not a very strong IPA and surprisingly has a good balance between hops and malts. I like it, but it still seems like it has something missing.

Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Started off with a very hoppy aroma of citrus with elements of pepper and earth. The crystal malt is detected as well. Things settle down in the aroma department after awhile and I start to detect some mineral elements. Something is a little off in the flavor. It is hoppy and bitter but there is an underlying mineral or artificial quality that I find distracting. Notes of citrus and spice. A little toast compliments of the malt. Medium body with nicely paired carbonation. Nice texture. An unoffensive beer that has a reasonable ABV.

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