Hep Cat | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by CHSLBrew on 07-01-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by MattyG85:
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head which fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright bready aroma with nice hints of citrus and slight spice. Pale malts with upfront hints of biscuit, grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and slight caramel. Nice dry hop presence with earthy and floral hints. Citrus fruit hints of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. Light scent of a pepper like spice. A pretty good aroma for the style.

Taste: Like the smell, a biscuity malt forward taste with some nice fruity notes. Upfront pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, wheat, straw, yeast, cracker, and caramel. Solid backing hop presence with some floral and earthy notes. Nice zesty citrus fruit taste of lemon, orange, and some pineapple and mango. Some notes of pepper spice as well. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Nicely creamy, juicy, and smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall: A very good take on the Blonde style. Good use of malt and a nice zesty citrus presence.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of kraticus41
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Station 4: Honey gold hue. Moderate cap of dusty white foam about a half inch high lingers on the top of the 20oz mug.

Aroma is a nice meld of dusty floral and citric dry hops and pale and biscuit maltyness. Drysih overall with a hint to some sweet breadyness behind it.

Flavor is too, a nice meld of the what the aroma leads from as it holds a rounded dryness of a Pils nature across the palate. Pale and biscuit malt create a nice front and back as some dusty floral citric hoppyness scurries around and creates a very nice, mild, drying crispness witha simple, light, tender underside of breayness.

Body is medium to full as the malts prep the smoothness with bready sweet and dryness. The crispness is perfectly lifted with its citrusy floral touch at the top edges. Totally grabbing what a good Pilsner is, but by being something else. A good Blonde Ale.

A solid, freshing Flat Earth beer! Smooth, well rounded dryness with a nice hop balance.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a pint glass on a hot Friday after work. This beer was brewed once for serving at the St. Paul Jazz Fest, and the remaining brew is being sold in growlers at the brewery.

A-Nice deep golden beer, lots of bubbles rising, beautiful clarity. Large pale white head rose off the pour; good retention, sustaining as a consistent layer for the duration of the pint. I was pleased to see that this brew achieved this great head retention withou be overcarbonated.

S-Grainy and bready malt. Slight spice in there somewhere, with just a bit of almost-fruitiness (perhaps it's a hint of sweetness trying to peek its head into an otherwise dry landscape).

T-Dry, bready/grainy malt flavor with a good, balancing hop bitterness. An almost creamy character comes through here and there, perhaps a nuance of sweetness. A slight tangy dryness right before the clean, dry, bitter end. A little bit blah on the finish.

M-Medium-high carbonation, not as high level as expected from the initial appearance. Body was a good medium-light, in line with its refreshing flavor.

D-Enjoyed on a warm Friday, so it's extremely drinkable under such circumstances. Generally, though, it's still a quality sessionable brew.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flat Earth's Hep Cat was available on tap at Tiffany's in St. Paul a couple of nights ago. It was the selection for the local rotator. I thought it was a limited edition brew featured a couple of years ago. I'm glad to see that Flat Earth brought the Hep Cat back.

Appearance: Light gold, lots of carbonation, and lots of lacing. Very clear. About a 1/2 inch of white foam.
Smell: Definitely a fruit scent and maybe a bit of bread. Not much else stood out strongly in the aroma.
Taste: Very dry, but the fruitiness came through. Very light bitterness on the back end. The bitterness was not dominant, just a very pleasant touch. Definite presence of a bread flavor. The taste was somewhat on the order of a pilsner. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: Dry finish with a slight bit of bitterness at the end. Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lightly hazed, bright golden hue, with a slim, lace-leaving snow-white head.

Aroma: Mostly malty, cereal and straw, …low hops. Little else.

Taste: A little smack of hops greets us first, tiny bursts of citric fruit, alpha acid bitterness, then cool and easy. Very lean-bodied. More sips in, hoppiness remain higher than I'd think. I only wish there were more going on with the malt character. Actually, I'm not minding this at all. Soda cracker on the bottom, soda pop on the top. Bitterness lays low in the end, but lingers through the finish.

I wonder what the label will tell us? "Pilsner, carapils, and honey malts. Northern Brewer, Saaz and Hallertau hops. American ale yeast and St. Paul water. IBU-26. Alcohol 4.5% by Vol. …A Hep Cat was the original hipster. The coolest, craziest, avant-garde Jazz aficionado. These cats knew who was who, what was up, and if it was happening, where it was going down. Originally brewed for the Saint Paul Jazz Fest, this lightly hopped, malty session ale won't leave you too tired or full to make the after party. A refreshing beverage for anyone who loves good beer, whether you're enjoying while out and about with friends on a long, hot summer day or staying in on a cool fall night, if you have one of these in your hand you're definitely where the party is at."

Talky things, ain't they, these beer labels….at least they give out enough information. The Saaz and Hallertau really set this American blonde ale apart.

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Hep Cat from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 7 ratings