Trouble Brewing Cat's Away
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IPA - American
Ranked #7,251
Ranked #49,843
3.14 | pDev: 14.65%
World Brews
California, United States
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Kinger22 from Virginia

3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark brown-amber with some orange hues. The scent seems to lack any notable floral or citrus tones, as does the taste. This is a lower-middle tier ipa, overall.

Jul 18, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can enjoyed on Mother's day. Review from notes. Served cold into a pint glass. Listed as 5.9% ABV

Appearance - Pretty clear, decent golden color with some orange hues. A finger plus of soapy white head is poured and sticks around for medium duration.

Smell - Leafy hops with some noble ones too. Some earthiness and citrus, leaning more towards lemon and grapefruit.

Taste -Pretty much like the nose, some leafiness with lemon and grapefruit. A somewhat sharp astringency to close.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth, medium bodied, modest carbonation. No complaints.

Overall - Didn't realize this was effectively Walmart beer. It's not half bad. I've certainly had worse IPA's. Overall a bit of an American / English IPA mix. Would enjoy again.

May 14, 2018
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joedvegas from Nevada

2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber color with a thick big bubbly, clingy head. Ample scents of pomegranate, melon, orange peel and pine sap. Dug to find hints of maple and slight hints of melon and lime. Oily feel and finish.

Mar 09, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with a thick thin head with decent retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with notes of moth balls, caramel malt, cream and some citrusy.
Flavor with notes of pine, resin, earth, grapefruit citrusy, caramel and slightly toasted malts, and soap. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
After having all four of their core beer line up from Trouble brewing, I got the conclusion all recipes have the same standard base of similar hops, malt and maybe yeast. Nevertheless, this American IPA is the best of their offer. Still, I don’t like the hop profile with British earthy notes, moth balls and soap. Great pricing, though.

Jan 28, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Grocery Outlet in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 9, 2017
Consumed: Nov. 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: No canned on date

First time I’d ever seen this brewery in stores. The term brewery is used loosely as it is World Brews out of Novato, Calif., even though the can says Rochester, N.Y. (I know there is some relation there). Anyway, saw the Cat’s Away IPA for $2.99 for a 6-pack, then saw this variety 12-pack (also a pale ale, amber and witbier) for just $5.99. Had to pounce on it even though I knew each would probably be average. After the After Party Pale Ale (2.74) and Red Flag Amber (3.32) I was onto this Cat’s Away IPA.

Poured an amber clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of off-white rocky head. Some fast moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dish soap, lime, Cascade, caramel, sweet floral, hints of white grapefruit, spoiled citrus rind, pear and white bread. More grapefruit from the can. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted much maltier than the nose. Very unbalanced. Got caramel, bitter green leaf, spoiled citrus rind, dish soap, pine, Cascade and lime zest. (Taste - 2.75)

Medium body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 2.75)

Not that big of a fan of this one. Not a lot of high points except for the look. (Overall - 2.75)

3.02 | 70 | C+

Nov 26, 2017
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jettjon from Florida

3.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a can bought as a “Trouble Brewing” variety pack at Wal-Mart. Into a pint glass, pale slightly hazy orange color, very little precipitating carbonation. Thick, clingly head of off white/tan clumpy foam, thin cap and collar but solid lacing. Nose of toasted malt, sweet fruity hops (citrus would be stretching it – maybe a tangerine or similar). In the mouth, nice bite up front that quickly fades to a semi-sweet, slightly cloying malt backbone finishing with a clean dry hoppy bite. Mouth is fairly average. Overall, a nice beer but nothing special. Would try again.

Oct 05, 2017
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TBDave from Florida

3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good with a thick head. Has a bitter, citrusy taste. It’s a decent beer, but it won’t win any awards.

Sold at Walmart in a 12-can variety pack with 3 other flavors. Nice price ($12.99 for 12-pack).

Oct 04, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.16/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Got this in a mixed variety (4) 12 pack from Wal Mart. Pours decent enough, golden color, 1/3" white head on the top. Aroma is seriously deficient in terms of dry hopping. Just nothing there but maybe a mild smattering of high alpha acid bittering hops used that weren't meant to convey hop aromatics.

Now, in the taste, there is plenty of that high alpha acid copper penny bitterness throughout the entire beer. To "compliment" that, there was a familiar diacetyl like presence in the mouth feel.

So this beer does two things decently: It looks ok, and it is affordably priced. Three things actually, it is easy to acquire being at Wal Mart and all.

Now for the bad things: Smell, Taste, Feel and Overall. Even if this didn't have the potential diacetyl, it would still be a near bottom tier ipa. Avoid.

Oct 03, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive copper gold color with white cap and lacing.

Rather subdued aroma of clean hops without anywhere near the strength I associate with IPAs generally. My son says he gets peaches in the scent but he drinks Guinness so there's that.

Flavor is malt driven with a caramel layer that I missed in the aroma but it's certainly there in the flavor. A hop bitterness emerges mid palate and builds toward the finish. Not a very strong bitterness but noticeable. All in all it tastes like a hoppy amber and is pleasantly refreshing.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation that's also a bit creamy.

What can I say about this generic house brand? Well, it's a helluva lot better than Bud and doesn't cost much more.

Oct 02, 2017
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Rjintwincities from Minnesota

1/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a 12 pack sampler of this at Wal-Mart, should have known better. Every style of the 4 different style beers in the sampler were horrible! Actually disgusting! Jars overwhelming alcohol flavors atop a lingering aftertaste of burnt old man grey pubic hair. Don't buy from this brewer I would rather drink a hot leinenkugels light. Yuck!!

Sep 30, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can - part of a variety pack (from Walmart):

Pours copper with a thin head. Little lacing.

The smell is of caramel and citrus.

The taste is a bit too caramel-forward for my liking, but there are enough citric hops to keep it in style. Bitter, leafy finish.

It is thin, but bitterness lingers long enough.

Not bad for a basic inexpensive American IPA.

Aug 18, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, slight spice, rice, slight pale malt, hint of earthiness, and rye. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, and strongly carbonated. Tastes of floral hops, spicy hops, earthiness, rice, rye, and slight pale malt. Overall, the rice and rye characteristics are a detriment and overly carbonated, but otherwise average.

Apr 11, 2017
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper color, 1/2 inch white head, good lacing

S: Pine hops, floral hops, caramel malts

T: I get the caramel and the sweetness from the malts right up front, next the bitter pine and floral hops come in, the aftertaste leaves the lingering caramel sweetness.

M: Medium

O: Not a bad beer especially for the price. I know Walmart has starting selling these and it is cheaper than your other crafts. Ill take this over macro lagers anyday.

Apr 05, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can acquired at my local Wal-Mart with the bottom stamped E186-1719:45. Sampled on December 31, 2016.

Golden yellow pour underneath a huge, fluffy and lasting of-white head. Lacing.

The aroma begins with a white bread and feint caramel note and then the floral and citrus hops perk things up a bit. Not super forward but noticeable.

Light to medium body.

The taste begins with a bready malt flavor and then like the aroma the hop bitterness kicks in right behind it. Lingers some. It is nothing special but it is drinkable.

Dec 31, 2016
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tfsimpkins from Florida

2.57/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's hoppy. Thin mouthfeel. Watery. Buts its hoppy. Add A bit more mouthfeel and maybe some dry hopping and this offering would be top notch! So this is your typical basic bitch ipa.

Nov 03, 2016
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden Amber, light lacing, a light flowery taste. Not nearly as hoppy as most American IPA's, sort of grassy-sweet, light carbonation, overall very nice.

Aug 25, 2016
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BoerBeer from Tennessee

2.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Tasted like bud with some citra hops, but after a couple swigs, the hop flavor gets lost in the malty backbone. Very dry, and slightly over carbonated.
But it is cheap, and made for Walmart, so what might one expect? It's no Torpedp IPA, but at about a buck per brew and being a
Walmart store brand brew, it's OK for the masses.
But I'll pass next time...

Aug 22, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeah, it’s Genesee. Yeah, it’s a Walmart "private label" beer, but...Cat’s Away IPA has a thick, spongy, slightly off-white head, a clear, bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and rather heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of quasi-dank hop oils, fruit, and white bread, and the flavor is of all that, with rather low-level hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Cat’s Away finishes on the dry side.


Aug 13, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is mild citrus and hops. The taste is very mild on the hops. An average beer.

Jul 24, 2016
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L- Pours a nice clear but amberish colored beer. Nice frothy and foamy head.
S- Not too strong here. I smell some hops with a slight zingy/piney scent.
T- Slightly mediocre, but relaxed and dulled back flavor. Taking more sips though, it seems almost watered down. Not very appealing.
F- Fresh and crisp. I like the mouth feel. Kind of thick in a weird way though.
O- I just got back from a long flight and wanted to try something new. Found it at wall mart surprisingly. Its an okay beer but I expected more from the general display of the can (which looks pretty cool). The cans branding makes it seem like a fun beer to try; but in reality its just pretty dull. Not bad though. I just won't ever remember this beer. It tastes like a watered down IPA, which makes it honestly lower than mediocre. I would enjoy this beer with some food at a backyard party or something though, as for sippin purposes, don't put your money out for it.

Jul 11, 2016
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hoping4hopps from California

3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Along with others i found a mixed twelve pack at wal mart. The first of the 4 varieties tried was the cats away. Pourin light gold and a bit watered down mouth feel i feel this beer is lacking a firm malt back bone and might as well be called hop juice because the malt character wasnt there. Good but not great.

Jul 08, 2016
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Radome from Florida

2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tasted from a 12 oz can from a mixed 12-pack.
L - Medium gold color; crystal clear with tiny bubbles constantly rising through it. Head is off-white, thick and fluffy at first but fading to a thin sheet with some lacing.

S - Somewhat muted aromas: light pine and grapefruit hops over lighter bready malt. Smells OK, but doesn't make me think "IPA".

T - Muddled and indistinct flavors, but nothing objectionable. Some bready malt; low pine, lemon and citrus hops. I get a hint of buttery diacetyl. No yeast character.

F - Light to medium body. Moderate hops bitterness. Low carbonation. No alcohol presence.

O - A below-average IPA.

Jun 23, 2016
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KensWorld from Florida

2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Confused on this. My can says Brewed and Bottled by Trouble Brewing Co. Rochester, NY. New York not Britain. Contract brewed at Genesee or ? Either way this hardly tastes like an IPA. As expected from Walmart

Jun 06, 2016
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bushwack from Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This came in a 12 pack assortment purchased for $12 and some change.
Drinkable IPA. Good brew for the price. Give it a shot, this is much better then macro beers at the same price point.

May 30, 2016
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, dark gold color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: bread, flowers and grapefruit citrus.

TASTE: initially sweet then an earthy, somewhat metallic hop profile, there is also some grapefruit citrus and a little pine.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a good beer at a good price, it's nothing special but I would have it again no problem.

May 28, 2016
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Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 104 ratings