Cat Boy | The Veil Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Veil Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
theveilbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cat Boy was brewed in honor of our friend and brewer Justin's first day at The Veil. Brewed with all English malt, a ton of oats, and 100% Simcoe hops. Very expressive aroma. Apricot, citrus, subtle pine, and a touch of cat pee(in a good way). Extremely smooth on the palate with almost no bitterness or heat. We think this one came out so rad.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 06-01-2016

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
34
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
4.68%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 34
Photo of mmorris15
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow with a nice lingering white head. Aroma is orange, tangerine, pineapple, and a firm dankness. The flavor follows. Lots of tropical fruit and dankness. Smooth feel and well carbonated. Overall, very nice IPA from The Veil.

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Photo of underoath437
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy look that smells amazing at the first crack, the simcoe comes on strong, but not too strong. A smooth finish with just enough bitterness to finish strong. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, no date, poured into a teku glass.

Pours a murky yellow-orange color, reminiscent of apple cider. A nice foamy, white, one and a half finger head develops, eventually receding into a thick ring around the glass and cap of foam. Some sticky lacing coats the glass.

This is one of those beers that is so aromatic that you catch powerful scents upon opening and while pouring, long before you bring your nose to the glass. The aroma offers big juicy notes of tropical mango, tangerine, and pineapple, balanced by some piney and floral smells.

Similar to the aroma, the flavor involves a balance between the tropical juice flavors mentioned above and pine character. There is low bitterness and the alcohol is not noticeable.

The feel is full bodied and smooth, but more crisp than other examples I've had of the style.

Overall, this is a very good juicy IPA. More and more I begin to understand the excitement that is generated around the style.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours orange cloudy color looks almost like grapefruit/orange juice. Foamy white head.

Aroma - Lots of tropical aromas orange, mango, pineapple. Slightly sweet with hints of hops.

Taste - Very similar to the aroma, lots of tropical fruit and hops no sign of the 8.4% ABV

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slightly dry finish

Overall - Another amazing DIPA, great flavors.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, but the flavors were not quite as sharp as the Broz Night Out I had right before it. Citrus, resin, and a bit of onion. Not The Veil's best IPA, but still blows a majority of the VA DIPA's out of the water.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep and almost electric orange color. A finger or less of a white head forms and has lowish retention but leaves behind a fairly strong lacing. Completely hazy and opaque but has quite a bright color.

Smell: pine and earthy resin. Some tropical fruit character. Malt character is toasted grains and bread like sweetness.

Taste: opens with a faint apricot taste. Quickly overtaken by pine needles, earthy sap, and vicious hop resin. Some unidentifiable citrus plays in. Malt backbone comes through with toasted grains to crackers. Quite a bit of malt depth with some more bread like sweetness. Slight alcohol bite near the end.

Mouthfeel: super low carb, heavier body. Surprisingly strong drinkability.feel is slightly soft but bitterness is nice and firm. Alcohol is slightly warming.

Overall: captures everything I like about the veil and their dipas along with my favorite hop combo. Malts are perfect, full of character and sweetness but not upfront or overwhelming. Hop profile is great with strong resinous quality and some good fruitiness. My favorite veil beer to date.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

probably a flawed rating on my part but you have to REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLLLLLLLY love Simcoe as a solo hop to dig this beer. otherwise, pretty good!

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Photo of oldn00b
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can (6/21/16) into IPA glass. About 1" head forms, decent retention but does fade and less lacing than a lot of their brews. Color is nice, golden amber and fully hazy. Problem here is the chunks of yeast or hop remnants floating around. I see someone else noted this - not expecting this from a DIPA and I'm not a fan. It's more than a bit off putting.

Nose is big earthy hop from the 100% simcoe. Definitely pick up the "cat pee" and having that adjective is, for me, off putting. But the aroma itself is fine. It's not the gorgeous bouquet of some of their other brews but it's definitely nice and a cut above a lot of the DIPAs coming out of VA right now.

Flavor is actually fantastic. Definitely big on he juicy side with a lot of citrus and pine here. Then there's the cat pee. If it wasn't put out there in the notes ahead of it and referenced in the name, I'm not sure I'd put my finger on it as "litter box". I don't particularly like that. However in trying to shut that out of my mind as an identifier I really, truly love the flavor on the whole here. It's big, bitter, juicy, piney and incredibly earthy. With sip after sip it rolls over on itself and the bitter and citrus come back bigger each time with the other aspects fading a bit. What more could you ask for from a single hop DIPA?

Feel is fantastic and the star here - the grain bill kills it with whatever is going on. Juicy, luscious and full but incredibly well rounded with the booze almost entirely hidden save for some residual sweetness. I wouldn't stand in line for this one but I'd definitely be happy to have it again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid golden color. It's not the most attractive haze, either (unlike the aesthetically pleasing nature of Master Shredder). The head is around a finger high and white in shade. It has a rough texture and unimpressive retention, but some lacing at least manages to cling to the glass nicely.

The first whiff of the beer really reveals the dank, piny nature of Simcoe. Then the concurrent ones reveal a nice undercurrent of apricot, peach, and cherry. The English malts (Maris Otter) provide nice tones of orange marmalade, biscuit, and mild caramel. Even some grainy oat notes show up! Like I'm starting to become accustomed to from this brewery, the balance of all the notes is razor-sharp and delicate, helping said notes to come together in a beautiful, expressive manner.

Hop flavors hit the palate first, bringing nice amounts of stone fruits, pine, and even a grassy, tobacco-like touch. And yet, it's not bitter at all. Any hints of this bitterness is immediately quashed by the lush malt notes - cracker, caramel, biscuit, and marmalade all help to take the edge off the hop bite. Even better, the English malts bring balance to the beer without smothering the palate like certain OTHER malts (lookin' at you, crystal...) An ever-so-slight alcoholic touch (a byproduct of the oat presence) and the simplistic nature are the only quibbles of an otherwise fantastic DIPA.

Here is where the oats come into play beautifully. This is unbelievably pillow soft and lush on the palate, turning this into a highly pleasurable sipper instead of a deceptively light chugger. Despite that, the drinkability is deceptively high due to the delicate dryness post-swallow. Carbonation is fairly low.

Three beers in, and I'm ready to say that The Veil really know what they're doing.

4.13/5: I love cat pee

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, hazy, orange-gold coloring, with a filmy, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange juice, biscuits, pineapple, straw, and some pungent yeast funk. Flavors are roasted and malty sweet forward, rich with deep sweetness on a biscuit backbone. The fruit notes are muted, but work as a solid accent, most notably orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. Resinous hops character towards the end of the palate. Smooth, full bodied, with an acidic, dry edge. The aftertaste is still malty sweet, but now the grassy and piney hops notes are taking more of a foothold on the taste buds. Smooth, chewy, acidic and crisp finish. Good beer.

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Cat Boy from The Veil Brewing Co.
4.27 out of 5 based on 34 ratings.
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