The Cat's Meow
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

The Cat's MeowThe Cat's Meow
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
New England IPA
Ranked #592
Ranked #1,892
4.21 | pDev: 7.13%
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
The Cat's MeowThe Cat's Meow
Notes: Where are we today? A lush hop farm, the late summer’s warm moist air, and the full aroma of freshly picked hop cones on your hands. Take time to savor moments like this. Smell. Taste. Consider. Enjoy. Repeat.

Our flagship New England Style IPA featuring Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops.
Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 347 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of beersampler6
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice NE style IPA from a brewery that’s new to me. 2/25/20 date printed on can. Pours a beautiful looking hazy yellow-light orange color with loads of fluffy white head and some great looking sheets of lingering lacing that persisted. Smells of fresh ripe grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, passion fruit, guava and tangerine. Also some malt, creamy vanilla, bread and weaker floral hops. Taste follows the nose, great balance and juiciness. Very tasty and well hidden ABV. Smooth sticky creamy mouthfeel, slightly soft, good carbonation. A very enjoyable beer.

 563 characters

Photo of BeerBaronBear
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really good IPA. Personally I'm not into a megaton of hoppiness, and this IPA was perfectly balanced in that regard. Not quite as loaded in terms of fruity aromas and flavors as some other Massachusetts-based offerings, but still really flavorful, and super thirst-quenching. Could easily have kept drinking this all day without complaint.

 339 characters

Photo of Mbird
3.06/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from Post Road Liquors Wayland MA

Canned 19 days ago on 1/21/20
Poured a deep brown haze. Very carbonated, hard to taste through the fizziness. Mostly wheat, hint of grapefruit and mint, very mild hop character, bitter. Not entirely bad but not what I’d expected.

 270 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall can fresh from the source about two weeks ago..."canned 12/14/19" stamped near the bottom.

Pretty typical hazed up look to this NEIPA. leaves nice looking fine and scattered bits of lacing and low sheeting.

Floral and fruity sniff.

Pleasing brew, with tropical fruit notes balanced with more typical/traditional IPA hop resiny notions. Well crafted and well worth a try.

 381 characters

Photo of jbertsch
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid NEIPA. Opaque, somewhat turbid. Aroma brings pineapple more than anything. Flavor is a mix of muddled tropical fruit with a touch of pine. Carb level is on the light side but acceptable.

 192 characters

Photo of bobv
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned on 09/17/19.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a hazy golden body with super sticky lacing. Nose of tropical fruit and sweet citrus. Taste mirrors nose nicely with all kinds of tropical fruit flavors, orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit; and finishing with just a bit of citrus pith bitterness. Delicious! Nice feel, albeit a little soft but overall, a highly enjoyable experience. Cheers to Matt and the crew in Framingham, MA!!

 469 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bridge Liquors.

The nose is fruity, juicy, mildly pulpy and moderately carbonated. There's nectarine, melon, a little grape, some honey , a little OJ. A mild grainy sweetness is present. The palate opens juicy but highly carbonated with minimal hop burn. OJ, melon, peach, some pulpy mango are present, along with floral honey, a little malt and a mild grassy hop character. The malt character is rather simple with a mild sweetness and a little wheat like flavor. Overcarbonated to a fault, the mouthfeel is fizzy and disappointing. That said, this is still quite flavorful and enjoyable.

 601 characters

Photo of LarryV
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. Hops dominate the aroma in an enticing way. Citrusy, hop laden flavor, a bit dank but not terribly so. Mouthfeel i pretty creamy and lush but on the thinner side of the equation. A rather delicious beer imho, easy to drink a couple of these. Recommended.

 301 characters

Photo of Burniefloyd
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy light yellow color.
Citrus aroma.
Grapefruit taste that tapers to a heavy pine hop quickly.
Overall pretty light and refreshing.
I like the complexity of the flavor.

 173 characters

Photo of jrc1093
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 4/22/19

Pours a hazy golden yellow body topped with a dense head of white foam; good retention leaves thick layers of webby lacing and a decent collar.

Aromas of musty wheat, cereal grain, earthy spice, and pear skins mesh together out of the can, while wisps of rotting mint and herbs pop up intermittently; light tropical tones develop over time, but never builds to much; a bit odd, mostly one-dimensional overall.

Taste brings pear, cereal grain, light melon, and wheat upfront, with the grainy, earthier elements tending to dominate; leafy herbal tones build through the mid-palate alongside slight notes of lime and grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a balanced, medium carbonation; creamy with virtually no bitterness building to a quietly juicy finish.

An interesting NEIPA, but it’s overwhelmed with a general wheatiness and not much nuance beyond that; not bad really, but a bit of a letdown.

 932 characters

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes are present in the nose along with hints of pears.
T: The taste has flavors of limes and pears along with notes of stone fruits and hints of grapefruit. Only a slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the mixture of hop flavors in the taste of this beer and its juicy mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

 623 characters

Photo of NEIPA
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful flagship IPA from Exhbit A. Golden straw full on haze with a really nice almost latte-foam head that recedes gradually but leaves nice fluffy lacing. Nose and flavor full of mellow juicy tropical fruit (with a particular nod to melon/cantaloupe) and a hint of double bubble. Firm but by no means assertive bitterness—great balance. Light doughy malt. Super smooth and full mouthfeel. Well done! One I’m happy to return to again and again

 451 characters

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 16 fl. oz. (1 pint) can purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Hazy, glowing straw yellow appearance. Slightly shy of opaque. The body was topped by a small, creamy, bright white crown that quickly fell to a thin collar. Tiny streaks and small dots of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bright and fruity. Lemon dominated. Bit of lemon rind-like pithiness as well. Touch of generic tropical fruitiness. Really crisp and bright. Not the punchiest or most complex nose but very pleasant. The aroma intensified as the liquid warmed. Spice notes appeared. Some lemon verbena too. Bit of sweetness. Italian lemon ice came to mind. Later, the tropical fruit presence again made its presence known. Passionfruit was most noticeable.

The flavor followed the aroma. Super lemony and bright. Uber crisp and wheaty. The beer was anchored by a noticeable yet unobtrusive, pilsner malt-like backbone. Bit of tangerine. Fairly tangy. More lemon and lemon pith on the back end and in the finish. Hint of lingering bitterness. Tropical fruit notes appeared later. Mango was detectable.

Terrific fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a spritzy, fairly aggressive effervescence that turned frothy and slick on the palate.

The Cat's Meow is a crisp, lighter bodied and highly refreshing IPA that gets more interesting and complex as it warms. This is definitely a great warmer weather beer and one I am very happy to have readily available to me.

 1,504 characters

Photo of Blackrobe
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 4/25/18 "HBD Schwaggs" on the bottom rim of the can, 1.5 weeks old.

Pours a nearly opaque yellow gold in the glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Soft tropical fruit nose, consisting of ruby grapefruit, papaya, lychee, pineapple, stone fruit, corn-like malt and a slight honeydew melon. Taste is a little more muted on the notes of the nose but brings in additional notes of peach, blueberry, tangerine, earthy dankness, and florals. Mouthfeel is a smooth medium-light with a clean, soft tropical aftertaste. I've been overlooking this brew for quite a while, but I'm glad I picked one up, delightful! Not one of the heavier overwhelming DIPA NEIPAs but full of flavor and is incredibly crushable.

 709 characters

Photo of Holderness
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 5 days ago.

L — Very hazy straw body with a finger of soapy white head produced with moderate pour. Minimal retention and some lacing
S — Orange creamsicle, cornmeal, pineapple, peach, mango, dank weedy resins
T — Juicy grapefruit, orange, guava, peach, papaya, leafy earthiness, light crackery malt profile, touch of creamy yeastiness
F — Crisp and easy drinking with a smooth finish that is restrained in bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb
O — Very well put together NEIPA that has that nice orange creamsicle yeast character that is found in both Tree House and Toppling Goliath’s brews


EDIT (6/25/18):

Two-week-old can. Once again really impressed with all aspects of this brew. Better retention and lacing this time around, as well as a slightly fluffier mouthfeel. Aromas and flavors are more orange-forward. Amazingly low bitterness, perhaps rivaled only by Tree House's offerings. All of Exhibit A's offerings have been very impressive thus far


 1,006 characters

Photo of keith40
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can dated 3/20/18 purchased at CBC in Plymouth. Very hazy pineapple color and slight hoppy/citrusy nose. Flavors include tangerine, mango and peach along with slight grapefruit on the finish. A thoroughly enjoyable IPA that was very smooth and easy drinking and not overly bitter.

 287 characters

Photo of justinnation
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended highly by the young lady behind the bar at Row 34 on a Friday after work. Grapefruit on the nose right up front. Splashy, citrus easy drinking beer.

 160 characters

Photo of Zenhaus
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This little pinto is juicy with dry finish. Goes down easy like a Sunday morning. It is a spunky little pit viper of a beer. Grassy Julius. Dangerously drinkable. Sassy but not arrogant. Very tough to stop at uno. Hat’s off to Exhibit A. This catnip is indeed for the people.

 279 characters

Photo of Columbus37
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my new favorite NE IPA. I’ve always appreciated a balanced beer, and the Hyper-IPA craze left me cold. Cats Meow is an IPA that doesn’t forget about balance. Hops are zippy and assertive to be sure, particularly on the nose, but the taste is creamy, with a balance of orange whip, limeade and cream. Eminently drinkable. Fluffy head and appropriate carbonation. So glad I found you.

 400 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: They honey colored liquid is so cloudy it is hard to tell the bubble show from the liquid as the head fills out to one finger; strands of lacing dribble down

Smell: Tangerine, mango, passion fruit and peach tones

Taste: Very juicy, with peach and mango tones forward; through the middle, the tangerine and passion fruit flavors add some citrusy bitterness; some pine, after the swallow, but the finish is as juicy as the outset, with the passion fruit lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: In the parade of NE IPAs, this one totally slipped by my radar - shame on me as this is really good

Thanks, Nichols33, for the opportunity

 698 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to colby600 for this brew.

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 11/13/17

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice cloudy orangy/yellow color, very nice carbonation, which leaves a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, peach, mango), nice little diesel like. The tasty is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, peach, mango), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. A nice different
take on the style. Addictive! Orange Julius! Glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Thanks Bill!

 780 characters

Photo of brewme
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked-up a four-pack at Craft Beer Cellar in Plymouth for about twelve dollars. Excited to try this brew, as it is tough to find at my usual stops. Very tasty brew, would seek out again.

 189 characters

Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a month old can purchased at craft beer cellar near Fenway, into a spieglau ipa glass. Pours a turgid pale pineapple orange with a wispy 1/2 finger white head that subsides quickly and leaves some faint spotty lacing. Nose is heavy wet citrus and tropical fruit that is substantial but a little one-note. Not bright flavors, and a little dank, I guess. Taste is very very juicy, but again, kind of one-note, with a little lively hoppy edge and otherwise quite wet and soft.

 482 characters

Photo of BradMacMullin
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at 5 Horses after my wife decided she'd rather eat alone than with me. So I'm here at the bar starting with this - wonder what time this bar closes? Anyways, this is a good little beer. Pretty hazy with a big head, but very New England IPA....tropical and fruity. May be a second one to be ordered, also looks like it will be a warm night to sleep outside.

 376 characters

Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gray-hued orange with a finger and a half of airy off-white head that leaves a fat crown and modest lacing.

Tropical fruit, apple skin, peach and white pepper in the nose.

Watered down pine bitterness with a nice burst of peach mid-palate and a pretty strong pepperiness on the back end.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with very strong, prickly carbonation. Very solid beer. 8/7/17 canned on date.

 410 characters

The Cat's Meow from Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 347 ratings