Launch | Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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Brewed by:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Connecticut, United States
fatorangecatbrewco.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
New England style IPA with low bitterness and a citrus flavor.

Added by PicoPapa on 03-14-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,938
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
51
pDev:
5.47%
 
 
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2
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12
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of DangerDawg
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy medium to dark golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate medium golden yellow + copper + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy citrus/tangerine rind, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and tropical/melon hops over the top of moderate aromas of caramel + biscuit + oat + toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel + biscuit + oat + toasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of juicy citrus/tangerine rind, citrus/grapefruit, tropical/mango, and tropical/melon hops which imparts a hint of bitterness which fades almost immediately leaving lingering tropical + citrus zest hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of fluffiness mid-body and a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a lightly fluffy mouthfeel. Enjoyable with a really nice tropical + citrus zest hop profile. Easily could have this one again.

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

Photo of BGCoon
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of drunkenmess
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vabeerguy
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

never heard of these guys before now, but seeing them around a bit, weird name for a brewery, im sure there is some meaning or reference there that i just dont get. in any event, i think they are with shelton or twelve percent or something, which i guess gives them a sort of instant street cred. this beer is good, a solid ipa, well made, not overly hazy or heavy, refined well for the style, and quite drinkable for its strength, i have absolutely no issues with it, except for that fact that at the same time that its good, there is also absolutely nothing unique about it, it could have come from any competent brewer who follows the trends really. with new beers i expect new experiences, maybe a flavorful house yeast, maybe an interesting dry hop in a beer like this, a heritage or local grain, but from what i can tell there is none of that, might as well have come from as test tube rather than a farm brewery, which these guys claim to be. that is not a criticism, just an observation. there are a million operations making ipa in this style at this level of quality, i wanted something to stand out more to me, but at least its good and fresh! i like it not being overly hazy or heavy, and i dont care that its a little bit off dry, it works to extend the hops through the finish. professionally done, but otherwise somewhat unremarkable, which is the last thing i expected from these guys...

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Photo of jcb1130
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexsergio
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Berknerj
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beers-es
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undated pint can, pours a very slightly hazy deep orange. Not much foam, but the beer is appropriately carbonated. Smell is mostly floral, with some tropical and citrus notes. Taste follows. Low bitterness, medium feel. A good, well-made beer, but not what I would call a NEIPA.

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Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent release. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, light pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, mango, melon, citrus peel/rind, pepper, pine, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy bitterness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Hardly an NEIPA as claimed, but a great DIPA. Probably Amarillo, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade hops. All citrus/stone fruits. Juicy and fairly dank/earthy hop complexity; balanced bready malts, not overly sweet/heavy. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of Jeromedepot
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint can from 101 Bottles for $4.49+. No idea how fresh it is, no canning date. Split with Lisa in Kent.

Great lacing, otherwise not so good. Nose is malty caramel. Flavor slightly better, not good. Thin and boozy.

Pretty crappy overall, esp for the price. Avoid.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Larueminati
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of egrandfield
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 51 ratings