Vito, The Beer Whale Cat
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

Vito, The Beer Whale CatVito, The Beer Whale Cat
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 6.9%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
61
From:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  11
SCORE
90
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Vito, The Beer Whale CatVito, The Beer Whale Cat
Notes: The hop combination of Azacca and Simcoe creates a unique and intense mix of tropical fruit flavors up front with a creamy mellow finish.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 61 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had an orange-ish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet and enticing aroma of hops, malt, citrus and tropical fruits.

T: Tasted of a mild bit of malt (mostly in the finish), lots of citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit), a fair amount of hops (just enough), and a ton of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple). This is one of those well-rounded, focused flavors. Yes, it is pretty hoppy, but it's also sweet and fruity. It's never overly bitter, but definitely sweet and smooth.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A incredibly solidly made DIPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DATE: AUGUST 9, 2018... OCCASION: Browns/Giants preseason means Barkley and Mayfield get their first chances to impress... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip... pours a dark peach color, opaque as a Northeastern ocean tide, with the head being its bright, white ocean wave... its peaks create coral ridges an inch high... heavy mango and grapefruit early, with a load of candied sugars and hard fruits, light pine and orange citrus... suggests a reasonable amount of IBUs... despite its 8% ABV, this presents itself as creamy, sharp and bitter, shaking the teeth with a paw or two, and a lasting resonant feel at the throat... orange cream indeed, while herbal accents, pine, grapefruit, mango, hard vegetable, lactic acids that water the mouth... and no hair balls... confession: I know the owner of Vito, and he talked me into buying this... awesome how beer brings people together, even if it is via sons on a travel baseball team and a cat with a twitter account... this beer humorously could have been a bit heavier, but as is, a swirling flex of murky, musty goodness, primed with orange and mango, ringing with a toasted maltiness that balances what could have been a top-heavy hop bomb... Scott, thanks for the recommendation!

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Photo of Boto
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can: This one pours a hazy orangish golden color. Small white head and a bit of lacing. Good nose. Tropical fruits dominate. Maybe passion fruit, papaya, mango, faint pineapple and a few others. The taste is very good. Juicy, but not overly so. A faint bitterness in the background. Lots if tropical hop flavors. Very nice!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can

Pours hazy orange, fine white head is firm and dissipates to suds.

Smells of fresh grapefruit, passionfruit, cereal malts, hemp and earthy hops.

Flavor is of orange, grapefruit, pear, and lemondrop over cereal malts with an earthy and grapefruit hop finish.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty decent NEIPA-ish brew with decent flavor. Pours gorgeously, goes down smooth. Worth trying and great can artwork.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass; no can dating, but is a recent local release. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with awesome 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, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very minimal pine, zesty, herbal, grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus zest, light pepper/pine, wheat, biscuit dough, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an outstanding NEIPA! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink for the ABV, with the minimal bitter/drying finish. Amazing soft feel. Awesome Simcoe/Azacca hop showcase. Super juicy and lightly dank hop complexity; balanced bready malt backbone, not overly sweet/heavy. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Liked this more than Launch; which felt like a regular DIPA, but claimed to be an NEIPA. This nails it on appearance/mouthfeel.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tall can, this brew is a cloudy, hazy, orange color with lots of floaties and a tall white head. Great lace. The aroma is very fruity...mango, orange, and more. The taste is balanced...sweet in the front, but it dries out in the finish. Lots of fruit flavor. Boozy, fruity, interesting.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy & cloudy light orange/dirty hay with a whole lot of visible sediment. Small head, lots and lots of nice lacing.

S: Citrus peel and grassy hop notes. Not really fruity or juicy otherwise.

T: Better on the citrus fruit here, danky & piney hops are pretty dominant as well.

F: Medium, alcohol well hidden, pretty smooth & creamy, nice carbonation, tiny bit of bitterness.

O: Was a bit worried after pouring and taking a whiff, but this ended up being a solid, easy-drinking hazy. I'm a Simcoe honk, but this is a very unique and different take on it with this combo.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very simple and easy to consume DIPA, that offers a nice balance but not too much in terms of complexity, hence making it a nice choice to combine with food. Mild bitterness and a light sweet malt flavor profile that works well flavor wise.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice hazy golden orange look with a slight white head. Piney and citric nose to this brew. I like this flavor (resinous and citrus) but it could use a tad more sweetness, otherwise a hop lovers delight here with medium or less bitterness. Snappy carbonation and medium in thickness. Alcohol hidden. I like this.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with a light haziness. There's an inch of creamy off white on top. I'm smelling some citrus and grassy hops. I'm tasting grassy and piney hops along with some light crackery malt. As it warms I'm tasting some tropical fruit at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel seems a bit resinous for the style.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

OK, I'll admit it: how can anyopne resist trying something called "Vito the Beer Whale Cat"??
Undated can into pint glass. Pours a very cloudy dark straw color with a modest off-white head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is orange, grapefruit, mango, pine, with a nice malt balance. Alcohol is not at all evident. Mouthfeel is juicy and creamy, with perfect carbonation. Finish is smooth, fruity, juicy, sort of sweetish, but with a slight lingering bitterness.
First beer from Fat Orange Cat, and it's a good one!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Red label artwork.

A: Pours a cloudy, almost murky medium to dark golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint burnt orange + golden honey colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/mango hops with a hint of herbal hops over the top of moderate biscuit + wheat + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit + wheat + caramel malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/tangerine, and tropical/mango hops with a hint of herbal hops as well as a hint of green hop burn. The hops contribute only a hint of bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a lingering juicy citrus + tropical hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially slightly crisp with a smooth mid-body and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink - this drinks more like an APA or lower ABV IPA than a DIPA. Nice hop profile and not overly sweet.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Red label version.

No dating on the can.

Pours a hazy, high particulate orange hued gold in the glass, with two fingers of fluffy white head. Nose starts off with strong over-ripened mango followed by orange, pine, stone fruit, a hint of pink grapefruit flesh, goji and wet earth. Taste follows the nose, focusing on the over-ripened mango and introducing a hefty sourdough malt backbone that ends in a tart dank note. Medium-low bitterness and medium sweetness, could use a bit more hops. Medium body. Interesting take on an NEIPA, not standard but not bad! One of those "East meets West" beers. Old school yet modern.

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Photo of smcolw
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dark gold color. The initial head lasts throughout the tasting, settling in a lumpy fashion. It leaves rings of lace with nice latticework in between.

The initial aroma has a pleasant freshly cut hop nose. Overall, the smell is mellow with a good malt base.

The taste is surprisingly more like an APA than a DIPA, meaning that it is well blended without an alcohol presence. The body leans toward rich; the carbonation leans toward muted. This is a smooth beer. It's slightly sweet and slightly bitter. The aftertaste, while not lasting a long time, perfectly balanced. Simply put, this is a superior beer.

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Vito, The Beer Whale Cat from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 61 ratings