Hurricane Kitty | Keegan Ales

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Brewed by:
Keegan Ales
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This brew is a coppery and heavily hopped India Pale Ale. Named after brewmaster Keegan’s grandmother whose driving earned her quite a reputation with local police racing her six children to and from a local Long Island beach ferry during the 1960’s, Hurricane Kitty is the undisputed family favorite. We try to make the hop bill read as aggressively as her driver’s record.

Added by Shiredave on 10-22-2003

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Reviews by ccs:
Photo of ccs
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color, cream color thin head, delicate lacing on the glass. Interesting IPA, not dramatically bitter, but mostly unremarkable. Green hop aroma. Malt hits first, then the bitterness. It does get better as it warms up a little and releases some the the carbonation. Probably wouldn't drink several of these in a row, but one is a nice change. Alas...we purchased it on our trip to New York and probably won't be back this is it for a while.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

Massive frothy head, it's not shy about sticking around either. Mildly hazed tawny color--a somewhat dark IPA we have here. Big wafts of toffee and orange zest, a lovely aroma. Creaminess on top of smoothness lends an unadulterated mouthfeel. Hops clamp down hard with a dragging bitterness; citric rind, wild herbs and tobacco notes within. Maltiness reaches high with caramel, toasted bread and an almost nutty, biscuity flavor. Bitterness holds strong but never jumps over the top to become super dominant. Bittersweet finish with a long, lingering, pleasant aftertaste.

A notch above the rest, surpassing the middle of the pack. A great example of what American craft beer is today.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no abv or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a dark old coppery color with lighter amber highlights and a tall off white head. The head has good retention and makes lots of delicate lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a strong sweet caramel maltiness with firm citrus and mellow piney hop notes.

Taste: It has a solid medium body with a sweet malty character off set buy citrusy hops on the finish. Its sweetness is caramel like and dominates most of the flavor profile till the finish where the hops pop out, bringing with them the bitterness of an IPA. This bitterness slowly fades of the tongue well into the aftertaste.

Notes: For an IPA it is a bit sweet and hop heads will be looking for more hop notes up front. I could also see the sweetness limiting the drinkability after a couple.

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Photo of renegadeburger
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok last one of the three i tried from this neat brewery in hudson valley

poured into my glass a copper color had a real nice brilliance to it head various sized bubbles real nice lasting power

smelled faint in the beginning then i let it warm up a bit you definitely could pick out some nice fruity hops and esters there

tastes nice real good balance the hops are not overwhelming at all i wish it had a little more horsepower in there but still a good beer for sure

mouthfeel a bit hanging dry there because not enough pop in the carbonation

overall a good beer though i could see this as a nice go-to ipa if you lived in the area like their beers

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, Pours the advertized copper amber, clear. Tan puffy head, with good retention, leaves thick and sticky respectable lacing. Aroma/nose of sweet, perfumy malts and grainy flowery hops, nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded. NIcely crafted IPA, Hoppy yes, but almost balanced by a nice layer of malts.Grainy, oily hop crunch is evident but not overpowering. More nice brew from the Hudson Valley's Keegan Ales. I need to make a road trip to this place soon.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of briandaube
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mocktm
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always have heard good things about this IPA, thought it was time for a go.

Pours a deep copper red hue, much darker than most IPAs. A finger and a half of thick and rocky off white colored head forms that doesn't seem to mind sticking around for a bit. Plenty of sticky lacing left behind as it slowly dies down to film cover.

Aromas are balanced and flavorful; a pleasant mix of earthy hops, citrus rind and serious malty caramel/nut notes. Not as hop forward as most IPAs, but I was anticipating that from the deeper color that this wasn't going to swing that way.

Despite the malt emphasis on the nose, the grapefruit kicks you in the face initially on this one. Although, the malt does makes its presence well known in the finish, contributing a sweet bready flavoring to round it out. Lingering, yet subtle hop bitterness throughout. Pretty nice IPA, though hop-heads will be disappointed.

Medium to heavy body with some thick and rich characteristics. Finishes semi-dry with a slightly sticky nature. Pretty filling, yet doesn't pack the ABV punch you'd expect for the body type.

Overall, an admirable, yet kind of different take on a classic IPA. Easy to find and a good bang for the buck, I'd buy it again.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from 5/30

This IPA is copper for sure, clouded in the body and lightening at the edges. A deeply-pocked tinted finger maintains a height of just over one finger. Heavy spotting at the very top gives way to thick, heavy sheeting that's pretty impressive.
The nose is simple but strong, balanced and deep. It puts hops forward, showcasing them in a pungent earthy, floral and leafy bitterness offset by creamy toffee sweetness and that light sweet and pithy balance of orange rind.
Honey and caramel seem to even out that same bitterness, which goes gently and unoffensively briny in the middle and finishes lightly woody with a touch of caramel.
The feel is smooth and creamy with a crisp bite in a medium body.

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Photo of lumberjerk
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper with a quickly disappearing light brown head.

Aroma: Full on hops.

Taste: Very clean. Light malty flavor, but bright hops. Not overpowering at all. Some IPA like to simply jam as many hops as possible into a brew, but this one balances the large amount of hops in it with the malt flavor. The result is a rather nice balance between the two flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. The sometimes overpowering hoppiness of IPAs is not present here.

Overall, a very nice representation of the style. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in IPAs.

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Photo of lowfatevan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Hopglow
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great AIPA that is most definitely hops driven.
Pours a copper/amber with a slightly off white head that reaches about an inch up the glass and then takes forever to melt away. A beautiful sticky map is left in it's wake and the top of the brew is always covered with white all the way down.
Aromas are fresh, green hops with just a touch of amber malt sweetness.
Flavor follows nose. Slightly sweet amber malt then very fresh, clean citrus and pine oil hops followed with a touch of the sweetness just to balance it out.
Aftertaste is very clean. Definitely a worthy IPA.

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Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Passable IPA. Some bitter flavour, but in fact low on bitterness. Faint hop aromas. Simcoe, citrus. Highly carbonated. I wouldn't have this again. A bit amber with a lasting quarter inch of foamy white head. Slightly more bitter than sweetness. Ken's fresh bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from Hurricane Kitty.... it's just another amber ale, right? But I could smell it as I was pouring it - hops! - a good sign. And then, when I tasted it, I had to pull the bottle out of the recycling bin to take another look at the label. "Amber IPA".... now it all makes sense! The appearance is typical amber ale. Body and mouthfeel the same. Even the caramel-tinged malt base is exactly what you'd expect. However, not unlike some of the west coast favorites, this amber ale is packed with hops! I can't even figure out what they are, but they're a bit piney and resinous, and citrusy and grassy and mildy floral. Very nice! I'm thinking Centennial and Chinook. Regardless, I could enjoy a pint or two - or even three - of these. :)

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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 423 ratings