Hurricane Kitty | Keegan Ales

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Hurricane KittyHurricane Kitty

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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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm kitty. This one purred for me. Great pour into my pint glass. Nice three inches of head. Great malt and gentle spice. Balance throughout the pour. Lots of character here. Outstaning mouthfeel. Nice and bright with cleansing hop bite. Yet not too sweet. Keegan Ales let's try some more.


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Photo of Steiner1
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, really good actually. The bottle is nothing flashy but this is a well hopped IPA that is very smooth and drinkable and you cant tast the alcohol like you can with some IPA's which is a good thing. After pouring into a pint glass this beer appears much more impressive and a nice smell of hops and grapefruit hits your nose as you approach the glass.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy copper color with massive slightly off-white chunck head. Great retention and lacing.
Smell is loaded with hops, piney, grassy, citrusy. A nice grapefruit scent also present.
Taste is initially big-time hops, that very rapidly fade leaving a nice caramel malt sensation. Perfect balance.
The finish brings the hop dryness back, giving the perfect ending to this beer.
Great drinkability. Trult an excellent beer.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler of this local (Kingston, NY) pale ale at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, where they note that the ABV is 6%. Frankly, I'd say it's more of an IPA with its heavy dose of west coast hoppiness. To begin, it pours a dark golden amber with a wonderful frothy off-white head. The lace is abundantly sticky, and the hops are immediately noticeable in the aroma, along with a tangy citrus backdrop. The taste is sharply hopped with an exquisitely subtle sweetness in the undertow. The citrus is evident mostly as a grapefruity bitterness (like the Dogfish Head 60 minute and the Stone). Yes, an IPA, really. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is a highly drinkable and delightfully hopped ale.

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Photo of hoponit
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in tasting session at brewery and in growler.
Overall impression was very good. Special commendation for the bold (by East-coast standards) use of hops. The copper color and the accompanying malt flavor were a welcome variation on an IPA. Looking forward to this one being bottled soon.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler brought for samples fresh from the first batch, gratefully shared by the brewery rep.

This is a pretty beer; red/gold color with a solid white head. Powerfull, citrusy hop aroma- bready malt gives it a marmalade like smell.

The first sip is all toasted biscuits and fresh grain -very fresh! Resinous piney hop and mild bitterness, medium bodied with sharp, hoppy flavors. The hop character is all IPA - all oranges and mulched pine needles, but bitterness is not as intense as some.

A very well made session IPA, that Mr Keegan told me he made for himself. I told him he made it for me too. A fine offering from NYS newest Microbrewery.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half Time growler.

Poured an inviting amber color with a wonderful yellow-white head and tons of lacing. Head receded into a nice slick on top with errant bubbles here and there. Smell was serious citrus hops. The most obvious being a fresh grapefruit. It morphed into a more piney smell with a deeper sniff. Just a slight cracker malt aroma lurking in the back. Taste was super hoppy for an east coast beer. Tons more of the grapefruit hops that left a wonderful dry mouth and a smooth malt that kept it just balanced enough. I hope that Keegan Ales keeps up the good work becuase this is an excellent start. Just normal enough to drink tons of but definitely a departure from other upstate NY beers.

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Photo of johnniemarg
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I also enjoyed this on tap at Hop Devil release party (see previous review). And yes, I can see how Rebecca could cause inflated ratings, but this is one heck of an IPA.

Pours a nice amber with 2 fingers of head. Great head retention is like nothing I've seen before. It's there the entire beer. Gorgeous lacing also like nothing I've ever seen. You could easily count the number of swigs I had to finish the beer because of the big thick parallel rings around the glass. A solid 5 for appearance.

Aroma is flowery hops. Dandelions.

The flowery, piney hops are very well balanced with just enough malt. This is not too hoppy, but just right for me.

Slick medium body turns creamy with a swish.

This is my kind of IPA. A perfect session IPA and immediately in my top 5. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to drseamus for the growler!

Poured a nice hazy copper with a thin creamy head that did not last long but that left a nice lace. No visible carbonation, but a beutiful copper tone.

Smell was very sweet. Lots of malt balance in hear. Some citrus hops, orange, tangerine. Very earthy and grassy smel. Smells like a nice pale ale.

The taste was very crisp. Caramel sweetness, with the bread and grass flavors hit you first. Followed by a nice piney hopped taste, with a dry finish to make you come back. Key word here is balanced, hands down.

This is very smooth going down, nice carbonation, not oily or watered down. Very very nice.

Overall this is a fine brew. I would call it more of a pale ale as opposed to an IPA, very good and a welcome treat. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would love another!

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Photo of roan22
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My BF picks up 6-packs of this for me occasionally at Half Time, since he goes up that way for work! Its not available [yet] in Pennsylvania.

Appearance: beautiful copper color, not orange...Nice fluffy off white foam and extreme lace left!

Aroma: might have to come back to this sinuses are stuffed up and i can't pick up nuanced notes, but i get a sharp citrus note first then a faint resiny smell mostly.

Taste: delicious! toasty pumpernickel bread and grapefruit juicy hops in the front..then a little pine-resiny bitterness, followed by some tongue numbing when the hop oils dry..finished by a tiny hint of butterscotch and a cute peppery spicyness leaves me craving more.

Mouthfeel: nice medium body. not at all boozy tasting.

Drinkability: All-around, an interesting cycle of tastes throughout the sip. Under 6%, the "taste punch" for what u get ABV-wise, is worth a 5. Cheers!

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my kegerator it's the ipa until I make some. Set the CO2 just enough to push this lovely brew from the keg to my favorite glass and it always creates a beautiful foam that lasts and laces the glass with globs of head that is there until the last sip. The aroma is a blend of hops and malt, there to introduce themselves to you. Follow that with a flavor blend of crystal malts and some hop bitterness leading to a satisfying finish. Medium body dry leads to watery palate easy carbonation nice brew.

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Photo of soultrain
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A- Yep, Coppery colored beer, like it says on the bottle. Rich, thick, and creamy 1/2 inch of off-white foamy head. Smells fantastic, cascade hops? You know, sometimes when I had this beer in the past, there were little floating hop particles in it, but not this time; it's copper clear. Excellent lacing, all the way down.
S- Smells like hops. Cascade hops, though I may be incorrect. I am so lucky that this beer is brewed only 10 minutes from my house. The 6- packs I get are soooo fresh, and with a nice hoppy beer like this, freshness matters.
T- Taste is great! Citrus hops in front, crystal malt backbone, aftertaste is lip-smackingly killer, yes, fantastic BALANCE and everything you could want in an IPA and more. In a taste test between this and Victory's Hop Devil, this magnificent Kitty won, easy. I love IPAs, and try new ones all the time....9 times out of 10, I say to myself, shoulda got a Kitty. Must be the freshness.
M- Fabulous mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. (see note below)
D- Drinkability is SUPREME.

CRUX: FANTASTIC EVERYDAY IPA. This beer has had a permanent residency in my DBF since it came out, and, as long as they make this beer, it shall dwell in it's prefered spot, on the left and to the left of the Keegan Ale's "Mother's Milk." Hurricane Kitty is a value that I hold dear and to which I shall always return...this brewery deserves all the support it gets...and a perfect world, Keegan Ales would brew a limited Double IPA, sorta like Stone's Ruination, only more supremo, and life, for me, would just, (James Brown "UGHNN"), be sooo sweet...hint...hint....

Note: Draft or bottles are fantastic. Somehow, I'm less inclined to appreciate the Growler version....had a "flatness" problem twice....everybody loves 'em though, must be me...

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Photo of Stimack
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Had this on tap at Mahar’s and just got it on a whim. Brew poured to a copper/amber color with a nice off white had that broke down to nice lacing. The aroma from this brew is all citrus smelling hops, simply fantastic, that were pronounced but over powering. The taste of this brew was sharp from the hops with a nice balance from the malt after the initial bite settles down a bit. This is a nice hoppy brew, not as intense as some that I have had but a very nice brew that I hope I can find in bottle during the summer.

Glad I gave it a try!

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Photo of cavedave
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, strongly dark amber-ruby, topped by a very thickly made two inch head that subsided slowly to a nice dark beige and leaves thick slabs and arms of finely bubbled lace.

A zesty inhale full of lemon and orange sweetness, subtle yeastiness, hints of earth and herbosity, a fine perfume which sets my taste buds to alert and stands my nose hairs to attention.

Wow what a wonderful flavor. Starts with a blast of citrus, caramel, and bitterness, not as piney a hop blast as many American IPAs, but plenty enough hoppiness, taste, and complexity, as well as deliciously good citrus and earthy bitterness to send the sip into a long finish that is exactly dry enough.

This beer is helped immensely by the just-right mouthfeel. Medium bodied, nice residuals which clear for the next sip, carbonation lower than many others of this style (the way I like it).

Exceedingly drinkable, nuff said.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My, what a lovely beer! This one pours a bright glowing amber with flashes of dark cherry when held to the light. The head is a sticky foam that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. This leaves some sweet stripes of lace behind.

Smells of fruity hops with touches of pine and plumbs that has a dry edge to it.

The flavor starts out smooth and mild but a burst of playful hop dryness comes out tantalizing my palate. They're big, dry and piney with a touch of orange rind and an all-around fruity sweetness to the dryness. This is backed by a touch of homemade bread crusts. I'm not sure if this is just an awesome beer, or if I'm just really in the mood for some hops.

Feels dull and glassy with a fizzy froth of carbonation.

I'm quite smitten with this one. Nothing is really all that spectacular about it, but it seems very well balanced and brilliantly constructed. Doing more with less? Well done!

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Photo of newyawker
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Keegans launch party at the Hop Devil Grill. Rebecca, the hot bartender. Check her out on

Anyways, I hope she doesn't influence my review ;-) This beer is the color of bronze, with a big, wavy white head of foam that has specs of golden amber polka-dotting it. The smell is pure hops, cascades I think.

Pretty full bodied, sharp crash of hops hits your taste buds but is muscled with a firm malt chassis.

Initally smooth, finishes a bit biting, this is a good overall IPA. It was especially cool to talk with Geoff the brewer. Good beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Darkness snifter.

A - Pours copper, half a fingers-worth of white head, some spotty lacing and a thin ring around the glass remains. Some whisps here and there on top.

S - Grapefruit, sweet citrus, nice malt notes, slight bitterness. Not exactly sure how old this bottle is, but it's lost some hops, that's for sure.

T - Grapefruits first and foremost, some citrus hops, slight bitterness, subtle malt character. Really nice mix of hops and malts. Not sure if this is old or not, but it's pretty darn good.

M - Light, good carbonation for the style, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.

D - Well, I really liked this IPA. A nice balance of hops and malts and neither were overdone, IMO. Give it a try, I sure enjoyed it!

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Photo of kennylopez
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper orange with a finger of white head and fine carbonation and lacing.

Smells: floral and quite malty. a pine note with caramel.

Tastes: more hops than the smell lets out (nice), a pine taste comes in the middle and combines with the bitter floral taste which is also very nice.

Mouthfeel: frothy and pleasant long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a great buy, I am interested in trying more of their brews, because its the only option at the store by me.

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Photo of BrewMan13
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite IPA's after I went on a tasting spree of IPA's brewed in NY over the summer (Wagner Valley IPA was another fave), so I had to go back and get a 6er.
Pours bit darker then your average IPA, 'coppery' as the brewery puts it. Impressive head with staying power and which leaves some sticky lacing. A few 'floaties' though detract from the overall appearance, but I s'pose a more careful pour would have avoided that.
Has a very nice aroma; you get a nice whiff of hops. Taste is what did it for me though: has the expected bit of IPA bitterness, but its not harsh like so many others. Also has a more solid malt backbone then your average IPA. I would say the malt and hops are in a friendly competition, with the hops winning out, but not dominating. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, despite the carbonation. I cant help but think of a quote from a Sam Adams commercial in which they say their beer " not watery, its got something to it. You know you're drinking a beer." Which is how I would describe this guy as its got a little bigger mouthfeel then an average IPA.
Highly drinkable. If it means anything, this is the first 6-pack of an IPA that I think I've ever purchased, as I was a 'malt man' for so long and avoided the hoppy stuff. No worries here though, this is an IPA done right.

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Photo of EPseja
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass... orignally had this one on tap at BC/TC 2005 and was super impressed. Glad I could find a bottle by me!

A - Pours with great action that creates a medium to large bubbled head of almost two inches, but creamy and marshmallowy on top. Color is a beautiful hazy grilled apricot orange. And now for the interesting part... the body holds a ton of tiny particles in suspension, none of which seem to be falling downward through the beer. It almost resembles the tiny air bubbles one might find in a gel candle. Very interesting indeed. One wonders if this beer is as viscous as this fact would imply... Lacing is thorough, intricate and consistent throughout the whole glass.

S - Citrusy and floral, with notes of toasted lemon and dried apricot. Some nice roasted malt character and wild honey sweetness. Very fresh smelling.

T - Right up front there is an excellent, almost smoky roasted malt sweetness along with a citrus fruit freshness. As the beer makes its way to the back of the throat, the hop profile grows exponentially until it becomes quite large and crisply bitter. Not quite sure if this is accurate, but I get the impression of European Pilsener hops... The finish leaves a great, dry yearning for more. Great ride from start to finish.

M - There is a definite surprising thickness to this beer, as mentioned above. Very slick and slippery in the mouth. Carbonation is just right, and the finish is a liquid Jello water slide.

D - Just look at the numbers above. It doesn't take an actuary to extrapolate the fact that this beer is good lookin', good smellin', good tastin' and guess what? Easy to drink. If you like your hops bold but not overly brash, this is a great beer to reach for.

Just like I remembered it in Cooperstown.

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Photo of alalvarez75
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper, half a fingers-worth of white head, some spotty lacing and a thin ring around the glass remains. Some whisps here and there on top.

S - Citrus, nice malt notes, slight bitterness. Not exactly sure how old this bottle is, but it's lost some hops, that's for sure.

T - Grapefruits first and foremost, some citrus hops, slight bitterness, subtle malt character. Really nice mix of hops and malts. Not sure if this is old or not, but it's pretty darn good.

M - Light, good carbonation for the style, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.

D - Great IPA, smooth and mellow

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Photo of BBM
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking beer, with a bright yet cloudy orange/amber color, a thick, creamy head that sticks around for the duration, and sweet, sticky lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops, and a bit of caramel malt.

The flavor is mostly grassy and earthy hops, with the malt backbone balancing but never impeding the flavor. There is a bit of ann herbal/tea flavor to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy, and the finish is a bit dry. Overall this is an incredibly drinkable and enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of shippos
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a deep reddish copper with a tan lacey dense head. resiny hoppy aroma with an excellent chewy malt aroma to balance it out, piney and a bit citrusy also. good smack of dry hops upfront really drying the mouth out and then the malt kicks in to quench your thirst. very nicely brewed and a very respectable and drinkable ipa.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed copper with an inch of sticky froth. Interesting aroma - hoppy with pine and grapefruit, but also some other floral notes and coffee. Ooh. Very bitter, with a toasty edge and rich maltiness. Hops are heavy on the bitter side, without a lot of juicy AIPA flavours, which IMO keeps this particular beer from the "A" list Still a very solid brew with some interesting aspects. Worth trying.

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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
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