Hurricane Kitty | Keegan Ales

418 Ratings
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 Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is light amber in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but the hops are not overpowering because they are well balanced by the underlying malts. There is a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and sessionable because it's not very strong or bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite the gusher, with the quid pro quo being that the head is huge, the retention is fantastic and the lacing impressive; still, marking it down for the gush

Smell: Pine-Sol, almost camphorated, with caramel malt undertones

Taste: Bread and caramel, up front, with a growing piney bitterness that develops at mid-palate; rather balanced into the finish, as the hops aren't able to sustain the momentum

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At one time this beer was apparently called an Amber IPA, which makes sense in a style-bending way as this beer would score a lot higher as an Amber than it does as an IPA

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one, no date on the IPA.

Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some lacing, over mostly clear coppery orange colored beer.

Nose brings some hops, light candy like hops with a little orange peel, some light pine and earthy hops, and just a bit of fruity hops with that. There is a light toasty caramel malt underneath it, with some toffee that adds to the candy hop flavor.

Taste is malty at first, caramel nutty reddish toasty malts, semi sweet and little syrupy, again candy is a key word. Hops bring candy hops again, light candied orange peel, as well as a bit of pine and light grassy flavors, with and earthy hop demeanor. Again light fruity and chewy hops. Fair amount of bitterness but not a lot, and mostly a sweet caramel nutty toffee malt mostly dominating. Finish is drier with a bigger bitterness, lingering candy hops, light grassy pine and chewy like hops, with light caramel malts as well.

Mouth is med bodied, decent fluffy carb.

Overall, OK but not great. Malts are decent but more of a red ale style than IPA, even for an east coast IPA, and hops are not what the American palate has come to expect for American IPA, this one being mostly earthy, candy chewy like with just a bit of pine and slightest orange peel like.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaid75, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of caramelized malt with a background of citrus sweetness and floral hops.

T: The taste is dominated by a pale and dry hops bitterness, not the regular floral type that you normally get in an American IPA. There's a very hearty malt character, even for the style, but there's very little sweetness. The after-taste is bitter and dry.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and very dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent but not the best representation of style, it gets better as it warms and could drink a few of them, but it's not one of the first beers that I would choose in the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color where it appears completely clear. Lots of upward moving fine bubbles. The head is modest but lasts while receding slowly in a rocky fashion.

Very pleasant blend of lighter crystal malt and a floral hop. Well-balanced.

This beer is more bitter than the smell suggests and is very true to style. Rich bodied with a higher than average carbonation. Initial taste features a very brief neutral malt flavor. The bitterness takes over and lasts through the aftertaste. The alcohol is in the background.

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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 mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/29/13 notes. Picked this up about a week before at City Swiggers for $2.49/12 oz. bottle. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy, dark reddish amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Has lots of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, caramel malts, fruity malts, and some light citrus hops. Not bad but not very hoppy at all; lots of malts in the nose.

t - Tasted of citrus hops, pine hops, fruity malts, caramel malts, toffee, wheat, and bready malts. Malts are still there but a lot more hops than the nose had too...the pine is nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice beer but like the Double Dorado I had before it, a little too malty for me on the IPA front. More hops were present in the taste than the nose, but still a lot of caramel and malts. Worth checking out but wouldn't get it again if I was looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light maple syrup. Thick off-white head that holds up with great lace.

S - Sweet bread, lightly toasted brioche. Touch of nutmeg. Carmel. Touch of dried plums.

T - Huge malt. Baked breads, honey, caramel. Hops roll up and make a nice cameo through the backend of the profile: pine, tarragon. Huge malt balance for an IPA.

M - Full body with a well balanced bitter/sweet finish.

O - Nice bread notes, and overall flavor balance.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown with a creme head. Nose is malty sweet. Flavor is an interesting mix of hops and amber character. Bitter, yes. Hoppy, slightly. An IPA? I dunno about that. The label reads "coppery IPA". And that makes sense. Feel has a fairly full and biting carbonation. Liquid is typical. A nice drinker. Not really a normal IPA. I bet this would be interesting on cask.

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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 jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep copper with reddish hues and an off-white head that becomes a large wispy patch that slowly vanishes, but reappears and stays with gentle swirling. Lacing sticks. Nice enough looking to edge it up to the higher of the two scores I had in mind for it.

The smell is of caramel upfront, with pine and tropical fruit. Buttery caramel is just a bit too forward.

The taste is hoppier than the nose led me to believe it would be - a good thing... herbal/pine with tropical fruits. Caramel backing does keep balance, a bit more caramelish than I would like, but hoppy enough to keep me satisfied. Finishes bitter (slightly metallic/ aspirin-ish) Some alcohol warmth shows.

It is medium-bodied - slightly towards watery at times - but holds up. It has a lingering minty freshness.

It's bitter enough and hop flavour there, though caramel backing quite strong.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cavedave for this extra. Served in my Surly pint glass. No apparent bottling date.

A - Pours with two finers of soapy orange-tinged off-white foam, that dissipates slowly and leaves lovely rings of lace and a solid cap. Slightly hazed fiery copper body that has a nice glow to it, and a few streams of lazily rising bubbles. Quite excellent looking brew.

S - Very East Coast IPA smell, with some fruity Simcoe and Warrior hop flavors, and maybe a touch of C-hop citrus in the periphery. Fairly malt-forward, with a good amount of caramel and bread going on. Feels more pale ale to me, but I'm a hophead so I'm bias.

T - The taste is more pine, but mixed with caramel, multi-grain bread. There's a bit of zesty flavor that's evocative of rye or pumpernickel. Bitterness is restrained, but present.

M - The body is a touch more carbonated than I prefer, but well within the reasonable range. Some nice enamel-tingling hop resins and a slightly dry finish. Medium-thick body - pretty viscous for an IPA.

D - It was pretty easy to drink a 12oz - no obvious alcohol, reasonable bitterness and carbonation, pretty session-worthy. I just wish it was a little more aromatic in the hop department (not sure if this is due to freshness, or just the way it is).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a copper amber color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like sweet caramel malt, with some pine and a bit of grapefruit.

This one of the maltier IPAs I've had, to its detriment. Fairly astringent bitterness, plus sweet syrupy malt character. Tastes stronger than the ABV suggests, which is weird. Just doesn't work. The hop flavor is more in-line with pine-sol.

Medium bodied, syrupy, rough mouthfeel. Not all that drinkable.

Maybe I need a fresher bottle of this, but it just doesn't quite work for me.

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Photo of Gavage
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a 2" fluffy head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is mellow, as some soft citrus and pinecones are barely detectable with your nose in the glass.

Taste: decent caramel malt backbone, but the flavors were unbalanced as the grapefruit citrus was much more pronounced than the piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp at the start. The finish was less crisp and the strong grapefruit tones continue to stick out when swallowing.

Drinkabililty: very easy to drink, but I would like to see some more piney bitterness up front with this one.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Revisted: 17 Jun 10

Thanks goes out to cavedave for this one.

Pours a hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, very slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, very slight hop note, with lots of caramel, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, to me, this is not an IPA at all.

Thanks goes out to plaid75 for this one.

Pours a cloudy dark orange color, nice carbonation, tiny off-white head, which then leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, slight hops, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, and a good dose of caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is definitely not a hoppy IPA, good but not a really good IPA, glad to have had a chance to try though.

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Photo of liamt07
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Ken, 12 oz into a tulip.

Pours copper, closer to a golden brown around the edges with a slight haziness in the body. Light cream coloured head, that reduces to a collar with light retention. Nose is malt right off the bat, with some mild and faint citrus notes. I kept going back to this, but was felt it was relatively tame in all regards. Taste is real bitter before any flavour comes through, and evolves into some lemon and harsh citrus notes. Bitterness is fairly dominant, and took over the palate in most respects. Medium high carbonation, and not a ton of body to this.

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Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bacchus in New Paltz, NY. Appeared a clear amber with no head. The aroma and upfront flavor is a crisp grapefruit and juicy pineapple, but the flavor quickly fades along with a thin note of caramel malt into an empty-feeling aftertaste. I sniff, snipped, and gulped - where'd the beer go? An IPA without an aftertaste is a let down.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a wonderful hoppy aroma. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that serves as a base for it's bitter hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine American IPA. It has a complex maltiness as well as a pleasant hop character; a good drinker.

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Photo of dar482
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark reddish copper.

The aroma has toasty malts, a bit of citrus, and pine.

The flavor follows with a bit of grapefruit, but lots of earthy pine notes. The finish is quite bitter of earthy, resin, and pine. The beer almost tastes like a lager with its balance of malts. There's a lot of caramel and toasted breadiness behind this beer.

There's a generous medium mouthfeel.

A beer with a good amount of a flavor for its ABV. It was described to me as a "copper" ale. Not your traditional IPA if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger pillowy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong citrus and peppery hop aroma couched in a nice burnt grain aroma.

The taste featured a solid toasted malt body which supported the strong peppery and grapefruity hop flavor. Dry finish.

The mouthfeel was full and sharp. Good carbonation.

Overall a very impresive AIPA. Well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the brewery on tap. Very clear amber beer with a good amount of head and lace. Aromas mildly redolent of citrus and malt. In the mouth this is a very balanced IPA - malts and citrus hops, not boozy in the least. Maybe after drinking all the incredible hop bombs on the market today, not to mention the simply delicious and complex IPAs available, this one was a bit boring. The bartender talked up its balance and the brewery's aim to not create an overly hopped, one dimensional IPA, and they succeeded in one's not really hoppy at all by today's standards. Unfortunately it turned out to be pretty forgettable and unimpressive. I wanted to like this one but it's just a little bit boring. Not terrible by any means but not something I'd go out of the way to get. Really like this brewery's stouts so I feel bad about knocking them for this but it's simply not that exciting an IPA.

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Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for this one!
Appears a dark mahogany brown with a thick 2 finger white head that lasts for more than a minute. Lots of chunky lacing clings to the glass. Very mild carbonation can be seen.
Smells earthy with a touch of vanilla, pine and cedar.
Taste is bitter and has a creamy, earthy subtleness.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a creamy sugar sweetness that's mild compared to the chewy wood like hops that are present.
Drinkability is decent, as it is similar (IMO) to an ESB, or an English style ale drawn from a cask. The mild carbonation and smoothness makes this original IPA a treat.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When backlighted a rose red coloring shows through filled with a lively sense of effervesce. A strong holding 2 finger whipped cream head structure sits steadily atop providing a nice lace coverage on the vessel.

S: Dry toasted grain and pine are noticeable for aroma. Really strong grainy sense, herbal hops, chives, with some dried lemony flower hops. The flavor shows a lemon-pine hopping with a support of dry toasted grain. Good level of hops, though is sloppy in execution, a bit harsh and unfocused. Lemony flower hops appear midway before a dry lemon-pine hop finish.

M: medium malt base, dry toasted and dry hopped sense on the tongue.

O: Overall the hops are fairly strong on this one, unfortunately they are a bit unfocused, and sloppy flavor wise, a bit harsh, with a linear complexity. Hoppy yet only moderately tasty, nothing that would keep me drinking after one. Shallow experience, sloppy execution overall, only fills a need to scratch a hop fix and wont satisfy your taste needs. Drinks more like a red then an ipa, with a similar malt base and different hop combination may fair better.

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