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 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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.02/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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 LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Photo of vfgccp
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 +8.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wotta great Commercial Description! I had remarked, on Veterans' Day 2016, that I missed getting underway as a sailor & my friend mentioned taking ferries. I took a field trip up to Port Jefferson, NY to ride the ferry to Bridgeport, CT for a pair of AHL games & I was glad that I did. I always build in additional time since I am relegated (generally) to public transit, but I can imagine that feeling of cutting it close/running late. This one came to me courtesy of my local/in-person trader, tone77, who is always on-time!

From the bottle: "The Hudson Valley's Brewery".

I began with a Pop! of the cap, followed by a slow, gentle pour since there was simply no impetus to do otherwise. An in-glass swirl raised three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with good retention that left behind some nice lacing in its wake. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of pine & caramel & it was like a throwback to the early AIPAs that I actually enjoy(ed) more than the new ones with the Southern Hemisphere hops. Grapefruit is good, tropical fruits is nice, but the cool mintiness of pine with a solid caramel malt backbone really trips my trigger! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft, like a caress of my tongue after having been away for too long. The Kitty kneaded and prodded at my tongue until it finally felt comfortable enough to curl up and lay down. Ha! The taste was pine-resinous, knotty-woody and slightly caramel-sweet. lulling me into a cat nap. Man, but was this mellow! The bitterness was low, but the pine flavor was very cool and minty. Oh my. Looking over at the developing lacing made me think that perhaps it was time for a break after this one to allow the glass to soak. The finish brought an earthy maltiness to the mix as the initial caramel subsided while the cool pine mintiness persisted. It had a tea-like mellowness that made me very sleepy. I miss these kinds of AIPAs & I was glad for the opportunity to have this one.

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 421 ratings