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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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I give enough of these out as extras so figured high time for me to pop my thoughts about the brew down.

a - opened bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. a bit more brown and red that i'm used to for an ipa, but not all that uncommon. clear with a darker heart than edge and visible carbonation and a nice frothy head that hung out for dessert. lacing was also pretty thick and chunky.

s - the typical sticky pine is there, but the malt core really comes through. nice balance, but not one for the hop heads. a touch sweaty and musty.

t - taste leads with the malt and has a subtle hop bittering at the finish. there is some stickiness to it, but nothing crazy. this is a good ipa for someone who isn't a fan of huge hops but likes a bit of bittering. it is subtle.

m - pretty full bodied. very rich and ends slightly bitter. feels much thicker than an IPA of this ABV would is somewhat interesting having that thickness without the booziness you might expect.

o - overall this is a good ipa. like i mentioned earlier, not one for the hopheads

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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 Florida9
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brownish amber in color. Forms a large bubbly head that slowly reduces down to an 1/8" of thick light tan head. Copious amounts of lacing.

S: Caramel malt, citrus and some peppery-herby spice.

T: Lots of caramel malt. An appreciable citrus and pine bitterness. Some more spicy pepper. Rather malty, more so than I would care for.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation.

O: A decent IPA. Drinkable. Spicy. But more malty than I would care for.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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 zrab11
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brownish orange color with a 1 finger head. Some lacing

S- Aroma is citrus hops with some toffee and carmel mixed in. also catch some yeasty malts

T- Starts off with a maltness up front followed by some carmel and toffee and then finishes with a nice citrus bite

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-Overall this is a nice ipa and would drink this on a hot day. this one gave me more than i thought it would. pleasantly surprised

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Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orage/copper color with minimal cap of frothy off-white head, some sticky lacing. First whif brought a decent chunky of nuts, toffee and light carmel, only searching for hops brought a floral and spciy quality. First sip was quite bitter but lacking great hop flavor - floral and spicy are there, but covered up by the bitterness and malt. The malts are as nose dictated, lightly swet carmel, toffee and nutty. Medium bodied, lightly sticky on the palate. An IPA lacking in good hop charachter is hard to appreciate - wondering if there is a freshness issue.

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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 liamt07
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
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 IronCitySteve
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown almost copper color with a small off white foam head that has good retention. Lacing is moderate.

S: A nice crisp amount of citrus hops are more prominant. There are some bready malt, toffee and caramel as well but nothing really stands out.

T: The malt character is more prevalent on the front end. Mostly some caremel and toffee. In the middle the citrus hops come to the fore front making the toffee/caramel more of a small undertone. Beer finishes nicely balanced with the malt coming to the forefront more. Decent mix of citrus hops and caramel on the back.

M: A nice light/medium body leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

O: A nice IPA to drink on a hot day. Low ABV makes having several a nice option. Would like to see a freshness date on this, but overall was a tasty IPA.

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Photo of ken2cart1
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a- mahogany, small white head

s- biscuity malty no detection of hops, can tell in for a balanced east coast ipa

t- balanced ipa for sure, with malt in the forefront- bisuity, sweet carame- then hops in the background to balance- no hop taste just bittering hops, harsh bittering ending

o- balanced eastcoast ipa, west coast is my style but i like a good east coast too but it needs some flava

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Photo of aficionado
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st sixer was fresh, floral, fruity & bitter, with moderate malt backbone.
*This one would've got a solid B+ rating.

2nd sixer was similar to the first, but the hops were faded. Solid B.

3rd sixer was a digusting malt bomb. Not sure what happened here. This must've been real old. C rating.

The appearance is the best thing about this beer. Orange copper body. Completely translucent. Sticky lacing and a 2 finger off white head with a tinge of yellow in it. I would be a happy man if my homebrews came out this attractive.

The aroma does not accentuate the hops as much as the taste. It's somewhat floral, but I smell more malts than hops. Needs more of an emphasis on dryhopping aromas.

The taste is more hoppy than the smell. But this is still a malty East Coast IPA. The floral attributes come out more on the tongue, along with some soapiness, bitter orange, grapefruit and caramel.

The mouthfeel is nice. It's not too thick or thin. High carbonation, medium body. Pleasing to the tongue.

Reminiscent of a tiny Dogfish 90 Minute. A good example of an East Coast IPA. I just wish the flavor was more consistent.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

finally took a chance on these fine ale purveyors from up the road. The bottle is popped, the loud noise startles me. Will it foam over? No, it rises slowly, I pour. Coppery and fairly clear with a voluminous offwhite head. Chunks of yeasty particulate round out the pour. The aroma is a blend of citrus, grass, funk, and some caramel. Infection..The saddest of ploys on April Fools. The taste isn't bad, but it's not american IPA material. Some hop quality, definite funk aftertaste, a little bit of sweet malt presence, decent bitterness. It is drinkable still but falls far outside my expectations for this beverage. All in all, not bad for a Belgian IPA or pale, but this is not supposed to be as such. Alas, I shall revisit in the future. For now, I have four more to drink.

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Photo of dtivp
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper with a one finger dull white head, little retention and some lacing.

Aroma of floral hops and citrus.

Taste had an initial slight toffee sweetness then the hops and citrus took over with a nice crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a light side of medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a nice refreshing crisp beer, very enjoyable.

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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 teeitup78
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Keegan brew. The kitty pours golden copper with 2 inch head. Smell of mostly citrus. A clean bitter taste that brings a slight citrus character. Not as hoppy and flavorful as I was hoping for.

Good Deal

PS- I dont think Stave Hooks has even tried this.

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Photo of Tartarus
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S: Pours very translucent copper with about an inch and a half of head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a lot of lacing. Faint smell of citrus hops is all I can really pick up.

T&M: A solid mix of hops and malt hits you right up front, and the aftertaste is distinctly dry and hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation.

D: The flavors don't make this one very drinkable, I think one of these slowly enjoyed over an evening is just about right.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of crisp looking slightly off-white head. The head has good retention and laces nicely on the side of the glass.

S - Aroma is full of hops aroma, a nice mix of pine and citrus hops. Some really nice grapefruit comes through. There is also some nice sweet caramel malts in the background for a bit of balance.

T - Starts off with some sweet toffee notes with some building citrus hops and some nice bitterness. Through the middle some of the grassy hops come through with some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of hop flavor and bitterness and some toffee malt sweetness that linger very nicely.

M - Medium bodied and a moderate amount of crisp carbonation. Very smooth and balanced mouthfeel. Feels crisp and refreshing. Nice fry finish with nice bitter elements.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced flavors with a nice hop profile. Nice strong bitterness. Very refreshing and crisp beer.

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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 claspada
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of nutty toffee with a backing of earthy and pine hops, nothing outstanding, but good.
The taste follow the nose opening with light toffee and pale maltiness quickly followed with the pine and floral/grassy and earthy hoppiness; quite balanced if I do say so. The finish is a tad bitter, but doesn't linger on the palate too long.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an average level of carbonation.
Overall this is a good beer; it borders between an American amber and an American IPA but I still enjoyed it. Nothing spectacular, probably forgettable, but worth a purchase for the quality/value.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received via trade extra from cosmicevan. Poured from 12oz bottle into pint on 2/15/2011.
This ale pours amber and burnt orange. Creamy off-white head clears at least a finger in thickness. The nose on this one surprised me a bit- honey, caramel, vanilla?, some maltiness but only a small amount of detectable hops. The taste just adds to my surprise- more of the sweetness described in the smell with a bit of faint earthy hops in the finish. I really expected this IPA to offer more pleasant bitterness but this seems malt forward. Its not bad as I enjoy beers on the sweet side. It offers a medium body and good carbonation but I just can't get over the lack of hops. This was an OK beer- maybe it sat too long on a shelf somewhere.

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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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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 gskitt
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper hue with maybe some red highlights and a nice white head that does recede after some time. Smelled of the pine and citrus, a bit lemony. Tasted of a nice balance between the bitter hops and the malt, enjoyable. Mouthfeel was pleasant and this is a really drinkable ale. I have liked all from Keegan Ales so far.

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Photo of 321jeff
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with hints of gold around the edges. A vigorous pour yields three fingers of soapy off-white head that lasts for awhile before fading and leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lots of bready malts with some pine and citrus hop aromas in the background. The aroma is walking a fine line between a strong APA and a weaker IPA. I will say though, it's a nice and enjoyable aroma.

Taste is much more like an IPA. Some bread and caramel, but a solid bitterness from the hops and a somewhat dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and a little sticky. Carbonation is pretty high. A very nice local IPA. I'm never sure what to expect from a local East Coast IPA, but this one is solid and I would make this a regular if Keegan was available to me.

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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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Hurricane Kitty from Keegan Ales
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 421 ratings