Lucky Kat | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss.

60 IBU

Added by jjayjaye on 02-14-2008

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Ratings: 512 |  Reviews: 327
Photo of allergictomacros
4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Really good looking - clear with unreal head formation. Caramel - molasses maltiness and a floral - fruitiness are immediately dominant in the nose. Some noticeable alcohol there as well. Nice depth of flavour for an IPA - toasty malt, herbal hops, dark fruit, dry bitter finish - rather than straight up hoppiness. Sessionable, tasty and complex. I like this a lot.

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Photo of Brad007
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Some lacing is apparent.

Aroma has a nice hop kick to it with biscuit malt shining through underneath it.

Taste is full of grassy hops upfront with a nice kick of biscuit malt. Smooth and well-carbonated.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness and biscuit malt. Very smooth. Not too hoppy or sweet. Low ABV too as well.

I reviewed this beer when it was still a test batch and I believe that it's improved since that batch. It's certainly underrated and would likely taste even better fresh. Worth a shot.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best before end of July '08, served in a standard pint glass.

A - clear, copper color with a big fluffy light beige head that settled to a good layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - bitter hop aroma.

T - very good flavor blend of bitterness and sweet malt finishing dry and bittersweet. Nice hoppy bite with a good malty balance.

M - medium bodied with clean carbonation feel.

D - very easily could be a good session beer.

Final Note: If this is Magic Hat's replacement brew for Blind Faith, I accept. I won't miss BF as much with this beer around.

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Photo of jnfs
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful clear amber with a slight head is how she pours. There's moderate carbonation present. The aroma is nice and smells of hops, citrus and grain. The taste is bitter, malty and sweet with a clean finish. I love the slight caramel sweetness mixed with the hops... nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a clear amber body with a good inch of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing. Smells citrussy, piney, and grassy with undertones of caramel malt. Tastes bitter - citrussy, grassy, and piney first, with a strong malt backbone with a fair bit of caramel malt. Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation makes this a pretty drinkable IPA. Wow. A perfect example of the style, extremely tasty and drinkable with no flaws. Far and away the best Magic Hat brew I've had in quite some time and an all-around great IPA. I'll definitely be getting this again!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of grassy hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a good burst of pale hops up front. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty malt character to balance things out. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I wasn't sure that I would like this beer but was pleasantly surprised to find that I did. This is a good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of generallee
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep amber or copper color with very good clarity. The head builds up tall and fluffy. Its head is just off white in color and leaves cool rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell: There is a big fruity hop aroma with some hints of citrus and pine.

Taste/Mouth feel: It starts with a doughy, sort of earthy malt with some mild sweetness and light caramel notes. Hop flavor slowly takes over with fruity, citrus and mild pine notes. Its hop flavor is very big and juicy yet bitterness is more modest making it very easy and fun to drink. The finish is semi-dry with a nice bitter fade. Its medium bodied with average carbonation and a slick easy drinking texture.

Notes: Wonderful flavor with judicious hoping and balance.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of the magic hat brews, so I was intrigued and excited about this beer.
The beer pours a cloudy copperish color with about a 2 finger whitish head.
There is a great tasting beer, strong on the hops at first sip with a smooth follow through. I was expecting more bite, but was very happy with the overall taste to this beer.
This beer has a good mouth feel, at times may feel light, but it is the perfect compliment to taste and smell.
This is a great addition to the Magic Hat family. It is definitely a beer that has drinkability.

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Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best beer I've had from Magic Hat so far. Very robust and flavorful, and thankfully tame for a modern IPA where it usually seems like IPA means adding incredible amounts of hops and hoping for the best. Magic Hat does not make this mistake with this beer. The tameness is a good thing because you're not assaulted with hops. The hop flavor is at just the right level so you're not left feeling like you ate a pine tree. This has nice head retention, noticeable lacing after several minutes, a very fine, almost silky carbonation. All in all this beer has a very drinkable quality. The flavor is mildly sweet and nicely balanced with a hint of bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is a pleasant surprise. This is a beer that expands in flavor after you swallow. Very nicely done effort from a sometimes hit or miss brewery.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I finally found this brew here in NC and was looking forward to giving it a try.

Pours a nice deep orange with a large foamy off-white head. Excellent retention with nice sticky lacing. Good amount of bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass.

Smells like bread, some malt and a little metal.

This brew tastes great. Nice amount of hop bitterness that isn't harsh at all. A little more mellow than I was expecting from an IPA. Taste some grains, with a little malt sweetness that is just enough to balance this nicely. This has a very good aftertaste, like I just ate some fresh buttered bread.

I dig this brew. I will seek this out in the future whenever I can.

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Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brown color, semi-clear, thin lacy cover that held well, lots of carbonation bubbles rising

S- Sweet, citrus hops, flowery, earthy, slightly fruity

T- Toasted grains, biscuits, buttery, mild maltiness, light bitter hops finish

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean, smooth

D- Worth buying again and again

Not you're typical IPA but a great brew non the less. They seemed to rely on many more flavors than just hops in this one.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a slight hazy and a good carbonation of bubbles. The yellowish-tan head is made up mostly of big bubbles and then fades to a thin film.

S- The soft notes of dried fruit have a slight sweetness to them that blends into a green pine hops. The smell is pretty clean even after it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a soft biscuit malt flavor with a slight sweetness of apricots behind it. There is a caramel malt flavor that comes through when it warms and a full green pine hop bitterness at the finish. The bitterness lingers a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a meidum-full mouthfeel with a slightly creamy texture.

D- This beer is a nice session beer with a unique twist to the hops by complimenting it with some fruit. The creamy texture really gave it that cask feel which was nice.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored, good head that stayed a while. Great lacing all the way down.

Smell was good. I smelled hops, obviously, and a bit of the malt.

Taste was really good. It's an IPA, so there's a strong hop bite, but it quickly fades into a really nice caramel malt flavor before finshing with a bitter hop kick. It's a lot different from their seasonal IPA, Hi.P.A., which was more in line with a classic IPA: lot's of citrusy and piney hops.

Mouthfeel was great. The hops dance on the tongue, then that caramel flavor smoothly rides to the back, before the final hop kick. It was nice and unlike most other IPA's that I've had.

I could drink a few of these on a crisp, spring day (like today!). Might be a bit heavy in the summer, though.

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Photo of John1985
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ale pours a cloudy amber with a half inch long lasting head that lacing down the mug. Aroma is perfumed with spicy hops and shades of vanilla. Solid malt hits the taste buds that is balanced nicely with a tangy mild bitter finish. Full bodied but goes down lightly. Very smooth and drinkable. Not too heavy handed for a IPA, maybe this is what's referred to as an east coast IPA. Doesn't matter, it's good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear yet deep rust colored amber ale. Not much of a head, but ok bubbling. Faint orange peel and toasted bready, amber and crystal malts. Pretty well balanced beer. Te hop and mal are at exactly 50/50. I don't know if I would even call this an American IPA. Maybe more like an English IPA. Mild citrus and tobacco hops blend beautifully with faintly fruity and heavy old fashioned white bread malts. Great, smooth balanced palate and insanely drinkable. Need to try this on tap.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Man I can't believe I didn't review this beer yet! I had it fresh and again with about a year under it's belt (old variety pack)

Best fresh!

A - Cloudy orange in color with decent head.
S - Not a hop bomb as expected since I can smell hops and malt in sync.
T - When I first had it I loved it. It seemed just hoppy enough to get me to love IPA (since most to me were so harsh they were like floor cleaner. But malty and sweet enough to have more.
M - Silky and dry for 6 percent.
D - I may have to get some more fresh but it really is a solid IPA.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Under the cap: "Find the Way through Play." Uh huh. Another interesting nugget of wisdom from Magic Hat. Creepy pink cheshire-like cat (or 'kat') on the label. Pours a really good looking head of creamy foam that lasts a good long time, fed by a torrent of bubbles that march through a glowing sunset orange/copper color. If this thing sucks, at least it looks killer.

Aroma is typically Magic Hat, in that it is gentle and subtle. It offers fruity hops and sweet, delicate, gentle malts. Of course, for the style, the hops are turned up a notch and they lean toward citrusy but never spike out or overwhelm.

Bold flavor, a near-perfect mingling of fruity, almost rind-like hops, malt that's just sweet enough, and a semi-dry finish that keeps the flowery/fruity hops rolling along. Malt kind of reminds of Sugar Puffs cereal (remember that? With the stoned bear mascot?) although the hop elements is the most impressive feature. Yet there's balance and sensibility enough that Lucky Kat is not a hop-lovers' dream IPA or anything--it's just a high quality IPA for the masses. Sorry, hop-snobs...

One of my favorite Magic Hat beers. Not because it's an uber-extreme mindblower, but because it delivers what it promises (humbly, on the label, "an IPA") and makes no promises it can't keep. I could easily make this an everyday go-to beer. Very solid--check it out.

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Photo of douggoodavage
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 12oz bottle served at 45 degrees F.

Appearance: I cant due it justice because I had to drink from the bottle. I did notice that the lacing stuck all the way to the top of the bottle.

Smell: Fresh hops, rising dough, stone ground wheat crackers, grapefruit, lemon peel, pine.

Taste: The mysterious flavors that seems to be the trademark of Magic Hat continue in the aftertaste of this unique brew. (what do they add? / I can't describe the taste) Spicy hops, pine, crackers, and grapefruit are present. A decent balance with the hops being victorious.
The tangy crisp bitterness earns two thumbs up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, tangy gently carbonated.

Drinkability: A nice unique beer thats easy to drink. A very good AIPA.

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Photo of mfigueroa713
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Sam Adams glass.

Nice white head with a gold-amber body. Leaves lacing as I drink it down. The aroma has dry biscuit and toffee malt with both grassy and citrus fruit hops. The flavor matches the aroma with a slight peppery hop flavor that also balances nicely with the toasty malt flavors. Medium body and an overall well-balanced flavor.

There's been talk about Magic Hat dumbing down their beers, but this is a pretty complex and tasty IPA. Worth a try if you like an English bent on your IPAs.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into glass mug

A: Pours a translucent amber gold with two fingers of tan head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing on the sides
of the glass.

S: Smells of pine and citrus with some malt behind it, very typical of an ipa, but very pleasant.

T: Much like the smell, many notes of pine and citrus with a strong enough malt backbone. Nothing out of the
ordinary for an ipa, but very enjoyable. The aftertaste is rather bitter, but in a good way.

M: Not overly carbonated or watery, and leaves a kind of oily feeling in the mouth after swallowing, probably
because of the hop oil.

D: A very drinkable ipa, well balanced, so i could drink this all night

Overall, this is a really good beer. It tastes really good, and its not overbearing with the hops making it a very
enjoyable experience. I will definitely buy more of this

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Photo of dolemite77
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We are just getting some Magic Hat beers in TN. Picked this one up because I want a little more experience with this brewery. Pours a clear amber, with a huge rocky head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma is biscuit malts and high alpha hops. Flavor is biscuit malt first a foremost for me, with the hops coming in on the back. Moutfeel is great... not watery, but not sticky.

It seems like most of the reviews (including the brewery description) aren't sure if this is an IPA or a pale ale. I would put it closer to a pale, but it is very drinkable, and would be a good standard beer to serve.

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Photo of Andreji
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this beer was a random finding at a 24hr deli last night (a cold night indeed) that we just wanted to bring back and drink at home.

Not the most appealing one by any means, because the pink label and the kat look odd, nonetheless we took it alongside a couple SN offerings. the only appealing thing was the modest "an ipa" on the top right corner of the label.

Pours dark caramel tone, brown to black with a skim compact white-ish head dissipating quickly but not without leaving its share of lacing behind.

Smell is complex, and probably the best of it. malty and yeasty, not the usual deal for an ipa by any means, only a slight scent of hops which were by no means the star here.

Nice soft blend, going swiftly from caramelised malts to a dry but balanced hoppy finish. thick oily bodied as well (a bit unexpected) with a nice soft fizzy deal going on. no undesirable aftertastes.

By all means a good drink.

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Photo of Amalak
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.

A. It has a caramel cloudiness to it. Basically opaque. Lots of sediment. It has a solid head that leaves some lacing.

S. Nice floral and bitterness.

T. Like the scent, very floral with a caramel sweetness. Solid bitter, but not over the top. Good balance.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy hop and a good carame sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront herbal hop spice followed by a subtly sweet grainy malt. Good pine notes as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty and smartly hopped IPA.

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