Lucky Kat | Magic Hat Brewing Company

BA SCORE
81
good
480 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
480
Reviews:
321
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -71.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of mattcrill
2.22/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters. Carmel notes and sweet candied fruits. Hops? What? I must have missed them.

Appearance: Deep, clear amber colored pour. A sticky white head that retains reasonably well.

Flavor: Carmel malt notes up front. An earthy, spicy hop bitterness to balance. Some darker fruit notes in the background. Balance is nearly even. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: Not an American IPA. An American Amber at best. Way to carmelly and fruity for an IPA. Try again.

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Photo of blknikon
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served this beer on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY

I was initially surprised by the light copper color and very little head that greeted me.

Not impressed with this effort.

I thought it offered no balance and was way too sweet.

Initial hop bitterness but this doesn't last and you are left with a sweet aftertaste with no balance.

No hop flavor lingers.

Move onto your next available choice.

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Photo of jt31914
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Two fingers worth of head; darker for an IPA. The carbonation is very apparent from the pour.

S: Slightly hoppy - not very intense but a very pleasant smell. No form of grain or barley present.

T: Stronger than the smell. The bitterness of the beer was quite enjoyable and there was a distinct hop taste. This IPA was better than average in taste, but not the best I've had (it lacked the boldness of other great IPAs).

M: Very bubbly, not smooth at all. The beer became more malty as it warmed but was carbonated to the point that the mouth feel was the least enjoyable aspect of the beer.

D: Not the most drinkable beer, it would be hard to have more than one of this beer due to the strong bitterness and heavy carbonation.

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2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange with a fizzy one finger beige head that quickly fades into thin ring. Not much in the lacing department.

Very earthy dirt hop aroma with some dry pine notes and a bit of caramel malt that has some nut and biscuit character.

Very watered down with a lot of literally earthy hops up front that taste like dirt with a caramel biscuit malt backbone that provides a bit of balance and a very odd unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

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2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

20 oz pour at Suspenders, Wall St, Manhattan.

Medium amber arrived with almost no head; no lacing, either.

Aroma is redolent of piney and floral hops, smells pretty good. First sip is nice, unassuming malt delivers a fairly large wallop of hoppy flavor and then a rather tongue-searing bitter finish that lingers eternally. Taste is good but the effect is unbalanced, just not enough sweetness or other malt flavor to offset the bitterness; in the end complexity and drinkability suffer greatly. The bitter aftertaste accumulates to almost give a cigarette ash taste in the mouth. It's too bad, because the hops taste nice, but you can't just suck on hops (or at least I don't want to).

Food would likely redeem this beer, and the astringent sour bitterness might provide a nice counterpoint to St Louis BBQ ribs, or fries, or a burger drenched in KC Masterpiece; my ratings are for the beer standing alone.

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2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

**
07/26/2015

4 magic hat ipa’s side by side. 1 Electric Peel, 2 Encore (odd notion, wheat), 3 Lucky Kat, 4 HIPA. Flatened quickly. Tastes a bit watery compared to others. Faint ash in aftertaste drops this a bit. Not great."

**

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Photo of uziangis
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Awesome artwork, cool cat. Sweet notches in the label to tell you when the "best by" date is. Love the little sayings under the caps. Pours yellow-brown and settles light amber in the glass. Cloudy with very little fizz. Decent, foamy head.

Smell - Smells of malt and hops, just what I expected from an IPA, nothing special here.

Taste - Instant hoppy bite, followed by little to no creaminess. I was hoping for more flavor or some zing, also would have been better if it were a tad bit creamier.

Mouthfeel - Hoppy mouthfeel, pretty standard for an IPA, no point here for originality.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable if you like this style of beer, which I tend to. A pale ale would probably be more preferred by the average drinker.

This isn't as good as Blind Faith (by Magic Hat), and for a really good APA try Fat Angel (by Magic Hat).

This beer just doesn't stand up against the others of its kind by Magic Hat.

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2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It only goes downhill when the best comment you have about a beer is its artwork, albeit very impressive. Nevertheless, 12 oz. bottled poured into a Stone Brewing shaker.

Partially cloudy with faint carbonation and 1/4" head. If there was lacing, I might need corrective lenses.

The only thing I detected in the nose was biscuity malt.

Tastes like a bad mixture of sweet berries and syrup. The hops could be lurking, but are engulfed by the aforementioned ingredients.

Buttery with little carbonation. The aftertaste is actually better than the initial taste.

This was somewhat difficult to enjoy overall, so I'm confident I won't ask Lucky Kat for another date. I've consumed a lot of Magic Hat's line, and most of it tastes alike. I don't know if this is necessarily a good thing, but hey, at least they are consistent. Off the mark for an IPA, which despite the claim on the bottle, could be why the Bros. categorized it as a pale ale.

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2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Normally a Magic Hat lover I was left dissapointed with this entry to the lineup.

A - A nice penny brown color added to my anticipation however there was not much head on the pour, again this was dissapointing.

S - This aroma seems to lack the robustness of IPA's that I have become so aquainted with. An extremely light hop scent with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

T - Aroma and flavor are not very congruant. A bitter perfume like flavor that lacks the balance of malt. Aftertaste is slightly metallic.

M - Good mouthfeel on this for an IPA. Finishes in the back of the mouth.

D - I wouldn't say that its a bad beer, but I also wouldnt go out of my way to get it again. More balance would be a major benefit.

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2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.54 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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