Lucky Kat | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Lucky KatLucky Kat

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Presented as a double pale, with lots of amarillo hops. Very pleasant though the hops lead to an acidic bite. Pleasant aroma, a Magic Hat standard. Orange colour.There is some complexity there, spice, but the hops dominate even overwhelm the palate.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lucky Kat was the first IPA I ever had from Magic Hat. The Blind Faith hadn't been brought back yet so this was the only IPA they were doing at the time. This brew pours as a murky golden color with a white head. The aroma is pretty hoppy for the most part. The taste is bitter, it's got a pretty good hop bite to it and leave a decent aftertaste. This IPA is pretty good, I'm glad the Blind Faith is back though because I feel that one is the better of the two that they offer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Likely the best of the Magic Hat collection. Firmly malted with a flavorfull assault from the hops.

The beer begins with a strong malt base, taking on a lot of caramel flavors, malty sweetness, and a creamy malt texture. The hops weigh in with a deep, rounded flavor of orange zest, grapefruit, and other tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, and appricot. Bitterness slowly intensifies and eventually justifies the IPA levels. Very well balanced throughout- neither the hops or the malts dominate. In a style that heavity favors hops, this may be a deterant.

Malt flavors and textures begin to take on English Ale proportions, and lessens the crips, clean, well-attenuated properties typically found in American varieties. The caramel, toffee flavors and stickiness eventually wears on the palate and detracts from the drinkability.

Still, a nice beer and a welcome improvement for the Magic Hat line-up.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this, I've had it before in the past but not recently.

Definitely a different take on an IPA. Pours a very orange color, much different in hue than other IPA's, or even other beers in the market. Taste is full bodied and smooth with a kick of hops, but it isn't as hoppy as the usual IPA. This is still tasty though and I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a prodigious head; excellent retention and sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Biscuity malt and an earthy hop aroma

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that betrays a bit of caramel elements; by mid-palate the earthy, resinous hops add a nice bitter element; after the swallow, the flavor fades quickly, more like a pale ale than an IPA

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: For a pale ale, this is pretty nice, but it just doesn't stand up to the IPAs that are out there these days; still, very easy to drink; enjoyable

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see some new Magic Hat stuff here in NC.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper color with a very well defined frothy one finger white head that left a full ring of lace as it settled slowly.Aromas were a mix of caramel/bicuit malt and leafy hop,rather balanced for an IPA.Flavors had somewhat of an "English" IPA tone to them,bis firm lightly sweet malt base,finishing leafy with some citrus notes.Eh its not the type of IPA I usually jump at but its pretty good,its definently teetering on the pale ale style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LUCKY KAT. Clear copper body. Orange highlights. Frothy bone-white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Aroma offers notes of fruit (apple, apricot, orange rind) and a smear of butter over a dark caramel, almost scorched-sugar maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, with a zesty carbonic bite. Full flavored. Solidly bitter. Deeply caramelish and almost roasty but not quite there. Has a definitely deeply toasted edge. Leafy hops. Citrusy hops. Spicy hops. Finishes very long-lingering with lots of dark maltiness and hops. Dry. Bitter. A solid beer. Very British in nature, like a top-of-the-line bitter, or even a premium, extra-bitter Scottish ale (but without the buttery-edge). Enjoyable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, powdery, off-white head.

Smell: Pungent aroma of spiced citrus and flowers with a vague maltiness and small hint of biscuit crumbs.

Taste: A taste of toasted pale malts with a bit of hard candy sweetness. Citrus fruitiness with a light taste of spicy herbs. Just barely medium bitterness that rides out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An alright beer, that's for sure, but if the hops and bitterness were any lighter, I'd have to remove the 'I' from IPA. Appropriately listed on BA as a pale ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky caramel interior... fading to fuzzy amber at the edges. The sand colored crown has a fantastic texture. It's firm and creamy and rocky and sticky. Fine lace that resembles spray-on snow is plastered all over the upper portion of the pint glass. Interesting brewery, interesting looking beer.

The nose is on the balanced side for an IPA. The toasted earthiness of the Munich malt is as prominent as the fruitiness of the Amarillo and Crystal hops. I'm not sure that the ABV or the level of hopping qualify this kitty as an IPA. Let's see what the palate says.

Lucky Kat has too much of the mid-range malts for my taste. I like my APAs and IPAs to be primarily pale malted, so the hop flavor can come through relatively unchallenged. This is still good beer, but it isn't knocking my socks off.

An IBU count of 58 is respectable, and the beer is pretty bitter, so I'll grudgingly accept the IPA style classification. Maybe the brewers wanted to cater to those who dig session IPAs. Flavors include toasted grains, peanut skins, tea leaves and citrus zest. It wouldn't take more than a tweak or two for LK to earn a higher flavor score.

Even though I've had both bigger and smoother, the mouthfeel is one of the beer's two best features. It even qualifies as IPA-worthy. Zippy carbonation helps rather than hurts the cause.

If I had access to Magic Hat's lineup, Lucky Kat probably wouldn't be a regular purchase. That said, I'm enjoying it quite a bit because of the hop bill. Under the cap... "The Cosmic Wheel is a Very BIG Deal".

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed both the new twelve packs the other day as I had realized that there were 5 of the 7 beers in there that I have not had, and that was good enough for me. Went on an epic magic hat tasting last night and went through them all. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/05/2009.

Nice, lively pour on this one as the light amber color with a touch of gold highlights was well carbonated. Nice head of white pops up quickly and leaves a good bit of side glass lacing as it works its way down. Light pine and orange peel are mixed in with a very bready, biscuit like aroma, though it could have been a bit stronger. Smooth, bit heavier body here, but well carbonated took a bit away from the crispness of it and the bready flavor really seemed to take control of it mid way through. Light dry finish did not last long and the flavor faded out quickly.

Overall not bad offering here, average for an IPA but very drinkable. I could see myself throwing down more then a few of these.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six west. Poured at cellar temp into my session ale glass. The cap says "embrace alternative methods at this time"

A - Deep copper and ruddy brown hues w/ a lid that emerges from the top of the Dupont glass w/ 3 fingers of proud puffy cream w/ an ultra fine bead. There is a slight haze from the hops in the ale.

S - A nice floral hop scent w/ accents of woody hops w/ light pine and toasted malt + perhaps a dash of citrus under the biscuit in the aroma

M - Moderately carbonated w/ med body,mild bitterness for the style w/ a light sweet and dry malt texture. The feel is more astringent as it warms w/ an echo of bitterness in the mostly clean ale finish

T - A bit of sweet pale malt w/ a touch of bitter fruit and woody sappy hops w/ toasted malt as in the aroma. A gentle grapefruit nuance is noted as the ale warms. There is sweetness, but also a tart fruit(mango?) flavor that goes with it and the hops are more bitter as the beer is held in the mouth and they also seem spicier.

D - A very nice IPA w/ some balance. For me this Kat is Lucky and I hope to taste more since it was great on tap ( at Philly craft beer fest) and in the bottle

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color. Moderate lace left on the glass

This has the muddy hoppy smell of a British style bitter. Not nearly as floral as the typical American style.

The flavor follows the smell. Lots of earthy malt here. The hop bite is lighter than most IPA's. Really resembles the Brit's Bitter in taste as well. Good body for the style. The aftertaste is a mild bitterness with the remnants of the dirty, dry malt.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Under the cap reads "Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal". Did they save the cap for me or what? So the website say "Irresistible Pale Ale" yet the label reads "an IPA". We'll tag it as an IPA for now. Clear and bright copper color, a solid head forms from a sturdy pour. Light tangerine hop aroma from the Amarillo hops and a little herbal from the Crystal, clean toasted grain and a mild buttery note in the back of the nose. That trademark Magic Hat smoothness is there, the biscuity and caramel malt tone battles it out with the hop bitterness. A stale mate as both walk away in a balance manner. Maltiness takes the low road and cover the palate with a caramel sweetness an bread crust biscuity tone. The hops take the high road with more flavor than bitterness yet there is a spicy prickly character upfront. Finish semi-sweet with a pinch of linger hop.

If this is Fat Angel's replacement than it a damn good choice. As far as the whole confusion of Pale Ale or IPA. One brewer's IPA is another brewer's Pale Ale. Either way, welcome to the beer world Lucky Kat, I am sure you'll find many friends.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange color with a thick 2 finger head of yellow stained head. Retains fairly well and laces decent along the glass. Nose is a nice mixture of both citrus hops and malty sweetness. Little bit of grain aroma fills out the rest of the nose. Taste is well balanced with a good ratio of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Low carb and medium feel. Very easy drinking. This isn't a beer with any outstanding qualities or flaws. Of the beers magic hat makes, this is probably my favorite to date.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This particular bottle cap read...steal this cap! Firkin witty bastards up at Magic Hat, hey guys another IPA alongside HiPA, cool you're not as lazy and unproductive as your caps would entail. Pours into my pint with some meringue head building layers of light khaki killer fine bubbled creaminess that leaves behind even scattered lacing. Aroma flows efficiently with bursts of citrus peel numbing the palate with a great orange quality in the nose that follows with herbal spicy qualities that include lemongrass with mild sweet biscuit and bread ridden malt tones. Sharply sweet malt and citrus fruit combo with earthy and grassy tobacco combinations becomes more and more freakish. I love a big juicy hopped up alpha acid infused IPA with some balance but these malt and hops are way to involved in a menagerie. An IPA should always let thee know who the victor is in the competition of malt versus hop, in this case it's either one of those split decisions or draws that nobody can stomach, especially after paying an additional fifty bones for some pay-per-view. Even a TKO would suffice but this one doesn't knockout or do anything extremely technical in my imbibing experience, a solid English/American IPA hybrid much like the vehicles driven around Vermont. Go for it and catch a ride in this cost effective fuel efficient house broken beast, thank god there's enough malt and oily lubrication from the hops to equate to a healthy mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty effortless continue to go forth and drink mind numbingly marketed craft beers with character even if the grateful dead and other rock legends must be bastardized...God Bless America and Magic Hat too!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a two finger bubbly off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and flowery hops, with a bit of sweet honey and caramel malt aromas. Taste is a bit floral earthy almost mineraly with a sweet malt edge. Sweet honey and maybe some brown sugar in there with a hint of butterscotch. Long lingering sweetness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation, with a watery/syrupy almost tart mouthfeel. Decent brew, but hardly an IPA. If it were a pale ale I might have scored it higher. Better than most magic hat brews, but pedestrian when compared to some other craft brew offerings.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hey big Shot, your breath is Rot."

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a crème head. Nose is pine and citrus hops. Flavor is bark, bitter dirt-like hops. Minor bitterness. Typical feel on the liquid and the carbonation is pretty full. This is a nice APA. Nothing crazy though.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before end of June:

Pours copper with a one-finger head that thins, but lasts. A moderate amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of pale malt with citric fruitiness.

The taste is of citric, tangy fruitiness with balancing malty/grainy sweetness. As it progresses, maltiness overtakes hop bitterness. An apricot-like fruitiness is also present - making it somewhat like a touch of #9 with more hops (and diacetyl). There is butter mixed in, detracting from the taste a bit. Mild alcohol in the bitterish, then sweet finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbnonation. I was between scores on the feel, but the buttery slickness interferes too much, making it more slippery than smooth.

It certainly has the brewery's stamp on it. Drinkable enough if you don't mind minor distractions. Had more potential in the initial sips. Could be better, could be much worse.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's an old adage that goes, "lucky at beer, unlucky at cats"...wait, that's not right. Or is it?

My adoration of the works of George Herriman predisposes me to like things that spell cat with a 'k'. My passion for the oevre of Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson finds me liking grinning felines when I find them. Will this happen when I open a bottle of Lucky Kat, "an IPA"? Let us hope so.

Lightly hazed, amber to reddish hue, nice, lasting milky white head.

Aroma: there's some hops, some character, but it's terribly muted. I sniff and search, and while there's some hop aroma, it doesn't really stand out and make itself heard and known.

On tasting, bitterness arrives, and apricot shows itself, malt mixes well with hops here. However, a problem appears that I often encounter with the Magic Hat beers. Nothing seems to set it apart and make it exceptional. I can drink it, and pass some pleasurable time, but can't rave or rouse at all. It's acceptable, in a way, but nothing I would choose over any other IPA...drinkable, sinkable, but not overly outrageously ravishing, amazing, stupendous or stargazing.
I'd down one in a pinch, though.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, drink before end notched onto the rear label...pours darker honey amber, near clear, light tan head, typical lightish lacing. Minor grainy hop nose. Easy drinking and likely crowd pleasing. But with its minor hop bite, this one feels unsatisfying and middle of the road in approach, ultimately quite forgettable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love IPAs and have recently made a study of them a priority, especially american IPAs. I had this one in a bar in the D.C. area, served from a bottle into a pint glass. There was very little head and almost no aroma. Some hop bitterness but not very much. The beer was copper / amber and mostly clear. There wasn't much to notice in the flavor of the beer. I was able to drink it rather fast so I guess the drinkability was fine but overall this is an average uninteresting beer. I had high hopes so maybe I'm not being completely fair. I just wanted more.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bitter hop scent that is accompanied by a roasted/sweet crystal malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop bite that quite grapefruity. The malt base is inadequate. This is a lopsided beer. I'm guessing Chinook hops with this one. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very hoppy ale. I wish it had a little more mouthfeel and malt character. It's just a hop bomb.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some hops, very slight citrus. The taste is sweet, bitter, some hops/malts. Medium body. Drinkable, not a very good example of an IPA.

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