Lucky Kat | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Lucky KatLucky Kat

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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Photo of Kitt
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to pint, a solid, rich, orange-brown. One finger head dissipates rather quickly but leaves prominent lacing.

Aroma, un-remarkable. I'm not picking much up here. Mostly malt with some hint of straw hops. Either I'm congested, or there really isn't much to go on.

Taste is a bit surprising given aroma noted above. Palete met with a sharp cheddar-cheese like assault of bitter hops and weak malt background. Bitter flavor lingers quite well. Virtually no hint of any citrus like many in its class; said citrus might balance well with the sharp bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel is okay, seems a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkibility is adequate.

Overall, I'm not finding much to this IPA beyond the sharp bitterness. Definitely is lacking an eclectic hoppy, pine, citrus, or malty mix - any of which would provide a pleasant backbone to balance the rather mundane hop flavor. Although I like bitter hops,there isn't much else here.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma notes a rather prominent yeast aroma which prevents the hope character from showing forth enough. Too bad. A green, somewhat grassy aroma and a dull generic hop quality.
Smallish but dense head with lacing. Darker amber of orange and gold and slightly cloudy.
Light soft watery start before a thundershower of hops appear simultaneously with green weedy grassy taste and a pronounced bitterness that doesn't let up for a good long while. The bitterness then blends into a mild dryness. As warms some malty almost fruity sweetness appears. That's nice.
Fully carbonated leaving it more filling than the lighter body would indicate.
This isn't a beer I'd search out or even greatly look forward to, but it's a decent drinker and worth an imbibe.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another magic hat from the spring variety pack...

Pours from the bottle a deep amber with reddish hues, light head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. not great presentation but the deep amber is nice looking.

Smell is weak on this one, picking up some malty notes and mild hops, with a bready/biscuity scent too.

Taste is actually an ok combination of malt and mild citrusy hops. Read a few reviews that pin pointed this as closer to a strong ale, with stronger malt notes rather than hops and I kind of agree.

Mouthfeel is nicely bitter, with lightly lingering flavors, but nothing strong.

I find this to be a relatively easy drinking beer, but i'm not sure if i want to have more than 2. Overall, an ok brew.

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Photo of tjd112
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Cloudy amber with finger head and

Smell - Citrus, pine, and some bread

Taste - Very hoppy, yet bready at the same time

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy with a dry finish

Drinkability/Overall - A good representation of the style

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark amber with a half finger tan head Very good retention and sticky lacing on this one (I live near Vermont though, it's fairly fresh).

S - Pine, citrus, and has a sour bready aspect to it. Not as much hop aroma as I was hoping for.

T - A fairly balanced APA, but not exactly what I would consider an IPA. Slightly bitter, dry finish with hints of dark fruit. Not enough hop flavor for me, and I am not tasting the Amarillo hops as much as I was hoping to. It's not a bad pale ale though.

M - Oily with a medium-full body.

D - It could be sessionable but I am going to reach for something else after this one.

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Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a let-down here - not sure what Magic Hat had in mind - this beer seems to be getting very wide distribution, so I expected something a bit more inspired. Nice deep gold fading to amber color, but the hopping was a nondescript, uninteresting generic bitterness. Not bad, but certainly not something a cared for a second of. For the American IPA, this is a scared kitty.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brandished copper alloy body. Thick looking.. Bubbly dirty white head on top. Lace is pretty full. Aroma is juicy hops and resiny and a little smoky too. Lots of nice things going on here. Fairly bright hoppiness to this beer. Bitterness is felt quite nicely. Toffeeish malt backbone. There's a little griminess to this that I like in my IPAs if incorporated the right way. Body is medium-full. Quenching aspect to this as well. It's doing quite the job of cleansing my palate of all the salty residue left behind from a Wisconsin Fish Fry tonight.

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Photo of Pencible
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear gold with moderate off-white head. It smelled like faint orange and lemon hops with bready yeast. It tasted like dirty lemon and orange hops, and some bready yeast. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a dirty aftertaste. Overall this was a bad brew, and one of the dirtiest IPAs I've ever had. It was missing all the bright, bold, sharp, clean flavors that make the style worth drinking. Instead this was bland and worthless. It had moderate body, which is the best thing I can say about this beer.

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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 DosBeerigos
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

C. Clear
H. Copper/Dark Orange
N. Strong Pine and Floral Scents

Well most beers from Magic Hat are usually a bit off of their original descriptions. #9 is an IPA with apricot, the Odd Notions are randomly brewed with odd recipes, and other seasonal and regular offerings are just a tad bit off of the "norm". Lucky Kat is not that. This is a standard IPA, a little darker and maltier than most, but never the less a straight forward IPA. That said, I like it. Great blend of Hops and Malt. It isn't overly hoppy or super strong with malt. Easy to drink and maybe that's why Magic Hat offers this bad boy year round. Nice off white head...not "super sexy" cause it disappears rather quickly. I would recommend this to anyone that like a standard IPA that's a bit darker.

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Photo of mgbickel
2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a thick, three finger, pearl head. Wow...this foam has some stayin' power! Very slow dissipation, down to a single finger thick layer; left a thick blanket of lace on the sides of the glass. The body is a hazy combination of orange, amber and golden hues.

The nose is pretty weak...meh. Some hops up front...more on the piney side. You can also pick up a sour, yeasty aroma in the background.

Hmm...the flavor of this beer reminds me more of an American strong ale rather than an IPA. Fermented fruits and malts up front that fade into a slightly hoppy (bitter) finish. The bitter end is not pleasant though...burnt rubber-ish...blah.

Light-medium mouth feel, slightly oily with mild carbonation.

This is somewhat drinkable. You get used to the finish eventually, making it tolerable. I would not reach for this if I want an IPA though...

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Photo of notdan
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this for the first time on my ski trip to Stowe, Vermont.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with bubbly head that leaves lots of lacing down the side. Smells of citrus hops, though it is a bit subdued, likely be due to the beer nearing its 'best drunk before' date. Still enough flavour, and while not as hoppy as it might have been when super fresh, it has a good balance of citrus/piney hops and caramel malts. Great mouthfeel, and very easy to drink. I kinda wish I had bought more than one of these, but I'm doing my best to try as much as I can before heading back to Canada.

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Photo of droomyster
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a double finger of clingy head. Aromas are surprisingly subdued, tending towards the piney, resinous side of the hop universe with a lot of biscuity malts. The taste is more balanced than most IPAs, with a good amount of toasty and biscuity malts supporting the hops, whose profiles expands on the palate to include a loamy soil element that I enjoy. A bit simple but enjoyable to drink all on its own.

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Photo of drdr48
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As other reviewers have stated there's nothing offensive about the beer just very unimpressive a bit boring, not a characteristic one looks for in an IPA.

Light on the nose, medium carbonation with a dry finish. low ABV for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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 animalchin
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much darker than most IPA's I've had. The head is very rocky and retains for a long time. Very impressive lacing. Hops take over most of the smell, maybe a little too much. Some dark cherry in the nose as well. A lot of hop in the taste, complemented by some pine needles and orange. Heavy carbonation going on. Doesn't taste like a typical IPA. Not surprised by Magic Hat though. They seem to put their own spin on all styles. Works for some, not for others.

I guess I'd have it again though.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky Kat pours a nice orange amber with an off white head that falls relatively quickly leaving modest amounts of oily lacing behind.

The aroma has a good amount of pungent citrusy hops with some pale malts.

The flavor has a nice fruity profile with a grapefruit bitterness from a respectable hop presence. Pale bready tasting malts, light caramel with a light saltiness on the tongue. Quite good! Finish is long and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium, nicely creamy and smooth. Carbonation seems just right as well.

A very good basic IPA, highly drinkable. So far after tasting two different styles from Magic Hat I have to say I'm impressed.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. there was a thin amout of head that quickly dissipated and average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, caramel and grain, with a touch of hops.

T: Like the smell, this one tasted like caramel, grain and malt. Not nearly as much hops as you'd expect in an IPA.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Like so many Magic Hat brews, this beer is solid and drinkable, but pretty unspectacular.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, good off-white head, nice lacing, faint, sweet smell. Light amber copper color. Taste is pretty mild, hop dominant but not as hoppy as most IPAs. Tastes more like a standard pale ale. Grassy, wood-like aftertaste. Loads of carbonation, medium body. Drinkability is fine. I liked this but in an ocean of IPAs this doesn't exactly stand out.

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Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a think white head and nice lacing.

Lots of caramel in the nose with floral notes and bits of citrus.

Pear, apple and sweet grapefruit come through with a bit of mango. There is a tangy bite and lots of caramel sweetness to battle it out with those fruity esters and hops. Nice biscuity notes with plenty of maltiness. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium with a sharp finish. Plenty of carbonation adds to the zing! Delicious

A nice addition to Magic Hat's arsenal.

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Photo of beeroclock
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a brownish gold color with slight head. Smelled of a floral hoppiness. Taste opened up a little after a few swallows, had a caramel aftertaste with some hops at the tongue. Little carbonation, some blandness at the palette. Meaty IPA. It's decent but nothing special.

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Photo of Andreji
4.07/5  rDev +15%
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 mostpoetsdo
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An cloudy dark amber with a nice thick white head. Leaves behind nice lacing.

S: Mainly floral hops. Also a little malt.

T: The nose leads on, but a better taste. This was the first beer off a new keg, and it was really good. Nice fresh floral hop, but decently balanced with sweet malt, then a citrus hop finish. One of the better Magic Hat beers.

M: Not too thin, about right for an IPA.

D: This is a very solid IPA, nice hop flavor, low ABV, a winner for sure.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. It had a two finger head that is off white and had some nice lacing. The color of the beer is a dark golden. The head went away very quickly. The beer smelled of hops, malt, yeast, and had some floral notes. It tasted of hops and malt with some floral notes. The mouthful was crisp and nicely carbonated. I thought this was a average IPA.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper hue with a slight translucent haze. 1.5 fingers of golden brown creamy head that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of pine.

T: Sweet caramel malt up front mixed with bready piney finish. Slight hints of toasted almonds detected in the finish as well.

M: Thin to medium bodied ale. Carbonation fades rather quickly.

D: Good drink ability for this one. Although the flavor was not overly enjoyable for me to go back for more than a couple of them.

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Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
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