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 number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper color, some bubbles rising to the top and about two fingers of creamy ivory head. Keeps a pretty chunky, thick lace and leaves a mess on the sides.

Smell has a light fruitiness and an herbal, earthy sort of hop character, as well. A hint of caramel malt and some grain, too.

Taste is much like the smell, but the biscuity, grainy malt characters are more dominant as is a good dose of herbal, earthy hop bitterness. Some fruity flavor, too, and some resiny pine maybe, but not a ton of hop flavor imo. Hop bitterness lingers long into the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty crisp and smooth.

Decent and drinkable, but not a brew I'd find myself coming back to with any regularity.

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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 coalcracker
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Even gold appearance with good carbonation and head.
Smell: Pronounced floral aroma immediately, also a piney element. Seems to dissipate quickly.
Taste: Pleasant hop bite upon first taste that has a orange citrus type of taste. The hop bitterness lasts throughout the tasting and comprises most of the aftertaste. Not a lot of malt representation here.
Mouthfeel: Not a lot of hop slickness. Overall a medium-bodied feel.
Drinkability: Not bad for someone looking for a basic IPA. I'm not someone who believes IPAs (esp stronger and/or DIPAs) are optimal for session, but in this context- drinkable.

Overall, a representative IPA with nice qualities.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night on tap at Vintage in Abington, PA watching the John McNutt band.

Pours a bright straw hue topped with a scant cap from a super frothy pour.

nose is well balanced with a carmel meets soft grapefruit hops.

First swigs: Bright dry hop sizzle with a touch of toasted malt backing. Reminds me a lot of their Hi-PA little brother. Somewhere in there is an oak dryness with a thin to medium body.

Last swigs: A decent American IPA. I happen to know that the keg was fresh because it wasn't there last week. This seems like it would die on the vine if left too long sitting. A delicate lil' number.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a slightly hazy amber gold with a frothy off white 2 fingered height head. The head lasted for a good 2 minutes.
S: The nose is floral and hoppy with a hint of citrus. The hops flavor here feels slightly drying but it tastes delicious and flowery! Earthy and breadlike. The caramel malt flavor balances the brew nicely even though dominated by the hops it works. I would gladly down 3 or 4 of these in one sitting. The sweetness and dryness would get to me after that. Nothing stellar, but its interesting enough.

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

medium dark amber..almost bronze in color.Nicely carbonated.
Lacing left in abundance as I drank the beer.
Smell was rather pleasant...almost nondescript though. hints of hops and a slight maltiness mixed.
Taste is smooth well balanced with hops and malt.
A slight touch of bitterness left as the beer disapears. The bitterness is now lingering for a while.
Mouthfeel is above average.

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Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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 deltatauhobbit
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/amber color with a good frothy head and tons of lacing, good retention in that there's still a foamy layer on top throughout.

Smell is all hops, very earthy and bitter, not much else though, but what there is of is very strong.

Taste starts out with a decent malt backing then transitions into a nice bitter aftertaste that stays quite long, good creamy texture from the head along with great carbonation.

A good IPA effort from Magic Hat, I believe this one replaces Blind Faith and is a good replacement.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't compare this one to Fat Angel, the Lucky Kat's predecessor, since I never had it. The Lucky Kat pours a nice copper, pretty well carbonated, with a great head that stayed at almost a finger the whole way down. Smell is of fruity yet piney hops, and I agree with previous reviews that at first taste this brew seems a little sharp. But the beer tastes quite nice, not as heavy as other IPAs, which can be a good thing: not overpowering. There is a breadiness and bitterness that lingers on the palate, and the piney hops can be refreshed with each sip. A good brew.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a good amount of carbonation and a nice white head that stays throughout the beer.
Smells primarily of hops and a bit of citrus.
The taste is primarily of strong citrusy hops. There is a bit of a dry, biscuity taste at the end as well.
Mouthfeel is not as smooth as the usual Magic Hat. Fairly sharp going down.
Nothing incredibly great going on with this beer. It is much too sharp for me to drink more than a couple of these.

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Photo of 6470zzy
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With a vigorous pour this amber colored brew gives up a good two finger off-white frothy head. Head retention was average, but the lacing was beautiful.

I am getting a total aroma of piney goodness from this one. It reminds me of the pine forests of my childhood.

The body seems to me a little bit on the light side and the hop bitterness kicks in on the way home. I would have liked to have seen a rad more malto-dextrines in this one but overall a solid replacement for Fat Angel. This is definitely a brew that I won't shy away from when I belly up to the bar.


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

A: Poured into a pint glass, the body is orangey-copper in color with a 1-finger off-white head on top. Leaves some lace on the way down.

S: Sweet orangey-citrus with a touch of grapefruit or lemony bitterness.

T: Honey-sweet malt early, with a dry, lemony bitterness at the end of the sip and a nice palate-cleansing dryness. There is a slight coppery metallic taste, however, that detracts from the overall taste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, decent carbonation but somewhat slick.

D: Pretty good.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of garcia2a
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deer amber color, clear with little carbonation. These is a white, tenacious head that slowly dissipated to an inner ring about 5-6 minutes post first sip.

The bouquet is lighter than I expected. Crisp hops and toasted malt on the nose. A slight banana tone on the bouquet finish.

There are fine hops on the taste, not overpowering, just enought to leave a wonderful aftertaste. The malt balances nicely with its toasty flavors.

Mouthfeel is decent, making this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of redmagik99
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange, small receding head. smells fruity and hoppy (simcoe or amarillo?) and corny. That corniness comes in the taste too - a little bit off. Not sure if it's what you'd call "husky" and I don't think any adjuncts were used, so I don't know what the deal is with that. Either way, it's still pretty good. Piny (but not very citrusy) hops dominate as they should in an IPA but there's a significant caramelly malt balance too. Nice. Decent level of carbonation, a little oily, goes down easy. Not my favorite from the magic hat lineup but a good backup beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber golden. Thin white head,with good retention,and lacing. Aroma is of citrus,and bread.Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a good balance of hops and malt. Fruity,but with a nice buttery balance. You will want more than one!

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Newcastle pint glass.

A: Poured a deep and vibrant copper amber body with a sturdy head of white foam from a semi-agressive pour.

S: Smells of citric and herbal hops with a sweet toasted malt profile and light buttery notes in the aroma.

T: A very tasty blend of sweet and rich layered malts, toasted grain, caramel and buttered biscuit. Added are the tangerine and grapefruit hops with an herbal menthol finish.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but so easy drinking it doesn't slow you down.

D: This is one fine drinking pale ale. Not too agressive in the hop department and pleasantly sweetened malt character make for a very drinkable ale.

Magic Hat keeps making leaps and bounds with their dark and interesting take on traditional beers styles. Call it what you will, but I Lucky Kat delicious.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy dark orange. Big fluffy head. Glows like a Christmas light. Really nice to look at.

Smell is a nice woody hop. Has pine notes and a hint of oak. Malt is a little sweet and biscuity. Nicely balanced woody IPA aroma.

The hops here have a distinct woody flavor, and tastes as if aged (briefly) in oak. Grassy and outdoorsy. Definite pine-oil taste. Could use a tad more balance, but it's good. A hint of bubblegum?

Feels thick and a little oily. Almost milky. Well-crafted. Smooths out toward the end. It has the taste of an honest-to-goodness Imperial IPA. Stronger than most Magic Hat fare. Woody, milky, and probably their most heavy regional offering.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy orange-amber color. Head simmered down to a pool.

smell - Smells of hops and citrus spice.

taste - Has a citrus spice and malt mix at first, but the hops come in real quick. It is not that overpowering though.

mouthfeel - Medium body and bitter.

drinkability - easy drinking beer, not too hoppy. Nice beer that was put together by magic hat.

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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 jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is piney hops with occasional sweetness and finishes hoppy with the typical lingering bitter aftertaste of an IPA. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a decent head. It has a citrus & hops aroma with some biscuit notes.
The taste was a well balanced malts and hops. It was sweet with a hint of caramel. I think the mouth feel was smooth with medium body and malts that went well with the sweets. A good session beer.

Notes: As the beer warms it loses some hops kick,the trick is not to let it sit too long.

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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 bonkers
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 ounce bottle into pint glass
A-Dark copper color, nice head with decent lacing
S-sweet citrus aroma
T-strong hop flavor right out front that mellows into a very pleasant after taste
M&T-feels great going down, not real heavy. A very drinkable beer.
Overall- Lucky Kat is a classic example of what an IPA should be.

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

A- Classic IPA copper color. Fluffy bubbly white head, possibly about two fingers.

S- Smell was of citrus hops, grapefruit, some caramel malts (faint).

T- Taste was very crisp and clean for an IPA. Bitter hop punch up front that kind of smacks your tastebuds around, but this lost some steam halfway through. Notes of citrus fruits and spices, as well as sweet malts. Nice balance.

M- Mouthfeel was light bodied and highly carbonated.

D- Excellent sessionable IPA. My only complaint is that the hop punch lost some hair half way through.

Give it a try!

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Lucky Kat from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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