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 kzoobrew
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body is slightly hazy, golden amber in color. Very minimal fizzy white head is set atop. While the head is rather meager, there is a surprising amount of decent lacing. Retention is very adequate.

Hops display less prominence than I would like. Toasted biscuity malt and a fruitiness are fairly strong. Hops are lightly citric and floral.

Toasted malt base and mellow citrus hops balance quite well, a bit too well for an IPA. Fruitiness is strikingly similar to #9. Subtle spiciness lingers and leaves a light chalky flavor on the tongue.

Body is light, crisp with moderate carbonation. Finish is rather dry.

Quite drinkable though would not be something I reach for often. Flavors seem off for the style and falls a little short in general.

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

It pours a hazy dark amber/light brown color with a two inch light tan head. There's great retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is ok. There's a light hop profile with a light citrus and a nice floral note. There's a bit of fruit as well.

The taste is ok. It's sweet, with a pale malt and a light hop profile with some floral notes and a light bitterness. It reminds me almost exactly of a beer I used to drink in Kansas at the 23rd St Brewery.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big dose of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is fine, but nothing great. It's pretty much a standard IPA, not much to say about it really.

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Photo of MNJR
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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 JustinJTisdale
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer off the tap is great! I get this at the bar I work at all the time and although its not the best IPA Ive ever had I will continue to drink it quite often.

The smell is very fruity and hoppy and the taste although citrusy is not overbearing. The head on this beer sticks for days (at least off the tap) and leaves a nice lacing inside the glass.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark amber color. Head is a bit thin and doesn't stay long, but leaves some stringy lace.
Smells mildly floral and fruity. No harsh piney or citrus in the nose. There's also a generous amount of sweet malt aroma.
Flavor and body both seem a bit thin. Hops have almost no bite and little bitterness. I was also expecting something a bit more substantial in the malt department. Finishes clean; too clean for an IPA in my opinion.
Light body/mf bordering on watery.
It's not bad, and certainly would be a good summertime refresher, but not one of the better IPA's out there. A bit bland.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From "Feast of Fools" Winter '09 variety pack.

Pours a copper-orange with a nice two-finger head that sticks around. Good amount of lacing.

Main thing I'm smelling is the hops, but the scent is pretty muted overall.

Taste is about the same... mild floral hops followed by equally mild malts with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Restrained, but balanced.

Very nice feel; not too thin or thick and a nice level of carbonation.

Drinks pretty easy and doubt the slightly higher abv will slow me down in the least. ;)

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Photo of hdofu
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orangeish beer with an off white head. This is quite a hoppy beer. The smell I pick up is hopps and lots of it. Taste is a little smokey with a thick hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit of alcohol burn and a light body. Quite refreshing and worthy of a second helping.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from the holiday sample pack. Very slight golden-amber appearance with some excellent lacing from the large head it had from the pour. There is a dull, almost blunt burnt smell of the grainy hops. Florals help even it out a bit. Decently hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Slightly dull carbonation but still packs an ok punch. Overall, not too bad.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Bright copperish color, with two finger thick off white head that has nice lacing.

S: Burnt grainy hops, mild malts.

T: Initially a sweet floral hoppiness followed by a yeasty breadiness with a mildly bitter hop finish.

M: Light and crisp.

D: This is a crowd pleaser. Overall, this is a good, solid brew from Magic Hat.

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Photo of wingman14
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around. Smells mostly hoppy with some sweet notes. Taste starts mildly hoppy with some malt, stays mild until the finish and aftertaste which has a bit more hop flavor and a very slight bitter aftertaste. This one has a light mouthfeel, and a smooth feel. This is an easy drinker, a mild IPA, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of armock
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a copper color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of caramel malt upfront with light hops for an IPA

T - Follows the smell caramel malt first then the hops

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I was a little disappointed with this beer it's pretty weak for an IPA to me it's more like a pale ale but it's still a drinkable beer but there's better IPAs out there

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory Pint. Best by October notched on the back label. Poured a semi-translucent copper with a one inch bright white dollop of foam. Head eventually settles into a thin, consistent cap with generous lacing and excellent adhesion. Mild nose - some citrus and a suggestion of a light malt bill. Taste follows nose, but also a little astringency and a slight skunky quality that came out in the nose following the cap pop, and also seems to be a part of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a carbonation level that starts out even and then seems to prickle the middle of the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Not sure if this bottle was past its prime, but it just wasn't anything special.

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

after have this beer a bunch of times i decide to finally to review this beer.
Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
appearance : deep amber color with nice lacing.
smell hoppy but isn't too strong
taste balanced between hops and malts
good mouth feel and drinkability

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Photo of Nipitato
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Good burnished copper hue. Good clarity. Thin white head with good stand.

S: Caramel malt aroma with lots of mineral notes. Not particularly hoppy.

T: Beer has a nice bitterness that crescendos. Strong caramel malt base. Hoppiness is tinny/metallic. Grapefruit character as well.

MF: Medium body. Well carbonated. Dry finish.

D,notes: A nice not too hoppy IPA.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish honey color with just a touch of haze. A light tan head that stays aloft reasonably well. Nice lacing.
Smell is malty, fruity and a lot less hops that I would expect.
Well the hops make an appearance in the taste but not in a good way. Still malty but watery at the same time then the hops follow but rather mild and just end up leaving a bitter aftertaste in the back of my mouth.
On the heavy side of light with some oiliness. Fairly subdued carbonation.
I can get it down alright but wouldn't buy this one. A mediocre offering from Magic Hat.

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

Review from notes taken hours before typing this in on 12 13 09. Poured from the 12 oz. beer that I received at a party thrown by a co worker of my wife's. Thanks Jennifer and Dan for the kind offer of this beer. Poured into a cool Alaskan Brewing Company pint glass provided by Dan.

A Light brown body, slightly cloudy with a minimal, creamy head. Some lacing. 3.5

S Distant smell, little hops with some malt. This smelled less hoppy than I thought it might. 3.0

T Barley and hops predominate. Beer has a moderate bitterness but none of these tastes are strong or interesting. 3.0

M Moderate feel, beefed up by some of the hops and barley malt and it remained creamy too. 3.5

D Fair to good. I finished the pint glass without too much trouble.

Notes: Not sure what the beer style/taste has anything to do with Lucky Kat or Halloween (if that is the holiday that it is in honor of). This is a fine beer but not one that I would seek out again. That has generally been the way for Magic Hat for me so far.

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Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with an off white head. Leaves thin patches of lacing behind.

Citrus aromas hit the nose along with some spices from the hops.

Taste is hoppy with orange rind and lemon flavors. Malt brings in a bit of buttered biscuit flavor. Smooth throught the swallow yet finishes dry on the palate.

Medium bodied with plenty of spritzy carbonation.

Overall, not a bad choice. Well balanced with just the right amount of hop flavor. This Kat is certainly a lucky one and should go a long way.

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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 mnrider
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Brown Bottle. Fresh to date. "Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal" under cap.

A: Pours a cloudy copper color. With a half inch of bubbly white head. Leaves small amount of lacing. Head shrivels to a thin layer.

S: Tangy aroma with a hop flavor that is earthy.

T/M: Mmmm, Good. Very smooth and creamy. Sweet caramel malts. Hops balance this brew out nice, as they are not to overpowering. Finishes with a bit of hop spices.

D: Very good brew from Magic Hat. One of the better ones from them. I could drink many Lucky Kats.


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Photo of northaustin
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellowish amber with two fingers of even white head. nice retention and spotted stringy lacing.

smell: no hops present, big ricey bmc type smell for sure but less appalling.

taste: actually has a nice balance of bittering hops and sweet malts. some flavor hops but no biggey.

mouthfeel: very smooth, a nice hop oilyness in the end, very subtle and sweet.

drinkability: not enough hops for me to consider this an ipa. if anything its a lighter pale ale. very sessionable though.

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Photo of ollie78
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very nice golden amber hue

S: Mellow hoppy

T: The flavor covers every aspect of my mouth. The flavor has citrus hints. Refreshing.

M: To piggyback on the taste, the beer flows smoothly to every region of my mouth. Like water to the desert.

D: A beer I would recommend and have no problem purchasing on a consistent basis.

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

This was in the winter mixed pack. For once, the bottle gives some clue what kind of beer it is.

Poured into a pint glass. A one-inch head on top of this one faded to a cap, and leaves full lacing all the way around. Dull coppery color.

Bitter aroma of grapefruit rind with a little sweetness in the malt underneath. Lack of depth in the hop aroma.

Goes for puckering bitterness. Hop character is ill-defined, with just a bit of acidic citrus character. Not a fresh hop flavor really. The malt is kind of musty and earthy. Leaves plenty of lingering bitterness. I know this beer cannot be all that old, so I'm pretty sure the lacking flavor is due to low quality ingredients. Definitely some buttery flavor in there.

Feel is okay. Carbonation is not too busy. There's about as much body as would be expected.

In the crowded IPA market I can't see any reason to ever buy this. This is a boring IPA, and not a great beer choice in general. I'd take any number of macro pilsners over this probably. The long-lingering bitterness is not real inviting, so this is not an easy drinker.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed pack.

"Without hops the world stops," under the cap. Maybe for some, but could you imagine time stopping simply because hops no longer exist? Hmmm...perhaps.

A: Pours a cloudy gold/copper with a slight head and scant lacing. Appropriate appearance of a good IPA.

S: Hops dominate the smell along with some citrus and herbal notes. The scent is quite hoppy, but how hoppy is it really?

T: Hops and grapefruit with slight herbal and bitter hop aftertaste. For a hoppy brew, it's pretty balanced and not over powering. Very nice indeed.

M: Well carbonated and a bit prickly due to the hops, and somewhat creamy and thick. Good, sturdy mouthfeel.

D: I never really liked IPA's until recently. I'm starting to understand the appeal. Lucky Kat is definitely a drinkable brew that is easy to drink considering it's moderate IBU (58)

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