Review - Magic Hat Brewing Company's Lucky Kat
"IPA...India Pale Ale? Imperial Pale Ale? The IRRESISTIBLE Pale Ale with the big hop bite! A deep golden IPA with a firm malt body, finishing with a big hop aroma. Beer Kitty, Kitty...." -- Magic Hat Brewing Company
Pours a medium amber/orange hue with a swirling of cloudy carbonation from the hard pour, creating a frothy off-white head with good retention leaving a thin wispy lacing behind. The body has settled out to an orange/reddish color with excellent clarity. Aroma is distinctly hoppy with copious amounts of perfumy hops providing a very enticing experience. A simultaneous 'wow' was let out, as a tsunami of bitterness washed over our tongues, leaving us dry and thirsty for more. The finish mellows out a bit with a less aggressive but equally enjoyable taste with a sour fruit, grapefruit-esque tang. Body is light and watery with a slightly dry mouthfeel and festive carbonation. For their latest full year beer, Magic Hat appears to have a winner, creating a more enjoyable, style-true IPA than they had in the H.I.P.A (which is a seasonal). The Lucky Kat, while not built to please the over the top hopheads, will in fact fill the gap just between entry-level IPAs (think Harpoon IPA) and the more aggressive, less balanced guys. This should be bottled and sold as cologne. Eau de Lucky Kat. Meow.
Reviewed on March 11th, 2008.