Monday, January 18, 2010

202. Magic Hat Lucky Kat IPA

“Beer kitty, kitty!”

Magic Hat Brewing Company is in South Burlington, VT. I’m still pissed that they stopped making Fat Angel—not only is that a sweet name, it was a sweet beer. I’m not sure Lucky Kat makes up for Fat Angel, but...

Lucky Kat has a flat caramel nose, and not much else in terms of aroma. The color is a cloudy dark copper with an ivory head. Elli’s cantankerous nature was in full swing this evening—her response to “how does this start?” was “well, first, I pick up my glass.” Lucky Kat starts with a big rounded malt sweetness—there are good amounts of caramel and biscuit playing across the palate—before moving into a dry flat malt taste with low levels of bitterness and some slight spicy hop flavor in the middle, and ending with a return of the caramel flavors with a biscuit undertone, but not much in the way of bitterness. Lucky Kat is medium-bodied with a medium-to-low level of carbonation—it doesn’t play a large part in the overall mouthfeel. As a whole, there is a good malt profile—the biscuit and caramel flavors are well developed—but it needs a larger hop presence to justify the IPA label. And how does it finish? “Well, when I’m done, I put my glass down, and decide if I want another.” Smartass.

From the Magic Hat website: “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.”

Man, forced rhyming AND tedious prose. Everyone knows that those two are two great tastes that taste great together.

ABV: 5.8%
IBU: 60
OG: 14.2° P
Malts: Pale, Munich, Crystal, & Cara
Hops: Amarillo & Crystal


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