Lucky KatMay 1, 2008 Burlington, VT
Magic Hat Brewing Co.
Available: VT, NH, MA, CT, NY, PA, NJ, DL, MD
Lucky Kat is Magic Hat’s newest year-round beer.
Alcohol (vol): 5.8
Alcohol (wt): 4.6
Original gravity: 1056
Orange-amber color, with nice lacing in the head. Huge citrus, piney, honey-drenched, caramel-coated aroma and flavor. An earthy, grapefruit-rind, resinous texture and flavor emerge on the palate and dominate the finish. A somewhat aggressive beer, desperately seeing a person — or possibly food — to match.
- John Hansell
A slightly hazy rust in hue, this IPA has a distinctly spicy aroma with notable dry-hopped fresh hop notes and an undercurrent of something approaching toasted sesame seeds and pine nuts. On the palate, it delivers a quick hit of almost bubblegummy fruit — cherry and generic red berry flavors — before the hops move in and take over completely. This isn’t aggressive in the double IPA sense, as it has neither the alcohol nor the malty body to merit that description, but it sure as hell makes its hoppy presence known. Hopheads will love it; personally, I’d prefer this kitty a bit more tamed.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell is an equal-opportunity drinker. He writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher & editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Stephen Beaumont boarded his first plane at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since, obsessing about travel to the point that he gets nervous if he doesn’t have a ticket or two stacked on the corner of his desk. When he’s not running around in search of new taste experiences, he makes his home in Toronto, where a new cultural experience is only as far away as the next neighborhood.
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