BREWER: Crafty Cats Brewing Company, Berkshire, England
STYLE: Pale Ale
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 6th March 2022
Because I had a part in KC coming to life it is VERY hard to be subjective. Especially when your instant thoughts are that both packaging and beer are really f’ing good! But I’m sorry, they are. And whether you had a hand in it or not, it’s just a fact.
The Crafty Cats can art angle is GENUIS for me. Quirky feline characters giving their beer not just a character but an advantage over other shelf dwellers for not just simply looking awesome, but for being just a little bit different without trying too hard to be zany.
Beer wise what we have here is equally clever…
See, it’s not the greatest beer to ever be swilled but oh my, does it have some supersonic qualities!
The Citra hop level for this pale is absolutely on point. ON POINT. The balance provided by the other hops and additions of oats and wheat combined with the delicate touch in the brewing make this 4.7% brew very very quaffable indeed.
Last October I ran a can bar for a ‘beer fest’ and Kitten County featured alongside some fairly major players in the craft scene. It out sold every other beer by at least 2 : 1
Make of that what you will…
Cats cats cats
Jymi’s Rating: 85%
Kitten County… it sounds like a utopia. Who wouldn’t like to visit Kitten County? But, alas, it’s not a real place. It doesn’t exist on a map. Fear not though, it does exist in the beer world…
I’ve never smelt the insides of a kitten. Neither have I tasted one. Folks would find me strange if I did. But if I did, just try to imagine for a moment that it’s even possible, I can’t even begin to believe real kittens would be anything like Kitten County. You see, KC is so fresh on the nose it’s a delight. Sure, it’s fruity but it’s light and lemony. And the drinking is so crisp and citrusy it almost defies belief.
I want to say KC is like a lemon beer. But that’s just not doing it justice. The term lemon beer conjures up thoughts of a fruit beer that is awfully brewed with lemon syrup added to paper over all its flaws. What KC is, is a well conceived, well brewed and well delivered beer that culminates in a crescendo of beer lemon heaven.
KC might not be comparable to a kitten ladened utopia. Neither might it be anything like consuming any part of a kitten. But what it most definitely is, is a sublime example of citra beer.
Sammy’s Rating: 91%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 88%
MOB review next weekend: NZ PALE ALE by CASSELS
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze since 2017