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Having had one as a childhood pet, I have a special love of black cats.  She was named Eddie, after Edgar Allan Poe, and that cat and I had a real affinity for one another; sharing in common a healthy appetite and more than a few personality quirks.  She was never really comfortable around a majority of the people she encountered, though I rather quickly became one of her favorite humans.  Black cats also happen to be a popular Halloween image, so picking up a can of this beer was an easy choice.

Beer Name: The Cat’s Meow

Brewery: Exhibit A Brewing Company (Framingham, MA)

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.5%

Description: Labeled “catnip for humans,” this IPA was brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops.  You can check out the website for more about this beer and all matters related to the brewery.  Oddly enough, this was another brew canned on 09/18 – the day of my wedding anniversary.  Considering how much my wife and I love Halloween, this must be some kind of sign.

Appearance: It had a cloudy, just barely translucent golden-yellow/pale orange body topped by a thin layer of white foam.

Smell: Fruity, citrus sweetness with a piney bitterness on the backend.

Taste: Started out with a light, slightly sweet malt presence upfront.  That was followed by a mild blend of fruits featuring various tropicals, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.  A subtle haze of hops came over the beer on the finish, bringing in a mix of resinous pine and floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decidedly creamy feel to it.  Less than moderate level of carbonation.

Hype: I’ve been pretty eager to check out what this brewery has to offer for some time now, but for whatever reason haven’t done so until now.

Overall: I liked this a lot.  Subtle yet flavorful with a nice balance of tastes, this made for a very nice introduction to the brewery.