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Old 02-08-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default My beer referred to as "catty" at a competition?

Hey guys-

New to all grain, have a few batches under my belt. Sent a beer off to my first competition- Not nearly as good as I hoped but I entered for the criticism and I hope to learn from it. Anyway, one of the comments on my scorecard (I entered a pale ale) was "Strong hop flavor on first sip, harsh, catty".. I understand harsh and strong, but catty?" Another judge mentioned there was a strong smell of "urea" which he suspected was hop nose, but said it was unpleasant..

Can ayone help me out on the catty and urea terminology? I am suspecting a cat pissed in my beer....just kidding, but really, whats the deal with "catty"

EDIT: Well, I did some homework and found out that catty is associated with oxidation.. Who knew..... Guess I'll work on that! Thanks


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Old 02-08-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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In all likelyhood your beer was light struck causing the catty taste. Skunky would be anouther way of describing it.


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Old 02-08-2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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The dictionary defines catty as "slyly malicious, spiteful" but I cant really fit that into a beer description, I think the judge isn't very articulate.
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Old 02-08-2009, 11:21 PM   #4
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"Catty" is a polite way of saying cat excrement. Catty elements are common in some American hops, Cluster and Chinook come to mind. The "cattiness" of these types can vary in harshness as can the effect depending on the brew. What kind of hops were in your beer and how were they used?
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You used Simcoe, didn't you?
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:02 AM   #6
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You used Simcoe, didn't you?
I'd guess a lot of simcoe or summit
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Catty... See 7 o clock

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You used Simcoe, didn't you?
That was going to be my question; Simcoe has definite 'cat piss' overtones.
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that wheel is RAD!!!!!!!!
Ditto, Any chance you have a higher res copy you can send olllllo?


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