Freetail Ale - Freetail Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Freetail AleFreetail Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

59 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 03-20-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by MikeH210:
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Freetail and Real Ale barrel-aged festival.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong on the toffee malts. The flavor is a little bit different. I get notes of piney and grassy hops along with some toffee malt. The hop bitterness and malty sweetness is very well balanced in this beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in the outskirts of San Antonio.

Clear deep amber color with a durable off-white head that leaves fine lacing.

Aroma: sweet and simple.

Flavor: loaded with caramel and roasted grains, it also has a surprising chocolate tone.

Feel: light-medium body and near medium carbonation. .

O: modestly above average for style.

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes from 3/31 visit to brewery. Matte copper color. Foamy clingy. Bready caramel nose. Soft open, high toffee taste. Breads. Light pine bitter. Good balance.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass a somewhat hazy medium copper color with the beer filled nearly to the brim (argh), so pretty much foamless.

Clean, nutty and slightly burnt toast aroma with a noticeable amount of sweetness in there...almost like pancake batter.

Toasty malts and a fair amount of hops make this a decently bitter brew with a biscuity and brazil nut feel to it. Not an overly huge fan of toasty amber ales, but this one is stylistically well brewed. It is nice and creamy feeling with a good malt/hop balance. Not bad at all, I think this is their flagship beer, and one of their more sessionable beers.

Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: light amber. pours about a qtr finger bubbly white head. nice ring forms around the rim. some nice beer ring lacing.

s: butterscotch and baked bread.

t: a little bitter and pungent combination with a nice flavor of freshly baked Italian bread.

m: woody, pungent aftertaste lingers a bit.

d: not much resistance, but a good drinking beer.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking beer, plenty of head with huge sheets of terrific lacing that coated the sides of my glass. Amber in color and mosstly clear.

Smell was complex, with a good blend of caramel malts and a hoppy bite.

Taste was quite bold and tasty, especially for a red ale. There was a blend of caramel and crystal malts, along with some fruitiness, and a moderate hops bitterness.

Feel was pretty light bodied and very easy to drink with a decent bitterness in the aftertastes.

Overall it was yet another tasty brew from Freetail, can I have another!

Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange/reddish color. A one finger white head forms, with some nice sticky lace.
S: Piny and grassy hops with a light bitterness. A very good balance of toasted caramel and toffee malt. Sweet and a light fruity aroma.
T: Again, a good balance of sweet caramel and toffee malt with piny and grassy hops.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry. Very easy to drink. I can quaff this all day.

Another hit from this brewpub. Excellent balance. Very flavorful. A great everyday beer.

Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a caramel-amber color. Aroma has a noticeable maltiness to it, although it is light and doesn’t dominate. The flavor shows off that well-rounded caramel malt flavor, with a light sweetness and a hop bitterness (but not a hoppy flavor) for sharpness. It’s not my favor style but this is not an all together bad expression of it.

Photo of jamescain
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a ring around the glass.

Aroma: Caramel and toffee with a slight fruity mix coming from the hops. Subdued but not in a bad way and for the style it makes since.

Taste: Caramel and toasted bread with a finish that leaves a residual hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium to high carbonation with a dry finish that is refreshing.

Overall: This is Freetail’s beer that is for those who are not beer nerds; there are a lot of them in San Antonio. They do a good job of making a beer that is approachable by the masses, yet still complex and drinkable for those of us on this site.

Photo of tjkinate
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The most interesting and unique beer I've tasted so far from Freetail.

A: Orange amber coloring that is primarily clear, topped with a large white foam head that laced nicely and evenly around the glass.

S: Slight smell from the hops, but the primary scent is sweet toffee and caramel. I did find the smell to be a little subdued lowering its overall score.

T: Multi layered beer that starts off sweet from the delicious toffee and caramel, but diminishes nicely toward the aftertaste allowing the hops to resonate on the tongue until your next gulp.

M: Crisp and smooth, but a tad too dry.

O: One of the better examples from Freetail and during my next visit I will be ordering this one again.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the menu and website: "Freetail v.1.0 Batch #00012"; not to be confused with the beta version or v.2.0.

Pours from the growler an attractive, amber body with a fiery burnt copper hue when held to the light. A creamy, custard head builds easily and recedes slowly to a thin veil of tightly-packed bubbles that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is intoxicating, perhaps the best aroma on an amber I've come across since trying Mountain State Brewing Company's "Almost Heaven Amber Ale". Gooey, caramel-toffee candy layers complement a floral balance from the Perle & Mt. Ranier hops. Bubblegum, cotton candy, and mandarin orange all thrown in the mix--and have my mouth watering.

Delicious, malty layers of caramel and toffee match the aroma well, along with a bit of nutty chocolate. Then comes the balance of floral, resinous hops that leaves a perfectly-lingering hoppy bite on the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a spot-on carbonation level and a medium body that both refreshes and keeps the drinkability high. All in all, I found Freetail Ale to be an upper-echelon Amber, and I'm glad I have the rest of the growler to keep me company this weekend. Perfect session beer.

Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.50 a pint during Tuesday special, 4.19.11.

One finger white head, quick dissipation with good lacing. Light amber body, several sporadic rising trails of carbonation.Not much going on in the nose, perhaps because the beer was served too cold. Taste is dominated by caramel and crystal malts which threw some cherry-ish esters on back end, not a lot of hops, a bit floral, definitely malt forward. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence leading to a fairly dry finish. Pretty sessionable, a good beer to start the evening, though the lack of hop presence in the taste was a bit detracting.

Freetail Ale from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.