Kite Tail Summer Ale - O'Fallon Brewery
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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.78/5 rDev +17%
Presentation: 12oz brown screw cap; nice simple label, no date; 2012 vintage...thanks to Sam B. for this!
Appearance: Pours a bright, rich golden hue, with bright clarity and a nice white cap which fades to a thick, lasting film.
Smell: Nice, pale grain background (but w/a little extra richness), as well as vibrant fruity esters (stone fruit, and especially light peachy notes). Simple, refreshing, and nice for summer.
Taste: Really light, crisp, clean grain notes and (surprising) peachy esters...there's no fruit in this beer, but the yeast has done some really nice work here in terms of bright, vibrant ester notes. It's kind of a two-dimensional beer (fruit and light malt) but it's refreshing, clean, and quite pleasant.
Conclusion: Not at all a style I reach for often, but in terms of the cream ales that I've had, this is very near the top; well-done, O'Fallon!
For $8-ish a sixer, this is deft. something I'd pick up once or twice a summer...would go great hanging out by the pool, or with some zesty KC style BBQ
10-20-2012 01:24:54 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
2.7/5 rDev -16.4%
Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear
Smell: grain, grass, and light wood
Taste: grain, grass, and honey
Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, medium carbonation, light body
Overall: I have only had about ten cream ales, but this one is near the tail end of them that I would choose. It is an ok beer beer for a hot day, but it is missing some of the flavor and body that others in this style have. Not a bad beer, but there are several others in this style I would go to first.
08-14-2012 15:03:14 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +23.8%
(Served in a footed strange)
A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow with a thin snow white head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation supporting a sticky head.
S- The nice Noble hop aroma has a slight jolly rancher quality about it and is well lagered.
T- The nice green jolly rancher hop flavor takes on a more woody hop flavor as it grows and a light cider sweetness blends with a club soda taste in the finish. There is a hint of field corn and faint Noble hops that linger just a bit.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a gentle fizz compliments the hops in the finish.
O- This beer has a great summer sessionable beer that has lots of nice soft flavors that support the lagered Noble hops flavor that is dominant.
04-09-2013 15:32:03 | More by rhoadsrage
3.13/5 rDev -3.1%
Bottle says "malt beverage with natural flavors added". According to their website, there is no mention of fruit or spices or anything other than grains, hops, water and yeast involved. No freshness dating either. Pours to a thin but lasting white head with erratic lacing. Color is pale straw, almost like Bud Light. Aroma is grainy and biscuity with a slight butter tinge to it. Flavor is bland and weak but pleasant enough, just merely better than a light macro lager. Finishes super dry and slightly parching. Mouthfeel is so-so. Overall, I would classify this beer as a very weak but drinkable summer lawnmower brew. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just boring light ale and to be honest, I'd be very pleased to homebrew something this light and refreshing and technically pure. Honestly, I'd take a Schlafly Kolsch or Boulevard Wheat over this in half a heartbeat though.
06-15-2013 23:53:53 | More by EagleTalon
2.88/5 rDev -10.8%
I got this beer at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.
The beer poured a clear pale yellow color and made a 1½-finger white head that lasted less than a minute. There was no lacing whatsoever.
The beer smelled like an open box of lemonhead candies.
This is pretty much lemon flavored water with some wheat and corn flavors underneath. No noticeable hop presence.
Very light bodied, close to water-like, with higher than average carbonation. Not very creamy for a cream ale, but it is spritzy and refreshing.
It works as a summer refresher, but it's nothing that i would seek out.
06-19-2014 04:37:22 | More by matjack85
3.28/5 rDev +1.5%
Served in a (512) anniversary glass.
Tail or no, I could never get my kites to fly all that long. Man, I had a kinda sad childhood... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, sweet oats (not unlike a sweetened version of Cheerios or some other cereal), and a hint of grass. The taste basically brings in more of the same, along with a vague fruitiness that detracts from the sweet, grainy notes that have been forced into the background. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly drying finish. Overall, a generally solid beer, but one whose surprise and oddball fruitiness keeps it from achieving anything close to greatness.
11-20-2012 04:38:38 | More by TMoney2591
3/5 rDev -7.1%
A: Pours a clear pale golden color with a small head that fades quickly to no real lacing.
S: Mild aroma of malt sweetness with a trace of citrus and fruity sweetness.
T: Taste of malt sweetness, some citrus and bit of apple. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Very light body, crisp and refreshing. Comes across as fairly bland.
O: Nice inoffensive summer ale that goes down easy. Goes best with BBQ.
06-16-2012 20:44:30 | More by soju6
Kite Tail Summer Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.