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Kite Tail Summer Ale - O'Fallon Brewery

Kite Tail Summer Ale
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.85%


Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light bodied and refreshing this beer is based on the Cream Ale Style...an original American beer modeled after the light lagers of its time. A subtle tartness adds to the crisp finish of the beer and makes it a good summer quencher.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 06-03-2012)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 04:38:38 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, pale, straw-yellow color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet toasty caramel. There was a little spiciness and subtle bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice cream ale. It is better than most cream ales that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:32:12 | More by zeff80
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 15:32:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

O'Fallon Brewery : Kite Tail Summer Ale

LOOK: Appearing so pale it is almost white, with a small proportion of wheat malt. Soapy head forms and leaves a little lace.

SMELL: Aroma of wheat, lemony citrus, pine and fairly hoppy at that.

TASTE: Solid flavor with some light wheat malts, cream, herbal hops and resinous pine. Surprisingly hoppy and refreshing, and light is the key word. Pretty nice, this is a unique and successful twist on the cream ale style.

FEEL: Light bodied, spot on carbonation, clean finish.

OVERALL: A nice new addition to the O'fallon lineup, this summer ale would be perfect at any time, though especially during the warmer months. Would pair nicely with a garlic y shrimp scampi.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 23:03:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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Tone

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, hint of hop, hint of cream, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Cream Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of cream, pale malt, hint of rice?, and a hint of hop. Overall, weak body and the aroma is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 10:20:53 | More by Tone
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, pale yellow, pilsner like hue and clarity. Very tiny and slow bubbling. Two finger head that reduces to a half moon of thin foam.

Very light creamy aroma with faint unmalted barley and faintly toasted malt. Bland overall.

Very faint toastiness from the malt also get flavors of unmalted barley and some lactose. There's some adjuncty tasting bitterness on the finish. The palate is smooth but watery. This beer is easy to drink and uncomplicated.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 13:43:57 | More by scruffwhor
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 15:03:14 | More by tigg924
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soju6

Missouri

3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 20:44:30 | More by soju6
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hosehead83

Ohio

2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale ,clear yellow ion color, with a bright , white head of moderate foam.
Aroma-Pale malt, faint fruitiness
Taste-Pale malt, faint wheat, very light-bodied, almost watered -down mouthfeel. faint corn sweetness in the finish. Would be a notch above a macro brew in my book.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 17:32:56 | More by hosehead83
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DCon

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a Mix-A-Six Pack from MacDoodles in Joplin, MO for $9.85 and added a 12 FL. OZ. (355 ML) bottle of this to it. Poured from the White/Red labeled bottle with a kite on the front into a Shaker Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Fruity, peaches, huge malts.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, dies. Has a crystal clear body. Good lacing.

Flavor- Very sweet and tons of fruit (peaches), and has a malty bod. Easy overall.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, Fruity, and malt finish.

Overall Impression- Very refreshing, sweet, and has a ton of fruits that I can’t put a finger on. A light one for this summer but seems to be a hot item in St. Louis!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 23:18:35 | More by DCon
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-off bottle, unknown date. Served at around 40F.

Pours clear pale yellow with a one finger white head that recedes to a light cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is lemon, grain, light bread/cracker malt, hint of vanilla, reminiscent of a light lager or pils. Simple. Good strength.

Flavor is lemon, vanilla, light bread/cracker malt, moderately sweet, light bitterness on the finish, little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, yet somewhat sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Easy drinking beer that maintains some flavor. Would go down nicely on a hot summer day after doing some yardwork.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 23:01:54 | More by elgiacomo
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium

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

87-88

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 01:24:54 | More by BedetheVenerable
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:53:53 | More by EagleTalon
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this cream Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear straw color,produced a average white head, average retention and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of cereal grains and sweet fruit. Light in body, this cream ale had a base of grains, some caramel, fresh fruit, and earthy hops. Smooth mouthfeel, nice summer beer- flavorful example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 22:33:36 | More by GossageBrewery
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tito42

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 4/24/2012.

A: Clear, watery lemon yellow. Excellent, thick, stark white, foamy head.

S: Mild malts, grassy adjuncts, and a hint of hops.

T: Light, clean malt dominates and gives way to wheat, grassy hops, and a slightly tart finish. Reminiscent of an adjunct without any metallic or corny adjunct flavors.

M: Crisp and creamy at the same time. Somewhat watery up front with a creamy malt backbone and a slight pucker at the finish.

O: I'm no cream ale expert, but this seems to be a very representative entry for the style. Just a little watery, but you get all the drinkability of a BMC without the awful flavor. A great summer 'lawnmower' beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 02:50:53 | More by tito42
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json83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

135 calories per bottle at 4.5% ABV. Unique Cream Style Ale with a light lager taste. The immediate taste is reminiscent of has cream beer taste with a slight compliment of lemon. The aftertaste is a bit below average and the smell is undesirable. Worth a try but not something I would go out-of my way to find.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:40:32 | More by json83
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mtlasley

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kite Tail pours a very, very pale gold color with noticeable carbonation. Very thin looking. Very white two finger head dissipates quickly. Looks like any adjunct lager or cream ale.

Aroma is light with a very pale malt smell cut short by a very sweet scent. A slight tang of fruit follows. The scent of sugar is the most noticeable thing here.

Very simple, straightforward cereal taste up front. Malt is the dominant force but as the beer crosses the tongue there's a sweetness carrying barely noticeable bitterness. Very light and drinkable. Perfect for summer.

Kite Tail is extremely light in the mouth and very strong carbonation carries the light taste well. IT's quick and refreshing and another perfect summer character in the beer.

Overall a great addition to the O'Fallon lineup. I'm not as passionate about this as I am their Hemp Hop Rye or their Black Hemp beers. Still, an easy drinking summer beer that's cheap on the wallet is hard to pass up.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:25:46 | More by mtlasley
Kite Tail Summer Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.