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Kite Tail Summer Ale - O'Fallon Brewery

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Kite Tail Summer Ale
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'Fallon Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Stinkypuss on 06-03-2012

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
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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 20
Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of menacho1
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of jharris0624
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Eaglefan344
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ouits
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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

Photo of ryanpj
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of jowribbit
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of grumpygerman
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of rev_jimmy
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of tigg924
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of drewson111
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of Tone
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of DCon
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Photo of jls988
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of MarshMan71
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of tito42
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of CellarGimp
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Kite Tail Summer Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.