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Kite Tail Summer Ale - O'Fallon Brewery

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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:
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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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

BedetheVenerable, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of ryanpj
3/5  rDev -6.8%

ryanpj, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

GossageBrewery, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jowribbit
3/5  rDev -6.8%

jowribbit, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
3/5  rDev -6.8%

grumpygerman, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of rev_jimmy
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

rev_jimmy, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

tigg924, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of drewson111
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

drewson111, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Tone
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Tone, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +24.2%

captainbearcat, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of DCon
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

DCon, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of jls988
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

jls988, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of MarshMan71
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

MarshMan71, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of tito42
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

tito42, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of CellarGimp
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

CellarGimp, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +24.2%

birchstick, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

zeff80, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

soju6, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of mtlasley
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

mtlasley, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of justinp
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

justinp, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

6demonbag, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 03, 2012
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Kite Tail Summer Ale from O'Fallon Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.