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Red Kite Ale - Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-09-2004)
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Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a half inch off-white head. Islands of foam and ring as head subsides. Rich scent of biscuit malt: so sweet it is almost shortbread. Mild herbal notes from hops.

Bitterness is forward. Dry and bracing; very little sweetness on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit fizzy at first but then it mellows as some leaves the beer and it warms slightly. Nicely balanced red bitter.

Marked Lot 041 BBE04/12

salvo, Jun 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

bianconoir, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Arborescence
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Medium red/copper. Pours a one finger head, not particularly impressive.

Aroma: Caramel malt, toffee, cream, nutty. Seems promising.

Taste: Nice and fulfilling, with caramel and malt, some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste, with a "woody" character (pine nuts?). A very solid and tasty example of a red ale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, medium body, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: A very robust red ale. Clean and smooth; delivers what you might expect. Nothing highly experimental here, but this is a fine specimen of a Scottish red ale.

Arborescence, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 500ml brown bottle.
Dark amber coloured ale with a nice creamy off white head.
a nice buttery/toffee malt aroma,its subdued though fresh.
It is pretty malty ( as usual for a Scots beer) but there is a good bitter hop backbone on it ,especially at the end.
It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, though it was a little on the thin side.
Not a massivly exciting ale but well drinkable.

Reidrover, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep clear copper colour. Slightly off white head poured fairly thick and foamy with a frothy topping then faded quickly to patchy covering with thick edging that climbs up the glass... some light lacing lines...

Aroma - Lots of toffee maltiness, quite nutty, some buttery hints, toffee apples, toasted bread, light vegetal traces, citrusy and grassy hop notes...

Taste pretty much mirrors the aroma... lots of nutty caramel hints backed by light grassy hops... some apples and light ripe banana fruitiness, burnt butter... had a hint of the homebrew about it..

M&D - Quite smooth... light / medium bodied... A good sessionable brew at only 4.5%...

Overall - A pretty good brew... more of an amber ale than a Scottish ale in my opinion... well worth a try..

mdagnew, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep amber, good clarity, no head at all (just some suds)

Aroma: malt, toast, "English" hops, nuts, rotting fruit (just the tiniest hint, mind you!)

Flavor: bready malt sweetness, biscuits, very mild hop flavor, slight acidity, hazelnuts, strawberries, finish is semi-sweet with an aftertaste of honey-biscuits

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, low to no carbonation, very soft and silky texture

Other comments: I tasted this one on cask when I was in Scotland and I can pretty much say I prefer it that way (I think). However, the cask was on its last legs at that point. The bottled version has about as little carbonation as a real ale (which is interesting in itself). The soft texture is fantastic! Truly one of the hallmarks of Black Isle's beers!

GreenCard, Jul 09, 2004
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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Florya, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

rredshift, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of frosted33
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

frosted33, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Schmoog, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

harpus, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thick frothy head; some bubbles. Clear, nutty, matte amber; no glow. No lacing.

S: Flat, almost absent. Faint malts.

T: I can't imagine this beer is supposed to taste like this. It's not terrible or spoilt, but just...off. It's extremely crisp -- from carbonation and citrus(?) -- but not dry. To try another description, it *feels* metallic, but tastes malty. There is a bit of oatmeal character to the maltiness, which mingles with the citrus crispness. The aftertaste is slightly sour.

M: I just can't get beyond the feeling of pennies in my mouth. Again, Red Kite doesn't taste metallic at all, it just feels that way for the first half of the flavour.

D: I think this is a good beer, just with a weird feel that turns me off. I will give it another go in the future.

AgentMunky, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of kmacphail
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This orange-brownish coloured beer poured into an old fashioned pint mug and quickly formed a nice sized off white head, that showed considerable retention for a bottled beer.

The complex nose revealed liquorice, burnt caramel, roasted malts and a slight fruity hint that I put down to being berries. These aromas were followed up by an equally diverse taste. A dominance of hops with variety of nuts mixed in and an aftertaste of citrus fruits left this beer feeling both satisfying but also refreshing.

The beer was surprisingly light on the mouth for a scotch ale, but this also added to the overall drinkability. At 4.5% it is not too much to drink all night and the light mouthfeel resulted in a lot less bloated feeling than normal. So far the best ale I have sampled from the Black Isle Brewery.

kmacphail, May 07, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Vsarmatov, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Oxymoron
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Do they have much wind in Inverness? Arrives a coppery red color with great clarity. A bit warm, that might have helped the clarity. A off white head with good retention and lacing, but did not last through the whole tasting.

The nose is mostly malty. A more distinct toffee and sweet caramel note. Some minor melanodian notes, but mostly a light crystal aroma. Some minor roast notes as well. Some distinct yeast notes with a light ester aroma. Some plums and fig notes as well. Some buttery and butyric notes that were there, but light.

The taste was similar. The malt really comes out but is a bit dry. The caramel backs off a bit but the roast and toffee notes are present. The diacetyl is note as distinct but there is a light acetaldehyde taste. Some finishing hops, but note much on bittering. A grassy hop note with a light herbal mix in the end.

The body was closer to light than moderate. Would have liked to see more depth and malt coming out. Mostly clean with a few off and yeast notes. Overall easy drinking but limited.

Oxymoron, May 12, 2009
Photo of flyingpig
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (500ml from Tesco, £1.70):
A rich amber colour with tinges of red and a large, three fingers sized head on top that is foamy looking and leaves some nice lacing. Retention is pretty good too with very little movement at all and the body is a clear one.

A strange caramel malt aroma and some something similar to vegetable adjuncts along with some light toffee but the main aroma was something like a smoky bitterness.

Mainly malts, some sweet and some earthy with a bit of a nutty character and a little biscuit too. It tasted pretty ordinary really with a little citrus and some nondescript fruits but that was about it and there was too much bitterness at the end for me.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly watery feel around the middle before finishing off dry. It was an odd beer if nothing else.

This was kind of an odd one in that it got a lot better as I worked my way down it but it still wasn't a great beer really. I thought the smell was pretty bad although it did look pretty good. The main thing though, the taste was lacking a lot to begin before improving slightly about half way down but it was a case of too little too late.

flyingpig, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of isjohnder
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i went to this brewery and picked up a few cases of different beers.

A. it looks copper colour with a good head.
s. the smell is that of yeast malty sweetness. And suprisingly it smells like strawberrys.
t. it taste a bit like it smells malty caramel a bit of toffee, slight fruityness, a bit of hoppyness present.
m. good carbonation.
d. good could have done with a bit more something

isjohnder, Aug 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

msromberg, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Gakusei, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

DrNo, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Dentist666
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now 4.2% ABV. Style - best bitter.
Poured into english pint.
Pours clear copper with creamy 2-finger golden head. Adequate retention.
Smell - caramel, resiny hops, orange peel.
Taste - dry caramel and somewhat fruity body followed by resinous and dusty hops.
Medium body and carbonation.
Reasonably good ale.

Dentist666, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of charlatan
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle with best before datepoured a big head which stuck around on top of dark amber coloured beer. Bubbles on the bottom of the glass suggest a well carbonated beverage.

The nose is sweet and chalky like baby vomit with the offensive tang taken out. I'm not keen on that but it doesn't actually suggest that the beer will taste bad which is really all that counts.

The carbonation hits first then a very biscuity flavour before a brief tinge of lemon (that'll be the hops) before a return to a sweeter version of the earlier biscuity thing.

I'd like this a lot more if the hops were bolder but without that it's only so-so.

charlatan, Nov 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

BILF, Jan 16, 2013
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Red Kite Ale from Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.