Red Kite Ale
Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd

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Black Isle Brewery Co Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Ale
3.61 | pDev: 11.91%
Mar 15, 2022
Jul 09, 2004
Red Kite AleRed Kite Ale
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3.73 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Mar 15, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

Serving: Cask
Consumed: Oct-1-2019

Pours a lightly hazy ruby-brown with a decent off-white head, that leaves fat globs of lacing in its wake. The aroma is rich caramelized sugar, faint brown bread, and toast. The flavor follows close behind with crystal malt sweetness, toast, and light herbal hops to balance this sweetness out. A smooth-drinking beer with light carbonation and lingering malt finish. This is a together, straight-ahead red ale, that is very smooth and very nice


Oct 08, 2019
3.46 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Jul 11, 2017
3.87 by Giangio from Italy on Feb 22, 2017
2.96 by kofukasho from Japan on Jan 25, 2017
3.78 by Martine from England on Aug 27, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

500 ml bottle in Scotland, just 1-2 days after seeing some red kites in the Highlands. BB date of June 2017.
Deep copper colored body with good clarity and a very good head.
Clean, mild flavor with some toffee and near even bitter/sweet balance. More hops than expected for style but still malt dominated.
Smooth medium+ body with lively carbonation.

Aug 18, 2016
3.63 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on May 14, 2016
3.2 by hdtrice from England on May 12, 2016
2.75 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Mar 19, 2016
2 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Mar 02, 2016
4.5 by igl from Russian Federation on Dec 19, 2015
4.19 by 123321123321 from Alabama on Sep 25, 2015
3.84 by killcore from Russian Federation on Jul 26, 2015
3.62 by vauxhaulastra from Scotland on Jul 08, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

From the bottle, poured into a glass. Dark red in color, white head. the nose and taste is dominated by malty flavosr. Slightly sweet, medium mouthfeel.

May 01, 2015
3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Apr 26, 2015
3.44 by Poupae from Thailand on Feb 24, 2015
3.5 by redleg411 from Wisconsin on Feb 04, 2015
3.75 by IRONRakkasan from California on Dec 09, 2014
3.85 by AlexRea from Russian Federation on Dec 03, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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.

Oct 06, 2014
3.5 by His_Royal_Hoppiness from England on Sep 17, 2014
3.6 by Florya from Norway on Aug 25, 2014
4.25 by bianconoir from Spain on Jul 17, 2014
3.75 by frosted33 from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2014
3.75 by rredshift from Germany on Jun 15, 2014
3.75 by Vsarmatov from Russian Federation on Apr 09, 2014
4 by Gakusei from Russian Federation on Apr 06, 2014
3.75 by Schmoog from Scotland on Dec 29, 2013
3.5 by abeeronthebeach from California on Oct 03, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Arborescence from Finland

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.

Jul 22, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mick303 from Canada (ON)

Poured into a shaker pint. Produced a good creamy head, with good retention and really nice lacing. Colour is a deep caramel brown.

Smell has a lot of caramel malt. Fruitiness with pears. Roast root vegetables. A lot of sweet caramel Not a lot of bitterness, quite fragrant, malty and sweet, but with some rough edges, some grassy notes, altogether pretty solid.

Taste has a big caramel malty feel, fruity coffee note, mildly roast malt, brown sugar, dry molasses, apple peels. a residual sugar sweetness. Straw, mild toffee and a thin astringent end. The finish could be better, dry barley and sawdust.

Mouthfeel is sweet and smooth, mild carbonation, enough bitterness to give some counter to the strong maltiness. Quite mild, it is sessionable and sweet to make it an easy one to throw back, though could be more satisfying.

Its a tasty beer, not especially complex, but easy to drink. Above average for the style, though not great. There is a lot of flavour potential, but I feel it doesn't really live up to bringing it all together, and feels a bit disjointed. Won't rush to pick it up again.

Feb 24, 2013
4.5 by BILF from Israel on Jan 16, 2013
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3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by flyingpig from Scotland

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.

Jan 11, 2013
3.5 by harpus from Alabama on Jan 01, 2013
4 by DrNo from Australia on Jan 22, 2012
3.5 by msromberg from Texas on Dec 31, 2011
3.5 by gulden from Australia on Dec 20, 2011
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2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by charlatan from Scotland

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.

Nov 04, 2011
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