To the outsider, Denver may be considered a mile-high popsicle what with its proximity to world-class ski resorts and the occasional blizzard that dumps four feet of fluff on the streets. While there is some truth to this notion, one thinks that, should these out-of-towners visit Denver in its current state of being, the popsicle metaphor would be replaced by the imagery of a hot, sticky puddle. The weather has been downright hellish in Denver. Locals feel like they’re trapped in a city-sized sauna and they’re longing for the days when Denver’s chilly public image once again becomes a reality. Denver can’t speed up the seasons but it can, at least, pour refreshing craft beer down its collective gullet and make the sweltering days pass with a little more ease. There’s scarcely a better way to do just that than with a Yellow Kite Summer Pils (5.25% ABV) from Bristol Brewing Company.
Color: Yellow Kite has a thick-ish white head and the body is, as the name would imply, yellow. It is a pale, nearly pastel, yellow and it is slightly opaque. This cloudiness is troubling because the hallmark of a good pilsner is its absolute clarity. When a pilsner fails to be completely see-through, the beer geek has to wonder if the brewer is up to the task of brewing that particular style. There is a twist ending to this story, however. Imagine this Examiner’s surprise when, after half the beer had been drunk, the remaining liquid miraculously turned clear. To the best of the author’s knowledge, the beer had not been subjected to any turbulence that would have stirred up any bottom-dwelling sediment; the beer just cleaned itself. Readers are encouraged to pour a Yellow Kite into a glass and watch to see if it undergoes the same metamorphosis it did for the author.
Aroma: Sweet lemon scents waft from the open mouth. Yellow Kite is very much like a lemon drop candy mixed with a flowery hop profile.
Taste: The lemons once again make an appearance but only up front; the flavor does not penetrate. Also up front but not penetrating is a tiny, tiny hop bite. The bitterness of the hops does strengthen with each sip but it never accumulates to a grimace-inducing level. The lemon flavor, conversely, wanes with each swallow.
Mouthfeel: Yellow Kite starts dry but the mouth becomes wetter and wetter as the glass empties.
Yellow Kite is not a cure for the overbearingly hot day but it can, at least, fix some of the symptoms. Thus, when one’s brow is dripping with sweat beads the size of tadpoles, one would be wise to grab this light, easy-drinking pilsner.
Yellow Kite is available in most Denver-area liquor stores.