Kipling LightSeptember 1, 2003 Rochester, NY
High Falls Brewing Co
Available: Every state except CA, OR, WA, AK, HI, UT, ID, MT, SD
With 99 calories, Kipling Light is the only one of the light beers to style itself as “dark.”
Alcohol by weight: 2.75
Surprise! A light beer with color and a pleasant sounding head. “The dark Light beer,” says the label. It is an appealing offering. That being said, we can add that this much color begs to be given some flavor. Otherwise, it presents itself in a false light. Even so, it is certainly better than the Bud-Miller-Coors tasteless offering—one tires quickly of their yellow beer. A few more hop cones wouldn’t hurt, and would add not a single calorie.
- Fred Eckhardt
Both Kipling and light beer have bad historical associations, but I'm trying to keep an open mind. The color is nice—a bright medium amber. The aroma shows some caramel, creamed corn, and a sulfur note. Light, crisp bitterness steps aside for a thin, slightly sweet palate with one trick—a quick flash of caramel. Then its gone, cleanly. Not half bad, really, and perfectly decent with grilled shrimp.
- Garrett Oliver
An interesting color, somewhere between a lovely dark orange and a tawny hue. The color speaks of interesting malts, and the nose powerfully supports that expectation. There is a real promise of Vienna malts, such as might be found in a traditional Marzen-Oktoberfest. I thought I did taste them in the palate, but there was more of a caramel note, a hint of smokiness, some emptiness and some mustiness.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.