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Pale Ale - Kind Beers Brewing

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kind Beers Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-11-2010)
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Reviews by Bartrob6:
Photo of Bartrob6
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

looks very red to me. the bottle says pale ale. beeradvocate says its an IPA. it looks like a red. hmmmm...

nice head on the beer though.

smells good with alot of piney hops and some citrus. definitely some american hops in this one.

very average ipa. good beer, just nothing sticks out to me with it in the taste.

mouthfeel is hot. this beer does not hide the alcohol at all. this is the worst part of the beer. but hey atleast its a "kind" beer to the earth right? who cares about taste when you're saving the planet?

not very drinkable due to the alcohol burn. won't be buying this again.

Bartrob6, May 11, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not the same SC brewed Kind Ale from Blue Ridge Brewing I dont think,"brewed for Kind Ales by Thomas Creek Brewing" per label.Poured into a standard pint glass with great clarity,a full copper color with pillowey off white head that left some broken lace behind as it settled slowly.A nice mix of floral and citric hop in the nose along with toastiness, and a bit of caramel sweetness.Flavors to me are like an old school Pacific NW IPA,citric and herbal flavors with a hint of tea imparted from the hops that melds into a biscuity and sweetish caramel malt finish.The mouthfeel is a tad thinner than expected for a beer of this heft but it doesnt take away from the flavors or the drinkibility.A solid well hopped brew,suprisingly good.

oberon, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of JasonA
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear copper, two solid fingers of head. Solid lacing, very thickening head. Looks crisp and fresh.

Piney oiley hops. Light malt, citrus. Not too much.

Crisp hops, solid pine, cascade. Slight malt, nothing to seperate it from standard IPAs.

Hides ABV very well. Extremely well balanced.

This is a very fresh and tasty beer. I would call it a session beer, though ABV says otherise. I could see myself having 4 or 5 of these at the pub, would be amazing on a hot day.

JasonA, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Mantooth, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with hints of toastiness. Also present are herbal and lightly floral hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet and grainy caramel malt flavors up front are joined midway throught the sip by not-quite-clean leafy hop flavors that carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It's not quite there but it's certainly got some potential, really more of an Amber than anything else. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of b2611
3/5  rDev -12.5%

b2611, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear orangish amber with a quarter of an inch of off white head that is soft, loose, and well retained.

S - bread, alcohol, citrus, caramel, yeast, oranges

T - bread, caramel, citrus, alcohol, dark fruit, raisins, slightly herbal and mildly bitter finish.

M - medium to full bodied, very warm, almost burns in the finish, well carbonated

This is an odd APA. It has some APA characteristics, but at this ABV, character and warmth it fits more of a strong ale category. Overall, though it wasn't bad. Probably worth checking out especially if your a North Carolinian.

tdm168, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a tulip at Spinnerstown Hotel for $6. Not a bad beer for a post-ride drink. It had the malt and hops balance of a normal pale ale, but with the character amped up with the extra strength. There was a strong bready malt with caramel and crust, then classic citrus hops with grapefruit. The body was understandably a touch heavier, but overall quite tasty.

tempest, May 29, 2011
Photo of nms1987
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American IPA is the wrong category for this. Its either American Pale Ale or, better, English-style IPA... even though its 7.3 ABV isn't really in line with either of those two styles.

A...
A translucent gold/bronze. More bronze than gold I guess. Thats that orange-tinted color you're used to IPAs having.

S...
Once again, my sinuses won't let me smell for crap this week but I can smell sweet malts and an orangeish hop scent.

T...
Not too hoppy. I can taste than malt more than I can in most IPAs... hence I think its more an English IPA than American. Theres an odd taste that I can't really place that comes front-n-center on your palate about a second after you take a sip. Its kind of a dry taste. I'm not really sure. Its pleasant tasting but not great.

M. Average carbonation. That same unplaceable taste continues into the aftertaste.

D.. Fair.
Part of me likes it, part of me doesn't. I really wish I could place that taste I'm getting.
I will say this in favor of it, the alcohol is well hidden. It doesn't taste like 7-8 ABV

nms1987, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear dark copper without much of a head. Surprisingly sweet and malty nose with some subtle hop character. Somewhat fruity. Hoppier taste, though only slightly bitter; biscuity malt. Dry finish. Medium body. Pleasant drinker.

philipquarles, May 22, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The second of the two offerings from Kind Beers I was able to try. This one faired a little bit better for me though that was not saying much given the overall approach of them both. Pour was decent with a clear medium amber color that was topped by an ever increasing head of white. Some light lacing down he sides of the glass that faded out quickly but there was ample carbonation bubbbling up throughout. Aroma is light, small piney hops and caramel malts are faint, well balanced but too light to really make a difference here. Warming does bring ot out a little bit more but it was still less then what I had hoped for. Quick and clean flavor is far too light to really show any depth. Earthy with light touches of citrus popping up but not enough to save it from coming across a average. Light drying fiish again fades off too quickly. While being a very easy drinking and light ale, it just did not have any pop.

mikesgroove, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with and off-white head 1 finger in height. Head fades faster than the latest teen-age heart throb.
Caramel aroma with a hint toast and sweet tea.
Not a bad drinking beer at all. It lies somewhere between an APA and an IPA. Tea flavors with grassy and herbal hops. Not your usual piney/citrus hop explosion but good none the less.
Medium to full mouthfeel with a nice creaminess.
Not sure how to classify this beer and nothing really stands out. But, it's a good beer to drink and that's what counts.

wcudwight, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a Sierra Nevada pint glass. I love the appearance, with its opaque orange-ish color. The smell is foretelling of the excellent hoppy flavor with grapefruit and pine. The malts are minimal in effect and I think those that like hoppy beers that might seem unbalanced to a Brit would like these. To my inexperienced palate this ale is very west coast in its qualities. A very nice alternative to more conventional pale ales like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It drinks more like an IPA to me. The carbonation and bitter aftertaste are right up my alley. Very drinkable; I could have 2 or 3 given the right situation. The 7% alcohol is absolutely unnoticeable. It drinks more like a session beer so be careful. Unfortunately, my personal ethics don't allow me to support the economy of South Carolina so this will be my last 6-pack. I was so disappointed to see it is brewed in Greenville, but I give kudos to the men and women that produced this fine ale.

airheadmtrcycle, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of syrupjoe
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy medium amber color with off white head.

Nose is grassy, slightly piney, and just a hint of citrus. Also fairly malty and biscuity.

Taste is strong! My first impression was holy crap this thing has a bite for a pale ale. Strong caramelly malt zip with a little bit of a boozy punch. Hops stand up to malt, but malt is definitely the strongest flavor here.

Aftertaste is almost pure malt... slightly syrupy and grainy tasting. Moderate carbonation.

Overall an okay malt-forward pale ale, but nothing special. Fairly smooth and decently balanced, but just not an exceptional beer.

syrupjoe, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GeorgeP
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clean amber/pale orange color; richer and more malty than other pale ale's; cereal, herbs,and walnut mid palate, long tart herbal finish. this is what i have found in very good english ESB's you can't get in the U.S.

A great pub beer with fish & chips, BBQ Pork, Black & Blue Burgers.

GeorgeP, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of AlCzerik
3/5  rDev -12.5%

AlCzerik, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of feelmefoam
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-ruby color, slightly foggy, with a moderate amount of carbonation and a finger of white head that doesn't last a long time and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. Decent looking, but I want more head!

Decent nose, some nice caramel maltiness and a little bitta hops, but I want more!!!! Not hoppy enough in my nostrils to be an IPA. And I have to search for the aroma a bit. More hoppy, more fragrant. That's all I ask.

Pretty nice on the tongue, though. Decent hop bite after an initial rush of caramel sweetness. The hops taste a bit citrusy, but more piney in nature. Still, it's more of an APA sized dose than an IPA sized amount, so I give it a 3.5... not bad, but needs a little more for my tastes.

I do like the mouthfeel. Thomas Creek is a quality brewery and knows how to make a beer feel good as it goes down. The body is a notch or two below medium, but there's a decent amount of carbonation that makes the beer have a light, effervescent, yet slightly oily feel on the tongue. Pretty good, I'd like it a bit thicker, but good stuff.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA. I'd actually call it a good APA, but I want a decent bit more hops to call it an IPA, not to mention a little more aroma! Give me some aromatherapy TCB!!! Otherwise, you're alright, but give it a little work.

feelmefoam, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
1.63/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Part of a mix-a-six I grabbed last week in South Carolina...
Bottle into nonic.

So a 7.3% ABV pale ale?! I can't wait. Pours a ruddy, rusty, and unappealing brown color. Thin film of tannish bubbles. Spotty lacing.

Smells piney. Perhaps some European hops used here providing a little dry spicy character? Some toffee and caramel with a dry toasty and roasty malt.
Mild bitterness, but a sticky sweet toffee-like finish is not working me.

Feels ok-- in fact, the feel is the best aspect of this beer; medium-light body with fair carbonation.

Overall-- meh. This is a pass. It isn't the word thing I've ever drank, but it's pretty low on the list when the category is pale ale (or even ipa due to the high ABV!).

AleWatcher, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy amber with next to no head and zero lacing.

Smells of light metallic hops and some cereal grains. Heftier feel than I expected, but the flavor is pretty much what the nose advertised. Plenty malty, tame metallic hops. Perhaps more of an English than American pale. Neither offensive nor noteworthy.

PDXHops, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of bushwack
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

bushwack, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12-ounce bottle decorated with a snippet of suspiciously-green serrated-edged leafage peeping from the label, decrowned and poured into my DFH shaped pint glass yields a bright clear coppery amber body topped with grainy ivory foam a finger and a half deep. The cap relaxes into a bubbly sheet that leaves wide drippy bands of lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy and sweetly floral with a solid toasted caramel base and a clean whiff of uncooked maple sap. A bit of pine emerges deep into the drink.

The taste is spicy and mildy fruity with aromatic floral bitterness, mellow medium-kilned malts and soft apple sweetness. A succulent mixed citrus-punch tang in the finish lingers, hanging around, lurking as if awaiting reinforcements of more hoppage, perhaps due to arrive in the next sip. Yep, there they are... add a touch of bitter lime zest to the bill.

Kind Pale Ale isn't The Dank, but it ain't bad, either. The brew is crisp and highly drinkable, well-carbonated and heavy-medium in body with an extremely well-disguised ABV.

cvstrickland, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of hopsgirl35
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma reminded me of pine or cedar and
citrus bitterness.

The apperance is dark brown with a little
lace around the glass.

The taste is a medium citrus hops, with a
bread like malt.

The feel is bitter going down on a citrus
note.

One of my favorite's that I like to keep
around.

hopsgirl35, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

jaswilson2, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of KidsDoc
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Mother Earth (NC) pint glass

Burnt orange/amber color with one finger white head and patchy lacing down the glass

Aroma is solid citrus hops and biscuity malt

Taste is a great malt/hop blend - initially a bit hop forward (mostly citrus variety) then blends into a firm malt profile with a bitter bite/finish.

Medium body and carbonation was spot on.

This was a surpise pick up for me. People around here (NC) rave about thomas creek, but this is the first offering I have REALLY enjoyed. I will grab this again as a very solid pale ale for the price.

KidsDoc, Jul 24, 2011
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Pale Ale from Kind Beers Brewing
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