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Pale Ale - Kind Beers Brewing

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
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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Photo of AleWatcher
1.63/5  rDev -52.3%
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!).

Photo of whitekiboko
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of semihobo
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma (6/12): Resinous hops. Bready malts. Clean, no esters. Hop aromas are moderately strong but nondescript.

Appearance (3/3): Clear orange with white lace, fairly weak poor retention.

Taste (8/20): Bitter, resinous hops taste with grainy malt taste. Some fruity esters. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel (3/5): Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Astringent finish is unpleasant.

Overall (5/10): Good grain flavors, although slightly too big for the style. Hop bitterness is borderline excessive, and hop flavor is one-dimensionally bitter and adds astringency, with less aroma than desired. Consider adding more late hops/dry hopping to increase hop flavor/aroma without adding to bitterness or astringency. Also watch for high-carbonate water increasing hop bitterness, if applicable.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of PDXHops
2.53/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of farrago
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light head comprised mainly of big bubbles which pop easily enough, very clear liquid, red with a zinc orange tint, no visible carbonation. Angular nose of pine resin, grasses, grains and orange pekoe tea offset some by caramel and mocha powder, kicks in there but then lost for words, no real flowers, citrus nor spice. Light to medium-bodied, initial burst of carbonation disappears swiftly. Corn syrup, caramel, unsweetened iced tea can be found among the hoppy herbaceousness. Here the cocoa, chocolate notes seem burnt, pan fried. Pine and something like coal tar shampoo. More mixed white citrus to add to the bite. Smooth enough finish, not much going down, however, nothing pissing you off. (Contract brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery)

Photo of prostparkbrau
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Belgiam Style Red Ale. Sorry but was not impressed. seems kinda miss leading..tried to like it..really . ! From the upstate SC. and " want our local brewers" to get it right. BUT.. Its really a weak bier..aftertaste: ok but no real distinguishing taste. KIND BEER >>?? What Kind??? Be more!!!

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper, head is off white.

Smell is pretty neutral, light pale malt and muted bitterness from hops

Taste is mild caramel malt, light biscuit. Overcome. By the bitterness

Mouthfeel is a little harsh, hard to distinguish the strength. Is this really 7%?

Overall, odd brew, starts a little muted and harsh from the bitterness, would like more aromatic hops or additional malt sweetness

Photo of joepais
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kirkpjr for this one. I poured the bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass it produced a large off white colored head that settled to a thick lace. The body was a hazy amber almost brown color. Which seamed off to me for a pale

Aromas hops and yeast were strong on this one. The flavor was interesting for a pale as well. I guess I just am used to better examples of the style. This one was really towards the sweet almost to malty for the style hence the darker color I guess. It had a medium bodied with good carbonation. It sure was another interesting brew to drink and the drinkability was ok

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of b2611
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of AlCzerik
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of RyanAU
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Soto
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of redfox405
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of beerphan
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> american pint

Pours a dark dark ambered copper with a big active head that pulsates as it dissipates down to a tiny ring around the glass. Some thick chunks of lace initially. Carbonation is thin but plentiful as it moves robustly the entire length of the glass.

Nose: Slightly metallic, faint hops

Initially offensive and not so kind, imo. Oily body. Sweet slick caramel dominates with the quick kick of hop bitterness, barely enough to lend even the tad of balance. No real hop flavors, just a stingy bitterness.

No way this is an IPA. This is seriously a miss classification as nowhere on the bottle is IPA even mentioned. This is an APA.

Photo of Bartrob6
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My understanding is that this brewery only has two offerings, the Belgian red and the pale ale. I'm guessing this entry is supposed to be for the pale ale and not an IPA. This is brewed with an blend of malts including British Maris Otter Pale Malt and specialty malts, Belgian Aromatic, and Crystal 60. At 7.3% its quite a bit stronger than the typical pale ale. Pours an orange amber, more the color of an IPA, and with a nice head that sticks around and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells somewhat grainy, and maltier rather than hoppier. Grassy hops round it out. A little hot and sharp in the flavor department to start, but curiously flat and watery on the finish. A little grainy in the mouth, and with a slight acridness. The extra alcohol doesn't help, and just makes things little harsher. I'd re-tweak this with either less malt and alcohol or more hops (or both).

Photo of phishgator
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice white head with medium carbonation. The aroma is of grassy hops, possibly Cascade. The color is a solid copper/amber and there is light chill haze. The flavor is bitter all the way through. A little too bitter and not enough malt to balance. I would classify this as an IPA and I believe every bottle I have had states that it is an IPA. Good brew from a small company!

Photo of nick76
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is hoppy with grassy and floral hops with caramel malt and a touch of butterscotch and paper. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a nice malty butterscotch finish with hop bitterness. The palate is average. Overall not a bad example of the style but it just doesn't have that it factor to make it good.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty heavy looking dark amber, I'm talking Boston lager color. It is crystal clear with loads of carbonation. A slight head was formed during the pour. The off white head was a nice contrast to the amber liquid in the bottom of the glass. The was very subtle lacing.

The nose is a nice balance between malts and hops. The hops smell clean and crisp, not quite citrusy, and the malts have a caramel sweet aroma. The hops smell slightly bitter, but I am lead to believe that this will be a pretty mellow beer.

Surprisingly, the Kind ale is a little more bitter than I had anticipated but other than that, its not very exciting to the palate. There is an undesireable stale aftertaste. I'm not sure if it is the recipe or perhaps the ingredients.

It is a nice crisp medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I would say it is a nice even keelied beer with good balance between the hops and malts. It has a slightly bitter finish.

An easy drinking beer that many will probably enjoy. I however prefer something much fresher tasting. Good characteristics throughout, but there was that off flavor that I couldn't get past.

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Pale Ale from Kind Beers Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.