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XXX Pale Ale - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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XXX Pale Ale
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jcalabre on 09-18-2003)
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at Vine Street Pub (& soon to be brewery) over lunch. Served in a pint glass.

A - A slightly hazy golden body with a 1/2 finger white head, decent retention and lacing throughout.

S - Earthy hop character, mild sweet malts, hints of spice.

T - Mild to medium bitterness with earthy, piney hop flavors. Mild sweetness with hints of the alcohol. Fairly straightforward.

M - Lighter end of medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

O - Solid brew, nothing spectacular. Still good. I'd order again

01-16-2012 19:32:58 | More by hopfacebrew
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

Enjoyed on tap at the Southern Sun location, just south of Boulder. Another quality hoppy pale from Mountain sun. Seems they like to brew beers in this approx. style, as they had several options to choose, similar to this one. Anyway it poured cloudy darker amber, loose darker tan head that left plenty of webs and sheets of lace and the pint was lovingly consumed. Fresh, hoppy and tasty, went great with my veggie/cheese sanny and bites of my daughter's burger selection. Quality evident from the first sip! Highly recommended

02-18-2009 04:54:57 | More by Billolick
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 03:07:08 | More by bpfrush
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-14-2014 09:37:21 | More by williamjbauer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

On tapat the Boulder location. one-eighth retentive head. Very lacey, though aromas are hop and cheese. Light yellow body. More biiterness than a pilsner, perhaps thought of as an IPA in years gone by. Overall, an OK beer and pale though not outstanding.

02-13-2011 22:58:23 | More by Sammy
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ZorroMulder

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-26-2012 14:56:59 | More by ZorroMulder
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%

Amber gold color with some cloudiness, nice two finger tannish head, piney hops notes with some yeastiness. Taste is similar with the piney hops a little more pronounced. Feel is somewhat chewy, with good carbonation. Good drinkable pale ale, very sessionable.

01-09-2010 18:14:03 | More by jacobseyb
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-19-2013 04:20:50 | More by jaydoc
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jcalabre

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

I had this on nitro at the Mountain Sun Brewhouse in Boulder, Colorado.
XXX Pale Ale is a cloudy golden pour with a meringue-like white head. The flavor was reasonably hoppy with a smooth finish. It was velvetty on the tongue and very smooth, likely due to the nitrogen.

09-18-2003 03:03:31 | More by jcalabre
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stumac

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-10-2013 04:17:28 | More by stumac
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

There is something to be said for breweries whose grasp doesn't always correlate to reach. Rogue in my mind epitomizes this. Some breweries should try a million beers and keep a few. Some breweries should pick a few styles and whittle them down. I feel like Mountain Sun should just do a few styles, and do them well. This XXX pale ale seemed like a toss-off.

It was obliterated by No2, any malt flavor came across with whipped-cream plastic notes, and the hops in my opinion eventually puttered through like musty Saaz. The mouthfeel, so easy to attain in a nitro beer, was pretty much non-existent. The strongly alcoholic current running through the breweries beer was not found here either.

09-12-2004 22:48:10 | More by GreenWBush
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazed golden brown with a moderate white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma of sweet malts, and perhaps a bit more hops than you'd expect. Taste was similar--I thought it a bit over-hopped for the style, but I don't really have a problem with that. Resinous, citrusy, but maybe a tad astringent. Finished dry but with a bland aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and mostly drinkable overall.

08-15-2011 00:01:08 | More by Rifugium
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Chalkhead


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-17-2013 16:36:09 | More by Chalkhead
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale and carapils malt scent that is semi-sweet. It has an awesome citrus hop aroma that is generated by using three different hops. These dudes decided to kick this up a notch and it paid of. The taste is very good. It has a good malt base, but the glory comes with the tremendous hop character. It's HUGE. Citrus hops dominate from the moment it enters your mouth, straight on through the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brew for hopheads. That's just what it is.

01-23-2006 14:10:26 | More by WesWes
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%

First beer I spotted on the chalkboard (must be the xxx in me).
Pours a hazy golden copper-ish color. Nice one finger head, medium staying power.
Smell has a good balance of hops, sweet malt, citrus and grass.
Taste is really good. Served a bit too cold perhaps. Nonetheless the citrus and grass mix well and the malt keeps them honest. Lemon and tangerine seem to dominate.
Feels refreshing. For a snowy day, this is a great beer. I really like it.

04-14-2007 18:49:25 | More by Mebuzzard
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mpyle

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Golden color and a bit cloudy. Smallish white head, tightly bubbled and with tenacious retention.

A solventy pine/grapefuit aroma - west coast hops and something else?

A grapefruit hop flavor dominates, but a nice malt/hop balance. A bit of caramel sweetness hidden beneath the hop. Finishes gently with lingering hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringecy. Quite smooth on the tongue, with possibly some *very* minimal alcohol warming.

A nice, hoppy APA. There was an element to the hop flavor that I didn't like, but overall a well-crafted, to style APA.

03-03-2007 14:25:07 | More by mpyle
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badbassrandy

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Medium golden body with signs of robust carbonation; white, craggy head

S - Spicy, deep and earthy hop flavors; alcohol tickles the nostrils

T - Bitter hop dankness; heavy-handed kick of bitterness and alcohol dominate the flavor; spicy, earthy, dank, pine, slight citrus hop profile; bitterness lingers; big jolt of spice and bitterness and alcohol on the finish

M - Sinewy and chewy enough for an IPA; prickly spice of hops and alcohol heat; lingering cloy of hop bitterness

D - A good, small-brewery shot at an "extra pale ale" that leans more towards a slow experience rather than supreme drinkability; bitterness plus alcohol in the mouth mildly detracts from drinkability

08-15-2009 22:24:00 | More by badbassrandy
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Domingo

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-21-2011 18:43:22 | More by Domingo
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eawolff99

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-04-2013 02:53:30 | More by eawolff99
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Comiha

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-16-2014 16:26:11 | More by Comiha
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-29-2014 06:32:41 | More by zestar
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-12-2012 21:23:42 | More by jenray
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rowew

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at Mountain Sun. Poured a cloudy orange color with a large frothy head. Left a ton of lacing on the side of the glass as it drained. Aroma and taste are almost pure hops, but there is a decent amount of malt to back it up. Very drinkable - usually I'm not big on the nitro beers but this is a decent example.

03-08-2005 16:18:41 | More by rowew
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rye726

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

I think the xxx stands for extra hops because this pale ale has some bite. A hybrid between an APA and an IPA. It poured a cloudy golden color with a tanish head. The nose has big fruity hops but not much malts. Like the nose the malt flavor jsut does not stand up to the bitter hops. A very hoppy pale ale.

05-23-2008 05:02:38 | More by rye726
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-24-2011 06:16:22 | More by MsRif
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XXX Pale Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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