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Colorado Kind Ale - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Colorado Kind Ale
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2003

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of drseamus
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer recommended to me by a fellow BA and it was a good choice. It has a very clear bold red color and a sweet malty aroma. The flavor is balanced but leans pretty heavily towards the malty side. The medium/heavy body on this is a bit heavy for the style but works. It has very good drinkability and is definitely a "greater than the sum of it's parts" type of beers.

Photo of Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy chestnut with cascading off white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Smooth, medium mouthfeel is accented with a sharp citrus hops. There is a bready and caramel malt backbone that rides the hop wave. All the flavors lingered in the mouth for the aftertaste.
Overall, my favorite Mountain Sun brew--didn't try the nonnitro version, though...

Photo of badbassrandy
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a sample of six Mountain Sun beers with a wonderful lunch, this brew stood out.

A - The look screams amber/red and the head screams quality ingredients; hazy deep amber; soapy off-white head

S - Dank hop nose with citrus; hints of bready malt base

T - I love hoppy amber/red ales more than any other style, and this one did not disappoint; delicious matching of strong hop flavors met a wonderful, rich malt base that was not overly roasty or chocolate; citrus hops, perfect balance, bright and vibrant hop flavor, bready and caramel malt foundation; hop bitterness lingers

M - Smooth but noticeably carbonated; prickly, cloying, lingering hops

D - Very high drinkability owed to genius balance and big Rocky Mountain hop flavor; very clean tasting and refreshing but "manly"

This is the one beer I tasted from Mountain Sun that I really wanted a growler of, but alas, it was not in the cards... Next stop was Boulder Beer :)

Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't add more to what has been said, as I pretty much agree with others on this one. A dark copper coloured brew from the tap at the source. Head is minimal, lacing is barely there. Aromas are fresh dank hops. Resiny, and greapefruity as all get out with some lovely "weedy" stem hints as well. The "kind bud" of beers. Taste is less marijuana-like and more straight up citrusy and hoppy. Malting is nice and quite evident in the strong caramel-tinged breadiness that is apparant in the middle of this brew. Finish is drier and hoppier still with an intense ending and afterimage as well as strong heavy handed hop burps. A real hippie-hop-lovers beer....hippity-hippity-hops.

Photo of Comiha
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mountain Sun Brewpub in Boulder:

A- amber color with a thin white head

S- smells of hops (obviously) with citrus notes

T- Great hop character for a pale ale. Quite intense for an APA. Mild grapefruit taste with other citrus notes. Quite delicious

M- Pretty carbonated, but finishes with a nice bite

O- I was quite impressed by this Pale Ale from this small brewpub. Very flavorful. Reminds me a bit of Dale's.

Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Mountain Sun and it left a lasting impression. Great dark copper color with a lovely cream colored head. The flowery hop nose was very prominent as I brought the glass to my lips. The flavor was full of hops and slightly overpowered the malt balance. The hop flavor hung on the tongue nicely, but the malt was gone immediately. As explained by the bartender "a heavily hopped pale ale" - his description was pretty accurate, but I could have mistaken this for an IPA.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is more like it! After a few stinkers I finally found a beer at the brewery that I could really get down on.

A slightly musk hangs over the major hoppiness here, but is slightly yeasty in a way that is not offensive. This hides a very powerfully malty hop and booze-bomb that goes straight to the liver via nitro. Its quite well balanced going down the hatch but I can't wonder if that's just the leveling influence of the nitro. Its seriously citric in its Cascade hoppiness and it reminded the table of Lost Coast's Indica in a good way.

I found this to be the best house beer.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark amber/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a rich malty core with a dry, bitter hop finish. It boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down with ease and finishes with a roasted, hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good rinking brew. I like the aroma and flavor; a well rounded, good drinker.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well balanced PA. Hazed dark amber pour with a nice head that laced and kept retention fairly well. Some caramel and slight citrus in the aroma. Seems well balanced thus far.
Taste is spicy up front, with a bit of clove and coriander. Some lemongrass. The malt kicks in mid-way. Caramel and slightly roasted malt come through. the end is quite quick and refreshing. This is a darn good PA with good balance and no over the top hops.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the vine street pub. I can't believe I've never reviewed this because I've had it several times. It is dark orange and while it smells good it doesn't prepare me for the pine needle and dank hoppiness that follows in the taste. I swear this was hopper than l remember. Good stuff.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Possibly their best brew, enjoyed at the Boulder brewpub. I can see why this is a mainstay. Lacey though minimum head, on a slight amber body. C-aroma and grapefruit taste, towards an IPA in biterness and taste. Very good drinkability, particularly in relation to the rest of their lineup.

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hint of citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, great appearance, good feel, and body.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro at their brewpub

You don't usually see brews like this on nitro, and often they don't quite work. I guess the jury's still out on this one, but I thought it was fine. Poured a reddish-amber with a thick creamy, eggshell head, that retained well and left some nice lacing. Lots of citrus and piney hops in the aroma. Again, lots of hops in the taste, citrus and citrus zest, subdued but sweet caramel malts; kind of bitter in the aftertaste, but not too bad. Medium bodied and quaffable.

Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Vine Street Pub in Denver.

A: Cloudy amber color with a thick cream head. Head has excellent retention and leaves a heavy amount of lace.

S: Grass and lemon leaning citrus with some caramel sweetness.

T: Malt is up front with a nice toasted grain flavor. Hops come on strong with a lemon and grapefruit citrus bitterness that's backed by a touch of clove. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: The nitro makes a big difference versus the regular tap version. Medium body is silky smooth and feels great in the mouth.

D: Nice session beer. The nitro really changed this beer's character for me. Well worth a revisit next time I'm at Vine Street.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Colorado Kind Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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