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Colorado Kind Ale - Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Colorado Kind Ale
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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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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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 Rhettroactive
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the brewery. Appeared to me as an amber colored ale, with a minimal head.

This is a pretty balanced ale. There is a hops presence for sure, but plenty of maltiness keeps it from being too bitter.

I tried 6 beers from Mountain Sun, and I think this was about average from those offerings. No problems, but nothing special either.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale poured an amber-brown color and has a tan head. The nose has some fresh citrus hops along with a sweet malt structure. The taste also has a decent malt base with some active hops. Middling body goes down well enough. Nothing too special here, but a good drinker.

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.

Photo of mentor
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presents a slightly cloudy brown-tan liquid with a gorgeoous cascading half-glass head that settled to a mere one-finger head. Smells sharp clean fragrant grapefruit pith and lemon peel. Some tangerine. Tastes orange when pulled in, then hop bitter, not amber caramel malty. Grapefruit pith is strong and it's got a ragweed roughness. Really flat bitter atertaste (reminds me of the time when I was a kid and bit into a fragrant X-mas candle) with no flavor and no aromatic floral hop rising in the throat. As it warms I do get a little bit of tangerine taste and very mild caramel and crystal sugar flavor. The finish is extremely dry, which does not work well with the flat hop bitter. This beer get a bit wearing about halfway through and is tough to finish. Md-light body and mild/almost no carbonation.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Be kind, rewind. Pours a darker amber to copper color with great clarity and a foamy head. The retention was good but did dissipate over time. Limited lacing.

The nose is well represented. To start there is a generic base with limited caramel notes. A nice hop backing with citrus and hint of grapefruit. Some lighter veggi smells but not over powering. There is a lighter peppery finish as well.

The taste is similar. A nice balance with a hoppy finish. The malt has a subtle caramel flavor but leaves a malt backing to balance everything out. Not much bitterness, but a lot of finishing citrus and grapefruit hops. Some oily textures on the backend that almost leaves a soapy finish. Very clean, no real yeast off flavors.

The body is closer to mid than light. Very clean with a light carbonation. Overall a good easy drinking beer to watch the world go by.

Photo of stumac
3/5  rDev -20%

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Colorado Kind Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
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