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Pale AlePale Ale

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Kind Beers Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mikesgroove on 04-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I was really impressed with this beer. Pours a deep orange/gold with a nice milkshake-like frothy head on top. This retained perfectly and left nice sticky globs along the glass edge as well as perfect sip rings. Smelled of piney hops, and deep sour citrus. Great scent.

I love the fruity bitterness on this one. It's not so overpowering that it'll knock you down, but it is satisfying as all get out. Wonderfully balanced, as I can also taste the malty sweetness coming through. Mouthfeel was full and crisp. Excellent. This one was an easy drinker for sure, and though the ABV is high, I wanted another and another. Great brew. Recommend.

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Photo of GeorgeP
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of JasonA
4.06/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Da Kine is Dog the Bounty Hunter's Wife's bail bond shop. The term "da kine" is Hawaiian for "uhh," only it's grammatically proper within the pidgin system and stands in for every place holder. Really a neat linguistic thingamajig, for any of you who are interested in that stuff. And I thought this was Da Kine for forever, and I couldn't find it on here, but then I read closer and it's Kind Ale, which is just a stupid pot reference. This better get me high.

Pours dark as dark, man. Duuude. Maaan. Shiiiit. Good pour, though. Very dark amber, huge head and nice lacing.

Smells of roughy, heavy caramel and big spicy hops. Real strong, but the focus is on balance. You can tell this is an east coaster.

Tastes like it smells, balanced. Caramel syrup, cereal--very intensely dull tasting, like if novocain was a flavor, backed up by bitterdry hops. I'm guessing the hops are european.

Eh... usually these AIPAs that try to be EIPAs ain't this strong. Call me a nutter, but when it comes to heavy IPAs I like to have big hop complexities. This is still a good beer, but it's not my favorite subset of the style.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear copper in color with a huge foamy head. Head has excellent retention and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S - A nice mix of piney hops a sweet caramel malt. More caramel in the nose than I like from IPA's, but still a very nice aroma.

T - Sweet caramel up front with some biscuity sweetness as well. The piney hops come through quickly providing a nice bitterness. Hints of a little lemon peel as well. Finishes bitter sweet with lots of caramel.

M/D - Medium bodied with a well carbonated, crisp mouthfeel. Very easy drinking and if the 7%+ ABV is right, I'd say a little too easy drinking. Alcohol is masked very well.

A surprisingly good pale ale. Not sure of the IPA clasification...the ABV is the only IPA characteristic it has.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish orange color with a thick yellowish white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of orange citrus rind, floral and piney hops, and a little malt. Tastes of really strong hops, orange, pine, and subtle malts. Drinkability is high. I really like this beer.

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Photo of hopsgirl35
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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

One of my favorite's that I like to keep

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Kind Beers Pale Ale "Brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery for Kind Beers" From Kind Beer's Website: "...we use 100% Maris Otter grain in the mashing process. The addition of East Kent Golding, Fuggle, and Amarillo hops makes this a very desirable beer."

So this is a distribution company that picked up its own contract-brewed beer made by Thomas Creek? I'm slightly confused...oh well---bring on the beer!

Pours semi-viscous, with a golden-copper color and a lively carbonation level rising up through a clear body. A finely-sorted cap of light khaki bubbles retains well, leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass' insides. The smell is more "pale ale" than "IPA", which makes sense given the label (although I do agree that at 7.3% this should be an IPA). Soft, floral hops pull through in the aroma, alongside a hint of citrus; a delicate balance of sweet caramel malts and biscuits comes along for the ride.

Interesting flavor on this IPA. Starts out big and bold, with a pronounced caramel sweetness that immediately gives way to a spicy, floral hop note that lingers long into the finish with citrus rind and orange juice. Aside from the bitterness, the aftertaste is a bit dry and metallic at first; the medium body is crisp and bubbly, and the alcohol is well-hidden. All in all, a fairly solid IPA from a SC brewery that I normally shy away from. Maybe I'll start giving Thomas Creek more of a chance when I see it in the beer store...

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Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Flying Saucer poured into a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is a decent amount of citrus hops and slight sweet malts. The taste is a decent amount of pine and citrus hops up front with sweet malts backing it up nicely. The beer is medium bodied with some sticky alcohol. This is a very enjoyable organic IPA.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one quality brew that was acquired through a trade with wilwfu - much thanks Wil.

Poured into a Duvel glass the first thing that strikes me is how amazingly clear this beer is. Usually IPA's are a touch cloudy but this one is obviously pastuerized (not bad nor good just an observation). The head reduces quickly to a thin lace that is barely visible within 5 minutes.

Smell is a bit muted but delicious nonetheless. I can detect passionfruit, juicy malt, and extremely light hop florals.

Taste has a hop kick upfront that quickly dies down to a small hop sharpness in the back of the throat. The center is punctuated with a very rounded malty sweetness that plays very nicely in a back and forth duet. Finish is long and seems to disappear into the darkness that this beer came from. There is something almost mystical about the way the beer comes with a bang and fades like a man riding a horse off on the horizon.

Mouthfeel is light and airy. There is nothing big about this beer, but it there need not be anything big. The drinker has no outward signs that the beer will be explosive in flavor or alcohol - in fact quite the contrary (which in itself is quite nice to see).

I love IPA's and it's great to see a brewery just make an IPA and not a super duper over-the-top hop bomb extraordinaire. The drinkability is very friendly, inviting, and makes me think of a BBQ with friends. Want another beer? Sure, why not there's nothing intimidating here. Great brew!

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear amber with a small cream-colored head that recedes to a thin layer of soapy bubbles and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is fairly malty with lots of sweet caramel malts and the hops are there but not overpowering. The hops are fairly earthy with only faint hints of citrus and with more spiciness than I was expecting.

The taste is also much more earthy and malty than I was expecting. There is a big caramel malt base with the hops being more spicy than anything else. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish but much more tea-like than hoppy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and is actually quite good for the style. It's creamy but with a nice tingling bitterness.

This is a solid beer that really relies on the malt presence for the flavor and brings very little to the table in terms of hops. It's more an English-style pale than American.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the Bier Garden in Asheville, NC. The menu states that Kind Ale is brewed in Asheville. hmmm? Wherever it's brewed, it pours pure gold with a thin white head and thin trails of lace. There's an upfront malt and hop aroma along with a slight grassy smell. The malt is lightly sweet and a bit thin. Grapefruit and lemony citrus bitterness is followed by a slight metallic tang. Lightly herbal and easy to drink.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of SimpleM
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was given this beer from a friend that headed up his home brewers yearly festival. Oddly enough although he brews, he only drinks one or two a year. So... I get to be the beneficiary of any extraneous beer he comes across. That said, he was worried that the beer may have suffered from sitting in the back of his truck on a 90+ degree afternoon.

Worries were unwarranted as far as I can tell.

This is a quite nice beer, but it doesn't seem like a Pale Ale, more like a hopped up red much like Sam Adams Irish Red and Fat Tire had a collision.

Pour was decent, less head than expected, only maybe a 1/2 inch and a reasonable lace. With so little head, I expected carbonation aplenty. Nope. Almost flat feeling (heat?) but pleasant none the less. Based on an earlier review I expected it to be harsher, but it ended up being a rather smooth, red ale-like experience with some extra hops.

I will likely buy this beer at some point, and would definitely like to try it in draft form.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twinkling tangerine with no hint of haziness whatsoever. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a whipped egg whites crown that is somewhere between pastel orange and beige in color. A little stickiness leads to a few small splotches of lace. A solid, though unremarkable look.

The nose isn't quite hoptastic enough for the style. Each sniff delivers a modest amount of toasted maltiness, countered by a musky hoppiness that smells English in origin... Goldings perhaps. Either that or some nondescript American hop that isn't particularly citrusy.

Pale Ale is a tweener that comes closer to an IPA than an APA. Amount of malt, mouthfeel and ABV push it in that direction anyway. As color and aroma suggest, there's a significant amount of caramel malt present. A little more than in Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, if you need a point of reference.

The hoppiness is barely midrange for the style and still doesn't distinguish itself in terms of flavor. I'd love to know what hops are present, but couldn't locate any info on ingredients. Flavors include English toffee, apricots, tea leaves and a little grassiness. This is a pretty good drinker, but that's as far as it goes.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience. It's easily IPA medium-full and has the kind of smooth creaminess that I always look for in beer of this style. Well done carbonation is the key.

My relative lack of enthusiasm for Kind (India) Pale Ale has more to do with the choice of ingredients than with the beer's overall quality. A paler malt bill and a new-and-improved hop bill would give this brew a chance to shine. As always, your mileage may vary.

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Photo of mday
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A :: Very clear deep copper in the glass. Thick one finger head reduces to a thin white film with some lacing.
S :: Light, muted hop character with some sweet malt.
T :: Based on first impressions I'm glad they designated this a 'Pale Ale' as the hops aren't as pronounced as I would get from an IPA. I get more maltiness in each sip, but some floral hops are fighting to come through. The sweetness disappears in the finish to leave you with some hoppy bitterness
M :: Thin overall and good carbonation. Dry and crisp without feeling any alcohol.
D :: I don't believe I'd go hunting for this beer, but if I found it somewhere I'd still pick some up. Could probably have a few of these and be happy.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a fairly clear, mahogany-hued body with, despite my ever so eager pour, only managed to form a finger worth of white head which fizzled out pretty quickly.

Smell: Caramelly maltiness leads the bouquet, with a lighter note of standard bread crusts. Supporting hop notes of fresh herbs with a minor, background hint of lemon rind.

Taste: Pale malts welcome in additions of bread crusts and sweet-tasting caramel. As with the nose, the caramel is the strongest component in regards to the malts. Hops present a spicy, zesty herbaceousness with the faintest hint of powderized lemon pith. Medium amount of bitterness overall. The back half is largely toasty with more of the persistent bitterness holding on until the dry, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Just barely squeaks into being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent brew that has a solid backing of caramelly malts and a sufficient, predominately English hop character.

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