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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 JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa yesterday, having never heard of this before and knowing nothing about Kind Beers at all. Even though this was listed as 7.30% ABV on here, the package said that this was at 6.0% and in addition, the label wasn't anything like the one pictured on here. A check of the website revealed that it's currently not up and running as well, so this still remained a mystery to me. With so many APA's out there, I was hoping that this would have stood out a bit more. If they were going for a muted, woodsy take on this style, then they hit the nail on the head with this one!

The pour to this was relatively basic, with a copper hue, moderate head, and lacing that could only be seen after the first few sips that I took of this. Not much of a hop presence to this and what was detectable had a somewhat earthy feel to it. The consistency was closer to one of the Innis and Gunn beers, as this was smooth, hardly carbonated, and felt like pine. Quite a bit of oil as well as this went down with a considerable amount of slickness, and it was only once this settled on my tongue that I could feel a slight hop burn, before it faded away toward a slightly more resinous feel.

I could hardly feel the booze in here either and the only lingering notes that stuck with me were those of leather and a slight earthy hoppiness. This wouldn't win any awards with anyone but for a slightly different take on a common style, this would suffice if you were stuck out in the woods and needed something to help out with getting away from it all!

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.64/5  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!).

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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

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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 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 syrupjoe
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a cloudy medium amber color with off white head.

Nose is grassy, slightly piney, and just a hint of citrus. Also fairly malty and biscuity.

Taste is strong! My first impression was holy crap this thing has a bite for a pale ale. Strong caramelly malt zip with a little bit of a boozy punch. Hops stand up to malt, but malt is definitely the strongest flavor here.

Aftertaste is almost pure malt... slightly syrupy and grainy tasting. Moderate carbonation.

Overall an okay malt-forward pale ale, but nothing special. Fairly smooth and decently balanced, but just not an exceptional beer.

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Photo of semihobo
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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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 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 PDXHops
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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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 GPHarris
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick light tan and bubbly head into a snifter that left nice sheeting and thick lacing. the body was a hazy and bright amber color.
s - malty, sweet, caramel, faint floral hops.
t - bitter breadiness, some fruitiness, very malty.
m - a little thin.
d - no where near as hoppy as i would like for an APA but it tastes good if that makes sense.

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

There's some sort of discretion about who actually brews these Kind beers. Apparently, they are brewed by Thomas Creek and merely marketed under the name "Kind." I guess this is an attempt to appeal to the yuppie, organic-loving crowd that swarms around the Greater Charlotte area, and I think it's working. This stuff seems to be flying off the shelves of local grocery stores.

At any rate, I had a bottle of this at Zada Jane's tonight in Charlotte. The beer itself wasn't that great, but let me tell you, if you ever get a chance, check out this restaurant. The food's killer.

Seemed to me like a really weak Double IPA. More on the malty side than hoppy, but not much kick in any department really. I almost question the 7.3%abv, but hey, who am I to question a label?

Taste was average. Smell was average. I have to give it points in the drinkability department though because it certainly wasn't hard to drink. All in all though, I think "Kind" (Thomas Creek) could have done a little better job with this beer, or at least kept it more along the parameters of an APA. I was expecting SNPA and got a watered-down 90 Minute.

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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 phishgator
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

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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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Photo of beerphan
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of joepais
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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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 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 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 Georgiabeer
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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).

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Photo of prostparkbrau
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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!!!

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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 mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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