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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 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 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 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 farrago
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light head comprised mainly of big bubbles which pop easily enough, very clear liquid, red with a zinc orange tint, no visible carbonation. Angular nose of pine resin, grasses, grains and orange pekoe tea offset some by caramel and mocha powder, kicks in there but then lost for words, no real flowers, citrus nor spice. Light to medium-bodied, initial burst of carbonation disappears swiftly. Corn syrup, caramel, unsweetened iced tea can be found among the hoppy herbaceousness. Here the cocoa, chocolate notes seem burnt, pan fried. Pine and something like coal tar shampoo. More mixed white citrus to add to the bite. Smooth enough finish, not much going down, however, nothing pissing you off. (Contract brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery)

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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 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 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 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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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 Bartrob6
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

looks very red to me. the bottle says pale ale. beeradvocate says its an IPA. it looks like a red. hmmmm...

nice head on the beer though.

smells good with alot of piney hops and some citrus. definitely some american hops in this one.

very average ipa. good beer, just nothing sticks out to me with it in the taste.

mouthfeel is hot. this beer does not hide the alcohol at all. this is the worst part of the beer. but hey atleast its a "kind" beer to the earth right? who cares about taste when you're saving the planet?

not very drinkable due to the alcohol burn. won't be buying this again.

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Photo of nick76
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is hoppy with grassy and floral hops with caramel malt and a touch of butterscotch and paper. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a nice malty butterscotch finish with hop bitterness. The palate is average. Overall not a bad example of the style but it just doesn't have that it factor to make it good.

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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 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 ncstateplaya
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty heavy looking dark amber, I'm talking Boston lager color. It is crystal clear with loads of carbonation. A slight head was formed during the pour. The off white head was a nice contrast to the amber liquid in the bottom of the glass. The was very subtle lacing.

The nose is a nice balance between malts and hops. The hops smell clean and crisp, not quite citrusy, and the malts have a caramel sweet aroma. The hops smell slightly bitter, but I am lead to believe that this will be a pretty mellow beer.

Surprisingly, the Kind ale is a little more bitter than I had anticipated but other than that, its not very exciting to the palate. There is an undesireable stale aftertaste. I'm not sure if it is the recipe or perhaps the ingredients.

It is a nice crisp medium bodied beer with good carbonation. I would say it is a nice even keelied beer with good balance between the hops and malts. It has a slightly bitter finish.

An easy drinking beer that many will probably enjoy. I however prefer something much fresher tasting. Good characteristics throughout, but there was that off flavor that I couldn't get past.

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Photo of John
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed gold. Thin white head. Aroma and flavors are a combination of lightly toasted bready malt, subtle but adequate hops. Hops turn from oily to floral and finish with a reserved bitterness. A little light for my personal taste, but nicely done for the style. Brewed with all organic ingredients.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with slow, steady carbonation. Thin white head white decent retention and spots of lacing. Smell is somewhat faint at first. Fairly well balanced in smell between hops and malt. An earthy hop presence. Light pine and citrus, not much. More spicy and earthy than anything. But the malts seem more present. Some caramel and toffee. Lightly toasted bread. Mouthfeel is a tad less bitter than your typical but nice and creamy with a consistent carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable considering the 7.3% this carries. Despite the heft,obviously not a full-on IPA in terms of hops. Still, a couple of these wouldn't be bad. Very unassuming, pretty approachable brew for the non-hophead to enter the realm of IPA. And easy going for the days you don't want an in your face hoppy beer. That isn't to say there aren't better options for both. But still, not bad.

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Photo of nms1987
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American IPA is the wrong category for this. Its either American Pale Ale or, better, English-style IPA... even though its 7.3 ABV isn't really in line with either of those two styles.

A translucent gold/bronze. More bronze than gold I guess. Thats that orange-tinted color you're used to IPAs having.

Once again, my sinuses won't let me smell for crap this week but I can smell sweet malts and an orangeish hop scent.

Not too hoppy. I can taste than malt more than I can in most IPAs... hence I think its more an English IPA than American. Theres an odd taste that I can't really place that comes front-n-center on your palate about a second after you take a sip. Its kind of a dry taste. I'm not really sure. Its pleasant tasting but not great.

M. Average carbonation. That same unplaceable taste continues into the aftertaste.

D.. Fair.
Part of me likes it, part of me doesn't. I really wish I could place that taste I'm getting.
I will say this in favor of it, the alcohol is well hidden. It doesn't taste like 7-8 ABV

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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 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 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 philipquarles
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear dark copper without much of a head. Surprisingly sweet and malty nose with some subtle hop character. Somewhat fruity. Hoppier taste, though only slightly bitter; biscuity malt. Dry finish. Medium body. Pleasant drinker.

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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 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 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 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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