Pale Ale | Kind Beers Brewing

Pale AlePale Ale
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 73 ratings
Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Kind Beers Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mikesgroove on 04-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

 745 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 1,031 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

 1,649 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

 920 characters

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

 574 characters

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of redfox405
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

 358 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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).

 874 characters

Photo of lupercmda
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

 1,117 characters

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

 819 characters

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

 934 characters

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of LehighAce06
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

 1,551 characters

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

 1,131 characters

Photo of Onenote81
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

 646 characters

Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev +15%
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...

 1,481 characters

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

 367 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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

 430 characters

Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Pale Ale from Kind Beers Brewing
Beer rating: 28.8% out of 100 with 73 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.