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Pale Ale | Kind Beers Brewing

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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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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.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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.

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Photo of Bartrob6
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -7.1%
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 mday
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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 PerzentRizen
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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 ckeegan04
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
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 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.

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Photo of JasonA
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
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 nms1987
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 farrago
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
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 cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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 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...

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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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 John
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Pale Ale from Kind Beers Brewing
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