XXX Pale Ale | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jcalabre on 09-18-2003

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by hopfacebrew:
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine Street Pub (& soon to be brewery) over lunch. Served in a pint glass.

A - A slightly hazy golden body with a 1/2 finger white head, decent retention and lacing throughout.

S - Earthy hop character, mild sweet malts, hints of spice.

T - Mild to medium bitterness with earthy, piney hop flavors. Mild sweetness with hints of the alcohol. Fairly straightforward.

M - Lighter end of medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

O - Solid brew, nothing spectacular. Still good. I'd order again

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Southern Sun location, just south of Boulder. Another quality hoppy pale from Mountain sun. Seems they like to brew beers in this approx. style, as they had several options to choose, similar to this one. Anyway it poured cloudy darker amber, loose darker tan head that left plenty of webs and sheets of lace and the pint was lovingly consumed. Fresh, hoppy and tasty, went great with my veggie/cheese sanny and bites of my daughter's burger selection. Quality evident from the first sip! Highly recommended

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tapat the Boulder location. one-eighth retentive head. Very lacey, though aromas are hop and cheese. Light yellow body. More biiterness than a pilsner, perhaps thought of as an IPA in years gone by. Overall, an OK beer and pale though not outstanding.

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Photo of ZorroMulder
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jacobseyb
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber gold color with some cloudiness, nice two finger tannish head, piney hops notes with some yeastiness. Taste is similar with the piney hops a little more pronounced. Feel is somewhat chewy, with good carbonation. Good drinkable pale ale, very sessionable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jcalabre
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on nitro at the Mountain Sun Brewhouse in Boulder, Colorado.
XXX Pale Ale is a cloudy golden pour with a meringue-like white head. The flavor was reasonably hoppy with a smooth finish. It was velvetty on the tongue and very smooth, likely due to the nitrogen.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ConorGolden
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenWBush
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

There is something to be said for breweries whose grasp doesn't always correlate to reach. Rogue in my mind epitomizes this. Some breweries should try a million beers and keep a few. Some breweries should pick a few styles and whittle them down. I feel like Mountain Sun should just do a few styles, and do them well. This XXX pale ale seemed like a toss-off.

It was obliterated by No2, any malt flavor came across with whipped-cream plastic notes, and the hops in my opinion eventually puttered through like musty Saaz. The mouthfeel, so easy to attain in a nitro beer, was pretty much non-existent. The strongly alcoholic current running through the breweries beer was not found here either.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazed golden brown with a moderate white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma of sweet malts, and perhaps a bit more hops than you'd expect. Taste was similar--I thought it a bit over-hopped for the style, but I don't really have a problem with that. Resinous, citrusy, but maybe a tad astringent. Finished dry but with a bland aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, and mostly drinkable overall.

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Photo of Washuffizi98
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale and carapils malt scent that is semi-sweet. It has an awesome citrus hop aroma that is generated by using three different hops. These dudes decided to kick this up a notch and it paid of. The taste is very good. It has a good malt base, but the glory comes with the tremendous hop character. It's HUGE. Citrus hops dominate from the moment it enters your mouth, straight on through the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brew for hopheads. That's just what it is.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer I spotted on the chalkboard (must be the xxx in me).
Pours a hazy golden copper-ish color. Nice one finger head, medium staying power.
Smell has a good balance of hops, sweet malt, citrus and grass.
Taste is really good. Served a bit too cold perhaps. Nonetheless the citrus and grass mix well and the malt keeps them honest. Lemon and tangerine seem to dominate.
Feels refreshing. For a snowy day, this is a great beer. I really like it.

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Photo of mpyle
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color and a bit cloudy. Smallish white head, tightly bubbled and with tenacious retention.

A solventy pine/grapefuit aroma - west coast hops and something else?

A grapefruit hop flavor dominates, but a nice malt/hop balance. A bit of caramel sweetness hidden beneath the hop. Finishes gently with lingering hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringecy. Quite smooth on the tongue, with possibly some *very* minimal alcohol warming.

A nice, hoppy APA. There was an element to the hop flavor that I didn't like, but overall a well-crafted, to style APA.

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Photo of badbassrandy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Medium golden body with signs of robust carbonation; white, craggy head

S - Spicy, deep and earthy hop flavors; alcohol tickles the nostrils

T - Bitter hop dankness; heavy-handed kick of bitterness and alcohol dominate the flavor; spicy, earthy, dank, pine, slight citrus hop profile; bitterness lingers; big jolt of spice and bitterness and alcohol on the finish

M - Sinewy and chewy enough for an IPA; prickly spice of hops and alcohol heat; lingering cloy of hop bitterness

D - A good, small-brewery shot at an "extra pale ale" that leans more towards a slow experience rather than supreme drinkability; bitterness plus alcohol in the mouth mildly detracts from drinkability

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Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rpcarr17
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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XXX Pale Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 40 ratings