Colorado Kind 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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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 60
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Vine Street Pub over lunch. Served in a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep hazy amber with a 1.5 finger thick cream head. Head has excellent retention and leaves a ton of lacing throughout.

S - Very earthy in hop character together with a hint of lemony citrus and some malty sweetness on the back end. I think the Nitro restricts a bit of the aroma however.

T - The beer starts with a good malty sweetness with a bready/toast flavor. The hops, similar to the nose, are earthy/grassy/citrus and mildly bitter. The bitterness lingers. Again, a little more refined on Nitro.

M - I found the nitro version to be creamy and smooth. Silky in texture. I think it works quite well.

O - I really think Kind Ale is better on CO2 than Nitro, but this isn't bad, it's quite good really. I just miss the aroma an flavors of the regular version.

Serving type: nitro-tap

Reviewed on: 06-03-2011 19:08:22

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, hint of citrus, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, hint of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, great appearance, good feel, and body.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mountain Sun Brewpub in Boulder:

A- amber color with a thin white head

S- smells of hops (obviously) with citrus notes

T- Great hop character for a pale ale. Quite intense for an APA. Mild grapefruit taste with other citrus notes. Quite delicious

M- Pretty carbonated, but finishes with a nice bite

O- I was quite impressed by this Pale Ale from this small brewpub. Very flavorful. Reminds me a bit of Dale's.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on nitro at their brewpub

You don't usually see brews like this on nitro, and often they don't quite work. I guess the jury's still out on this one, but I thought it was fine. Poured a reddish-amber with a thick creamy, eggshell head, that retained well and left some nice lacing. Lots of citrus and piney hops in the aroma. Again, lots of hops in the taste, citrus and citrus zest, subdued but sweet caramel malts; kind of bitter in the aftertaste, but not too bad. Medium bodied and quaffable.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the vine street pub. I can't believe I've never reviewed this because I've had it several times. It is dark orange and while it smells good it doesn't prepare me for the pine needle and dank hoppiness that follows in the taste. I swear this was hopper than l remember. Good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Possibly their best brew, enjoyed at the Boulder brewpub. I can see why this is a mainstay. Lacey though minimum head, on a slight amber body. C-aroma and grapefruit taste, towards an IPA in biterness and taste. Very good drinkability, particularly in relation to the rest of their lineup.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Vine Street Pub. Slightly cloudy darker amber/orange color with a tannish two finger head. Citrusy hop bitterness with some malty backbone in the aroma. Taste is more malty but the citrusy bitterness persists. Feel is medium bodied with a crisp finish.

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Photo of badbassrandy
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a sample of six Mountain Sun beers with a wonderful lunch, this brew stood out.

A - The look screams amber/red and the head screams quality ingredients; hazy deep amber; soapy off-white head

S - Dank hop nose with citrus; hints of bready malt base

T - I love hoppy amber/red ales more than any other style, and this one did not disappoint; delicious matching of strong hop flavors met a wonderful, rich malt base that was not overly roasty or chocolate; citrus hops, perfect balance, bright and vibrant hop flavor, bready and caramel malt foundation; hop bitterness lingers

M - Smooth but noticeably carbonated; prickly, cloying, lingering hops

D - Very high drinkability owed to genius balance and big Rocky Mountain hop flavor; very clean tasting and refreshing but "manly"

This is the one beer I tasted from Mountain Sun that I really wanted a growler of, but alas, it was not in the cards... Next stop was Boulder Beer :)

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well balanced PA. Hazed dark amber pour with a nice head that laced and kept retention fairly well. Some caramel and slight citrus in the aroma. Seems well balanced thus far.
Taste is spicy up front, with a bit of clove and coriander. Some lemongrass. The malt kicks in mid-way. Caramel and slightly roasted malt come through. the end is quite quick and refreshing. This is a darn good PA with good balance and no over the top hops.

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Photo of Rayek
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Vine Street Pub in Denver.

A: Cloudy amber color with a thick cream head. Head has excellent retention and leaves a heavy amount of lace.

S: Grass and lemon leaning citrus with some caramel sweetness.

T: Malt is up front with a nice toasted grain flavor. Hops come on strong with a lemon and grapefruit citrus bitterness that's backed by a touch of clove. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: The nitro makes a big difference versus the regular tap version. Medium body is silky smooth and feels great in the mouth.

D: Nice session beer. The nitro really changed this beer's character for me. Well worth a revisit next time I'm at Vine Street.

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Photo of scray24
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from quart growler/mason jar.

Amber/yellow appearance with decent head.

Some slight hops - not as strong as their FYI IPA and close to right on for the style.

Taste was good, easy drinker and a solid effort by the brewers but would have liked it a bit hoppier given their description:

"What's in a name? The brewers mantra, "more hops" is taken as far as possible in this beer. A deep amber body balances the bitterness and makes that long day at work seem a distant memory. Just ask for a pint of "the dank!!" This beer is also dry hopped with whole flower and cascade hops.

Bottom line - good beer but doesn't fit their own description - that being said, I'd still drink more.

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Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pale ale poured an amber-brown color and has a tan head. The nose has some fresh citrus hops along with a sweet malt structure. The taste also has a decent malt base with some active hops. Middling body goes down well enough. Nothing too special here, but a good drinker.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Be kind, rewind. Pours a darker amber to copper color with great clarity and a foamy head. The retention was good but did dissipate over time. Limited lacing.

The nose is well represented. To start there is a generic base with limited caramel notes. A nice hop backing with citrus and hint of grapefruit. Some lighter veggi smells but not over powering. There is a lighter peppery finish as well.

The taste is similar. A nice balance with a hoppy finish. The malt has a subtle caramel flavor but leaves a malt backing to balance everything out. Not much bitterness, but a lot of finishing citrus and grapefruit hops. Some oily textures on the backend that almost leaves a soapy finish. Very clean, no real yeast off flavors.

The body is closer to mid than light. Very clean with a light carbonation. Overall a good easy drinking beer to watch the world go by.

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Photo of drseamus
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer recommended to me by a fellow BA and it was a good choice. It has a very clear bold red color and a sweet malty aroma. The flavor is balanced but leans pretty heavily towards the malty side. The medium/heavy body on this is a bit heavy for the style but works. It has very good drinkability and is definitely a "greater than the sum of it's parts" type of beers.

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Photo of mpyle
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, and slightly cloudy. Smallish white head, tightly bubbled but with fairly poor retention.

Aroma has some caramel maltiness. Possibly a bit of alcohol. Some citrusy hops. Maybe some diacetyl (buttery)

Gentle but significant hop bitterness from the start. Good citrus hop flavor mixing with some buttery malt sweetness. Finish not very dry, and a nice lingering hop flavor.

Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth on the tongue - no hop astringency. A bit of slickness supporting the idea of a hint of diacetyl.

A nice drinking, hopppy Amber APA. Think it could use a bit more malt up front to not be so hop balanced.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark amber/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good also. It has a rich malty core with a dry, bitter hop finish. It boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It goes down with ease and finishes with a roasted, hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good rinking brew. I like the aroma and flavor; a well rounded, good drinker.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the brewery. Appeared to me as an amber colored ale, with a minimal head.

This is a pretty balanced ale. There is a hops presence for sure, but plenty of maltiness keeps it from being too bitter.

I tried 6 beers from Mountain Sun, and I think this was about average from those offerings. No problems, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy chestnut with cascading off white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma was full of citrus and floral hops with some caramel malt. Smooth, medium mouthfeel is accented with a sharp citrus hops. There is a bready and caramel malt backbone that rides the hop wave. All the flavors lingered in the mouth for the aftertaste.
Overall, my favorite Mountain Sun brew--didn't try the nonnitro version, though...

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Photo of francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't add more to what has been said, as I pretty much agree with others on this one. A dark copper coloured brew from the tap at the source. Head is minimal, lacing is barely there. Aromas are fresh dank hops. Resiny, and greapefruity as all get out with some lovely "weedy" stem hints as well. The "kind bud" of beers. Taste is less marijuana-like and more straight up citrusy and hoppy. Malting is nice and quite evident in the strong caramel-tinged breadiness that is apparant in the middle of this brew. Finish is drier and hoppier still with an intense ending and afterimage as well as strong heavy handed hop burps. A real hippie-hop-lovers beer....hippity-hippity-hops.

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Photo of mentor
2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presents a slightly cloudy brown-tan liquid with a gorgeoous cascading half-glass head that settled to a mere one-finger head. Smells sharp clean fragrant grapefruit pith and lemon peel. Some tangerine. Tastes orange when pulled in, then hop bitter, not amber caramel malty. Grapefruit pith is strong and it's got a ragweed roughness. Really flat bitter atertaste (reminds me of the time when I was a kid and bit into a fragrant X-mas candle) with no flavor and no aromatic floral hop rising in the throat. As it warms I do get a little bit of tangerine taste and very mild caramel and crystal sugar flavor. The finish is extremely dry, which does not work well with the flat hop bitter. This beer get a bit wearing about halfway through and is tough to finish. Md-light body and mild/almost no carbonation.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is more like it! After a few stinkers I finally found a beer at the brewery that I could really get down on.

A slightly musk hangs over the major hoppiness here, but is slightly yeasty in a way that is not offensive. This hides a very powerfully malty hop and booze-bomb that goes straight to the liver via nitro. Its quite well balanced going down the hatch but I can't wonder if that's just the leveling influence of the nitro. Its seriously citric in its Cascade hoppiness and it reminded the table of Lost Coast's Indica in a good way.

I found this to be the best house beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Mountain Sun and it left a lasting impression. Great dark copper color with a lovely cream colored head. The flowery hop nose was very prominent as I brought the glass to my lips. The flavor was full of hops and slightly overpowered the malt balance. The hop flavor hung on the tongue nicely, but the malt was gone immediately. As explained by the bartender "a heavily hopped pale ale" - his description was pretty accurate, but I could have mistaken this for an IPA.

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Colorado Kind Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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