Colorado Kind Ale | Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

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3.73 w/ 61 ratings

Brewed by:
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-14-2003

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 22
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +12.6%
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 +2.7%
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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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +7%
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 +2.7%
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 -0.8%
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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Colorado Kind Ale from Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 57.4% out of 100 with 61 ratings
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