The nose is understated with a pleasant fruity hint, the initial flavour is a nice hop lead fruit flavour, quite tropical the beer is smooth with a slight bitter citrus tang just enough to give it a little bite but not the powerful grapefruit a lot of newer beers exhibit. The after-taste is an almost dry spiciness, very well balanced and moreish.
I like Kubla Rise: pale ale, it has the tropical fruit flavour of a heavily hopped beer but less of the astringent or bitter character which can often be off-putting. At 4.2%ABV it is nice and light for a new style pale ale, I would put this up against some of the better American pale ales or southern hemisphere beers.
No real details on what is in Rise: pale ale, I would be quite interested in finding out what hops were used as the flavour is pretty current as beers go, however it is nice to have them in a beer below 5% and still packed with flavour.
Overall, I will be going back for another of this, I could very easily see me having a session on Rise: pale ale if it were on tap in a pub or bar, and I could drink a good few more of these than the other new world hopped beers which are often a bit on the strong side. The smoothness is good, it is especially impressive as Rise: pale ale is still packed with interesting hop flavours.
Kubla brewery seems new, not much information is given on their site but they do seem to have a passion for interesting beer, Kubla Rise: pale ale is a good start for me and I think next time I see Kubla beers I will try them as my first experience was a good one. Definitely worth a try.