The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
We pour a brew of clean golden-orange. It puts up a one finger head of big, lacey white bubbles that retains nicely. Tightly packed lacing is left as it goes. Tons of carbonation sticks around our glasses, and it looks moderately active within. Bits of sediment are noted, and a slight haze is detected, partially obscuring transparency. The nose is appropriately bright with hop varietals. We can decipher pine, bitter grapefruit, and soapiness, in the hop department. The aroma is otherwise balanced nicely by malts, and an earthy, fruity sweetness, that are likely leftovers from the hop feast. The back of the nose is pinched by the faintest twinge of metallic vanilla, given by the yeast used. As we sip, bright hops crash up front. What is most striking about them is how earthy, and unfiltery they seem. I guess what we mean is that they seem fresh picked, with a handful of dirt along with it, in a good way. That metallic twinge of yeast also pokes the tongue way up front, as well. The hops appear as citric orange and floral. Moving through the middle produces a bittering hop bite at the apex of the sip, and a cutting sweetness through the rest of the flavoring. The finish brings out the sweetness further, and becomes more and more citrusy as the beer warms. This final flavoring is lent to the hops, but also seems as if additional fruit, and orange, were added for the amplifier, and to punch up the sweetness. The aftertaste breaths dirty (good dirty) with earthy hops and a bit of mineral bite, and more of that citrus. The body is medium and the carbonation is not nearly as strong as it looks. The mouth is coated with a slick beer, and the hops give it that oily quality. There is little drying, and the mouth is left somewhat puckered, at times, but happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks lighting fast.
Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the hop character throughout. There was such a variety, with palpable differences throughout the nose and the taste. You could really pick the selection out, helping to make for a strongly flavored and robust IPA. This can easily become a fridge regular.
05-07-2011 21:38:09 | More by TheBrewo
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4.03/5 rDev +8%
Poured into a nonic a clear lighter to medium golden with fluffy one finger bone white head that clung to the glass leaving one full ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Resiny and leafy/herbal hops are big in the nose along with biscuit dough-like malt.Dry and pretty bitter like the bottle says,its bitterness is the main component of the beer,not much citrus and pine like most of the style,a dryer crisp malt base leaves the beer without to much sweetness wich is fine with me.If you like bitter this is your kinda ipa,I like it and would get it alot if I could around here.
07-04-2011 01:49:09 | More by oberon
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the ABV at 6.8% and the IBUs at 76. It also has a nice commercial or brewer's description of the beer.
Appearance: The body has a lightly hazy with a honey amber color. The pour produced a small creamy off white head. As it slowly fades and sides down the glass as I drink, it leaves thick sticky lacing on the glass.
Smell: It has lots of sweet juicy citrus hops with fruity notes of peach and apricots mixed with honey over white bread.
Taste/Palate: There is a thin light bready malt base which showcases the big fruity hops. The hops bring lovely lemon and grapefruit citrus notes with lighter notes of peaches and apricots. The bitterness slowly builds up to the finish which brings out the piney notes of the hops. A firm but not overpowering bitterness lingers nicely on the tongue. The palate feels just a bit light but not watery and the carbonation is smooth.
Notes: This IPA has a defiant West Coast vibe. It's all about the hops and the hops are about citrus and fruit with a twist of pine.
03-29-2011 22:40:36 | More by generallee
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.
Golden hazy glow, tight and tiny bubbled lacing puts on a great show. Soft resin oily hop nose, a walk through a x-mas tree farm almost with some fresh baked bread. Subtle smoothness, a bit creamy with a sturdy medium body. Thick herbal hop flavor, leafy with dirty evergreen flavors ... sucking on a pine-cone. Malt and fruit in the middle get a bit juicy, hop bitterness does not mask any flavor too much. Alcohol is fruity and a bit warming. Finishes semi-sweet with a long linger of hop flavor.
A standup IPA, it works well as it is well rounded, well balanced and full of flavor.
04-17-2011 02:59:15 | More by Jason
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
22 ounce bomber purchased in Rochester for $6.49. No freshness info offered to the consumer.
Pours hazed lighter almond amber. Light khaki head leaves real nice fine and extensive lacing/sheeting.
Subtle hopped up, pine and citric nose.
Hoppy, but not bitter. Flavorful, with more orangy citrus. Quite pleasant and easy drinking. Hops go more grainy late and dry out the finish nicely. Well worth a try.
07-31-2011 21:32:24 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +7.2%
22oz bottle a little above fridge temp, split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.
pours out a slightly hazy lightish golden orange color with one finger of creamy white head that kept good retention and left a decent amount of lace. looks pretty nice in the glass.
the initial aroma was quite metallic, but as it opens up it reveals lots of dank, resinous pine and some light floral and citrus notes. a slight metallic bready malt tries to balance.
in the taste, a decent amount of dank resinous pine and citrus, metallic, but not as much as the aroma. hints of bready malt try to sneak in and maybe the hops seem a touch floral as well at times. good amount of bitterness and a nice tasting finish make this an all around solid IPA.
medium bodied with ample carbonation. resinous on the palate, the mouthfeel feels how an IPA should feel.
drinks very good, and has a decently sessionable ABV, but i wish this came in sixers, only bombers, but the price is reasonable.
this was my second beer from THB and so far im pretty impressed. i recommend this as well as the coffee porter and i look forward to more beers from them.
02-27-2011 19:45:00 | More by dogfishandi
4/5 rDev +7.2%
The Kind IPA has been floating around Pittsburgh for over a year or two know, this elusive beast was tracked down today in bottle format at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. No bottle dating let's go with our primal senses to determine the age of this beer. Pours with a rock textured white head light copper golden color, earthy resinous hop layers arise on the nose. Citric notes with loads of dankness, I get it...the Kind IPA...wink, wink. Anyways what we have here is a nice solid IPA brewed in NY state dammit, it doesn't have to bow down to any one hop trend or style...it's from NY. The hippie on the label is adorned with four arms a tie-dyed shirt, hoisting the earth, a guitar, and over head with the almighty hop. It's like blending the Indian god Shiva with a middle aged hippie, I like it. Ample bitterness throughout never peaks but keeps the malts bready, biscuit like...no caramelization going on. Hops are rugged hard to pin down but keep it citric, dank, earthy, kind bud esque. Easy to consume not enlightening an Eureka moments in the history of the IPA, but it's damn solid and refreshing. I am a fan slightly resinous with hop oils on the palate, easy going natural carbonation medium bodied at best. This is an anytime IPA, to be enjoyed with or without smoke.
09-17-2013 01:48:11 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Been wanting to try this brewery for a while, found this bomber at A&R Beverage in Seaford, NY. Will set ya back $8.99 a pop; not exactly a bargain. It does however feature some a pretty groovy bottle label (what more does one need than beer and music?), however no bottling date that I can find.
Into a pint, appears sunshine, golden orange with decent lagcing and a tad bit of head. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
Nose is dank and wet, aromas of pine and resinous hops. Slight acidic tones, without a whole lot of malt presence that I can pick up on.
Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Delvers a subtle bitterness, heavy on pine and grapefruit rind. Again, I can't find a whole lot of malt presence, which I consider to be a good thing in IPAs. Hops do seem like they have died down a bit though.
Drinks rather light, dangerous in the summer, I can throw several of these back rather easily. 6.8% is negligible.
One of the better east-coast IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying, albeit a bit expensive. I'd recommend trying it, but I don't know if I'll pick up another bottle when I can get a whole sixer of Flower Power for just a couple bucks more. Still, really happy to have tried and a brewery to definitely keep an eye one. Cheers!
07-01-2012 23:31:07 | More by mocktm
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.
S- The citrus dry green hops flavor has a pleasant soft skunk quality to it, in a good way.
T- The soft caramel and crystal malt flavor has some dry biscuit hints to it and a woody hop flavor that grows and takes on some herbal green notes in the finish. There is a nice pine bitterness that lingers in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz finish that compliments the hops and no alcohol heat noticed.
O- This beer has a nice balance and a good depth to the malt which are not to sweet and not to dry. The full hops flavor grows in the finish and even thou there are lots of hops the bitterness is soft and it is very drinkable.
06-07-2011 21:46:44 | More by rhoadsrage
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
Notes are from 5/30
The Kind is a bright pale yellow in the outer parts with some clarity to it, getting hazier delving into the amber recesses. A very fluffy and thick cloud of off-white head rests easily on it at two fingers' height. Lace starts at the very top, forming some webbing and netting as the beer makes its way down the glass.
The nose is all about some dank, oily, resinous hops. This is piney, sure, but even more it's "sprucey." A balance of bready malts puts the hops in perspective.
As in the aroma, the hops put up some dank and resinous bitterness but, interestingly, it doesn't build up. Because of this, the bitterness seems to fall off at the end of every sip. Somewhat metallic and earthy tones conjure thoughts of English varietals.
Crisp and drying with moderate smoothness, the medium body ends up running a little thin.
06-04-2014 19:01:37 | More by Brenden
2.73/5 rDev -26.8%
Review form notes.
A: Poured a cloudy orange with a small white head with little retention and only a little bit of lacing as well.
S: Not much going on in the way of hops. There is a little bit of pine, but there is mostly a pretty off-putting aroma that was very hard to place, unpleasant though.
T: Better than the nose, but still not very hoppy. A little bit of pine and a hint of orange peel, but mostly some bready malt that dominates the flavor profile.
M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very sticky finish, which was surprisingly bitter considering that lack of hop flavor.
O: Have had hoppier APAs than this one. The smell was the only really offensive part, but the rest was just average for me.
07-08-2011 20:16:11 | More by mdaschaf
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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