The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

444 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 12-05-2010

Voraciously hoppy and not overly bitter. The Kind brings enormous aroma and maximum flavor. It's like taking a walk through a pine forest and ending up at a citrus farm. This beer brings joy to the world, one sip at a time.
6.8% Alc/vol. 76 IBUs.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by farrago:
Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly thin head, no more than half a finger which does not have much retention, in turn the lacing is weak with minimal stick. Filmy liquid, translucent, traps light inside to create a glow to the base yellow color, touch deeper orange at the core, you can see a tiny bit of bubbles, no noticeable particulate inside. The nose is kind of arch, bitter and grassy, very hops dominated, pepper, sour bread crust, dried grapefruit rinds, conjures up sufficient honey, pine sap and caramel to take a lot of sting out of it, more grainy than fruity, moderate dash of apricot, peach, pear fruit, on the whole it covers what it needs to, could be cleaner/fresher as well as separate out the scents better. Full-bodied, getting on heavy, the carbonation has a grinding, slow churn and it basically clings to the mouth pores rather than scrub. More sweetness here in the pineapple, peach, nectarine fruit as well as grapefruit, orange citrus. However, its dry mouth feel is complete. Plenty of grassy hops, the pepper, oil, and bread crust keep the malt, cocoa submerged. It is not unbalanced, simply too dense to refresh. Has flavor, not hot, and what’s there finishes long. No real complaints, maybe gets lost in the pack.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mcknight_mcknight
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Live within an hour of Honeoye Falls where this stuff is brewed. Grabbed it at a local grocery store. I had one so far and am not so sure what to do with rest of my 6 pack. Please just stop rating beers 4 out of 5 stars because the letters IPA are on the bottle. Sorry if im being too harsh. Theres definitely better choices out there than this.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mocktm
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of russpowell
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No freshness dating

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with crazy pearl colored head ( 5 fingers+ ). Haze never clears, crazy head retention & lacing

S: Straw, hay, doughyness, hints of infection

T: Pears, grassiness, lemons & green appleskins up front. Lemons, hay & pears as this warms, a little pineapple as well. Finishes slightly citrusy & acidic with some grassiness, just got messier & ended up being a drainpour

MF: Overcarbonated, coarse with medium body. Gets thinner as this warms, okay balance, turns a little acidic

A disappointment. I will probably not buy any more from these guys. May not be fresh, but presents more as a possible infection or just plain old mediocre beer. No freshness dating, ugh. Looking at other reviews, I got to think maybe this beer is just too far from its point of origin...

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an IPA flute.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick foamy cap that slathers the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is even parts floral and herbal up front, before giving way to a blast of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and pine cones. Just a touch of stickier tropical fruit notes and bready grains help tame the edges of the nose some here.

The taste is all fresh citric bitterness, with some sharper resins and more herbal textures working themselves in as well. Tropical fruit mixes nicely with the sweetness of the grains to offer up some good balance here, letting those hop flavors shine but without things becoming overly bitter. This ends dry, piney, and pithy on the palate which gives the finish a satisfying crispness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lays a steady prickle down on the tongue before becoming surrounded on the sides by more of a slick creaminess that keeps this overall smooth. There is some light warmth here that strengthens those flavors but the alcohol is pretty well hid here for the most part.

This was an all around solid IPA that packed some fresh hop flavor into a well balanced and quite approachable package. The only thing that really hurts my opinion of it was the $8 a bomber price that I paid for it. Otherwise, this would be a go to hoppy fix for sure.

Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice, light golden color. A little darker than a Hefe with great foamy head and clingy lacing. Aroma hits first with assorted citrus. Taste is ok......First hit has a touch of a metallic flavor, then it proceeds to some hops, a citrus. Overall, this beer tastes somewhat stale, not bad, but maybe like it is at the end of it's time. Overall, I can sense some balance and flavors that are pleasing, but just not fresh and hoppy like I would have expected. Carbonation is nice and this is a refreshing beer, though

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautifully clear brew with a pure white head and a nice layering of lace on the glass. Smell is superb with a rich, pine and tropical fruit signature followed by a caramel malt breadiness. Taste follow the description of pine to citrus with a firm but not overpowering grapefruit character sitting atop a sweet caramel malt core, and a lovely tropical yeast ester. Finish is dry with a moderate amount of hop oil and biscuity bread notes. Feel is full and finely carbonated with a clean and dry quenching persona. A great one to keep around the house with a unique ability to satisfy the hop head while drawing in those who generally shy away from hippy beers.

Photo of Jjski
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rochester NY and surrounding area is well populated, but not with great local beer. IMHO anything I've had from CB custom brewcrafters , is way boring. Not bad, just very middle of the road.

This IPA by 3 Heads Beer is brewed at CB, but is very very good.

Like its commercial description, very hoppy & not too bitter. It has some teeth in its hop profile and is quite a well balanced , but not at all boring. Tropical fruits, lemon zest, with a hint of overripe Australian quandong

Well done! The brewery is 10 minutes away, and if they have 3HB on tap, I'm going get a driver and go have a few sometime soon

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale semi hazed golden color. had to force a sticky bubbly head with a vigorous pour. sweet sugared fruit nose with a lot of pine as well.

off the bat bitter citrus rinds and burnt toast rolls into big piney dryness which then goes into an herbal and fruity juicyness. pine bitterness lingers drying the mouth. a very complex ipa. the flavors get a little lost amongst each other here and there but mostly its a fun complex layered brew.

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer a couple of months ago when it had just been bottled, and it was super piney, fresh, and resiny. Really enjoyed it. Had a bottle from the same batch last night, and the orange and citrus came out a lot more. The pine had really mellowed out. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. A little extra time in the bottle helped balance out the flavors nicely. Well made beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage.

A: The IPA is golden, an orange marmaladey hue. Not unsurprisingly, the ale is hazy with a glow. The head from the first pour was less than a finger in size but left spots of lace behind.

S: The IPA is piney, amply hoppy even though it has an older syrupy factor. Citrus follows with grapefruit and orange rinds. Even with the age, I like the citrusy bite that the ale produces.

T: Caramel malts, sweet and chewy, support the hops nicely. Citrus and pine both come through, the citrus has grapefruit and the pine is oily. Peppery flavors mingle throughout, providing the occasional burst of heat. The oiliness of the hops adds strength without alcohol. I am happy to report that the ale, at no time, feels heavy and boozy.

M: For an ale that started out too old, it quickly became spry. The hoppiness is oily, coating the mouth with each sip. I like that the alcohol is well-hidden.

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint at Big Bricks. Got lucky and scored a sample bottle.

Bomber dated "270 11" on the bottom, meaning it's 139 days old/4.6 months old. Boo, an old sample? They aren't even in the market yet, and the cards are stacked against them… is the local distributor to blame?

The bottle has a cotton candy aroma about it before it's poured. I t pours with a frothy and creamy surface texture, lots of sticky lace all around, and long lasting head retention on display. Bright clarity orange gold, slow rising carb trails.

Hop elements come through as mildly catty and citrusy, with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Seems a bit faded after a few months in the bottle sadly.

Caramel malt sweetness, indistinct citrus rind, slightly floral. Pretty drinkable after all is said and done. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall i'd try it again if it shows up fresh.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes is quite dominant with some semi-sweet caramel malt notes also distinguishable. Taste is also a balanced mix between some citrus and piney notes with some residual sugar and caramelized malt also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation. More floral hoppy notes would have helped provided further enjoyment of this beer.

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Lovin' Cup at the Rocheseter Brew Fest on 1/14/12, reviewed from notes

A-Hazy yellow, pretty opaque, looks nice

S-Great hop, I get some grapefruit and pine, really good depth to this one

T-Really good, it has an excellent balance between the hoppiness and the taste on the back end which has definitely left a pleasant citrus and pine

M-Also very good, again this just about right not too thick or thin

O-Glad I tried this, if you can find it, I would heartily recommend it

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange/yellow colour with half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel. Nice bitterness evident with a decent malt backbone.

T - Bitter citrus and piney hops. A slight caramel malt backbone is present as well but this is definitely a west coast style IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of HarpuaCritz
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden with two finger white head. Nice lacing. Scent is subtle with tropical and citrus notes. Some floral hop aroma. Piney, resinous front end that evolves to citrus and earthy hop notes. Seems more carbonated than some IPAs, giving it a full mouth feel, almost tannic on the finish. Medium-full bodied. Really tasty brew.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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