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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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very good

405 Ratings

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 42 | 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:
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 added by: John on 12-05-2010)
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5/5  rDev +34%

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ejane, Oct 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34%

coneybeer, Jul 20, 2014
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4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a buddy bring it down to philly from up north.

A- Pours hazy orange. Good lacing, almost a 2 finger head

S - total piney hops with a little bit of citrus

T - this thing is a total Pine bomb. Really is more of a west coast IPA. It finishes pretty clean w/ a bit of citrus.

M - medium bodied with lower carbonation (huge plus for me).

O - This IPA gives FlowerPower and (NEBco) Gandhi-bot a run for it's money, as far as a Best east coast IPA. I'll definitely be "placing an order" next time my buddy comes down.

jpopejoy, Aug 14, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

ABokononist, Jul 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

DaGrizz, Mar 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

jpd026, Apr 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Jared2287, Apr 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

ffshore545, Jul 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

PCBrewski, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

r00ster, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of yesyouam
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Heads "The Kind" IPA is a hazy amber ale with a fluffy, bubbly white head that fades to a bubbly film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a huge, hoppy aroma that's resiny and fruity. There are candy like notes of orange, tangerine and mandarin and a touch of fresh cut pine. It's medium bodied and smooth-- almost flat, with a clean, dry finish. It's very hoppy, but not super bitter. It tastes a lot like the aroma: notes of orange, resiny with almost a touch of sweetness. The crackery malt holds it together and gives it great balance. It's easy to make one of these bombers vanish.

yesyouam, Feb 04, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a cloudy golden-orange with a little bit of soap-bubbly white head that leaves only touches of lace
S - wow...haven't gotten a nose this nice in a while. an explosion of grapefruit citrus hops dominates with a bit of straight up stankiness and then maybe a touch of pine
T - so good. so good. up there with my favorite IPAs. Grapefruit citrus and tangerine peel flavors, pine - more specifically sprucey - flavors. It's like sucking nectar out of a perfectly fresh hop.
M - Light to medium body, tingles all over the tongue, finish is perfectly in between dry and wet
D - I would keep going back for more just for the flavor. Well done

My only criticism of this beer is that with a tiny bit more malt it would be perrrfect, but to each his own. Many west coast ipa fans would disagree and be even more impressed with this brew than I was.

EDIT: Had this beer when it first came out, and it wasn't the same even after just afew weeks. Still a great IPA without a doubt, but I guess nothing compares to that super-fresh hop flavor when it comes to these beers.

josefnewsong, Jan 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

poohbearzeccola, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great pour from the tap (admittedly poured by yours truly). Yields a great 1" head of frothy white foam that hangs around just long enough and leaves a nice lacing in the pint glass. Beer is a real pretty yellow-orange-gold and provides a nice malty backbone to the pine/grapefruit nose.

First sip is totally worth all the local hype and attention these guys are getting. This is a true American-style IPA. Unlike any other IPA brewed in Rochester (IMHO). Great carbonation hides the alcohol. Be careful with this one, definitely does not taste like 6.8%. The hops shine through beautifully but don't burn your taste buds. Almost perfectly balanced. A great beer from the tap.

I honestly can't find anything I don't like about this beer, other than they are not bottling 12oz bottles yet. Keep an eye out for this brewery as they add more accounts and gain a wider distribution, they are going to make some great beers.

ptra1004, Jan 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

server222, Mar 28, 2012
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verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Caylea, Aug 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one at acme last night an enjoyed it. So here goes tasting #2. Poured a nice n' clear golden color with a light amount of carbonation and a tiny off white head.

Aroma is of super FRESH hops and a decent blast of pine and citrus.

Nothing makes me happier than an insanely fresh hopped taste and the taste is pretty similar to the nose.
Very floral. Not too much malt flavor in there, but I am fine with that. This is perfectly bittered to be a session beer. Feel is closer to moderate than thin, could be a tad more carbonated but there is a pretty good prickle there.

I have always wanted Rochester to have a brewery that made stuff that deserves to be tasted outside of the area. Something that is worthy of more exposure.

These guys could very well be it. Skunk is next..

kbnooshay, Jan 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

carbin14, Oct 31, 2013
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VaTechPhilly, Oct 13, 2013
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JottaGibboo, Aug 16, 2012
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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing golden yellow with solid 1 finger pure white head with bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Not much lace.
Aroma is high on the charts! Big sticky and dank pine with juicy grapefruit. Some malt backbone but dominated by dank pine and fruit with wet forest floor and prickly pine needles.
Taste follows closely on the nose with big dank pine up front balanced by wet forest floor and bark derived from sweet malts. Juicy grapefruit with medium bitter, grapefruit skins and resins on the finish. Very powerful yet sessionable!
Feel is spot on with frothy mouth feel fading into grapefruit skin finish.
Drinks like an Imperial or Double IPA!

Willytee3, Jul 31, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, to a tulip glass.

Pours a orange-ish straw color with a thick white head and "sticky" white lace. Well, for a beer thats dubbed "The Kind" and given the photo art on the label im only to assume it will smell somewhat like "the kind" of "kind" i think it will. Well, it is very skunky, in a good Hop-friendly sort of way. Very pungent citrus almost like a fresh peeled orange. Lots of sharp strikes of grapefruit, and lemon, with a nice malty undertone. This is very enjoyable, there are so many flavors flying around at once but yet still seem to be somewhat balanced. Almost a "smokey" citrus hop tone very tropic almost like a Startburst with its sugary malt characters. Again, very enjoyable. Theres a light to medium body, with a nice bitterness and smoothness to it, seems to flow as easily and tastefully as fruit juice. Overall i was very impressed by this, i thought to be more of a joke sort of beer, but was pleased that it was delicious. I will visit this again, absolutely!

gabedivision, Apr 13, 2011
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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.