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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

397 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of GRACER
1/5  rDev -73.2%

GRACER, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

djmichaelk, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Cresant
2.05/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a clear, deep straw color with a huge off white head. It took four pours to empty the bottle into the glass. The head was soapy, frothy and off white. Some solid lacing remained.

The smell was earthy with a hint of plastic. Muted pine. A disappointment. Too phenolic.

The taste was sharp and husky. There was a gentle lingering grassy bitterness. Probably past its prime and maybe infected too? Not sure what the problem is but it is not good.

The mouthfeel was thinner than expected and very effervescent. Overcarbonated. This is not one I would look for unless I knew it was fresh.

Cresant, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes.

Golden orangeish half a finger white head dies down to nothing quickly.

Smells of wort and bitter resinous scents. Perhaps a touch of lemony citrus.

Yuck, metallic, a touch of lemony citrus, even some oxidation. Way too malty as well.

Whatever.

Under-attenuated, and just off. Not sure how old this was because I got it in a trade, but drank it quite soon after receiving. Unless it was a year old or something, which I doubt, it should not have been this bad.

billshmeinke, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

TheBigBoy, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of projectflam86
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a hazy orange/gold color with a thin white head (even after a vigorous pour) that leaves just a wisp of lace.

S- The nose is nice and hoppy but a little subdued. Mostly pine and grapefruit.

T- Light bitterness upfront with some hop flavor. Metallic and cloyingly sweet in the finish. Kind of tastes like an underattenuated homebrew. I don't see a bottled on date so I can't be sure if this is the typical flavor or if its just an older bottle. Either way, fairly disappointing.

M- Soapy feel with low carbonation.

O- I was hoping for a bit more out of this one. Really wish they had bottled on dates.

projectflam86, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of PeerlessMark
2.5/5  rDev -33%

PeerlessMark, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of mwz5021
2.5/5  rDev -33%

mwz5021, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Pencible
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint copper hops and earthy bread crust malt.
T: It tasted like copper and bitter resin hops, with some earthy bread crust malt. It had a building bitter aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This wasn't a great IPA, probably below average in today's market. The scent was barely there, the taste wasn't very enjoyable, the body was fairly weak, and the finish was a little harsh. So all in all, not very easy to drink, and not recommended.

Pencible, May 31, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
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...

russpowell, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca this past weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy light orange color with a thick white head that stood around for quite awhile before falling into a thin cap. Nice spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brought a pretty strong dose of citrus, but as it warmed there was a strong tannic grain character that was not pleasing. The flavor suffered the same fate, starting out with a nice citrus hop profile, but folding in to taste like raw grain and stale crackers. Very unfortunate as I enjoyed what was done with the hops. Body was dry and tannic. Unfortunate.

Thorpe429, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of stonermouse
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours roughly amber, with just a touch of cloudiness, and a thin head. Minor lacing throughout.

The aroma is fairly generic, and smells somewhat bready. There's a touch of hop, but when it all comes together is smells a bit like a musty old pub.

The flavor is average at best for an IPA. The flavors are mostly mild. The label advertises that the beer is "like taking a walk through a pine forest and ending up at a citrus farm." Too bad this one is mostly melony and boozy, with just enough onion in the finish to wipe away any lingering pleasantness. There is very little sweetness to accompany, which one might think implies over-the-top bitterness. But this beer leaves that door open and never goes in.

The beer finishes oniony and leaves a bit of bitterness on the tongue. Mild, but not necessarily overly pleasant.

This brew reminds me of a homebrew version of another Northeast IPA, Stowaway. But Stowaway brings some malt for sweetness, has a much better body, brings cleaner flavors, and comes in a handy can to boot. Skip this chump and get Baxter's Stowaway if they're side-by-side, and you can enjoy this particular flavor profile in style.

stonermouse, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 08, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

TTripp725, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Cisco619
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to DaveHack for the beer & glass.

A: Hazy amber with a denser, brownish core. 1 finger of off white head after a vigorous pour. Dissipates to a bubbly cover that clings to the sides of the glass & leaves strands of white as you tilt the glass.

S: Pleasant mix of a light tropical fruit scent with an overarching malt sweetness that both greets the nose & carries through to the end. Not a very pungent aroma, but enjoyable.

T: Bitter citrus notes, think grapefruit rind, with a hint orange. Has a woody/sweet finish that ends dry & tingles the tounge.

M: Light & zesty. Can definitely feel the carbonation but hop oils seem to be absent.

O: Decent attempt at the style. A tad lighter mouthfeel than I prefer & it doesn't really pack that hop punch. A tad overly bitter for the lack of hop oil presence. Solid, but definitely room for improvement.

Cisco619, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

ejimhof, May 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Bfantus, Mar 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

clfrost, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of samie85
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear orange color with two fingers of white head.

Not a huge aroma which I was kind of expecting from the name; maybe a bit of pine and some grain.

Bitter pine and citrus with some graininess.

Thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

A bit of a letdown given the name of this one, I expected a dank nose, but there wasn't much in the way of aroma at all.

samie85, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy light orange with a finger of head and spotty lacing.

Smells of piney hops with a little bit of booze weird with such a low ABV.

Same flavors. Piney hops with some citrus on the back end along with a strong metallic flavor in the finish and a bit of booze.

Medium mouthfeel and carb. Carbonation seemed to die off quicker than normal.

Not a horrible beer, but it perplexes me how something that's only 6.8% shows any booze flavor. The metallic aftertaste is very off putting as well.

jmarsh123, May 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

woodchipper, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of gr8zehaman
3/5  rDev -19.6%

gr8zehaman, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of bccocx
3/5  rDev -19.6%

bccocx, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

dgeebs07, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jtyson
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jtyson, Feb 18, 2013
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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.