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.
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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 141
Photo of Cresant
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

Photo of billshmeinke
2.18/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Pencible
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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 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 Thorpe429
2.66/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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 Cisco619
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of stonermouse
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Surprisingly weak. The hop is weak, flavor wasn't horrible but nothing special. Tasted like a cheap IPA to me. Three Heads has done better, but this beer was just weak in my opinion

Photo of samie85
2.84/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of stearns16
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had high expectations for this beer, maybe too high and it clouded my review a bit. After reading some stuff about the brewery and this beer, thought it was going to be similar to Green Flash WCIP.

Poured a golden orange color with decent carbs and small head from 22 oz bomber. Outside of a brief burst of citrus out of the bottle while pouring smelled more malty than pine or citrus.
Still tasted malt heavy when drinking it. Creamy and definitely a mellow beer - thought it might be more of a hop bomb.
Would like to try a glass off tap some time and give the beer a second chance.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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 Glennlawless
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard specialty glass. Probably around 20 oz or so.

A - really good head retention. three finger white frothy creamy head. still holding more then two inches in the head after ten min of being poured. hazy light orange, yellow like in color.

S - Smells like plastic or something, really weird... some mild pine mixed with citrus.

T - pretty balanced. mild lingering bitterness...getting a lot of pine...maybe im mistaking that plastic like smell as that. some mild citris here and there...and sweet malt to balance it. decent. nothing to rave about in my opinion. Slightly earthy and soiley. if your into citrus hop bombs do not get this.

M - slightly creamy and medium mouthfeel.

Overall. a decent beer, not great, not bad. average.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just arrived in Albany.

A: Super clear golden color in my Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. A thin covering of white head with some lacing.

S: The nose was kind of a letdown. This just arrived and I was told it was quite fresh. Little bit of earthy citrus. The malt smells crisp. This is a tight nose and am surprised considering the reviews for this beer.

T: The taste is a pick up from the nose but it has a heavy bready quality to it and the malt is outshining the hops. Truth be told it kind of tastes like an ESB I recently brewed. The hops are there but you only get a touch of orange peel. Decent but nothing keeping me coming back.

M: Light on the body. The carbonation feel off quit quickly as well.

D: It was ok but not nearly what I was expecting based on the reviews. Maybe this one just does not travel well. For the $6 for the bomber this is not something I would seek out again.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light bronze color. Good head and great bubbling.

Citric orange hop aroma with a little bite. Maybe a little toasted cracker malt aroma, but mostly hops.

Sharp, orange and grapefruit zest. Tinny palate from the "voracious" hops. Good bitterness overall, but hard to pcik out much malt flavors. Maybe some Wonderbread crust, thats about it. The finish feels watery and tinny.

Photo of match1112
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange with two inches of thick rocky head and lacing. the nose is a little subdued for an ipa. can still pick up on the citrus and pine tree. the taste is very juicy. well balanced between the citrus, pine and malt so nothing really dominates. mouthfeel is a little thin with a watery feeling on the finish before the bitterness kicks in. overall this is a solid beer, but one i will probably not seek out again.

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 jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New brewery to these parts, lets see how they do their IPA.

An aggressive pour yields a small fizzy head that sticks around at least, its quite hazy and a golden orange peach color.

Nose is a little flat, there are some bittering hops, a very slight citrus and fruit hop, and a touch of an earthy hop, but not a big hop aroma presence. It has a bit of a gritty malt profile as well, with a bit of sweetness, a touch of crystal malt, and candy like hop. As it warms a slight bit of tropical fruit and grapefruit comes through but again light, also a slight yeast.

Taste starts weird, more malty than hoppy, but quite bitter. Malts give a light sweetness with some gritty malts and reddish malts. Then a light sweet candy like hop before the other hops kick in. Bitterness is quite heavy, with some earthy hops, and a bit herbal. Very light fruit but not really tropical. The hops really compound each other and gets quite bitter. On the finish it gets astringent, earthy and almost salty hops really overpower and it's tough to even continue without the next sip and let the heavy bitterness linger. The malts, despite sweet, don't really balance the heavy bitterness and astringency. It's also a bit drier on the finish, and hint of citrus candy hop flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, lower carbonation, and slightly oily.

Overall not impressed at all. Low carbonation and not much of a head, not much by way of aroma or tasting hops, much more for bitterness, and the hops are not quite my style, more like an English IPA than American. Then the crazy bitterness and astringency on the finish just overpowers and lingers forever, and despite having some malty sweetness, doesn't seem to balance well. The lack of carbonation probably compounds both of these facts.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm sorry but thia was a bad beer in ever aspect.
Perhaps it's old. Bought at the wegmans and never seen it before so I gave it a shot.
There was no bottle date. So I'm fairly certain it's old.
The color was light amber with a soapy head no carbs.
Aroma was typicial of old IPA's malty. Not a hop to be seen I,m afraid.
Taste was the same malty no hops, maybe even style.
This was my first from THB so I can't judge perhaps it was just a bad brew.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Kind fills a tulip glass with hazy golden-honey ale and a slight rocky head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving little to no lacing.

Mild orange and raspberry are pleasant but barely evident. This is essentially a one-note and the aroma is far from what I had expected from an IPA.

There is some grapefruit bitterness and lots of caramel, but again not quite a modern IPA. The finish is modest and bitter.

A medium body with watery texture and no discernible alcohol.

This is a tasty and easy-to-drink, but mild, IPA.

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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to KimR for all my 3HB beers in the Build-a-BIF!

A: Semi-hazy yellow pour with a small white head that barely lasts, but laces a little.

S: Really hoppy smell, a bit piney. Some fruits coming through as well.

T: Hops up front, sort of watery afterwards though, maybe some of the fruits. Not much of an aftertaste, the taste really drops off, but a bit of the piney hops resonate.

MF: Really light, and the alcohol is well hidden. Hardly any carbonation.

D: Decently high, even though I didn't really like the taste.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.