The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | 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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a little but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the hops with flavors of citrus and hints of pine resin. The citrus hops are a nice blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Surprisingly, there is only a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this IPA because it has a lot of hop aromas and flavors but is quite easy to drink because it doesn’t have an “in your face” level of bitterness.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA that has the heightened malt profile that's more common in Imerpial IPA's. But the citrus and pine hop flavors are undenyably classic IPA.

Starting with a medium copper color and medium haze, the beecr releases a dense froath of off white foam that retains well after reducing to heavy pockets of foam and an otherwise even sheet across the surface. Leaving intermitten patterns of lace along the glass gives a lasting impression of a well made IPA.

Citrus and pine note fill the nose with a sharp and crisp scent. A background of caramel and sweet breads back the hops while giving a vibrant sweet scent that keeps the hops from seeming overly vegetal or grassy, also while bringing out a fruity ester note that complements the fruity hop aromas well.

Stronger than usual malt flavors give a robust flavor of caramel, fresh baked breads, and malty sweetness that act as a great counterpart for hops. Citrusy notes of white grapefruit pulp and orange zest while resiny notes of pine and freshly cut herbs and grasses blend for a zesty and refreshing fruit flavor early and gripping bitterness late. With no real flaw in flavor, the only hiccup is a balance toward malts that prevent the hops from becomming the showcase that they need to be. Sweetness of malts though, help to bring a life to the yeasty esters of appricot and peach while bridging them with the hop flavors early in taste.

Robust in mouthfeel, the beer accompanies more malty textures along with the bolder malt flavor. This causes more creaminess early and and extended viscocity into mid palate and even a late linger in finish rather than becomming drier earlier and allowing for ultimate crispness late. Finishing malty-dry with a hop bite and alcohol warmth, the beer seems to share ground with Imperial IPAs.

A very good IPA that seems more of an East Coast style or Midwest style with a malt flavor and body that offers substantial balance for the hops. If you favor these more balanced IPAs over the drier and more hop balanced versions then this one is very favorable.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber tone, huge clarity, and lots of carbonation trickling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice hree finger head of sticky white foam came across the top and settled down to just a thin film after a few minutes. Nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy. Good tones of grassy, herbal goodnes, with hints o pine and light citrus. Nice smooth, light mouthfeel with awesome carbonation really lifted it through. The taste started out nice and bitter with a good amount of light orange notes. Great finish on this one with a great clean,crisp finish and a really nice long lasting dry finish with a good hop bite at the end.

OverallI thought this was really great. A very nice, light hight quality sessionale that I really enjoyed.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 emerge077
3.6/5  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 StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am admittedly a full on hop head, so I am partial to beers like this, but I see this as a brew everyone can get into, not just those addicted to hops. its approachably light in color, more golden than anything else, with a smallish white head, good clarity. the nose is approachable too, not real bitter or aggressively oily or high alpha, just straight fresh cut citrus fruit, glorious aromatics here. the flavor too is citrus heavy, like founders all day ipa on steroids, its got that familiar yet fresh squeezed juicy refreshing deliciousness, these are the hops I love, and hops I can see others not yet accustomed to big west coast ipas getting into. its so fresh and good, yum! best ive had from three heads for sure. a real joy to drink this light in feel big in taste ipa. well carbonated and really fruity in the finish with minimal bitterness. an excellent citrus side ipa that could potentially be a gateway brew into the style. you would also never know this was pushing 7% abv, it drinks a whole lot lighter.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to Vav for this bottle!

Also, sorry about that other bottle, my man... On to business: This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, fluffy toffee, earthy greens, and a touch of lemongrass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with brighter orange and a hint of oak bark. The additions really help to round things out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, one I could easily see having again, though not necessarily with any intense enthusiasm.

Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in along with a mild but complementary caramel and citrus sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s just a mediocre IPA that I would only drink if my choices were limited.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A kind ipa indeed. Smooth and calm hop tones that set a nice consistent profile. At first I thought it was dropping off quickly, but I think the subtlety of it has to be given time to adjust to, since my palate is probably waiting for a hop bomb to hit. Smooth feel, which is the word on this beer. I like a lot

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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 russpowell
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a basic pale malt scent along with a killer piney hop nose. It's bitter and so fresh. The taste is much the same. It's light and easy drinking with a monster hop character. It's bitter up front and lasts through to the finish. The malt bill is basic, yet balanced. It goes down easy and finishes with a lingering hoppiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. The hops dominate like a good IPA should. It's smooth and highly drinkable.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves decent ring lace. The broth is cloudy with white-gold color.

Beautiful floral and piney hop aroma. Complex because there were smells of citrus and evergreen. Very appealing.

The malt is nearly none-existent but the hop is very powerful. It shows up early and ends very strong. Lots of bitterness in the swallow and in the aftertaste. The body is relatively thin.

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a one finger head. Light lace develops during the session.

Smell: orange and caramel with some hop bitterness.

Taste: caramel, oranges, pears, and a nice bitterness. Straight forward IPA here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: a decent west coast styled IPA that can be consumed quickly. Worthy of a try.

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, floral, citrus rind, grass, bread, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of grassy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop flavors with decent complexity; good malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice balance of hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.