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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-28-2012 17:08:21 | More by infi
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-27-2012 03:23:51 | More by illini4x4
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-27-2012 00:41:43 | More by luvbier
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, golden yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, white head. Aromas of evergreen and pine, with a strong citrus highlight. Smells superfresh. Flavors are light, and the resiny bitter hits the forward tongue instantly. A quick transition brings more tropical fruit flavors, including pineapple and grapefruit. Very well balanced, the beer slightly leans towards bitter and tart at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is bitter, but also sugary sweet at the same time. Light and crisp bodied with a sparse cling on the glass, the beer has a slightly dry, crisp finish. Very hoppy and very tasty despite being slightly unbalanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 00:09:07 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2012 21:03:27 | More by 3FloydsZombie
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2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:10:04 | More by stonermouse
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-17-2012 17:57:59 | More by Bdel34
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

08-16-2012 20:28:32 | More by JottaGibboo
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with no date
A - golden amber with small particulate matter floating around. A three finger head of foam that lasts with heavy lacing.
S - earthy pine resins and dull grapefruit overtones. Nothing is sharp and biting but you know there is a glass full of wet hops under your nose.
T - resinous hops dominate throughout from start to finish. Earthy and heavy hops without any crisp biting character.
M - oily, resinous, and mildly carbonated yielding a heavy feeling slow moving stickiness.
D - a bit one dimensional but if you want pine tar hops then this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:41:11 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-14-2012 13:21:26 | More by skullsplitter
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-11-2012 22:06:11 | More by TheMaimed
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-09-2012 02:50:08 | More by redfox405
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-08-2012 19:52:55 | More by JohnK17
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-05-2012 03:35:40 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-02-2012 18:23:29 | More by 3Hops
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New York

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

22oz bottle (purchased at County Wide in Valley Stream for $5.99) served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thinned out leaving trails of lacing.

S - mix of pine and citrus with a bready malt background.

T - same as the smell with a hint of alcohol showing up towards the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, dry feel making you want another sip.

O - a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:09:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from the Sunoco Colton NY for 7.99+tax

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, pine, and caramel. There is also some pineapple mixed with guava and some grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Good.. not great.. The mouthfeel seems off and the beer tastes a little artificial. For the price I expected more.. Still worth a try - just not a re-buy for me. It did get better as it approached room temperature..

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:18:43 | More by spinrsx
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-26-2012 20:09:41 | More by bonbini26
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-16-2012 01:27:07 | More by ABokononist
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-12-2012 21:52:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 18:49:11 | More by Phyl21ca
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-03-2012 18:03:49 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 23:31:07 | More by mocktm
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-01-2012 17:49:16 | More by ahbaggins
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New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-28-2012 22:42:35 | More by dgeebs07
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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