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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

362 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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stonermouse

Massachusetts

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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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-17-2012 17:57:59 | More by Bdel34
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JottaGibboo

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21%

08-16-2012 20:28:32 | More by JottaGibboo
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

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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skullsplitter

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

08-14-2012 13:21:26 | More by skullsplitter
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TheMaimed


4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-11-2012 22:06:11 | More by TheMaimed
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redfox405

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-09-2012 02:50:08 | More by redfox405
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

08-08-2012 19:52:55 | More by JohnK17
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

08-05-2012 03:35:40 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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3Hops

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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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spinrsx

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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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

New York

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

07-16-2012 01:27:07 | More by ABokononist
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

07-12-2012 21:52:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Phyl21ca

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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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-03-2012 18:03:49 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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mocktm

Virginia

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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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

07-01-2012 17:49:16 | More by ahbaggins
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dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-28-2012 22:42:35 | More by dgeebs07
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a pint glass.

pours a slightly cloudy, dull golden-yellow tone while yielding a 1" foamy, off-white head. decent retention and some swaths of lace. nice aroma offers notes of pine and citric hops with a not especially aromatic but a most of the qualities i look for in my IPAs are covered.

flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose. notes of pine and citrus pull through along with a perceptible though unobtrusive malt backbone. that said, something gets lost in translation and the taste doesn't quite follow through, plus there's a slight metallic quality. opens a bit on the sweet side and finishes more bitter. medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a solid, drinkable, moderately above-average IPA; nothing more, nothing less.

(originally reviewed: 10-31-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 21:07:04 | More by BostonHops
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -19.4%

06-16-2012 04:23:26 | More by whartontallboy
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scootny

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautifully clear brew with a pure white head and a nice layering of lace on the glass. Smell is superb with a rich, pine and tropical fruit signature followed by a caramel malt breadiness. Taste follow the description of pine to citrus with a firm but not overpowering grapefruit character sitting atop a sweet caramel malt core, and a lovely tropical yeast ester. Finish is dry with a moderate amount of hop oil and biscuity bread notes. Feel is full and finely carbonated with a clean and dry quenching persona. A great one to keep around the house with a unique ability to satisfy the hop head while drawing in those who generally shy away from hippy beers.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 05:25:08 | More by scootny
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r00ster


4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

06-04-2012 20:46:13 | More by r00ster
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-04-2012 18:57:44 | More by sailorastro
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.