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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 456
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | 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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 456
Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate tones of pine and grass with a rather heavy caramel.

The taste consisted a suprisingly full (and dull) cereal malt with waning piney and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style, with a soft carbonation and residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty, albeit shallow, IPA.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jhartley
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No date visible date on bottle.
Golden yellow body, really clear obviously filtered. Nice egg shell white head.
Tons of pine and citrus aromas. Grapefruit, tropical fruits. Can smell it from a distance, really strong smell coming out of the glass.
Very easy drinking beer, great flavor, can very easily down several of these in one sitting.
Will definitely be looking forward to purchasing some more of these in the future.

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Photo of neophilus
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored, nice white head. Ripe mango aroma on top of caramel malt, sweet with hints of lemon and orange. Good firm bitterness up front with an earthy flavor to it, more caramel malt cuts through the aftertaste bogging the hop flavor down just a bit. Hop bitterness is well balanced.

Thick body on the palate, lots of chewy malt holding up the strong hop bittering. Some interesting hop flavors going on, swinging from ripe tropical fruit over to dank resin

Cleans up nicely though, dry finish with lingering hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Very good ipa if you don't mind a touch of malt.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dull golden color with a very slight chill haze. Two fingers of eggshell white head settle very quickly. Lacing is patchy and wispy.

S: Pineapple and mango. Very dank, sticky bud. More pineapple. Slight tropical esters. Biscuity malt base is an afterthought.

T: Aggressive, resiny hop bite on the attack. Pine, earthy, toasted hemp seed. Oily and biting. Tropical flavors of mango and a strong pineapple juice character ride on the coattails of the bitter onslaught. Slight spike of alcohol and tropical ester toward the back end. Toast and biscuit malt base. Finishes with an herbal, oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and substantial. Carbonation scrubs and bites, adding a refreshing edge while lifting the oily hop texture and simultaneously amplifying the bitterness.

O: It’s an aggressive American IPA that has a nice bite to it. Hopheads will appreciate it. Neophytes might find it to be a little too much. If it wants to really compete in a saturated IPA market, I think it needs to see a six-pack format.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing golden yellow with solid 1 finger pure white head with bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Not much lace.
Aroma is high on the charts! Big sticky and dank pine with juicy grapefruit. Some malt backbone but dominated by dank pine and fruit with wet forest floor and prickly pine needles.
Taste follows closely on the nose with big dank pine up front balanced by wet forest floor and bark derived from sweet malts. Juicy grapefruit with medium bitter, grapefruit skins and resins on the finish. Very powerful yet sessionable!
Feel is spot on with frothy mouth feel fading into grapefruit skin finish.
Drinks like an Imperial or Double IPA!

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with massive amounts of white, foamy head that lasts for days.

S: Sweet citrus aroma up front that fades in to a resinous pine-like aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there are citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, and some pine as well.

M: Light, smooth, creamy, very drinkable.

O: A very smooth-drinking IPA that won't kill your tastebuds, and is complex enough to drink for a while.

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Photo of Pencible
2.52/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Light golen color, slight haze, minimal white head on this pour that faded to a thin film and left heavy rings of lacing. It comes in as a lighter looking brew than a typical IPA, but holds up with great lacing and an inviting 'drink-up' look.

S- Big strong hop aroma, thick pine and lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit and lemon.

T- Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and lemmony. The citrus hop flavors lead the way followed by some maltiness and the pine.

M- Good body and carbonation, oily and resinous. There's plenty of hop zip and bitterness on the finish.

O- I wish that I had more than two of these. I'm sure it'll be a while before I can get it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold with good head and lace on top of a mild, hoppy aroma that gives off some pine and citric notes along with touches of caramel and barley/bready malts. Not the most hoppy or flavorful IPA but it gets the job done. Citric hops balance with some mild caramel malt sweetness for a classic medium bodied IPA that is smooth with both touches of hoppiness and sweetness, and then has that classic crisp finish familiar to an IPA drinker. Not one of the better IPAs because the flavors are muted and a tad watered down and there isn't much more to the fruit flavor than citric hops (you will not get that grapefruit sensation). Still, a pretty decent IPA that is worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden hued with a small white head. The aroma brings tropical citrus, hops. Very nice. The flavor imparts citrus, hops, mild alcohol and a touch of lemongrass. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lux Lounge in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden amber. Good visible mobile carbonation. 2 inches of head, good sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy and delightful- dank herbal hop aromas, plus pine, and bit of citrus.

The taste is similar. The hoppiness runs more herbal, grassy, and piney than citrusy, but there is still some nice fruit hop flavors in there. An actual good malt backbone, that provides some dry unsweetened caramel and toffee flavors, some breadiness.

Medium body, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A great sessionable hop bomb from some great local brewers. Love it!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that reduces to a thin cap

S: Citrus and pine hops come through, along with a good helping of slightly spicy malts

T: Follows the nose. Refreshing citrus fruitiness and pine come through for the hops, followed by some bready malts and a hint of spiciness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A hint of oiliness and stickiness from the hops

O: A nice, simple IPA that isn't in your face or overwhelmingly hoppy but still has a good hop kick flavor and aroma-wise. Worth a purchase

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Photo of mattbk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Copper colored, very clear, decent lasting head, appears fairly well carbonated, appears fairly thick.
SMELL: Strong grapefruit. A bit of dank. A bit piney, a bit lemony,
TASTE: Fairly typical IPA, bitter grapefruit, again a bit of dankness, catty, pine. A lot like the aroma. The malt playing a bit of a role, just a bit of sweetness at the end tempers the bitterness a little bit. I don't find this particularly complex or unique, not bad, just nothing great.
FEEL: Fairly heavy mouthfeel for an IPA, a little slick, maybe from alcohol? A bit prickly. Dry from hops, but everything else is a bit too heavy.
OVERALL: Again, not bad, nothing special, a little drier would have been nicer, some more flavor to balance bitterness and more interesting hop flavor other than grapefruit would have been nice as well.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Heads Brewing : The Kind IPA

LOOK: Pale golden color, with a white foam collar and good lacing. Has a chill haze and appears to be unfiltered.

SMELL: Grapefruit juice, floral and pine. Just a hint of malt sweetness.

TASTE: A well rounded beer, with pale and crystal malts giving the balancing sweetness to accompany the bitter hop onslaught. Notes of grapefruit zest, lemon juice, and wet grassy herbal character make for a uniquely satisfying hop profile.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation. Not much of a hop bite and certainly not dry. This beer is even a bit juicy.

OVERALL: An impressive IpA. I wish I could get this beer more often. Cool bottle art as well and a pretty apt name.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a standard pint. Pours a golden-orange with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus rind and grapefruit seeds. Taste follows nose - bitter rind comprises most of the flavor profile; however, there is a hint of sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent and quaffable American IPA, but not much complexity here.

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, bright blonde color with a super thin head into my glass. Another IPA that fits the definition of PALE perfectly.

Lots of grassy hops with a mild bitterness that tickles the nose in a subtle manner. Maybe a bit of buttery malt too.

Grassy hops with a touch of citrus. Juicy. Chewy. Bitter. Wow. Flavor crystal explosion in mouth!!

Lingering buttery malt and grassy hop bitterness comprise the mouthfeel. Very clean for the style.

A very good IPA. You won't be shocked at the bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at revolution house - served in pint

Pours a clouded golden orange color with a one-finger topping of white head. Retains nicely while leaving rings of sticky lacing streaked around the glass.

Bursting citrusy hops with orange and grapefruit. Hints of tropical fruit, toasted biscuit and soft caramel. Light sweetness.

Juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and nectarine. Hint of pineapple and nice bitterness, soft sweetness. Caramel and biscuit malts, decent balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Solid citrusy IPA - I'd definitely have this again, although it helps that this was clearly super fresh.

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Photo of Cresant
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.