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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 40 | 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 duff247
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

duff247, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot coloured and sufficiently misty to obstruct transparency, The Kind IPA looks like just the kind of IPA I like to drink! It hints at lots of malt, but only the most pale and least invasive varieties that should let the hops shine! The glass looks like a black diamond mountain despite that the actual head itself is hardly a bunny hill.

The aroma trumpets its (likely dry-) hoping with lots of bright citrus and leafy bitterness. It is at once inviting, with notes of melon and apricot, while also intimidating, sounding strong and prickly resins. In other words, it's just right! A sturdy but unobtrusive toasty, crepe-like maltiness underlines this orgy of fruity and floral vapors.

The taste delivers a burst of lemony citrus that chewing gums and throat lozenges could only dream of. It is bitter yet simultaneously bright and refreshing due to an almost minty leafiness. Apricot and peach come through as well, imparting luscious remnants of summer on this overcast winter day. It places the spotlight directly overtop the hops.

While it stays largely out of the flavour picture, the malts do not exactly play Switzerland in the midst of all these hop hostilities. Rather, they do all the heavy lifting as far as mouthfeel is concerned; oily, soapy and bitter resins could run amok if not for such a full, wholesome, toasty graininess there to keep them in check. And alcohol is kept far at bay.

A lot of American brewers craft their IPAs in such a way as if to say: “Look! Mine is bigger than yours!” Three Heads Brewing shows more maturity than that, showcasing an enormous hoppiness without being overly zealous. They have nothing to overcompensate for; no cockiness here, just one hell of a hoppy but fantastically smooth, drinkable IPA.

biegaman, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

nmann08, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours lighter than most of the style. Honey color. Translucent. Head us bright white. Smaller in stature. Leaves consistent lacing.

S-Excellent aroma. Hempy hops. Hops are also piney and citrusy. Very hop forward. Malt is detectable but is less relevant. Overall, I really enjoy the aroma here.

T-Taste is different than the nose. Very, very grassy and the malt is more detectable. Leaves an odd lingering aftertaste. Malt is quite biscuity. Herbal, floral and grassy hops mostly. Definitely has a very unique taste. Has a certain zest and is pretty bitter. As it slowly warms it becomes much more malty, specifically bready.

M-Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit slick. Also dry. Bitterness lasts.

O/D-A maltier IPA. I find the hops to be unique and tasty however. I enjoyed this beer, its definitely a different take on the super-popular style. I would say its worth a try at $6.75 for a bomber.

VelvetExtract, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Suds
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enormous, pillowy white head. The bear is a cloudy, milky, hazy gold color. It's a golden liquid with a tremendous suspension of floaties. Great tufts of foam cling to the side of the glass. The aroma is huge with hops...pine, like running tree sap...citrus peel...lemon and orange peel, complete with bitterness. Fresh and intense. Earthy. The taste is a bit more dry than expected. I can't call this one balanced. It's awash in hop flavor, with very little malt to center the experience. The beer is a bit thin, and moderately carbonated. It's a solidly good beer, but it's showcase is the smell.

Suds, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Bilco, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
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.

jlindros, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of KELPAK
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


KELPAK, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +7.2%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +7.2%

THECPJ, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +7.2%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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, moderately above-average IPA, nothing more nothing less.

perrymarcus, Oct 31, 2011
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.

stearns16, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Cisco619
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Cisco619, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fom a bomber into my trusty RR-tion glass.

Pours a nice deep, coppery color. Slight head that dissapears quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Wet pine and a bit malt dominate the smell. it gives off quite a bit of aroma for a 'regular' IPA, not a DIPA.

First taste is a decent amout of bitter, piney hop. There is virtually zero citrus or tropical hop taste in here. Then it follows with a bit of malt and a balanced swallow.

Feels good in the mouth. Good carbonation, and on the lighter side with the body. Pretty much what I expect from an IPA.

Over all this is a really good beer, I do prefer my IPAs with a bit more citrusy, oily hops. This is definately solid though and I would drink again.

DaveHack, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

projectflam86, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange/yellow colour with half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel. Nice bitterness evident with a decent malt backbone.

T - Bitter citrus and piney hops. A slight caramel malt backbone is present as well but this is definitely a west coast style IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage.

A: The IPA is golden, an orange marmaladey hue. Not unsurprisingly, the ale is hazy with a glow. The head from the first pour was less than a finger in size but left spots of lace behind.

S: The IPA is piney, amply hoppy even though it has an older syrupy factor. Citrus follows with grapefruit and orange rinds. Even with the age, I like the citrusy bite that the ale produces.

T: Caramel malts, sweet and chewy, support the hops nicely. Citrus and pine both come through, the citrus has grapefruit and the pine is oily. Peppery flavors mingle throughout, providing the occasional burst of heat. The oiliness of the hops adds strength without alcohol. I am happy to report that the ale, at no time, feels heavy and boozy.

M: For an ale that started out too old, it quickly became spry. The hoppiness is oily, coating the mouth with each sip. I like that the alcohol is well-hidden.

akorsak, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of curasowa
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a curtain of lace.

Aroma: Big citrus hop nose, with grapefruit, hints of pine and vague spicy-ness.

Taste: A light caramel malt base upfront that gets overpowered by wave after wave of bitterness. It's sharp, a little harsh and has a mild phenolic taste towards the back end and a lingering finish.

The Rest: This is a pretty decent IPA from a new brewery in town that I have been enjoying a lot this summer. It's a little rough around the edges, but overall pretty tasty.

curasowa, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of jpopejoy
4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a buddy bring it down to philly from up north.

A- Pours hazy orange. Good lacing, almost a 2 finger head

S - total piney hops with a little bit of citrus

T - this thing is a total Pine bomb. Really is more of a west coast IPA. It finishes pretty clean w/ a bit of citrus.

M - medium bodied with lower carbonation (huge plus for me).

O - This IPA gives FlowerPower and (NEBco) Gandhi-bot a run for it's money, as far as a Best east coast IPA. I'll definitely be "placing an order" next time my buddy comes down.

jpopejoy, Aug 14, 2011
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.