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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

420 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of DaGrizz
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of server222
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful yellow-orange body with a huge frothy white head. A very pretty beer.

Nose is a wonderful blend of candied citrus and pine.

Flavor is where it starts to go wrong. A metallic flavor on the finish is a bit unpleasant. It was going so well too, I love the light malt body and solid citrus bitterness, but the finish is just a bit off.

Mouthfeel is slick, stripping, almost astringent.

Overall is slightly impacted by the metallic flavor on the finish. This has many of the components of a great beer, and one of the components of a bad beer. Wish it didn't have this issue, my review would be much more favorable.

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured golden amber in color with a huge, fluffy white head filling half of the glass as first.

The aroma has a lot of pine, grapefruit and citrus rind flavors to it. A little bit of a bready, biscuity malt is there as support. Pretty appealing hoppy aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of grapefruit and bitter citrus rind to it. I get a little bit of a sweeter, juicy hoppiness to it at times as well. Again just a little of the grainy, biscuity supporting malts are apparent.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had some really nice hoppiness with a bold citrus rind bitterness. Pretty enjoyable and drinkable overall, but at $7 a bomber I can't see picking it up again over a 6 pack of 2 Hearted, Loose Cannon, Finest Kind, etc.

Photo of marshmeli
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of amc2341
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of funkel81
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Kind fills a tulip glass with hazy golden-honey ale and a slight rocky head that dissipates almost instantly, leaving little to no lacing.

Mild orange and raspberry are pleasant but barely evident. This is essentially a one-note and the aroma is far from what I had expected from an IPA.

There is some grapefruit bitterness and lots of caramel, but again not quite a modern IPA. The finish is modest and bitter.

A medium body with watery texture and no discernible alcohol.

This is a tasty and easy-to-drink, but mild, IPA.

Photo of electtodefer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  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 druptight
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of alemiester
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz into my duvel tulip

A- hazy/orange with a minimal less then 1 finger white head, light lacing.

S- citrus, grapefruit, slight pine

T- a nice well rounded blend of slightly toasted grain citrus and pineynhops. Pretty delicious overall, nothing overwhelming but good well rounded hop flavor.

M- light bodied with light/medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish leaves the mouth a bit chewy.

O - a very solid ipa, very well rounded, nice hop flavor and balance, an all around good brew

Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow, a little hazy, with a sticky one inch head, that leaves nice lace. Smell grass, pine, tangerine, and grapefruit. Taste like that, very balanced with nothing dominating. Body on the light side, dry, nice carbonation, and easy drinking. Very good Ila, awesome use of IBUs, but a little expensive at $7.99 a bomber and couldn't find a date.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for dropping this 22 oz. bomber in as an extra in a recent, very nice box of brew...& it's an IPA kinda night.

Poured into two tulips, this is a very dense, unfiltered orange. Nose is nice with grapefruit, orange, & light sweet malt. No bitterness at all.

The Kind IPA brings plenty of familiarity to the game. Nice dollop of marmalade, mixed in with plenty of citrus, blending into &/or indistinguishable from the citrus. Nice fingernail of bitterness pries up the gums. Sweet orange takes the long game & runs with it, leaving a nice lingering sugary high blending with the afterimage of the hops. The effect is lovely, & the balance makes it too easy to drink. Should come in buckets.

Always good to be introduced to a new brewery, & even better to one with a good beer. While I generally despise balance in an IPA, this is the exception that proves the rule: it's exquisite. Very good beer.

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Lovin' Cup at the Rocheseter Brew Fest on 1/14/12, reviewed from notes

A-Hazy yellow, pretty opaque, looks nice

S-Great hop, I get some grapefruit and pine, really good depth to this one

T-Really good, it has an excellent balance between the hoppiness and the taste on the back end which has definitely left a pleasant citrus and pine

M-Also very good, again this just about right not too thick or thin

O-Glad I tried this, if you can find it, I would heartily recommend it

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to maddogg for sharing!

poured a murky cloudy orange with a classic ipa head into a capt lawrence taster tulip. nice frothy head with good lacing. smells really fresh with a citric blast. flavors of lemon, citrus, and a strong earthy character...can't put my finger on it. kind of like rooty and dirt like. mouth is standard. overall a very nice american ipa with a big earthy vibe. overall nice ipa with a fruity bitter finish. enjoyable.

Photo of verdict603
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of hoppy4me
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.