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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

386 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

THECPJ, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
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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 05, 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
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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
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA that has the heightened malt profile that's more common in Imerpial IPA's. But the citrus and pine hop flavors are undenyably classic IPA.

Starting with a medium copper color and medium haze, the beecr releases a dense froath of off white foam that retains well after reducing to heavy pockets of foam and an otherwise even sheet across the surface. Leaving intermitten patterns of lace along the glass gives a lasting impression of a well made IPA.

Citrus and pine note fill the nose with a sharp and crisp scent. A background of caramel and sweet breads back the hops while giving a vibrant sweet scent that keeps the hops from seeming overly vegetal or grassy, also while bringing out a fruity ester note that complements the fruity hop aromas well.

Stronger than usual malt flavors give a robust flavor of caramel, fresh baked breads, and malty sweetness that act as a great counterpart for hops. Citrusy notes of white grapefruit pulp and orange zest while resiny notes of pine and freshly cut herbs and grasses blend for a zesty and refreshing fruit flavor early and gripping bitterness late. With no real flaw in flavor, the only hiccup is a balance toward malts that prevent the hops from becomming the showcase that they need to be. Sweetness of malts though, help to bring a life to the yeasty esters of appricot and peach while bridging them with the hop flavors early in taste.

Robust in mouthfeel, the beer accompanies more malty textures along with the bolder malt flavor. This causes more creaminess early and and extended viscocity into mid palate and even a late linger in finish rather than becomming drier earlier and allowing for ultimate crispness late. Finishing malty-dry with a hop bite and alcohol warmth, the beer seems to share ground with Imperial IPAs.

A very good IPA that seems more of an East Coast style or Midwest style with a malt flavor and body that offers substantial balance for the hops. If you favor these more balanced IPAs over the drier and more hop balanced versions then this one is very favorable.

BEERchitect, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra in my first BA trade. I love IPA's. This one was a real nice change of pace. The hops didn't sock you in the nose, but it was a very nice, smooth, mellow brew. I split this with a buddy of mine who's a hophead, and even he appreciated the subtle reigning in of the hops. This had a very piney and citrus laden nose and taste. Wish we got this around here, as I'd definitely appropriate a few bottles for frequent consumption.

Retail1LO, Aug 04, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased in Rochester for $6.49. No freshness info offered to the consumer.

Pours hazed lighter almond amber. Light khaki head leaves real nice fine and extensive lacing/sheeting.

Subtle hopped up, pine and citric nose.

Hoppy, but not bitter. Flavorful, with more orangy citrus. Quite pleasant and easy drinking. Hops go more grainy late and dry out the finish nicely. Well worth a try.

Billolick, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale House in Vestal NY.
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a thinnish white head that did have good retention. Smells of pine resin and cirtus with a faint bready malt in the background. Taste is pine and citrus with grapefruit and a slight bready malt in the background. Smooth not harsh bitterness, but a nice hoppy presence. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. Great easy drinking ipa with lots of flavor.

johnnnniee, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my old trusty.

Pours a good looking hazy orange. Fluffly half finger of off white head sits atop. Some lacing remains. Smells is pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit to me. Slight malt up front. Immediately cut by hop and dry bitterness. When it it was cold and straight out of the fridge, the flavor ended with candied pineapple. Damn scrumptious. As it warms a bit more I find myself searching for it. This beer is not overly hoppy. I wish it had a bit of hop oil to coat my tongue. Really that is my only knock. A very well done and solid beer. I'd gladly drink more. Thanks to Dfclav for sending this.

TheDudeRules, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, some citrus, slight pine notes. The taste is malty, with some hops thrown in, citrus, slightly piney. Medium Body, nice dry/bitter finish. A nice brew, was expecting more though, glad to have gotten a chance to try it though.

Wasatch, Jul 10, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review form notes.

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a small white head with little retention and only a little bit of lacing as well.

S: Not much going on in the way of hops. There is a little bit of pine, but there is mostly a pretty off-putting aroma that was very hard to place, unpleasant though.

T: Better than the nose, but still not very hoppy. A little bit of pine and a hint of orange peel, but mostly some bready malt that dominates the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Very sticky finish, which was surprisingly bitter considering that lack of hop flavor.

O: Have had hoppier APAs than this one. The smell was the only really offensive part, but the rest was just average for me.

mdaschaf, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellowish orange in color. Forms a moderate bit of foamy white head that reduces to a very rocky, bubbly surface coating. Leaves globs of lacing on the way down.

S: Citrus, primarily orange with pine and some mossy, earthy hops.

T: Mild orange sweetness. Moderate persistent pithy bitterness. Pine resin and a little bit of earthy dirt on the finish. Hoppy, with a lighter malt profile.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat chewy.

O: A very hop centric IPA. Not quite West Coast, but a good blend of hop flavor and bitterness.

Florida9, Jul 06, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear lighter to medium golden with fluffy one finger bone white head that clung to the glass leaving one full ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Resiny and leafy/herbal hops are big in the nose along with biscuit dough-like malt.Dry and pretty bitter like the bottle says,its bitterness is the main component of the beer,not much citrus and pine like most of the style,a dryer crisp malt base leaves the beer without to much sweetness wich is fine with me.If you like bitter this is your kinda ipa,I like it and would get it alot if I could around here.

oberon, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber tone, huge clarity, and lots of carbonation trickling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice hree finger head of sticky white foam came across the top and settled down to just a thin film after a few minutes. Nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy. Good tones of grassy, herbal goodnes, with hints o pine and light citrus. Nice smooth, light mouthfeel with awesome carbonation really lifted it through. The taste started out nice and bitter with a good amount of light orange notes. Great finish on this one with a great clean,crisp finish and a really nice long lasting dry finish with a good hop bite at the end.

OverallI thought this was really great. A very nice, light hight quality sessionale that I really enjoyed.

mikesgroove, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from old notes.

Golden orangeish half a finger white head dies down to nothing quickly.

Smells of wort and bitter resinous scents. Perhaps a touch of lemony citrus.

Yuck, metallic, a touch of lemony citrus, even some oxidation. Way too malty as well.

Whatever.

Under-attenuated, and just off. Not sure how old this was because I got it in a trade, but drank it quite soon after receiving. Unless it was a year old or something, which I doubt, it should not have been this bad.

billshmeinke, Jun 29, 2011
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.