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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
85
very good

410 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | 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 emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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%

Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of KELPAK
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

LOVE THE FOCUSED AROMATIC PINEY CITRUSY SCENTED NOSE. THE PALATE IS SOFT, AND FROTHY, A BIT MORE GENTLE THAN MOST. THERE ISN'T A LOT OF BITTERNESS HERE ESPECIALLY IN THE BACK END. VERY DRINKABLE.ALL IN ALL A REALLY ENJOYABLE BOTTLE FROM THREE HEADS BREWING.
THE KOZ

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.