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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | 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 curasowa

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-01-2011 01:41:01 | More by curasowa
Photo of jpopejoy


4.9/5  rDev +31.4%

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.

08-14-2011 17:34:43 | More by jpopejoy
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-12-2011 03:30:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Retail1LO


4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-04-2011 23:50:38 | More by Retail1LO
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

07-31-2011 21:32:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

07-31-2011 19:26:06 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of TheDudeRules


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

07-21-2011 01:43:43 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of Wasatch


3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-10-2011 19:35:14 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mdaschaf


2.73/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

07-08-2011 20:16:11 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Florida9


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

07-06-2011 01:48:47 | More by Florida9
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%

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.

07-04-2011 01:49:09 | More by oberon
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

07-01-2011 15:18:09 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of billshmeinke


2.17/5  rDev -41.8%

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.


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.

06-29-2011 22:02:45 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of DmanGTR


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

This is a nice auburn/amber with a well retained white head. A line of bubbles from the apex of the glass makes the beer look alive! Holy cow this is a nicely hoppy beer. A mix of herbal green and pine with citrus undertones of the grapefruit variety. This is someone taking a branch of a pine tree and beating up a bag of KB and grapefruit peels. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. Very nice body... probably medium bodied I'd say. Lingering bitterness complements a slightly drier finish.


06-29-2011 12:53:21 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of EricCioe


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to thickfreakness for sending this one along.

This pours a slightly opaque tangerine color with a one finger white head with decent retention and lace. On the nose there are oranges and pineapples, with some caramel and pale malt underneath that. In the mouth there is a definite bitter note at the front of the tongue, herbal in character with some citrus mixed in. But there is a definite caramelized malt sitting back a bit further. It's a nice, pretty well balanced IPA that emphasizes the bitterness but doesn't allow it to dominate. The body is medium but maybe a bit too sticky for my preferences, but that's being a bit picky.

Overall, this is a nice, totally solid IPA. It doesn't get to the upper echelons of IPAdom for me, but it's a good brew nonetheless.

06-26-2011 00:19:13 | More by EricCioe
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +7.2%

22 oz bottle into an IPA flute.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick foamy cap that slathers the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is even parts floral and herbal up front, before giving way to a blast of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and pine cones. Just a touch of stickier tropical fruit notes and bready grains help tame the edges of the nose some here.

The taste is all fresh citric bitterness, with some sharper resins and more herbal textures working themselves in as well. Tropical fruit mixes nicely with the sweetness of the grains to offer up some good balance here, letting those hop flavors shine but without things becoming overly bitter. This ends dry, piney, and pithy on the palate which gives the finish a satisfying crispness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lays a steady prickle down on the tongue before becoming surrounded on the sides by more of a slick creaminess that keeps this overall smooth. There is some light warmth here that strengthens those flavors but the alcohol is pretty well hid here for the most part.

This was an all around solid IPA that packed some fresh hop flavor into a well balanced and quite approachable package. The only thing that really hurts my opinion of it was the $8 a bomber price that I paid for it. Otherwise, this would be a go to hoppy fix for sure.

06-24-2011 18:18:22 | More by Kegatron
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

A clear, light amber pour is topped briefly by a finger of white foam, then a membrane and persistent ring. Some arms of lace cling.

Nice medium aroma of citrus, neutral sweet, light grain, and ganja. Very appealing, very alluring, very stimulative.

Nice medium strength taste of the simple pleasures in the aroma. Very clean and free of off flavors, just the pure joy of wonderful IPA that isn't a tongue scraper. As it warms pine notes, and even some spicy herbal and floral work into the sip. East coast finish that is not as dry as a SoCal purist might demand, but the epitome of local style. Balanced.

Low carb. easy drinking, clean as a whistle, and the taste of fine ganja lingering in the finish. Nice.

Met these guys at TAP NY, tried this and others on tap, and they, and their beers, are the real deal. This is an up and coming brewery that will put NY even more firmly on the craft beer map.

06-21-2011 22:50:05 | More by cavedave
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

22 oz bomber courtesy of sliverx, muchas gracias! Pours a hazed gold color with a dense cap of light orange-tinted head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Hop aroma is mostly citrus with some tropical fruit showing at times. Malts are very light and biscuity. Smells good, my kind of IPA.

Lots of hop flavoring and bittering. Long lasting, abrasive finish. Rough landing, but a smooth takeoff of piney-tropical flavor. Malt is light at best - a little flabby even. I cant believe I am saying this...but I almost wish for at least a little toast and caramel to hold the body up. Pretty good little quencher though and I really enjoyed it overall. Light, crisp and a bit rough around the edges about sums it up.

06-18-2011 15:32:57 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The citrus dry green hops flavor has a pleasant soft skunk quality to it, in a good way.

T- The soft caramel and crystal malt flavor has some dry biscuit hints to it and a woody hop flavor that grows and takes on some herbal green notes in the finish. There is a nice pine bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz finish that compliments the hops and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice balance and a good depth to the malt which are not to sweet and not to dry. The full hops flavor grows in the finish and even thou there are lots of hops the bitterness is soft and it is very drinkable.

06-07-2011 21:46:44 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of fmccormi

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bomber into a wit tumbler, no date.

Appearance (4.0): Rocky, 2 finger, just barely off-white head with minimal lacing but some head retention; clear, pure golden body.

Smell (3.5): Moderately aromatic, the smell is totally pine and some bracing (bitter, not sweet) citrus, with some very lightly sweet malts in the background. Hops are definitely front and center in the nose, and the scent is clear but not as strong as you’d think (and personally I’d hoped for).

Taste (4.0): Follows the scent, pine is front and center followed by bitter citrus, with a mellow, light and mildly sweet malt body on the mid-palate. The aftertaste is mainly bitter citrus, which I enjoy—very much prefer pine and acidic citrus in my IPAs, as opposed to overly “fruity” hops. Aftertaste lingers, and the hop presence is almost constant, with not a lot of room for the malt body. Makes it feel more sessionable though, which I like.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Relatively thin, actually, with very little carbonation. This was kind of a surprise after getting such a nice head, but it is what it is. It’s actually more like a cask ale, which is interesting. Not bad when you look at it that way, but for a bottle I’d prefer more effervescence. Hop oils offer a light coating on the tongue, but nothing major.

Overall (4.0): This is a decent IPA, and worth trying if you like piney American IPAs that won’t weigh you down too much. I’m marking it down a bit because it wasn’t quite what I was expecting for a straight pour from the bottle, but I’d LOVE to try this fresh and on cask.

06-07-2011 03:34:20 | More by fmccormi
Photo of Thorpe429


2.63/5  rDev -29.5%

On tap at the Chapter House in Ithaca this past weekend. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy light orange color with a thick white head that stood around for quite awhile before falling into a thin cap. Nice spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose brought a pretty strong dose of citrus, but as it warmed there was a strong tannic grain character that was not pleasing. The flavor suffered the same fate, starting out with a nice citrus hop profile, but folding in to taste like raw grain and stale crackers. Very unfortunate as I enjoyed what was done with the hops. Body was dry and tannic. Unfortunate.

06-04-2011 13:44:53 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Durge


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

A cloudy amber color with a big chunky head and tons of frothy lace. The aroma brings a fairly perfumey, flowery hop, but it smells soapy and it’s not turning me on. The flavor is better but still a bit flowery with a bready sweet honey idea. It’s medium light bodied with a very fine carbonation. It’s very drinkable with a creamy feel. Not my favorite but okay.

06-03-2011 04:00:56 | More by Durge
Photo of ChugginOil


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to my new trade buddy mikesgroove for the extra!

This one pours a translucent straw color that settles a hazy golden-orange. A fingers worth of white bubbly head sits briefly. This head refuses to dissipate as it holds tightly to the glass.

The nose is full of honey and fruity hops. It is a very fresh and clean nose that is grassy and full of life.

The taste is thankfully quite similar to the nose. Sweet caramel malts transform into a bitter array of grapefruit characteristics. Imaging a honey covered pine cone for a brief moment. The resinous tastes of pine, apricot, and caramel hold tightly to my palate with a bitter beat down.

The mouthfeel Is quite built for the style, which I dont mind one bit. A crisp feel leads to a very dry feel in seconds.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this brew and I beleive that it holds the bold characteristics that make a good IPA.

05-15-2011 06:34:58 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of TheBrewo


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

We pour a brew of clean golden-orange. It puts up a one finger head of big, lacey white bubbles that retains nicely. Tightly packed lacing is left as it goes. Tons of carbonation sticks around our glasses, and it looks moderately active within. Bits of sediment are noted, and a slight haze is detected, partially obscuring transparency. The nose is appropriately bright with hop varietals. We can decipher pine, bitter grapefruit, and soapiness, in the hop department. The aroma is otherwise balanced nicely by malts, and an earthy, fruity sweetness, that are likely leftovers from the hop feast. The back of the nose is pinched by the faintest twinge of metallic vanilla, given by the yeast used. As we sip, bright hops crash up front. What is most striking about them is how earthy, and unfiltery they seem. I guess what we mean is that they seem fresh picked, with a handful of dirt along with it, in a good way. That metallic twinge of yeast also pokes the tongue way up front, as well. The hops appear as citric orange and floral. Moving through the middle produces a bittering hop bite at the apex of the sip, and a cutting sweetness through the rest of the flavoring. The finish brings out the sweetness further, and becomes more and more citrusy as the beer warms. This final flavoring is lent to the hops, but also seems as if additional fruit, and orange, were added for the amplifier, and to punch up the sweetness. The aftertaste breaths dirty (good dirty) with earthy hops and a bit of mineral bite, and more of that citrus. The body is medium and the carbonation is not nearly as strong as it looks. The mouth is coated with a slick beer, and the hops give it that oily quality. There is little drying, and the mouth is left somewhat puckered, at times, but happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks lighting fast.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the hop character throughout. There was such a variety, with palpable differences throughout the nose and the taste. You could really pick the selection out, helping to make for a strongly flavored and robust IPA. This can easily become a fridge regular.

05-07-2011 21:38:09 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Jason


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

Golden hazy glow, tight and tiny bubbled lacing puts on a great show. Soft resin oily hop nose, a walk through a x-mas tree farm almost with some fresh baked bread. Subtle smoothness, a bit creamy with a sturdy medium body. Thick herbal hop flavor, leafy with dirty evergreen flavors ... sucking on a pine-cone. Malt and fruit in the middle get a bit juicy, hop bitterness does not mask any flavor too much. Alcohol is fruity and a bit warming. Finishes semi-sweet with a long linger of hop flavor.

A standup IPA, it works well as it is well rounded, well balanced and full of flavor.

04-17-2011 02:59:15 | More by Jason
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