Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...
Dismiss Notice
Join The Buzz! Subscribe to our newsletter and get the latest BeerAdvocate updates delivered to your inbox.

The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

Not Rated.
The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

141 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 141
Hads: 452
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Kind IPA Alström Bros
Reviews: 141 | Hads: 452
Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/4" eggshell head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head promptly down to a skim, with average lacing. Aroma is juicy citrus.

Taste sweet to start, orange citrus in the middle, pine bitter taking over the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with good drinkability. Good brew. (405 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to Vav for this bottle!

Also, sorry about that other bottle, my man... On to business: This stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises orange rind, fluffy toffee, earthy greens, and a touch of lemongrass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with brighter orange and a hint of oak bark. The additions really help to round things out. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, one I could easily see having again, though not necessarily with any intense enthusiasm. (641 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, mellow citrus hops. In the taste, a dry orange citrus hop, and somewhat gritty malt. A pleasant hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hop and small orange citrus presence in the aftertaste. Just decent across the board, nothing bad, but nothing spectacular either. (358 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is yellow orange color with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel and bready malts, followed by some citrus, grapefruit, and pine aromas.

Taste: All the above mentioned flavors balanced well together with some lingering bitterness. I was kind of expecting more of a hop profile and sweetness to the beer. Interesting, but a bit light on the flavors and the bitterness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied, low to medium carbonation, some lingering bitterness, a quite enjoyable.

Overall: A good IPA in my opinion. Enjoyed more on draft than in a bottle. Still a very enjoyable beer though (827 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.25 bomber from Abe's.

Somewhat hazy golden body with orange highlights. Two level fingers of snow white foam.

Enticing pine and citrus aroma. Very inviting.

Quick burst of sweetness at the beginning. A little too sweet, could use a bit more depth to semi- sweet. Then big juicy fruit, plenty of citrus fills the mouth.good dose of pine too. Bitter bite at the swallow. Pine carries on in the afterglow.

Sturdy medium mouthfeel.

A solid IPA. Good first experience with this brewery. (491 characters)

Photo of GuyIncognito
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer a couple of months ago when it had just been bottled, and it was super piney, fresh, and resiny. Really enjoyed it. Had a bottle from the same batch last night, and the orange and citrus came out a lot more. The pine had really mellowed out. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. A little extra time in the bottle helped balance out the flavors nicely. Well made beer. (391 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a little but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the hops with flavors of citrus and hints of pine resin. The citrus hops are a nice blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Surprisingly, there is only a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this IPA because it has a lot of hop aromas and flavors but is quite easy to drink because it doesn’t have an “in your face” level of bitterness. (888 characters)

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

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, golden yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, white head. Aromas of evergreen and pine, with a strong citrus highlight. Smells superfresh. Flavors are light, and the resiny bitter hits the forward tongue instantly. A quick transition brings more tropical fruit flavors, including pineapple and grapefruit. Very well balanced, the beer slightly leans towards bitter and tart at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is bitter, but also sugary sweet at the same time. Light and crisp bodied with a sparse cling on the glass, the beer has a slightly dry, crisp finish. Very hoppy and very tasty despite being slightly unbalanced. (704 characters)

Photo of stonermouse
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Pours roughly amber, with just a touch of cloudiness, and a thin head. Minor lacing throughout.

The aroma is fairly generic, and smells somewhat bready. There's a touch of hop, but when it all comes together is smells a bit like a musty old pub.

The flavor is average at best for an IPA. The flavors are mostly mild. The label advertises that the beer is "like taking a walk through a pine forest and ending up at a citrus farm." Too bad this one is mostly melony and boozy, with just enough onion in the finish to wipe away any lingering pleasantness. There is very little sweetness to accompany, which one might think implies over-the-top bitterness. But this beer leaves that door open and never goes in.

The beer finishes oniony and leaves a bit of bitterness on the tongue. Mild, but not necessarily overly pleasant.

This brew reminds me of a homebrew version of another Northeast IPA, Stowaway. But Stowaway brings some malt for sweetness, has a much better body, brings cleaner flavors, and comes in a handy can to boot. Skip this chump and get Baxter's Stowaway if they're side-by-side, and you can enjoy this particular flavor profile in style. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with no date
A - golden amber with small particulate matter floating around. A three finger head of foam that lasts with heavy lacing.
S - earthy pine resins and dull grapefruit overtones. Nothing is sharp and biting but you know there is a glass full of wet hops under your nose.
T - resinous hops dominate throughout from start to finish. Earthy and heavy hops without any crisp biting character.
M - oily, resinous, and mildly carbonated yielding a heavy feeling slow moving stickiness.
D - a bit one dimensional but if you want pine tar hops then this one is for you. (587 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (purchased at County Wide in Valley Stream for $5.99) served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed golden yellow with a white head that thinned out leaving trails of lacing.

S - mix of pine and citrus with a bready malt background.

T - same as the smell with a hint of alcohol showing up towards the bitter finish.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation and a crisp, dry feel making you want another sip.

O - a decent example of the style. (464 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from the Sunoco Colton NY for 7.99+tax

Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, pine, and caramel. There is also some pineapple mixed with guava and some grapefruit. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of of a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Good.. not great.. The mouthfeel seems off and the beer tastes a little artificial. For the price I expected more.. Still worth a try - just not a re-buy for me. It did get better as it approached room temperature.. (779 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes is quite dominant with some semi-sweet caramel malt notes also distinguishable. Taste is also a balanced mix between some citrus and piney notes with some residual sugar and caramelized malt also noticeable. Body is quite full with good carbonation. More floral hoppy notes would have helped provided further enjoyment of this beer. (459 characters)

Photo of mocktm
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this brewery for a while, found this bomber at A&R Beverage in Seaford, NY. Will set ya back $8.99 a pop; not exactly a bargain. It does however feature some a pretty groovy bottle label (what more does one need than beer and music?), however no bottling date that I can find.

Into a pint, appears sunshine, golden orange with decent lagcing and a tad bit of head. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Nose is dank and wet, aromas of pine and resinous hops. Slight acidic tones, without a whole lot of malt presence that I can pick up on.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Delvers a subtle bitterness, heavy on pine and grapefruit rind. Again, I can't find a whole lot of malt presence, which I consider to be a good thing in IPAs. Hops do seem like they have died down a bit though.

Drinks rather light, dangerous in the summer, I can throw several of these back rather easily. 6.8% is negligible.

One of the better east-coast IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying, albeit a bit expensive. I'd recommend trying it, but I don't know if I'll pick up another bottle when I can get a whole sixer of Flower Power for just a couple bucks more. Still, really happy to have tried and a brewery to definitely keep an eye one. Cheers! (1,255 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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, drinkable, moderately above-average IPA; nothing more, nothing less.

(originally reviewed: 10-31-2011) (812 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautifully clear brew with a pure white head and a nice layering of lace on the glass. Smell is superb with a rich, pine and tropical fruit signature followed by a caramel malt breadiness. Taste follow the description of pine to citrus with a firm but not overpowering grapefruit character sitting atop a sweet caramel malt core, and a lovely tropical yeast ester. Finish is dry with a moderate amount of hop oil and biscuity bread notes. Feel is full and finely carbonated with a clean and dry quenching persona. A great one to keep around the house with a unique ability to satisfy the hop head while drawing in those who generally shy away from hippy beers. (671 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light bronze color. Good head and great bubbling.

Citric orange hop aroma with a little bite. Maybe a little toasted cracker malt aroma, but mostly hops.

Sharp, orange and grapefruit zest. Tinny palate from the "voracious" hops. Good bitterness overall, but hard to pcik out much malt flavors. Maybe some Wonderbread crust, thats about it. The finish feels watery and tinny. (383 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange with two inches of thick rocky head and lacing. the nose is a little subdued for an ipa. can still pick up on the citrus and pine tree. the taste is very juicy. well balanced between the citrus, pine and malt so nothing really dominates. mouthfeel is a little thin with a watery feeling on the finish before the bitterness kicks in. overall this is a solid beer, but one i will probably not seek out again. (420 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy light orange with a finger of head and spotty lacing.

Smells of piney hops with a little bit of booze weird with such a low ABV.

Same flavors. Piney hops with some citrus on the back end along with a strong metallic flavor in the finish and a bit of booze.

Medium mouthfeel and carb. Carbonation seemed to die off quicker than normal.

Not a horrible beer, but it perplexes me how something that's only 6.8% shows any booze flavor. The metallic aftertaste is very off putting as well. (500 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear orange color with two fingers of white head.

Not a huge aroma which I was kind of expecting from the name; maybe a bit of pine and some grain.

Bitter pine and citrus with some graininess.

Thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

A bit of a letdown given the name of this one, I expected a dank nose, but there wasn't much in the way of aroma at all. (364 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (507 characters)

The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.