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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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very good

141 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 141
Hads: 457
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 23.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | 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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 457
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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)

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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..

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, bordering on clear, gold producing 2 fingers of frothy, white, moderately lasting head that leaves clumpy, frost like sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is thin for the style: delicate caramel malt, dough with likewise delicate pineapple, grapefruit, lemon & floral hop hints. Taste is more robust than the nose & less balanced being more sweet & malt forward & less hoppy even though it becomes nicely bitter in the finish. Sweet caramel malt forward backed by tropical fruit & citrus hops with floral hints in the background. Finishes bittersweet but transitions into a resinous bitter hop bite, with only a little peppery prickle becoming mostly dry, bitter & astringent in the aftertaste. Off balance of hop bitterness & malt sweetness for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly slick, dry & drawing aftertaste.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of GFM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden hue with two fingers of head and nice lacing. Scent is subtle; I pick up a faint tropical scent. Sandpaper texture feel. Taste is bitter from start to finish and a bit empty. Advertised as a journey from pine to citrus. The citrus finish didn't materialize for me. Just ok. (8.0)

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Photo of mattbk
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOK: Copper colored, very clear, decent lasting head, appears fairly well carbonated, appears fairly thick.
SMELL: Strong grapefruit. A bit of dank. A bit piney, a bit lemony,
TASTE: Fairly typical IPA, bitter grapefruit, again a bit of dankness, catty, pine. A lot like the aroma. The malt playing a bit of a role, just a bit of sweetness at the end tempers the bitterness a little bit. I don't find this particularly complex or unique, not bad, just nothing great.
FEEL: Fairly heavy mouthfeel for an IPA, a little slick, maybe from alcohol? A bit prickly. Dry from hops, but everything else is a bit too heavy.
OVERALL: Again, not bad, nothing special, a little drier would have been nicer, some more flavor to balance bitterness and more interesting hop flavor other than grapefruit would have been nice as well.

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Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev -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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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to KimR for all my 3HB beers in the Build-a-BIF!

A: Semi-hazy yellow pour with a small white head that barely lasts, but laces a little.

S: Really hoppy smell, a bit piney. Some fruits coming through as well.

T: Hops up front, sort of watery afterwards though, maybe some of the fruits. Not much of an aftertaste, the taste really drops off, but a bit of the piney hops resonate.

MF: Really light, and the alcohol is well hidden. Hardly any carbonation.

D: Decently high, even though I didn't really like the taste.

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Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly thin head, no more than half a finger which does not have much retention, in turn the lacing is weak with minimal stick. Filmy liquid, translucent, traps light inside to create a glow to the base yellow color, touch deeper orange at the core, you can see a tiny bit of bubbles, no noticeable particulate inside. The nose is kind of arch, bitter and grassy, very hops dominated, pepper, sour bread crust, dried grapefruit rinds, conjures up sufficient honey, pine sap and caramel to take a lot of sting out of it, more grainy than fruity, moderate dash of apricot, peach, pear fruit, on the whole it covers what it needs to, could be cleaner/fresher as well as separate out the scents better. Full-bodied, getting on heavy, the carbonation has a grinding, slow churn and it basically clings to the mouth pores rather than scrub. More sweetness here in the pineapple, peach, nectarine fruit as well as grapefruit, orange citrus. However, its dry mouth feel is complete. Plenty of grassy hops, the pepper, oil, and bread crust keep the malt, cocoa submerged. It is not unbalanced, simply too dense to refresh. Has flavor, not hot, and what’s there finishes long. No real complaints, maybe gets lost in the pack.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm sorry but thia was a bad beer in ever aspect.
Perhaps it's old. Bought at the wegmans and never seen it before so I gave it a shot.
There was no bottle date. So I'm fairly certain it's old.
The color was light amber with a soapy head no carbs.
Aroma was typicial of old IPA's malty. Not a hop to be seen I,m afraid.
Taste was the same malty no hops, maybe even style.
This was my first from THB so I can't judge perhaps it was just a bad brew.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale semi hazed golden color. had to force a sticky bubbly head with a vigorous pour. sweet sugared fruit nose with a lot of pine as well.

off the bat bitter citrus rinds and burnt toast rolls into big piney dryness which then goes into an herbal and fruity juicyness. pine bitterness lingers drying the mouth. a very complex ipa. the flavors get a little lost amongst each other here and there but mostly its a fun complex layered brew.

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Photo of match1112
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just arrived in Albany.

A: Super clear golden color in my Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. A thin covering of white head with some lacing.

S: The nose was kind of a letdown. This just arrived and I was told it was quite fresh. Little bit of earthy citrus. The malt smells crisp. This is a tight nose and am surprised considering the reviews for this beer.

T: The taste is a pick up from the nose but it has a heavy bready quality to it and the malt is outshining the hops. Truth be told it kind of tastes like an ESB I recently brewed. The hops are there but you only get a touch of orange peel. Decent but nothing keeping me coming back.

M: Light on the body. The carbonation feel off quit quickly as well.

D: It was ok but not nearly what I was expecting based on the reviews. Maybe this one just does not travel well. For the $6 for the bomber this is not something I would seek out again.

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