The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | 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 GuyIncognito
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow/orange,slight head that subsided quickly,slight lacing.

Smell of hops,citrus,subtle pine. Wish there was more aroma, but what is there is good

Tastes like it smells and what I was hoping for. As others have said- more west coast than any other local IPA. It has a great balance of hops,citrus,bitterness,malt that makes you want to take another sip. If I have to make one negative comment it would be that the flavors could have been a little more intense and have more depth.

Medium body with refreshing carbonation.

This first bottle sure went down fast. Each sip made me want another one. Need to be careful at 6.8.

Good job 3 Heads! I know this bottle was fresh. How will I know future bottles will be? I did not see a bottle date- but my eyesight is failing in my old age. I look forward to drinking many more glasses of this- either at local places or out of the bottle. Wondering how often this will be brewed- I have to believe this will be best when it is fresh.

Photo of kevman527
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color a little bit of head retention and decent lacing.

S - citrus mostly

T - Dominant grapefruit taste and it lingers. Excellent! (of course non grapefruit likers probably would not appreciate it as much.)

M @ D - smooth, light carbonation, very easy drinking!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Shakydog68
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of PBoegel
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, no freshness dating poured into Sam Adams perfect pint.

Nice and straw pale the way an IPA should be, too often breweries toss in too much munich or crystal to balance the bitterness and it just makes it a big hoppy amber, this here is an India "Pale" Ale. Nice fluffy snow white foam with good lacing as it drinks.

Aromas are very tropical fruit laden, pineapple mostly, and some kick of grapefruit. Don't get much pine from this one but that is not a problem just and observation. There is a nice clean slightly sugar cookie malt undertone to balance.

The flavor is fruity hops all upfront and straight through to the finish, some peach, more pineapple like in the aroma and some citrus zest. Packed a good fruity punch. Would have like to have more bittering come into play, not to say it wasn't but the bittering was very clean and quick, I like a very pronounced bitterness with the style.

Overall good mouthfeel though, finish is dry, again they kept this pale and steered away form the mistake of too much crystal or other specialty malts. It is big beer at nearly 7% so it carries a decent body. Alcohol does not present itself which is just as it should be, clean and well fermented.

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Photo of zberger
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Cool artwork on bottle...hear a lot of good things about 3HB but haven't visited yet

A: urine color, finger of white head with good retention poured from bottle

S: dank and piney with a bright flash of citrusy hops

T: pine washed over with citrus. Big hop taste without any unwanted bitterness.

M: smooth, balanced for a big IPA with good carbonation and no lingering flavors

O: I've passed this beer over so many times for absolutely no reason. So glad I finally tried it. Solid IPA. Really digging all the 3HB stuff I've tried lately

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of AdamGazdalski
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An overly hopped IPA, however not too bitter and has a wonderful citrus note, almost fruity. The carbonation is just right for such a strong IPA.

The percentage at 6.8 and 76 IBUs is just enough for my personal taste. It is wonderful on tap, you really get the full body of fruity aromas and when poured out of a bottle it retains it's body just as well as on tap.

I have personally met the brewers and yes, they do look just like the picture on the bottle and are just as cool in person. Great IPA

Photo of wattersmike90
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with massive amounts of white, foamy head that lasts for days.

S: Sweet citrus aroma up front that fades in to a resinous pine-like aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there are citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, and some pine as well.

M: Light, smooth, creamy, very drinkable.

O: A very smooth-drinking IPA that won't kill your tastebuds, and is complex enough to drink for a while.

Photo of jhartley
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No date visible date on bottle.
Golden yellow body, really clear obviously filtered. Nice egg shell white head.
Tons of pine and citrus aromas. Grapefruit, tropical fruits. Can smell it from a distance, really strong smell coming out of the glass.
Very easy drinking beer, great flavor, can very easily down several of these in one sitting.
Will definitely be looking forward to purchasing some more of these in the future.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden orange in the glass with a white head that dissipates fairly quick.

Smells very piney, slightly floral, and largely citrus.

Taste is mainly hops from pine to grapefruit, with some sweet citrus mixed in - orange - apricot. The sweetness is slight and bitter rocks the mouth with just a little malty sweetness to balance. A very nice IPA.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.