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The Kind IPA - Three Heads Brewing

The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

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337 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%

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 Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a standard pint. Pours a golden-orange with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus rind and grapefruit seeds. Taste follows nose - bitter rind comprises most of the flavor profile; however, there is a hint of sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent and quaffable American IPA, but not much complexity here.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 22:20:16 | More by Jwale73
Photo of clayrock81


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold with good head and lace on top of a mild, hoppy aroma that gives off some pine and citric notes along with touches of caramel and barley/bready malts. Not the most hoppy or flavorful IPA but it gets the job done. Citric hops balance with some mild caramel malt sweetness for a classic medium bodied IPA that is smooth with both touches of hoppiness and sweetness, and then has that classic crisp finish familiar to an IPA drinker. Not one of the better IPAs because the flavors are muted and a tad watered down and there isn't much more to the fruit flavor than citric hops (you will not get that grapefruit sensation). Still, a pretty decent IPA that is worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 11:38:57 | More by clayrock81
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dull golden color with a very slight chill haze. Two fingers of eggshell white head settle very quickly. Lacing is patchy and wispy.

S: Pineapple and mango. Very dank, sticky bud. More pineapple. Slight tropical esters. Biscuity malt base is an afterthought.

T: Aggressive, resiny hop bite on the attack. Pine, earthy, toasted hemp seed. Oily and biting. Tropical flavors of mango and a strong pineapple juice character ride on the coattails of the bitter onslaught. Slight spike of alcohol and tropical ester toward the back end. Toast and biscuit malt base. Finishes with an herbal, oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and substantial. Carbonation scrubs and bites, adding a refreshing edge while lifting the oily hop texture and simultaneously amplifying the bitterness.

O: It’s an aggressive American IPA that has a nice bite to it. Hopheads will appreciate it. Neophytes might find it to be a little too much. If it wants to really compete in a saturated IPA market, I think it needs to see a six-pack format.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:12:41 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of BradT

New York

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA to start the day off with. I'm very impressed with the consistency of this beer. The more you let it settle, it kinda finishes like a nitro. Not too thick, but definitely substantial, lower end of syrupy. Taste is good, very smooth grassy hop. Much, much, much better taste and consistency than a beer ranked as low as this on BA.

Color is a yellow orange with just a tad of red in the right light. Not a lot of nose, but that may just be me.

Honestly, I think the pot theme may turn some folks off. I'm not into that, but could care less about it when it comes to this beer. I'd definitely buy this again, and again. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 20:08:03 | More by BradT
Photo of billab914


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:20:14 | More by billab914
Photo of kegnation


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great easy drinking beer. Has the hop aroma I look for in a good IPA, nice citrus fruit on the front leading into a very nice mouthfeel of malt with a final kick of hops on the back end. Bought this from my bottle shop for $3.29 a 12oz, Going back to pick up a four pack now. Definitely a repeat purchase!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 17:13:16 | More by kegnation
Photo of metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:21:21 | More by metter98
Photo of xnicknj


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at revolution house - served in pint

Pours a clouded golden orange color with a one-finger topping of white head. Retains nicely while leaving rings of sticky lacing streaked around the glass.

Bursting citrusy hops with orange and grapefruit. Hints of tropical fruit, toasted biscuit and soft caramel. Light sweetness.

Juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and nectarine. Hint of pineapple and nice bitterness, soft sweetness. Caramel and biscuit malts, decent balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Solid citrusy IPA - I'd definitely have this again, although it helps that this was clearly super fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 18:35:07 | More by xnicknj
Photo of number1bum


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to see a new brewery in Rochester, although I'm not sure if it's just a new line from Custom Brewcrafters or what. Cracking the cap lets go just a soft hiss, and pouring this one reveals it to be very softly carbonated. Only generates a half finger of head which quickly fizzles away and leaves no lace whatsoever. It's a hazy amber color.

Despite the lack of lace the nose is pretty solid, with a big dose of grapefruit, zesty and pithy, and some pine as well. It's resiny and fresh, and nicely done.

Taste has a nice amount of hop flavor and also tastes quite fresh. It's grapefruity and piney, with a resiny, pithy bitterness in the finish. Hops are the show here, very little malt flavor at all; somewhat bready, very lightly sweet. Above average bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is softly carbonated but it has enough not to feel flat. It's medium bodied and quite dry.

This is a pretty solid and tasty IPA and a nice first offering from this brewery. The final score doesn't show it to be as good as it is because the pour is so poor that it brings the score down. This is a solid IPA for sure. My only quibble is that all 4 of the beers I saw were in bombers priced at $6.99. This is a good IPA, but it's not worth $7 a bomber, especially from a local brewery. It's too bad that they didn't decide to go with more reasonably priced 6 packs. I'll look forward to trying some of their other offerings nonetheless; coming back for seconds, however, will depend a bit upon the price:quality ratio.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 01:07:16 | More by number1bum
Photo of smcolw


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves decent ring lace. The broth is cloudy with white-gold color.

Beautiful floral and piney hop aroma. Complex because there were smells of citrus and evergreen. Very appealing.

The malt is nearly none-existent but the hop is very powerful. It shows up early and ends very strong. Lots of bitterness in the swallow and in the aftertaste. The body is relatively thin.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 23:55:26 | More by smcolw
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy.

Pours very golden and pilsner-like. Small head that leaves some lacing. Not really any carbonation bubbles.

Smells mostly like pineapple, with hints of other citrus flavors, like mango.

Taste is identical, with lots of citrus flavors--mango, pineapple, papaya. A bit of grapefruit. Hardly any bitterness--tastes like all late hops. More West Coast than East Coast, but while the hops are the entire flavor, but they lack a pungent characteristic. Zero malt flavors, little pine and rather thin in the end. Kind of like pineapple/mango juice.
Edit: as beer warms, I get a bit more of a pine-y, bitter characteristic.

Mouthfeel is very thin. A bit too watery. Could use more body.

This isn't bad at all, but it sometimes reminds me of juice. To my tastes, it could use more bitterness, pine and grapefruit flavors. But it's not a tough one to drink at all, and I'm glad there are folks in upstate New York making a hop-heavy IPA. But at $7-8 for a bomber, I don't see myself getting this one often. If it came in 6-packs, that'd be another story.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:19:53 | More by musicforairports
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass, a one finger creamy head lays atop of a nice looking honey orange elixer. No carbonation to speak of. Average lacing, nothing special.

S- Very piney with loads of different fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and papaya. A touch of alcohol, but mostly sweet fruit.

T- Sweet fruit really jumps forward with a wonderful bitter finish. Lots of hops! Really wakes up the tongue! Citrus really lingers on the back of the mouth. Wakes up your sences!

M- Very nice fruit and bitter balance. Lack of carbonation leaves the tongue coated. I prefer my IPA's with a bit more bubble to them.

D- Very drinkable indeed! Probably great with sweet and sour pork or chicken, or just to sit at the bar and watch the game! It doesnt tire out the tastebuds at all! Nice balance and blend!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 05:32:04 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:32:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zach136


3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - no date - poured into DFH IPA glass.

Pours light straw with a pitch white head, solid lacing. Nose is assorted citrus and pine spice. The taste has a solid balanced hop profile of pine/floral. Though there is a lingering astringency. Moderate body. Definitely a solid option for the hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:34:07 | More by Zach136
Photo of ChugginOil


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:43:43 | More by TheDudeRules
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 00:09:07 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, malt, and pine as well.

T: Tasted of hops - a lot of hops - along with pine, malt, and a hint of citrus. The hoppiness takes a little getting used to, but it becomes likeable after a while. A good flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with an overly bitter and oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its rough spots, but in the end is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 17:09:02 | More by avalon07
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer that I have had the pleasure to try from this new brewery in nearby Rochester, and I will probably be checking out their other beers when I run into them on-tap at my local haunts.

The Kind IPA has a very clear, golden-orange body. The thin white head leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is good, packed with resinous, piney malts and a lot of floral characteristics. Not too much malt going on here. Hops dominate the flavor from beginning to end, with lots of pine and resin, a hint of citrus and more floral characteristics. The malt is simple and, as I said, just enough to provide a bit of balance. Light and just a bit sweet.

The body is moderate as is the carbonation, which makes it pretty standard for the style.

I like this one enough that I would order it again, which is a nice compliment for a new brewery. The bombers are a little bit pricey, but pint prices are pretty basic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 02:50:13 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Jason


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 02:59:15 | More by Jason
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:24:26 | More by maximum12
Photo of scootny

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-09-2012 05:25:08 | More by scootny
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 20:06:38 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that reduces to a thin cap

S: Citrus and pine hops come through, along with a good helping of slightly spicy malts

T: Follows the nose. Refreshing citrus fruitiness and pine come through for the hops, followed by some bready malts and a hint of spiciness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A hint of oiliness and stickiness from the hops

O: A nice, simple IPA that isn't in your face or overwhelmingly hoppy but still has a good hop kick flavor and aroma-wise. Worth a purchase

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 04:02:10 | More by BEERMILER12
The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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