Too Kind Double IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Too Kind Double IPAToo Kind Double IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 01-16-2013

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Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by neophilus:
Photo of neophilus
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored, very clear for a DIPA, obligatory white head.

Sweet, rich malty aroma up front. Some pineapple and mint? on the nose.

Very faint malt at the first sip, was expecting to be dominated by malt at first but pleasantly got a rush of more pineapple tropical fruit mixed with minty herbal hoppy flavor. Thick sweet body is just barely restrained by the hops although the malt continues to threaten domination. In the end though it cleans up nicely and holds that thick malt back just enough to enjoy my first glass and beckon another. Dial up the hops just a bit and this is a real winner.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting find here in the triad of NC.,I have had alot of Three Heads brews while in western NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lightly hazed copper color with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.Grapefruit-like hops with a little pine resin mixed with boozy sweetness in the nose.Citric hops on the palate are pretty much even with sugary and alcohol sweetness,the hops are pretty big but so is the sweetness.Par for the course as far as the style goes for alot of brewers,not bad but it's pretty damn sweet.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Nothing earth shattering here, just an all around good DIPA. Mellow but very flavorful. The 8.5% ABV is pretty well hidden. We were wondering if The Kind IPA had a big brother—this one will appease the hopheads.

STYLE: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright golden hue, good frothing

SMELL: Dank hop resin, pineapple, orange rind, peppery alcohol, rose water, apricots, bready maltiness

TASTE: Smooth, mild crispness, bitty, ripe fruit, pronounced bitterness, soft dank hop flavor, orange pulp, citrus zest, kiss of caramel, toasted grain, leafy, yeast, warming, semidry finish with a long, lingering hoppiness

Photo of dogfishandi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Small white head off the pour but retains a nice ring and patchy foam with lot of thick lacing. Fairly clear deep golden light orange color.

Resinous, almost dank aroma. Some pine and a bit floral. Hints of maybe something tropical as it warms.

Pretty good taste, but nothing grounding breakingly new in terms of hop flavor. Quite resinous and bitter. Floral, piney, and some bitter grapefruit citrus. Some alcohol noticeable but in no way overpowering. Slight tropical fruit towards the end of the glass.

Good mouthfeel for the style. Medium bodied.

Pretty good dipa, but with all the amazing ones out there I probably wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz pour into a clear plastic cup. From notes at HomeGrown II @ Lovin Cup. Official release of the beer.

A: This brew pours a clear slighty dark golden orange with a .5 finger white head. Lots of carbonation. Head dissipates in a few minutes leaving a thin covering for the remainder of the session. Tough glass for lacing.

S: First thing that hit my nose was a great bouquet of hops. It came through as a piney citrus blend with good earthiness. Light malting in the background that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T:Floral fruitiness with a thorough overall hoppy taste. High bitterness levels which is appreciated in this style. Mild sweetness from the malts adds some drinkability. Lingering pine, earthiness and citrus on the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel, sticky nectar like quality yet still dry. A fair amount of carbonation keeps it crisp. Booze is present but not overwhelming, which is great considering the ABV.

Overall an amped up "The Kind" with very impressive hops notes. A must try for any hophead. Can compete with some of the best Double IPA's.

Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this one to me from NY

A - clear orange with a big, frothy, white head that has great retention

S - herbal, faintly piney, some faint malt

T - malt, faint sweetness like cake batter, herbal hop character, some pine, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice beer. I would like a slightly bigger malt backbone to balance the immense hop character, but this has balance nonetheless. The hops are pleasant and not overpowering. Despite the ABV this beer also has great drinkability. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow....probably the best IPA I have had from a NY brewer!! Kudos to Three Heads. The beer poured a clear orangish color with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The smell has fresh hops that is more heavy on the pine than citrus. The taste has a decent sweet malt throughout the drink, with fresh hops present. The mouthfeel is full body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a tasty beer and I must thank my bro in law!!!!

Photo of AFCPar-tie-ers
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

you can never be too kind

Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice semi-cloudy orange-amber. Head looks nice at first, but packs it's bags early and hightails it out of there rapidly, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is great with hints of tropical citrus, lots of mango and orange. Also a slight bit of hop aroma(floral). Taste is bold up front with citrus peel, sweet citrus and piney resin. Rapid flavor decrease as it goes down, leaving a slight bitter, sweet citrus aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden very well and this beer is very drinkable. I just wish that the flavors were a little more bolder and lasted longer. Doesn't quite have the oomph of a DIPA.

Photo of Stocean1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

copper straw color semi clear thick sticky lace good retention nose is mango and grapefruit and sweet bread taste follows with some pine and passion fruit mouth is nice smooth and slick oily full body not very bitter for a dipa just a well made brew seems to be a big easy going ipa definitely not getting the love it deserves on this site

Photo of jfmorey
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass (on tap at Whole Foods in Vienna,VA)

Very clear yellow-amber with a generous pale head and good lacing

Smell is not pronounced, average

The taste is mainly piney, but with a very good bitterness in the aftertaste. Some alcohol taste, but not unpleasant.

Overall a well-balanced DIPA.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler procured for the Super Bowl.

Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a little bit of floatie action. 2 inch head, great lacing.

Smells like orange, mango, and pine. Relatively strong aromas here.

The taste is pretty similar. Less malt flavor than The Kind here- this is one is 100% about the hops. Tons of citrus fruit- orange, mangos, grapefruit, plus some resinous pine that adds a pleasant lingering bitterness on the palate.

Medium bodied, very crisp and dry mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

Can never decide if I like this one better or worse than The Kind, but it is still quite worthy.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: hazy peach. decent size fluffy white head on the pour. Maybe i'm just thirsty but this looks like i wanna drink it.
smell: Nice, piney, citrusy nose though not particularly deep. Pleasant but subdued.
taste: a little more depth in the taste. some sweetness and citrus but a quickly drying, bitter finish.
overall: Not sure i understand why (and not sure i care) but this is better than the sum of it's parts. Not blown away but really enjoying drinking this.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of orange citrus.
T: The taste has flavors of orange citrus and mango hops (although not as prominent as those featured in the smell) along with hints of pine resin hops and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer started out with a very pleasant smelling aroma but I felt that the taste dropped off and didn't have as much hoppy flavors as I would have expected from a Double IPA.

Photo of fmccormi
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; no bottle dating, but I picked this up after a week of first sighting it in this area, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that it’s more or less as fresh as it’s going to get.

Appearance (4.5): Coming off the pour are four solid fingers of cream-colored foam, dying down slowly to a thick little puck with a raised surface on the surface of the beer, capping a bright golden body that’s nearly crystal clear. Coarse bubbles streaming to the surface here and there. The head leaves fat, wide splotches of foam and lace all around the glass as it goes down.

Smell (4.0): Veeery nice notes of papaya and dank resin, some warm caramel tones, and freshly toasted wheat bread. There is also some really nice, dusty hay aroma that comes out of the glass, mixing with some floral, somewhat grassy tones.

Taste (3.75): Interesting mix of candied orange peel, some nicely bitter pine resin, sweet but not cloying mango nectar, and toasted, bready malt. The pine resin comes through to the finish with a dank bitterness, which comes off as moderate at best, but still respectable. The malt is moderately restrained but keeps the mix of caramel and toasted, multigrain bread from the nose. No alcohol or yeast notes detected.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Carbonation is restrained, leaving a modest foaming character with no prickling or tingling anywhere. There’s some booze and hop oil drying out that goes on, helping to keep it relatively light-feeling. Nothing syrupy, nothing dynamic either. Not bad, somewhat above average for the style. Three Heads has that tendency of so-so-ish for the mouthfeel in their other beers, too.

Overall (3.75): Tasty, for sure. But, it’s not quite on the level I was hoping. To be honest, it tastes like a pretty decent IPA—not quite as bombastic or punchy as a good DIPA, but still pretty solid. Sure is a looker, though. Glad to have tried. Always good to know that the locals are making decent beer and trying new stuff.

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Foamy layers hung around on top for a while.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, graham cracker, lemon zest, herbs, pineapple and citrus fruit of all flavors. Nice and fruity, but not much malt balance.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, caramel, graham cracker, toasted grains, herbs, citrus hops, tea leaf, pepper, mild spices like cinnamon, brown sugar and coriander. Nice and fruity with plenty of citrus flavor, this has better malt balance than the nose and hides the ABV completely.

The hop flavor is good but for a DIPA on the lighter side, but still a good IPA that is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter finish. Overall a solid beer that I stumbled upon up in Buffalo, NY.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some faint apricot + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a large mottled patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and citrus/orange along with some lighter notes of tropical/pineapple hops and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness which is quickly followed by the flavors from the hops - moderate amounts of tropical/mango and citrus/orange along with lighter flavors of tropical/pineapple and pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: The aroma of this beer was great when I first opened the beer though it did start to fade as the beer warmed up - unfortunately the flavor was not quite as intense and delicious as the smell. The alcohol was well hidden and the beer is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Live, from Chez Woody's Kitchen, the Great Bottle Purge of 2014 continues! I do not know where this one came from, but it has enough age on it that floaties are visible in the punt.

I employed a VERY gentle pour so as not to rouse whatever lees had fallen out. This left me with bare wisps on the surface of the beer. I then agitated it just enough to generate some tawny head that fell right back down. Nose was very faint, pine and resiny, but incredibly muted. This one may not have held up as well as Zack's did. Color was a hazy gold (SRM = 5) and I might have attributed it to chill haze but for its age. Warming, I also began to get honey-like notes from the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sharp, with the fusel alcohol really taking the lead and then followed by a pine-like tang. This may have been up against its shelf life, but it must have been brutal fresh. Do not misunderstand me - I love hops and I think that AIPAs are da bomb, yo!, but DIPAs are just too much. Fresh, they are big and boozy and aged, they begin to lose their hops luster but not the alcohol. It just does not seem like a winning combination to me. Here the finish was dry, sharp, more boozy than hops.

Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a hazy light copper with some golden edges. There was a finger of fluffy white head that stuck around for a long time and left thick layers of lacing on the glass. There is the distinct essence of grapefruit on the finish. There is a touch of sweetness upfront (probably from the malt) and the finish is mildly hoppy.

This is a very drinkable IPA that will go down easy and then sneak up on you when it is time to get off the bar stool.

Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not exactly the stereotype hop bomb, powerful DIPA. More like a smooth, mild English IPA, but still a good beer.
Poured a light copper color into a pint glass. Medium size white head/average retention and small amount of lacing.

Smell is primarily bready malts with a little piney hops thrown in.

Taste is somewhat balanced. The prime flavor is bready malts, slightly sweet, but there is also a piney, resinous hops presence in the finish. Nicely balanced, goes down very easy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and has enough bitterness in the finish. The 8.50% abv is hardly noticible. Goes down very easily.

A top notch DIPA??? No but still a nice easy sipping beer.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pop the top and pour a brew of dark golden orange. It holds a one and a half finger head of crisp, tight, soapy white bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving chunky sheets of lacing as it goes. There is a chill haze, but no sediment otherwise. Carbonation appears active. The nose is sweet, giving big nectary hops, bright orange and grapefruit citrus, fresh red apples, liquid honeys, and light boozy buzz. Contrasting and blending are notes of pale malts, tinny metallics, baker’s yeast, light plastics, and faint molasses. Our first impression is that there is nice fruity refreshment, backed by solidly bitter hop pine. As we sip, the flavoring opens with pale malts, bright citric and piney hops, and juicy nectarine sugars. Tin enhances to the peak, where light yeasty bite, earthy hops, peppery booziness, and lemon seed and pulp take center stage. The finish washes with a nice variety of bittering grapefruit and raw pine cone hoppiness. To cut here we get more metallics, adding to the pucker, along with apple sweetness, lemon zestiness, pale malts, light chalkiness, and raw yeastiness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, bitter metallic yeastiness, piney, citric, and earthy hops, softly toasted pale malts, and lemon seeds. The body is medium, and carbonation is medium to high. The feel is even throughout the sip, with nice frothy coating all around the mouth and palate. This gives way to eventual pucker, and only light astringent dryness. There is nice slurp, froth, cream, and pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the freshness of flavoring, and all of the fruitiness and hoppiness therein. The nose was a bit muted at first, as much of the nice hoppy thickness was met by equal strength of metallics and chalky pale maltiness. The sip, however, is refreshing. The flavors blend nicely together, with a surprisingly bitter, puckered finish by the end. The feel is something that Three Heads is typically one-dimensional on, but they did seem to bolster it here, with a slightly thicker pop than any of their other beers. This is a nice, easy, and simple drink, and a good addition to their lineup.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Three heads
Too Kind IPA

Pours a deep gold with a copper hint.
Nose of tropical fruits and orange creamsickle. A bit more herbal features are also present. Sappy and resinous to the taste, lots of citrus rind flavors. Mild complimentary bitterness for a beer of this strength. Medium bodied, smooth creamy feel. This is light for a double IPA of its size. Quite drinkable, crisp, damn tasty , could be a staple.

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A good amount of hops, some citrus, and malt as well. Pretty standard.

T: Tasted of a high amount of hops, citrus (grapefruit, in particular), and a bit of malt as well. A bit too hops-centric (even for a DIPA), but still not a bad flavor.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that while competently made, it doesn't necessarily separate itself from the sea of DIPAs out there. Still, worth a look.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but this was released in 1/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, mango, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, and honey sweetness. Damn nice aromas with very good balance and complexity of hop notes; solid malt balance and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, tangerine, pine, floral, grass, honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a good malt balance that isn’t too strong; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. Very nice balance and complexity of hop flavor with good malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright and clear copper color with minimal lacing and leaves a soapy ring and light layer.

S - Very earthy and weak.

T - Earthy and floral bitterness with light caramel malt base, end with spicy floral and pepper. Light lingering bitterness.

M - Full medium body, lots of mild pricklies.

O - Nothing complex or over the top but a very solid tasting and straight forward D-IPA.

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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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