Too Kind Double IPA - Three Heads Brewing
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4.44/5 rDev +17.8%
On tap at Homegrown II. There comes a time where you get so tapped out on IPAs you have to walk away for a bit. But then the DIPAs rolled around and everyone falls in love all over again, doubly so of course. But even with the great DIPAs out there, you again start to fall into the same pratfalls: wow, another super double, loads of hops, dank, and complex. Even the best begin to blur as everyone else floods the market and rushes to get a DIPA out there.
I'm grateful for skilled variation. This is not your typical DIPA and those judging it to style (or what they seem to expect from an DIPA) rather than what's in the glass may be disappointed. They shouldn't be: this beer is a pleasant departure from all the BIG! DIPAs while still satisfying your hops quota. A nice golden hue, a little bit of cloud, suggests the complexity you hope to taste within. Maybe would want a bit more glow to this beast but I'm not complaining, The nose is way pleasant, floral notes take precedent over your typical dank nose, which throws you off a bit until you really start to embrace the sweet elements. The mouth is probably their best of any of their selections: full, a bit oily, and with a malty smooth edge. It's the taste though that sets this apart: your trademark pine and citrus from The Kind, but then a blanket of melon blends full-on with the bitter on the backend, leading into a sweet, creamy smooth finish (like the rich, smooth finish of Pliny the Younger). You can tell the IBUs are there (86) without making it a hop stress test and the heat from the 8.5 ABV is practically non-existent. The Meridian hops make for a much smoother, lush DIPA, which is fine because it offers a new interpretation of the DIPA, thank god. Purists may scoff but the secret of this DIPA is a rich balance . It's what I love about 3HB beers and what they really truly seem to get as brewers: while they take risks (who puts oatmeal in a red ale?),it's more unique to achieve balance in your beer than it is to make an extreme beer. It's all that: Too Kind is smooth, intricate, deceptively big, crazy drinkable, and an entirely welcome departure from standard DIPA fare.
01-26-2013 04:40:56 | More by blatchy
4.34/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
07-20-2013 19:23:43 | More by Stinkypuss
4.3/5 rDev +14.1%
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
05-27-2013 00:39:59 | More by Stocean1
4.29/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
01-16-2013 22:53:09 | More by CloudStrife
4.29/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
04-03-2013 00:37:23 | More by tdm168
Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.