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Too Kind Double IPA - Three Heads Brewing

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Too Kind Double IPAToo Kind Double IPA

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very good

50 Reviews

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 243
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.01/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Three Heads Too Kind DIPA.

Honestly never even heard of these guys. But I picked up a four pack of this at a discount for $6.50 so I'm assuming it's probably fairly old. Oh well, let's see what we get.

Look - Pours a deep amber with a large, well retained sticky off white head. Cabonation is a bit tough to get a read on due to the high murk levels. No sediment despite it likely being a bit old. Lacing is immaculate and quite a spectacle. About the only good thing in this beer. 5.

Smell - Malty as can be. Smells like straight up malts and simcoe hops with a sweetness factor that cannot be ignored. 3.5.

Taste - Well this is a bit odd...It is very, very sweet and almost honey like with a toasted factor followed by a huge dose of the dankest, most well balanced simcoe hoppyness I have ever encountered. Not entirely sure it's supposed to taste like this, but it really ain't bad. Until the onion after taste kicks in as the beer warms. 2.5.

Feel - Feel is pretty heavy with an extremely high level of carbonation. Coats the mouth in an odd sweetness that sticks around and leaves the palate wrecked. 3.25.

Overall - While this beer isn't bad, it makes use of my personal least favorite hop combination. Combine that with the fact it has likely sat around awhile, and you'll come to your conclusion on this one. I would certainly avoid at the normal price, and likely at the price I bought it at. 3.25.

UPDATE : Couldn't even finish he last bottle a few days later. Took on a TERRIBLE dirty onion root like flavor. Scores shall reflect that

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle sent to me by the ever generous ygtbsm94. Thanks dude.

The beer is golden sunrise with an inch of lasting white head. Hop and citrus aromas followed by sweet breads and fruity malts. Very juicy and resinous. Fresh squeezed oranges with some alcohol sweetness. Earth and maybe even mushrooms emerge a bit as the beer is allowed to warm. While not off, per se, it's a bit out of character for the style. Interesting mouthfeel. Bitter hops initially, then smooth and creamy mid to late palate. Certainly an interesting beer if nothing else.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle. Six or eight bucks from Neds.

Appearance: Beautifully clear golden orange color with a just off white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Not impressed. Piney hops, but not a powerful load. There's a bit of wet grain or earth aroma and some estery fruitiness which doesnt belong at all.

Taste: Better than the smell, by a lot, but still not too great for a DIPA. Its got a nice sharp, but not harsh piney bitterness and a decent pale malt sweetness that rounds out the middle. Finishes dry and bitter, in a good way. There's a bit of estery flavor too-- not fruity hops, but an estery off flavor as if it fermented hot.

Mouthfeel: Can't knock it. Appropriate carbonation, slick, good dry finish.

Overall: I'd never even heard of this brewery when I got this, and now I'm not excited about trying anything else of theirs. It doesnt taste bad, just weird.

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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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jzeilinger for bringing this one last night. This beer poured out as a clear copper color with a white head on top. The retention was decent with some mild lacing on the glass as well. The smell of the beer gives off some earthy hop aromas but doesn't come off as a "DIPA" to me. It's as if they forgot to dry hop it or something. The taste of the beer is piney with more erathy hops in there all over the place but doesn't scream out like most beers of this style do. The mouthfeel was rich and oily, nicely carbonated and is drinkable. Overall it's decent, not a personal favorite, glad I was able to try it though.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always thought The Kind IPA was really tasty on tap, so I was excited to see this. Some of their other big beers have fallen flat for me though (such as the Skunk Black IPA). Poured into a stemless wine style glass.

A - Pours a murky golden orange with only a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nice sticky lacing however.

S - Very piney, earthy and sweet. Tropical fruit in there also (mango and grapefruit) but I would say that the piney-ness dominates. Smells a little sweet for the style.

T - Very sweet and earthy. A little syrupy and malty for my taste. I just don't get a hop profile here that screams out to me or is very well balanced, and it just seems a little mild to me. The finish is dry and boozy.

M - Nice carbonation and full bodied. Not as sticky on the lips as you'd expect from the sweetness.

O - Not a bad DIPA but certainly not as good as I was expecting after really enjoying it's younger brother The Kind.

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Photo of mattbk
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No date on this. But wanted to try it anyway...

A- Completely clear. Darker golden color. Seems thick - slow moving bubbles. Not much carbonation, but decent fluffy head.
S- Pine, light grapefruit, has the familiar Mosaic blueberry aroma I'm not quite sure I'm a fan of. Smells a bit sweet, I feel like this will be a little heavy on the palate. Cherry aroma as well, almost like candy. Pretty good, not my favorite aroma though.
T- Super sweet. The aroma didn't give anything away as far as faded hops, but this may have faded. Fairly malt forward. Bitterness and some warming alcohol going down. This brewery does not date their bottles, which is a detriment. I can't say I particularly care for this. The hops I do get are again cherry, almost cough drop-like.
M- Way too heavy. I'd call it medium full. Very low carbonation. It's probably technically barely acceptable, but it's frankly way off what it should be.
O/D- Not my favorite DIPA. If I knew it was old I wouldn't even rate it - but since it's not dated, it's fair game.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Hendry
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice honey color,semi cloudy,half finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

While appearance is the high point, the aroma is the low point for me, sweet malt & candied grapefruit/orange peel.

Taste is of caramel, then candied fruit, some decent bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Too many other great IIPAa in the price range for it to stand out for me, but a decent effort that belongs in the "balanced" IIPA category which isn't really my style as I prefer a more hop forward aroma and flavor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

ABV: 8.5%

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

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden blonde color into my glass. Again, another example of the style that is bright for a change!

A whiff of citrus, pine and bready malt in the nose. The label says that this is basically a jacked-up version of their Kind IPA.

I believe that. Malt that bounces off of my tongue like a quarter off of a stripper's ass, followed by a mellow mix of citrus and pine.

It's not a hop-splosion at the back of the mouth either. There's plenty of lingering pine and citrus and the malt unfolds better back there.

I think that this brewery is growing on me. I like how they do things and if you like their Kind IPA, you'll love this!

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Photo of GFM
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber color. Three fingers of head and blotchy lacing. Sweet caramel scent with some fruitiness. Dense feel with some resiny texture. Taste is sweet initially, then the alcohol is evident and it finishes with a delayed bitter aftertaste. Interesting DIPA. I liked it more than it's The Kind IPA brethren. (8.0)

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup. Date unknown, but it seems pretty fresh.

LOOK: Hazy copper gold with a thin fizzy head and rings of lacing.

SMELL: Grapefruit, oranges, cracker, and a bit of pineapple.

TASTE: Grapefruit, honey, toasted biscuits, and faint notes of pineapple and apricot. Medium bitterness.

OVERALL: Decent double IPA, though I think I prefer their regular IPA.

Medium body, approaching heavy. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky finish.

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Photo of cleve00
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice in this market. Fair head, eggshell white with superior sticky Lacon through the experience
Smell is hop/citrus same as taste. Mouth feel is friendly citrus/ and hardy/fresh. I had this on ice for a couple of hours, but it needs to be served well chilled or cold if bottle for max enjoyment

Very fun thanks Three Heads:)

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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.

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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.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at the brewery.

This is a good example of a hoppy Double IPA. It has a strong citrusy hop aroma with a light to moderate level of maltiness. This was not an exceptional Double IPA, but it was very drinkable and very solid.

Good Double IPA and worth a try.

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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.

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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.