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Too Kind Double IPA - Three Heads Brewing

Too Kind Double IPAToo Kind Double IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 01-16-2013)
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T-34-85

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:24:35 | More by T-34-85
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 03:29:15 | More by 57md
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 19:23:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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Bauzen

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper color. Very minimal lingering head.

Nose has a slight bitterness, but it's floral and light. feels like there's some dried fruit and apricot in there, but there aren't any punchy notes in the aroma.

Flat, smooth, and simple flavor that offers very little surprises departing from the smell.

Slight hits of sharp flavor develop on the palate after every sip you take, but ultimately, the ABV does nothing to demonstrate its potency throughout the beer.

Probably one of the mildest, most underwhelming double-IPAs I've tried, but certainly elegant, flavorful and enjoyable for someone who might not be a huge fan of Imperials.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 16:58:03 | More by Bauzen
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jfmorey

Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 21:56:30 | More by jfmorey
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blatchy

New York

4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 04:40:56 | More by blatchy
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CloudStrife

New York

4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 22:53:09 | More by CloudStrife
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dank203

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy yellow orange pour with lots of head. a good amount perfumey hops come through on the nose with some caramel malt. the caramel malt is on the flavor too and a lot of hop bitterness to balance. some citrus peel type bitterness/acidity. Curious to try the Tre Kind

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 03:15:08 | More by dank203
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:12:48 | More by avalon07
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Hendry

Vermont

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 05:07:45 | More by Hendry
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light golden copper with 2 fingers of dense near white head. Decent retention, great lacing.

S - Tons of sweet grapefruit and orange. Tons. Slightly peppery/resinous. Sweet but it seems to be more from fruits than malts.

T - Some bitter hops and a wallop of sweet citrus fruits. Dry resinous flavors kick in shortly after and linger through the finish, some sweet caramel malts leak through as well. Aftertaste is relatively tame, somewhat dry resinous bitterness.

M - medium bodied or less. Appropriate carbonation, well done here.

O - somewhat surprised, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 16:35:34 | More by MacQ32
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:40:37 | More by dbrauneis
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BeerPhan86

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:15:48 | More by BeerPhan86
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cleve00

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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:)

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:20:04 | More by cleve00
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 20:22:02 | More by oberon
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metter98

New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 02:54:03 | More by metter98
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neophilus

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:48:53 | More by neophilus
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Clear golden color with hues of orange. One finger’s worth of bone-white head settles quickly. A scraggly ring of lacing and some small spots remain.

S: Pureed mango, pithy white grapefruit, pineapple, mandarin orange. Perhaps hints of passion fruit. Very subtle ester component. Doughy malt base with a touch of caramel.

T: There’s a dank, resin and hemp seed type of bite right at the front, but it mellows out very quickly after that. Mango, white grapefruit, mandarin orange, pineapple. Even keel of bitterness. Oily and leafy. Dough and caramel contributions from the malt. Easy and playful finish of tropical fruits and a receding bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Full with a slight weight. Moderate level of sharp scrubbing carbonation.

O: It isn’t the most memorable DIPA, but it’s tasty and it scores high marks in the drinkability department. This isn’t the type of beer that is out to win the hop-nuke pissing contest- it’s more about relaxing and having a few, maybe letting it sneak up on you a little more than you should. It’s a refreshing approach. The easy finish is particularly appealing.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 18:16:24 | More by ryan1788a5
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mattbk

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 02:35:38 | More by mattbk
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:46:58 | More by WoodBrew
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utopiajane

New York

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear blonde with a few bubbles rising from the bottom. Decadent head on this one with great retention and splotchy thick lace. Nose is bountiful with hops , orange and tangerine citrus, caramel and toffee malt, a little pine and a little bread. As it warms the malt deepens adding a nice honey quality. Really friendly nose on this beer, almost courteous. Taste is earthy with hops, caramel and toffee. Hops are graceful and sweet on the palate and the bitter is just a touch. Finishes with oily pine, floral, grass and plenty of bread. This one has a smooth and silky mouthfeel, exceptional balance and is heavenly to drink with just the right amount of dryness and bitter. Subtle aftertaste that is juicy and fruity with melon and engaging with smooth malt.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:15:08 | More by utopiajane
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-A lightly tarnished orange with a thin cap of head.

S-The nose is attractive. Piney, grapefruits, bubblegum. A bit hempy and the citrus seems sweetly candied. Heavy on the hops.

T-I enjoyed the nose more. It seems to unravel a bit here. All the hop aromas in the nose don't really mix as well with one another. The malt is more noticeable here. There is a hefty dose of syrupy caramel and bread.

M-Full with sneakily strong bitterness. Hints of alcohol. Prickly carbonation.

O/D-Has its high points. Like its non-imperial brother, The Kind, Too Kind has some really neat pieces within its entirety. I was happy to try it despite its shortcomings in some areas.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:33:11 | More by VelvetExtract
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear gold with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like bitter citrus zest and copper hops, with some candied apricot.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest and candied apricot, with a little honey malt and copper hops. It had a fairly clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was moderately thick with a decent amount of carbonation. Good body.
D: This was a decent double IPA. Nothing special, but the scent and taste and body were all enjoyable. The finish was fairly smooth, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not a bad brew, and considerably better than their standard IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 15:26:51 | More by Pencible
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:39:59 | More by Stocean1
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binghamton Beer Depot. From notes.

A - Poured bright and slightly dark golden. Two fingers of white head on top with good carbonation coming up. Great drapes of lace and a film of retention.

S - Big citrus, peach, orange, grapefruit, pine. All hops. Nice stuff.

T - Orange, citrus, peach, grapefruit, pineapple. Not much malt to speak of. Good hop complexity though, and quite tasty. Mild alcoholic note.

M - Nice carbonation. Full body is quite nice. Bitterness isn't gripping but present.

O/D - Well put together DIPA. No flaws to speak of really. Not flashy, just well made.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 19:08:08 | More by tbeckett
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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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