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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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Reviews: 50
Hads: 240
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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!!!!

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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 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 VelvetExtract
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 MacQ32
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 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 RonfromJersey
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$9.00 bomber from Abe's.

A very hazy orange body, topped by three fingers of white loose bubbly froth.

Mild aroma of orange and pine. Not very aggressive, but enjoyable.

Big strong caramely malt foundation coats the tongue like wet cement. Bushels of oranges rolling down of carpet of pine branches. Aggressive bitter bite comes, snaps, and flees.

Medium plus mouthfeel is thick and smooth.

A solid and enjoyable DIPA..

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head. Leaves sheets of lacing

S: Strong notes of citrus and pine from the hops, along with a moderate malt backbone that lends some spiciness and bready notes. Light alcohol

T: A little maltier than the nose leads on, but very well balanced. Starts off with a hit of pine and citrus and goes into a light spiciness from the alcohol. Finishes bready and bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Probably the highlight of the beer

O: A very well balanced DIPA with plenty of hoppy goodness and maltiness to back it up. Very easy to drink, and fairly refreshing too. A nice bump-up from The Kind. Recommended

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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 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.

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