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
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 utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Bauzen
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

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

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..

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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!

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened thanks to a suggestion from the beer guy at the new whole foods in foggy bottom in DC.

The look is great, a massive cloudy undying head tops off a great clean orange bodied beer. bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Only reason it's not higher rated for me is I usually enjoy seeing double IPAs that are more cloudy.

The smell is decent, is has a grassy bitter hop quality that is not as juicy as some of the great DIPAs are. There is certainly a maltiness to the nose, more of the lighter wheat or corn variety.

The taste follows suit, but ends up having a nice juicy lemon grass hoppy aftertaste that I enjoyed. A nice dry feel overall, there is a nice bitter straw like taste in the mid palate, some decent biting pine hops up front. Honey certainly drips from the inner flavor. Slight citrus in the flavor as well, ends up having a nice composed good flavor, i found I enjoyed it the more I drank it.

The feel is good, dry and yet with nice sudsy body too. Drinks like a draft or cask rather than coming out of a bottle, which is nice.

Overall a solid beer. Needs some work in the smell department, but strong in all other categories. This isn't a beer that grabs you immediately (like a alpine hoppy beer or FFF hoppy beer, etc.), but the more I get through a full 12oz pour the more I like it.

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 blatchy
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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.

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.

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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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