The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing

very good
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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Voraciously hoppy and not overly bitter. The Kind brings enormous aroma and maximum flavor. It's like taking a walk through a pine forest and ending up at a citrus farm. This beer brings joy to the world, one sip at a time.
6.8% Alc/vol. 76 IBUs.

Added by John on 12-05-2010

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Photo of jpopejoy
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a buddy bring it down to philly from up north.

A- Pours hazy orange. Good lacing, almost a 2 finger head

S - total piney hops with a little bit of citrus

T - this thing is a total Pine bomb. Really is more of a west coast IPA. It finishes pretty clean w/ a bit of citrus.

M - medium bodied with lower carbonation (huge plus for me).

O - This IPA gives FlowerPower and (NEBco) Gandhi-bot a run for it's money, as far as a Best east coast IPA. I'll definitely be "placing an order" next time my buddy comes down.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Heads "The Kind" IPA is a hazy amber ale with a fluffy, bubbly white head that fades to a bubbly film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a huge, hoppy aroma that's resiny and fruity. There are candy like notes of orange, tangerine and mandarin and a touch of fresh cut pine. It's medium bodied and smooth-- almost flat, with a clean, dry finish. It's very hoppy, but not super bitter. It tastes a lot like the aroma: notes of orange, resiny with almost a touch of sweetness. The crackery malt holds it together and gives it great balance. It's easy to make one of these bombers vanish.

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Photo of Beergod50
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I receive this as a periodic holiday gift and enjoy it's piney taste and smell. I always sit and savor a pint of this. My only disappointment might be the color; but it certainly doesn't impact the great taste.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a cloudy golden-orange with a little bit of soap-bubbly white head that leaves only touches of lace
S - wow...haven't gotten a nose this nice in a while. an explosion of grapefruit citrus hops dominates with a bit of straight up stankiness and then maybe a touch of pine
T - so good. so good. up there with my favorite IPAs. Grapefruit citrus and tangerine peel flavors, pine - more specifically sprucey - flavors. It's like sucking nectar out of a perfectly fresh hop.
M - Light to medium body, tingles all over the tongue, finish is perfectly in between dry and wet
D - I would keep going back for more just for the flavor. Well done

My only criticism of this beer is that with a tiny bit more malt it would be perrrfect, but to each his own. Many west coast ipa fans would disagree and be even more impressed with this brew than I was.

EDIT: Had this beer when it first came out, and it wasn't the same even after just afew weeks. Still a great IPA without a doubt, but I guess nothing compares to that super-fresh hop flavor when it comes to these beers.

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Photo of ptra1004
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great pour from the tap (admittedly poured by yours truly). Yields a great 1" head of frothy white foam that hangs around just long enough and leaves a nice lacing in the pint glass. Beer is a real pretty yellow-orange-gold and provides a nice malty backbone to the pine/grapefruit nose.

First sip is totally worth all the local hype and attention these guys are getting. This is a true American-style IPA. Unlike any other IPA brewed in Rochester (IMHO). Great carbonation hides the alcohol. Be careful with this one, definitely does not taste like 6.8%. The hops shine through beautifully but don't burn your taste buds. Almost perfectly balanced. A great beer from the tap.

I honestly can't find anything I don't like about this beer, other than they are not bottling 12oz bottles yet. Keep an eye out for this brewery as they add more accounts and gain a wider distribution, they are going to make some great beers.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one at acme last night an enjoyed it. So here goes tasting #2. Poured a nice n' clear golden color with a light amount of carbonation and a tiny off white head.

Aroma is of super FRESH hops and a decent blast of pine and citrus.

Nothing makes me happier than an insanely fresh hopped taste and the taste is pretty similar to the nose.
Very floral. Not too much malt flavor in there, but I am fine with that. This is perfectly bittered to be a session beer. Feel is closer to moderate than thin, could be a tad more carbonated but there is a pretty good prickle there.

I have always wanted Rochester to have a brewery that made stuff that deserves to be tasted outside of the area. Something that is worthy of more exposure.

These guys could very well be it. Skunk is next..

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Photo of Willytee3
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing golden yellow with solid 1 finger pure white head with bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Not much lace.
Aroma is high on the charts! Big sticky and dank pine with juicy grapefruit. Some malt backbone but dominated by dank pine and fruit with wet forest floor and prickly pine needles.
Taste follows closely on the nose with big dank pine up front balanced by wet forest floor and bark derived from sweet malts. Juicy grapefruit with medium bitter, grapefruit skins and resins on the finish. Very powerful yet sessionable!
Feel is spot on with frothy mouth feel fading into grapefruit skin finish.
Drinks like an Imperial or Double IPA!

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Photo of gabedivision
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, to a tulip glass.

Pours a orange-ish straw color with a thick white head and "sticky" white lace. Well, for a beer thats dubbed "The Kind" and given the photo art on the label im only to assume it will smell somewhat like "the kind" of "kind" i think it will. Well, it is very skunky, in a good Hop-friendly sort of way. Very pungent citrus almost like a fresh peeled orange. Lots of sharp strikes of grapefruit, and lemon, with a nice malty undertone. This is very enjoyable, there are so many flavors flying around at once but yet still seem to be somewhat balanced. Almost a "smokey" citrus hop tone very tropic almost like a Startburst with its sugary malt characters. Again, very enjoyable. Theres a light to medium body, with a nice bitterness and smoothness to it, seems to flow as easily and tastefully as fruit juice. Overall i was very impressed by this, i thought to be more of a joke sort of beer, but was pleased that it was delicious. I will visit this again, absolutely!

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer a couple of months ago when it had just been bottled, and it was super piney, fresh, and resiny. Really enjoyed it. Had a bottle from the same batch last night, and the orange and citrus came out a lot more. The pine had really mellowed out. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. A little extra time in the bottle helped balance out the flavors nicely. Well made beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber tone, huge clarity, and lots of carbonation trickling up from the bottom of the glass. A nice hree finger head of sticky white foam came across the top and settled down to just a thin film after a few minutes. Nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was nice and hoppy. Good tones of grassy, herbal goodnes, with hints o pine and light citrus. Nice smooth, light mouthfeel with awesome carbonation really lifted it through. The taste started out nice and bitter with a good amount of light orange notes. Great finish on this one with a great clean,crisp finish and a really nice long lasting dry finish with a good hop bite at the end.

OverallI thought this was really great. A very nice, light hight quality sessionale that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of mendonjoebeer
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow/orange,slight head that subsided quickly,slight lacing.

Smell of hops,citrus,subtle pine. Wish there was more aroma, but what is there is good

Tastes like it smells and what I was hoping for. As others have said- more west coast than any other local IPA. It has a great balance of hops,citrus,bitterness,malt that makes you want to take another sip. If I have to make one negative comment it would be that the flavors could have been a little more intense and have more depth.

Medium body with refreshing carbonation.

This first bottle sure went down fast. Each sip made me want another one. Need to be careful at 6.8.

Good job 3 Heads! I know this bottle was fresh. How will I know future bottles will be? I did not see a bottle date- but my eyesight is failing in my old age. I look forward to drinking many more glasses of this- either at local places or out of the bottle. Wondering how often this will be brewed- I have to believe this will be best when it is fresh.

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Photo of HarpuaCritz
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light golden with two finger white head. Nice lacing. Scent is subtle with tropical and citrus notes. Some floral hop aroma. Piney, resinous front end that evolves to citrus and earthy hop notes. Seems more carbonated than some IPAs, giving it a full mouth feel, almost tannic on the finish. Medium-full bodied. Really tasty brew.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, no freshness dating poured into Sam Adams perfect pint.

Nice and straw pale the way an IPA should be, too often breweries toss in too much munich or crystal to balance the bitterness and it just makes it a big hoppy amber, this here is an India "Pale" Ale. Nice fluffy snow white foam with good lacing as it drinks.

Aromas are very tropical fruit laden, pineapple mostly, and some kick of grapefruit. Don't get much pine from this one but that is not a problem just and observation. There is a nice clean slightly sugar cookie malt undertone to balance.

The flavor is fruity hops all upfront and straight through to the finish, some peach, more pineapple like in the aroma and some citrus zest. Packed a good fruity punch. Would have like to have more bittering come into play, not to say it wasn't but the bittering was very clean and quick, I like a very pronounced bitterness with the style.

Overall good mouthfeel though, finish is dry, again they kept this pale and steered away form the mistake of too much crystal or other specialty malts. It is big beer at nearly 7% so it carries a decent body. Alcohol does not present itself which is just as it should be, clean and well fermented.

Send more.

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Photo of kevman527
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color a little bit of head retention and decent lacing.

S - citrus mostly

T - Dominant grapefruit taste and it lingers. Excellent! (of course non grapefruit likers probably would not appreciate it as much.)

M @ D - smooth, light carbonation, very easy drinking!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow. I was in Rochester NY and picked up some local beers to bring home to Cincinnati. Drinking it icy cold. What a pleasant surprise this is. Great hoppy and smooth delivery. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Cool artwork on bottle...hear a lot of good things about 3HB but haven't visited yet

A: urine color, finger of white head with good retention poured from bottle

S: dank and piney with a bright flash of citrusy hops

T: pine washed over with citrus. Big hop taste without any unwanted bitterness.

M: smooth, balanced for a big IPA with good carbonation and no lingering flavors

O: I've passed this beer over so many times for absolutely no reason. So glad I finally tried it. Solid IPA. Really digging all the 3HB stuff I've tried lately

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear, golden yellow with massive amounts of white, foamy head that lasts for days.

S: Sweet citrus aroma up front that fades in to a resinous pine-like aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there are citrus notes, mostly grapefruit, and some pine as well.

M: Light, smooth, creamy, very drinkable.

O: A very smooth-drinking IPA that won't kill your tastebuds, and is complex enough to drink for a while.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a basic pale malt scent along with a killer piney hop nose. It's bitter and so fresh. The taste is much the same. It's light and easy drinking with a monster hop character. It's bitter up front and lasts through to the finish. The malt bill is basic, yet balanced. It goes down easy and finishes with a lingering hoppiness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good IPA. The hops dominate like a good IPA should. It's smooth and highly drinkable.

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Photo of MikeM417
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I received The Kind IPA as an extra in a trade. I went in with rather low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. This is a very solid IPA and if I lived up in the area it was brewed, I could see it being my go-to shelf beer (IE, Sea Hag)

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Photo of lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try a bottle of the kind from 3FH. Cannot wait to taste this!

A- pours a golden yellow body with a nice white head that resides pretty quick to a decent layer. There is a good amount of lacing on the side of the brew. A little bit of haze is present which preaches that ipa style o know I like to look for

S- wow, that is some west coast ipa action! Big whack of pine and citrus with extreme bitterness. There is some malt scent coming through at the end. the kind has some big grapefruit flavor that really ties it together

T- another good west coast taste profile with bitterness of citrus and even some maltiness showing up. There is good bitter flavor throughout tasting the brew. Even very dry at the end. I like it

M- not bad, medium body

D- well done 3HB. The kind is a tasty east coast interpretation of a west coast style. Each characteristic of the brew makes it almost sessionable. Let's leave it at this... I will always have some bombers of this bad boy around

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Photo of AdamGazdalski
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An overly hopped IPA, however not too bitter and has a wonderful citrus note, almost fruity. The carbonation is just right for such a strong IPA.

The percentage at 6.8 and 76 IBUs is just enough for my personal taste. It is wonderful on tap, you really get the full body of fruity aromas and when poured out of a bottle it retains it's body just as well as on tap.

I have personally met the brewers and yes, they do look just like the picture on the bottle and are just as cool in person. Great IPA

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lux Lounge in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear golden amber. Good visible mobile carbonation. 2 inches of head, good sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells quite hoppy and delightful- dank herbal hop aromas, plus pine, and bit of citrus.

The taste is similar. The hoppiness runs more herbal, grassy, and piney than citrusy, but there is still some nice fruit hop flavors in there. An actual good malt backbone, that provides some dry unsweetened caramel and toffee flavors, some breadiness.

Medium body, crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation.

A great sessionable hop bomb from some great local brewers. Love it!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden orange in the glass with a white head that dissipates fairly quick.

Smells very piney, slightly floral, and largely citrus.

Taste is mainly hops from pine to grapefruit, with some sweet citrus mixed in - orange - apricot. The sweetness is slight and bitter rocks the mouth with just a little malty sweetness to balance. A very nice IPA.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of clean golden-orange. It puts up a one finger head of big, lacey white bubbles that retains nicely. Tightly packed lacing is left as it goes. Tons of carbonation sticks around our glasses, and it looks moderately active within. Bits of sediment are noted, and a slight haze is detected, partially obscuring transparency. The nose is appropriately bright with hop varietals. We can decipher pine, bitter grapefruit, and soapiness, in the hop department. The aroma is otherwise balanced nicely by malts, and an earthy, fruity sweetness, that are likely leftovers from the hop feast. The back of the nose is pinched by the faintest twinge of metallic vanilla, given by the yeast used. As we sip, bright hops crash up front. What is most striking about them is how earthy, and unfiltery they seem. I guess what we mean is that they seem fresh picked, with a handful of dirt along with it, in a good way. That metallic twinge of yeast also pokes the tongue way up front, as well. The hops appear as citric orange and floral. Moving through the middle produces a bittering hop bite at the apex of the sip, and a cutting sweetness through the rest of the flavoring. The finish brings out the sweetness further, and becomes more and more citrusy as the beer warms. This final flavoring is lent to the hops, but also seems as if additional fruit, and orange, were added for the amplifier, and to punch up the sweetness. The aftertaste breaths dirty (good dirty) with earthy hops and a bit of mineral bite, and more of that citrus. The body is medium and the carbonation is not nearly as strong as it looks. The mouth is coated with a slick beer, and the hops give it that oily quality. There is little drying, and the mouth is left somewhat puckered, at times, but happy. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks lighting fast.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the hop character throughout. There was such a variety, with palpable differences throughout the nose and the taste. You could really pick the selection out, helping to make for a strongly flavored and robust IPA. This can easily become a fridge regular.

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Photo of jhartley
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No date visible date on bottle.
Golden yellow body, really clear obviously filtered. Nice egg shell white head.
Tons of pine and citrus aromas. Grapefruit, tropical fruits. Can smell it from a distance, really strong smell coming out of the glass.
Very easy drinking beer, great flavor, can very easily down several of these in one sitting.
Will definitely be looking forward to purchasing some more of these in the future.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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