The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing

very good
146 Reviews
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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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 485
Photo of Dodo2step
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- straw yellow with half finger foam head. Mountainous lacing with air bubbles on head.

S- citrus and pine notes with hints of floral.

F- pine and citrus. with grassy flavor as well.

M- dry and sweet. Light bodied and creamy

O- a decent IPA and id like another but it gets to dry after a bit.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very standard dark amber with a small head. Aroma is of fresh, grassy hops, herbaceous and with a light floral element. Taste is bitter upfront with not much complexity. More bitterness late on too. An enjoyable beer but not an IPA I would seek given the plentiful superior options in that genre.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - 3.75 - Poured a hazy gold with a half inch white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Nothing wrong here but wasn't put off by the haze because it was due to the unfiltered nature of this brew.
Smell - 3.5 - Not as hoppy smelling as an American IPA should be, in fact the smell was a little bit of honey sweetness at times. Still, citrus and pine hop notes present but were competing with the sweet maltiness.
Taste - 3.5 - Citrus hop forward with sweet honey/caramel malt tones finishing with a lingering bitter earthy pine resin. The bitter lingering isn't harsh but a smooth bitter. No alcohol warmness or flavor detected.
Feel - 3.75 - Smooth. Little under medium carbonation with small/soft bubbles rolling across the tongue. Almost a creaminess akin more to a pale ale. Dry finish. medium body that fills out more when reaching 50+ degrees F.
Overall - 3.5 - Pretty solid IPA but nothing to really rave about. Hop character was there but not as bold in the nose as it should be. Malt/hop balance is what IMO would make this brew better. Would drink again any day though.

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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 matjack85
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Poured a nice cloudy apricot color with a big 2½-finger white head, but the head looked like dish soap and was very unappealing. The head dissipated quickly but left some decent lacing.

Very weak nose with a hint of pine and some orange peel.

So much for their claim that the bitterness is mild. It's so pine heavy that I thought I was drinking a bottle of Pinesol and the bitterness is off the charts.. If you can get past the total pine domination there are a few other fruits underneath and a minimal malt presence. Their label says that this is like walking into a pine forest and ending up in a citrus field. What it should have said is it's like walking into a pine forest and getting lost in it because the pine is so thick.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Sorry, but I'm not partial to beers that taste like cleaning fluid. I will say the closer this got to room temperature the better it tasted, so let it warm up a bit to kill some of the bitterness.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup. Bottle date unknown.

LOOK: Hazy gold with a thin white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

SMELL: Grapefruit juice, orange zest, and flowers.

TASTE: Grapefruit juice, orange pith, toasty biscuits, faint pine needles. Lightly bitter resinous finish.

FEEL: Medium-bodied, well-carnbonated, slightly dry sticky finish.

Overall: A nice local IPA. For fans of very grapefruity IPAs.

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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 BigRedDog
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light golden color with a chalk white head. No haze, not much lacing.

Smell is pine, resin, citrus, and and slight herbal/floral note.

Taste is crisp grapefruit, maybe some orange, fading into a nice lingering pine bitterness. Nice malt backbone accentuates the hops, but plays backseat to the nice crisp hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice. The malt gives it just enough body.

Overall, a good IPA. In a world of IPAs only a few can stand out unfortunately, and this one I feel like falls into the pack of great, but not extremely memorable IPAs.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Surprisingly weak. The hop is weak, flavor wasn't horrible but nothing special. Tasted like a cheap IPA to me. Three Heads has done better, but this beer was just weak in my opinion

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into beer stein

Clear golden orange with massive foamy white cap head , nice lacings

Aroma of pine and tropical fruits

Bitter hop in the middle and back of the tongue . Hops on the middle lingering after taste

Ok beer

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Photo of Jjski
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rochester NY and surrounding area is well populated, but not with great local beer. IMHO anything I've had from CB custom brewcrafters , is way boring. Not bad, just very middle of the road.

This IPA by 3 Heads Beer is brewed at CB, but is very very good.

Like its commercial description, very hoppy & not too bitter. It has some teeth in its hop profile and is quite a well balanced , but not at all boring. Tropical fruits, lemon zest, with a hint of overripe Australian quandong

Well done! The brewery is 10 minutes away, and if they have 3HB on tap, I'm going get a driver and go have a few sometime soon

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume and retention, world class lacing.

Nice nose of tropical hops (grapefruit, orange, mango) with a touch of pine over a light biscuit.

Barely light medium bodied with a smooth texture. Well carbonated with effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is intense (hop flavor), a bit complex and reasonably balanced for a hop forward IPA. It begins with a burst of hop flavor, with pine in the forefront and the tropicals underneath. As it flows towards the middle, tropicals assume the forefront then yield to a nice herbal dankness. A mild grapefruit rind bitterness constitutes the middle over a subtle biscuit sweetness. The finish is a slow fade of grapefruit rind with a dank note.

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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 GFM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a golden hue with two fingers of head and nice lacing. Scent is subtle; I pick up a faint tropical scent. Sandpaper texture feel. Taste is bitter from start to finish and a bit empty. Advertised as a journey from pine to citrus. The citrus finish didn't materialize for me. Just ok. (8.0)

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice, light golden color. A little darker than a Hefe with great foamy head and clingy lacing. Aroma hits first with assorted citrus. Taste is ok......First hit has a touch of a metallic flavor, then it proceeds to some hops, a citrus. Overall, this beer tastes somewhat stale, not bad, but maybe like it is at the end of it's time. Overall, I can sense some balance and flavors that are pleasing, but just not fresh and hoppy like I would have expected. Carbonation is nice and this is a refreshing beer, though

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque, bordering on clear, gold producing 2 fingers of frothy, white, moderately lasting head that leaves clumpy, frost like sheets & webs of lace. Aroma is thin for the style: delicate caramel malt, dough with likewise delicate pineapple, grapefruit, lemon & floral hop hints. Taste is more robust than the nose & less balanced being more sweet & malt forward & less hoppy even though it becomes nicely bitter in the finish. Sweet caramel malt forward backed by tropical fruit & citrus hops with floral hints in the background. Finishes bittersweet but transitions into a resinous bitter hop bite, with only a little peppery prickle becoming mostly dry, bitter & astringent in the aftertaste. Off balance of hop bitterness & malt sweetness for the style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly slick, dry & drawing aftertaste.

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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 mcknight_mcknight
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Live within an hour of Honeoye Falls where this stuff is brewed. Grabbed it at a local grocery store. I had one so far and am not so sure what to do with rest of my 6 pack. Please just stop rating beers 4 out of 5 stars because the letters IPA are on the bottle. Sorry if im being too harsh. Theres definitely better choices out there than this.

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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 hopflyer
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank right from the bottle so no comment. Bottle has neat artwork.

subdued citrus and cracker malt.

Taste is nice citrus bite with a tough of earthy hops. A touch of bitterness. Malts less prevalent but tame the bitterness.

Liking the feel. Light to moderate with moderate carbonations. A touch dry. Nice.

Pretty good pock up here at a finger lakes resorts during a wedding. Nice IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notes are from 5/30

The Kind is a bright pale yellow in the outer parts with some clarity to it, getting hazier delving into the amber recesses. A very fluffy and thick cloud of off-white head rests easily on it at two fingers' height. Lace starts at the very top, forming some webbing and netting as the beer makes its way down the glass.
The nose is all about some dank, oily, resinous hops. This is piney, sure, but even more it's "sprucey." A balance of bready malts puts the hops in perspective.
As in the aroma, the hops put up some dank and resinous bitterness but, interestingly, it doesn't build up. Because of this, the bitterness seems to fall off at the end of every sip. Somewhat metallic and earthy tones conjure thoughts of English varietals.
Crisp and drying with moderate smoothness, the medium body ends up running a little thin.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden amber with a one-finger foamy white head. Heavy sticky lacing.

S - Nice aroma of sweet malts, floral hops, and citrus.

T - Starts with a nice blend of sweet caramel malts and citrus ( orange & grapefruit). Mid-palate is when the piney hops take over. Finish has more earthy and piney hops leaving a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - A pretty good IPA. Definetly for fans of aggressive IPAs.

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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 kegnation
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great easy drinking beer. Has the hop aroma I look for in a good IPA, nice citrus fruit on the front leading into a very nice mouthfeel of malt with a final kick of hops on the back end. Bought this from my bottle shop for $3.29 a 12oz, Going back to pick up a four pack now. Definitely a repeat purchase!

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Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly thin head, no more than half a finger which does not have much retention, in turn the lacing is weak with minimal stick. Filmy liquid, translucent, traps light inside to create a glow to the base yellow color, touch deeper orange at the core, you can see a tiny bit of bubbles, no noticeable particulate inside. The nose is kind of arch, bitter and grassy, very hops dominated, pepper, sour bread crust, dried grapefruit rinds, conjures up sufficient honey, pine sap and caramel to take a lot of sting out of it, more grainy than fruity, moderate dash of apricot, peach, pear fruit, on the whole it covers what it needs to, could be cleaner/fresher as well as separate out the scents better. Full-bodied, getting on heavy, the carbonation has a grinding, slow churn and it basically clings to the mouth pores rather than scrub. More sweetness here in the pineapple, peach, nectarine fruit as well as grapefruit, orange citrus. However, its dry mouth feel is complete. Plenty of grassy hops, the pepper, oil, and bread crust keep the malt, cocoa submerged. It is not unbalanced, simply too dense to refresh. Has flavor, not hot, and what’s there finishes long. No real complaints, maybe gets lost in the pack.

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