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The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
85
very good
144 Reviews
The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room
New York, United States
threeheadsbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
481
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
81
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 481
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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Photo of russpowell
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No freshness dating

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with crazy pearl colored head ( 5 fingers+ ). Haze never clears, crazy head retention & lacing

S: Straw, hay, doughyness, hints of infection

T: Pears, grassiness, lemons & green appleskins up front. Lemons, hay & pears as this warms, a little pineapple as well. Finishes slightly citrusy & acidic with some grassiness, just got messier & ended up being a drainpour

MF: Overcarbonated, coarse with medium body. Gets thinner as this warms, okay balance, turns a little acidic

A disappointment. I will probably not buy any more from these guys. May not be fresh, but presents more as a possible infection or just plain old mediocre beer. No freshness dating, ugh. Looking at other reviews, I got to think maybe this beer is just too far from its point of origin...

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Photo of avalon07
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, malt, and pine as well.

T: Tasted of hops - a lot of hops - along with pine, malt, and a hint of citrus. The hoppiness takes a little getting used to, but it becomes likeable after a while. A good flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with an overly bitter and oily finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its rough spots, but in the end is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BradT
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice IPA to start the day off with. I'm very impressed with the consistency of this beer. The more you let it settle, it kinda finishes like a nitro. Not too thick, but definitely substantial, lower end of syrupy. Taste is good, very smooth grassy hop. Much, much, much better taste and consistency than a beer ranked as low as this on BA.

Color is a yellow orange with just a tad of red in the right light. Not a lot of nose, but that may just be me.

Honestly, I think the pot theme may turn some folks off. I'm not into that, but could care less about it when it comes to this beer. I'd definitely buy this again, and again. Love it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am admittedly a full on hop head, so I am partial to beers like this, but I see this as a brew everyone can get into, not just those addicted to hops. its approachably light in color, more golden than anything else, with a smallish white head, good clarity. the nose is approachable too, not real bitter or aggressively oily or high alpha, just straight fresh cut citrus fruit, glorious aromatics here. the flavor too is citrus heavy, like founders all day ipa on steroids, its got that familiar yet fresh squeezed juicy refreshing deliciousness, these are the hops I love, and hops I can see others not yet accustomed to big west coast ipas getting into. its so fresh and good, yum! best ive had from three heads for sure. a real joy to drink this light in feel big in taste ipa. well carbonated and really fruity in the finish with minimal bitterness. an excellent citrus side ipa that could potentially be a gateway brew into the style. you would also never know this was pushing 7% abv, it drinks a whole lot lighter.

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Photo of Zach136
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - no date - poured into DFH IPA glass.

Pours light straw with a pitch white head, solid lacing. Nose is assorted citrus and pine spice. The taste has a solid balanced hop profile of pine/floral. Though there is a lingering astringency. Moderate body. Definitely a solid option for the hop heads.

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Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured moderate tones of pine and grass with a rather heavy caramel.

The taste consisted a suprisingly full (and dull) cereal malt with waning piney and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style, with a soft carbonation and residual hop spice.

Overall a tasty, albeit shallow, IPA.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard specialty glass. Probably around 20 oz or so.

A - really good head retention. three finger white frothy creamy head. still holding more then two inches in the head after ten min of being poured. hazy light orange, yellow like in color.

S - Smells like plastic or something, really weird... some mild pine mixed with citrus.

T - pretty balanced. mild lingering bitterness...getting a lot of pine...maybe im mistaking that plastic like smell as that. some mild citris here and there...and sweet malt to balance it. decent. nothing to rave about in my opinion. Slightly earthy and soiley. if your into citrus hop bombs do not get this.

M - slightly creamy and medium mouthfeel.

Overall. a decent beer, not great, not bad. average.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kind IPA has been floating around Pittsburgh for over a year or two know, this elusive beast was tracked down today in bottle format at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. No bottle dating let's go with our primal senses to determine the age of this beer. Pours with a rock textured white head light copper golden color, earthy resinous hop layers arise on the nose. Citric notes with loads of dankness, I get it...the Kind IPA...wink, wink. Anyways what we have here is a nice solid IPA brewed in NY state dammit, it doesn't have to bow down to any one hop trend or style...it's from NY. The hippie on the label is adorned with four arms a tie-dyed shirt, hoisting the earth, a guitar, and over head with the almighty hop. It's like blending the Indian god Shiva with a middle aged hippie, I like it. Ample bitterness throughout never peaks but keeps the malts bready, biscuit like...no caramelization going on. Hops are rugged hard to pin down but keep it citric, dank, earthy, kind bud esque. Easy to consume not enlightening an Eureka moments in the history of the IPA, but it's damn solid and refreshing. I am a fan slightly resinous with hop oils on the palate, easy going natural carbonation medium bodied at best. This is an anytime IPA, to be enjoyed with or without smoke.

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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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Photo of neophilus
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored, nice white head. Ripe mango aroma on top of caramel malt, sweet with hints of lemon and orange. Good firm bitterness up front with an earthy flavor to it, more caramel malt cuts through the aftertaste bogging the hop flavor down just a bit. Hop bitterness is well balanced.

Thick body on the palate, lots of chewy malt holding up the strong hop bittering. Some interesting hop flavors going on, swinging from ripe tropical fruit over to dank resin

Cleans up nicely though, dry finish with lingering hop bitterness and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Very good ipa if you don't mind a touch of malt.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Dull golden color with a very slight chill haze. Two fingers of eggshell white head settle very quickly. Lacing is patchy and wispy.

S: Pineapple and mango. Very dank, sticky bud. More pineapple. Slight tropical esters. Biscuity malt base is an afterthought.

T: Aggressive, resiny hop bite on the attack. Pine, earthy, toasted hemp seed. Oily and biting. Tropical flavors of mango and a strong pineapple juice character ride on the coattails of the bitter onslaught. Slight spike of alcohol and tropical ester toward the back end. Toast and biscuit malt base. Finishes with an herbal, oily hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Firm and substantial. Carbonation scrubs and bites, adding a refreshing edge while lifting the oily hop texture and simultaneously amplifying the bitterness.

O: It’s an aggressive American IPA that has a nice bite to it. Hopheads will appreciate it. Neophytes might find it to be a little too much. If it wants to really compete in a saturated IPA market, I think it needs to see a six-pack format.

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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 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 Pencible
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like faint copper hops and earthy bread crust malt.
T: It tasted like copper and bitter resin hops, with some earthy bread crust malt. It had a building bitter aftertaste that was somewhat clean.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This wasn't a great IPA, probably below average in today's market. The scent was barely there, the taste wasn't very enjoyable, the body was fairly weak, and the finish was a little harsh. So all in all, not very easy to drink, and not recommended.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm sorry but thia was a bad beer in ever aspect.
Perhaps it's old. Bought at the wegmans and never seen it before so I gave it a shot.
There was no bottle date. So I'm fairly certain it's old.
The color was light amber with a soapy head no carbs.
Aroma was typicial of old IPA's malty. Not a hop to be seen I,m afraid.
Taste was the same malty no hops, maybe even style.
This was my first from THB so I can't judge perhaps it was just a bad brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/26/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a hearty malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in along with a mild but complementary caramel and citrus sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s just a mediocre IPA that I would only drink if my choices were limited.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A kind ipa indeed. Smooth and calm hop tones that set a nice consistent profile. At first I thought it was dropping off quickly, but I think the subtlety of it has to be given time to adjust to, since my palate is probably waiting for a hop bomb to hit. Smooth feel, which is the word on this beer. I like a lot

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Photo of NiceTaps
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A-Light golen color, slight haze, minimal white head on this pour that faded to a thin film and left heavy rings of lacing. It comes in as a lighter looking brew than a typical IPA, but holds up with great lacing and an inviting 'drink-up' look.

S- Big strong hop aroma, thick pine and lots of citrus hops. Grapefruit and lemon.

T- Lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and lemmony. The citrus hop flavors lead the way followed by some maltiness and the pine.

M- Good body and carbonation, oily and resinous. There's plenty of hop zip and bitterness on the finish.

O- I wish that I had more than two of these. I'm sure it'll be a while before I can get it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy gold with good head and lace on top of a mild, hoppy aroma that gives off some pine and citric notes along with touches of caramel and barley/bready malts. Not the most hoppy or flavorful IPA but it gets the job done. Citric hops balance with some mild caramel malt sweetness for a classic medium bodied IPA that is smooth with both touches of hoppiness and sweetness, and then has that classic crisp finish familiar to an IPA drinker. Not one of the better IPAs because the flavors are muted and a tad watered down and there isn't much more to the fruit flavor than citric hops (you will not get that grapefruit sensation). Still, a pretty decent IPA that is worth trying.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden hued with a small white head. The aroma brings tropical citrus, hops. Very nice. The flavor imparts citrus, hops, mild alcohol and a touch of lemongrass. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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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 BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that reduces to a thin cap

S: Citrus and pine hops come through, along with a good helping of slightly spicy malts

T: Follows the nose. Refreshing citrus fruitiness and pine come through for the hops, followed by some bready malts and a hint of spiciness. Finishes lightly bitter

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A hint of oiliness and stickiness from the hops

O: A nice, simple IPA that isn't in your face or overwhelmingly hoppy but still has a good hop kick flavor and aroma-wise. Worth a purchase

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room
3.76 out of 5 based on 481 ratings.
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