The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room

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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room
New York, United States | website

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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479
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3.76
pDev:
23.4%
 
 
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Photo of cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, light amber pour is topped briefly by a finger of white foam, then a membrane and persistent ring. Some arms of lace cling.

Nice medium aroma of citrus, neutral sweet, light grain, and ganja. Very appealing, very alluring, very stimulative.

Nice medium strength taste of the simple pleasures in the aroma. Very clean and free of off flavors, just the pure joy of wonderful IPA that isn't a tongue scraper. As it warms pine notes, and even some spicy herbal and floral work into the sip. East coast finish that is not as dry as a SoCal purist might demand, but the epitome of local style. Balanced.

Low carb. easy drinking, clean as a whistle, and the taste of fine ganja lingering in the finish. Nice.

Met these guys at TAP NY, tried this and others on tap, and they, and their beers, are the real deal. This is an up and coming brewery that will put NY even more firmly on the craft beer map.

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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 KELPAK
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

LOVE THE FOCUSED AROMATIC PINEY CITRUSY SCENTED NOSE. THE PALATE IS SOFT, AND FROTHY, A BIT MORE GENTLE THAN MOST. THERE ISN'T A LOT OF BITTERNESS HERE ESPECIALLY IN THE BACK END. VERY DRINKABLE.ALL IN ALL A REALLY ENJOYABLE BOTTLE FROM THREE HEADS BREWING.
THE KOZ

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Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the ABV at 6.8% and the IBUs at 76. It also has a nice commercial or brewer's description of the beer.

Appearance: The body has a lightly hazy with a honey amber color. The pour produced a small creamy off white head. As it slowly fades and sides down the glass as I drink, it leaves thick sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has lots of sweet juicy citrus hops with fruity notes of peach and apricots mixed with honey over white bread.

Taste/Palate: There is a thin light bready malt base which showcases the big fruity hops. The hops bring lovely lemon and grapefruit citrus notes with lighter notes of peaches and apricots. The bitterness slowly builds up to the finish which brings out the piney notes of the hops. A firm but not overpowering bitterness lingers nicely on the tongue. The palate feels just a bit light but not watery and the carbonation is smooth.

Notes: This IPA has a defiant West Coast vibe. It's all about the hops and the hops are about citrus and fruit with a twist of pine.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Heads Brewing : The Kind IPA

LOOK: Pale golden color, with a white foam collar and good lacing. Has a chill haze and appears to be unfiltered.

SMELL: Grapefruit juice, floral and pine. Just a hint of malt sweetness.

TASTE: A well rounded beer, with pale and crystal malts giving the balancing sweetness to accompany the bitter hop onslaught. Notes of grapefruit zest, lemon juice, and wet grassy herbal character make for a uniquely satisfying hop profile.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, ample carbonation. Not much of a hop bite and certainly not dry. This beer is even a bit juicy.

OVERALL: An impressive IpA. I wish I could get this beer more often. Cool bottle art as well and a pretty apt name.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ale House in Vestal NY.
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a thinnish white head that did have good retention. Smells of pine resin and cirtus with a faint bready malt in the background. Taste is pine and citrus with grapefruit and a slight bready malt in the background. Smooth not harsh bitterness, but a nice hoppy presence. Sticky resinous mouthfeel, medium body and level of carbonation. Great easy drinking ipa with lots of flavor.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice auburn/amber with a well retained white head. A line of bubbles from the apex of the glass makes the beer look alive! Holy cow this is a nicely hoppy beer. A mix of herbal green and pine with citrus undertones of the grapefruit variety. This is someone taking a branch of a pine tree and beating up a bag of KB and grapefruit peels. I thoroughly enjoy this beer. Very nice body... probably medium bodied I'd say. Lingering bitterness complements a slightly drier finish.

Approved.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours lighter than most of the style. Honey color. Translucent. Head us bright white. Smaller in stature. Leaves consistent lacing.

S-Excellent aroma. Hempy hops. Hops are also piney and citrusy. Very hop forward. Malt is detectable but is less relevant. Overall, I really enjoy the aroma here.

T-Taste is different than the nose. Very, very grassy and the malt is more detectable. Leaves an odd lingering aftertaste. Malt is quite biscuity. Herbal, floral and grassy hops mostly. Definitely has a very unique taste. Has a certain zest and is pretty bitter. As it slowly warms it becomes much more malty, specifically bready.

M-Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. A bit slick. Also dry. Bitterness lasts.

O/D-A maltier IPA. I find the hops to be unique and tasty however. I enjoyed this beer, its definitely a different take on the super-popular style. I would say its worth a try at $6.75 for a bomber.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear orange body with a gentle carbonation supporting a snow white head that last for a good bit.

S- The citrus dry green hops flavor has a pleasant soft skunk quality to it, in a good way.

T- The soft caramel and crystal malt flavor has some dry biscuit hints to it and a woody hop flavor that grows and takes on some herbal green notes in the finish. There is a nice pine bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz finish that compliments the hops and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice balance and a good depth to the malt which are not to sweet and not to dry. The full hops flavor grows in the finish and even thou there are lots of hops the bitterness is soft and it is very drinkable.

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Spirit Haus pint glass. Body is surprisingly light in color -clear, light golden with a small white head that settles quickly to a thing film. No visible carbonation - looks like English cask ale in that way. Leaves decent lace on the way down.

S: Hops. Pineapple juice and some grapefruit. Hint of pine needles. That's about it; no real malt impressions from the nose.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: juicy pineapple and grapefruit, some resiny pine, at both the front and then towards the back end of the sip. Touch of apricot too, but not in an overwhelming, Sculpin-sort-of-way. Light malt is there for foundation, but doesn't really add much in the way of flavor to the profile - the hops are the stars of this show. Finishes with a lingering, dry, lemony bitterness.

M: Slightly oily/slick in feel, but not in a horrible way. Body is on the lighter side of medium in heft.

D: Very good. Light in body, but plenty of hop flavor means this one goes down quickly for hopheads.

My only complaint with this one was the price. I think I paid $7.49 for the bomber (though it could've been $6.99).

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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 biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apricot coloured and sufficiently misty to obstruct transparency, The Kind IPA looks like just the kind of IPA I like to drink! It hints at lots of malt, but only the most pale and least invasive varieties that should let the hops shine! The glass looks like a black diamond mountain despite that the actual head itself is hardly a bunny hill.

The aroma trumpets its (likely dry-) hoping with lots of bright citrus and leafy bitterness. It is at once inviting, with notes of melon and apricot, while also intimidating, sounding strong and prickly resins. In other words, it's just right! A sturdy but unobtrusive toasty, crepe-like maltiness underlines this orgy of fruity and floral vapors.

The taste delivers a burst of lemony citrus that chewing gums and throat lozenges could only dream of. It is bitter yet simultaneously bright and refreshing due to an almost minty leafiness. Apricot and peach come through as well, imparting luscious remnants of summer on this overcast winter day. It places the spotlight directly overtop the hops.

While it stays largely out of the flavour picture, the malts do not exactly play Switzerland in the midst of all these hop hostilities. Rather, they do all the heavy lifting as far as mouthfeel is concerned; oily, soapy and bitter resins could run amok if not for such a full, wholesome, toasty graininess there to keep them in check. And alcohol is kept far at bay.

A lot of American brewers craft their IPAs in such a way as if to say: “Look! Mine is bigger than yours!” Three Heads Brewing shows more maturity than that, showcasing an enormous hoppiness without being overly zealous. They have nothing to overcompensate for; no cockiness here, just one hell of a hoppy but fantastically smooth, drinkable IPA.

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Photo of JAramini
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a small, soapy head that dissipates quickly but leaves erratic lacing down the glass. Very clear and golden.

Smell is citric hops. Not an overwhelming nose, but quite pleasant and enticing.

Taste is citrus, pine, grass, and a lingering bitterness on the finish. This is not balanced, it's all about hops here with the scantest malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is good, but tending toward the thinner side. Definitely not "thin" but more dead-center for the style.

While I may prefer a thicker body on an IPA, what it lacks in mouthfeel it makes up for in drinkability. The moderate mouthfeel makes this quite easy drinking.

It is certainly not as bitter or heavy, but in terms of overall impressions of the hop character of this beer, it reminds me of Moylans Hopsickle.

At $6.99 per bomber I imagine myself revisiting this frequently.

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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 mocktm
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this brewery for a while, found this bomber at A&R Beverage in Seaford, NY. Will set ya back $8.99 a pop; not exactly a bargain. It does however feature some a pretty groovy bottle label (what more does one need than beer and music?), however no bottling date that I can find.

Into a pint, appears sunshine, golden orange with decent lagcing and a tad bit of head. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Nose is dank and wet, aromas of pine and resinous hops. Slight acidic tones, without a whole lot of malt presence that I can pick up on.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Delvers a subtle bitterness, heavy on pine and grapefruit rind. Again, I can't find a whole lot of malt presence, which I consider to be a good thing in IPAs. Hops do seem like they have died down a bit though.

Drinks rather light, dangerous in the summer, I can throw several of these back rather easily. 6.8% is negligible.

One of the better east-coast IPAs I've had the pleasure of enjoying, albeit a bit expensive. I'd recommend trying it, but I don't know if I'll pick up another bottle when I can get a whole sixer of Flower Power for just a couple bucks more. Still, really happy to have tried and a brewery to definitely keep an eye one. Cheers!

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy and Orange small head about a fingers width which does not last long. leaves nice lacing.

S-slight pine with a boat load of citrus. slight breadiness from the malts.

T-Taste is bitter and juicy citrus hops dominate with only a hint of the malt.sticks around for a bit. I love when an IPA lingers when it has a tasty citrus profile.

M-Here is the fallback, very little carbonation which gave it an almost flat feel. almost cask like.

D- I can forgive the mouthfeel because this is one tasty beer which i will look for again. I suggest you do the same.

Prost!!!

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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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic a clear lighter to medium golden with fluffy one finger bone white head that clung to the glass leaving one full ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Resiny and leafy/herbal hops are big in the nose along with biscuit dough-like malt.Dry and pretty bitter like the bottle says,its bitterness is the main component of the beer,not much citrus and pine like most of the style,a dryer crisp malt base leaves the beer without to much sweetness wich is fine with me.If you like bitter this is your kinda ipa,I like it and would get it alot if I could around here.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured fom a bomber into my trusty RR-tion glass.

Pours a nice deep, coppery color. Slight head that dissapears quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Wet pine and a bit malt dominate the smell. it gives off quite a bit of aroma for a 'regular' IPA, not a DIPA.

First taste is a decent amout of bitter, piney hop. There is virtually zero citrus or tropical hop taste in here. Then it follows with a bit of malt and a balanced swallow.

Feels good in the mouth. Good carbonation, and on the lighter side with the body. Pretty much what I expect from an IPA.

Over all this is a really good beer, I do prefer my IPAs with a bit more citrusy, oily hops. This is definately solid though and I would drink again.

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

22oz bottle a little above fridge temp, split with a friend poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a slightly hazy lightish golden orange color with one finger of creamy white head that kept good retention and left a decent amount of lace. looks pretty nice in the glass.

the initial aroma was quite metallic, but as it opens up it reveals lots of dank, resinous pine and some light floral and citrus notes. a slight metallic bready malt tries to balance.

in the taste, a decent amount of dank resinous pine and citrus, metallic, but not as much as the aroma. hints of bready malt try to sneak in and maybe the hops seem a touch floral as well at times. good amount of bitterness and a nice tasting finish make this an all around solid IPA.

medium bodied with ample carbonation. resinous on the palate, the mouthfeel feels how an IPA should feel.

drinks very good, and has a decently sessionable ABV, but i wish this came in sixers, only bombers, but the price is reasonable.

this was my second beer from THB and so far im pretty impressed. i recommend this as well as the coffee porter and i look forward to more beers from them.

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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 Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into an IPA flute.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick foamy cap that slathers the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of sticky lacing. The aroma is even parts floral and herbal up front, before giving way to a blast of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and pine cones. Just a touch of stickier tropical fruit notes and bready grains help tame the edges of the nose some here.

The taste is all fresh citric bitterness, with some sharper resins and more herbal textures working themselves in as well. Tropical fruit mixes nicely with the sweetness of the grains to offer up some good balance here, letting those hop flavors shine but without things becoming overly bitter. This ends dry, piney, and pithy on the palate which gives the finish a satisfying crispness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lays a steady prickle down on the tongue before becoming surrounded on the sides by more of a slick creaminess that keeps this overall smooth. There is some light warmth here that strengthens those flavors but the alcohol is pretty well hid here for the most part.

This was an all around solid IPA that packed some fresh hop flavor into a well balanced and quite approachable package. The only thing that really hurts my opinion of it was the $8 a bomber price that I paid for it. Otherwise, this would be a go to hoppy fix for sure.

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

Served on tap at the Lovin' Cup at the Rocheseter Brew Fest on 1/14/12, reviewed from notes

A-Hazy yellow, pretty opaque, looks nice

S-Great hop, I get some grapefruit and pine, really good depth to this one

T-Really good, it has an excellent balance between the hoppiness and the taste on the back end which has definitely left a pleasant citrus and pine

M-Also very good, again this just about right not too thick or thin

O-Glad I tried this, if you can find it, I would heartily recommend it

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Hazy orange/yellow colour with half a finger of white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Grapefruit, pine, sweet caramel. Nice bitterness evident with a decent malt backbone.

T - Bitter citrus and piney hops. A slight caramel malt backbone is present as well but this is definitely a west coast style IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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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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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing - Tasting Room
3.76 out of 5 based on 479 ratings.
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