The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing

very good
145 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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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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA that has the heightened malt profile that's more common in Imerpial IPA's. But the citrus and pine hop flavors are undenyably classic IPA.

Starting with a medium copper color and medium haze, the beecr releases a dense froath of off white foam that retains well after reducing to heavy pockets of foam and an otherwise even sheet across the surface. Leaving intermitten patterns of lace along the glass gives a lasting impression of a well made IPA.

Citrus and pine note fill the nose with a sharp and crisp scent. A background of caramel and sweet breads back the hops while giving a vibrant sweet scent that keeps the hops from seeming overly vegetal or grassy, also while bringing out a fruity ester note that complements the fruity hop aromas well.

Stronger than usual malt flavors give a robust flavor of caramel, fresh baked breads, and malty sweetness that act as a great counterpart for hops. Citrusy notes of white grapefruit pulp and orange zest while resiny notes of pine and freshly cut herbs and grasses blend for a zesty and refreshing fruit flavor early and gripping bitterness late. With no real flaw in flavor, the only hiccup is a balance toward malts that prevent the hops from becomming the showcase that they need to be. Sweetness of malts though, help to bring a life to the yeasty esters of appricot and peach while bridging them with the hop flavors early in taste.

Robust in mouthfeel, the beer accompanies more malty textures along with the bolder malt flavor. This causes more creaminess early and and extended viscocity into mid palate and even a late linger in finish rather than becomming drier earlier and allowing for ultimate crispness late. Finishing malty-dry with a hop bite and alcohol warmth, the beer seems to share ground with Imperial IPAs.

A very good IPA that seems more of an East Coast style or Midwest style with a malt flavor and body that offers substantial balance for the hops. If you favor these more balanced IPAs over the drier and more hop balanced versions then this one is very favorable.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as an extra in my first BA trade. I love IPA's. This one was a real nice change of pace. The hops didn't sock you in the nose, but it was a very nice, smooth, mellow brew. I split this with a buddy of mine who's a hophead, and even he appreciated the subtle reigning in of the hops. This had a very piney and citrus laden nose and taste. Wish we got this around here, as I'd definitely appropriate a few bottles for frequent consumption.

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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 SawDog505
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow, a little hazy, with a sticky one inch head, that leaves nice lace. Smell grass, pine, tangerine, and grapefruit. Taste like that, very balanced with nothing dominating. Body on the light side, dry, nice carbonation, and easy drinking. Very good Ila, awesome use of IBUs, but a little expensive at $7.99 a bomber and couldn't find a date.

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

$8.25 bomber from Abe's.

Somewhat hazy golden body with orange highlights. Two level fingers of snow white foam.

Enticing pine and citrus aroma. Very inviting.

Quick burst of sweetness at the beginning. A little too sweet, could use a bit more depth to semi- sweet. Then big juicy fruit, plenty of citrus fills the mouth.good dose of pine too. Bitter bite at the swallow. Pine carries on in the afterglow.

Sturdy medium mouthfeel.

A solid IPA. Good first experience with this brewery.

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

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

Golden hazy glow, tight and tiny bubbled lacing puts on a great show. Soft resin oily hop nose, a walk through a x-mas tree farm almost with some fresh baked bread. Subtle smoothness, a bit creamy with a sturdy medium body. Thick herbal hop flavor, leafy with dirty evergreen flavors ... sucking on a pine-cone. Malt and fruit in the middle get a bit juicy, hop bitterness does not mask any flavor too much. Alcohol is fruity and a bit warming. Finishes semi-sweet with a long linger of hop flavor.

A standup IPA, it works well as it is well rounded, well balanced and full of flavor.

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

This is a beautifully clear brew with a pure white head and a nice layering of lace on the glass. Smell is superb with a rich, pine and tropical fruit signature followed by a caramel malt breadiness. Taste follow the description of pine to citrus with a firm but not overpowering grapefruit character sitting atop a sweet caramel malt core, and a lovely tropical yeast ester. Finish is dry with a moderate amount of hop oil and biscuity bread notes. Feel is full and finely carbonated with a clean and dry quenching persona. A great one to keep around the house with a unique ability to satisfy the hop head while drawing in those who generally shy away from hippy beers.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY.

Poured into am imperial pint, formed a 1/4" eggshell head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head promptly down to a skim, with average lacing. Aroma is juicy citrus.

Taste sweet to start, orange citrus in the middle, pine bitter taking over the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with good drinkability. Good brew.

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

This is the first beer that I have had the pleasure to try from this new brewery in nearby Rochester, and I will probably be checking out their other beers when I run into them on-tap at my local haunts.

The Kind IPA has a very clear, golden-orange body. The thin white head leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

The aroma is good, packed with resinous, piney malts and a lot of floral characteristics. Not too much malt going on here. Hops dominate the flavor from beginning to end, with lots of pine and resin, a hint of citrus and more floral characteristics. The malt is simple and, as I said, just enough to provide a bit of balance. Light and just a bit sweet.

The body is moderate as is the carbonation, which makes it pretty standard for the style.

I like this one enough that I would order it again, which is a nice compliment for a new brewery. The bombers are a little bit pricey, but pint prices are pretty basic.

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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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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, golden yellow coloring with a thin, foamy, white head. Aromas of evergreen and pine, with a strong citrus highlight. Smells superfresh. Flavors are light, and the resiny bitter hits the forward tongue instantly. A quick transition brings more tropical fruit flavors, including pineapple and grapefruit. Very well balanced, the beer slightly leans towards bitter and tart at the end of the palate. The aftertaste is bitter, but also sugary sweet at the same time. Light and crisp bodied with a sparse cling on the glass, the beer has a slightly dry, crisp finish. Very hoppy and very tasty despite being slightly unbalanced.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thickfreakness for sending this one along.

This pours a slightly opaque tangerine color with a one finger white head with decent retention and lace. On the nose there are oranges and pineapples, with some caramel and pale malt underneath that. In the mouth there is a definite bitter note at the front of the tongue, herbal in character with some citrus mixed in. But there is a definite caramelized malt sitting back a bit further. It's a nice, pretty well balanced IPA that emphasizes the bitterness but doesn't allow it to dominate. The body is medium but maybe a bit too sticky for my preferences, but that's being a bit picky.

Overall, this is a nice, totally solid IPA. It doesn't get to the upper echelons of IPAdom for me, but it's a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my old trusty.

Pours a good looking hazy orange. Fluffly half finger of off white head sits atop. Some lacing remains. Smells is pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit to me. Slight malt up front. Immediately cut by hop and dry bitterness. When it it was cold and straight out of the fridge, the flavor ended with candied pineapple. Damn scrumptious. As it warms a bit more I find myself searching for it. This beer is not overly hoppy. I wish it had a bit of hop oil to coat my tongue. Really that is my only knock. A very well done and solid beer. I'd gladly drink more. Thanks to Dfclav for sending this.

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Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jmpizzo for dropping this 22 oz. bomber in as an extra in a recent, very nice box of brew...& it's an IPA kinda night.

Poured into two tulips, this is a very dense, unfiltered orange. Nose is nice with grapefruit, orange, & light sweet malt. No bitterness at all.

The Kind IPA brings plenty of familiarity to the game. Nice dollop of marmalade, mixed in with plenty of citrus, blending into &/or indistinguishable from the citrus. Nice fingernail of bitterness pries up the gums. Sweet orange takes the long game & runs with it, leaving a nice lingering sugary high blending with the afterimage of the hops. The effect is lovely, & the balance makes it too easy to drink. Should come in buckets.

Always good to be introduced to a new brewery, & even better to one with a good beer. While I generally despise balance in an IPA, this is the exception that proves the rule: it's exquisite. Very good beer.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my new trade buddy mikesgroove for the extra!

This one pours a translucent straw color that settles a hazy golden-orange. A fingers worth of white bubbly head sits briefly. This head refuses to dissipate as it holds tightly to the glass.

The nose is full of honey and fruity hops. It is a very fresh and clean nose that is grassy and full of life.

The taste is thankfully quite similar to the nose. Sweet caramel malts transform into a bitter array of grapefruit characteristics. Imaging a honey covered pine cone for a brief moment. The resinous tastes of pine, apricot, and caramel hold tightly to my palate with a bitter beat down.

The mouthfeel Is quite built for the style, which I dont mind one bit. A crisp feel leads to a very dry feel in seconds.

Overall, I'm glad I got to try this brew and I beleive that it holds the bold characteristics that make a good IPA.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Hoosick Beverage in Troy.

Pours very golden and pilsner-like. Small head that leaves some lacing. Not really any carbonation bubbles.

Smells mostly like pineapple, with hints of other citrus flavors, like mango.

Taste is identical, with lots of citrus flavors--mango, pineapple, papaya. A bit of grapefruit. Hardly any bitterness--tastes like all late hops. More West Coast than East Coast, but while the hops are the entire flavor, but they lack a pungent characteristic. Zero malt flavors, little pine and rather thin in the end. Kind of like pineapple/mango juice.
Edit: as beer warms, I get a bit more of a pine-y, bitter characteristic.

Mouthfeel is very thin. A bit too watery. Could use more body.

This isn't bad at all, but it sometimes reminds me of juice. To my tastes, it could use more bitterness, pine and grapefruit flavors. But it's not a tough one to drink at all, and I'm glad there are folks in upstate New York making a hop-heavy IPA. But at $7-8 for a bomber, I don't see myself getting this one often. If it came in 6-packs, that'd be another story.

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Photo of smcolw
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that leaves decent ring lace. The broth is cloudy with white-gold color.

Beautiful floral and piney hop aroma. Complex because there were smells of citrus and evergreen. Very appealing.

The malt is nearly none-existent but the hop is very powerful. It shows up early and ends very strong. Lots of bitterness in the swallow and in the aftertaste. The body is relatively thin.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tulip glass, a one finger creamy head lays atop of a nice looking honey orange elixer. No carbonation to speak of. Average lacing, nothing special.

S- Very piney with loads of different fruits. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and papaya. A touch of alcohol, but mostly sweet fruit.

T- Sweet fruit really jumps forward with a wonderful bitter finish. Lots of hops! Really wakes up the tongue! Citrus really lingers on the back of the mouth. Wakes up your sences!

M- Very nice fruit and bitter balance. Lack of carbonation leaves the tongue coated. I prefer my IPA's with a bit more bubble to them.

D- Very drinkable indeed! Probably great with sweet and sour pork or chicken, or just to sit at the bar and watch the game! It doesnt tire out the tastebuds at all! Nice balance and blend!

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased in Rochester for $6.49. No freshness info offered to the consumer.

Pours hazed lighter almond amber. Light khaki head leaves real nice fine and extensive lacing/sheeting.

Subtle hopped up, pine and citric nose.

Hoppy, but not bitter. Flavorful, with more orangy citrus. Quite pleasant and easy drinking. Hops go more grainy late and dry out the finish nicely. Well worth a try.

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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 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 number1bum
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited to see a new brewery in Rochester, although I'm not sure if it's just a new line from Custom Brewcrafters or what. Cracking the cap lets go just a soft hiss, and pouring this one reveals it to be very softly carbonated. Only generates a half finger of head which quickly fizzles away and leaves no lace whatsoever. It's a hazy amber color.

Despite the lack of lace the nose is pretty solid, with a big dose of grapefruit, zesty and pithy, and some pine as well. It's resiny and fresh, and nicely done.

Taste has a nice amount of hop flavor and also tastes quite fresh. It's grapefruity and piney, with a resiny, pithy bitterness in the finish. Hops are the show here, very little malt flavor at all; somewhat bready, very lightly sweet. Above average bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is softly carbonated but it has enough not to feel flat. It's medium bodied and quite dry.

This is a pretty solid and tasty IPA and a nice first offering from this brewery. The final score doesn't show it to be as good as it is because the pour is so poor that it brings the score down. This is a solid IPA for sure. My only quibble is that all 4 of the beers I saw were in bombers priced at $6.99. This is a good IPA, but it's not worth $7 a bomber, especially from a local brewery. It's too bad that they didn't decide to go with more reasonably priced 6 packs. I'll look forward to trying some of their other offerings nonetheless; coming back for seconds, however, will depend a bit upon the price:quality ratio.

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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
3.76 out of 5 based on 482 ratings.
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