The Kind IPA | Three Heads Brewing

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3.73/5
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The Kind IPAThe Kind IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
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
Ranking:
#25,476
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
497
pDev:
12.87%
Bros Score:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
89
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of soroka24
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 DCor3691
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium citrus. Nice hop. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 +12.6%
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 +12.6%
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 +12.6%
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 +12.6%
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 cavedave
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 +12.3%
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 +11.8%
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 +11.3%
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 Grand-Raggedy
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 LeftHanded666
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +9.9%
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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The Kind IPA from Three Heads Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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