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 Beer4Baltimore
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle with no date
A - golden amber with small particulate matter floating around. A three finger head of foam that lasts with heavy lacing.
S - earthy pine resins and dull grapefruit overtones. Nothing is sharp and biting but you know there is a glass full of wet hops under your nose.
T - resinous hops dominate throughout from start to finish. Earthy and heavy hops without any crisp biting character.
M - oily, resinous, and mildly carbonated yielding a heavy feeling slow moving stickiness.
D - a bit one dimensional but if you want pine tar hops then this one is for you.

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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 FeloniousDrunk
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bronze/brown in color with a slight haze, 1-finger head, and nice lacing. Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

S: A coniferous aroma on the front with a nice citrus-hop smell on the back. Not overpowering, but better as it warms.

T: Smooth, well-balanced hop flavor. Not bitter, focusing more on the pine and citrus qualities, of which there are plenty. A touch of iron in the mouth, with a mildly dry swallow. Aftertaste is a touch sedimentary.

M: A good grit to it, without being chewy. Even, crisp on the finish with a slightly dank after-feel. Overall nice.

D: Good flavor, low alcohol notes, and an even feel will keep me coming back for more.

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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 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 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 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 superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pine, floral, citrus rind, grass, bread, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of grassy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pine, floral, grass, bread, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop flavors with decent complexity; good malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. Nice balance of hop flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 Brad007
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, bright blonde color with a super thin head into my glass. Another IPA that fits the definition of PALE perfectly.

Lots of grassy hops with a mild bitterness that tickles the nose in a subtle manner. Maybe a bit of buttery malt too.

Grassy hops with a touch of citrus. Juicy. Chewy. Bitter. Wow. Flavor crystal explosion in mouth!!

Lingering buttery malt and grassy hop bitterness comprise the mouthfeel. Very clean for the style.

A very good IPA. You won't be shocked at the bitterness.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a standard pint. Pours a golden-orange with a hazy clarity and a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose expresses citrus rind and grapefruit seeds. Taste follows nose - bitter rind comprises most of the flavor profile; however, there is a hint of sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent and quaffable American IPA, but not much complexity here.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber courtesy of sliverx, muchas gracias! Pours a hazed gold color with a dense cap of light orange-tinted head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Hop aroma is mostly citrus with some tropical fruit showing at times. Malts are very light and biscuity. Smells good, my kind of IPA.

Lots of hop flavoring and bittering. Long lasting, abrasive finish. Rough landing, but a smooth takeoff of piney-tropical flavor. Malt is light at best - a little flabby even. I cant believe I am saying this...but I almost wish for at least a little toast and caramel to hold the body up. Pretty good little quencher though and I really enjoyed it overall. Light, crisp and a bit rough around the edges about sums it up.

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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 billab914
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured golden amber in color with a huge, fluffy white head filling half of the glass as first.

The aroma has a lot of pine, grapefruit and citrus rind flavors to it. A little bit of a bready, biscuity malt is there as support. Pretty appealing hoppy aroma overall.

The taste also shows a lot of grapefruit and bitter citrus rind to it. I get a little bit of a sweeter, juicy hoppiness to it at times as well. Again just a little of the grainy, biscuity supporting malts are apparent.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer. It had some really nice hoppiness with a bold citrus rind bitterness. Pretty enjoyable and drinkable overall, but at $7 a bomber I can't see picking it up again over a 6 pack of 2 Hearted, Loose Cannon, Finest Kind, etc.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a little but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the hops with flavors of citrus and hints of pine resin. The citrus hops are a nice blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange. Surprisingly, there is only a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this IPA because it has a lot of hop aromas and flavors but is quite easy to drink because it doesn’t have an “in your face” level of bitterness.

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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 xnicknj
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at revolution house - served in pint

Pours a clouded golden orange color with a one-finger topping of white head. Retains nicely while leaving rings of sticky lacing streaked around the glass.

Bursting citrusy hops with orange and grapefruit. Hints of tropical fruit, toasted biscuit and soft caramel. Light sweetness.

Juicy citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and nectarine. Hint of pineapple and nice bitterness, soft sweetness. Caramel and biscuit malts, decent balance. Finishes dry and bitter.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and sticky on the tongue. Solid citrusy IPA - I'd definitely have this again, although it helps that this was clearly super fresh.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellowish orange in color. Forms a moderate bit of foamy white head that reduces to a very rocky, bubbly surface coating. Leaves globs of lacing on the way down.

S: Citrus, primarily orange with pine and some mossy, earthy hops.

T: Mild orange sweetness. Moderate persistent pithy bitterness. Pine resin and a little bit of earthy dirt on the finish. Hoppy, with a lighter malt profile.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation. Somewhat chewy.

O: A very hop centric IPA. Not quite West Coast, but a good blend of hop flavor and bitterness.

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