Too Kind Double IPA | Three Heads Brewing

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Too Kind Double IPAToo Kind Double IPA

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EMV
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip. Artwork is unappealing at best. Sort of like you crossed a hippie with Ganesh and tried to have it play hackeysack.

L: Cloudy medium golden pour. Thick off-white head leaves great lacing.

S: Lots of tropical fruit and citrus. Tangerine and pineapple.

T/F: Bready and malty to open... a little bit of caramel which leads into a reasonably fruity hop profile. Tropical fruits are present but not as robust as I'd expected. Some definite citrus and peppercorn.. a bit of mango. Moderately bitter. Medium body. Finish is sticky citrus which lingers a bit on the tongue.

O: A reasonably good DIPA. Not spectacular but solid enough to have again.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a custom shaped pint glass: color is gold to copper, head is off white, color is a little hazy, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little muddled between hops and malt: hop aroma is citrus and some pineapple like notes, malt is biscuity, light toast.

Taste is similar to the aroma: hop/malt blend that is hard to decipher - flavors not too strong or clean for either; hops are citrus and earthy, malt has a biscuit like note; some strong fusel alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel just seems off to me - very sharp and biting on the tongue, but not in the form of dry/hoppy bitterness.

Overall an ok DIPA with some off presence and flavors.

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Photo of atr2605
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a straw yellow, slightly golden color with a white head with decent retention and lacing
S-lots of orange citrus, some pine, wheat/bready aroma
T-some citrus followed by tons of pine and resiny bitterness, long lingering bitterness on the palate
M-medium bodied with average carbonation, slightly dry finish
O-wish there was more citrus and fruit in the flavor, as the aroma is a bit misleading. overall not a bad DIPA

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft

dark amber golden in color, white head. aroma is mixture of piney and floral hops and caramel malt. balanced flavors in the taste, somewhat bitter. sticky feel.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Artwork: As attractive as a tonsil stone. Not much else I can say about this.

Appearance: Dark amber with about an inch of head that sticks around for a couple of minutes.

Nose: No idea how fresh this was, but the nose doesn't offer much in terms of hops. Pretty malty and you pick up the booze too. Not unpleasant.

Taste: Malts, fairly bitter, some spice, booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Nice level of carbonation.

Overall: I think it's about time I give up on DIPAs. They just don't do it for me so I should not single this particular beer out. Had a tough time finishing it. Perhaps it's my (admittedly unreasonable) expectation for every beer (regardless of style) to have some thirst-quenching qualities. Or maybe it's that this was an older bottle, but then again how could I tell when there is no bottling date on it?

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup. Date unknown, but it seems pretty fresh.

LOOK: Hazy copper gold with a thin fizzy head and rings of lacing.

SMELL: Grapefruit, oranges, cracker, and a bit of pineapple.

TASTE: Grapefruit, honey, toasted biscuits, and faint notes of pineapple and apricot. Medium bitterness.

OVERALL: Decent double IPA, though I think I prefer their regular IPA.

Medium body, approaching heavy. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky finish.

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Photo of Raime
2.01/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Three Heads Too Kind DIPA.

Honestly never even heard of these guys. But I picked up a four pack of this at a discount for $6.50 so I'm assuming it's probably fairly old. Oh well, let's see what we get.

Look - Pours a deep amber with a large, well retained sticky off white head. Cabonation is a bit tough to get a read on due to the high murk levels. No sediment despite it likely being a bit old. Lacing is immaculate and quite a spectacle. About the only good thing in this beer. 5.

Smell - Malty as can be. Smells like straight up malts and simcoe hops with a sweetness factor that cannot be ignored. 3.5.

Taste - Well this is a bit odd...It is very, very sweet and almost honey like with a toasted factor followed by a huge dose of the dankest, most well balanced simcoe hoppyness I have ever encountered. Not entirely sure it's supposed to taste like this, but it really ain't bad. Until the onion after taste kicks in as the beer warms. 2.5.

Feel - Feel is pretty heavy with an extremely high level of carbonation. Coats the mouth in an odd sweetness that sticks around and leaves the palate wrecked. 3.25.

Overall - While this beer isn't bad, it makes use of my personal least favorite hop combination. Combine that with the fact it has likely sat around awhile, and you'll come to your conclusion on this one. I would certainly avoid at the normal price, and likely at the price I bought it at. 3.25.

UPDATE : Couldn't even finish he last bottle a few days later. Took on a TERRIBLE dirty onion root like flavor. Scores shall reflect that

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Nothing earth shattering here, just an all around good DIPA. Mellow but very flavorful. The 8.5% ABV is pretty well hidden. We were wondering if The Kind IPA had a big brother—this one will appease the hopheads.

ABV: 8.5%

LOOK: Bright golden hue, good frothing

SMELL: Dank hop resin, pineapple, orange rind, peppery alcohol, rose water, apricots, bready maltiness

TASTE: Smooth, mild crispness, bitty, ripe fruit, pronounced bitterness, soft dank hop flavor, orange pulp, citrus zest, kiss of caramel, toasted grain, leafy, yeast, warming, semidry finish with a long, lingering hoppiness

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Photo of GFM
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber color. Three fingers of head and blotchy lacing. Sweet caramel scent with some fruitiness. Dense feel with some resiny texture. Taste is sweet initially, then the alcohol is evident and it finishes with a delayed bitter aftertaste. Interesting DIPA. I liked it more than it's The Kind IPA brethren. (8.0)

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. A hazy tangerine color with a 1 finger foamy head that subsides quickly.

S. The nose gives off a nice balance of sweet malts and hops. Slight citrus, pineapple, banana.

T. Very nice balance of malts and citrus hops. Very enjoyable. Notes of pineapple and banana agreeing with the nose. A mild hop resin aftertaste.

M. Medium bodied. Decent carbonation but there could be more. Finishes slightly dry.

O. A nice IPA. Looks good but then the head just disappears. Smells nice. Tastes better. Could use a little more carbonation but all in all a nice beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice semi-cloudy orange-amber. Head looks nice at first, but packs it's bags early and hightails it out of there rapidly, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is great with hints of tropical citrus, lots of mango and orange. Also a slight bit of hop aroma(floral). Taste is bold up front with citrus peel, sweet citrus and piney resin. Rapid flavor decrease as it goes down, leaving a slight bitter, sweet citrus aftertaste. Alcohol is hidden very well and this beer is very drinkable. I just wish that the flavors were a little more bolder and lasted longer. Doesn't quite have the oomph of a DIPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Live, from Chez Woody's Kitchen, the Great Bottle Purge of 2014 continues! I do not know where this one came from, but it has enough age on it that floaties are visible in the punt.

I employed a VERY gentle pour so as not to rouse whatever lees had fallen out. This left me with bare wisps on the surface of the beer. I then agitated it just enough to generate some tawny head that fell right back down. Nose was very faint, pine and resiny, but incredibly muted. This one may not have held up as well as Zack's did. Color was a hazy gold (SRM = 5) and I might have attributed it to chill haze but for its age. Warming, I also began to get honey-like notes from the nose. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sharp, with the fusel alcohol really taking the lead and then followed by a pine-like tang. This may have been up against its shelf life, but it must have been brutal fresh. Do not misunderstand me - I love hops and I think that AIPAs are da bomb, yo!, but DIPAs are just too much. Fresh, they are big and boozy and aged, they begin to lose their hops luster but not the alcohol. It just does not seem like a winning combination to me. Here the finish was dry, sharp, more boozy than hops.

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Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Foamy layers hung around on top for a while.

Smells of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, graham cracker, lemon zest, herbs, pineapple and citrus fruit of all flavors. Nice and fruity, but not much malt balance.

Tastes like it smells, with grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, caramel, graham cracker, toasted grains, herbs, citrus hops, tea leaf, pepper, mild spices like cinnamon, brown sugar and coriander. Nice and fruity with plenty of citrus flavor, this has better malt balance than the nose and hides the ABV completely.

The hop flavor is good but for a DIPA on the lighter side, but still a good IPA that is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium chewy body and a slightly bitter finish. Overall a solid beer that I stumbled upon up in Buffalo, NY.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: hazy peach. decent size fluffy white head on the pour. Maybe i'm just thirsty but this looks like i wanna drink it.
smell: Nice, piney, citrusy nose though not particularly deep. Pleasant but subdued.
taste: a little more depth in the taste. some sweetness and citrus but a quickly drying, bitter finish.
overall: Not sure i understand why (and not sure i care) but this is better than the sum of it's parts. Not blown away but really enjoying drinking this.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No indication of any date on the bottle.

A - A cloudy golden orange. Little to no head, moves a thin lace.

S - This is the strength of this beer. Mango, pineapple, citrus, biscuit malt.

T - Tropical fruit, hop resin, pine, and some touches of pale malts. The abv is well hidden. The finish is grassy.

M - A touch watery, but very refreshing. Carbonation is average for the style.

O - A solid DIPA, one that I am glad I tried. Would have liked some indication of freshness (though it seemed fresh). If the taste can catch up to the smell, this one takes a step up.

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

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Small white head off the pour but retains a nice ring and patchy foam with lot of thick lacing. Fairly clear deep golden light orange color.

Resinous, almost dank aroma. Some pine and a bit floral. Hints of maybe something tropical as it warms.

Pretty good taste, but nothing grounding breakingly new in terms of hop flavor. Quite resinous and bitter. Floral, piney, and some bitter grapefruit citrus. Some alcohol noticeable but in no way overpowering. Slight tropical fruit towards the end of the glass.

Good mouthfeel for the style. Medium bodied.

Pretty good dipa, but with all the amazing ones out there I probably wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of dank203
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy yellow orange pour with lots of head. a good amount perfumey hops come through on the nose with some caramel malt. the caramel malt is on the flavor too and a lot of hop bitterness to balance. some citrus peel type bitterness/acidity. Curious to try the Tre Kind

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Photo of T-34-85
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at the brewery.

This is a good example of a hoppy Double IPA. It has a strong citrusy hop aroma with a light to moderate level of maltiness. This was not an exceptional Double IPA, but it was very drinkable and very solid.

Good Double IPA and worth a try.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.

S: A good amount of hops, some citrus, and malt as well. Pretty standard.

T: Tasted of a high amount of hops, citrus (grapefruit, in particular), and a bit of malt as well. A bit too hops-centric (even for a DIPA), but still not a bad flavor.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that while competently made, it doesn't necessarily separate itself from the sea of DIPAs out there. Still, worth a look.

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Photo of Hendry
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice honey color,semi cloudy,half finger of off white head, spotty lacing.

While appearance is the high point, the aroma is the low point for me, sweet malt & candied grapefruit/orange peel.

Taste is of caramel, then candied fruit, some decent bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Too many other great IIPAa in the price range for it to stand out for me, but a decent effort that belongs in the "balanced" IIPA category which isn't really my style as I prefer a more hop forward aroma and flavor.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a light golden copper with 2 fingers of dense near white head. Decent retention, great lacing.

S - Tons of sweet grapefruit and orange. Tons. Slightly peppery/resinous. Sweet but it seems to be more from fruits than malts.

T - Some bitter hops and a wallop of sweet citrus fruits. Dry resinous flavors kick in shortly after and linger through the finish, some sweet caramel malts leak through as well. Aftertaste is relatively tame, somewhat dry resinous bitterness.

M - medium bodied or less. Appropriate carbonation, well done here.

O - somewhat surprised, quite good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some faint apricot + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a large mottled patch of medium thick film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical/mango and citrus/orange along with some lighter notes of tropical/pineapple hops and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness which is quickly followed by the flavors from the hops - moderate amounts of tropical/mango and citrus/orange along with lighter flavors of tropical/pineapple and pine. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: The aroma of this beer was great when I first opened the beer though it did start to fade as the beer warmed up - unfortunately the flavor was not quite as intense and delicious as the smell. The alcohol was well hidden and the beer is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always thought The Kind IPA was really tasty on tap, so I was excited to see this. Some of their other big beers have fallen flat for me though (such as the Skunk Black IPA). Poured into a stemless wine style glass.

A - Pours a murky golden orange with only a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nice sticky lacing however.

S - Very piney, earthy and sweet. Tropical fruit in there also (mango and grapefruit) but I would say that the piney-ness dominates. Smells a little sweet for the style.

T - Very sweet and earthy. A little syrupy and malty for my taste. I just don't get a hop profile here that screams out to me or is very well balanced, and it just seems a little mild to me. The finish is dry and boozy.

M - Nice carbonation and full bodied. Not as sticky on the lips as you'd expect from the sweetness.

O - Not a bad DIPA but certainly not as good as I was expecting after really enjoying it's younger brother The Kind.

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Photo of cleve00
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty nice in this market. Fair head, eggshell white with superior sticky Lacon through the experience
Smell is hop/citrus same as taste. Mouth feel is friendly citrus/ and hardy/fresh. I had this on ice for a couple of hours, but it needs to be served well chilled or cold if bottle for max enjoyment

Very fun thanks Three Heads:)

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An interesting find here in the triad of NC.,I have had alot of Three Heads brews while in western NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull lightly hazed copper color with a thinner white head that was gone pretty quickly.Grapefruit-like hops with a little pine resin mixed with boozy sweetness in the nose.Citric hops on the palate are pretty much even with sugary and alcohol sweetness,the hops are pretty big but so is the sweetness.Par for the course as far as the style goes for alot of brewers,not bad but it's pretty damn sweet.

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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
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