Too Kind Double IPA | Three Heads Brewing

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85
very good
55 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Too Kind Double IPAToo Kind Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Heads Brewing
New York, United States
threeheadsbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CloudStrife on 01-16-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened thanks to a suggestion from the beer guy at the new whole foods in foggy bottom in DC.

The look is great, a massive cloudy undying head tops off a great clean orange bodied beer. bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Only reason it's not higher rated for me is I usually enjoy seeing double IPAs that are more cloudy.

The smell is decent, is has a grassy bitter hop quality that is not as juicy as some of the great DIPAs are. There is certainly a maltiness to the nose, more of the lighter wheat or corn variety.

The taste follows suit, but ends up having a nice juicy lemon grass hoppy aftertaste that I enjoyed. A nice dry feel overall, there is a nice bitter straw like taste in the mid palate, some decent biting pine hops up front. Honey certainly drips from the inner flavor. Slight citrus in the flavor as well, ends up having a nice composed good flavor, i found I enjoyed it the more I drank it.

The feel is good, dry and yet with nice sudsy body too. Drinks like a draft or cask rather than coming out of a bottle, which is nice.

Overall a solid beer. Needs some work in the smell department, but strong in all other categories. This isn't a beer that grabs you immediately (like a alpine hoppy beer or FFF hoppy beer, etc.), but the more I get through a full 12oz pour the more I like it.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass (on tap at Whole Foods in Vienna,VA)

Very clear yellow-amber with a generous pale head and good lacing

Smell is not pronounced, average

The taste is mainly piney, but with a very good bitterness in the aftertaste. Some alcohol taste, but not unpleasant.

Overall a well-balanced DIPA.

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Photo of blatchy
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Homegrown II. There comes a time where you get so tapped out on IPAs you have to walk away for a bit. But then the DIPAs rolled around and everyone falls in love all over again, doubly so of course. But even with the great DIPAs out there, you again start to fall into the same pratfalls: wow, another super double, loads of hops, dank, and complex. Even the best begin to blur as everyone else floods the market and rushes to get a DIPA out there.

I'm grateful for skilled variation. This is not your typical DIPA and those judging it to style (or what they seem to expect from an DIPA) rather than what's in the glass may be disappointed. They shouldn't be: this beer is a pleasant departure from all the BIG! DIPAs while still satisfying your hops quota. A nice golden hue, a little bit of cloud, suggests the complexity you hope to taste within. Maybe would want a bit more glow to this beast but I'm not complaining, The nose is way pleasant, floral notes take precedent over your typical dank nose, which throws you off a bit until you really start to embrace the sweet elements. The mouth is probably their best of any of their selections: full, a bit oily, and with a malty smooth edge. It's the taste though that sets this apart: your trademark pine and citrus from The Kind, but then a blanket of melon blends full-on with the bitter on the backend, leading into a sweet, creamy smooth finish (like the rich, smooth finish of Pliny the Younger). You can tell the IBUs are there (86) without making it a hop stress test and the heat from the 8.5 ABV is practically non-existent. The Meridian hops make for a much smoother, lush DIPA, which is fine because it offers a new interpretation of the DIPA, thank god. Purists may scoff but the secret of this DIPA is a rich balance . It's what I love about 3HB beers and what they really truly seem to get as brewers: while they take risks (who puts oatmeal in a red ale?),it's more unique to achieve balance in your beer than it is to make an extreme beer. It's all that: Too Kind is smooth, intricate, deceptively big, crazy drinkable, and an entirely welcome departure from standard DIPA fare.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jzeilinger for bringing this one last night. This beer poured out as a clear copper color with a white head on top. The retention was decent with some mild lacing on the glass as well. The smell of the beer gives off some earthy hop aromas but doesn't come off as a "DIPA" to me. It's as if they forgot to dry hop it or something. The taste of the beer is piney with more erathy hops in there all over the place but doesn't scream out like most beers of this style do. The mouthfeel was rich and oily, nicely carbonated and is drinkable. Overall it's decent, not a personal favorite, glad I was able to try it though.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz pour into a clear plastic cup. From notes at HomeGrown II @ Lovin Cup. Official release of the beer.

A: This brew pours a clear slighty dark golden orange with a .5 finger white head. Lots of carbonation. Head dissipates in a few minutes leaving a thin covering for the remainder of the session. Tough glass for lacing.

S: First thing that hit my nose was a great bouquet of hops. It came through as a piney citrus blend with good earthiness. Light malting in the background that becomes more pronounced as it warms.

T:Floral fruitiness with a thorough overall hoppy taste. High bitterness levels which is appreciated in this style. Mild sweetness from the malts adds some drinkability. Lingering pine, earthiness and citrus on the aftertaste.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel, sticky nectar like quality yet still dry. A fair amount of carbonation keeps it crisp. Booze is present but not overwhelming, which is great considering the ABV.

Overall an amped up "The Kind" with very impressive hops notes. A must try for any hophead. Can compete with some of the best Double IPA's.

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Too Kind Double IPA from Three Heads Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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