Monday, February 6, 2012

Three Heads The Kind IPA

I recently did a beer trade with Ryan and sent him a bottle of Rochester, NY-based Three Heads' "The Kind IPA." This was the first beer I had at the 2011 TAP NY Beer Fest, but I havent had it since, so I thought I would Skype review it with Ryan to see how it appealled to homers for East and West Coast style IPAs (as this beer's label indicates it has elements of both).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (615) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2012
I like beers that define labels or styles (although that makes for a more difficult review to write). Three Heads The Kind IPA is a strong India Pale Ale that’s definitely not a double or imperial, and while it has components of both east and west coast IPAs (i.e. pine and citrus, respectively) it wouldn’t be accurate to call it a beer of those styles. It is, however, a flavorful, very drinkable IPA and that’s what matters.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark gold to orange color; extremely hazy with visible sediment speckles suspended in the body of the beer. Forms a good sized, white, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Strong orange notes with an earthy, almost herbal, undertone with a hint of pine needles.

Taste: The bottle describes Three Heads The Kind IPA as " taking a walk through a pine forest and ending up at a citrus farm." I think it’s actually the opposite as the beer begins with strong dry bitterness, followed by a crisp citrusy flavor (orange mostly), and finishing with rustic, tree bark-like quality with some pine flavor. The beer is 76 IBUs and it certainly shows as the hops are quite relentless here from beginning to end. There is a brief reprieve through the middle of the palate with a moment of orange juice-like refreshing taste and sensation, but then it’s back to the bitterness. As it warms, a slight malty caramel sweetness begins to emerge towards the end of the palate and helps to take the end off and make for a tasty flavor.

Drinkability: At 6.8% ABV, Three Heads The Kind IPA is just a regular IPA, but has the bitterness level of something stronger. The mouthfeel is perfectly medium and noticeably crisp and goes down very smooth. It’s even refreshing at certain moments, but not a beer I would consider refreshing per se. A great beer to have with a meal or by itself, but nothing really amazing as far as taste factor.
Grade: 8/10

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