Thursday, July 4, 2013

Three Heads Too Kind DIPA

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (918) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It cost $4.60 ($0.38 per ounce).

Appearance: Hazy orange complexion. Forms an average size, white frothy head, which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Citrus fruit juice, plus some piney notes.

Taste: Three Heads is a fairly new beer company who have made two single IPAs that I’ve enjoyed. I suppose it was only a matter of time before they came out with a double IPA. This is a pretty standard, dare I say "average," example of the style. It’s got plenty of bitterness, a nice citrusy component and it’s easy to drink, but there’s nothing really mind-blowing about it. Though it does go to show that even an average DIPA is a very good beer.

There’s some mild orange flavor at the beginning of the palette. This beer is noticeably malty for the style, though not in that British sort of way. American DIPAs don’t tend to be this sweet (not outside of Colorado, anyway). I notice some pale malty sweetness, coupled with lemon fruit or pith, topped off with significant caramel notes. The label claims the beer is 87 IBUs, but doesn’t seem that bitter, probably because it’s so well-balanced. There’s no sharp hop bite at the end, which is fine. The citrus flavor returns at the end, which is pleasant, and the aftertaste is quite clean.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is soft, comfortable, and has a smooth, creamy texture which of course leads to easy drinkability. I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, but it’s certainly no challenge to get through. Three Heads Too Kind DIPA seems much lighter than its 8.5% ABV weight and drinks more like a single IPA. 
Grade: 8/10