The three heads behind Three Heads Brewing are self proclaimed beer geeks Geoff Dale, Todd Dirrigl, and Dan Nothnagle. The three founded the small brewery in Rochester, New York in late 2010. Since then, their fan base has expanded and we were excited to taste these ones.
"Ales with character, characters with ale" is Three Heads' slogan, and the two beers we sampled--The Kind IPA and Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale--definitely displayed unique character in their flavors and aromas, not to mention in the off the wall illustrations on the labels as well.
Featuring a pot-bellied, tie-dye shirt-wearing hippie worshipping a hop cone on the label, The Kind IPA was one of the first beers that Three Heads released. Pouring a dark straw color with a bright orange-tinge, The Kind had a little head and mild carbonation. There is a refreshing scent of wet stone after an early morning rainstorm present on the nose in addition to aromas of light malt sweetness and earthy hops. With a nice, full mouthfeel and a pleasant lingering bitterness, The Kind is a great example of what Three Heads has to offer.
With its pink elephant riding an arrow through the sky and giant hop cone with bloodshot eyes (all set in front of a tie-dyed backdrop - we are beginning to sense a theme on these labels), the illustration for Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale definitely lives up to its name. The smell is also a little loopy itself - very sweet with oatmeal aromas and a hint of those barrel-shaped root beer candies that your grandma always seemed to have around. The mouthfeel is very pleasant - full of large, vibrant bubbles rounding out a very well balanced flavor.
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