Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Head High is our interpretation of an American-style India Pale Ale (IPA). This beer is all about the hops; we use a blend of five different varieties all grown in the Pacific Northwest. A small charge of Chinook and Columbus early in the boil adds a smooth bitterness. A majority of the hops are then added late in the kettle or post-fermentation to produce a beer that is heavy on hop flavor and aroma. The combination of Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Columbus give Head High a noticeable grapefruit flavor with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Our house American ale yeast ferments to a dry finish that accentuates the use of imported Pilsner and lightly kilned crystal malt resulting in Head High’s straw color and crisp flavor.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a local pub. Poured into pint glass. It pours a hazy golden straw color with a thin, snow white head and minimal lacing. Because it was served cold, the smell was somewhat muted but I noted citrus, dank hops, and lots of pine. The taste was much better: lots of pine, bitter grapefruit, tropical fruit, and a touch of vanilla or caramel at the finish. The tastes blended very well. It was quite dank and finished with a nice dry bitterness. It's very refreshing. With an ABV of 6.5%, it's also exceptionally drinkable. Overall, this is a very fine American IPA from one of Jersey's best brewers. It's well crafted and flavorful; and appropriate for casual drinking or paring with a good meal (asian food would be great)!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft in a shaker pint

Golden in color, clear. thin head that disappears. Nice well rounded hop aroma and flavor. Not much of a malt component. Thinner bodied and higher carbonation.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

DATE: March 30, 2016... OCCASION: celebrating a gift card at the Tap House in Mansfield--with a second beer... GLASSWARE: 16 oz. pint... APPEARANCE: murky waters to start, with a light golden peach body denying any vision through it... as it is a draft and filed to its rim, the glass sports a singular ring of white foam... arcs form in the draining... AROMA: punchy pineapple, grapefruit and resin impact the nostrils... malts are suggestive of light metal and aromatic bread, but not pronounced... PALATE: smooth, with activity at the teeth as expected.... medium-bodied and formidable enough not to be consumed in large gulps... a rather bitter finish puckers the lips... TASTE: true to its aroma, the powerful collision of citrus (thanks to everything, but big nod to the Citra) and forest pine (thanks to the Chinook)... the resin retreats into a mostly grapefruit/ pineapple profile, which is bold, almost arresting for a beer at 6.5%.. OVERALL: Holy hops! After Carton's Red Rye, this IPA arrived in a big way, clearing out the remainder of nachos and cutting the sharpness of cheese with nonchalance... a delicious, mostly fruity beer that works as a stand-alone or with a properly-paired meal, but not so much as a sessionable brew... a good introduction to Kane, one of the Jersey breweries others have urged me to try...

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Photo of argock
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Proof (Newark, NJ).

A: Pleasing medium Amber with short cap of off-white head which leaves pretty substantial lacing.

S: grapefruit and honeysuckle herbal grassy aromas are strongest with pretty light caramel and pale maltiness

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Photo of gr0g
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PJ's Maple Shade. Light Amber in color with nice lacing. Floral, fruity aroma. Citra's contribution is evident. Bitter, pithy flavor profile. Surprisingly solid malt body for 6.5%. Great IPA.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice IPA. Bursting with hop Aroma. Grapefruit and orange are most prominent and also some honey sweetness. The taste is full and smooth with bitterness only in the finish. Really easy drinking. yb

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at a local pub!

Pours hazy orange with a thin head.

Smells like dank hops but isn't overpoweringly strong.

Taste is full of hops, full mouthfeel as well. Not thin or too thick. Finishes with some grapefruit bitter dryness.

Goes down easy, good damn beer. Really wanna visit the brewery and get this at the source!

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler, pours a lightly cloudy golden orange color with a huge white foamy head. There is quite a bit of a frothy lacing. The odor for me is powerful, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mandarin, tropical fruit, mango, apricot, grassy, floral, slightly resin, slight bread like. The taste for me is light, tropical fruits, orange, pineapple, guava, floral, grapefruit, cracker, herbal pine, bread like, bitterness throughout.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ The Office in Bridgewater, NJ.

Light amber and slightly hazy with a thick cap of white foam sitting on top. Good retention and some sticky lacing. Incredibly juicy aroma that seems to burst with pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. Just an amazing combination of tropical and citrus fruits. Juicy hop flavor, but there is balance with the malt which provides a simple yet flavorful base for the hops to work off of. Very clean and bitter without being harsh. Medium-light bodied with a dry finish.

Wow. I'm not the world's biggest "hop head" but this is a fantastic IPA. It packs a ton of flavor while remaining light on its feet. Between Head High and their Imperial IPA, Overhead, Kane is really dialed in with its hoppy beers.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another winner from Kane. This is such a drinkable IPA you could almost call it a session beer but yet with tremendous flavor. Wonderfully smooth with amazing drinkability. Congrats to the boys at Kane on another fine brew.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into an oversized tulip.

Pours a light copper color like dried apricot. The head is frothy, riddled with lace as it recedes and in general just looks rich and sticky. Carbonation ceaselessly rises through the body showing an effervescent beverage. 5

I smell melon. Yum. Floral melon. And bubblegum. Pineapple and mango and sticky tropical fruit. Beyond that are piney and resinous notes. It's got a little hop profile for everyone. Lovely. 4.25

Woosa that's a lot of grapefruit peel with that first sip. From there comes bubblegum, melon, mango, annnnnd, hmmm, something buttery and odd. Could it be diacetyl or something else? Dunno but something seems misplaced. Maybe a bit vegetal. Funny thing is there are delicious flavors around this, but clearly something skewing the magic. 3.5

It's got some juiciness, light-drinking, refreshing quality, some zesty bite and a light, lingering bitterness. That part works well. Drinks nice. 4.25

As I noted, the flavor seems off. As I've never had this before, I can't say for sure, but the beer doesn't taste optimal. I'll have to revisit, I guess.

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Photo of RJQ3
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of if not my favorite IPA. Very hop forward with not much malty balance. The floral fruity hop combo is amazing and at 6.5% ABV you can have a few and not worry about being intoxicated! Also not a ton of calories or carbs for those healthly people out there like me! Kane Brewing is 15 mins from my shore houses and the Brewery is amazing!! Can't wait for the 16 oz. cans to be released this fall!!!

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Photo of clake
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler filled and poured same day into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clear, golden orange with about a finger and a half of head that slowly dissipates to a nice significant ring. Nose is full of tropical fruits and pine. Tastes exactly as your nose would lead you to believe with pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Well carbonated with a dry finish. A really solid west coast style representation. It's the beer that I always look for the tap handle for when first walking into an establishment. This is the must have NJ IPA.

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Photo of Kwak
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured a nice orange almost copper color
sweet pine aroma
nice crisp flavor of hops and citrus
nice hoppy aftertaste very drinkable a solid ipa

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of grapefruit notes, grapefruit pith, citrus, citrus rind, tropical notes of pineapples and mangos. Just a wonderful tasting IPA all around. Super drinkable. Proud to call this a local beer. Represents NJ well. This and 077XX have become my go-to beers.

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Photo of greg4579
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking IPA. Drank from a growler into a Teku. Nose is faint pineapple and pine with malts. Taste is tropical with lingering bitterness. Mouthful is quite nice. Enjoyable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- draft

A: Soft glowing orange with a low visibility of carbonation. Quickly dissipating dirty white head lapses to a bubbly covering. No lacing.

S: Fresh tropical nose, mango-pineapple, freshly squeezed oranges. Great duration, very good awareness.

T: Smooth tropical bitterness, lightly toast bread and grains. Tropical notes of pineapple orange, crisp pale malts, cleanly brewed flavor, fresh sticky pine resins. Finishes wit a soft dry pine, dank citrus, and prickly dry pineapple hopping of moderate levels and retention.

M: Mouthful was very smooth, dry tropical bittering warmth, low carbonation awareness.

O: Overall smooth semi-dry tropical hopping, very well balanced, good drinkability. NJ is long overdue for some hop respect, this garnishes it.

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Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a slightly hazy amber orange.

The aroma hits of a crackery malt, grapefruit, pine, floral, a touch of rubber. A very underwhelming nose.

On the flavor, the beer makes up with grapefruit, a hint of tropical of mango and pineapple. Pine throughout and onto the finish with some grapefruit sweetness on the back. The malt is the highlight as the pilsner make offers a crackery malt up front, a hint of breadiness, but then is driven away by a full bitterness. Some metallic lingering on the finish.

A very crisp and drinkable IPA, with some West Coast notes. This would benefit from an aroma and a bigger hop presence.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear golden orange with a creamy white head. The nose is inviting. Citrus aroma pouring out of the can even before the pour. Taste is intense. Pine, citrus, green dank goodness. So smooth, crisp, insanely delicious. Way to go Kane!

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Photo of Mikus
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent IPA. Bright, clear classic look. Slight nose, but what comes through is clean citrus and a bitter note. Definitely an IPA that would please the masses. Big orange, citrus zest flavors on top of a clean malt bill. Slightly dry mouthfeel. Hint watery (though sampled along with Overhead, so...). Well executed.

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Photo of WaterFurnace
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden pour, and a thick 1 inch head that lasts for a long time. Strong hoppy taste that leaves a reserved bitter taste even minutes after drinking. A well balanced fruity flavor with a slight taste of grapefruit, but not overpowering. Great IPA to drink all night. Second beer from Kane after having the Overhead and i can say i am impressed and looking forward to seeing what else this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy orange. 1 inch head with awesome lacing and retention. Smell is tropical fruits and the taste follows. Lots of grapefruit here, to me almost as much as grapefruit sculpin. Love this beer. My favorite offering from Kane, which is saying a hell of a lot. The pilsener malts really let the hops shine here. If you can get this beer fresh, it should be sought after.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is another impressive IPA. Very flavorful. A bit of a bitter aftertaste that sticks around. Tastes great going down. I can confidently recommend this. It is actually my first beer from Kane.. It won't be my last..

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Photo of beerbully
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into Heady Topper glass

Hazy orange, honey color.....1/2 inch head that slips away to a white cap that settles on top of the beer.........thick lacing that coats the glass

S-Tropical fruit hops.......fruity nectar, melon, mango, papaya, bubble gum, slight biscuit, pine is more pronounced as this brew warms

T-Far more pine on the taste buds than in the nose, grapefruit juice and rind, taste is far more bitter than nose leads one to believe., slight tropical fruit in the finish along with some lemon, grapefruit bitterness...........some resinous dankness

F-slight to Mild carbonation, coats the mouth well, a bit creamy,

O-very enjoyable, flavor and aroma changes as the beer warms.........interesting to see how this beer changes from start to finish. very drinkable and the ABV wont knock you out.......seems to feel and taste like the ABV would be higher

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, New Jersey. It arrived in a generic pint glass at the bar, showing a dusty and dark apricot coloring, and holding a tight finger’s worth of a white head. This retained only briefly before leaving mountainous lacing around the glass and a heavy film across the top of the liquid. Haze was incredibly thick, but sediment was lacking. Carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma was super intense, highlighting grapefruity and nectary fruity hoppiness, fresh lemon juice and rind, Juicy Fruit bubblegum, heavy creamer, cold honey, pale and amber malts, candy corn syrup, light phenolic clove, clean booze, green twig and grass plant quality, and more of a piney hop as it warmed to temperature. The flavoring gave highly bittering citric and piney hops, grapefruit flesh, rind, and juice, coppery metallics, honey sugars, pale, amber and rye grain, bittering chemical and plastic phenol, bittering fusel alcohol, mild pseudo wet wheatiness, and pencil eraser. Again, as the beer warmed up, the hops here changed as well, becoming a dense floral bouquet. The body was medium to full, and the carbonation was medium. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all okay. The latter was quick to the mouth, and gone in a flash. Warmth also flooded to the back of the palate, but beside a touch of pucker, no real coating or drying of the mouth occurred. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back easily.

Overall, this is a very, very bitter IPA, nearly to the tune of a west coast variant. It is actually quite the hybrid, because to meet that bite comes harsh boozy wash and a big maltiness, more akin to your eastern varietals. That said, however, little is done to quell that hoppy bitterness. Once it all settles out through the aftertaste, the beauty of the blend becomes apparent. It’s great. Actually, we should have started out by discussing the aroma, because that is crazy, crazy intense, almost to the point of them overdoing it and becoming synthetic and curiously lemony. To be picky, the look was not as impressive, as the head falls of rather quickly, but ehh. In the end, this is a great beer, but for those seeking a lighter, sessionable, “single” IPA, this one is a bit bigger and heavier, so fair warning.

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