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Head High - Kane Brewing Company

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 98
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bonbini26 on 08-27-2011

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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Ratings: 498 | Reviews: 77
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly cloudy deep golden orange in color with some copper highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruit/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops with just a touch of pine hops as well. There are hints of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong hop flavors - tropical fruit/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit. After that, there is a light amount of pine hop flavors as well. Gentle but moderate amounts of bitterness that linger but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a very light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable IPA and a great example for the style - solid hop flavors with out overly aggressive bitterness. I would gladly have this one regularly if I found it on tap.

Photo of Nugganooch
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Old Man Rafferty’s in New Brunswick, NJ
12/11/13 – Standard pint glass

A: Light caramel orange hue with some chill haze slightly in effect. Thin layer of paper white foam rests on top for a few moments. Light ribbons and swaths of lace decorate the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Smells like a big ol’ grapefruit bomb with some mild tropical fruit notes. Mix in a bit of dank herbs, gooseberry, and a dash white wine grape. Really nice. There is some faint pale malt sugar making its way through that sweetens up the aroma. Overall a very nice fruity and floral bouquet. Definitely has some Citra going on which has me excited.

T: Nice hop flavors of grapefruit zest, gooseberry, unripe berry, melon, and some earthy herbals towards the finish. Resinous with a high level of bitterness and puckering dryness to it. Restrained malt cracker with some light sugary crumbs sets the stage for dem hops. Alcohol is noticeable but kept well in check throughout the drink. This is a pretty solid IPA. Digging it.

M: Moderate to lighter in filling with an even amount of carb giving a nice spritz to an otherwise smooth consistency. Bitter and resinous on the palate with some mild alcohol warmth. Crisp and dry with a long lasting linger.

D: This is my kind of IPA – West Coast in style with lots of fruity flavor and Citra goodness.
Nice find. Recommended.

Photo of Navysqurl
5/5  rDev +16.8%

By far my favorite!!!!! There is just something about this beer that apeals to my beer soul.

Photo of jwjon1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This is just a damn fine IPA. Hop driven through and through... some may say unbalanced, but they'd be making a poor reference to old school "east coast" IPAs. This is a modern IPA--west coast nod if you must, but modern is more appropriate--and a really good example of one. Nice blend of citrus/pine/very slightly dank aromas and with a resinous finish from late addition hops, and assertive bitterness from hops in the boil. There are malts there, but they are clean and subtle--and limited enough to keep the ABV nicely moderate (not a session beer by any stretch, but even my pansy ass can put a few down and feel perfectly fine in the AM). Couple this with yeast that does not get in the way and clean water, and you've got a great IPA on your hands.

Photo of bogus564
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 fl. oz., from a growler purchased at Kane Brewing, into a pint glass.

Two weekends ago, two friends and I went on a beer tour of Central New Jersey. One of the breweries we visited was Kane Brewing Company, makers of Head High IPA. I tried a small sample there, and purchased a growler, the better from which to judge and review this beer. And away we go…

A: I like how the growler pops as I open it. The pour is reasonably aggressive; with that, I get a 2 cm orange rind-colored head, that holds for roughly a minute. The beer itself is exactly what you’d expect from an IPA – beautiful golden amber, slightly bubbly. It really looks nice.

S: There’s a strong hop smell to this beer; which there should be, given that it’s an IPA. I’m getting a citrus hop aroma, AND a pine hop aroma. Not only that, but the balance is good. I’m picking up grapefruit, pine, but can’t discern anything from the malt. I’m sure it’ll be there in the tasting.

T: Me likey! There’s a very enjoyable hop taste, for you hop heads out there; I’m getting grapefruit, pine, and some roasted malt. There’s also some nice oomph to this beer, thanks to the 6.5% ABV. This is a very tasty beer.

M: You have to be a hop head to really like the mouthfeel of this beer; fortunately for me, I am. It’s medium-bodied, well-carbonated, washes over the palate well, and leaves a dry, hoppy finish. Good one.

O: New Jersey is capable of producing really good beer – who knew? For a brewery that’s been in existence for a year and a half, they’ve come right out of the gate with a winner. This is a darn good beer, excellent with salty snacks. Cheers.

Photo of corby112
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine hues and a frothy, one finger white head that had good retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind. 

Dank floral hop aroma with some oily resins and earthy grass along with pine needle, spruce tip, tropical/citrus fruit and pale malt.  Grassy pine needle character followed by mango, pineapple and grapefruit.  Some sweet malt underneath the hops with hints of caramel and toffee along with some bread and cracker.  

Full bodied with a blast of dank, earthy hops that provide the perfect amount of lingering, dry bitterness.  Crisp and refreshing with the resinous oils countered by sweeter hop notes and a pale malt backbone.  Lots of citrus, especially grapefruit and blood orange, along with some mango and pineapple.  The malt backbone is a little stronger than expected but doesn't interfere with the dank hop notes.  Some caramel and toffee flavor along with hints of bread, biscuit and graham cracker.  Very nice balance of flavors in this beer.  The hop profile is very complex and flavorful and there's just enough malt character, making this beer incredibly drinkable.  

Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this one to the Top Hops tasting in NYC. Been a big Want of mine for a few months; a highly rated Jersey IPA close to my hometown.

a - Pours a deep orange-amber color with once inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dank, pine hops, grapefruit, citrus hops, earthy notes, biscuit and bready malts, tropical fruits, and fruity malts. Tons of pine up front and smells very hoppy; really nice nose.

t - Tastes of pine hops, grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, earthy notes, fruity malts, some bready malts. Again, a lot of pine and more grapefruit here; a decent bitter bite to it. I think the nose was a little hoppier, but the taste is still great.

m - Medium body and low to mdoerate carbonation, with a medium bite to it thanks to the hops. Pretty easy to drink and would definitely want a few glasses of it.

o - Overall a really nice east coast IPA done in the style of a lot of west coast IPAs. A ton of pine to it, as well as grapefruit. Some bitterness from the hops, but not difficult to drink; well worth checking out. Glad I can get this pretty easy in NJ.
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EDIT: 07/29/13: Have had this a bunch of times now, most recently on 7/27/13 at the brewery and 2 hours later from a growler. Nose is amazing and no bitterness whatsoever, a really great, easy drinking IPA. Better nose than Overhead, though I like Overhead's taste a little better.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%

Sure enough, I live less than a mile from the Cloverleaf Tavern but it wasn't until recently that I started going in there on a regular basis. Recently, this is the beer that I see everyone having and raving about more than any other that's regularly on tap. After knocking off quite a few on my way to that establishment's MBA, this was next on my list. Why i didn't cross it off first is still beyond me!

Solid pour to this, as the beer had a cloudy hue, frothy head, and left more than enough lacing as I worked my way through this. Lots of grapefruit in the aroma and even more in the taste but what was missing here was the burn. No overpowering hops and maybe the most balanced IPA that I've had in a long time; if ever. The flavors really shined through the resin consistency of the mouthfeel and there was even a bit of chocolate-weed going on here (yes, Y typed that in right) to living things up and remind me of a good West Coast example of this style.

What separated this from those was the nice balance here and the relatively low amount of alcohol - this had the flavor profile of an IPA without the strength and potency of it. Some beers are just damn enjoyable without having to think about them too much or wonder why they go empty every time someone puts a glass of them in front of you. This was one of those and I'm so thankful that this is on-tap nearly all the time in my neck of the woods. So tasty and balanced at the same time - this beer even makes me a bit more proud to be from the Garden State. Undoubtedly worth seeking out!

Photo of PeterParker
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Court Jester in Matawan.

Clear golden color. Half a finger of head, tight bubbles with good lacing.

Strong hop profile up front. Some pine is in there and maybe some orange peel on the tail end.

A hophead's dream. Complex combination of bittering hops that's tough to pinpoint. I get pine, grapefruit, and lots of spice. Aftertaste is lemony. Really nice.

Medium carbonation.

A real winner here. I, for once, am proud of a New Jersey beer! Not saying NJ beer is bad, but it usually doesn't quite stack up. Head High does stack up to the best of em.

Photo of Cfeezy
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From the pour to the nose to the tasting, every attribute about this IPA is absolutely world class - drink this beer if you like IPAs!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz. growler into a Bullfrog Grrrz snifter.

Heavy pour yields a .5 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. A pretty good looking beer.

Nose is outrageously aromatic.Hints of citrus, pine, grapefruit and cane sugar. A heavy dose of fruit-forward hops make this a really pure and intense experience.

Opens citrus hop bitterness. Notes of pine, grass, and resin balanced by the slightest malt presence in the back. A tiny bit of tartness lingers and comes in and out of the flavor profile. Finishes dry and hoppy with a bone dry aftertaste that cuts the palate. A pretty classic combination of flavors.

Light bodied with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth but aggressive in the mouth and goes down soft and quenching. Dry finish with an even drier aftertaste. Excellent.

Head High is an extremely well balanced and put together IPA. I would personally prefer a bit more of a malt presence but as is, this is still very solid. For a year-round brew, this is certainly one of the best.

Photo of gregO59
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap at a birthday dinner. Asked waitress what kind of craft beer do you have? her response told me i'd be better off looking for myself. ok, no problem seeing is believing. Saw kane on tap and came back . others ordering drinks -wine -coors light-coors light-mojito= coors light i'm laughing at these beer drinkers and order a kane ipa. drinks come. Still laughing at the'' beer drinkers'' . sip sip I finally said anyone want to try some real beer? response was wow that's strong. wow that's different .wow whats that taste . I said that's beer, not beer water. oh I couldn't have more than 1 of those one said. this place just went on the map again.

usually drink darker styles, but couldn't pass up the kanes. loved the hoppy fruity taste and each sip was like a treat. a cant miss choice.

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph NJ.

Pours a medium color with some foam attached. Strong grapefruit nose, very pushy. Very nice nose. Toffee malt taste, little sweet, subtle hop fade out. Smooth flavorful progression. Citrus. Quite good. One of the better ones tasted that evening.

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Office in Westfield with mikeg67. Poured an orange hued amber with a medium lasting white head, some lacing. Aroma and Taste of pine hops, tangy grapefruit, citrus with some splashes of orange, some caramel malt for balance. A medium crisp body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, pine citrus hops with a bit of tangy grapefruit and orange flavor. A well balanced and enjoyable brew.

Photo of bonbini26
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barcade at their Jersey Beer night.

These guys are out of Ocean, NJ, great to see some new microbreweries opening up in new. Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow, the nose is a that of a citrusy west coast IPA, mango, lemon, pine...awesome nose! A very well balanced IPA, great hop profile, with enough malt in there to keep everything in check, just how I like em. Overall this one of the best IPA's I've had in a while, really easy drinking too. Seek it out!

Photo of EgadBananas
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: sunny, light orange, lots of clarity, off white finger of fluffy head.

Aroma: tropical fruit, manga, peach, nectarine, pine needles, grass, pungent citrus.

Taste: medium bitterness, tropical fruits and citrus, light toasted white bread, light pale malt sweetness, grassy, piny, soft linger.

***Just wonderful. Carbonation was fervent, and the body was medium and oily, clean and crisp. The growler was enough for a several hour session. Delicious!

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Little Town NJ, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of pine resin and citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but also has initial flavors of tropical fruits. The pine resin hops seem to be a little more prominent and linger through the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of hops but isn't overly bitter. I really enjoyed the combination of hops because the three different types (citrus, pine resin and tropical fruits) made it rather complex.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever Kane beer, and what an amazing first impression.

Pours a bright and crisp, citrusy yellow with a nice head on it. Immediately notice the hops and citrus from the beer.

Taste is incredibly smooth, yet very hoppy. Flora aromas come through in the taste. As a self-declared hop head, this satisfies my craving for hops. I was surprised (and delighted) to find its ABV is 6.5%. Tastes like it would be more in line with 8-10.

Very smooth, classic IPA. Highly recommended.

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, light orange color with a solid white fluffy head and a bit of spotty lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas begin with solid dose of citrus rind and pine. Nice potent hop character, though nothing quite over the top. Light biscuity malt emerges as it warms a little.

The tastes begin with a nice bite of hops up front, citrus fruits with grapefruit and blood orange pulp, followed by some floral, herbal and lesser pine notes. Lighter bready malt base with some soft sweetness in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry, sticky and pretty bitter, but not overly so.

Overall this is a great locally made IPA that I would gladly stock in my fridge if it was readily available (or bottled for that matter). Glad NJ brewers can produce an above average IPA and I look forward to trying more from this newly launched local brewery.

Photo of dfconnor
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice crisp IPA. YAZZAH

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for bringing this growler to our most-recent tasting. I certainly never complain about a growler of a hoppy brew at a tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Some spots around. The nose brings forward a good dose of citrus rind and pine. Nice hop character, though nothing quite over the top.

The flavor follows the same theme with citrus and pine competing for the top spot. Nice mix and quite interesting. Good body and a nice finish. Good bitterness level. Solid brew, for sure. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of WaterFurnace
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RTBDVM
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Can't wait for these guys to start canning

Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at The Office. Pours orange with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and very crisp. Taste is very similar to aroma. Finish is long, bitter, grapefruity. Very nice IPA.

Photo of Antc2382
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.