Head High - Kane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 535
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.21%
Wants: 103
Gots: 81 | 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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 535
Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed yellowish amber with a thin white ring. Nose has a light cereal with a hint of rubber. A bit phenolic with a hint of pine and citrus. Taste has a light bitterness and gentle carbonation. Grain an cereal on the light body with more citrus and a light pine. Bitterness lingers with some dirty wheat. Bitterness out weighs the other hop flavors an malts are a bit unrefined and unfocused. (407 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a copper hued orange with a thin foamy cap that dissipates to a few bubbles. The scent hits me immediately upon opening my growler. Strong smells of orange peal, pine and a touch of caramel. The piney citrus scent from the hops is absolutely wonderful.

The taste is not quite as strong as the scent. It begins with a touch of citrus that moves toward the pine like resinous character, but refrains from becoming very bitter. The malt has a caramel hint, but largely remains a backdrop. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and a little thinner than I would prefer. All in all a greats smelling beer that falls short of my expectations on the palate, but still enjoyable all around. (703 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler courtesy of NJBeerNerd. Poured into 20oz imperial nonic glass.

Appearance: Darkish golden orange body with a thin half-finger head. Decent dotted lacing in the glass. Body is nice and clear. Solid appearance.

Smell: Nose is a little on the weak side. Some decent earthy and piney hops smell, but a good bit of caramel malt almost overpowers the hops.

Taste: Very nice. Piney hops perfectly balanced with caramel malt on the base of the body. A nice dash of fruity/grapefruit flavor on the initial bite, and some lingering hop resins on the aftertaste. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and adequately carbed, this is a very dry beer. Gonna need a glass of water after this...

Drinkability: Average. I'll have a second glass of this, but I wouldn't drink it all night.

Overall: This is a nice IPA, and one of the better East Coast IPA's out there. I think I've been a bit spoiled by Hill Farmstead as this guy doesn't quite meet that level, but it's still an excellent beer. Town Hall Masala Mama comes to mind as I drink it down. (1,076 characters)

Photo of greg4579
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (177 characters)

Photo of rp07090
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Office in Westfield, NJ. Pale appearance, intense grapefruit smell and taste, nice hoppy mouthfeel and overall outstanding brew. It got better as I drank, the grapefruit got less intense and settled down to an overall drinkable and enjoyable IPA. I would definitely get again. At 6.5%, I can drink a few of these. (327 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer appears light orange with a mild haze and a white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings malt, dank hops - a seemingly balanced example of the style. Notes of pine and earth along with some resin and malt tones. Lingering bitterness with a slight astringency. Overall, this was pretty drinkable and sessionable. I would have it again. (409 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.. (218 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -7%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed after having a fresh pint on tap

Appearance: Dark golden orange with a good white head, good lacing

Smell: Piney and resinous, some floral notes.

Taste: Earthy hops, bitterness, Citrusy hops, caramel bready malts. Well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: Outstanding this time. A good local treat. Not sure why I didn't really like it so much the first time around, but this was fantastic this time. Reinforces the fact that Kane is a local brewery to watch. (498 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler staion at my local shop into a room-temp pint glass.

A- a great looking golden-orange color, bright with a bit of haze together. A one-plus finger head, fluffy, good lacing. Well carbonated.

S- strong citrus, grapefruit aroma. Some pine as well. No alcohol nose.

T- citrus and pine from the dominant hops. The malts are hiding in there.

M- tangy hop and carbonation, a bit of oil residue, good body. Qiute sharp.

O- a very pleasant surprise. I've had this more than once and will get more. Drinks easy @ 6.5 as well. (538 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kane Wet Hop Ale

On tap at the Cloverleaf.

Excellent looking white head with a hazy murky light copper body. The head slowly fades leaving great lacing on the glass.

Caramel, citrus and pine with the aroma.

Caramel, pine, citrus some metallic tasting hops from the wet hops. Slight dry taste.

Light to almost approaching medium body, light body, dry feeling, easy to drink.

My first beer by Kane Brewery. Tasty, easy drinking and quite a excellent looking beer. The lacing clinging to the glass says a lot about this beer. You know you're enjoying a fresh, tasty brew. I hope to try more by my home state brewery, Kane. Such a great thing that NJ is making such great beer. (683 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler poured into tulip - thanks to aviencko and cjo

Pours a hazed burnt orange color with a layer of white head, fades to a bubbly collar with patches of lacing on the glass.

Pungent hop nose, bitter and fruit notes. Grapefruit is strong with sweeter pineapple tones and some touches of caramel. Very enticing.

Nice bite of hops up front, bitter and a little dry. Fruit sweetness with grapefruit and pulp, followed by some floral and herbal notes. Lighter bready malt base with some soft sweetness from caramel. Finishes bitter with residual hops and bud-like tones.

Medium body, solid carbonation, dry and sticky. Really nice West coast style IPA, dry and bitter but tempered from the fruit touches. I'm excited to see more from Kane and hopefully visit the brewery in the near future. (796 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

growler filled 3/9/13 at the source. served in a nonic pint.

A: a hazy orange body. very hazed. bubbly off-white head has good retention. thick lace left on the way down.

S: citrus, melon, a little bit of grapefruit. a little bit of vanilla. this thing is mostly hop forward. a lot of hop resins.

T: bitter, orange juice. lots of melon. enough grain to provide a backbone, but the hops are the forefront on this brew. a lot of citrus, but enough earthiness that it is not overwhelmingly hoppy.

M: average carb on a medium/full body. this thing is meaty.

D: a really good ipa from NJ. hoppy, yet balanced. awesome and worth trying. (640 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/shiny body, finger head, solid lacing

S: grapefruit, mango, pine, malt nose

T: grapefruit/citrus, pine, malt, grain, long oily
bitty finish

M: med/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth

O: WOW! Great to see a mighty fine NJ beer.
I will get this again and highly recommend this
to any hop head.

VERY GOOD, TRY SOME! (324 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (2,306 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap and served in a pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Kane's Head High IPA pours a hazy orange, lightening some along the edges when held up to light. The foam sitting on top of the beer isn't even enough to solidly cover the liquid underneath, let alone draw itself up to any height or leave behind any lacing. The nose lets pine take the lead, though there's also a supporting note of juicy grapefruit. The flavor lets just a touch of caramel open up each sip, before a pronounced, yet smooth bitterness rolls through mid palate The hoppy follow through is potent, an follows the pine, then grapefruit outline from the nose. Everything is just about perfectly proportioned though, the sweetness up front provides a modest baseline, and the bitterness briefly grabs attention before the hop flavors come in as the unquestioned star of the show. The body tends toward the drier side of the spectrum, while maintaining a little more heft than some of the west coast versions of the style. The carbonation has subtle bubbly quality to it. One of the absolute best IPAs brewed on the east coast, I look forward to hopefully seeing Head High around the state more often (1,172 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler received through a trade, I forgot my tasters so this was poured into a cervoise. Beer is amber, reddish, with a nice off white head, almost tan, some retention, some lacing, some carbonation, looks fine, slight haze.

Aroma is biscuity but not too much, mostly piny hops, earthiness too. Smells like a good IPA.

Beer is medium in body, earthy / piny hoppiness, a fair amount of bitterness on the backend, a strong tasting beer. It is good overall and a very enjoyable beer. A little heavy on the malt but not distracting or overly so. I would have this again for sure. (578 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,070 characters)

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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.