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Head High - Kane Brewing Company

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%


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:
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(Beer added by: bonbini26 on 08-27-2011)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2014 19:30:20 | More by cpetrone84
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Jmamay22

New York

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2013 22:37:44 | More by Jmamay22
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2013 19:36:24 | More by mikeg67
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 19:12:05 | More by Samp01
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cbeer88

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2011 01:28:09 | More by cbeer88
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rp07090

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 19:41:52 | More by rp07090
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: growler

05-13-2012 04:22:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2012 01:22:24 | More by Thorpe429
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MadCat

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2014 02:50:30 | More by MadCat
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 23:54:33 | More by KTCamm
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9InchNails

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 19:59:53 | More by 9InchNails
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: growler

05-08-2012 00:23:13 | More by NiceTaps
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 14:13:30 | More by xnicknj
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2013 03:15:40 | More by Jimmys
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claspada

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 13:45:03 | More by claspada
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 17:27:17 | More by BeerLover99
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2012 18:58:53 | More by drabmuh
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 20:25:20 | More by axeman9182
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StJamesGate

New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

on tap at Garden State Diner, Newark Airport.

Rocky, crusty taupe head that sheets over goldenrod body.
Big green hopsack nose with lemon peel and some skunk - rocking.
Mango donut with papaya, overripe orange, and light rosin hops.
Tropical fruit salad finish and piney linger. Little hop resin-crystal comebacks.
Lt-med, creamy, round, touch of oil.

Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Columbus

Fruity, almost session strength, and way smooth. A bit thin - an APA, really - but the dry hopping really gets the best tropical character out of Citra. Auspicious début for Kane and a solid for NJ.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 17:26:36 | More by StJamesGate
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metter98

New York

4.21/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 00:07:41 | More by metter98
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Cloverleaf Tavern as part of their PhD program. Poured into my PhD tall glass, it shows as a typical IPA, amber orange with a bit of chill haze. It has a really nice head and leaves lacing all the way down. I like it when a beer does that and I strive to always drink from the same side of the glass to only make one streak in the lacing. This was easy to do as the glass had a handle.

The aroma is all Pacific Northwest hops at first. Pine and grapefruit come through very fresh and lively. The malts are there, offering a modicum of balance in the form of slightly sweet caramel.

Massive pine resin and grapefruit citrus are nicely balanced with one another and they allow the malts to show up as a little bready sweetness (not so much caramel here). The resins last a while in your mouth and you would have sworn that you just finished a West Coast IPA.

If you're a hop head or a West Coast transplant who misses the IBU forward beers from your home, then Kane Brewing has dialed up a beer that a San Diegoan?...San Diegoite?...San Diegan? Ah fuck it, someone who hails from San Diego would be proud of.

A New Jersey brewery has FINALLY produced an IPA worth drinking! Rejoice New Jerseyans! Rejoice! If Kane keeps up this impressive displaying of brewing know-how then we might finally be blessed with New Jersey-born brews that people from other states will want to get their hands on.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 01:55:09 | More by Naugros
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper color with a thin white lacing ring, carbonation is light.

S - Nice citrus orange, grapefruit, pine, and light biscuit caramels malt.

T - Lots of floral character w/rose hips, piney hops, grapefruit bitterness, and very light biscuity malt in the background but the hops definitely shine in this hop forward single IPA.

M - Full medium body with semi-dry finish.

O - Never heard of this brewery before and Millerbuffoon was generous enough to share a growler with us tonight, it's a solid IPA that's well worth trying.

Serving type: growler

05-20-2012 22:31:45 | More by jzeilinger
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-light amber color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-citrus, orange, mango, pine, grassy, malt

T-bread dough, grapefruit, tropical fruit, pine, grassy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-really good IPA, nice flavor and balance

Serving type: growler

06-11-2013 01:17:45 | More by MDDMD
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A cloudy orange color, with a nice frothy one finger white head at the top that leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Very strong citrus notes up front, with slight hints of pine and brown sugar.

T: The taste goes hand in hand with the nose, lots of citrus up front a good bitterness from the hops, a little stickyness as well.

M: Medium bodied, tingly on the tongue from the carbonation.

O: A good IPA from Kane Brewing Co. was very surprised how good this beer tasted and very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 19:28:58 | More by thedoubler55
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Nugganooch

California

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 18:33:34 | More by Nugganooch
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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.