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Head High - Kane Brewing Company

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 76
Gots: 26 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bonbini26 on 08-27-2011)
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-03-2013 19:01:41 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2012 01:22:24 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a perky cap sitting above the cloudy amber liquid; the head fades quickly, leaving only a few strand behind

Smell: Really fresh hop aromatics, with grapefruit and pine galore; a bit of biscuit and toffee underneath

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a hint of toffee; the hops arrive quickly to dominate, however, bringing grapefruit, pine and a touch of tropical fruit; sweet tropical hop elements are balanced by the bitterness and continue through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I might have preferred just a touch lighter mouthfeel, this is a first rate West Coast style IPA - from Jersey, no less

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 21:40:40 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

02-10-2013 15:53:50 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-05-2012 01:10:21 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-02-2014 23:55:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-02-2014 23:09:31 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev -6.5%

10-27-2013 19:26:37 | More by kylehay2004
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  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.

Serving type: growler

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

05-06-2014 04:20:32 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-13-2013 02:27:51 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-17-2012 20:55:30 | More by mdfb79
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.5%

08-12-2013 13:26:15 | More by mendvicdog
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.  

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 01:48:24 | More by corby112
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.5%

01-11-2014 15:22:27 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

06-22-2013 19:44:48 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-09-2013 12:29:58 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 02:12:15 | More by dbrauneis
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

08-13-2013 13:28:43 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-24-2013 01:51:38 | More by BARFLYB
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

05-27-2012 03:15:30 | More by rab53
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-10-2014 15:00:55 | More by drummermattie02
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.