Head High - Kane Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
03-07-2012 01:22:24 | More by Thorpe429
4.21/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-30-2013 00:07:41 | More by metter98
4.43/5 rDev +3.5%
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
09-24-2012 21:40:40 | More by brentk56
4.15/5 rDev -3%
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.
03-08-2012 18:58:53 | More by drabmuh
4.28/5 rDev 0%
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.
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.
10-17-2012 20:55:30 | More by mdfb79
4.34/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
11-12-2013 01:48:24 | More by corby112
4.28/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-08-2013 02:12:15 | More by dbrauneis
District of Columbia
3.95/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
05-13-2012 04:22:23 | More by Huhzubendah
Head High from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.