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Head High - Kane Brewing Company

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95
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478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 95
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bonbini26 on 08-27-2011

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Ratings: 478 | Reviews: 73
Photo of TheBrewo
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of njbeergeek01
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 JasonSmith1992
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jae61
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ru55ell
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Njtodd76
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GFM
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Clear golden pour. Moderate head and decent lacing. Inviting grapefruit-intense hoppy scent. Feel and taste remind me a lot of Sculpin. Now time to be overly discerning and express personal preference--a bit too bitter and the taste and feel were too typical to make this a standout for me. Overall though, very enjoyable IPA with a hop profile that I really enjoyed. I'm proud this is a product of my home state. (9.0)

Photo of Mangbus
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain, simple, crisp. What an IPA should be.

Photo of Philippe1960
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Psychmusic
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AD17
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leantom
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the brewery. Here goes:

A: Fluffy head and plenty of lacing. However, the beer is somewhat hazy-gold in appearance. Well-carbonated, but just average looking, especially considering other IPA's that I've recently had.

S: Best part of the beer. Tons of complex scents, but they're all EXTREMELY well-balanced. Citrus, flowers, grapefruit, herbs - all refreshingly balanced. Not much malt, but the hops are exquisite.

T: Unfortunately, the beer's hop profile doesn't produce the flavors to complement the beautiful olfactory profile. Initial taste citrus followed by overwhelming grapefruit. Grapefruit completely coats the palate, leaving a bitter, lingering aftertaste.

F: Great water quality. Well-carbonated, goes down the tongue smoothly (very smoothly).

O: Good beer, but there are better representations on the style.

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

Photo of HopDeezy
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light orange, white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Floral, Floral, Floral with tangerine and pine on the nose. Very nice.

T - Follows that nose well but with the addition of peach flavors to boot. Returning to nose I did pick up that peach/apricot as well.

M - pungent carbonation, sweet and pleasant light bitter finish.

O - I was very pleased and surprised to find this on tap. New keg tapped right in front of me! Awesome IPA, extremely drinkable with some unique subtle flavors I've not had in an IPA before. I'd put this on par with Maine Beer IPAs....that's a good thing!

Photo of pmangold
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JC333
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannyhead
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.