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Overhead - Kane Brewing Company

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 65
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naugros on 03-30-2012

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Ratings: 351 | Reviews: 38
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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoy by when?

This beer is awesome. The bouquet used in this concoction is so well blended, each sip brings a different wave of unorganized flavor you don't need to bother sort out. This beer ultimately rivals Stone's Enjoy By and Maine Beer Co.'s Another One (which tops Lunch). This is a full- bodied, uber floral IPA with balls- a.k.a. a firm malty backbone many critically acclaimed IPAs lack.

Ever experience the outcome of Simoce and Columbus hops getting gang-banged by Amarillo and Centennial? This beer has.

Welcome to New Jersey. Drink this. Then get the fuck out.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi hazy Orange glow with a thin white head. Can already tell the lacing is amazing.

Piney and grapefruit hop resin on the nose with a touch of citrus. Some floral notes with a faint scent of caramel. Incredibly smooth.

Slick rounded mouthfeel. Full bodied. Sweet caramel and pale malt up front rides through along the sides of the tongue into a giant grapefruit and piney hop bomb. Undertones of other citrus fruit. Assertive hop bitterness balances the sweetness of the malt. Throat clearing and soothing bitterness. Big long finish. Hop resin lingers on the back of the tongue.

Not complex in the least but one of the smoothest dipas I've ever had. Standard but well put together flavors.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: sunny, orange, hazy, white collar, light lace.

Aroma: heavy pineapple, tropical fruitiness, orange, grapefruit, mango, with an assertive pine note.

Taste: tropical fruit sweetness, mangos, papaya, pineapple, orange zest, light maltiness, intense bitterness and linger. Light pine needles on the finish.

***Not quite as drinkable as the Head High. No alcohol could be perceived, but its very intense on the palate. Great flavors and aromas, still. Broken up into sections, the growler was manageable...anything otherwise would have be a chore!

Thanks Jon!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells wonderful, like candied grapefruit and pineapple, with some pine and grass.

This is exactly the type of IPA that I dig most. Hazy and full bodied- with tons of candied, not too sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavors- I pick up mostly grapefruit, pineapple, and orange, with some pine resin near the end. It's got a fairly bitter and lingering finish. The bitterness builds a bit with each sip. This is a really well crafted IPA. Kane knows how to f around with hops.

This is medium bodied, with a full and pillowy mouthfee, along with a moderate, appropriate level of carbonation.

My first IPA from Kane. It was bangin'.

Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Newark.

A: Pours a glowing sunset orange with a small white head.

S: Lots of grapefruit and clementine and leafiness with a mild hint of booze and sweet grain.

T: Taste brings bright citrus, blast of resinous bitterness, grass, surprisingly prominent note of alcohol.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A very citrusy and resinous DIPA, with a lot of bitterness and a bit too much alcohol showing. I enjoyed it, but it probably doesn't deserve the very high ratings it gets.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and just a touch of deeper orange highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall thin white head that slowly reduces to a a small to medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate amounts of caramel malt sweetness with stronger aromas of tropical/pineapple, grapefruit/citrus, and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate amounts of malts with some caramel sweetness. On top of the malts, there is a strong flavor of hops - citrus/orange zest,

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with just a touch of dryness in the finish.

O: This is an enjoyable beer but just a bit too sweet for my tastes in the DIPA style - I would definitely get another of these if I came across it again.

Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park, NJ

Well this was a pleasant surprise. Very nice IPA here! Slightly hazy golden-amber color with a well-retaining white head that left layers of lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of fresh hops, citrus and tropical fruit, underlying biscuity malt sweetness. More of the same in the taste, fresh and crisp with citrus hops, tropical fruits, pine needles, good balance of bitterness and biscuity malt sweetness, higher ABV was well-hidden. Medium body, and quite enjoyable, enough for me to go back for seconds. My first beer from Kane, and hopefully not my last.

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pint glass at Brickwall in Asbury Park, NJ.

This beer done up and punched me in the mouth. Lots of powerful flavors, fruity piney awesome goodness. A stiff imperial IPA or whatever you call it, I don't know, I just know it's damnin good. A good hurragh and Hi Ho Silver!

Photo of themind
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing, hoppy, citrus, Pine, tropical fruit blast. I really love Kane Brewing and this beer does no let you down. It pours murky dark gold with a clean crisp head. This is a top notch beer that I could truly drink all the time. The beer hides the ABV, hop heads will love this beer with all it's mingling flavors.

Bottom Line: Amazing beer by Kane!

Photo of hoagzzz
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer most recently at Dinosaur BBQ in Newark. This is a perfect DIPA. I have had heady, hop slam, and sucks in large quantities recently and this beer is every bit their equal. Only complaint is why can the good folks at Kane not bottle this stuff??? Absolutely world class!

Photo of gniv
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, then from a growler at home.

The smell of this beer is really great. While a lot of DIPAs are citrus-y or pine-y, this is mostly mango and pineapple. A nice change.

Taste is balanced and... clean, for lack of a better word.

Bitterness lingers on the palate, quite pleasant.

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A nice orangey golden color, good white head, leaves lacing

Smell: Nice punch of hops up front, citrusy and piney, some malt notes in the background

Taste: A reasonable amount of bitterness up front, citrus and pine hops up next, followed by some bready malts in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation

Overall: An excellent DIPA, I enjoy a little more than Head High, though I could drink less in a sitting.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Joe Canal's Groweler, Poured into Duvel Tulip Glass

A: A transparent copper color, with a nice foamy finger head at the top that stayed through the whole thing, and a nice sticky lacing around the glass that never disappeared.

S: The smell was malty with some strong hop notes coming through, lots of citrus, some honey and pineapple notes as well.

T: This beer taste great, very well balanced. Nice mixture of the malts and hops, a nice bitterness on the tail end, at first sip though is nothing but sweetness, citrus and honey.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, not to much carbonation.

O: Happy that New Jersey has a little gem in Kane Brewing, fantastic brew, first time trying Kane and was not disappointed.

Photo of fenwaybeer
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

About as good as an IPA can be. A good representative of the "East Coast" style. Heady, sharp taste; nice aroma; good texture and flavor. Beautiful amber color. Always a favorite in a growler to share with family and friends. Especially enjoy in a tulip glass or one of the new IPA glasses I'm expecting from Santa!

Photo of Naugros
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I reviewed Head High IPA I exclaimed that it was the best beer brewed in New Jersey and I was right, at the time. This DIPA from Kane Brewing has knocked it off its pedestal for me.

I had this at a Meet the Brewer event at the Taphouse Grille in Wayne, NJ. So I got to talk to Mike Kane about this one. He confirmed that the hopping is a little different and that explains the fact that, while it smells quite a bit like Head High, it's got a bit more of a grapefruit kick to it. That's thanks to some Simcoe (my favorite!) and Amarillo hops.

The ABV is higher, but with the bitterness up there, it wouldn't be all that sessionable anyway. After two of these my palate begged for mercy but didn't complain at all when I had a third.

Kane still manages to impress me with everything they produce and I can't wait for something Mike said might be out in October.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Millerbuffoon for generously sharing this growler.

A - Pours a medium copper orange color with a thin ring of lacing and super mild carbonation.

S - Lightly earthy and herbally light pungency with little to no malt aroma and light citrus. The aroma is mild, would expect more intensity from a big beer like this.

T - Earthy and herbal light flavor with spearmint, orange, and spice.

M - Medium to full body that's just right for this particular beer.

O - The alcohol level of this beer is completely hidden and no alcohol effervescence whatsoever, nicely done for this ABV.

Photo of americajesus
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Maloney's in Matawan in a port brewing pint glass

Kane hasn't disappointed yet!

Average amber color with 1.5 finger head. I almost thought the waitress got me a pint of head high at first - that wouldve been great also but if I wanted head high I wouldve gone to a closer bar.

smell was floral with fresh malts. reminded me over hoptium, distinct smell from an aggressive dry hop (hope im right about that). would like to see the hop profile

Taste was delicious and surpassed expectations. Dry bitterness well balance by a healthy malt backbone. As this beer goes down a little bit of sweetness tickles the back of your mouth.

Overall I loved this beer. This review may not be great as I do not remember most of the tasting notes and did not write them down as I should have. I will say im proud Kane is making god beer from new jersey. They're probably brewing the best offerings in the state right now, can't wait to try some of their bottled beers being released soon.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Maloney s in matawan.

Arrives in a 14 oz pint style glass with almost no head.
Aroma is huge with Piney hop flavors and resin.

First sip is an explosion of Piney hops. Whoa flavor! What a huge hop
Bomb, not typically seen In an east coast IPAs. Bitterness is big but not harsh.

This beer is a huge unexpected surprise. I liked Kane before but this is truly a fantastic dipa. I would get this again in a heartbeat.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a thin head perhed on the hazy amber liquid; a fair amount of lacing action

Smell: Tropical fruit explosion led by pineapple; sweet malt underneath

Taste: Sugary malt, up front, but the hops come to the rescue quickly, bringing pineapple, grapefruit and apricot flavors; the fruit and the bitterness meld together nicely in the finish, keeping the sweetness almost in check

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this verges on being too sweet, it is a DIPA and, as such, handles the balance effectively; another top notch beer from a brewery that knows how to make an IPA

Photo of MikeWard
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings at the Monmouth Mall, NJ

"Regular or tall" sez the witress. "Tall I think"sez me. What a good decision. The only worthy craft opion among the 20 or so taps at BWW.

Arrived in said tall glass looking just terrific. slightly hazy darker yellow, good carbonation and a white slightly creamy head, leaving excellent lacing.

Getting the citisy hops on the nose already, starting to salivate.

What a great beer! luscious, fruity, nice sharp tang form the hops. Goes down a treat.

Mouth was a bit over medium.

Overall, a really, really outstanding and enjoyable IPA. Lucked out a bit with this, because it wasn't actually on the menu, I found it while perusing the taps waiting for our table. When I asked the waitress what Kane beer it was, she only knew it as "Over-something". But she kept them coming, and I enjoyed 3 tall ones watching the USA/Portugal game.

Photo of beerbully
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Heady glass from growler

L-Light copper, clear some visible carbonation, modest head with minimal retention but leaves a small white cap on top thick lacing that quickly slides down the side of the glass

S-Hop forward, grapefruit, slight pine, tropical fruits, peach, pineapple, mango, sweet caramel malts

T-grapefruit hops start the show........some tropical notes appear as it warms, picking up some of the flavors that appear in the nose, peach, mango, orange........ piney, lemon rind bitterness towards the finish...........some lingering sweetness from the caramel malts

F-leaves a slick, oily coating on the roof of the mouth, creamy with some carbonation
bite

O-very drinkable DIPA, flavor profile is to my liking with a good amount of tropical fruitiness to balance some of the citrus and pine. Alcohol is present but not in the way. Bitterness is more present in the middle and towards the finish. Enjoyable brew that I would not hesitate to get again

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip

A brilliant orange color with a touch of haze. About one finger of off-white foam and some moderate lacing revealing sip marks coats the inside of the glass.

Big piney bitterness leaps first. Grapefruit, papaya, guava, weed, pineapple, and apricot round out a strong nose. A very faint whiff of alcohol and some sweet malt underneath.

Huge simcoe notes throughout this beer. Big piney bitterness from start to finish, with juicy tropical fruit. Sweet malt is low in the mix, pummeled by a huge hop profile. Notes of papaya, guava, pineapple, apricot poke through the middle before a bitter rush of pine resin and ruby red grapefruit in the finish.

Medium body, chewy and resiny. The bitterness on this guy builds considerably with each sip. By the end of my second glass, the bitterness is clinging to my teeth. Definitely an enamel ripper.

This is an excellent DIPA. Reminds me of double simcoe meets ghandi bot with a dose of abrasive. Nice job, Kane.

Photo of Givemebeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler I had filled at the brewery two days ago into a pint glass.

A: Fairly aggressive pour into the glass left a 2 inch head with good lacing. A clear pale golden color that looks how you dream a DIPA should look.

S: Piney tropical smell hits the nose hard.

T: WHOA! Blast of resiny tropical citrus pine all blended together almost knocks you off your feet. The combination is perfect, the only reason it did not receive a 5 for taste was I'd like a tiny bit of balance, though I know it is a DIPA and balance isn't the name of the game.

M: Light-medium bodied semi sweet finish and a lingering pine citrus hoppy bitterness

O: If this were more accessible, I'd drink it as my go to DIPA. But oh well, I'll have to stick to the always great Head High. This DIPA is the most flavorful I've had and was a real pleasure. If you get the chance, try this.

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a half growler into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

Appearance: Beautiful golden yellow Two finger head, and great lacing. A steady stream of carbonation can be seen up the middle.
Smell: Hoppy goodness. Plenty of Grapefruit, pineapple and, in the background, pine.
Taste: Just like the aroma. Grapefruit and pineapple up front. A subtle pine follows up the fruit.
Mouthfeel: Great carbonation. The flavors linger with the fruit fading first and the pine staying through the finish.
Overall: This is a top tier DIPA. It is beautifully constructed and can more than hang with any of the big boys. If you get a chance to try this, do not pass it up.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a growler earlier today from the brewery. The beer pours a burnt orange amber with a significant ecru colored head that leaves thick gobs of lacing as I empty my glass. Smells of plenty of citrus fruit including orange and grapefruit. Nice background of mango and passion fruit. This gives the impression of an interesting balance between the old school citrus and pine American IPA and new school that is heavy on tropical fruit.

The flavor is slightly less complex than the scent. A very forward bitterness at the start that gives way to a bready malt background. Finishes with a string bitterness with a good citrus forward flavor. Mouthfeel is full with lively carbonation. Finishes with a slight warming alcohol presence.

Altogether a very good beer and IPA, but lacks some finesse that Kane has shown in some of their other beers. As a side note, their barrel aged version is much more well rounded and enjoyable in my opinion. Bringing together some of the disparate elements of this version.

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Overhead from Kane Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.