Overhead - Kane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 396
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 2.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
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Kane Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naugros on 03-30-2012

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Photo of hoagzzz
5/5  rDev +15.5%
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! (283 characters)

Photo of fenwaybeer
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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! (315 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of PGD120
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1L growler into a snifter

Appearance: light copper/ amber color. Very hazy. 1 finger white head. Nice lacing and some visible carbonation.

Smell: tropical fruit, peach, pink grapfruit juice. Some light pine and fresh cut grass

Taste: sweet tropical fruit and grapfruit. Some lemon peel And a little pine sap Nice bitterness with a slight malt backbone that just balances it perfect

Feel: medium bodied, a little creamy at first. Nice bright lingering carbination

Overall: just a very very good imperial ipa. One of my favorite beers ever. Go visit the brewery and try some of this stuff out. (611 characters)

Photo of BlackDog
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Overhead pours a medium amber color, and, like all of Kane's beers, is unfiltered, providing a little haze. There's a healthy head with good retention and very good lacing.

The aroma is powerful and inviting. The many hop additions of Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo and Centennial hops provide an aroma that is dominated by tropical fruit and citrus hops with some pine sweet malt.

The huge hop presence comes through in the taste as well, with a powerful juicy hop explosion early on the palate, balanced out with some sweet malts, grapefruit, and again, pine. Bitterness is present but not overly so; this is all about the fresh, juicy hops.

This beer is medium-bodied, smooth with a semi-sweet finish and medium carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the best Imperial IPAs, or beers in general, around. The 8.2% ABV is covered well with a powerful juicy, citrusy hop flavor that is up there with the best. If you live in New Jersey, take advantage of the fact that one of your local breweries brews this beer and keep an eye out for it. (1,038 characters)

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
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'. (760 characters)

Photo of Naugros
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of themind
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (361 characters)

Photo of beerbully
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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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 (982 characters)

Photo of benloho
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%

Drank from a Kane growler received in a trade. 5 days old.

A: Beautiful bright golden orange with a nice creamy one finger of head. Slightly hazy. Looks awesome in the glass. Great sticky lacing throughout.
S: Big grapefruit, candied tropical fruits, pine needle, grassy and herbal notes. Caramel malt sweetness. Absolutely delicious on the nose.
T: Spectacular! Huge grapefruit juice and bitter grapefruit peel. Strong pine and earthy character. Sweet tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and guava. Sweetness in the middle of the mouth that finishes big bitter, but not overwhelming. 100+ IBUs for sure! Hop head dream!
MF: Very nice and smooth, No burning alcohol feel. Lower carb, probably from sitting in the growler a few days. Really nice over all.
O: This is a world class Imperial IPA. This is up there with the greats, just not as well known. Put this beer in cans! (878 characters)

Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (271 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from FreeBridge.

Bold clear amber body. Three fingers plus of level bubbly white froth.

Powerful enticing inviting aroma, dominated by fresh pineapple, with grapefruit, apricot, and orange citrus and pine in strong supporting roles.

A sweet caramel beginning, too slippery to be called a foundation. An orchard of juicy citrus, featuring an abundance of fresh pineapple, and also grapefruit, orange, and a dose of pine also. Low grade hop bite. This is all about the fresh fruit, not the bitter or the alcohol.

Medium-plus mouthfeel is smooth as glass.

An extremely enjoyably, highly tasty nonabrasive DIPA. Highly recommended. (641 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a medium copper with a slight veil. Good mix of tropical, citric and earthy notes. Very nice pineapple, grapefuit and mango notes with some sticky resin flavors. (171 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (637 characters)

Photo of gniv
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had it at the brewery. Good. Here goes:

A: Hazy orange. Nice head that leaves a little lacing. Just average for a DIPA, though.

S: Very good, but I think my cold might be getting the better of me. Lots of oranges, tangerines, flowers, herbs, tropical fruit, and mango. Big + on the oranges, tropical fruit, and mango, however (rather nice). Also sweet caramel malt.

T: Very well-balanced. Initial taste one of flowers and herbs from the Amarillo hops followed by more robust grapefruit, papaya, tangerines, lemon, and mango at the back of the palate. Also a fair amount of malt.

F: Good - nice and thick.

O: Solid brew, filled up a growler with it after the initial sample. (692 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy, burnt golden orange color with tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, citrus hop aroma with resinous oil and earthy pine along with tropical/citrus fruit notes and a cracker-y pale malt backbone. Earthy and grassy with pine needle and spruce tip followed by blood orange, mango, pineapple and grapefruit.  Pale biscuit malt backbone wih subtle toffee, caramel and cracker character.  Smells pretty good.

Medium bodied with a blast dank hop bitterness that is immediately countered by sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes and a decent malt backbone.   Dry, bitter and earthy with resinous oils, pine needle, spruce tip and kind bud followed by mango, orange peel and grapefruit.  The latter gives this beer some much needed sweetness which is a perfect compliment to the earhy bitterness.  Underneath, there is a decent malt backbone with hints of caramel, toffee and cracker, providing balance without interfering or hindering the hop flavor.  Subtle boozy sweetness toward the end of the palate but the ABV is very well masked with little to no heat.  The sweeter flavors linger throughout but it still has a crisp, dry finish.  This is a very flavorful beer that has great balance making it extremely drinkable.  It's the first beer I've tried from Kane and I'm very impressed .   (1,472 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 07/27/13 notes. Had on tap at the brewery.

a - Pours a clear bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hops, pineapples, floral hops, honey, spice, and earthy notes. Nice and hoppy, great nose.

t - Tastes of super fresh tropical fruits, fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, pine apples, floral hops, fruity malts, and some earthy notes. Some light bitterness and a ton fo fresh hops. Awesome taste, better than the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Moderate bitterness in the taste.

o - Overall a fantastic DIPA. Tried this with their Head High IPA and liked the nose better on Head High, while liking the taste of this better. A bigger, stronger version of Head High, if you like DIPA's with a little bit of bitterness in the taste this is for you. If you want an easier drinking IPA with no bitterness, I'd recommend Head High, but both are great. (1,013 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the brewery. Pour is clear amber with nice head. big dank pine and tropical aroma. Taste is fruity with a medium malt backbone, no caramel, but a big of alcohol on the finish (186 characters)

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Overhead from Kane Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.