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Overhead - Kane Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 403
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 75
Gots: 54 | 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 Jmamay22
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (1,013 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 alaimoa
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewery
A: hazy deep golden with very little head and a bit of spotty white lace
S: pine, floral, citrus rind, slight musty, earthy/dirt
T: hop resin up front, floral and pine with a bitter punch and sweet malt profile. First sip a bit punchy but tasting very good as it warms
M: fairly heavy body for style, bitter finish with flavors lingering.

Overall Very solid DIPA that is a great flagship beer for the brewery. I enjoyed the head high IPA a bit more with the grapefruit notes (504 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Dinosaur BBQ in Newark, NJ.

Clear amber brew with a tall fluffy head. Think layer of foam on top throughout the duration of the beer and some decent lacing to go along with it. Explosion of hoppy aroma goodness hits you with pine and citrus. Bitter finish, to be expected, but actually pretty smooth. The crystal malts really round things out and create a great balance. Dry, but not overly so, and medium bodied.

I'd chalk this up to local bias, but IPAs haven't been my thing lately. This is just awesome stuff. Highly recommended and can hold its own with some of the best hoppy beers out there. (609 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 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 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 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 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 Etan
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of jd18
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to cut to the chase. I'm not a huge IPA guy but I know a fresh IPA when I taste 1. This wasn't that fresh. Real nice floral citrus on the nose and up front on the tongue. Battery acid about 2 sec after I swallowed it. Wish I had asked how long it had been on tap because I don't think this was a fair tasting but there was enough to like that I'll look for it again, if fresh. (386 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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! (570 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 dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

the store listed this @ 8.6%... just sayin...

eyes...
frothy white head of about the one finger variety, nice sticky lacing slimes the glass, slightly muddy orange hue, a slightly above average looking sort of thing...

nose...
I could smell this across the room, I am surprised no one else has said how much this smells like weed, I don't even smoke (well, not in a long ass time anyhoo), huge resin-y juicy fruit explosion that makes your mouth water, well... if you love da hops.. and I do, this is bubble gum chewy chew-ariffic, citrus notes lend a nice sour note to the mix. this is up there scent wise for DIPAs in my book, just some really strong unadulterated stuff here.. nice !

taste...
hoppy. duh... a bit of a let down compared to the aroma which was toe curling... this drinks like an extra bitter APA, the malt seems a touch lacking and this really packs a bitter punch, the grapefruit flavors try and sometimes succeed in saving this from turning bad, it manages to really kick you in the teeth with hop power but doesn't destroy your mouth with the aftertaste like many DIPAs, the carbonation is nice and crisp and definitely is a plus here, this pushes the limit of acceptable bitter...

verdict?
I dig it, not my fave but for a local ? please.. I would order this in a hot second out at the local bars, it needs just a bit more balance to be a DIPA killer but as it is ? really good and one of the best smelling beers I have run across in some time.

2nd had: Dry Hopped with Mosaic version
basically close to my above review but it seemed a bit more balanced, very enjoyable (1,597 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 xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a crop of white head. Retains well, leaving sticky, patchy lacing on the glass.

Intense citrus nose with relentless pine hop bitterness. Grapefruit and pineapple with some underlying sweetness. Biscuit, bread crust and caramel with a spike of boozy warmth.

Crushing hoppy bitterness on the tongue, jammed with a citrus bonanza of grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Some sticky pine tones lurk throughout the continued bitterness. Sizable malt backbone with bread, biscuit and caramel. Fairly sweet on the back end, but the sticky, bitter hops linger on the tongue with dryness and warmth.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky, dry and lingering on the tongue. Another well crafted, hopped up brew from Kane that I keep coming back to whenever it's available. (825 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 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 axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Kane Overhead pours a fairly clear amber, with plentiful orange highlights. About a finger and a half of white foam cap the beer. Head retention is just OK, but the rings of lacing left behind are fairly thick. The nose is an absolute pineapple bomb. There's a little bit of grapefruit there too, but pineapple is by far the star of the show. The maltiness, while subtle, is complex, with caramel and bready notes playing off each other. The hop bitterness is almost disappointing in its mildness. The finish is once again very pineapple heavy, with mango joining grapefruit as secondary notes. The body is just a little too full for my taste, but I'm really splitting hairs there. The carbonation is wonderfully lively, bringing the hops to the forefront. I shouldn't be surprised at how good Overhead is, given how much I like Kane's regular IPA Head High. Still, this is definitely one of the better IIPAs on the east coast. (977 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (602 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 americajesus
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (979 characters)

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Overhead from Kane Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.