HopLab
Kane Brewing Company

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Style:
Pale Ale - American
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
2
Ratings:
32
From:
Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes:
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by acurtis:
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acurtis from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Partial wet hopped pale ale with Amarillo

Sep 20, 2014
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap yesterday for the first time at the Cloverleaf. The Head High is one of my favorite beers that I can regularly find there so I was really excited to see this on tap next to it. Although it has a bit of an identity crisis going on, I was surprised that this wasn't rated higher on here given how smooth it was and how well it went down, without even being a hop bomb. The balance was noticeably present here and since the alcohol wasn't that strong, the flavors came through quite nicely as well!

The pour was great as this had a ruddy brown hue to it with a subtle sheen when held up to the light. Not a big head but what was present was tan and sturdy, which remained as near-perfect lacing. Never before did I see the rings left behind in the glass "date" the beer, as one level faded into the other and resembled tree rings that were able to show where each previous sip started from. Lots of bread and caramel in the nose and this full toasted smell continued in the taste, along with moderate citrus and pine notes. The balance was here with a rich, leathery undertone and a subtle carbonation that kept this from getting too heavy. It was hard to pick out the hops and the actual citrus notes but there are more than enough IPA's out there that do that already, so why need another one?

While not a session beer, it would be easy to kick a few of these back in a sitting. Another reviewer on here said that was anonymous and to some extent, he's right. Nothing about this stood out in particular but from start to finish, this was quite enjoyable and fun without feeling like the second coming of the Head High. Only a subtle burn in the aftertaste served as reminder of what this beer was and that worked for me! Good stuff that deserves more than a limited run of availability.

May 21, 2015
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rgirl from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +15%

Sep 26, 2014
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Sep 28, 2014
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DucksFan16 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dec 13, 2014
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 16, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 09, 2014
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siege06nd from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 16, 2015
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dec 01, 2014
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Mineo from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 06, 2014
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sep 27, 2014
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LoveStout from New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Sep 21, 2014
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Sep 20, 2014
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mindfuldave from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 23, 2015
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nrs207 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 19, 2014
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iL0VEbeer from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 16, 2014
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st9647v3 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 07, 2014
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 15, 2016
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Eden from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really the best lo alcohol beer yet

Oct 29, 2015
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 15, 2015
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ripps1 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Oct 31, 2014
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Roze from New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Sep 26, 2014
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NJBeer265 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Nov 12, 2014
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper color, big white head and big lacing looks great in the glass. Citrus notes and toasted malt notes lead a simple aroma profile that made me wish there was a bit more. Big grapefruit flavor, piney and a little caramel balance. Finish is a bit too bitter and unbalanced. Nice refreshing lighter medium feel with signature dry finish. Overall a decent pale ale but nothing ground breaking. A nice drinking beer when you want something simple and hoppy.

Sep 27, 2014
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CraigMack61 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

Sep 21, 2014
HopLab from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 32 ratings