Head High
Kane Brewing Company

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From:
Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #52
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,821
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
810
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 07, 2022
Added:
Aug 27, 2011
Wants:
  128
Gots:
  252
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Head High is our interpretation of an American-style India Pale Ale (IPA). This beer is all about the hops; we use a blend of five different varieties all grown in the Pacific Northwest. A small charge of Chinook and Columbus early in the boil adds a smooth bitterness. A majority of the hops are then added late in the kettle or post-fermentation to produce a beer that is heavy on hop flavor and aroma. The combination of Cascade, Centennial, Citra and Columbus give Head High a noticeable grapefruit flavor with aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Our house American ale yeast ferments to a dry finish that accentuates the use of imported Pilsner and lightly kilned crystal malt resulting in Head High’s straw color and crisp flavor.
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Rated: 4.43 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by raust from Texas

Jul 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.47 by selekt0r

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by iounothing from Pennsylvania

Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jun 19, 2022
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Rated by Fennimore8 from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
It’s about as perfect as you can get for an American IPA
Jun 09, 2022
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Rated by Pablo35 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Excellent brew!!
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by StanleysCup from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a beautiful dark maize color with a lace of foamy head around the edge. Nice citrus hue with some over ripe melon and a hint of dankness. Definitely drier than I was expecting. A bit of a hop bite but it didn’t linger. More like a “conventional” IPA. Finishes bitter, but not overly so. Enjoyable.
May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Apr 15, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Now, it's in a clear Imperial pint glass when moments early it was coaxed out of a tap. It's a bright orange-amber colored brew, semi-opaque with a modest, yet enduring off-white head. The aroma is a nice blend of malt and dank hops. To taste, there is first a soft and smooth malt backbone with an array of hop notes following. There's some of that dankness, some more earthiness and then hints of pine and citrus. It doesn't finish as dry and bitterly as some AIPAs that use West Coast hops, primarily. That's not a complaint, as there's plenty of good hoppiness here. The glass lacing is nice, as is the slight inclusion of a hint of alcohol with the taste. But for a fully flavored and nicely hopped ale, it's the mouthfeel that steals this show.
Mar 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Wesmaze from New York

Feb 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.64 by irs from New Jersey

Aug 07, 2021
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Rated by T-Hoff

4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I loved this beer. I had a draft pint served very cold at a restaurant and was very pleasantly surprised.
Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(16 oz can, canned on 06/24/21; gifted a cold single... poured into my Belhaven pub pint)

L: nearly crystal-clear, golden-amber liquid; over-carbonated(?), 3-finger high, tight, cratered foam pad... solid cap start-to-finish; several broad, thick-crusty streaks of lace

S: mango, orangeade big out front; subtle almost pine/mint highlight; orange/grapefruit zest in the back... kind of a classic AIPA array of aromas; fruity with a mellow earthiness

T: peppery herb, punchy pine, lemon, orange buzz up front... spicy (baking, peppery), toasty accents in the aftertaste... the malt gradually, quietly builds a lingering presence; firm toasted bread crust angle

F: mouth inflated with first sip (see look)... remainder of sips were also airy, as in remarkably light-bodied, phantom buoyancy... spicy, pungent character and edgy alcohol keep palate humming; very little residual film/viscosity... one of the drier IPAs out there

O: I've had this on tap a few times over the years; this is at least the second time from a can... solid every time; classic and well executed, if not unique... but dang does it scratch nostalgic itch; powered through that drop, whoa! (1781)
Jul 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Bwag from New York

Jun 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can into a tall glass. Canned 6/3/21, so 2 weeks old. Nice!

Golden body, very good carbonation, however, head retention was quite poor, no lacing.

Faintly citrus aroma, quite hoppy.

On tasting, somehow manages to be both smooth and an have old school ipa bitterness. Only faintly citrus, incredibly drinkable.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a slightly bitter grapefruit with a good malt base.

Overall, don't get to drink Kane beers too often, so thanks to Greg for this one. Good honest well made ipa.
Jun 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by Dgman8053 from New York

Jun 13, 2021
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Rated by tl5144

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
My first local brew - I have been very faithful
Jun 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Apr 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by dalevins10 from New Jersey

Apr 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by KevinL from Michigan

Mar 17, 2021
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Reviewed by NJ908Jimmy from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I love NJ brews. Have to keep local pride. This is a really solid IPA. A lot of flavor, oddly crushable. Sometimes I feel it gets too much local hype though. It’s a good 4pk, not a game changer
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Mmilluzzo from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by Mikefernandez from Colorado

Nov 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by chiefz1 from New York

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by JimKochFan from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nice sharp nose with a mix of pine and citrus but not overpowering. Pours with a large 2 inch head into a pint glass. Very approachable and easy on the palate with an almost sweet lingering aftertaste.

As much as I loath the super hoppy IPA culture craft brewers have created in the last decade this truly is an IPA to enjoy. I would even put it on the level of Heady Topper and Focal Banger.
Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by gooddaydiablo from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
look: dark orange, clear body, foamy.

smell: grapefruit and pine

taste: follows the smell, grapefruit, pine, floral, cracker, plum.

feel: thin body, refreshing, chuggable, just a little bitter in the finish.

overall: a decent classic ipa, reminds me of fff.
Oct 11, 2020
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Reviewed by afkIPAs from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Kane Head High. This beer. This beer right here. Wow.

It pours with a deep amber color and a about an inch high head (get it) of white foam. It's the kinda' beer that looks like it wants to get drank.

A strong citrus smell dominates your nose holes. Pineapple, berries, orange, lemon zest, oh my.

Head High has a very bright citrus taste up front followed by a low and lingering malty finish. I've seen a lot of people mention 'biscuits' or 'bread' or 'butter' and after reading that I can taste what they're talking about there. Head High can butter my biscuit any time.

It has a crisp refreshing feeling every sip. Good carbonation and a lightly hopped aftertaste.

It's hard to go to the store and look for a new beer to buy when I know there is Kane Head High just chillin' in the cooler in the back. One of my personal all-time favorites.
Sep 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.46 by tbuckdaboss from Washington

Sep 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by ptat from Delaware

Sep 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.31 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Sep 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by florisj135 from Virginia

Aug 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Paulintro from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Visited my old hometown in New Jersey and I tried Head High IPA on tap at a bar in Red Bank, NJ. I was thoroughly impressed and I took the time to google it. I found out that it was actually brewed not for from where I grew up. I tried to find out where I could get some in New England where I now live but I wasn't successful. I recall Head High having just the right of Hoppiness I like coupled with a smooth taste. Congrats Kane Brewery! I'll call them directly again to find out where in New England I can get this. If anyone knows where Head High is sold in new England let me know.
May 26, 2020
Head High from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 983 ratings