Head High
Kane Brewing Company

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #51
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,121
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
944
From:
Kane Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
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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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Photo of Paulintro
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.

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Photo of HipHopped
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I get to drink this when I visit New Jersey. It’s is my friend’s go to beer since he has lived there.

Great pour with a solid finger of thick white head dissipating to nice lacing. Smell of tropical fruits and light dankness. Drinks smooth - almost too smooth. Finish is crisp with light/medium feel through the gulp. I always look forward to having a few of these.

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Photo of Maxkelly9
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass on draft. One of the smoother IPA’s with maintaining a strong hops presence. Slightly hazy but still clear. Nice orange color. Perfect bitterness for new IPA drinker. Definitely lives up to hype.

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Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, fully white head, just a shade darker than snow. Very good retention as well, with excellent lacing. Body is a surprisingly light lemon-yellow color with burnished gold highlights. Very lively and oh-so-slightly hazy, nearly transparent in thin portions of an IPA glass, but barely translucent in the thicker portions.

Big dose of lemon drop and lemon grass on the nose, along with resin and candied orange. Very mild dankness and light grass, along with touches of pepper, cracker, and peel.

More neutral on the palate, bursting with hop flavors, but lacking the sweetness of so many modern IPAs. Moderate-to-high bitterness. Resin, orange, ruby red grapefruit, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, pale sweet crackery malt. Balance is impeccable. Just a kiss of brown sugar from the caramel malt, and an equally light peppery, earthy skunk from pilsner malt.

Creamy and very lively mouthfeel; an absolute pleasure to drink nearly in the vein of NE-style IPAs. Wet and smooth up front, with a fairly dry and effervescent finish.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Look at it .....and you say ...I cant wait to drink it !!

Smell: Your in Key West and just cut a some fresh fruit open

Taste: Some Dank weed, lemon zest, pineapple,citrus orange

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer, Yet has more to give than usual

Overall.........You can crush 6 of these babies at Buckelews and LOVE IT !

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Photo of DavidD3
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kane Brewing. Mostly citrus but slight malt with some other fruity characteristics. A slight bitterness to make a well rounded, balanced beer. Very much an east coast IPA. A delicious beer and one that I would recommend and will hopefully drink again.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft and labeled Head High 7000 and 6.6 abc so I hope they're one and the same because I didn't see that as a choice. Nice head and pour albeit into a pint glass displaying a light orange haze. Plenty of nice piney citrus and floral aroma characteristics. Back to the citrus on the palate with noticeable malt. Finishes very nicely with some pleasant bitterness on the tastebuds. Well rounded quaff.

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Photo of farrago
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of creamy off-white foam, excellent density and thickness, conversely not much lacing and what’s there has minimal stick. Deep golden colored liquid, the glass is filled with swirling bubbles. Crisp nose of bread crusts, peppercorns, dry grapefruit pith, more grassy than most herbal matter, white pit fruits but it’s too stiff and focused for fruit scents to come to the fore. Full-bodied and firm in the mouth with a thick and foamy texture. Dry and tacky as well, again emphasis on malty, bready qualities, buttered biscuit. More pine here and perhaps less citrus. Minimal juiciness in the pineapple, papaya, nectarine to melon fruit. Hoppy tension and focus, touch danker through the finish. The dryness impacts drinkability, however, deserves bonus points for unvarnished directness and not exaggerating itself. Just solid.

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Photo of EnormousTrunk
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jay Patrick C. said: “Kane head high is officially a top 5 best beer I’ve had“ and his trust his pallet because he walks around with a humungous elephants trunk everyday which is no easy task. The combo of the gigantic trunk, the hair and the pallet makes his review undefeated. God Bless

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hazy and on the darker side of orange with a puffy white head. Citrus centered nose maybe some peach. Wait, much more malty than I was expecting, looked like a juicer. Still tasty without a lot of bitterness. Decent carbonation rounds out this brew.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark orange color with some deep amber and straw notes. Night 1 finger white head

S: sweet citrus, crackers, pineapple, strawberry, sweet caramel, and tangerines

T: light grapefruit and tangerine upfront. Sweet pineapple, orange, and some strawberry. A touch of pine at the end

M: medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

O: solid IPA. Nice balance of malts and hops. Easy to drink and flavorful.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours about a 8 on the SRM color index, Nice creamy head, with noticeable lacing in the glass. Smells like mango,citrus ,fresh banana bread. Tastes fruity, but is suddenly enveloped in this massive malt bill , which works out well. A solid tasting NEIPA- Overall this is better than most for the style,and this style is well played out at the Jersey Shore- Really good. Have purchased numerous times.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy-tinted orange with two fingers of white foam. Transparency drops to low, with an opaque-like appearance when the final couple ounces are poured into the glass. Head retention is good, with some great lacing left behind. Aroma is tangerine, papaya, mango, lemongrass, melondew rind, and nutty, bready malts. Tropical fruits are big, but allow the malts to come through to create a balance. Flavor profile is tangerine, papaya, mango, lemongrass, orange zest, melondew rind, and earthy, bready malts. Balance is good here, but leans towards the sweet side thanks to the tropical fruit hops. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety texture that features a little juice-pulp. Overall, big tropical fruits for an overall juicy aroma and flavor profile. It does feature a good balance, without hops running away with it.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out a golden/orange. Straw color. Not completely hazy, or juice like. Can see my fingers on the other side of the glass. It forms a two finger, dense and very creamy crown. Good retention and leaves some good lacing.

The smell brings a pine mixing with some ripe citrus. Lemon, tangerine, orange, Some sharpness. A nice dankness as well.

The taste comes in with orange juice like qualities but the mouthfeel goes rather watery and flat to not seem to lead it into anything that really shines. The sharpness from the nose does seem to fade off, luckily. It has a really nice biscuit/cracker background. Some melon, pine. It does bring some bitterness. Feels a little thin though, going back to that watery feeling. Some crystal malt showing.

Overall, I expected a lot more out of this. The body is just too thin and watery for me and the flavor is pretty underwhelming.

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Photo of beertunes
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TongoRad for this one. 16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very cloudy dirty orange color with over an inch of bareley off-white head that had very good retention and good lacing.

Very nice hop scent, pine and pineapple, as soon as I cracked the can. Very low malt/grain. Pretty similar on the tongue, hop-dominant.

The body was the typical light-medium of the "hazy" style, but this one had a very pleasant hop bite on the finish.

Drinkability was good, if I had another nearby, I'd drink it. Overall, amonsgt more my more preferred examples, a murkbomb that isn't ashamed of it's brighter heritage. Certainly worth your time if you see it.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet vanilla notes, biscuits and tangerine rind. Taste is hoppy but there is also a nice biscuit malt sweetness. Finish has some orange rind bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Quite smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kane brewing has produced tasty beer this is the third one I will try. All of Kane labels on their cans are simple I like it. Cracked opened the can a juicy citrus aroma emitted. The beer is 44 degrees and served in my Madison River pint glass. A gentle pour on the beer produced a two finger white head. The head is creamy and billowy with great retention. Lacing was left on the glass as the head dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 5 a medium gold with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation bubbles visible.

I first smell citrus and grapefruit with a touch of pine. Next, I get toasted malts, floral esters, herbal, and yeast.

I taste orange, resin, and grapefruit first. The beer develops into toasted malt, floral esters, and yeast. Lastly, I taste herbal, a touch of phenols, and grass.

The mouthfeel of the beer is astringent and crisp.

The body of the beer is medium-light, high carbonation, and medium-full finish.

Refreshingly crisp beer with the right amount of hop assertiveness for an IPA. The balance in the beer is even and sings harmoniously. The beer has this dankness that hides in the background and comes out when the beer gets warmer. Overall, I would say this beer is must try.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color (per Mrs O) with a thick slightly off-white head. Dank citrus notes dominate the nose, especially grapefruit and oranges (thank you, Citra hops), and there’s also malt notes. I am now officially salivating.

A healthy gulp buries the palate in dank citrus flavors, but they’re balanced by the Pilsner and crystal malt to yield one of the most balanced, flavorful IPA’s I’ve had. Yes, I typed that.

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Photo of Dcucchiara
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kane Head Head is what I consider to be the most solid, crushable beer consistently brewed in New Jersey. It's the sole beer I'd recommend to visiting friends out of state and one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kane Brewing Co. "Head High"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 07/11/18" and sampled on 08/07/18
$3.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Fairly boring label, but OK the beer's got a nice head of off-white on it over a cloudy orange body. It looks like the body of a hefeweizen, or a glass of orange juice so I'm assuming this is kind of a New England-style IPA. Let's see... the aroma is "dank" but there's some juiciness to it as well, probably more like orange than anything else - no wait, there's a good deal of grapefruit in there too. It's nice. It's bold enough that you've got to open your eyes to it, you cannot miss it, and the "dank" resinous character is much fuller than I've found in most. On to the flavor... well no surprises here, it tastes like it smells. Correction, there's more juiciness to it with some tropical character and a light spritz of lemon, and less "dankness" but also with a little bit more pine flavor at the same time. It's solidly hoppy, but not that bitter, as expected, but I feel like it's missing something, maybe a little bit of acidity, or maybe just a little more hop fruitiness, I'm not sure... something. Not that it's bad as it is, certainly not, but I feel it could be better if it had that certain je nais se quois, something that gave it just a little bit more complexity. So, great aroma, hoppy balanced flavor with a basic malt, and it's super clean and well put-together. Mouthfeel? Smooth with a silky medium to medium-light body and moderate gently crisp-then-smooth carbonation. What else have I missed? Oh, yes, head retention and lacing. Pretty good head retention as I still have a solid surface covering - thin, but solid. As for lacing there are only a few spots and splashes here and there. Let me spin it a bit and build up a head and see... no, nothing. It created some additional lace but a lot of it slid right back into the beer and what was left is only enough to score a 3.75. I'm gonna call the appearance a 4 though because of the head retention. So, OK, overall it's a solid beer with two great main notes to the hops and a very good malt component and clean fermentation and good balance. I can't fault it for what it is but I'll stand by my prior statement that it could be better.
Review# 6,186

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served originally into a snifter at the Kane Brewery in Ocean, NJ, retried a decant into a conical pint from a 16 oz (473 ml) can produced on 04/03/18.
A: Pours a hazy golden/amber orange with robust head formation (more than an inch in a conical pint) and solid retention and lacing
S: Aromas of mango, nectarine, apricot, and lemon zest, as well as caramel malt.
T: Semidry. Flavors predominantly citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon with caramel malt. Bitterness contributes a light, refreshing finish.
M: Medium bodied and modest carbonation.
O: A very well constructed and enjoyable American IPA, more at the East Coast edge of the style. Liked it both times.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can from share. Golden body with small frothy white head. Citrusy hoppy aroma, some of the malts, meadow and hay. Taste also features some of the grains and malts, with a nice hop backbone.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured as a nice hazy orange color with a creamy white head on top. The smell is really impressive. Very hoppy! The taste has a nice fruity dank balance. The feel is smooth. Overall it’s a very good beer.

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy medium orange with a very well retained inch and a half white head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of citrus fruits, floral elements and a hint of malt. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, lemon pith, nice malt presence and mild floral notes. Medium bodied and carbonated, light bitterness, clean and crisp.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer pours a murky oranagish body with a cloudy white two finger head. Head goes away quick but leaves behind a solid amount of lacing.

S: Smells are nicely balanced between a large amount of tropical fruits and outdoorsy aromas. Beer melds new school NEIPA aromas with older piney aromas very nicely.

T: Beer tastes of tropical fruits mainly. The predominant flavors are grapefruits and mangos. Fairly typical IPA taste wise.

M: Smooth, soft, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level gives enough to have a nice tingle while drinking.

O: Beer melds the fruity flavors and piney flavors very well. The taste and mouthfeel of the beer, however, are only average compared to other IPAs.

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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 944 ratings