Head High
Kane Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #44
Ranked #1,147
4.27 | pDev: 8.43%
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
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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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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
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NJ908Jimmy from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
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
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JimKochFan from New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
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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gooddaydiablo from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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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afkIPAs from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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Paulintro from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +4%
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
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HipHopped from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mar 01, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Dec 14, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Nov 18, 2019
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nycbeerfreak from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Oct 24, 2019
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DavidD3 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Aug 25, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%
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.

Aug 15, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -8%
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.

Aug 08, 2019
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EnormousTrunk from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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

Aug 03, 2019
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

May 19, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Mar 06, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Feb 26, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 07, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.49/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Jan 15, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Jan 10, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 02, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Oct 21, 2018
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Dcucchiara from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Aug 31, 2018
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