Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
kanebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by bonbini26 on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,413
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
901
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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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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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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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hitchman
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeMontclair
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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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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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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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.
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
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