Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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Head HighHead High

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Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/28/17

Pours, as expected, with a huge fluffy pillowy 2 finger head that fades slowly, lots of retention, sticky lacing, murky NEIPA style orange blond hued color.

Nose lots of juicy hops, orange juice, tangerine, a little pineapple and hint of mango, a little musty resin note, some pith, some creamy wheat and a little toasty malt note,

Taste brings creamy wheat and toasted grain notes, a little sweetness, into big citrus hops, tangerine, orange juice, a little grapefruit, little rind and a little pith, some pineapple, generic tropical notes, some bitterness kicking in with a touch of pine and some dank resin notes, hops turn spicy later, and as the finish dries a touch of booze warmth with big spicy hop, lots of citrus rind and quite bitter.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, almost chewy, touch of astringency, and big fluffy carbonation.

Overall not bad, pretty well done NEIPA style, def enjoyable and wish I could find more of it up here, but overall too bitter and spicy for a real NEIPA.

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Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, gray-tinted yellow with a massive, long-lasting, near-white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Big grapefruit aroma with some pine and other mixed citrus behind.

Citrus-forward taste, as well. Moderated by a pillowy, medium-bodied mouthfeel. A kiss of mango and mineral water is in the taste, too. A little pepper and prickliness on the backend, followed by a dull, bitter aftertaste.

Great all-around beer.

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Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz can with no visible date.

A: Cloudy straw yellow with 2 finger creamy white head. Lasting retention and tons of lacing.

S: Citrus fruits with grapefruit and pineapple dominating. A touch of pine and light cracker malts.

T: Grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Nice and juicy. Fresh pine and a subtle herbal quality.

M: Medium body with average carbonation and a crisp dry finish.

O: Excellent IPA. My first IPA from Kane and certainly not my last.

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Photo of woemad
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, received courtesy of MacMalt and NBS BIF # 5: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Porch. Unfortunately, there's no date on the can, so I don't know how old it is, a crucial point with IPAs in general, and especially so with east coast ones, or at least as I've come to believe. My first ever beer from Kane.

Poured into a big Kane snifter (again, thanks to MacMalt), this was a tangerinish shade of amber somewhere between hazy and downright opaque. Big, fluffy, eggshell white head that took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass. While my region's IPA style tells me the lack of clarity is a flaw, I think it was probably intended in this case, so I'm letting it slide, plus the head is awesome.

The aromas of hops reminiscent of tropical fruits jump out at the workers at my olfactory. No trace of the bracing pineyness that goes with a PNW IPA. While I favor that style generally, this smells really good, even though it's unbalanced as hell. What sweet maltiness I detect is so low in the mix I might be imagining it, it's blending with the sweet, fruity hop aroma is so seamless.

The flavor is pretty much what one would expect from the aroma, with the caveat that there's a more pronounced grapefruit bite here. It doesn't unduly clash with the sweeter, mango and pineapple aspects that stood out in the aroma. Midway through, there's a complimentary, herbal and peppery bitterness, but it doesn't vie for dominance but blends well with the sweeter, fruitier aspects that came before. Things end with a pleasingly dry zap at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a somewhat oily mouthfeel.

I really like this beer, and am stoked to have received two. Although the lack of a date concerned me, It's clearly not past it's prime. Thanks, Rob!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours amber in color and is pretty murky. It is topped an inch of off white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is pine and citrus.

The taste is juicier than the smell. I get some orange and grapefruit with a light pine finish.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation

It started out as a solid IPA and with each sip I liked it more and more. It was a nice gift from a buddy.

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Photo of Hopsquisite
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new go to ipa. Perfect amount of bitterness and nice finish. It could use a little love in the nose dept but that's not a show stopper for me. I wish it was sold in stores..fortunately I'm 10 minutes from the brewery.

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Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Avenue, Long Branch, NJ, it pours hazy gold color with a thick 2 finger white head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Had 2 glasses of it and both looked just as good.

Smells of lemon zest and grapefruit, biscuit, piney hops and more citrus. A fair amount of toasted grains, caramel and graham cracker balance out the nose giving it a classic IPA aroma.

Tastes nice and hoppy with the citrus hops coming off the strongest, followed by floral hops and light piney hops trailing. The citrus fruit is fresh and includes grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, clementine, then it shifts to the malty backbone and like the nose had the toasted grains, graham cracker and mild caramel balance it out. Bitterness was medium to low and this was easy to drink, a definite session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 2" head that slowly fades to a thick surface covering.

Smell: some citrus and a woody aromas are detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, soft pine, and a bit of earthy bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late.

Overall: a super IPA that is very satisfying.

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Photo of GeuzeInTheHouse
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange flavor and looks like straight OJ! Smell is oranges for days. Flavor is very similar but has a slight tartness that pairs well with the bitterness. Overall this is a very good IPA!

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Photo of Beers-es
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a pretty hazy orangeish gold. Two fingers of dense white foam leave lace rings down the glass.

Smell is grapefruit, orange, pine, with tropical notes and some catty dank. Taste is a huge hit of grapefruit pith, with other fruits and pine lurking underneath. Big dry bitter finish.

Feel is a smooth, almost creamy medium-minus. Overall a delicious and very well-made IPA.

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Photo of gopens44
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden translucent hazy beer under a generous stark white, foamy head that leaves behind very decent lacing.

Nose pops with a tart, earthy, lemony fragrance that hides just a bit of crackery snap.

Taste has that lemony as well as a bit of grassy that rides in tandem with the crackery malt thing I got in the nose before it finishes with a dash of something along the lines of those fancy purplish Mediterranean olives.

Feel is mighty wet upfront with a good medium body and stays wet until a thoroughly dry finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25


LOOK: Medium hazy, orange yellow. Medium white head, lasts.

AROMA: citrus, ash,
TASTE: ash, hair Spray, pine, spicy bite at the end.

FEEL: good carbonation, medium body.


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Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly opaque orange color. White head dissipates leaving a ring of white foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell is a pungent aroma of grapefruit, orange, lemon with a nice pine and grass aroma on the back end. The aroma is rather crisp on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with tons of grapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, grass and some light cracker malt. Piney bitterness on the backend lingers on the tongue.

Feel is full yet crisp. Medium carbonation. Smooth and refreshing. Lingering dry bitterness on the finish.

Overall this is an outstanding old school west coast IPA from Kane. Did not in any way disappoint.

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Photo of frykid
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from the 16oz can into pint glass...nice head formed on the drink as it filled up the glass; needed to wait a few minutes for it to dissipate to complete the pour...nice golden / light orange color.....

S: the aromas apparent from the moment I opened the can...citrus, pine and hops aroma was nice. pleasing
T: grapefruit, lemon, flavors very good...
F: smooth drinking beer, just the right level of carbonations

Overall : a new addition to my list of favorite drinks; very enjoyable

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Photo of barsonthetrak
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shout out to man like Charlie on the plug, cheers G! Pours golden-orange with a quickly deflating two finger head. Almost opaque but some light trickling through. Smells like wet resinous hops, hashish, fresh cut grass, some tropical fruit if you look for it. Taste follows nose with a nice citrus addition. Dry, quaffable, balanced. Pilsner malt really shines while the C-hops cut through in high definition to offer a very welcome break from the juice bombs that have been ruling New England. Reminds me why I originally started my Lupulin journey. This is my first beer from Kane but certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark orange with a large dense frothy head. Some sediment does settle after a while.

Smell is orange zest, a little zippy yeast, lemon, grapefruit, light pine, grass, and cracker.

Taste is has a tang that is very similar to Trillium's yeast, with orange, lemon, grapefruit, cracker, light pine needles, and vanilla. It becomes very floral over time.

Feel is very frothy with a dry finish.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second trip to Kane. First having anything but a Stout. Very good beer here. Reminded me of Supernaut from New England Brewing Company. Would drink again!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very tasty ipa here, quite northwestern rather than northeastern. very fresh and well made, but not particularly distinct. the hops are real pungent and fresh, and the beer is quite sturdy, oily, bitter, and fragrant, but the hops used arent anything new, and while the recipe and execution are obviously awesome, this could still be any one of hundreds of great american india pale ales out there. nothing about it really sets it apart, but that said, its excellent and super enjoyable, wouldnt change much at all. i like the bigger body, and i like the little bit of malt sweetness in here, its cool with the oily west coast hops. classic C varietal mix of pine and grapefruit to me, long lasting on the tongue though. zippy carbonation is always a plus in the style for me, and it makes this one sing. freshness is one of the thing that makes this amazing, but i also like how its just a perfectly refined version of something a million other brewer attempt but just arent pulling off this well. kane is rising fast on my favorites list, but i have so far preferred the dark and barrel aged stuff to their hoppy beers (limited exposure though).

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Photo of Balibfe
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Princeton Forrestal. For this west coaster, this beer is shockingly good. I hadn't heard of it, but it's as good a west coast style IPA as any I've had. Very nice surprise to find this one in the wilds of New Jersey. Slainte!

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap and poured into pint glass

Translucent gold, Thin white head quickly dissipates

Aroma of tropical fruits

Taste of citrus hops, grapefruit

Suds up nicely in the mouth

Hop bite , lingers in the mouth

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Head high pours a copper color with a big lacing head. Big hoppy aroma. Taste is big and bold, lots of hops. Good body and feel. Overall big bold ipa.

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Photo of PVMT
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An East Coast brewer has brewed a West Coast-style IPA that's better than most West Coast IPAs. This is a fanatastic beer. Kudos to you, Kane Brewing!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-09-08 at the brewery.

A - Very hazy golden orange with a short white head and moderate lace.

S - Pineapple, moderately dank, orange flesh, light biscuit.

T - Hop forward then Mango, fresh pineapple, orange, grassy, herbal spice, cracker with honey, pine. Finishes bitter but the other flavors remain.

M - Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Smooth then resinous then prickly.

O - First rate brew. Got a couple 4-packs to go.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper to light gold in color and this brew is pretty cloudy. There's an inch of densely packed creamy tan foam resting on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of pine and citrus and doesn't overwhelm. I'm getting much more citrus as it warms. The flavor is packed with flavor and yet very much in balance. I'm tasting a nice pine hop flavor that is consistent throughout the palate. There's plenty of light malt to back it up throughout the palate. The mouth is sticky and lightly chewy. The bitter zing from the hops just keeps lingering after the finish.

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Photo of grover37
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint at Newark airport for $10. Glowing orange with sticky lacing. Too much sweet caramel and harsh pine for my tastes but still pretty good. Partner liked it much more, which was fine as my consolation prize was a Boat Beer.

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