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
Ratings:
823
Reviews:
135
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
193
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Grizzarky
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 8/3/17, poured into pub pint glass.

Slightly cloudy Dark orange with a thick 1.5 finger head that had good retention and ledt sticky lacing.

Nose is heavily dominated by grapefruit

Taste is a bit resinous at first, but grapefruit kicks in hard, with lemon zest, and a dry peppery finish

Feel is on the lighter end of medium bodied, carbonation is good.

Overall a solid west coast style IPA. Light and crisp, with hops that pack a heavy bitter punch.

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Photo of Jps715
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter. Purchased at the brewery a few days ago. Packaged 2 weeks ago.

Pours a golden orange lightly hazy body with a frothy white head that leaves thick lacing.

Aromas are muted light piney, resinous hops with citrus and malt. On the tongue is piney, citrusy, zesty hops sitting on a caramel, pale malt backbone that's lightly sweet. Medium body with medium carbonation.

Decent IPA, not a fruity or citrus bomb with more on the piney, dank, resinous sid.e

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Photo of addiwilliams
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brendanjames
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rebrown221
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nace4
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BostBrews42
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hkyplyr73
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dmezzy
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap "down the shore" in NJ. Damn good. Need to step up distribution. The people need this!!!

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Photo of tsp247
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a mostly clear rusted orange, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty great, like the fruit at the bottom of a fruit cup, with dank grassiness, resinous pine, and grapefruit.

It's definitely cool to see East Coast breweries going back to the "well," so to speak, and making a more old school style of IPA. This is decidedly West Coast in nature, but still with a bit citrusy charge of orange marmalade and grapefruit zest. There's a solid gripping bitterness here, of grass and pine resin. The malt character doesn't show through all that strongly, just a bit of biscuity crunch, maybe.

This is light bodied, crisp and super clean, with a good level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This is all that you really want in this style of IPA- I really dug this.

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

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

Photo of JackZO
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wedge
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

CANNED ON: 05/04/17

Hazy orange under an attractively thick, creamy head that leaves rings on the glass. Fragrant flowery citrus hop aromas...orange, tangerine, and faint earthy dankness. Soft, juicy grapefruit, pine resin, and tea leaves over a delicious biscuit malt base for some balance. Softly carbonated, medium-light bodied, crisp and dry in the finish. Damn, this one is growing on me. Not really what I expected, but a rock-solid borderline APA that leans more to the Classic side.

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Photo of Curt3
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lobina
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cork City in Hoboken. Been waiting to have this after a few of the BAs been telling me about it. Cloudy gold look with a great aroma of citrusy hops. Taste continues with good hop back. Great IPA

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Photo of TCNJGAK
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Casey3236
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grmill01
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Head High from Kane Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 823 ratings.
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