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:
812
Reviews:
133
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
Wants:
126
Gots:
182
For Trade:
3
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Little Town NJ, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of pine resin and citrus hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but also has initial flavors of tropical fruits. The pine resin hops seem to be a little more prominent and linger through the finish. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of hops but isn't overly bitter. I really enjoyed the combination of hops because the three different types (citrus, pine resin and tropical fruits) made it rather complex.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a perky cap sitting above the cloudy amber liquid; the head fades quickly, leaving only a few strand behind

Smell: Really fresh hop aromatics, with grapefruit and pine galore; a bit of biscuit and toffee underneath

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a hint of toffee; the hops arrive quickly to dominate, however, bringing grapefruit, pine and a touch of tropical fruit; sweet tropical hop elements are balanced by the bitterness and continue through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While I might have preferred just a touch lighter mouthfeel, this is a first rate West Coast style IPA - from Jersey, no less

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for bringing this growler to our most-recent tasting. I certainly never complain about a growler of a hoppy brew at a tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice orange color with a good white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Some spots around. The nose brings forward a good dose of citrus rind and pine. Nice hop character, though nothing quite over the top.

The flavor follows the same theme with citrus and pine competing for the top spot. Nice mix and quite interesting. Good body and a nice finish. Good bitterness level. Solid brew, for sure. Thanks again, Matt.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a lightly cloudy deep golden orange in color with some copper highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruit/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit hops with just a touch of pine hops as well. There are hints of caramel malt sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the strong hop flavors - tropical fruit/pineapple/mango and citrus/grapefruit. After that, there is a light amount of pine hop flavors as well. Gentle but moderate amounts of bitterness that linger but not for too long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp with a very light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable IPA and a great example for the style - solid hop flavors with out overly aggressive bitterness. I would gladly have this one regularly if I found it on tap.

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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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