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Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.26/5
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847 Ratings
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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:
#818
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
847
pDev:
8.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
204
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 847 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of smcel371
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Balibfe
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Mebuzzard
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Josholson666
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillyman11
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Furley80
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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 srw
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KINAHAN
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bogdawg
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PVMT
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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 vfgccp
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DucksFan16
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

09/09/2016

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Photo of Tucquan
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-09-08 at the brewery and again on 2017-06-24 on tap at the Brick House by my hotel in Neptune, NJ. Still delicious.

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

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

T - Hop forward then mango, fresh pineapple, orange, grassy, herbal spice, cracker with honey, pine. Finishes moderately bitter but the other flavors remain. I appreciate the residual malt sweetness in the finish.

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

O - First rate brew. Got a couple 4-packs to go on both occasions. On 2017-06-24, I sampled 5 other beers an hour ago at the brewery. This is still their best IMHO. I was hoping Sneakbox, with a lower ABV, would be a close second but it lacked the malt character of Head High.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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 kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grover37
3.96/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of psweendogg
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darin2z
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Head High from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 847 ratings
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