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
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Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of maximum12
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SadMachine for this 16 oz. can that’s going to break up my 48 hours of sobriety. Jeff VanVonderen would not be amused.

The pour is a light golden that seems to have its own internal light source: glowing. Big head collapses quickly . Nose is lighter than expected, with nice mango, wet grass, goldfish crackers. OK.

Head High is as passive aggressive as any Minnesotan. The hop bitterness, initially so mild I took another look at the style, builds into a bite that would do a good BDSM scene proud. The advertised fruitiness is subsumed by the raunchy bittering hops: there’s wandering tropical fruits & distant pine. The head high point is the mouthfeel, which is resinous to the point that my hands are sticky. I hope that’s beer. Slips down my throat like a greased finger. A nice one. Is that my throat?

What was I writing? Beer. This one started meh, & just grew on me sip by sip. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can. Orange body with a small white head. Smells of mango hops and some caramel malt. Tastes less interesting. More grapefruit than tropical fruits. Some caramel and toasty malts and a moderate bitterness. Medium body. Solid IPA, but smells better than it tastes, ultimately.

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Photo of smanson56
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Pours yellow-orange with sticky white lacing on the sides of the glass.

Orange and tropical fruits on the nose. Soft, sweet, and inviting. Mild but nice.

Vegetal hops, grapefruit, and a touch of malts. Sweeter tropical fruits reveal themselves on the finish.

Overall, very good. Could be a little fruitier/juicier.

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Photo of Sundance
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFC21
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rich_K
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopley
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McGee666
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Yet another big huge thanks to Sammyjaxxxx with many more to come! Thanks, bud! Head High is another one of those East Coast murky, fruit juice lookin' IPAs. This one is apricot orange with the transparency of fresh squeezed orange juice, none. The white foam is clean as an easy pour delivers a couple fingers in height before receding to a sturdy crown. The head leaves behind a few tendrils of foam along the glass as it passes.

A big in your face citric quality leads the way. Candied grapefruit, orange, and lime peel jump to mind off the bat but there are also substantial tropical notes that are a little tough to pinpoint, besides the obvious pineapple. There is a very complimentary floral characteristic on the backend that plays well with the citrus. The malt profile is soft, allowing the hop showcase to shine. Sugar cookie and a soft crackery base make up the maltiness. Mouthwatering.

The flavor profile takes on a lot more of the tropical fruitiness than the nose had. Again, the tropicals are tough to pinpoint. A little pineapple, a little green mango, some random, ultra juicy hanging fruit of some other sort found around the Equator. South Florida citrus also makes itself known on the backend with a healthy dose of candied orange peel, peel, and pith in that order front to back. The malt base again is simle and allows the hop profile to be the showcase, bringing with it enough sugar to keep the bitterness from running wild. Nicely done.

The body weighs in at a touch below moderate, which I enjoy for a beer of this style and size. The carbonation is zippy and slightly prickly, awakening the tastebuds. The finish dries up rather quickly, allowing the moderate bitterness to stick around straight down the tongue like a buzzsaw. Highly drinkable for the style, give me some mo'!

I've heard a lot of good talk about Head High over the last however many months. It was all well deserved.It's an IPA that's bright and approachable with sky high drinkability. The snappy carbonation and lighter than expecte body make this beer a sheer joy to imbibe. Thanks again for the couple samples, Sammyjaxxxx!

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2ellas
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmyfont
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tschnab
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - vibrant lively ripe orange. Little head that dissipates quickly.

S - lemon and grassy hops up front. Bit of dankness in the backend.

T - strong orange rind and grapefruit pith. A very sharp and focused flavor with slight crackery malt backbone. Flavor goes as fast as it comes. Feels hollow with a lot of talk, then cuts short. Reminds me of a peacock.

F - light and fleeting. Crisp and airy. Kinda reminds me of NEBCO. Certainly sessionable, I'll give them that, but it doesn't seem like it has much of a leg to stand on.

O - a one-two punch, but without the two. Jabs short and brief right off the bat and then nothing. Odd. Good flavor while it lasts though.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden and opaque with a one finger head. Smells of hoppy citrus. Smooth, bitter, bread malts, grapefruit and pine. Actually very nicely balanced. This IPA isn't rocking the boat doing anything crazy, but it's very nice and approachable. A clean, well-made, balanced IPA.

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

Photo of robgage
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richter525
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. As the beer warms a bit, I pick up considerable tropical fruit and orange citrus (the beer smells like it has considerable mosaic and citra hops, but the description on BA indicates no mosaic hops were used). It really smells like a juicy, fruit forward IPA. On the palate, it was hard not to be a bit disappointed, given the aroma profile. I'm picking up some nice tropical fruit on the palate, and the sweetness is pretty nicely balanced by the hops in this beer. That tends to dry the beer out on the finish, which I think is always a good thing. However, this is clearly another East Coast all the way style of IPA, with virtually no bitterness whatsoever on the finish. In fact, the finish is a bit short, fading off rather quickly into nothingness. To be honest, a beer with this little bitterness probably shouldn't be characterized as an IPA (SNPA has considerably more bitterness in the finish then Head High). Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkability is pretty decent.

A nice beer, but it's becoming more and more apparent to me that this style of IPA is just not my cup of tea. However, there seems to be a never ending thirst for the style, so you sure can't blame Kane for catering to the current craze. Regardless, I'm glad I got to sample this beer. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of avas
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Head High from Kane Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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