Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by bonbini26 on 08-27-2011

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Ratings: 824 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bluecrow
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-cloudy yellow-orange tap pour a1/2 cm foam cap. Mottled lacing paints the glass on draughts. The aroma is mild tangerine. The flavors include juicy orange-grapefruit hop notes and a welcome hop-bite. This is not a simple soft IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth. I'll look for this again.

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

Thanks goes out to thebeers for this brew.

16oz. Can
Canned On: 03/28/17

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a cloudy dark golden orangy/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger plus white head, which also leaves some really nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is really nice, hoppy, some malts, citrusy (pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango), diesel/dank like. The taste is really nice, hoppy, kinda malty, with a very nice touch of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango, very nice diesel/dank like. Medium body, a very nice complex/citrus brew, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a very tasty brew. My first from Kane Brewing Company. Definitely would like to try others from them. Glad to get a chance to try this one. Thanks Arthur!

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

Photo of Dankacheese
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nfedas
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of buzzy
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yancey82
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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 HermitDan
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjal
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dms1767
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of thebeers
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
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 djgustafson
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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 littlestevie14
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of woemad
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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 anthony-s
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

One of the best go to IPAs in NJ and potentially the country

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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 rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eifster82
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Head High from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 824 ratings
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