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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Ratings: 812 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of stevedefusco
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can poured into an oversized tulip.

Pours a light copper color like dried apricot. The head is frothy, riddled with lace as it recedes and in general just looks rich and sticky. Carbonation ceaselessly rises through the body showing an effervescent beverage. 5

I smell melon. Yum. Floral melon. And bubblegum. Pineapple and mango and sticky tropical fruit. Beyond that are piney and resinous notes. It's got a little hop profile for everyone. Lovely. 4.25

Woosa that's a lot of grapefruit peel with that first sip. From there comes bubblegum, melon, mango, annnnnd, hmmm, something buttery and odd. Could it be diacetyl or something else? Dunno but something seems misplaced. Maybe a bit vegetal. Funny thing is there are delicious flavors around this, but clearly something skewing the magic. 3.5

It's got some juiciness, light-drinking, refreshing quality, some zesty bite and a light, lingering bitterness. That part works well. Drinks nice. 4.25

As I noted, the flavor seems off. As I've never had this before, I can't say for sure, but the beer doesn't taste optimal. I'll have to revisit, I guess.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of thegerm87
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of 5EKF
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JackoKershaw
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of RJQ3
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of if not my favorite IPA. Very hop forward with not much malty balance. The floral fruity hop combo is amazing and at 6.5% ABV you can have a few and not worry about being intoxicated! Also not a ton of calories or carbs for those healthly people out there like me! Kane Brewing is 15 mins from my shore houses and the Brewery is amazing!! Can't wait for the 16 oz. cans to be released this fall!!!

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Photo of SRBush1974
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treb0R
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Irishace9
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Lucoli
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Growler filled and poured same day into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clear, golden orange with about a finger and a half of head that slowly dissipates to a nice significant ring. Nose is full of tropical fruits and pine. Tastes exactly as your nose would lead you to believe with pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Well carbonated with a dry finish. A really solid west coast style representation. It's the beer that I always look for the tap handle when first walking into an establishment. This is the must have NJ IPA.

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Photo of Kwak
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured a nice orange almost copper color
sweet pine aroma
nice crisp flavor of hops and citrus
nice hoppy aftertaste very drinkable a solid ipa

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Photo of emquilxy
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imonhiatus
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crowley to mini sniffer nice ipa color. a bit bitter. fairly middle of the road ipa.

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Photo of Valentno7
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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