Head High | Kane Brewing Company

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Head HighHead High

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: 833 |  Reviews: 136
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

Photo of Hopsquisite
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My new go to ipa. Perfect amount of bitterness and nice finish. It could use a little love in the nose dept but that's not a show stopper for me. I wish it was sold in stores..fortunately I'm 10 minutes from the brewery.

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Photo of kbrown
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of CHickman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Avenue, Long Branch, NJ, it pours hazy gold color with a thick 2 finger white head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Had 2 glasses of it and both looked just as good.

Smells of lemon zest and grapefruit, biscuit, piney hops and more citrus. A fair amount of toasted grains, caramel and graham cracker balance out the nose giving it a classic IPA aroma.

Tastes nice and hoppy with the citrus hops coming off the strongest, followed by floral hops and light piney hops trailing. The citrus fruit is fresh and includes grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, clementine, then it shifts to the malty backbone and like the nose had the toasted grains, graham cracker and mild caramel balance it out. Bitterness was medium to low and this was easy to drink, a definite session beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lathamm1
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 2" head that slowly fades to a thick surface covering.

Smell: some citrus and a woody aromas are detectable.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, soft pine, and a bit of earthy bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late.

Overall: a super IPA that is very satisfying.

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

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

Pours a bright orange flavor and looks like straight OJ! Smell is oranges for days. Flavor is very similar but has a slight tartness that pairs well with the bitterness. Overall this is a very good IPA!

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

Killer IPA

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Photo of Blobberhead
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beers-es
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a pretty hazy orangeish gold. Two fingers of dense white foam leave lace rings down the glass.

Smell is grapefruit, orange, pine, with tropical notes and some catty dank. Taste is a huge hit of grapefruit pith, with other fruits and pine lurking underneath. Big dry bitter finish.

Feel is a smooth, almost creamy medium-minus. Overall a delicious and very well-made IPA.

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Photo of brpendergast85
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head High from Kane Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 833 ratings
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