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Single Fin | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 134
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler purchased 7/2/16 at brewery. Poured into Kane Belgian glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, moderate lacing, and a ring. Beer is a hazy pale gold.

S: Sweet malts forward especially Pilsner, Belgian Trappist yeast, maybe some coriander

T: Pilsner malt dominates, some coriander, a touch of citrus (this has some elements of a wit overall), pepper and floral notes on the finish.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation, good construction and balance. Nice drying that doesn't allow finish to be too sweet.

F: Very strong example of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/28/15 notes. On tap at the brewery.

Pours a clear bright yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Spices, Belgian yeast, pepper, wheat, bready malts, apples, light funk in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice Belgian pale; not my favorite of the Kane staples but a nice beer.

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Photo of reds2harleys
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it at Kane's brewery - which I highly recommend if you're in Jersey. Good brew, nice color and aroma but nothing special. Fairly good taste though not quite up to some of the other fine brews from Kane. I think this would probably get a slightly higher rating from me but I think it lost a little because after trying Deep Rooted, Driftline and head high at Kane this one was a little below them but still a fine brew. Kane sets the bar so high. Will I drink it again, sure.

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Photo of lifebeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kane just keeps getting better. They've worked on this one -- its really balanced compared to all of their earlier permutations. The same goes for all of their offerings.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orangey golden color, good white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Nice Belgian yeast spice, fruity malts, and some floral hops

Taste: A nice fruity malty character, with Belgian yeast character, spiciness, some floral hops in the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation, semi dry finish

Overall: Fantastic Belgian style brew. This is wonderful. Kane's skill shines here

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a hazy golden yellow color, 1f white head, some lacing. Nice bubbles.

S- Big yeast aroma, fresh dough rising. Some peppery spice and light fruits.

T- Belgian style yeasts, dry malts, light fruit and floral hops.

M- Medium feel, good carbonation. Sour and dry.

O- Another good one from Kane. I'd prefer a 'tart' rather tan sour character in the style.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz pour in a Kane tulip at the brewery.

Single Fin pours a mostly opaque golden yellow, with roughly a finger of fluffy white foam. Head retention is decent and lacing is a bit spotty. The nose has a fairly prominent cracker aroma, and it's supplemented by a delicate pepper smell. The flavor profile starts off with that same cracker like pale malt sweetness. There's also a bit of a pear centric stone fruit note. A soft bitterness follows and clears everything out for spicy phenols to provide the finish. The body is very light, and paired with a pretty lively carbonation, just a superb mouthfeel. Kane's Single Fin is a great sessionable Belgian beer from possibly my favorite brewery in the state.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the brewery

Pours a clouded, grainy golden color with a tuft of white head. Fades into a thin film, leaving a ring of lacing on the glass.

Touches of spice, banana and clove with a floral touch. Yeasty with some grainy malts and faint citrus.

Banana with clove, light hops and cracked pepper up front. Yeasty tones deliver a soft funk with grass and orange peel. Thin backbone with cereal and grain. Light sweetness with a crisp finish.

Lighter body, well carbonated, crisp and thin on the tongue. Definitely an easy, smooth drinker, although I think this is more of a Blonde than a straight up Belgian pale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/21/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, spices, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of lemon, orange and clove spice. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in to bring some balance. The malt character is a bit on the thin side. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pilsner gold color with a big but rapidly evaporating white head. Smells heavily of banana bread and clove. Touch of bubble gum.

Very dry for a Belgian session which is nice. Sweet banana bread flavor up front, herbal and medicinal hops come to play and finishes with spicy clove and dry bitterness. Pretty good, big flavor and sessionable which is what they were going for. Can get pretty complex if you really wanna dive into it.

Is right up there with the session line by full sail, big flavor that you can drink all day.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. They poured into a fluted glass in the other room (so I didn't know what the initial head was).

The beer was a nice, hazy yellow. I got about a single finger of foam.

In the nose I get a little sour, some flowery hops, and a little bit of citrus.

The flavor was pretty easy drinking. I like the mix of the hops as well as some banana presence.

I tip my hat to Mike Kane. This was another very good example of the style from Mike.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delicious Heights. Pours a shimmering gold with a bit of chill haze, slowly clearly up nicely. Small somewhat soapy looking head that settles quickly; lacing is patchy and spotty. Big Belgian yeast aroma; lots of spice; clove, pepper, citrusy lemon hops.

Flavor follows the nose closely; the Belgian style is nailed. Very authentic. Lots of yeasty phenolic notes; spices, some banana and bubblegum esters; assertive lemon; hops are bright and citrusy but well-integrated and not overly bitter. Fruity but not sweet and has a nicely dry finish.

Crisp and clean feel with bubbly carbonation and a medium-light body. Very easy to drink. A tasty and dead-on interpretation of a Belgian pale.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying my first pint of this one on tap at the Copper Mine Pub at the moment.

Appearance: Pours btw faint orange and golden with a small 1/2 finger white crown that shows minimal retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Surprisingly pungent citrus hop nose (orange and lemon) over Belgian yeast. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could so I'm rounding down a bit.

Taste: Moderate Belgian banana / bubblegum / clove notes with that lemon to orange citrus finish. It has a bunch of flavors going on but they don't jive very well IMHO. I'd give it a 3.8 if I could so I'm rounding up a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy but I wish I got a bit more balance from the flavor profile.

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Single Fin from Kane Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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