Head High American IPA Kane Brewing

 

Head High American-style IPA brewed by Kane Brewing Company

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Head High
Tasting: September 1, 2017
Style: American-style IPA
Beer #: 1,102
ABV: 6.6%

I have foodie friends and when they gush on about certain dishes, they often describe the fresh flavor. I think everyone gets that sentiment, and it’s easy to distinguish the differences between freshly picked tomatoes from your garden and the flavorless red things sold at the supermarket. I think the same can be said for hop-based beer. A positive experience can be described as a beer that has a fresh hop flavor. That is a bit deceiving as many hops used are dried and pelletized and really aren’t fresh off the vine. I think the interpretation is that you can taste the true characteristics of the hop and the latest evolution of craft beer has brewers working to spotlight a fresh flavor.

For many years, hops were added primarily in mid-boil and late boil. The mid-boil hop addition converts the alpha acids found in hops to bitterness compounds. The late hop addition released enough hop oils to contribute to a beer’s aroma. The boiling of hops doesn’t do much for imparting that fresh hop flavor. Today, brewers are shifting away from the bitterness addition and concentrating on the late or post cooling by using hopbacks, whirlpools and dry/wet hopping. So, when someone say that a beer has a fresh hop flavor, a lot of creativity went into the finished product.

A friend stopped by Kane during a recent beach trip and picked me up a few four-packs of Head High and Overhead – 93 points . Purely a guess, but I think Head High and Overhead might describe wave heights as overhead represents an imperial IPA as compared to the base IPA.

I’ve had this beer many times and I’m surprised that it hasn’t appeared in my blog. Fresh hops abound here and Head High is a solid go to beer, 91 points.

If you want release information, Kane tends to make announcements via their Instagram Page

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Kane Overhead by Kane Brewing

Tasting: January 1, 2015
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer # 677

Kane Overhead an imperial IPA by Kane Brewing

The family went to The Mohawk House in Sparta on New Year’s Day to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. Not only does it offer great food, it’s a terrific craft beer destination. I scoped out the beer list in advance on Beer Menus and I knew my order about two hours before we left for the restaurant – Kane Overhead Imperial IPA by Kane Brewing. A few months ago, a Beer Advocate thread asked about the best IPA by state and with many of those that posted in the thread, this IPA was neck and neck with Carton’s 0Dub (077XX).

Reminded a lot of The Wings of Armageddon I enjoyed the other night. Big time grapefruit and enough pineapple and honey base to balance it off. Really a first class beer and would love to see it start appearing in bottles or cans. I’ll match Wings of Armageddon at 93 points.

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