Kane Wax Comb

It’s officially Summer in New Jersey. Places are slowly starting to open up and traffic is getting heavier. At least we still have breweries doing direct delivery, like Kane.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A wax comb is a tool used in the maintenance and removal of surfboard wax on a surfboard. Wax combs typically have features such a jagged or toothed edge and a straight, relatively sharp edge. The jagged edge is used to create textured grooves for improving the traction of the wax and the straight edge is used for scraping off unwanted wax. In addition to the straight edge for wax removal, some wax combs even have an inwardly curved edge for the rails (such as Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax ‘Sex Comb’). Additionally, wax combs can have features such as fin key, bottle opener or a snap for portability (attachment to interior pocket loop, lanyard or leash attachment lanyard).”

Random: Although given Kane’s location, I should have figured out that their beers would have beach themed names, I didn’t figure it out until now.

The beer poured with a finger of loose, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The beer was bright yellow in color and had no carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose started with grapefruit pith and zest and some pine as well. The taste was much of same, big notes of bright citrus and then pine sap and pine needles. There was also some green melon note as well. The body was on the medium side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was sticky with grapefruit. I enjoyed this beer and would search this one out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane Party Wave

Tonight’s beer is another one from Jersey. I’ve been trying to have more local beers to support them in the pandemic.

ABV: 7.2%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to surfertoday.com, “Party waves make sense when you’re surrounded by friends, in a relaxed environment with gentle, rolling waves or dying swells. It is not only a fun way to meet new people, but also an excellent opportunity to have a good laugh. Longboards or foam surfboards will help make party waves a tremendous success. In the end, you’ll understand why sharing the stoke of surfing with total strangers is an absolute surprise. Surfing doesn’t have to be serious. Sometimes, we all need to transform a poor surfing session into a memorable experience that will only make us better persons. Nevertheless, let’s not forget that successful party waves require talented skills. Otherwise, the chances of someone getting injured or damaging a board will increase. Party waves are not a good idea in ultra-crowded surf breaks, or in environments where localism and snaking behaviors dominate the line-up. Sharing a wave is a cool option in long beaches with multiple peaks, or in places where you’re sure there’s room for everyone. Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is famous for its occasional party waves. In the end, remember that safety must come first. Party waves in waves of consequence may put surfers’ lives in danger.”

Random: Until researching for this post, I had no idea what a party wave was.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body incredibly hazy and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible. The nose started with grapefruit, honeydew and some notes of mint and cilantro. The taste was really bright. It had grapefruit pith and orange segments and some lime zest as well. There were also notes of fresh pine as well. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy pine finish. This beer had outstanding flavor and went down really easily. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Kane SBX

Happy Memorial Day! Although we’re not going anywhere, it’s nice to have an extra day off. We’ve been watching movies and reading and spending time annoying the cats. Hopefully next Memorial Day will be more event filled. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “A sneakbox is a small boat that can be sailed, rowed, poled or sculled. It is predominantly associated with the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, just as the canoe-like Delaware Ducker is associated with the New Jersey marshes along the Delaware River near Philadelphia. Railbird skiffs and garvey-like sneakboxes are other American hunting-boat types. Typically, they were all used for hunting waterfowl and marsh birds but also have been used by trappers.”

Random: When Val and I go on vacation, we try to find a way to get on a boat, whether it’s a sailboat or a ferry. We really enjoy boats.

The beer poured with a three finger, thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright yellow and quite cloudy, with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with melon and mango and pineapple. The taste was really bright and fruity. There was plenty of honeydew and mango and pineapple with a touch of mint as well. The beer was full-bodied with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with strawberry and mint. I thought this beer was outstanding and the alcohol was really hidden and there was a lot of flavor to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Kane Sunday Brunch

Val and I went to Hamilton to try a new beer place. The beer was good, but the food was terrible. The place was empty and it took forever to get any service. It was very annoying, especially because I wanted to watch some of the NFL playoffs.

ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Township of Ocean was created by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 21, 1849, from portions of Shrewsbury Township, at which time the newly formed township stretched from the Shrewsbury River to the southern tip of Avon-by-the-Sea. Portions of the township have been taken to form Long Branch (April 11, 1867), Eatontown (April 4, 1873), Asbury Park (March 26, 1874), Neptune Township (February 26, 1879), Sea Bright (March 21, 1889), Allenhurst (April 26, 1897), Deal (March 7, 1898), Monmouth Beach (March 9, 1906), Interlaken (March 11, 1922) and Loch Arbour (April 23, 1957). The township derives its name from its original seaside location.”

Random: Kane changed their entire website, so no information about this beer.

This beer poured with no head on top of a dark brown body. The body was so dark that I couldn’t pick up any carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, smoke and maple syrup. The taste was a lot of maple syrup sweetness up front and quick went into dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was some smoke as well. The alcohol was present, but not abrasive. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with chocolate and maple syrup. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane 2190

This was a beer that I was excited to crack open. Let’s get right to it.

ABV: 12.9%

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Launched in August of 2011, Kane Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. Our focus is brewing American-style and Belgian influenced ales. All of our handcrafted beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed locally in our custom built brew house located in Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Most of our beers are draft-only and available at bars and restaurants in coastal, central and northern New Jersey where we hand deliver each beer to ensure the highest level of both beer freshness and service. We hope you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy creating them.”

Random: I picked this one up from the brewery.

The beer poured with less than a finger of tan head that dissipated by the time I went to take a picture. The body was dark brown, almost black, with little visible carbonation. The nose started with booze and quickly went into currants, brandy and leather. Dark fruits, specifically dates, were present as well as some molasses and brown sugar. The taste was intense at first. The booze was definitely hot, but the dark fruits helped to counter it. I picked up currants, dates and prunes. The leather came through next, along with brown sugar, molasses and brandy sweetness. After a few sips, some plum came through with rum and a touch of nutmeg. The body was thick and chewy with light carbonation. The finish was sticky and lengthy with booze and dark fruit. A bottle of this was $24, which came to $1.09 per ounce. I liked this beer a lot, but I think it would get better with a year or two of age on it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane Cove At Raglan

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Kane that was on tap at my local bar. They don’t get Kane all that much, so this was a real treat.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Launched in August of 2011, Kane Brewing Company is a small craft brewery located on the coast of New Jersey. Our focus is brewing American-style and Belgian influenced ales. All of our handcrafted beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and brewed locally in our custom built brew house located in Ocean Township in Monmouth County. Most of our beers are draft-only and available at bars and restaurants in coastal, central and northern New Jersey where we hand deliver each beer to ensure the highest level of both beer freshness and service. We hope you enjoy drinking our beers as much as we enjoy creating them.”

Random: I wish Kane was closer to us so I could pick up cans more easily.

The beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was really murky and bright yellow in color. There was no carbonation visible. The nose was incredibly fragrant with lots of tropical hops. I specifically picked up pineapple, mango and papaya. It had a floral note as well. The taste was equally tropical. I picked up the same notes of mango and pineapple, but it had some pine needles along with it. The floral note was muted, but had some honey sweetness at the end. After a few sips, I picked up some rye as well, which paired well with the other flavors. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a lengthy, tropical finish. This beer was excellent, as I’ve come to expect from Kane. This is worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Kane Vengeful Heart

Kane beers are usually outstanding, so whenever we make a trip to the brewery, I pick up bombers of whatever they have.

ABV: 10.3%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Vengeful Heart is a true American-style Barleywine loaded with 98 IBU of our favorite hops. We used a heavy dose of Simcoe and Chinook in the boil and even more Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe and Chinook in the whirlpool and at dry-hopping. This huge hop bill is supported by a blend of four different crystal malts to create flavors of caramel, toffee and dark fruit. As a result, Vengeful Heart is deep ruby in color with big tropical fruit and pineapple aromas and a firm bitterness that is followed by a slightly sweet, caramel finish.”

Random: We’re about halfway through season one of “The Good Fight.” It just makes me miss “The Good Wife” more.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a medium brown color and cloudy with light carbonation. The nose was filled with sweet, caramel and toffee notes, which transitioned into some hoppy pine and citrus notes. Booze and earthiness came through next. The taste had a significant dose of sweetness to it with the caramel and toffee, but had a nice dose of hops to cut it. The alcohol was hidden for a barleywine, but some dark fruits, specifically dates, came through at the end. The body was thick, but not syrupy, and had plenty of carbonation. The finish was sweet, yet had a punch of citrus hops at the end. I don’t remember how much this was, since I picked it up directly from the brewery, but I thought this beer was really outstanding and not just a sweet barleywine, like so many examples from the style are. I would definitely get this again and throw a few in the cellar to age.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0