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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 276
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 4.13%
Wants: 43
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 276
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Bright copper color on the pour it's head is cream colored forms thick bands of lacing evenly as it settles out a bit.

Aroma has dank earthy citrus notes hops right off the vine with tropical fruit notes think papaya and pineapple in there amongst the foray of hops. Biscuit malts give off a bit of bread like notes and perceived malt sweetness.

Flavor is pure hop juice, I'm sucking on hop candy raw hops with balanced sweetness Citra is one of the hops harmed in the making of this beer. Big citrus rind, tropical fruit notes including mango/pineapple on the palate. Stream of hop oils crosses the palate, this batch was canned on 10/15/14 I'm in heaven!!!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous in the fact that you feel like there are hop oils flowing across your palate within that experience is one of the most amazing hop profiles I've come across so drinkable, burping hop hops even carbonation canned a day ago.

Overall, incredible experience from Fat Head's I hope to have more like this...I'm probably driving down to Fathead's again soon to grab some more!!! They are that good! (1,106 characters)

Photo of sourd
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

16oz can poured into a 16oz har glass...be burley

pours a hazy sunshine orange with a proper head, somewhere between bubbly and creamy

smells like what i imagine a grapefruit harvesters hands would smell like after a long day of picking fruit and rolling joints

tastes squarely of grapefruit peel, with fleeting notes of tropical fruit and whiffs of dank cannabis and yeast

pleasantly creamy mouthfeel (initially) that left my toungue stuck to the roof of my mouth with resiny oily goodness

this is like drinking a proto-headhunter that climbed out of some primordial trub that the brewers forgot about and it snuck into the fermentation room and absorbed all of the other evolving beers life force and morphed into some sort of humuloic demon bent on consuming every hop flower in existence...and its fantastic

*now, if they would just cut it out with the horrible label art we could be best friends

note: it has now been 2 hours since my last gulp, during which i have had a glass of water and a banana with peanut butter, and all i can taste is hop resin...its like stuck in my teeth or something (1,106 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Picked up the can for 4 bucks at D's Six packs. Into a pint glass.

A - Exceptional pour! In my imperial pint glass it gave me a 2 inch's of head that slowly settles to a sticky lace ring. Slight sediment floaties in the glass with a golden amber color.
S - Resinous yet balanced hops, slight sweet malts, no noticeable ABV.
T - Smooth crisp hop bitterness straight from the tank! Balancing sweet malts, not noticeable ABV burn. One hella good beer!
M - Light to medium bodied easy to drink pounder.

Overall I was highly impressed with this it ranks up with the top take on the style (Founders Harvest) Price is good I would get it again! (640 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a goldy hazy orangish beauty. Great pine and citrus smell. Big hop punch when on the tastebuds. A sweetness immediately followed by a strong bitterness that lingers. Not an IPA for the faint of heart. Great though. I really like it. (238 characters)

Photo of Hossjob
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Phenomenal beer. I love a hoppy, bitter beer, but I also like the mouthfeel of a good DIPA. This one has a thicker mouth feel than a typical IPA, but not that of a good DIPA. The flavor is amazing though. Very complex. Citrusy, resinous, bitter, with a sweet malt after taste. Just the right amount of bite and carbonation. I like to let it linger on my palate. Hoping fatheads continues this limited release beer. It's an all time favorite of mine. (449 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Tasting at Fat Heads Tap House on 10/15/2014, CLE Beer Week release of Hop Stalker.

Clear saffron-yellow elixir presented in nonic pint glass. Two-finger, thick, white head, heavy laced glass at the end of the draught.

Really nice battle of the hops going on here: dank, resinous pine in a battle with the citrus, mango and grapefruit. The sweet, sweet citrus wins by a nose.

Crisp citrus flavors of mango, pineapple and grapefruit cut by what seems like cane sugar caramel, then smooth hop pine, resin and subtle spice come up to provide balance. The mouth waters. The citra and simcoe hops really create a complex amalgam of flavors.

Medium body, nicely slick, alcohol hidden.

Another fantastic hop-driven brew from Matt Cole and FHs. (748 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pounder into a pint glass.

A. Clear gold with a nice frothy white with medium lacing.
S. Cracker malt big citrus, pineapple, pine, nice and grass, slightly dank, a little white grape.
T. Amazing, this is like this fresh hop version of head hunter. Pineapple, mango, pine, big citrus. Massive delicious hop flavor.
M. Clean and bright, yet bitter medium feel.
O. Outstanding flavor, just epic (392 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can Courtesy of SomethingClever, Dank You beer brother!

I received this in the mail, only aching to rip into it. I'm glad I did not wait to enjoy it later. Enough gibberish time for the brew. This brew is gorgeous in appearance. Nice light copper body with a fine soapy white head. It's a very great looking brew.

The aroma is insane! Dense tropical fruits/flowers and resinous hops just shine their way to the forefront. Nice peach/apricot tones creep from behind. Passion fruit sweetness with citric notes are also present. Very well orchestrated to make a pleasant aroma.

The flavor is just as outrageous as the aroma! First the tongue picks up that mixture of Resinous and some citric hop notes. It's a rich experience to the palate for me. Then the tropical passion fruits rest in the aftertaste. The malts are sweet almost honey-ish yet balanced. The finish is semi-dry that coats the palate in hop oils. Lingering leafy hop bitterness lingers in a pleasant way. The way the brew feels on the palate is almost perfect for an IPA. It's has some body, yet it's very limber that flows around like it knows you. Carbonation is on point to accent the flavors.

Overall: Holy $hit! This brew is one hoppy beast. This brew hit everything I look for in an IPA. Huge hoppy aroma - Check. Huge balanced hop flavor - Check. Lingering leafy hop aftertaste - Double Check! This isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of hops that went into this brew, you might've just labeled this a fresh hopped DIPA! All in all, this brew is damn delicious and has my seal of approval. This brew is Recommended! (1,605 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into snifter

A: nice lively head that dropped away after a few to a small tight head. Nice light copper color. good clarity

S: very pungent hop flavor and all over the spectrum, it's sweet smelling with a light Carmel smell that rounds into a fruity smell like overripe fruit and then a little herbal

T: Bracing fruit, then piney, then a little floral ending with a biscuity herbal taste and a little bit spicy

M: not bad at all but pretty common for an an IPA semi light bodied with a little but of cloying

O: Wonderful beer the hops explode on the tongue and it's very in your face and a lot of different hop flavors, nice bready sweet fruity smell. Really nothing to complain about on this beer look for it you'll love it. (750 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Canned 10/13/14

Fat Heads can do no wrong with the hoppy stuff. They have another winner here. There are similar characteristics (smell, initial taste) between this and Head Hunter. Head Hunter is more bitter on the finish, while Hop Stalker leaves that fresh hop taste in your mouth for awhile. Delicious. (307 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Can from Joe. Thanks big guy! Pours very slightly hazy golden with a big fluffy white head that sticks around a while and sticks all over the glass. Amazing aroma of citrus grapefruit, mangos, pine, grass, and definite sweet caramel malts in there but the hops are what shine in the nose. Flavor is pineapple, grapefruit, citrus zest, hint of bitter dry pine, grass, yum. Not as dry and bitter as Head Hunter and with a bit more vegetal raw hop flavor and juiciness. Light bodied and easy going with medium plus carbonation. This is good, but what do you expect from these guys when they get their hands on some hops? (617 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium orange and a touch toward golden in color with a small white head that fades to a cap and leaves great lacing. Smell is pure hop forward and promises a hop wallop. Mango, orange, papaya, melon, and grapefruit fill the nose. This beer means business and on first sip you can tell its hopped to the max. There is an initial slight sweetness from the malt that gives way completely to a resinous hop experience. Dank hops consume the palate in a wave of grapefruit and mango flavor battling pine and canibous for attention. Fruity hop flavors win out by the smallest of margins. Creamy feel with a perfect level of carbonation and a medium body. This beer is so hop forward it's finish is dictated by it as well, hop resins consume the palate on finish. This beer left the presence of hop oils and resins in my mouth for quite some time. If you like hop forward beers look no further. Me, I like a bit more balance but this is very good at what it does. (967 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on fresh 2014-11-10 in Columbia, PA from a 16 oz can.

A - Clear golden-orange with a 2-finger white head that drops to 1/2-finger pretty quickly leaving moderate lace.

S - Very fresh-picked hops with an expected grassy/vegetal element and some cousin dankness. There's a nice dollop of pineapple flesh and a touch of pale malt. I'm enjoying this fresh-from-the-field aroma.

T - Hop forward for sure and the epitome of a hop cone crushed in the hand and sucked on in the mouth. If you like the taste of fresh hops; it's definitely in here. It's dank but not beyond the level that I enjoy. There is some lemon/grapefruit flesh and zest, plenty of pine and a mild amount of pale malt. It's not very sweet/caramel; certainly less-so than Head Hunter. The bitterness continues into the finish but so does the fresh hop / just-picked flavor.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Resinous and prickly for sure.

O - The brewers did a great job capturing the fresh hop aromas and flavors. Definitely check this out if you like fresh hop brews. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the can into a pint glass. Canned on 10/13/14, very fresh.

A- Poured a semi-clear orange color with some visible carbonation, big fluffy off-white head left dense, glass-coating lace.

S- Huge pungent and dank hoppiness, lots of grapefruit, pine, orange citrus, and tropical hop notes.

T- Lots of sweet citrus hop notes, big sweet candy caramel malt presence, lots of leafy and grassy hops. Finishes with moderate to high bitterness.

M- Very smooth, creamy, soft carbonation, dry, and medium bodied.

O- The taste didn't totally match the aroma. The aroma had a much more bold hop character, but this is a really nice well-balanced fresh hop IPA. The malt bill was very rich, flavorful, and played off the hop bill very nicely. It is hard to beat a fresh IPA in 16 oz. can. (797 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT can
Served in a nonic pint glass

L - It pours golden amber in color. It is crystal clear. It is topped with several inches of eggshell head.

S - The smell is great. I pick up on some citrus. It's dank, and I even smell a little weed.

T - The taste consists of bitter grapefruit. It is dank with a pine finish.

F - Medium

O - Yet another great offering from Fat Heads. They seem to do no wrong with hops. (417 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Fat Head's in N. Olmsted, Ohio

Pours golden with a slght haze; small eggshell white head that leaves nice lacing and retention. Smells awesome. Lots of mango, peach, and watermelon. There's a bit of sweet bready malts in the background. Flavors are very sharp and bitter. Sweet fruits along with some citrus. Nice amount of grapefruit. Hints of pine needles. West coast vibe. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; smooth with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Yep, this is an awesome IPA. Most breweries would be extremely proud of this, but it comes off as just another day at the office for Fat Head's. Well executed. (645 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The front of the CAN clearly delineates the name as “Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA” and the reverse of the CAN says that it originated from their Middleburg Heights, OH location. I have submitted updates, but I am going to post this review under every potential entry until this CAN be unscrewed.

Here is another CAN courtesy of the good peeps at The Fridge. Futty got me a CAN of Fiddlehead B.C. Second Fiddle during a recent trip to Vermont and now Kevin Brown laid a CAN of this on me when a customer came in with a bunch of them following a trip to Ohio. I pays to advertise! I had wanted to trade for this when it first came out, but given The CANQuest’s ™ current backlog, I am being judicious in pulling in more beer for the time being. In fact, Brown made me promise to drink it sooner, rather than later. Aye aye! The bottom reads: “CANned on 10/15/14 10:16”.

From the CAN: “[-] Pour It Slowly [-] Unfiltered Beer Captured Inside [-] Go Commando [-] Drink it Fresh”; “Deep in the Yakima Valley, our hop-obsessed Head Brewmaster went commando in search of his prized nuggets. His mission: Capture the freshest hop flowers he could sneak up on. Then he wet-hopped this bad-ass brew for a deliciously dank IPA. Out of the wild emerged The Hop Stalker.”; “Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! ™ [undersigned] Matt [-] Chris [-] Glenn”; “Don’t let your [CAN ] wander. Stalk a recycling bin.”

Heaven forbid! My CANs now go to Jeff Lebo for inclusion in his House of CANs. I will recycle BMC and pop CANs, but not a craft CAN such as this.

All preliminaries having been accomplished, it was time for the Crack! Not only did it reveal another brimful craft CAN, but I got a Squirt across my fingertips to boot. It took a lot of willpower NOT to CANduct an inverted Glug, but the CAN specifically told me not to and I promised #TheOldLady back in July 2013 that I would not do so if the CAN advised against it. A promise is a promise, so I inclined both glass and CAN, although I was not inclined to do so, and used a very gentle deCANting process. I still produced a finger of dense, tawny head, but it quickly faded, leaving some really sticky lacing in its wake. Nose was dank, earthy, like freshly upturned soil, with notes of grass, lemon zest and evergreen. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, which may be why they wanted a gentle pour: there may be bits to rouse at the end. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was MUCH earthier than Sixpoint Sensi, which I had previous to this one. I would be curious to know what hop varieties were used in each of them. While this did not have a pronounced hoppy bitterness, per se, it was clearly higher in ABV than my two previous beers. That earthiness reminded me of summer tomatoes or peppers, both of which my next door neighbor grows and allows me to pick and eat. Very little goes to waste around me as a lifelong bachelor and I have no CANpunction about eating FF&V. Finish was dry, but not bitter. It was very earthy and quite mellow. If they make it again next year, I may try to get some on a timelier basis, but I still think that it held up well. I was not getting a lot of malt characteristics, which is indicative of fading hops. And now for the final pour. Will it be like a box of Cracker Jacks and there will be a special prize at the bottom? I agitated the CAN repeatedly before engaging in an agro pour. Waste not, want not, I always say. I got a tad bit of lees, but the favor profile did not markedly change. (3,528 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz. "tallboy" can into a standard pint glass.
Hazy gold with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Big dose of fresh juicy hops
Taste-Full-on dank piney hops. Fresh and flavorful. (193 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/15/14

Nice amber-ish color. Nose is vegetal hop tones. Flavor brings the same smooth vegetal tone. It's smooth and definitely nice and there is a nice oily vegetal thing going on. Not really blowing me away or anything though. Doesn't seem worthy of a 4.38 rating. (The average score when I rated this one.) (318 characters)

Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.