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

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 364
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.48%
Wants: 46
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BB1313 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 364
Photo of bobhits
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up up tonight based on some reviews and comments on the forums. I'm already almost dressed to see I bought a bottle when cans exist. Why do breweries offer cans and then the horrible low quality CRAP that are bottles? Really sucks since I know this won't be as fresh or good but what can you do?

BTW just a soap box moment but once a brewery can afford a canning line, stop putting ANY beer in glass unless you think a cork is needed. Otherwise CAN, it's better, period end of story.

Ok to the beer.

Pours a bright golden color, light on carbonation and head. Kinda disappointing at the ABV and the talk of fresh hops.

The nose is citrus, lacking much malt even minor caramels are nearly non existent. I'm sadly getting vegetables. Hoppy goodness and veggies kinda putting this off.

The flavor sadly is going the same direction. I get nearly no malt character, it's there and keeping this from being a bittering puckering mess, but I get citrus and then vegetables. There's a bit of a wow factor and yet it is missing some elements of greatness. I really want to try this in a can to see if they got things balanced just a hair better.

I often here that IPA's don't have the same requirements in perfection to be good, that hops over power. Sorry but a 3% improvement in the hop flavor and malt flavor move this beer to the 4.5 range. There was just no room for flaws in this beer and there are flaws. Even a tiny MINOR improvement moves this into the world class level.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Hazy deep orange. Medium white head. Smell is pine and grassy hops. Some caramel malts. Taste is grassy and almost immediately bitter. A little bit of sweet citrus behind it. Malty in the middle and bitterness takes over in the finish. Medium heavy. Flavorful but a bit too heavy for my tastes.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.)

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Photo of hosehead83
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Hoppierheadsprevail
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't really get into the whole description deal. But this is a golden orange clear pouring IPA. Small head with a very earthy smell. Taste of pine with a perfect bitter touch and clean finish. Solid brew!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/07/15, thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Small fizzy head, almost no lacing, light sediment floaties, hazy orange slight reddish color.

Nose is quite nice, big hops, fruit stone fruit,, tropical notes, candied dried tree fruit, apricot, citrus orange peel, light floral, sticky mild resin candy, little dank.

Taste is Hoppy, big fruity grassy floral hops, citrus, juicy fruit, candied dried apricot tangerine candy, candied orange peel, sweet candy, little syrupy note. Into big bitter spicy hop, earthy briny, little hop resin sticky. Finish mildly sticky, little syrupy, drier, lingering citrus and candy, big bitterness, spicy notes.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, carb creamy but light, sticky.

Overall good but feels more like a dipa than ipa, but nice.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade., shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with fair amount of floaties. The head fades quickly to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of citrus flesh, little bit of dankness. Little bit of malt sweetness, nice well rounded hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of dank hops, loads of citrus peel light malts and grapefruit. The finish is quite bitter, surprisingly so, almost double ipa level.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, aggressively bitter, bit sticky.

O - Overall this beer was a solid representation of the style. Really nice offering from Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy orange-gold. Huge egg shell/off-white head. Great retention and significant lacing.

Smells of green hops, and more hops. Slightly dank/medicinal.

This thing is a taste bud destroyer. So much that you don't think it is a hoppy beer by the time it's gone. It throws everyrhing and the kitchen sink at you. Very fresh/green tasting hop juice with a hint of weed, a lot of fresh grass and pine, and citrus. Some semi sweet malts do creep in toward the end.

It becomes a little drying eventually. You would swear it has more alcohol. Otherwise, a very nice body. Almost creamy.

This beer isn't hoppy for hoppy's sake. The quality of the flavors is excellent. However, it does get pretty much to the total numbing point for me before it is gone, so I am not going to score the taste as high as it probably should be- which is world class. One of the best 3 wet hopped beers I have had.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somehow I missed this one last year. This year it's in bottles. Yum, it's real good.

It has the right look - medium, light yellow IPA, slightly golden. Nice little head and lace. The aroma is a strong - hoppy in every way. Piney.

The taste is thick with hops. Mounds of green oozing from every sip. It's resinous. This is one of the best over hopped drinks - this is what they all are shooting for. Fat Heads, of course, hits it perfectly.

This is highly recommended for those looking for a hops OD. This is it - enjoy.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Vibrant gold on the pour and settles as a beautiful copper in the glass. Looks like a brand new penny with 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Great clarity and carbonation. Huge aroma - one of those you can smell while you're pouring it. Dank, sticky pine, hops, juicy tropical fruit, and more hops. Relatively light weight compared to some other IPA's of this abv. The mouthfeel is lively and smooth, but not overly creamy. Sweet malts, pine, and tropical fruit up front on the taste. Those hops creep in as it warms on the palate, and damn they are delicious. Finishes smooth and you're left with a hugely bitter aftertaste. Damn there are some hops in this thing.

Overall, outstanding for sure. Beautifully balanced with hopheads in mind. My only dilemma is deciding whether I like this better than Head Hunter.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious gold color and produces plenty of sticky lacing. Aromas are dank as described as well as piney, grassy, earthy, peppery and dandelion like flavors . . . Aromas and flavors are similar. Feel is crisp and sticky.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a light amber orange, fairly clear, and some floaties are evident (always a good sign with an IPA). A rather rough pour produces about a finger of fine white foam. The nose is fresh and citrus-like, but not as potent or in-your-face as Head Hunter. It's more delicate.

Light-medium body (more substantial than I typically get from a wet-hop IPA) and a nice sharp pleasantly bitter hoppy character. Lots of orange marmalade up front, followed by lemon juice, grapefruit, and a nice orange rind and pineapple finish. There's a little bit of a resin-like, piney character, but the predominant notes are citrus fruit. Very reminiscent of Head Hunter, but the finish doesn't linger quite as long.

This is another one of those beers that defies logic. There's no way something this bitter should taste good, but it does. An outstanding wet-hop IPA. Founders Harvest Ale, Three Floyds Broo Doo, Victory Harvest Ale, and this. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Bone53
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/02/15

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a one to two finger white head

Smell: Pungent dankness, rich tropical notes, pine

Taste: Dank and pine dominate with tropical and citrus notes

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; Slick and smooth on the palate with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is what i imagine a fresh hop IPA should be like. Very dense and rich hop aromas and flavors. This and Founders Harvest Ale are two of my favorite representations of the style iv had. Fat Heads must have one of the best IPA programs in the world and i feel very fortunate to have easy access to their beers

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Photo of rabbott2
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - clear and yellow. look of a good IPA

S - hoppy bitterness. i like this

T - lots of citrus and pineyness. This is very bitter as well, but it's enjoyable. Different for this type, but you can tell it's wet hopped

F - medium bodied and pretty well carbonated. a little heavier for an IPA

O - Bitter, hoppy, and citrusy. Nice beer. Different than expected, but I am glad I was able to get a bottle of this finally.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear light amber color. Has a nice citrusy hoppy aroma. Flavor is really clean. Great citrus flavor and light resin hops. Has a pretty smooth finish. A really nice IPA from these guys again

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Photo of ONUMello
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 10/7/15 poured into a Teku glass
A: Orange with a thin head
S: Fresh hop aromas- citrus, tropical fruit (particularly pineapple) and a hint of pine. A bit of malt/caramel underneath
T: This smells fresh but tastes even fresher. It's less than a month old but I've been sitting on it for a week- shame on me, I should have opened it that night. Similar hop notes as the aromas with the same malt/caramel in the background
M: Medium-bodied, fresh & crisp
O: As with most of Fat Head's hoppy ales this is a winner

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at the Pint Room October 17, 2015.

Look - Very clear. Yellow. Good finger of head down to white ring. Great lacing.

Smell - Hop. Very little citrus.

Taste - Definitely on the bitter/pine side of bitter/citrus/must.

Feel - Tears the tongue. Medium bodied. This keg wasn't overly carbonated.

Overall - If you want bitter, this is it. Walks a fine line of being a fine beer and terrible beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to SomethingClever for this
12 oz bottle, dated 10/10/15, poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden orange with a two finger white head.

S- Grapefruit, some tropical fruits, piney, slightly dank, touch of wet grass.

T- Super dank and piney, huge bitter finish, grapefruit, citrus, some tropical fruits, light sweet malt backbone.

M- Smooth, dry, light to medium body.

O- A super easy drinking IPA. Hoppy as hell, definitely worth seeking out. Second IPA I've tried from Fat Head's and they are both winners. Wet grass in the nose was a little out of place, but doesn't come out in the taste.

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