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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 387
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 21.25%
Wants: 55
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

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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 superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and minimal hop astringency after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness that builds up after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fresh hop IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of bright/dank citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The resinous quality does build up as you finish the glass, but never really gets to the point where it becomes unbearable. A highly enjoyable offering.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

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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 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 WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Stalker is another reason why Fat Heads is rapidly climbing to one of my favorite brewers!!! This is a solid 80 ibu ipa that hop head should revel in. The beer poured a copper clear with white head that did not leave much lace. The scent was a bouquet of hoppiness. The taste was very even but bitter enough to ensure you know you're drinking a ipa. The hops lent to more pine and bitter citrus. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall.....OH YEAH!

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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 DrDemento456
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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?

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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 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 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 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 Omnium
4.46/5  rDev +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

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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 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 ChrisMon02
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads in North Olmsted OH

L-awesome looking beer. Orange color with a pillowy head. Great lacing around the rim of the glass.
S-wow, tons of orange zest. Very fresh smelling. The hops pop.
T-orange zest, grapefruit and lime. Just a bit of sweet malt trying to fight the hop bitterness. Hops win.
M-super smooth and easy going down. Dangerous beer here folks.
O-one of the best wet hop beers I have ever had. Very fortunate to have easy access every year. Highly recommended if you like well made wet hop IPAs.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 Kadonny
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date was 10/2/15 and was consumed in early November. Super fresh beer.

A: A lighter orange color with a one finger white fluffy head. Lacing receeded into the glass.

S: Holy fresh hops. The smell on this beer is amazing. Off the bat I get this smell of fresh picked hops. Not just a little, but loads of fresh hops. Like you are putting your head into a vat of just picked hops. Other smells are loads of mint, fresh cut grass, grapefruit, orange and lemon. I get almost no malt detected in the smell.

T: Wow is all I can say. There is no doubt this is a fresh hop beer, it just screams freshness. Taste is loads of citrus with grapefruit and orange predominant. I also get some fresh cut grass flavors and minty and herbal flavors. Malt is very subtle and cracker like and towards the finish I get a hint of pine. Finish is bitter, but not overly so and is oh so damn good. This is a spectacular beer.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect. A bit prickly but smooth and dry with it being really, really drinkable. No alcohol at all and it does not drink like a 7.5% beer.

O: This is a spectacular beer. The smell and flavor really make you think you are standing in a field smelling the fresh picked hops whille drinking it, its unbelievable. The beer carries way less malt than Head Hunter, so it seems all that much more drinkable, yet has enough malt to make it not taste like a session IPA. Trust me, this is NOT session IPA like, this is just a superb fresh hop beer. I have always said Founders Harvest was the best fresh hop beer, but not anymore. This beer is spectacular. I love Fat Heads.

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Hop Stalker Fresh Hop IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.