Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA

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Ratings: 3,430
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Head Hunter has enough hoppiness that it could be coloured green. It's not of course, but it aught to be. This honeyed golden beer is a divine nectar indeed and looks picture perfect: brilliant clarity, resplendent highlighting, stalwart carbonation and a bulky head.

What sets this IPA apart, however, is not its appearance but its aroma; the smell of hops can be appreciated from the other side of the table (literally, I'm not kidding). I've been around the IPA block enough times that it now takes something pretty special to impress me - and the brimming, aromatic, vivid, layered hop notes here are certainly noteworthy.

Head Hunter has at its core an iron fist of juicy, acidic, tropical fruitiness that includes mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, and guava. The finish is accented by an almost minty note and herbal, piny backbone. It's astounding that something with such a strong personality be so agreeable; one could drink this all night (and will want to!)

Although it feels broad and large - and at 7.5% and 87 IBUs this is certainly no skinny puppy - it drinks with effortless ease. Most IPAs of similar strength and character (even some of the best ones) are nowhere as approachable nor so endlessly drinkable; nothing pithy or astringently bitter, there wasn't a single rough patch or off-note in the whole growler.

Believe the hype - Head Hunter is the real deal. It is the living, breathing antithesis of the theory that all the best IPAs hail from the West Coast. People in Cleveland must be saying: "Pliney, who?" With Fat Head's you pretty much can't go wrong - there's not a bad beer on the list - but make one-hundred percent certain you try Head Hunter. As if you needed me to tell you that!

Photo of tectactoe
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to cneville for this local extra! Pours a very nice, almost perfect looking amber and copper color with pretty decent clarity. A big, foamy white head mounts itself slowly and leaves some fat lacing as it slowly crawls back down.

The aroma begins with a solid installment of heavy, heavy tropical and citrus fruits - at first, it's almost all you can smell. Pineapple would probably be the biggest, followed by some grapefruit and tangerines. The fruits induce a subtle sweetness on the nose as well as a mild, pith-like bitterness. It doesn't take long for the hops to come alive; pine, grass, and some light and spicy white pepper. Pretty West Coast-ish just from the aroma - and that's certainly a good thing. Malt is very light and subdued, I'm not really picking much up at all.

Upon the initial sip, the beer is just a touch more watery than I would have guessed, but it's not bad by any means - perhaps I just set my expectations a bit too high after that monstrous aroma. The hops hit first on the palate; white pepper, herbal, grassy, earthy, and almost a bit dirty. Pretty raw and in-your-face - I like it. The hops aren't left alone for long; citrus makes its way into the mix, coming in more so on the bitter side of things - citrus peel, pith, skins - you name it. Oranges and tangerines jump out more and more with each successive sip, and finally add a bit of sweetness - though some of that may be from the underlying malt, which also brings a mild bread and cracker flavor to the mix, albeit cowering in comparison to the hop profile. Bitter 'til the very end with just a hint of sweetness as it fades out. Slightly sticky on the palate with a medium body and medium-high carbonation.

Damn, how did this fly under the radar for so long? This beer is fantastic. Any IPA fan will go nuts for this - very tropical and fruity aromas coupled with bitter and hoppy flavor profiles make for some of the best IPAs out there. Hopheads rejoice!

Photo of Hamburgers
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark orange with big fizzy white head. Big aroma of citrus fruit, mango and spice. Flavor much more predominate. Notes of citrus and yeast. Medium body with excellent carbonation. Extremely bitter finish. Very nicely balanced though lacking in complexity.

Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one beer that is better in the bottle. I've always enjoyed Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA on tap, but I have to say it was never one I craved or sought out. But, Fat Head's bottling is different ... in a very good way. Whatever, they did to capture the piney, citrusy, oily esters and resins in the bottle please keep doing it. The mildly high ABV hides beautifully behind zesty grapefruit, spicy hops, fresh cut grass, and biscuity maltiness. A very well-balanced and well-done IPA bottling that I crave and will seek out. Thankfully, I can find it, for now, right in my local grocery store. Bonus!

Photo of mverity
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a hint of amber. Off white head that holds fairly well before fading into a medium collar and wisps of head across the surface. Fair lacing. Aroma is bold citrus (grapefruit and lemon) with some resiny pine and a bit of pineapple. Medium body and high carbonation with a good hop bite. Taste is complex. Grapefruit, pineapple, pine and floral hops all intermingle and compete for attention. The aftertaste is piney, grapefruit in the front. I had this with two weeks from bottling and the flavors were much more pronounced and played better. This was written from a 3.5 week old bottle.

Photo of djwilson
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light orange/gold with a frantic white head, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and light pine up front. Slight hint of caramel and malt.

Hops hits you right in the first sip and lingers for several minutes on the tounge. Finishes nice and bitter like a grapefruit.

Overall the best example of a west coast IPA! Right up there with the big guys, firestone walker, pizza port, coronado, and stone!!

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, MarkIntihar!

Gold and light amber in color with a moderately sized off-white head that leaves good amounts of lace behind.

The aroma is fantastic. There were tons of citrus, floral, earthy, and pine notes erupting from the glass. Very expressive and very bright aroma. Incredibly nice.

The flavor isn't quite as nice, with some of the bitterness getting in the way of the expressive citrus and passion fruit flavors, but all in all, this is still excellent.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Fantastic! ISO!

Photo of GOBLIN
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just as the bottle suggests . . . this beer is uncivilized and Aggressive. Pours a deep and dark burnt yellow with floating sediments. An awesome, glowing ipa ! Smell is dank with huge hop scents of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. Huge hop bitterness and flavor. Above mentioned fruits and a touch of caramel. Medium-sized feel with tangy carbonation. Resiny and sticky. Leaves a sticky finish on the lips. A punch you in the mouth brew for those who truly love their hops !

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this IPA thanks to an awesome gift from FlakyBiscuit - thanks Alan!

Poured into tulip; clear bright orange-gold with a modest white head that deflates after a few moments into a nice layer of foam that leaves slick lacing.
Smells awesome; huge grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pineapple and mango, with pine and bitterness behind.
Taste is delicious. Tropical and citrus fruits blending with pine and subdued bready malt, finishing very bitter with hop resin everywhere.
Mouthfeel is just carbonated enough, thin, slick and a bit dry at the end.
Overall, I can see why this IPA gets a lot of love on here; it's awesome. It's got something for everyone...tropical fruits for the East-Coast fans, pine and hellish bitterness for the West-Coast fans. Awesome.

Thanks again to FlakyBiscuit for sending me this great beer!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't argue with you if you said this was the greatest single IPA in the world. Looks innocent enough, a slightly golden haze of a beer. Beautiful aroma up the nose, amazing simcoe and amarillo feel.

More of that in the taste, Plinyesque, so much dry hopping flavor, without a super heavy handed amount of bitterness. Totally resonates throughout the entire sample (tried at Bistro IPA festival, where it won gold). Extremely drinkable, would be difficult to stop drinking this if there weren't 61 other kegs of IPA that day.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

Clear amber copper with fluffy 3 finger khaki head with great retention and fluffy cloud sticky lacing on the sides. Aroma full of intense grapefruit, citrus, pineapple, lemon zest, and some piney resin, quite pungent!

Taste is a citrus lovefest with sweet grapefruit, apricot, lemon, orange peel at the forefront. I get a touch of pine but not much. The malt backbone masterfully balances the complex citrus bitter hop notes and the whole arrangement is bold but never off putting.

Medium to light body, moderate carbonation.

Even the wife said, I can see myself getting used to this, I really enjoyed this IPA, will seek it out and hop to try this one on tap sometime!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant copper glowing slightly orange and red when held toward the light with a bright white head building up big and large. I love this beer, Fathead's has done it again and released when of my all time favorite IPAs. Aroma has big floral, citrus, and fruit filled hop bursts going on...this beer is great. I'm not sure which hops they use, but it has the most tropical fruit smells I've ever tasted straight up mango/pineapple. The most sought after West Coast style IPA brewed outside of Cleveland. This brand new case I picked says brewed in small batches to ensure quality I believe it. This an 87 IBU hop monster that gives out hop flavor with malt sweetness all day, it's balanced yet aggressive and uncivilized according to the label. Hop candy all day, a beer that flows with each sip anybody into hops needs to try this beer, I get layers of grapefruit and bright hop flavors that are literally rocking my world. Mouthfeel is resinous but not heavy, light to medium bodied ample flowing carbonation excellent drinkable IPA for those of us in the know. I know this beer is amazing I've been drinking it on draft at Fathead's since it came out.

Update: bottled on 5/14/13 @ 10:34 am drank on 5/18/13@ 4:23 pm I love fresh IPA and I love the Head Hunter!!!

Hops are screaming in this sample, beautiful cohesive force of big hops and malts I can't believe this is available this fresh in my area bought at Valley Wine Cellar in Steubenville, Ohio. It made it down here from the production brewery in 3 days I bought it on 5/17/13...that's effective distribution. Good job to the Premium beverage folks I can't believe it. Pairing an Erik Espinosa Habano from the La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua beautiful Habano wrapper spicy Nica tobacco, fills the nares with black pepper, the palate with leather and spice beautiful cigar to pair with a badass West coast style IPA. If you never had the pleasure of drinking this on tap please find it fresh in bottles amazing experience, every hophead around this area should have I'm about to pick up the rest of the bottles.

Photo of jeonseh
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip

A - Dark copper with a slight orange tint. Small layer of white foam sits on top. Appears to have a light body

S - Nice, big hoppy nose with orange, pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, grassy with a light bready sweetness in the back

T - Grapefruit, grassy, and pine give this a big bitter, hoppy bite right up front. It makes you almost step back as it packs a punch. Next there is a very light amount of caramel and bready malt that provides a small amount of sweetness. Bitterness carries onto the end with grapefruit and pone lingering on into the finish as well as a slight alcoholic kick

Medium body with a light syrupiness in the middle. Light carbonation and full in the mouth. Finish leaves an oily hop residue that lingers on the tongue.

O - This is definitely one grassy, hoppy and bitter beer that smacks you with bitterness and does not relent throughout. A great example of the west coast IPA style, especially for being from Ohio. If you like big hoppy beers, definitely seek this one out.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- There is a hint of haze to the bright orange body with a thick beige cream that last a good bit as a thin film.

S- There is a full woody green hops with a mint quality to it as it opens up

T- The herbal hops have a slight spicy pungency with some green bitterness that lingers a moment after each sip. There is a pale and lightly toasted malt hint in the first few sips but it gets covered by the hop pungency as it grows.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizzy bite in the finish.

O- The big fizz boost the hop bitterness which covers a lot of the other flavors but it does have some nice hop flavors and some malt hints. It is just the bitterness is out of balance.

Photo of poop_brew
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a 16oz. pint glass

A - Orange haze in color. Good head with nice lacing

S - A wonderful resin hop smell with hints of fruit

T - A powerful hop & pineapple explosion with a strong, yet drinkable, hop finish.

M - A perfect mouth feel for the beer. Crisp and hoppy, yet for a 7.5% ABV, it has an excellent and smooth finish.

O - I would love to drink this beer again. Although sadly I don't see myself drinking it. I was travelling to Pittsburgh and was given it at a party in exchange for a heady topper. I would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sort of a dark gold, not quite amber in color, with a sizable compact, slightly off-white head that shows good form and retention, leaving legs all over the place to form a web almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma doesn't pour out as soon as I pop it, which is rare enough as it is, but it does have plenty of pop to it. It's first intensely of pine, extremely, fantastically hoppy if not somewhat one-dimensional in the hop profile, before a bold citrus comes out, plenty of grapefruit to it with a solid malts backbone keeping it from going harsh.
Other notes come out in the flavor, though pine is strongest. Initially, though, it's straight hard pine, woody , raw and dry. Citrus comes out just as strong, and it's not long before a touch of malty sweetness asserts itself, letting the hops do the talking but keeping things civil. Bitterness reigns, but plenty of tropical fruits notes add to the sweetness and balance. It gets very grassy and just a bit leafy, and in the finish it moves back to the pine.
This is a beer that could go very dry but keeps it at a nice, even level. Crispness offers life while a creamy smoothness runs through in every sip. There's plenty of body to this brew without being heavy, and it's actually quite bright. If there's any weak spot in the feel, it's that it's so creamy it gets almost "airy," for lack of a better descriptor.
I'm glad the midwest if offering some competition to the West Coast as IPAs are concerned. This beer brings it.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a teku.

This beer has a glow about it. The body is a deep orange color with some blonde hues. It's somewhat cloudy and unfiltered, but the color still shines. The head is big, four fingers maybe, and incredibly persistent. Streaks of lace remain as it dissipates.

A sweet, resinous citrus and floral nose awaits me. Some spicy, piney hops are there on second examination. The aromas seem a bit muted, so I'll have to take a look at the bottle for dates. Still smells pretty tasty.

This is dank IPA right here. Very spicy and bitter with a hop punch just like the bottle describes. Citrus flavors are present, but not as heavily as on the nose, and the same good be said for the piney and floral hops. Everything seems to take a back seat to the bitter blast, which seems to be present throughout, but lingers on my now numb tongue. Fat Heads was kind enough to throw some sweet malt into the mix and this adds a mellowing bit of vanilla flavor.

This beer is aggressive and bitter, but it's tasty and still fairly light. It could be go-to no problem.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mangos, Pineapple, Oranges and a balanced malt backbone that equals the hops.

A West Coast IPA that would fly off the shelves if actualy distrbuted in the west coast / CA.

Well Done Ohio. Once again, I'll say it...More impressed with you than Vermont.

Cheers!

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: The beer is clear copper with a small white head on top, about an inch in height with decent retention and thin lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of pine mixed with citrus fruit on the aroma, some grapefruit and orange zest with a faint caramel. malt undertone.

T: Very piney on the flavor profile, but it isn't really coupled with the amount of bitterness I was expecting, certainly helping with the drinkability. Some tropical fruit is mixed in, mostly grapefruit and orange.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish, but rather light for a big IPA like this.

O: Very good, deserving of praise for sure.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Head Hunter is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thin and short lived and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy in a west coast kind of way. Big citrus and a little pine dominate the nose.

Flavor is bold and bitter with just enough malt sweetness to get by. It's got all the citrus character from the hops with both hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall a very good IPA and probably one of the best I've had from Ohio. Go Buckeyes!

Photo of Stigs
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4th of the 4 sources of Head Hunter. Fat Head's: if you ever nitro this, I will destroy you.

12oz bottle from the Pittsburgh location. Served in a 12oz tulip glass.

A - poured with moderate aggression yielding almost half an inch of loose yet dense, fluffy slightly off-white foam. the beer itself is crystal clear, dark gold (bordering copper) in color. thin and wet, yet solid lacing left behind around the glass.

S - very rich, dank...Simcoe hops bring their distinctive "cattyness" and spice, dominating the nose. other notes of pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit mesh nicely with just a bit of wet pine. malt? sweetness? nowhere to be found. good.

T - bitter, hop explosion from the first sip. tropical fruits...melon, grapefruit, and tangerine run rampant. Simcoe slowly creeps in, with tastes of earthy spice, wet pine needles, and a slight addition toward the citrus (more orange rind) fruits. malts add just the slightest bit of slightly burnt caramel, but this is all about the hops.

M - light, to medium-light body...slightly punchy carbonation, not overdone. oily going down with a lightly dry and sticky finish. long, drawn out bitter hoppy finish.

D - great beer all around. the latest batches (these bottles, growler, and some recent tap pours) seem a bit more Simcoe heavy than what I was used to. again, straight from the West Coast via Ohio. wonderful to see this in bottles and at a decent price (~$2.50 apiece).

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into shaker pint

A: nice fluffy white head, amazing clarity, great clarity, lacing like you wouldn't believe

S: spicy, piney, herbally a little bit of grapefruit

T: very herbal moving into pine then wraps up with some grapefruit spicy and bitter

M: very nice not too heavy but heavish for an IPA

O: this beer is quite good I have a love hate relationship with it because I drink it soo much I find it common. But sitting here reviewing it it is quite good

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Plant.Cloudy grapefruit with a foaming white head. Lots of lace. Grapefruit aroma. Initially there is a strong hop bite, nay burn, then the mouth gets more used to the acidity. The flavour is pretty good grapefuit. 77IBU and you feel that. Hours later, acidic is still in my mouth.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -7.8%

12 oz bottle from 4 pack dated 8/3 into tulip glass

A- Well filtered coppery/orange with thin head. No lacing
S- Big hop juice, sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange peel
T- Yep, very juicy. Nice citrusy hops, but finish is a bit "soapy" to me
M- Medium for an IPA

O- Very good and drinkable beer. The only thing that I could see being better is the finish which is a bit buttery/soapy to me.

Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a big, soft, dense cap of off white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - huge grapefruit aroma, faint cake batter, faint alcohol

T - big pine and grapefruit, lightly sweet malt, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish

This is a really plush, citrusy, bitter IPA that is easy to drink and very refreshing. I really wish this was an IPA that I could get my hands on on a regular basis.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 3,430 ratings.