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

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

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 516
Gots: 375 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009)
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Reviews by GameFreac:
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Read that mrandypandy was going to the brewery in a random mass BM and going to be at a bar in Atlanta a few days after so he graciously got me a 4 pack and I'll forever thank him.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of pungent hop aromas. Super fresh smelling with tons of tropical fruit and some pine. Sugary syrupy sweetness on the end.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with a lingering candy like taste at the end that sticks around. Some bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: In my top 5 IPAs ever. So much tropical fruits, sweet liquid candy flavors. So good.

GameFreac, Sep 21, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.3/5  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!

tectactoe, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

biegaman, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

DanGeo, Jun 14, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Smokesnotes, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

OhioBobcat, Sep 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

MadScientist, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

npala86, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Schlais, Oct 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

StevenT562, Feb 08, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +7.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Krafty34, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

SkiBum22, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Anstuart5, Aug 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Oct 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Ben7773, Feb 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

supa0525, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

lordofthewiens, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

DaftPatrick, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

csmartin6, Sep 21, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Hamburgers, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

heddar33, Mar 03, 2014
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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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