Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2013 21:46:30 | More by tectactoe
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4.46/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottling date of 01/29/14
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass
A- Pours a medium burnt orange/yellow with a high slightly off white head. Looks to be medium bodied. Nice degree of clarity, some hop resin chunks floating around.
S- Sticky, lightly dank pine, pineapple, some citrus, light tropical notes and bitter burn in the nostrils. Medium-light malt on the back.
T- Pine, a pretty big smooth, long bitterness, all 87 IBUs are accounted for, Grapefruit, nice level of sweet tropical notes of pineapple and papaya. A lighter malt character than in the nose. Leaves a pretty high degree of bitterness on the tongue.
M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel the makes this a pretty easy drinking high hopped beverage.
O- This is one of my favorite IPAs. It has much of the things I look for in a great IPA. It has a big hop presence and a nice medium sweetness and is very easy to drink. I try to go to Indiana or Ohio and grab some whenever I can. Wish it came in 6 packs though, I mean if Bell's can do 2Hearted in 6ers and this seems to be just as equally hopped, just with 3 hops instead of 1, then surely this can be put in 6ers.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:25:14 | More by PaulyB83
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a glass into a tulip glass at around 45°F
Appearance: Burnt orange color with a one finger off white head that sticks around; Sticky with great lacing. There's a good amount of sediment which I'm not extremely fond of.
Smell: Tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, orange, lemon), pine, and sweet malt. They blend together perfectly; One of the most aromatic AIPAs I've encountered.
Taste: Hop juice as it's finest. On par with the aroma; Everything you want in an AIPA is there. Enormous amount of tropical hops, bittering hops, pine, and just enough malt. The aftertaste carries on the tropical notes. You can tell this beer was intricately thought out.
Mouthfeel: Light medium body with medium bitterness. Sticky from the hop oils.
Overall: It's hard to pull off an IPA at this caliber, and Fat Head's has done it. I tip my hat off to these guys! An AIPA done to near perfection and one of my favorites in the style. I feel lucky to have a regular supply of this. If you're a hop head, seek this out, as i know you will not be disappointed!
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 05:23:25 | More by Bone53
4.06/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2014.
A real nice deep bronze and orange body, nearly crystal clear with lots of good thin rising carbonation. Head only makes about two fingers tall though, with a tiny soapy even bubbled appearance. Tan head in color, and settles slowly with even layers of retention and clumpy qualities.
Real nice aroma. Very noticeable dank earth, faint citrus orange a bit, and some pickle like salty brine also. Quite woody and aromatic and campfire like smoke hop aromas to match. This is a neat bouquet on this brew.
A real nice straightforward palate. A solid but simple mouthfeel that isn't too wet, but coats with a thin oil sheen. Hop forward in the palate, but also quite fleeting on the fruit and earth suggested aromas before. Good front of mild pine but it's interesting how the flavor of this beer is all in the front, and has virtually no aftertaste. Light bodied it seems and real impressive on masking the abv, almost tastes like a "sessionable IPA".
Overall it's really well made, but it is not quite making it up there with the big boys just yet. However, it is a great beer and one easily worth having again.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 23:47:27 | More by smakawhat
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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