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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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542 Reviews
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 3,874
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 635
Gots: 774 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Reviews: 542 | Hads: 3,874
Photo of tillmac62
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 8/24/15. Clear copper pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of classic pine and grapefruit rind over biscuit. As it warms subtle orange and dank notes are added.

Almost medium body that is quite smooth in texture and has creamy and oily aspects. World class carbonation with a burst of effervescence in the middle and a finely bubbled rollicking prickly finish.

The flavor profile is world class. Intense hop flavor in the west coast style that is balanced by a bready biscuit with a moderate bitterness sums this one up. It begins with an assault of pine and grapefruit rind hop flavor that slowly transitions to orange and mango as the biscuit sweetness arrives coupled with a touch of caramel. The middle delivers a moderate bitterness that adds a dank quality as it begins to fade. Alcohol is very well covered with just a hint of astringency emerging in the dry finish. A subtle bitterness lingers, but the main component is wonderful rind and dank flavor over a sweet background.

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Photo of MACrist
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Clear golden-amber, with lots of small bubbles streaming up the glass. 2 fingers+ of off white foamy head that lingers and leaves thick lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Big astringent hops. Some people get rubber, some get pineapple, I get ammonia. Grapefruit rind, Some bready malt sweetness.
TASTE: Big bitterness right away, Some malt sweetness in the middle and the finish is all bitter. Mostly a very bitter big grapefruit pith taste, for me.
FEEL: Smooth, carbonation feels adequate but light. Body is medium and dry on the palate the whole way through the drink.
OVERALL: Does not have what I like in an IPA, which is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. This one also has flavors and smell from the hops that remind me of ammonia. I tend to pick this up from Simcoe hops. Seems like a well made beer, just not for me.

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

A - A beautiful IPA, clear golden orange body, big white head, fades to a ring and film across the top with copious lacing all the way down.

S - Pine is front. Hints of pith and citrus peel, oranges and passionfruit. A bit of bubble gum sweetness.

T - Strong open of grapefruit and pith, pine and peppermint, with a bit of biscuity malt in the middle, coming to a strong punch of bitterness in the close. Hints of aspirin stay in check when cooler, but blossom forth more powerfully as it warms, which is the primary knock on taste - so drink it cool.

M - Chewy and drying, with residual coating of the tongue in the close. The drying invites you to keep drinking, but this is one that you do not want to stack.

O - A huge beer that delivers a big hop taste without completely blowing out your palate. It is a close thing, with this beer walking right up to the edge of wreckage without stepping over.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Damn good beer. I had never heard of it so this was a pleasant surprise. Got a bottle at Jack Flats in Key West because the Two Hearted on draft was out. Pours clear and golden. Nice sized head with lacing all up and down. Great flavor and hop bitterness. Pretty clean in the finish. Great brew. Had the Two Hearted after this one, and the Head Hunter was way better.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong hop smell big citrus flavor. The taste is pretty dank yet nice and crisp. What a treat. Everyone should give this a try that loves a good IPA!

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Photo of tapperm
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear Amberish tint.
S: Slightly fruty, strong smell of pine. Smells hoppy!
T: Dank but crisp. Has an earthy note to it. Smell really transfers to the taste
F: Medium bodied. Had a solid finger of head with a lighter pour into a Spiegelau glass
O: Really solid drinkable IPA. I'm curious what the IPU is, but it has to be around 90.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Classic bronze. Extremely clear. Negligible head poured from a bottle dated 12/29/15 into a wine glass.

S: nice tropical fruits and some malt.

T: beautiful! Grapefruit abounds, but also juicy Pineapple and mango, rounded out by a clean malt finish.

F: nice amount of carbonation jazzes it up, and has a creamy mouthfeel.

O: an extremely refreshing IPA. Alcohol presence is basically nil. Had to stop myself from quaffing this one.

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Photo of rjd722
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Medium orange-amber hue with a light, white foam head. Dissipates relatively quick but leaves a web of lacing.

Aroma: Big, clean tropical hops. Dank piney hops with light grapefruit citrus notes too.

Taste: Dank, earthy, piney hops and a somewhat sweet citrus bitterness.

Feel: Sticky, juicy, and refreshing. This is a very crisp, light IPA. Great balance between the sweet malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this one, but was not blown away after some of the TH stuff I drank before it. This one is your prototypical IPA. Lots of hoppiness on the nose and good balance, but bot as juicy and dank as I prefer.

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

Very nice mix of pine and citrus going on. Grapefruit and orange both present. Fairly bitter, but offset a bit by a nice caramel malt base. The nose gives off pine resin and citrus. Tasty.

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Photo of DevWand
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

How I love IPA's...

Nice floral-pine flavor going on throughout the smell/taste/after-tasting. Personally this is the taste I go for with my IPA's (rather then being too bitter or more of a fruit taste); the Head Hunter does a real nice job, finding a balance and not hopping the hell out of the beer and destroying every other flavor profile. Good Stuff!!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger soapy white head. Not much retention, but excellent sheets of lacing. Smell is pine, citrus and grapefruit. Taste is similar with a huge resiny dankness and a good deal of bitterness on the back end. Feel is light and almost sticky from the dankness. Overall this beer is amazing. Blows a lot of west coast IPAs that are actually from the west coast out of the water. Will need to trade for some more Fat Heads beers soon.

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Photo of KillerJigger
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good white head and a very apparent floral perfume hop smell. Very full mouth feel due to the carbonation. Bittef back end that hides the malt completely. Solid beer!

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Photo of toolbrew
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle dated 12/11/2015 into a pint glass. Clear golden copper color with good residual head. Bright citrus aroma and taste with excellent hop bite. A stellar IPA which I continually revisit.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - A clear golden color, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Grapefruit, citrus, resinous, pine, some pineapple....smells awesome
Taste - Grapefruit, pithy, citrus peel, dank/resinous, green, fresh hops
Feel - Sticky, dry finish, bold and in your face

Overall - I can see why this is an award winning IPA.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque gold pour verging on lite copper (9); loose white head following draft pour. Aromas of grapefruit and lemon grass hops. Strong bitter grapefruit with caramel malt supporting the bitter hop flavors. Moderate carbonation and medium lite mouthfeel. Overall excellent balance of malt and hops, leaving a pleasing zesty lemon rind/bitter linger.

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Photo of NCCIndy
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is what I'm looking for in a respectable IPA. Just enough sweetness to balance it out, but hoppy enough to feel like chewing on a pine cone. Very little bitterness in this one, as it fades to light tropical and floral flavors like pineapple and guava. Gimme more of that citrusy resinous goodness!

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Photo of jhavs
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottles, poured into snifter.

A= Quite clear, golden with slight amber tint. Lots of rising bubbles creating a thick frothy white head.

S= Lots of piney hops with some bitter grapefruit peal.

T= Old school IPA flavors with a bit more citrus especially grapefruit. Get a decent amount of sweet caramel malt and toasty flavors in the finish. Bold but not overpowering bitterness.

M= Medium body with moderate carbonation, a bit syrupy.

O= Good, refined, balanced, old school IPA flavors with big bitter finish.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz Crowler purchased at the Hulmeville Inn in Langhorne, PA.
Poured into a standard drinking glass.

Appearance
Gold with 2+ fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Pine sap, grapefruit, bright florals, honey, and biscuit.

Taste
Grapefruit pith and pine needles. Honey malts with touches of toasted biscuit. Finishes with grapefruit zest, pine resin, dried florals, and onion.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, oily, semi-juicy, bitter, and dry.

Overall
Classic West Coast IPA flavor. An excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decent looking brew. Smell is a 100% pine bomb. Rarely get that smell in IPAs these days. Taste follows the nose with strong pine hops, a touch of floral and plenty of resin. Also a nice malt balance. Moderate bitterness. A very solid IPA. Not exactly my usual wheel house for IPAs but its a very good beer. Enjoy.

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Photo of W_Des
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Head Hunter pours a slight dark golden color. The nose has a fruity malty sweetness to it. The body has a bready sweetness, medium bitterness with a dry finish.

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Photo of invertalon
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Head Hunter is always running through my veins… Living <15mins from the production brewery MIGHT be a reason why, but it really is because the beer is just so damn good. I actually only drink this fresh on tap, never from the bottle.

Aroma is piney/resinous with notes of citrus. Flavor is intensely bitter, a little sweetness in there but a dry finish overall. Carbonation is lively, mouthfeel is typical for an IPA. Color is a nice clear, golden hue… At least a finger of head typical.

I suppose you can say this beer is not all that balanced in the finish, but in a good way. The hop bitterness is so intense, sometimes that can linger on the palette for a while. Fat Head’s describes Head Hunter as being “aggressive” and that is a perfect way to describe it. It really is an intense IPA with delicious, complex flavors.

One of my favorite IPA’s, for sure

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Photo of Hop_God
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: clear golden to amber orange with yellow. Thin opaque head

S: citrus. Lemon and orange peel. Mild resin. Tropical fruits. Guava. Mango pith.

T: tropical fruit. Pineapple. Mango peel. Papaya. Citrus. Orange peel. Juicy fruit gum. Piney resin on the finish

F: clean but chewy. Fruity flavor coating the palate

O: 2 month old from bottling date. Really great. Awesome tropical notes with some bitter bite

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

L: A dull Golden amber appearance (yellowish/orange)
S: Smells of grapefruit, pretty light though
T: Tastes like a normal IPA, bitter, with a nice jolt of grapefruit/citrus
F: This beer is extremely light while drinking it, but leaves you with the dry-ish feeling IPAs generally give you.
Overall: A good IPA in my book, I can check this off my bucket list for it being one of Ohio's top 10, but not my favorite IPA so far.

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

L: Translucent yellow-orange.

S: Big fruit profile. Smells of zesty oranges, kumquat, and pineapple.

T: Hop forward, citrus continues, but there's a noticeablly piney hop feel. Definitely hopped to death, you either love it or hate it. Carmel malt makes a slight peek out from behind the hops. Alcohol present in the finish, but just barely. Finish is semi-dry with that resiny hoppy aftertaste lasting long after your swallow.

F: Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than the aroma leads you to believe it is, but it fits the style.

O: A delightful and somewhat memorable IPA. Reminds me of a less balanced Big Nose, or maybe 90-minute? I'd seek something with a bigger malt backbone in my everyday IPA. But I would gladly drink this over the majority of the swill out there. Very good, aroma is there and the West Coast pine is killing it.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.