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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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2,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,565
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 490
Gots: 289 | FT: 28
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 20:21:49 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

09-26-2012 22:18:06 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome citrus hop presence that makes this one super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:27:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

10-11-2013 19:23:58 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland.

Pours a nice gold to light copper color with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing. Nice retention as well. The nose brought forward a large amount of hops ranging from citrus to floral to tropical. Altogether a really nice package from a mixed back of hops. I can't recall them at the moment, but there was a sign on the wall that seemed to indicate the hops used in this one. The flavor hit the spot as well with a nice hop character coming through as the dominant character and a good, brisk finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish, though not too much. Terribly drinkable. I wish this were available locally and weren't quite as high in ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 14:46:55 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2012 22:26:01 | More by nmann08
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head seated atop the clear amber liquid; splotchy lace is left behind

Smell: Grapefruit and nothing but

Taste: Grapefruit, with a hint of biscuity malt underneath; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice grapefruity IPA; though it has a hint of residual sweetness, it never comes close to becoming cloying

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 01:45:28 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright clear orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some a good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some citrus hoppy notes and light sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with fresh sweet fruity notes and some lightly sweet malt notes with limited level of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Definitely above standard IPA from those guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 19:39:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a proud exert on the label that reminds us that this beer took silver and bronze medals in the Great American Beer Festival '10 and '11 respectfully, this high praise comes with high expectations. And this west coast IPA doesn't disappoint!

While its appearance does nothing to deter from the classic look of IPA, its medium amber color reminds me of honey. But capped with an eggshell white sheet, the beer laces and retains wonderfully right down to the last sip.

But the IPA begins to separate from the pack with a bright and drippy citrus aroma. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pineapple, tangerine, and herbal (cannabis-like) character mixes with grassy notes. Mild starchy malts carry with it a caramel and butter note that makes the fruit notes seem ripe and plump rather than trying to compete for balance.

The flavors are starkly consistent with aroma. Both the hop flavor and malt sweetness hit the front of the mouth with balanced intensity, Honey dipped slices of grapefruit and oranges are first and foremost in taste. Complementary notes of tropical fruit juice rounds the beer in nearly coctail-like precision. The waves of varying flavors wash over the middle palate and fold in malty starch flavors and the grassy and herbal notes that were described in the beer's aroma. But the beer suddenly falls off in order to provide a resiny bitterness and malty dryness that lingers on the back of the throat like pine needles and fresh-cut grasses. Mild salts and metals blend into the hop bitterness and gives a glimpse into the water profiles.

Medium bodied, but the beer seems lighter because of its quick-strike dryness. The enamel clinching sweetness, hop, and alcohol textures pretend to deliver a seductive citric acidity, but the beer is focused on a dry finish and a memory of fruit. The malt textures fall off just as the bitterness comes to a crescendo, a light leafy astringency, and the alcohol dryness closes the beer with confidence.

Fat Head's Head Hunter is a fantastic IPA that doesn't simply deliver "proper" IPA flavor or become complacent on making an "error free" beer. It pushes further into the smooth bitterness, ultimate dryness, and intangible fruity hop flavors and aromas that begin to separate it from the rest.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 03:34:22 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-20-2013 14:23:17 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a nice big white head and some moderate lacing.

S: Smells really quite nice. Plenty of pine that is very resinous along with a big grapefruit aroma and plenty of citrus in general. There's a touch of grassy hop smell and not really much malt at all.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor falls off a little bit. Certainly a lot of pine and grapefruit, as well as a solid bitterness. There's more malt presence on the palate and just a bit of a step backward in terms of the hop intensity.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a nice dry and slightly bitter finish.

D: I really want to give this beer a better score, but the flavor just let me down after what was a very nice nose.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 05:25:09 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

08-31-2013 18:52:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-03-2012 14:28:02 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-10-2012 14:21:16 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-01-2013 00:02:11 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

01-09-2013 22:45:44 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-03-2013 05:22:55 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper color, there was a white foamy head on top. The lacing was sticky and hung on the glass nicely. The smell of the beer was loaded with hops. Very nice aromas ranging from floral to fruity. The taste of the beer is piney, and has a nice balanced malt sweetness to it in there. The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall I believe that it's pretty damn good, I'd still put a few others before it but still worth having.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:45:38 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-09-2013 22:55:53 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-08-2013 02:44:36 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Bistro IPA festival. Golden amber, bright and clear, with a solid white cap that slowly settles to a collar. Very floral aroma, centennial hops are prominent but there's also a citrusy, herbal character, a little weed and cut grass. Little perceptible malt in the aroma, but it has a touch of bready sweetness on the palate beneath the huge hop flavors. Floral with orange and grapefruit, bitter herbs, a little toasted biscuit. Nice bitter grapefruit finish that lingers for a long time. Pretty damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 18:46:23 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-23-2013 02:22:55 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small white head on a hazy, copper body. The foam settles moderately and leaves nice lace. A very nice citrus and dank pine aroma. Sweet malt in the flavor with a bit of pine and sweaty hops. Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a balanced finish. Very nice, the aroma really shines with a great combination of citrus and tropical fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:06:15 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, might as well take advantage of the chance to try this on-tap. I think the nose on this might actually be more interesting than the bottled version. Very salty flavor profile though. A bit too much in that it masks a lot of the other citric and piney characteristics that are trying to show. Still a very nice IPA. Loud and brash, but still bringing enough to keep it respectable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 22:10:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Had Hunter India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU. Brewed and bottled by Fat Head's Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Clear, golden-amber color, almost tangerine, with an enormous, thick and sturdy, creamy white head. Looking great.

Aroma: leaps on on first pour and slips into the nose. All our favorites are inside, we get the citrus and the pine, there's the bitter grapefruit, some pineapple, maybe a whiff of mango. Pleases the olfactory organ in all the best and most appropriate ways. Smelling great.

Taste: Bam! A fierce assault on the palate, delivering massive bitterness, a hefty spank on the tongue. A powerhouse blow, staying long and laying in hard. Full-bodied, immense presence on the palate, long finish.

I can go through every superlative in the thesaurus, and just keep going. This one really has it all, and it ends on a moderately mellow mood, with that high bitterness and incredible flavor level never really tapering off. There's a strain of astringent, aspirin-y character that hangs in at the back. But some of us love that and this is for us, clearly.

Unrestrained, unabashed, unhinged. But damned delicious. Incredible IPA, deserving of all kinds of praise.

"Uncivilized & Aggressive. No other ingredient stirs the passion of a master brewer like the hop. Inspired by this legendary flower we challenged ourselves to create a world class IPA. Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped uncivilized, West Coast-style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hop! Love the lupulin. Dig the dank. Respect the resin. Do not age, Hoppy beers are best consumed fresh."

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 07:15:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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