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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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2,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,535
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 487
Gots: 278 | 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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Zbeetleman

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2013 06:12:14 | More by Zbeetleman
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-21-2013 14:15:47 | More by CuriousMonk
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber with a thin white head. The nose is pure citrus hops that evolves into a balanced sweet citrus. The taste is incredibly citrusy and bitter with a crisp hop cone finish. Although this beer is immensely hoppy it's very drinkable and tasty. I can't wait to see it on tap in buffalo.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:33:16 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jegross2

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery and Saloon out of Ohio. This is one of my absolute favorite IPA's, and a review of a fresh bottle for the blog was quite overdue. Major thanks to Brian Callahan for hooking me up with some during FOBAB weekend.
Score: 98

I did not think to check the freshness date on the bottle, but Brian knows the importance of freshness with IPA. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 11/18/2012.

Appearance: Pours a clean and modestly dark honey-orange, almost bourbon-like, color with a finger of beige head that settles to a thin layer. Has a nice, mildly effervescent appearance out of the bottle. Absolutely ridiculous lacing and retention. This is exactly what you want an IPA to look like in my opinion. 5/5

Smell: Huge doses of fresh citrus and grassy hops. In-your-face grapefruit, peach, lemon zest and tangerine. There is a hint of lime too. Faint caramel maltiness in the background, and an even fainter earthiness. 4.5/5

Taste: A bittersweet, bold hop bomb with good balance. Upfront, you get the sweet citrus -- grapefruit, peach, pineapple and a touch of lemon-lime flavor. This is followed by a sharply bitter counterbalance of grassy, slightly earthy hops on the back half. The finish is bitter with some lime rind flavor. Mild sweet caramel malt backbone. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation that pops and sizzles the hops on the tongue. Oily and slick on the tongue. Bittersweet, leaning towards bitter in the finish. 5/5

Overall: Like a DIPA in disguise and single IPA in name only, hoppy ales rarely get better than this one. Fans of Bell's Hopslam will adore it.

Recommendation: Hop heads should absolutely seek this beer out, though it is likely too aggressive for casual beer drinkers and hop haters.

Pairings: Pad Thai for those who want to accentuate the spiciness, and roasted brown sugar coated pineapple slices a la Brazilian steak house for those who merely want to dwell in the doses of sweet citrus that this beer has to offer

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 23:21:30 | More by jegross2
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-29-2013 21:08:47 | More by bumchilly25
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

Slightly hazy, lighter orange color. Good looking white head stays around for a few minutes, and leaves some nice lace.

Juicy hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits. Maybe a bit of pine and herbal notes as well. Malt is really an afterthought here.

Clean, cracker like malt up front, not a great deal of sweetness. Hops flavor an bitterness comes in quick and hard. Again, tropical fruit dominates. I love the juicy flavors here. A bit herbal as well. Bitterness lingers, but is not harsh.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. Not much heat from alcohol. This is a very solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 22:35:40 | More by Bierguy5
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-14-2013 06:44:50 | More by oglmcdgl
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buschbeer

Ohio

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

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic glass

A - It pours a clear amber color. A half inch of off-white head is perched on top.

S - I get some citrus aroma with a hint of caramel malt in there.

T - It has a more pine than citrus taste, but the citrus comes through. It actually makes a nice balance between the two flavors.

M - Perfect for the style

D - My buddy gave me a 12 pack when I visited him. Let's just say that it didn't last long. This and Columbus IPA are the two best Ohio IPA's that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:32:14 | More by buschbeer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

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

Bottle purchased at Pace High Carry-Out in Columbus, OH.

Pours a clear golden dark orange, with a 3/4 inch head and globs of lacing down the glass.

Bright and vibrant citrus aroma, quite dank. Slight herbal smells too.

The overarching citrus character carries over into the taste as well. Definitely some orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. The only malt character I can pick out is honey sweetness, whit ich complements the juicy hop flavor well. Not very bitter, doesn't linger on the palate very long.

Starts a bit sweet, but finishes dry and slightly crackery. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A great IPA, been looking to try this one for a while now.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:00:51 | More by GreesyFizeek
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, did I love this beer. On tap at the Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A-Pours a pale amber with a thin white head and little to no lacing.

S-What an excellent aroma. Lots of pine and citrus goodness with a hint of sweetness, again from the hops I believe.

T-Delicious. Aggressive earthy hope presence right away giving way to a piney hop and citrus finish. Not a lot of malt there, just enough to provide a solid backbone.

M-Medium bodied, oily, a bit resinous.

D-This is right up my alley. Aromatic, hoppy, delicious.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 15:36:05 | More by sholland119
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-06-2013 18:47:06 | More by GrindFatherBob
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-21-2012 22:17:46 | More by hollywood_15063
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2013 02:32:23 | More by SadMachine
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-28-2014 03:27:20 | More by lupercmda
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-28-2012 01:46:07 | More by atone315
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

07-05-2012 21:31:53 | More by Stinger80OH
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-20-2013 17:57:59 | More by Davepoolesque
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jampics2

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: the beer has gotten much better since the original review below, written over a year ago! I'm happy to say the bottles are fantastic - serious "A" material!

On tap at Fat Heads Cleveland.

I tried both the regular and cask versions. The regular was slightly better overall, so that's what I'll score here. Cask had better appearance, though, as it's head was immaculate.

Back to the beer at hand. Headhunter is Fat Heads flagship beer. It is orange with little head (except on cask, as noted above).

Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Pine as well. Nice nose!

Taste is citrus hops, caramel and crystal malts.

Mouthfeel was poor for the style - watery as can be. I was let down by this aspect of the beer. I know IPA's should be crisp but I found this lacking.

Drinkability therefore improved as it wasn't as "sticky" as other IPA's and certainly left me wanting more tastes in my mouth ;)

Not too bad, not so good. But, for a local IPA, I'll take it. I'd love to see an imperial version (Double headhunter anyone?)!

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 18:13:30 | More by jampics2
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-28-2013 02:26:03 | More by whatname
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, no bottle date
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pretty clear bright orange color. About a half finger of bright white head. Fades quickly.

S: Gigantic fruity hop aromas. The mango, the papaya, the grapefruit, amazing. No malts up front.

T: Wow. Kick ass brew. You get the hop bitterness up front but it's not overly agressively bitter. It's that fruity hop that you smelled. But the balance of hops and malt is great. It's so smooth. It's similar to the best: HT, Pliny, etc

M: Medium bodied. Very easy drinking at 7%

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:03:21 | More by inlimbo77
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Adamostella

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-11-2013 14:50:04 | More by Adamostella
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-11-2013 21:03:38 | More by MinorThreat
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to maximumu13 for tracking this one down for me! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a little hazy gold, with a 1 1/2 finger white foamy head. Not a ton of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit, citrus, and a bit of pine hops, with a hint of light malt aroma.

T: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, grassy hops, with pine and citrus rind bitterness. Some cracker malt makes a brief cameo appearance but this is nowhere close to balanced.

M: Light, crisp body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol comes through just a bit more than expected for a relatively tame ABV.

O: Wow. This deserved the hype it gets. A very tasty hop bomb to be sure. Very recommended if you can get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 16:22:55 | More by macrosmatic
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-18-2013 00:00:21 | More by VeganUndead
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-24-2012 04:18:52 | More by mrebeka
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 2,535 ratings.