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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: 2,450
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 485
Gots: 252 | FT: 27
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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Photo of hilgart1


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-09-2012 01:09:52 | More by hilgart1
Photo of Bierguy5


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
Photo of CuriousMonk


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-21-2013 14:15:47 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-29-2013 21:08:47 | More by bumchilly25
Photo of buschbeer


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
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-06-2013 18:47:06 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of Stinger80OH


5/5  rDev +15.2%

07-05-2012 21:31:53 | More by Stinger80OH
Photo of jampics2


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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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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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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


Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 15:36:05 | More by sholland119
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-14-2013 06:44:50 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of Adamostella


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2013 02:32:23 | More by SadMachine
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-11-2013 21:03:38 | More by MinorThreat
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-28-2014 03:27:20 | More by lupercmda
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-28-2012 01:46:07 | More by atone315
Photo of macrosmatic


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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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-27-2012 05:01:00 | More by JRod1969
Photo of Davepoolesque


4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-20-2013 17:57:59 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of Tucquan


4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-09-10 at the brewery in Cleveland.

A - Clear straw-amber with a 1.5-finger white head into a Fat Head's pint glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, pine, pale malt, hop floral and hop oils. Smells great but not quite as aromatic as on-cask.

T - Pineapple, orange, pine, and grapefruit zest. There's a touch of light caramel and some orange flesh sweetness. It dries quickly with a bright citrus bitter finish that is wonderful.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp. Prickly and somewhat resinous.

D - What a great brew. I enjoyed having this along side the same batch on cask. Slight nod to on-cask but this is absolutely first-rate nontheless.

Notes: This particular batch of Head Hunter is being entered by the brewer, Matt, into the 2011 Great American Beer Festival this month. Our impressively well-versed bartendress told us the pub was out of Head Hunter for 10 days because Matt wanted this batch to be as perfect as possible for submission to GABF.

Additional Note: This batch took the bronze at the 2011 GABF.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 21:27:54 | More by Tucquan
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Very nice long streaks of sticky lace left on the glass.

S- Aroma is citrus hop forward. I like the fact that there was a piney earthy aroma that comes through next. Light caramel malts do come through in the ending of the aroma a little bit before a nice light medicinal alcohol finish comes up on the aroma.

T- Citrus hops blast forward right off the get go with this beer. Hints of bready caramel malts show up for a second before a piney bite comes through for the second round of hops. Ending of this beer has a super sweet alcohol bite to it along with some more citrus hop forwardness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Both fruity and piney hops dominate the palate. Aftertaste is mostly fruity and piney hops along with a nice warming alcohol. Flavors were well balanced for the style and this one was hop forward. No off flavors were present but there at times seemed to be a little alcohol heat in the ending. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer overall was good. Actually, I thought it was great. The ABV is in the mid-range where it won't kill you to drink a couple in a row but it might impair you to not drink anything else. A hop crusher on the palate. Can see why this one won the IPA challange. Good job Fat Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 06:09:53 | More by alleykatking
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass and a snifter on 3/16/11

Brought back from the brewery by MbpBugeye; thanks Seth! Stoked to try this one...

Lighter amber color; golden and pineapple hues. Slight haziness but not cloudy. Just over one finger of puffy foam holds for a short while then drops to an island of film and collar retention. Not much lace at all, just a few drippy clumps. More lace with the snifter, actually.

Smells great; pretty much hops all the way. Lively citrus notes: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest and tropical undertones. Some pine, too. Seems to have an Amarillo kick, especially when colder. I wouldn't be surprised if this Cascade and Simcoe, too. Not too much malt peeking through.

The hop presence on the palate is comparable to its expression in the nose. Zesty citrus with no shortage of spicy kick. Lots of dry, bitter grapefruit; kind of pithy and peely in that respect. Orange peel, too with occasional lemon twinges. Not overly piney; more of an after thought. Toasty malt works into the back but it's appropriately dry and out of the way of the hops.

Medium body with a really slick feel. I've tried to shy away from Two Hearted comparisons but it has that same slick, yet resiny feel. The second pour is far more resinous; cool. Carbonation is spot-on for the feel; starts off with enough momentum and tapers off throughout the glass. Finishes dry and grapefruit-bitter.

Without a doubt this is an upper-tier American IPA from the Midwest; nay, an upper-tier American IPA, period. This is a really enjoyable beer and very well-done. I could drink this regularly and be perfectly ok with it.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2011 18:58:58 | More by Ryan011235
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.