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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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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 4,047
Photo of thebeers
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow-orange-amber color with a thick and lasting white head that eventually leaves heavy lacing. Sweet malt and pine on the nose. Nice piney flavor that seems light and refined, with a good malt backbone balancing it out. Bitter aftertaste with a slight alcohol kick. Medium bodied with "scraping bubbles" carbonation. Excellent beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably an older bottle. Very standard west coast IPA but has a bit of extra malt and older hop notes. Not exactly my favorite thing. It looks and smells fine but just not there for me on the flavor side this go.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper orange with a finger plus of foamy head that settles to a ring with lots of fuzzy lacing. Pine resin aroma, taste follows nose. Very nice balance. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color with a good foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is good. Has a big piney aroma with some citrus. This has a big piney hop at the end. Very aggressive. Assume it is dry hopped. Don't really get it from the aroma. It really overwhelms the citrus taste. Very astringent at the end.

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Photo of donspublic
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into shaker from bottle, nice 1 finger cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing. Light amber in the glass, not quite clear and some floaties. Smells of caramel, mango and pineapple. Taste a little sweet on the front followed by mango, pineapple and a little citrus bitterness. Great mouthfeel.

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Photo of tzieser
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 pack purchased at Kroger supermarket in North Dayton, OH (Tripp city to be exact) during my cross country road trip from Tucson AZ to NJ. Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass. Bottled 4/18/16 (originally consumed on 5/12/16)

A- amber in color, crystal clear with a fluffy white head that never seems to go away. amazing looking beer.

S- lots of citrus hops in the nose. stone fruit (peaches, mangos). a bit of pine as well. Excellent

T- bright citrus hop flavor again. orange peel, lemon. more stone fruit (peach). light pine bitterness near the end. malts compliment hop profile nicely. an excellent IPA. About as good as any I've had in California

M- slightly dry mouthfeel. quite nice and refreshing for an IPA

O- easily the best Ohio brewed beer I've ever had. Went down nicely after a 450 mile rainy drive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber with a decent head.
Smell is very floral, it's essentially just hops but its nice.
Taste is lots of floral hop with a decent citrus like malt and burn taste. It's very pleasant actually
Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated, medium bodied.
Overall, really nice IPA. Both beers I've had today are from my home state, and it pleases me greatly.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottled 5/16/16 and enjoyed on 6/1/16

pours clear golden amber with a thick head.

smell is absolutely amazing. clean sweet juicy hops. so pure, one of the best beers i have ever smelled.

the taste is outstanding. super bitter yet very fruity. lots of hops to this. taste is oddly similar to Stone's Enjoy By. finishes with a touch of sweetness and lingering bitterness.

so glad i was able to pick this up. a truly great IPA. one of the best beers i've ever had. this beer was bottled about 16 days ago, so damn good.

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Photo of StonewallSipper
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light amber color, aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, slight pine, and malt. Taste is very hop forward like I prefer, citrusy, slightly malty, and a resin aftertaste which is fabulous. I like It. Keep up the good work, this beer is in my top 5, Thanks.

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2 weeks old in the bottle.

It took me a 2 of these before I could place the aroma and flavor. This beer reminds me so much of Port Wipeout that it isn't even funny. Light, smooth, and ultra aromatic. That said, its delicious if you can get it fresh (if you can't, pass and get something else). If you can get it fresh, try it closer to room temp. I tried one ice cold and wasn't impressed. One that had been out of the fridge for a bit was so much more expressive. Glad I picked up some extras to share with friends.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours clear, bright yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is wet hops, big pine, and a nice dose of lemon. Very tasty first brew from this brewery. Has me curious to try other brews from them.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. The flagship IPA. Solid all around IPA with a crisp pine and citrus character and a drying finish. Just enough bitterness to bring things into focus.

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

Phenomenal flavor and depth of hop character. Aroma of crisp malt and sharp hops. Flavor expands across the palette and leaves with a clean flavor. This beer is pine and sticky simcoe/Amarillo vegtel notes that compliment the bitterness perfectly.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a white head, smells of malt first with some citrus hops, taste follows the nose more malty than hoppy, did not care for that, mouth feel was sweet with a slight, hop bitterness in the finish, preferred Hop JuJu to this one.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Fat Head's line up is new to PA so before dinner out this evening I took advantage of an excellent tap list to see if I'd want to buy some of the bottled beer when I find it. The clear dark amber colored beer was served in a nonic glass with 1/4" white head on the top. While sipping down the beer some lacing and partial patches of foam cling to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates scattered small bits of lacing. Even to the end there's at least an island of foam on the liquid.
The aromas include grapefruit and other as well as both pine an pineapple all backed up with a bit of earthy character.
The flavors are much as anticipated from the nose in that there's some citrus, grapefruit pith, pine and pineapple. The hops are showcased throughout but the malt backbone keeps it in check so that the bitterness never overwhelms.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly crisp with persistent but light carbonation. The finish begins as the fruit flavors slowly fade, followed by the pine and citrus, but it all winds up with a dry bitterness that invites another sip.

Overall this is a well made one I'll probably be having again. However, it doesn't quite make my list for regular rotation since I tend to prefer a bit more malt backbone so that the beer is more balanced between malt and hops. I guess I'm just not a big fan of the West Coast bitter IPA.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color and very clear, thick white head on top that goes away after a minute. Smell is very hoppy and citrusy. Very hoppy and piney in taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Head Hunter India Pale Ale"
on tap at Flanigan's Boathouse, Conshohocken, PA on 26 February 2016

Once in a while a beer comes along with the ability to turn my jaded head, and this is one of them. Of course, it's probably been around forever and I've just found it now!

It seems so big, so full of malt and just dripping in juicy tropical-citrus! It's grainy, malty-sweet and almost honeyish with a golden caramel side. That's then livened by notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango as well as some pine and grass and pungent herbs - or is it the other way around, with the malt bouncing the fruit off of it? Either way it seems so full and satiating, and yet it's really not that big, it's simply medium bodied with a standard carbonation - it's just rich. A solid bitterness balances it and it finishes dry with a quick passing dollop of golden-orange malt and lingering citrus. Fairly complex and interesting, really nicely balanced all around, and highly drinkable. Worth seeking out!

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Photo of blackcutlass
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I could drink this everyday. Such a great hop flavor that balances the bitter. Like a toned down Hop JuJu. Definitely a citrus component, but not overwhelmingly so. The dense hop flavor really steals the show.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is above par; smell is like refined bitterness, coarse, grassy, and filled with grapefruit. The taste follows with exquisite balance. It's dank; it's bready; it's fruity; it's dry; it's malty; it's all of those things. This beer is world-class. So damn larrrge. If you want an IPA that hits on all your notes, yet traditional, this is the one.

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Photo of Dols401
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better IPAs I have ever had. Got it in a trade and I am loving it. The fruity, citrusy hops are perfectly balanced with the malts and earthy tones. This a great beer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had.

(L) It has a clear amber hue with a white two inch thick head.

(A) The aroma is grape fruit and pine.

(T) There’s some sweet malt back bone, and lots of pine, grapefruit, pineapple, dankness, all very well put together.


(F) Its smooth and crisp and juicy, and easy to drink too quickly. It is a top notch IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in January, enjoyed ~10 weeks later. Dark golden orange pour with a, uh, fat head. Nose of muted citrus, tea and tobacco. Taste of orange rind, blood orange, tea and apricot. Hard to justify the rating, so much so that I'm doubting the bottle is a representative sample. So be it - not getting my hands on a couple more of these anytime soon. Solid beer but nothing heavy about the hops.

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Photo of cmq103
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped 1/6 keg at my basement bar poured into a Belgian tulip glass. Lacing is sticky and impressive. Orange, copper in color with a hint of haziness. Swirling the glass brings out all the aromas. Pine, sweet grapefruit with hints of pineapple and mango. They should make an air freshener out of this, seriously...The hoppy bitter goodness gives you a quick smack in the face, followed by the citrus grapefruit, sweet pineapple and malt, finishing with the same bitterness that reminds you that you're drinking a fine IPA. This is my first beer from Fat Head's Brewery and won't be the last. The 1/6 keg was a bit pricey at $105.99 plus tax, which is about what I paid for my last keg of Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit. I think the Sculpin is just a tad better though IMO. Either way, Head Hunter is definitely one to seek out and drink again and again.

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Photo of 57md
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish copper with a thin layer of head. The nose is citrusy, fruity and something sweet. The flavor is malt forward but the body is not quite what I would describe as hearty for the style. The hop profile on the finish is less potent than I might expect.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright orange, light haze, finger white head, fades to a ring with soapy lace. Aroma is fruity, orange peel. Very balanced IPA, dank weedy hops with grapefruit and orange peel turning earthy in the swallow. Just enough sweet malt balance. Medium soft slick mouth, slightly oily. Have had this one many times on trips to Florida, and it never disappoints.

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