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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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2,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 497
Gots: 322 | FT: 30
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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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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

Big thanks to Bill for this one. I've been wanting to try this for a while! 12oz bottle into a Heady Topper pint.

Pours a rich, 2 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is clear dark orange. Lacing is thick, layered, and webbed. Very pretty.

Nose is pure and very aromatic. Citrus, pine and cane sugar. Simple but delicious!

Opens citrus, tea, grapefruit. Cane sugar and tea leaf hop bitterness towards the middle. Sappy. More citrus, grapefruit and some papaya at the end. Great balance. Finishes fruity and hoppy. Same aftertaste. Pretty f-ing tasty!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light, clean and crisp in the mouth and goes down dry. Dry finish with an astringent, clinging aftertaste. Perfect for the style. Can't believe this is over 7%.

I've heard a lot about this beer and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Nothing outrageous but incredible balance in the flavor and feel with a perfectly executed look and nose. Definitely wish this was a local for me.

12-04-2012 01:10:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

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%

12-03-2012 19:03:21 | More by inlimbo77
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.9%

12-02-2012 20:39:16 | More by tmars13
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Alas, I have finally tracked this down in Central, OH.

Aroma: Explosive fruit juice aromatics that remind me of grapefruit, orange, and orange zest. Clean fermentation character. No malt aromas or really anything other than tropical fruit hoppy goodness.

Appearance: Clear amber pour with an off-white head that retains reasonably well. It appears still in my Duvel tulip.

Flavor: Wow! Like drinking hop juice. Earthy, firm bitterness up front followed by orange rind and grapefruit flavors. Balance is definitely bitter. Just a brush of sweetness that you might get by putting a couple grains of sugar on a slice of grapefruit. Finish is bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Just a hint of alcohol burn and a carbonic bite when combined with the hop bitterness borders on a touch of harshness.

Overall impression: A new favorite for sure. I still think Columbus IPA is #1 but this is in the ballpark. I'll be back for more of this.

12-02-2012 20:08:36 | More by mattcrill
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

11-30-2012 22:35:40 | More by Bierguy5
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travMI13

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-30-2012 02:35:46 | More by travMI13
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flip7

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-30-2012 01:24:45 | More by flip7
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jpvenezia

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-30-2012 00:55:52 | More by jpvenezia
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jegross2

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

11-29-2012 23:21:30 | More by jegross2
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-29-2012 14:34:38 | More by Skye1024
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Bonis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-29-2012 07:01:56 | More by Bonis
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kruthy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-28-2012 23:50:54 | More by kruthy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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


4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-28-2012 20:34:45 | More by JennieKoeper
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-28-2012 17:38:30 | More by BMart
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-28-2012 04:50:45 | More by jsurfs82
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Mcooly

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-28-2012 00:14:16 | More by Mcooly
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-27-2012 12:34:28 | More by e30todamax
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-27-2012 06:53:05 | More by bobv
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ChadQuest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

Clear light golden yellow color with a thick soft cap.
Aroma is clean light citrus with a faint biscuit note and no sweet or malt notes.
The flavors are the tangerine and grapefruit with some flowery notes, really light and clean all around. This is how IPAs are supposed to be. Clean and almost mute backbone.
Mouthfeel is medium-light for being 7.5 abv.

This would be a great IPA to have hanging around.

3/C = Average

11-27-2012 06:31:25 | More by ChadQuest
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-27-2012 05:01:00 | More by JRod1969
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jgreenward

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-27-2012 03:07:05 | More by jgreenward
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

11-27-2012 01:14:04 | More by ChrisMon02
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SourinQns

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-26-2012 22:46:17 | More by SourinQns
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herman77

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

A: Dark gold/orange with a medium sized off white head. Good retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a bit of pine up front. Some dank, resinous hops mixing with sweet carmel malts. Very nice.

T: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Bitter, but there is a dose of bready malt to keep it somewhat in check. It's missing all those sweet, tropical hops that I found in the nose. If only it lived up to the nose...

M: Medium to fuller body for an IPA. Average carbonation.

O: A great IPA. Awesome nose, good drinkability. If the taste lived up to the nose, this would be on Pliny and Heady level.

11-25-2012 19:08:44 | More by herman77
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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