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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 487
Gots: 276 | 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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Ratings: 2,527 | Reviews: 416 | Display Reviews Only:
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

08-24-2012 22:28:29 | More by xdefeatsy
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-24-2012 16:56:45 | More by ASUBeer
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ant880

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-24-2012 16:12:58 | More by ant880
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pretty pumped to try this one. thanks a ton to Lat! enjoyed from my HF tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured the classic transparent orange with a generous frothy foamy head. as the head dissipated it left massive chunky lacing in its wake. plenty of visible even carbonation could be seen.

s - YUM. dank sticky piny hops. just what the doctor ordered. smells UBER fresh. resiny. citric grapefruit blast. YUM.

t - the flavor is no let down, just what one would expect...slap you in the face dank and piny hops. the finish is rather bitter.

m - medium bodied with a bitter finish.

o - overall i understand all the accolades and medals boasted about on the label, this beer is a winner. if anything, i'd ask for a bit more sweetness to balance things out a bit more, but this one is unapologetic. deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:13:54 | More by cosmicevan
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Prostman81

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

08-23-2012 17:22:38 | More by Prostman81
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beesy

Ohio

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

PouRed from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a light tangerine that is very clear. A two finger off white head builds and develops frothy pockets from the carbonation. A fair amount of lacing resides.

S - very nice. Hoppy with notes of citrus, tangerine and mango.

T - hop forward as expected. Starts off with lots of pine, that moves to tangerine and tropical notes in the middle then fades back to piney on the back end. A somewhat earthy, almost stale, slightly sweet note is apparent about 3/4 way though - Ive noticed it on some homebrewed beers that were Columbus hop heavy, so maybe thats it. A firm, slightly abrasive bitterness lingers. Some tropical notes reside on the late palate, pairing well with the bitterness.

M - medium- full bodied. I think it's a little sweeter beer than I like but the atrong bitterness helps hide it a little.

D - fairly easy to drink. Not something you can drink down like CBC IPA, but moderately drinkable considering the high IBU and ABV.

Overall, an excellent IPa I will pick up and drink any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:21:30 | More by beesy
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FosterJM

California

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

1463rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
12oz

2012 Bottling

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- This poured out with high hopes for me. I watched it settle to a golden orange with a good amount of clarity and filtration. A 1/2 finger pure white head formed and was gone. No lace stuck around. No cling either.

Smell- Its your typical hop/malt bomb. Its got the best of both worlds in the glass and needs a bit more to it. Opens with thick full hops and then a bombardment of pine on the 2nd pull. A bit of orange zest and grapefruit zest battle it out on this.

Taste- I will say this profile is not my favorite with the duality of the bitter and the piney. This was a good beer with nice citrus and hops and somewhat tepidly balanced out by a little piney note as it warmed. The 7% was very well hidden on this as well.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Wouldve liked to see this one more bubbly and light. A bit too much residual pine.

Drink- It was pretty good. I am not sure I would award a medal to it. But being from CA we are spoiled by IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:32:44 | More by FosterJM
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.17.12.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a one inch off-white head that is foamy and with good retention.

S - Pine and orange peel.

T - Same as the nose. Bitter finish.

D - Solid carbonation with a nice medium body.

O - Pine dominated, some orange rind. Bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 06:35:37 | More by HuskyinPDX
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-18-2012 02:35:44 | More by rcjennings
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

08-17-2012 22:16:25 | More by bacher468
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koenig1462

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

08-17-2012 04:59:49 | More by koenig1462
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

08-17-2012 00:59:51 | More by ALLISON01
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-17-2012 00:36:22 | More by DaveHack
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-13-2012 01:26:21 | More by bpfrush
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
7.5% ABV, 87 IBUs, no date

A - With a bottoms up of the bottle, small particles haze the dirty apricot orange-colored beer. A relentless, tall pile of foam coats the glass in dense lacing as it slowly crawls down the edges, plateauing to a pile.

S - Holy hop aroma! Head Hunter is bursting with tons of west-coast-style aromas of bold citrus including pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, but leans more towards an exotic, tropical twang. Plenty of woodsy pine offsets the citrus as well with gooey pine cone and sap oozing out. Toasted and caramel malt provide a sturdy base for this hop explosion so it doesn't get out of control, but balance isn't a word I'd use to describe this beer.

T - The bold citrus aromas back off, ever so slightly, allowing the pine to really burst through. The beer becomes much more earthy in nature, leaning towards balance in flavor. Sweet caramel malt and light toast qualities underline the bold pine flavors which are accented by the bright citrusy notes which mirror the aroma.

M - Sparkling carbonation dances on the tongue before this beer turns bitter. As. Hell; those 87 IBUs go a long way, virtually stripping the taste buds right from you're tongue. Medium-bodied, the feel of this beer has little balance, but that's ok. In fact, it's better than ok; it's amazing.

O - Fat Head's, a brewery completely new to me, has struck gold with their Head Hunter IPA. Nailing the west-coast style IPA with ease, this bold beer is aggressive and powerful; a real treat for any hop head.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:19:40 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jacobdensford

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-10-2012 21:49:42 | More by jacobdensford
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

08-07-2012 04:14:56 | More by HopFace
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle thanks to Veldrid. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with about a finger's worth of head that recedes fairly quickly leaving nice layered lacing.

S- Hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, spices. Definitely slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Sticky hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, spices, slightly bitter on the finish, sweet citrusy aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Very well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a very well done IPA. Right up there with all the top-notch IPAs I've had- Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper, Gandhi-Bot, etc.. Probably not my top favorite, but definitely in my favorites. I loved how the mouthfeel and the awesome lingering aftertaste. I highly recommend seeking this out. A+

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:06:34 | More by jaasen64
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

08-07-2012 01:06:00 | More by NoProblem
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KevSal

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-06-2012 05:40:04 | More by KevSal
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liftop

Ohio

4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow simply an amazing IPA. Had on draft at Melt in Independence. Strong smell of grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Taste is very strong citrus with some pine notes. If you like Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, you will love this beer. It's a much better version of this style of brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 01:19:34 | More by liftop
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
No born on date

A: An absolutely crystal clear golden amber.  A very aggressive pour yields just over 2 fingers of bright but slightly off white colored head, which takes a long time to dissipate down.  Leaves tons of thick, cobweb lacing.  

S: Lots of citrus hops with just tons of pineapple, along with some mango and tangerine.  A noticeable sweet malt backbone.  Subtle hints of juniper/pine.  Really quite wonderful.  

T: Lots of piney bitterness in the taste.  Pineapple and tangerine come out, but  bitterness by far is the dominating characteristic, mostly piney but also citrus zest bitterness.   Tasty, but very little going on apart from the bitter characters.

M/D: Heavily carbonated, too  much for my liking.  Medium bodied.  Drinkability is good.  

O: There are a lot of great IPAs out there, and although this one is very good, for me it falls short of the top tier.  The aroma is excellent, but the taste is rather run of the mill (in terms of good IPAs that is) with a rather simple, albeit strong, piney bitterness without a whole lot else going on.  Don't get me wrong, I would never turn down this beer if it were offered to me, however, I wouldn't seek it out as there are a number of IPAs distributed to the Southeast that I think are superior to this one.  

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:55:11 | More by zac16125
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spark3148857

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-04-2012 17:14:12 | More by spark3148857
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty sure I had this at the restaurant in North Olmstead a year or two ago, but today I found it at Andrews Beverage so I picked up a four pack.

Everything about this brew is quintessential AIPA. It is clearer than many of the style, with a nice bit of lacing. The aroma is not overpowering (I could take more). The taste is a beautiful balance - hoppy (piney and fruity, yet bitter as can be), malty, and just a hint of yeasty.

There are so many great AIPAs, but this one is way up at the top. I must buy this again and again!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 15:30:21 | More by schoolboy
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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
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.