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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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2,897 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,897
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 516
Gots: 367 | FT: 33
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

bigfoot13, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

phishphorce, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Lee45102, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

TheBronze, Oct 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Anino531, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a proud exert on the label that reminds us that this beer took silver and bronze medals in the Great American Beer Festival '10 and '11 respectfully, this high praise comes with high expectations. And this west coast IPA doesn't disappoint!

While its appearance does nothing to deter from the classic look of IPA, its medium amber color reminds me of honey. But capped with an eggshell white sheet, the beer laces and retains wonderfully right down to the last sip.

But the IPA begins to separate from the pack with a bright and drippy citrus aroma. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pineapple, tangerine, and herbal (cannabis-like) character mixes with grassy notes. Mild starchy malts carry with it a caramel and butter note that makes the fruit notes seem ripe and plump rather than trying to compete for balance.

The flavors are starkly consistent with aroma. Both the hop flavor and malt sweetness hit the front of the mouth with balanced intensity, Honey dipped slices of grapefruit and oranges are first and foremost in taste. Complementary notes of tropical fruit juice rounds the beer in nearly coctail-like precision. The waves of varying flavors wash over the middle palate and fold in malty starch flavors and the grassy and herbal notes that were described in the beer's aroma. But the beer suddenly falls off in order to provide a resiny bitterness and malty dryness that lingers on the back of the throat like pine needles and fresh-cut grasses. Mild salts and metals blend into the hop bitterness and gives a glimpse into the water profiles.

Medium bodied, but the beer seems lighter because of its quick-strike dryness. The enamel clinching sweetness, hop, and alcohol textures pretend to deliver a seductive citric acidity, but the beer is focused on a dry finish and a memory of fruit. The malt textures fall off just as the bitterness comes to a crescendo, a light leafy astringency, and the alcohol dryness closes the beer with confidence.

Fat Head's Head Hunter is a fantastic IPA that doesn't simply deliver "proper" IPA flavor or become complacent on making an "error free" beer. It pushes further into the smooth bitterness, ultimate dryness, and intangible fruity hop flavors and aromas that begin to separate it from the rest.

BEERchitect, Oct 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

klinger, Oct 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bsuedekum, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

hilgart1, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Light copper color with head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing.

Wonderful aroma! Perhaps one of the best in this category. Very citrusy, which follows suit in the taste. A great crisp hop flavor but not so harsh as to negatively affect drinkability.

I will definitely seek this one out again. And again.

ProudBeerSnob, Oct 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

JMartin, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beergod1 for the initial hookup with this beer.

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Gold/light copper/burnt orange. More dark gold than anything. Head is bright-white, creamy, fluffy, and dense. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. Head retention is decent, but drops to a creamy, chunky cap after a few minutes. So clean, so pretty.

Smell: Pith, grapefruit rind, oily citrus. Pine, pine resin, orange flesh and skin. Oily and floral. Bright sweetness from the hops, it's that weird combo that I've encountered in other aggressively hopped beers. Delicious. Reminds me of cotton candy if you rolled it in pine resin. Mild breadiness. Some caramel sweetness as well. Mango, peach, and pineapple. It's a hop explosion. Slightly dank with some hints of mint on the edges.

Taste: Bitter, pithy, and floral. Huge hits of grapefruit flesh and zest. Pine resin lingers. Dry, sticky hop resins. Huge punches of citrus. Malts struggle to come through throwing some caramel sweetness, touches of roasted malt with a mild toasted edge. Building bitterness, but not unrelenting. Some nice herbal, almost minty, notes in the background. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Dank. Unbalanced, but delightfully so.

Mouthfeel: Dry, slick, and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body.

Overall: Delightful and well-worth it.

Aggressively unbalanced with enough going on with the hop profile to make it interesting and tasty. The best kind of aggressive.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

AHunter062, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Hophead717, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

hopspiller, Oct 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerBucks, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

mryoshi33, Oct 02, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Had Hunter India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU. Brewed and bottled by Fat Head's Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Clear, golden-amber color, almost tangerine, with an enormous, thick and sturdy, creamy white head. Looking great.

Aroma: leaps on on first pour and slips into the nose. All our favorites are inside, we get the citrus and the pine, there's the bitter grapefruit, some pineapple, maybe a whiff of mango. Pleases the olfactory organ in all the best and most appropriate ways. Smelling great.

Taste: Bam! A fierce assault on the palate, delivering massive bitterness, a hefty spank on the tongue. A powerhouse blow, staying long and laying in hard. Full-bodied, immense presence on the palate, long finish.

I can go through every superlative in the thesaurus, and just keep going. This one really has it all, and it ends on a moderately mellow mood, with that high bitterness and incredible flavor level never really tapering off. There's a strain of astringent, aspirin-y character that hangs in at the back. But some of us love that and this is for us, clearly.

Unrestrained, unabashed, unhinged. But damned delicious. Incredible IPA, deserving of all kinds of praise.

"Uncivilized & Aggressive. No other ingredient stirs the passion of a master brewer like the hop. Inspired by this legendary flower we challenged ourselves to create a world class IPA. Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped uncivilized, West Coast-style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hop! Love the lupulin. Dig the dank. Respect the resin. Do not age, Hoppy beers are best consumed fresh."

feloniousmonk, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MikeCactusGordon, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

pvequalsnrt, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for giving me a bottle of this beer to drink! Thanks duff!

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer. Over 2 fingers tall white head thats thick and soapy. Really nice lacing from this beer.

Smell: Big pine and citrus; mostly grapefruit, but also a hint of orange zest. Tropical fruits specifically pineapples and mangos. The hops smell bold, dank, and fresh!

Taste: on the high end of moderately bitter. Really big pine bite thats very oily, resinous. Am I sucking on pine needles? Whew! This beer is really serious about its hops. The beer tastes really fresh and dank. The grapefruit notes are really heavy too and I would definately say that its more of a grapefruit rind which seems to increase the already bitter pine notes. Maybe a hint of orange zest, pineapple and earthy note to finish things off with the hop profile. The malts dont offer much balance, but you can tell they offer a faint bready note to the overall effect of the beer. The bitterness just lingers on forever in this beer. Moderately heavy pine and grapefruit rind notes are still there minutes after taking a sip. I think that I get chalky notes in the aftertaste from this beer being so bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a super dry finish on it that seems to amplify the bitterness of the hop profile.

Overall: This beer is just downright aggressive. Hopheads seek it out. I am thrilled to have gotten the oppurtunity to sip on this wonder from Ohio, but it really pushed my palate to the max. I think that I have gotten all the hop flavors that I need for the whole week from this beer alone!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

roblund, Sep 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

envinoveri, Sep 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

headyhopzhead, Sep 28, 2012
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 2,897 ratings.