Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 3,108
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 524
Gots: 430 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sort of a dark gold, not quite amber in color, with a sizable compact, slightly off-white head that shows good form and retention, leaving legs all over the place to form a web almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma doesn't pour out as soon as I pop it, which is rare enough as it is, but it does have plenty of pop to it. It's first intensely of pine, extremely, fantastically hoppy if not somewhat one-dimensional in the hop profile, before a bold citrus comes out, plenty of grapefruit to it with a solid malts backbone keeping it from going harsh.
Other notes come out in the flavor, though pine is strongest. Initially, though, it's straight hard pine, woody , raw and dry. Citrus comes out just as strong, and it's not long before a touch of malty sweetness asserts itself, letting the hops do the talking but keeping things civil. Bitterness reigns, but plenty of tropical fruits notes add to the sweetness and balance. It gets very grassy and just a bit leafy, and in the finish it moves back to the pine.
This is a beer that could go very dry but keeps it at a nice, even level. Crispness offers life while a creamy smoothness runs through in every sip. There's plenty of body to this brew without being heavy, and it's actually quite bright. If there's any weak spot in the feel, it's that it's so creamy it gets almost "airy," for lack of a better descriptor.
I'm glad the midwest if offering some competition to the West Coast as IPAs are concerned. This beer brings it.

Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Peach-orange in color. Very slight haze. Forms a moderate ecru-colored head that leaves a copious amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Was very aromatic when I first popped the bottle, but seems to be less so now. However, what remains is a heady mix of citrus, orange, and tropical fruit.

T: The flavor is also very nice. Pale malt backbone with a touch of sweetness that plays nicely with the juicy citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Some juicy fruit gum.Turns more towards grapefruit on the backend with a mild pine resin bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Fairly dry on the finish.

O: A very nice beer and a fine example of the style. I've got to admit I come across my fair share of average IPAs - it's a crowded field - but it's always nice to still be able to find new and well made examples of the style.

Photo of Pensfan0782
5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of 451beer
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of eclipse54
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from JM03; thanks! My first one of these, and I'm more than excited to give it a try. Poured into a tulip.

Pours an orange, gold color with about an inch of fluffy, yet sticky white head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is loaded with grapefruit and spicy hops, with some grass, herbs, and pine resin in there as well. It tastes of spicy, earthen hops, with lots of pine and grass/herb notes. Loads of citrus come through as well - predominantly grapefruit, but some orange as well. Mouthfeel is bitter, slightly acidic, and dry on the finish. A piney resin seems to linger, accentuating the raw hop character. Overall, this is an awesome “west coast” IPA that really showcases a number of aspects of the hops: citrusy, earthen, and of course, bitter. Well done.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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%

Photo of tmars13
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of mattcrill
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of travMI13
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of jegross2
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JennieKoeper
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 3,108 ratings.