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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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Ratings: 3,031
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 517
Gots: 404 | FT: 34
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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Photo of Marty30
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Marty30, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at deagans in Lakewood, Ohio. Poured into a pint glass.

A: golden amber with a nice 1.5finger off white head. Moderate amounts of retention tons of lacing.

S: Sticky pine, tons of bubblegum, grapefruit and pineapple.

T: Spot on the nose. Loads of sweet bubblegum, grapefruit and some pine. Moderate bitterness lingers.

M: Medium carbonation and body.

O: Phenominal west coast IPA! Wish I could get it here on the western side of the state.

WesM63, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

bauermj, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to JM03 for sending this one my way as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit, and subtle apple juice. The flavor was of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, fruit, fruit hop, tropical fruit, bitter hop, and subtle pine resin. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I really liked what is going on in this one. There was tons of pine notes going on, but it had a nice touch of fruit to help balance it out and leave your palate feeling refreshed for a moment. After that moment the hops come flooding in to carry what is left of your palate away. A really well done brew that should be enjoyed by anyone who calls themselves a hop-head.

thagr81us, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Golden dark orange - clear - starts with a nice, white head, fades faster than average, but leaves a nice wall of spotty lacing

Smell: Aggressively hoppy in a lovely way - ripe oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits - flesh and some bitter pith - oily citrus rinds - tropical fruits, mostly pineapple - floral - dank, with some resiny pine - pale and caramel malts in the background, mostly washed out by the hops

Taste: Oily, pithy, citrus assault - emphasis on grapefruit, with a lot of flesh and pith - orange and grapefruit rinds - some tropical flavors add some sweetness - oily, resinous pine rounds things out - very bitter - some pale and caramel malts provide a backbone but not much else - just a little touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, smooth with a lingering bitter oiliness

Overall: Tongue Hunter?

This blurs the line between IPA and DIPA with a remarkable amount of aggressiveness. Personally, I think it's a bit too oily and pithy. It's great, but not something I would want all the time... It could be a bit more drinkable.

angrybabboon, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of garuda
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No dating on the bottle, which is potential deal-breaker on the sale for me, but the shop owner said he got it in within the last week.

A - Clear deep gold, with a thick white head that has good retention and lacing.

S - All hops here. A burst of mango right off the bat, then dives into grapefruit, pineappple, and resinous pine.

T - Follows the nose with assertive hops flavor. A touch of honey and caramel sweetness mid palate, then finishes very bitter with an aggressive dose of pine.

M - Medium, full body, thick consistency with hop oil, abv helps dry out the bitter finish.

O - Excellent, just how I like my IPAs. Bitter, with just a touch of sweetness mid palate. Depths of hop flavor in this one. They only need bottle dating on it now.

garuda, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

gpawned, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of FishPondManager
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

FishPondManager, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of BeerManBert
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this IPA at the GABF. After all the IPA and Imperial IPAs I tried this one clearly stood out from the crowd. Amazing nose and huge flavor . I went back several times for this one and it's big brother the Hop JuJu Imperial IPA

In my top 5 IPAs of all time.

BeerManBert, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of SalukiAlum
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SalukiAlum, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Auslander, Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed bright copper color with a white head that thinned leaving some thin streaks of lacing.

S - blast of tropical fruit.

T - tropical fruit and then a strong citrus bitterness kicks in before a hint of tropical fruit comes back on the lips.

F - medium bodied, dry and bitter with mild carbonation.

O - a fine example of the style.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of bigfoot13
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
Photo of JMartin
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
Photo of AHunter062
5/5  rDev +15.5%

AHunter062, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Hophead717
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Hophead717, Oct 05, 2012
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 3,031 ratings.