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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA
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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 556 | Ratings: 3,981
Photo of Casedogg43
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle had via a trade with TheGordianKnot! Cheers!

A: pours a clear but gold color. Looks good.. Slight head w/nice lacing.

S: very inviting. Strong citrus nose. They smell like grapefruit & orange.Smells delicious! There are some light malty notes in the background.

T: Doesn't match the nose. Grapefruit & orange are there. Hops and big roasty malts take over early and stay til the end. Alcohol is very smooth, slight hint.

M: Pretty standard for a nice IPA.

O: Man this beer has hype. Rates great and is very solid. The roasted malts just dominate a bit too much for me. I'd prefer the citrus hops on the nose to follow through til at least the middle. For me, solid, too many other IPA's that I prefer.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355mL mega fresh bottle thanks to Dan! Pours a clear, filtered, no bottle refermentation (good) amber/orange. Larger, large bubbled, semi rocky meringue foam. Excellent retention. Widely spaced, webby lacing. Nose is soft butterscotch, lemon detergent (volatile), thick orange gummies. Taste is super rich butterscotch, restrained orange and grapefruit peel, mild pine sap, maple, sweet orange syrup. Palate is very bitter, nutty, some walnut/Brazil nut, mild spruce tips. Very rich, quenching, fairly aggressive. 10/2/2012 7/4/8/5/15=3.9

355mL second mega fresh bottle from Dan. Let’s try this again. Pours with a better, rockier, sheen, buttermilk head. Big retention and better, complete lacing. Nose has no off flavors, more peaches and cream, pineapple, vanilla. Taste is very West Coast in profile reminding me of Sculpin and Alesmith IPA up front, but finishing much more aggressively bitter with mega spruce tip and pine sap. Delicious. Palate is a bit too sharply bitter moving to slight sawdust. The aroma is quite inviting. Very nice stuff. Easy to love. Glad I got some extra bottles. 10/3/2012 8/4/8/3/16=3.9

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Photo of dcloeren
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this awesome extra in our last trade.

Pours a beautiful clean and crisp golden orange with a finger of foamy bright white head.

The aroma is exploding with grapefruit, orange, lemon and resinous pine hops. Not much, if any, malt to speak of. I'm not complaining, this beer smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose. Grapefruit forward with vibrant citrus notes take the lead while the sticky pine hops finish this one off. Fantastic taste.

Medium to light in body but this one drank a lot thinner than the body would have originally led me to believe. It was thinner than I would have liked is what I guess I am getting at. Other than that, I thought it had the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was an amazing IPA! I wish that I had more of these. My only complaint is the body on it but it didn't ruin or slow this beer down for a minute.

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Photo of flexabull
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12, thanks again.

Pours a light and bright gold color, clear, with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Strong notes of tropical fruits, mostly mangos, also some citrus, oranges, and grapefruit. There is also resin and sugar as well.

Taste is fruity, lightly sweet and bitter up front. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, cream, and hard candies. Finish is very dry, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, with snappy carbonation, gets a touch thin on the finish.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. As noted, this is dry and bitter. I just wish it had a touch more body and malt flavors. Still, a very solid offering.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: The beer is clear copper with a small white head on top, about an inch in height with decent retention and thin lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of pine mixed with citrus fruit on the aroma, some grapefruit and orange zest with a faint caramel. malt undertone.

T: Very piney on the flavor profile, but it isn't really coupled with the amount of bitterness I was expecting, certainly helping with the drinkability. Some tropical fruit is mixed in, mostly grapefruit and orange.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish, but rather light for a big IPA like this.

O: Very good, deserving of praise for sure.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry copper color with a nice white head. Great lacing down the glass and very sticky. Smells outstanding on the nose. Apricots, resiny hops, strong grapefruit, and more hops. Very nice mouthfeel but very bitter. Maybe because I haven't had anything this hoppy in months, it caught me by surprise, but bitter and much lingering bitterness, but still a very good beer that is local, and I will jump at again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a great translucent crisp gols with one finger of pure white head, The foam takes a bit to settle and there is a ton of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big pine, a good helping of citrus, and there is some underlying malty sweetness.

T: Sweet to start, but the hops kick in huge right after. I get a lot of pine with some over the top bitters. This beer moves more towards the citrus end of the spectrum as it reaches the middle. The finish is back to some malty sweetness, but the bitters linger on the palate for some time. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, bitter in the middle and then the hops tend to linger for quite a bit. All in all, this is a very drinkable beer.

O: Very nice beer. The flavors are bright and refreshing. I'd drink this beer again. Solid.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top notch IPA in an already crowded field. This one is as good as any I suppose; when beer is of this quality it's more a case of what mood are you in today rather than one being "better" than another.

Pours lightly hazed, golden orange, with a finger of slowly settling white head and nice lacing. Aroma is super fresh and citrusy, with lots of grapefruit in front and piney hops following. Little in the way of maltiness, just a lot of fresh fruit in your face.

Taste follows closely; again this is a citrus, grapefruit-first hop bomb with secondary pine characteristics; a very mild sweetness and biscuity caramel malt backbone that stays well on the sidelines and just props the hops up. Finish is dry, with lingering hoppy flavors and not too much aggressive bitterness scathing the palate. Really easy to drink, delicious, and full of hop nuances without being overly bitter.

Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth feel, right on out of the bottle. So fresh and so clean, indeed, this one is a winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange and mostly clear. Nice white head and excellent lacing. Clouds of bubbles meander about the surface.

Smell - Nice intense hop aroma. Big mango and citrus. A little bit of the malt comes through, but just slightly sweet.

Taste - More of the mango and tropical fruit hop flavor, but it switches to a more bitter hop profile quickly. The sweetness fades as well. Becomes a grapefruit pith flavor in the back and gets a little strong.

Mouthfeel - It's got a very nice body. It's medium bodied and the perfect malt level for an intensely hoppy IPA. It's just too bitter to be great,

Overall - It's really nice. Yes, it's too bitter, but it's a small fraction of the total experience, which is excellent.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric aka spoolinvw for giving me a fresh bottle of Head Hunter. I have always had terrible luck trying to find fresh bottles of this one, glad to finally try the real deal.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, grass, tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit and oranges - pine resin and only the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. This one has once intense nose to it.

T - Starts off with a ton of bright citric hop bitterness mixed with some juicy grapefruit tartness slowly giving way to hints of pine resin, grass and some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is fairly bitter, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, oily feel with a ton of bitterness from start to finish.

O - This is one awesome IPA. I could drink a few of these no problem. When fresh this is definitely one of the better IPA's on the market today.

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me *fresh* bottles of this brew that's been on my wants list for a while. Some other traders could learn things from Mr. Cleveland & sending fresh IPAs in trades...you know who you are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is orange with plenty of ozone in the sunset, not clear, but uniformly hazy. Industrial-scale tropical fruits split the fifth sense; terrifyingly sweet. And by terrifying I mean lovely, since I love sweet. Citrus trickles underneath.

Head Hunter is a fascinating IPA. Huge notes of orange, mango, grapefruit run full-speed into an iron wall of citrus, pine, & resiny bitterness. Though it's hard to concentrate with all the pleasure coursing through my veins, bits of caramel & herbs nips here & there. The fruity notes keep the bitterness from peaking too far, but at the same time, the hops hang around for overtime. Damn. Slurp. Slurp. Ahhh.

I am glad to have finally found out what the fuss is about, because this is a straight-up excellent IPA. Thanks again, Dan, happy to have a few more of these around. For a very short period of time.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds teku.

Pour: Clear amber orange with three fingers of off white head. Head hangs around, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Big citrus notes - some tangerine and orange juice. Pretty hefty caramel backbone to support.

Taste: Follows the nose for sure, with some pine mixed in as well. Malt sweetness is larger than I expected. Nice juiciness, and finishes with a resinous bitterness

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky, and not incredibly drinkable. Fruit notes make this one nice and juicy.

Overall: Very nice IPA.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Head Hunter pours out of the bottle pretty clear and golden brown in color. Its head is about a finger in density, white in color, and sticks to the sides of my glass really nicely. Bubbles explode out of the bottom of the beer and collect beneath the head beautifully.

S: Citrus explodes out of the beer, like a freshly squeezed grapefruit or clementine with hints of pine. Definitely on the fruitier side as far as IPAs go. I picked this up in Pittsburgh about two weeks ago, so I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

T: The taste is really solid. The grapefruit and other citrus flavors are back, but the piny hops pay a much larger role. The increased hop tastes bring the beer closer to balanced than the smell is.

MF: Really light body with an average amount of carbonation. The balance and well thought out flavors make this one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had. The 4pack sure did go away quickly.

O: I had heard such great things about this beer and I was really excited to find the bottle in Pittsburgh. I didn't even really know they bottled it. Buy it if you see it, because I might just drink all of it.

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle from the brewery, picked up generously by MarkIntihar. Into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange-brass with a nice white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, orange peel, vanilla, pineapple, and green leaf in the nose. Dank.

T: The taste is much drier, with lots of grassy bitterness, somewhat herbal with lots of fresh grain in the finish, leaving a resinous aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with some creaminess to it.

O: I wish there was as much fruit in the taste as the nose but this is still great stuff.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my moeder lambic tulip/snifter hybrid.

Pours a translucent orange hue with one inch white head.

Nose; citrus, pine resign, and nice fruitiness (tangerines).

Taste; herbal hops upfront, a touch of mint, leads into a strong piney bitterness with notes of floral hops in the finish. As it warms up, it becomes somewhat overly bitter and less balanced/refreshing as originally poured. A lingering vegetal note is present, which is my only complaint...

Mouthfeel; slick yet somewhat crisp, a bit syrupy.

Overall; pretty solid stuff, now that I think of it, it's actually quite similar to Jai Alai...lucky inhabitants of Ohio ;-)

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange body with 2" of dense white head. Lacing is spotty.

Highly aromatic with loads of mango and orange up front. There's a brief whiff of caramel malt then pine.

The taste has heavy doses of the tropic fruits then resinous pine. It's extremely bitter in the finish. The malt adds just a little backbone to hold it together but otherwise gets completely dominated by the hops. It's a completely one-sided beer and I love it.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry. Carbonation is a little high but not too bad. The bitterness lingers.

This is a top notch IPA and and enjoyed every last bit of it. I'd recommend seeking it out. Thanks to JM03 for including it as a generous extra.

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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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of garuda
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerManBert
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.