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

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPAFat Head's Head Hunter IPA

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Reviews: 490
Hads: 3,577
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 591
Gots: 634 | FT: 36
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Reviews: 490 | Hads: 3,577
Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an IPA glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is clear honey gold with a three finger fluffy white head. Excellent retention and sticky lacing. Smell is delicious and juicy. Lots of grapefruit and tropical aromas. Flavor is bitter grapefruit rind on the palate followed by tropical juices. Finish is very bitter and crisp. Body is light, maybe a tad thin with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very delicious IPA. Maybe a tad thin and not as complex on the flavor as I had hoped, but I'm really nitpicking. (521 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to the new Portland brewpub when the first batch of headhunter released. While having a great aroma it seemed to be lacking in hop flavor and had a harsh bitterness. Still a great beer (4/5) The brewers even admitted they weren't super happy with it and it would get better.

Now they are distributing kegs, and I had a pint at saraveza last night. The great aroma seemed to be more profound and tropical fruity, it's even more amazing. And they have seemed to completely fixed the flavor issues. Before the malt was more forward. Now the hops shine through with just enough malt to back them up. While I was skeptical about this beer at first, it has now exceeded expectations. (4.5/5) (694 characters)

Photo of RockinRich
4/5  rDev -8%

As a self-professed hop head, I was really looking forward to this. And indeed, the aroma is fantastic. However — and I never thought I'd ever say this — it might be (shudder!) too hoppy, bordering on bitterness beyond palatability.

Don't get me wrong; it delivered everything it promised. And the aroma IS amazing. But I really doubt that I'll be going back to this any time soon. Not never; just not soon. (YMMV) (421 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014-11-22
12 oz bottle served in a little plastic hotel cup. 1421134140805 is the bottle code.

Pours clear golden with almost no head. Small amount of carbonation. Smell is fruity, juicy, nice. Pine and citrus zest.

Taste is bitter-- mostly grapefruit. Very slight honeysuckle sweetness, but mostly bitter.

Mouth feel it's dry. Overall, quite tasty. (354 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 90/100


While I love 'Fat Heads' and think they make world class brews, I had this up against a few Columbus Brews (Bodhi, Creeper) I have to say this is a tad overrated... I love their Hop Juju, Trail head and Hop Stalker, plus everything this brewery (Saloon too) does. Just not sure if this is the 'King of Cleveland IPA's (That's White Rajah IMO) That said its still very enjoaybe! (541 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into shaker pint

A: nice fluffy white head, amazing clarity, great clarity, lacing like you wouldn't believe

S: spicy, piney, herbally a little bit of grapefruit

T: very herbal moving into pine then wraps up with some grapefruit spicy and bitter

M: very nice not too heavy but heavish for an IPA

O: this beer is quite good I have a love hate relationship with it because I drink it soo much I find it common. But sitting here reviewing it it is quite good (476 characters)

Photo of Tylertut
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a clear golden amber color. Has a strong resinous piney aroma. This beer smells of dank dank hops. This taste is a tad weaker than the smell which threw me off a bit. Lots of pine and grapefruit and it lingers the perfect amount. Overall this is a great IPA, and at 7.5% it's pretty high for a non-imperial IPA, and the alcohol is masked very well. I'm glad Ohio has more great beers than I can count, including this one. (427 characters)

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Had on draft at Champps in Columbus, OH and also scooped up a sixer from Whole Foods in Columbus. I was super excited to try this one and it did not let me down! big tropical fruit taste, same with the small along with some slight dankness. Just excellent. Wish i had regular access to this one. Another Big Time beer for the Midwest arsenal. (345 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HopFace for the opportunity to try. Served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent burnt orange with a loose, half-inch, cream-colored head. Great nose - grapefruit, tropical fruit and hints of Simcoe and citrus rind towards the back. Taste expresses less fruitiness and more Simcoe and rind in the forefront with grapefruit (not as sweet) towards the back. Finishes with a light and pleasant herbal bittering between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant carbonation that falls just shy of crisp and biting. There's a slight acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and also a little maltiness to the body. Overall, a solid IPA. If I had regular access to this, it would be part of my standard line-up. (751 characters)

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The more i drink it, the more I absolutely love it. Phenomenal.like a tropical hop wet dream. Not sure how it could be better. Super drinkable and available year round. My first choice in american IPAs. (202 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Head Hunter has enough hoppiness that it could be coloured green. It's not of course, but it aught to be. This honeyed golden beer is a divine nectar indeed and looks picture perfect: brilliant clarity, resplendent highlighting, stalwart carbonation and a bulky head.

What sets this IPA apart, however, is not its appearance but its aroma; the smell of hops can be appreciated from the other side of the table (literally, I'm not kidding). I've been around the IPA block enough times that it now takes something pretty special to impress me - and the brimming, aromatic, vivid, layered hop notes here are certainly noteworthy.

Head Hunter has at its core an iron fist of juicy, acidic, tropical fruitiness that includes mango, pineapple, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, and guava. The finish is accented by an almost minty note and herbal, piny backbone. It's astounding that something with such a strong personality be so agreeable; one could drink this all night (and will want to!)

Although it feels broad and large - and at 7.5% and 87 IBUs this is certainly no skinny puppy - it drinks with effortless ease. Most IPAs of similar strength and character (even some of the best ones) are nowhere as approachable nor so endlessly drinkable; nothing pithy or astringently bitter, there wasn't a single rough patch or off-note in the whole growler.

Believe the hype - Head Hunter is the real deal. It is the living, breathing antithesis of the theory that all the best IPAs hail from the West Coast. People in Cleveland must be saying: "Pliney, who?" With Fat Head's you pretty much can't go wrong - there's not a bad beer on the list - but make one-hundred percent certain you try Head Hunter. As if you needed me to tell you that! (1,740 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear gold, with a hint of yellow to it, lots of white, creamy foam that retains wonderfully.
steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface constantly. Aroma is quite mild but pleasant, containing clean, pine and floral notes. Taste is wonderful, starts with tropical fruitiness with notes of mango and guava, finishes slightly bitter. Texture is light/ medium, lots of carbonation and slightly dry in the finish.
overall if i had regular access to this beer i would buy it regularly (492 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the bottle at The Brick Oven Bistro in Sandusky, Ohio. We poured into a set of half-sized house snifters, and the beer showed a clean sunset orange hue, with a quick finger tall head of white foam. This retained only okay, leaving behind an absence of lacing. No real haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The aroma gave orange rind bitters, black olives, manila envelope dustiness, sticky caramel and pale maltiness, Band-Aid phenols, mandarin orange juiciness, resiny and grapefruity hoppiness, coiny metallics, lavender and rose petals, dried thyme, harsh tannic tea leafiness, and big musky perfumes, especially as it warmed. The taste gave bittered, chlorine chemical bite, citric and grassy hop bitterness, pale and amber adjuncty grain, fusel booziness, bitter herbal rumbles lactic creaminess, plastic phenols, light clove and black pepper spiciness, green sap resins, toasty pales, acidic tomato vegetals, gingerbread and pumpernickel starchiness, and tight aluminum metallics. The body was medium, and the carbonation was light. This translated into very light creaminess and mustache to the slurp, smack, froth, and pop, with the lips left otherwise evenly wet and tingling. Puck trumped astringency along the palate and cheeks. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank back lightly and nicely.

Overall, this was a beer enjoyed after a day of riding ten of the world’s best roller coasters at Cedar Point. We were most certainly thrashed from it, and ready for some swill and delicious grub. We found this little establishment on the interweb and loved it. The food was great and so was the beer, but we’ll leave a full review for it in the proper place. This beer was recommended to us by the knowledgeable bartender, although it has been on our “Ohio list” for a little while now. What we found was a nice local offering, but really were hard pressed to find much more. The flavoring was there, showcasing a deeper malt profile, but we were a bit let down in the department of feel. It was just a little light for the depth they’re going for. This, unfortunately, slows down the drinker, tricking them into thinking the flavors are lighter than they actually are. This is not the case in the nose, as we felt this to be its strongest aspect. This is a great Ohio beer, and one we would certainly seek out again, but we can’t help but feel that we prefer something more substantial to quench this thirst. (2,508 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber brew, light and golden, topped by a decent snow white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Nice balanced aroma featuring pine and citrus hops, pale and caramel malts, bread, biscuit, and sugar. Nice wildflower floral notes as well.

Brew is less fruity up front, with a classic pine-and-grapefruit IPA profile. As pale malts carry powdery biscuit across your palate, tropical fruit and grapefruit pulp hits back strong, carrying you to a semi-dry, acidic finish.

Very lively, with a bit of sting. Relatively light feel overall, with drinkability slowed only by the sting.

This brew has a classic IPA profile, with just enough fruitiness to keep it interesting, but an old-school, knock-in-the-teeth bitterness that should make hop heads smile in reminiscence. (779 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%

Huge thanks to my friend Jay for this Ohio find! 64 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. While retention isn't fantastic, it does have a sticky texture which leaves behind a ton of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: There's nothing like a fresh IPA, especially when they have such a vibrant hop melange. There's a little bit of everything here: tropical fruits, orange, grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Hints of the biscuity malt tie everything together quite well. Powerfully pungent; smells like a total winner. (4.25)

Taste: On the flavor profile, I'm picking up more grapefruit than anything else. Still, not a bad thing by any means. The finishing bitterness is quite healthy - actually, it's more than that. It's totally biting and intense. But in a good way! Technically, there aren't any stand-out notes: it's just another big, bitter grapefruit-and-pine IPA. Where it succeeds (with flying colors) is how well defined the hop flavors are, and how well concealed the malt is. IPAs are all about showing off the hops, and this does a superb job of that. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, with the dryness keeping the residual sugar at bay. Yet, the hops giving a long, resinous back end. It's so bitter, in fact, it becomes slightly hard to drink at times. Carbonation is good. (4)

Overall: As a personal note, I'm starting to move away from the grapefruit-forward IPAs. But to dismiss this simply due to my own tastes would be ridiculous. It's a fantastically made punch to the face. Hop sissies need not apply; those who enjoy a vicious grapefruit attack (and a scorched earth palate) will absolutely fall in love with this. (4.25)

4.19/5: Help! My tongue has been stabbed by hops! (1,790 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a relatively clear, orange color with a thick, compact, doughy, white head. Lines and bands of lacing. Aroma is filled with pungent, musty oranges and onion notes. Spicy hops. Soft, sweet, sugary malt. Flavor just smacks you with upfront citrus. Grapefruit uprising. Piney and grassy and hempy. Tropical fruitiness (mango, specifically) is detectable but starts to burn off by the aggressive bitterness. A submissive maltiness is a bit toasty. Percussive bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Resinous. It always feels good to finally nab a beer you've been eyeing and it also isn't a letdown. This beer is mightily hoppy. Bottled offering. (642 characters)

Photo of Jmitchell3
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

FatHead's Headhunter IPA. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Deep golden color, light white frothy head that dissipated quickly. Looks like some poor filtering as there is hop material that made it into the bottle and into my glass. A bit of a turn-off. 6/10
S: Wow, major fruit, grapefruit and citrus notes with some floral and a hint of dankness. Awesome aroma. Reminds me of Stone's enjoy by. 9/10
T: Bitterness through and through. only lightly malty with hops front and center. Some fruitiness, but not significant. clean flavors. 7/10
M: medium body, some hop astringency on the finish. a bit harsher than I'd like. 6/10
O: A nice IPA. Could use some work to clean up bottling practices at this small local Ohio brewery. Needs to be crystal clear, with only a hint of yeast haze if it is bottle conditioned. Great deep golden color, phenomenal aroma and clean flavors. A cleaner aftertaste would be preferable. I'd drink another though. 7/10 or 3.75 stars. (988 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle from 4 pack dated 8/3 into tulip glass

A- Well filtered coppery/orange with thin head. No lacing
S- Big hop juice, sweet citrus, grapefruit and orange peel
T- Yep, very juicy. Nice citrusy hops, but finish is a bit "soapy" to me
M- Medium for an IPA

O- Very good and drinkable beer. The only thing that I could see being better is the finish which is a bit buttery/soapy to me. (394 characters)

Photo of beerlust
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Very good. Excellent IPA, or American IPA if you must. Huge flavor, tons of hops and simply awesome.
Seek this one out, it's worth it. Fatheads has some very nice varieties, but this is so far the best.
One of the best Midwest beers out there.MMMMMMMMMMM. (255 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz bottle, no date

pours a clear golden color, bright white head. good head retention, and it leaves rings of lacing. nice strong hoppy aroma - floral, citrus. just a touch of malt in the taste before the same hoppy flavors take over. neither sweet nor dry. medium body and carbonation, appropriate for the style. overall - nice flavors and balance. (362 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Copperish amber. Leaves an OK head lace. Some
Smell: Grapefruit.
Taste: Bitter pine, citrus, and grapefruit.

This is awesome. This is an IPA. The smell is massively grapefruit. The taste is a mix of lots of pine, grapefruit, citrus, and a citrus rind. It's delightfully bitter. If you like hops, IPAs, or a nice bitter aftertaste, this is hard to match. I would definitely get this again. (402 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours with a rolling, huge, off-white head. Color is a clear amber. Smells of resin, pine and subtle peach. Tastes earthy with a wave of citrus, a slight chalkiness, orange peel and subdued spice. Medium-bodied with a touch of alcohol heat. Straight up IPA awesomeness. (275 characters)

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Michael Gabor for letting me taste this one!

This is like drinking a hop massacre, so many hops went into this beer it's hard not to appreciate it if you're a big hop head. Appears a beautiful amber orange color with some redish highlights. It smells fantastic giant hop dankness and resin, grapefruit, a whole bouquet of citrus in the nose. Taking a sip, this beer might have the longest journey I've tasted from beginning to the finish. It starts with that nice light pineapple and peach, some orange, moves into mango and citrus peel, keeps going on the tongue into a burnt hop phase, then caramel, then the malt and hops finish together with some VERY pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and gives it a huge prickly and tingling sensation in the mouth, medium to full bodied for an IPA.

Overall I think they should have called this stupidly aggressive hop attack, Hop Massacre, but what do I know? I just drink the stuff. Exceptional IPA. (972 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue, little-to-no foam head forms. The nose is nice, grapefruit/citrus and juicy qualities. The nose is killer, its got some big mango notes as well - my favorite smell. Taste is delicious, lot of juicy qualities still - leaves you with a bitter bite but its welcomed at this point. a true to style IPA with tons of flavor. Hop forward punch in your face in the end but nice medium mouthfeel, alcohol cold be hidden just a bit better but this is very good, I will seek it out again. (499 characters)

Photo of themind
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pineapple, citrus, pine, punch in the face is very tasty. A good, dry hop profile really makes for a crisp tasting IPA. This beer has excellent carbonation giving an enjoyable, balanced mouthfeel.. The beer pours a small head and looks amazing in the goblet. This brew lives up to its ratings and I would seek it out again.

Bottom Line: Great IPA! (353 characters)

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.