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

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

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Ratings: 2067
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%


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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, at bd Mongolian BBQ in Coventry (Cleveland OH). Poured into an unlabeled pint glass. This is the third time I've had this beer, but the first time I'm feeling like reviewing this.

Review #261.

Pours a nice copper-orange body with a 2cm white head, decent retention, nothing special. Looks like a typical IPA to me, rings of lacing stick around on the glass as I drink this beer down.

Smells quite hoppy- citrus and pine primarily. Some orange and lemon up front with pine at the end, mixed in with a fairly decent but not substantial bready malt backbone.

Flavour is actually fairly mild- mostly citrus and biscuits, finishing off with hints of pine. Fairly hoppy, but overall quite balanced and not skewed in any one department.

Smooth, drinkable, medium bodied with good carbonation. Not particularly resinous but leaves a fairly nice dry feel on the palate. No hint of alcohol.

Fairly good regional IPA, it gets a lot of love on here and I kind of get it.. but its certainly not among the best I've had. It's not mindblowingly good, while its a very well constructed, balanced IPA with good flavours. But well, maybe I just need to get into that proper Cleveland mindset.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 03:53:31 | More by Stevedore
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DeFaz

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally expect much from little known breweries, but after having their autumn seasonal, I had to give this a try.

Appearance: Not an exceptional color, but the head pours 2+ inches and slowly recedes, leaving impressive lacing.

Smell: Very fresh, and all about the hops. Citrus, particularly grapefruit standing out. No alcohol in the smell.

Taste: Wow. This beer is powerful. The hops provide citrus flavors, namely pineapple and grapefruit. It is balanced? For an IPA, I guess, if hops being balanced by more hops makes sense (which with the hop trend currently going on, yes). This tastes great.

Mouthfeel; Really nice drinkability here with the thickness and carbonation just right. It finishes bitter and dry, but this is a hoppy beer.

Overall: I'm impressed. The flavors are great, the mouthfeel is great, the appearance is great, and the smell is great. I'd put this up there with 90 minute as one of the best IPAs available, and I'm especially impressed given that this is a small brewery. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 04:36:55 | More by DeFaz
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

12oz bottle dated 10/3/13 poured into an IPA glass
A: Solid orange with a full 2+ finger head and a steady stream of carbonation
S: Lots of hops, pine & some lemon, rounded out with herbs & dried flowers
T: Again hop-forward, matches the nose along with the herbs/flowers but adds a nice grain/caramel element underneath. Very balanced
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, a touch bitter
O: Really well-made & a pleasure to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:33:21 | More by ONUMello
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beertunes

Washington

3.54/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a medium hazy bright gold color with about 1/3 inch of white that had moderate retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sharp hops, mainly citrus and cat with some light pine in the background. No real malt in the nose. Pretty much the same story on the tongue, citrus, cat pee, and the gentle pine, and just the faintest malt presence.

The body was pretty typical for the style, crisp, clean, and dry. The bitterness lingered a bit too long on the finish for my tastes. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having a few of these if I were in a hoppy mood. Overall, a very good example of the style. Is it an elite level beer? I don't know. But, I do know if this were available regularly to me, it would be on my rotation. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 02:25:47 | More by beertunes
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pride of Pittsburgh- for beer-Even if brewed in Ohio. Had it on tap 2 years ago at Fatheads southside. Now thanks to my iron city in-laws gave procured multiple bottles. Let me first say there is no other IIPA that can hold a candle to this beer'S aroma- pungent pine, spruce, freshly cut grass. I would buy for the aroma itself. Great bitterness and mouthfeel and the flavor lingers of summer evergreen nights and bitter grapefruit mornings. Great balance and finish. Have had it on tap and most recently in bottle. This review orompted by cellar temp drinking. So so good and satisfying. A hidden gem, kinda like the iron city. Find it in pittsburgh and not much farther but so worth the physical and beer drinking trip. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:15:08 | More by sublimesipping
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. I got a case of this rare gem (around these parts anyway) from Kunda Beverage who somehow got a few fresh cases in. Beer was dated 2 weeks prior when purchased.

A: A golden orange color with a one finger white fully head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops just jump out at you. Slight pine and darker smells mix with the malt. Great smelling beer.

T: The tropical and citrus hops just pop with mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit along with some pine notes. The malt is heavy with a caramel sweetness that is subdued from the hops. The finish keeps hoppy with pine bitterness and some earthy tones. Lots going on here, great balance.

M: Full, coating, prickly, slight alcohol, just fantastic.

O: Such a well balanced but super hoppy beer made in the west coast style. If you like tropical hoppy beers, this one is for you. Fantastic, fantastic IPA.

I wish I could get this everyday here in eastern PA. If I could, it would be a staple in my fridge. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 14:13:09 | More by Kadonny
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an awesome citrus hop presence that makes this one super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:27:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/13/13

A- Slow pour into a tulip glass produces a massive bubbly and foamy white head that takes a couple of minutes to settle, eventually leaving thick patches of lace behind. Hazy and golden color with a few floating moving around the glass

S- big resinous hops with notes of fresh cut grass, hints of citrus and piney hops, sweet pineapple, papaya, and a trace of bready malt, very fruity overall

T- tropical fruit flavors continue with big pineapple and guava, some citrus flavors mid-palate highlighted by piney and grassy hops, somewhat dry finish with more tropical notes continuing through to the finish, with some doughy malt at the end

M- Medium body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and velvety finish

O- So many flavors coming from this beer yet nothing overshadows anything. Love the tropical pineapple notes, it is very packed with flavor but still has the superior drinkability of an IPA. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:22:46 | More by Treyliff
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clean profile to this IPA it's color tends more to a golden than a typical offering. The head was alive in a boldly fizzy crown that build for a while and dissipated slowly.

The scent is very earthy and piney, almost creamy, yet very simple.

The flavor is a hop lovers dream and the consummate hop flavor. I don't get any fruit tones or off putting onion but just true floral, flowery hop flavor. There is a supporting undertone of malt that is very well represented in tastiness.

The feel is quite lively on the tongue and has the crispness and bite of a soda. Despite the bite it remains very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:01:40 | More by KYGunner
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden, orange with a fluffy 2 finger white head that leaves a small layer of foam behind along with a few patches of foam clinging to the side of the glass.

S - Grapefruit, citrus, pine, candied orange peel, pineapple, light caramel sweetness, resiny hops.

T - Juicy, dank, resiny hops. Grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, pine, pineapple. Light caramel sweetness but the bitterness is definitely not shy in this one.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Lingering dry bitterness.

D - This goes down way too easy for how big of an IPA it is. One of my favorite ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 23:02:54 | More by brewcrew76
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an English style pint glass.

Body is a crystal clear golden amber, obviously filtered. Fluffy 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quick and left decent lacing in the glass.

Smells of tons of grapefruit and pine!

Hop astringency right away with the pine, citrus and a mild mint-like flavor at the end. A nice malty sweetness rounds it out on the finish. Right amount of hops just lingering in between each sip, just enticing you to keep drinking more.

Overall: No doubt at all as to why it has won some many awards and kudos from hop heads every where! A great IPA that is hoppy as hell, yet is balanced enough to not be over abrasive. Glad to have finally gotten this one to try, bonus is there are still 2 more in the fridge!

Thanks to jzeilinger for picking up a 4 pack for me from the 'burgh!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:17:20 | More by jhartley
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoying this IPA thanks to an awesome gift from FlakyBiscuit - thanks Alan!

Poured into tulip; clear bright orange-gold with a modest white head that deflates after a few moments into a nice layer of foam that leaves slick lacing.
Smells awesome; huge grapefruit, tangerine, orange, pineapple and mango, with pine and bitterness behind.
Taste is delicious. Tropical and citrus fruits blending with pine and subdued bready malt, finishing very bitter with hop resin everywhere.
Mouthfeel is just carbonated enough, thin, slick and a bit dry at the end.
Overall, I can see why this IPA gets a lot of love on here; it's awesome. It's got something for everyone...tropical fruits for the East-Coast fans, pine and hellish bitterness for the West-Coast fans. Awesome.

Thanks again to FlakyBiscuit for sending me this great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 21:17:06 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured this undated 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was a bright golden copper color that left a thin lacing in the glass.

The smell was tropical fruit! Pineapple and mango.

The taste was citrus bitterness with a sweet fruity maltiness that both counters and complements the other. Pineapple and mango here too. Such depth of flavor, bright and rich. Well hidden alcohol with a drying finish.

The mouthfeel was medium to full with modest carbonation.

Very easy to drink, so flavorful and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 22:21:21 | More by Cresant
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks so much to Stakem for bringing me one back from the 'Burgh for tenderbranson69 and me to try-enjoyed chilled from the shortneck brown bottle.

The color is deep golden with resplendent clarity and thick off white head with ultra fine bead. The smell is a mix of grapefruit, lemon zest and light tangelo with some herbal natural hop aromas, the dry hopping has done it's job, smell the magic. The feel is very good with lots carbonation allowing the hop resins to seem light on the tongue with a gentle bitterness at first which builds toward the middle until a semi-dry finish with practically no alcohol in the feel.

The taste is great ! I love the fresh squeezed citrus juice flavors from the hops with a blend of grapefruit and valencia orange-tangy juicy taste that spreads out and reveals some vegetative flavor from the more than ample dry hopping with a light spice and very gentle malt sweetness. Overall this deserves the accolades as it is a well crafted American IPA, better than some of my previous favorites -I recommend picking some up if you possibly can!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:16:42 | More by Slatetank
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this beer out west in a great trade.

A:Giant 3 fingers of creamy bone coloured head, it settles down in large craters and chunks. A hazy apple juice colour, with a few larger pieces of sediment suspended.

S: A smooth pine scent, presumably from the malts that tone down the sharpness. Yeast and bread blooms after a solid swirl.

T: Hoppy in the front with strong pine and pithy lemons. Middle notes of sweet caramel malts which leads to a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation which leads to a smooth finish.

O: Much greater amounts of malts than what I was expecting which results in a very smooth brew. Lots of hops and a nice bitter finish yet very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:30:47 | More by FondueVoodoo
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GameFreac

Georgia

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Read that mrandypandy was going to the brewery in a random mass BM and going to be at a bar in Atlanta a few days after so he graciously got me a 4 pack and I'll forever thank him.

Appearance: Pours a bright orange color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of pungent hop aromas. Super fresh smelling with tons of tropical fruit and some pine. Sugary syrupy sweetness on the end.

Taste - Taste mirrors the nose with a lingering candy like taste at the end that sticks around. Some bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: In my top 5 IPAs ever. So much tropical fruits, sweet liquid candy flavors. So good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 05:30:33 | More by GameFreac
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BlackJeep

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle to a pint glass

This is my first review. Please bear with me.

A - Golden/amber, light on head. I think about what I'd expect from a beer heavy on hops and grapefruit

S - A citrus/hops floral punchy wind gust in the face with heavy grapefruit and pineapple dominating the bouquet.

T - Grapefruit is the major player here, along with the hops, then the pineapple and pine come in. Hoppy citrus IPA with a coppery pine hops aftertaste with reoccurring pineapple. Somewhat bitter.

M - Medium bitter and a little dry on the tongue. Not over carbonated

O - Aroma is impressively refreshing....perhaps more refreshing than the taste. I am not a huge fan of IPA's so my enthusiasm may be tempered but I recognize this as a quality hoppy IPA. If you like a hoppy IPA, this probably rates above average, but i would not call it exceptional.

I'd probably try another beer for my second beer if the pub had other choices I adn't tried yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:30:49 | More by BlackJeep
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the Pittsburgh location and took a couple bottles home for the formal review. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden orange with a white cap a finger strong that fades to a thin film leaving a full wall of sticky lace. When held to the light, some yellow is seen around the edges.

The aroma is quite fresh and hoppy with tropical and rindy zest aspects like grapefruit. Some herbal component is minorly grassy as well to break things up. Seemingly no indication of malt or alcohol, this one is all about the hops in the nose.

The flavor is bitter with grapefruit rind and zest. Some grassy and herbal component blends into a lingering taste that is zesty and like pulp. A very dry bready grain flavor persists into the aftertaste as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is clean, crisp and easy drinking. A very solid IPA that I would drink regularly if given the chance. I paired this up with some sharp cheese and could not stop devouring both. I need more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 18:47:19 | More by stakem
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled on 8/30/2013. Consumed 9/12/2013.

A: lovely golden orange color, less hazy than other IPAs. lots of rising carbonation. solid 2-finger (or more) frothy off white head. good coating of the glass. 1/2- to 1-finger cap lingers.

S: orange, lemon, pineapple, pine. this delivers a quintessential IPA aroma.

T: this is a piney beast, with grapefruit to boot. there is a malt backing, but this one is all about the 87 IBUs. the alcohol is more bracing at the tail end - this is not surprising given the higher ABV (7.5%).

M: well carbonated, creamy mouthfeel, sticky finish.

From the shores of Lake Erie, a solid West Coast-style IPA. This is better than when I sampled in April.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 16:07:16 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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Patspankenfanny

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flavorful, pretty heavily-hopped like current west-coast style quad-hopping (I am currently judging all IPAs by the standard of having experienced Heady Topper). Carbonation is a bit on the aggressive side. Overall a pretty well balanced IPA. Not an Imperial but very drinkable. I liked the beer, and the friendliness of the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 01:43:50 | More by Patspankenfanny
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beauty in a mug at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh.

Hazy orange color with a healthy creamy white head. Average retention and minimal lacing. Smelled chock full of herbal and floral hops and the woodiness coming from a cask ale. Taste was quite hoppy with a strong oakiness. Very good. Creamy and smooth. Wanted more, but there were others to try.

4.0 A
4.0 S
4.5 T
4.5 M
4.5 D

Serving type: cask

09-10-2013 04:36:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Head Hunter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a full two fingers of white puffy head.

S - You can smell this IPA while its being poured. Look out. On first sniff getting pine, grapefruit, some malt as well. Hop resin in there too.

T - Geez, the HOP monster blows my doors off. This thing is ridiculous. Over the top hop bomb. Extreme bitterness, pine needles, grapefruit. This thing is probably over my palate. Just strong bitter hops fill my taste buds through and through.

M - Not bad here, medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. nicely smooth as well.

O - Yeah, its recommended; however, watch out Hop Heads this thing is serious. Enjoy! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:30:33 | More by fitrock2112
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kimbo33

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near one of the best IPAs on the market. Love the aroma, really punches you in the nose with citrus and piney notes. Great pour, perfect head with nice lacing. Great hoppy taste, but you still recognize that their is malt in their, not all bitterness. Easily worth getting an entire case of cause it is so easy to drink. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:36:24 | More by kimbo33
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Zackcavalier

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Initial impression was good. Good carbonation. Maybe too good. Bubble size on my tongue reminded me of soda. Lacing lingered for the entire glass. Hop aroma was a little cat pissy for my taste, but this is a west coast style ipa after all. Grapefruit notes are pleasant but the aftertaste grabs the back of the tongue and is a bit harsh to my taste. As the beer warmed, i picked up hints of pineapple in both smell and taste. The beer drinks easily enough though, and I found myself at the bottom of the glass fairly quickly. I would recommend this beer to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:53:00 | More by Zackcavalier
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, bottled on 07/22/13, drank on 09/01/13.

Deep golden/honey orange, relatively clear with tons of lacing.

Aroma is huge hop resin, dank, grapefruit bitters, orange sweetness. Perfect aroma for an IPA.

Taste is big pine and grapefruit, bitterness in the back suggests more than the disclosed 87 IBU. Some sweetness to balance, but this is all about the hops and wow do they make an impression.

Medium-thin body makes this very drinkable and emphasizes the bitterness. Very clean but leaves that bittering pith at the back of the throat.

Really great and unexpected IPA, one of the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 02:39:25 | More by hoptualBrew
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.