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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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508 Reviews
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Reviews: 508
Hads: 3,647
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 605
Gots: 668 | 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: 508 | Hads: 3,647
Photo of danh53
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great every day IPA. Very dry, hop forward beer with bitter after taste. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine come through on the aroma and taste. Its balanced with pleasant mouth feel. (180 characters)

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle was a few months old (12/24/14). Still tasted great. Probably would have been rated higher if it was fresh. Had it on tap a few weeks ago and it was amazing. (167 characters)

Photo of TampaDan2468
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright, clear golden color. Pleasant citrus aromas gave way to a palate impression that was dominated by a bitter hop essence, yet did not seem to be out of balance despite a relative lack of accompanying malt qualities. An excellent IPA that would be a fine choice for everyday drinking. (288 characters)

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden clear

S - citrus fruity mixture

T - hop presence is nice but the malts come too much towards the front of the taste

F - light drinkable refreshing

O - solid everyday IPA (184 characters)

Photo of Beerparrot
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks are deceiving as this has the appearance of a common IPA, but as you quaff the aromas from the hops your expectations increase. If you like a huge hop mouthfeel and body in your IPA you can't go wrong with the Headhunter, especially on draft. (248 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried on tap in Dayton as well as from bottles at a later date. Poured a dull copper orange and gave off a nice fragrant west-coast hop nose. Typical grapefruit/pine aroma. Mouthfeel could have been a bit fuller, but overall very good flavor. Not as bitter as I expected, but a tasty brew indeed. Might be just average if it was in San Diego, but it seems to shine brighter in Ohio. (387 characters)

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

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Head Hunter is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thin and short lived and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy in a west coast kind of way. Big citrus and a little pine dominate the nose.

Flavor is bold and bitter with just enough malt sweetness to get by. It's got all the citrus character from the hops with both hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall a very good IPA and probably one of the best I've had from Ohio. Go Buckeyes! (541 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a mixed six on a Florida trip. Bottled 9/23/14. More than 3 months old.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch thick white head which receded to uneven thick surface foam and dense lacing

s:Citrus and pine

t:
Strong pine resin up front with considerable bite, over a medium biscuit maltiness.
Bitter finish.

m: Medium, excellent body, plenty of carbonation tingle

o: A lot of flavor and hop bitterness here, not as good as expected given the high BA rating, but age may have adversely affected this bottle. As is, a strong-tasting but impressive brew nonetheless. (572 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Benesi88 for this one.

A hazy orange body with pulpy fruit, bitterness is long after and the overall feeling is creamy. These guys nail the lush fruit! (162 characters)

Photo of Hootie159
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy gold. Pours with one finger head. Good lacing. Fresh citrus and pine on the nose. Great bitterness with some citrus in the middle. Finishes with a lime-like taste and more bitter. Strong carbonation. (215 characters)

Photo of GinjaSlice
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good. Had a couple month old bottle. Had a lot of caramel/malt flavor and smell for an ipa. But afterwards a good hop/resin bitterness and bite (150 characters)

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

Quick hit

Lots of really good things.

Big west coast style pine and floral. Also Grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Fruity yes, but hoppy? Hell yes! Punch in the mouth hops because that hang with you forever. A resin monster. Solid malt base there if tou can find it. Clean bitter finish. I think it may be better than 4.5, but don't want to look like a homer (even though Ohio can hang with anyone, and Fat Heads owns hoppy beers)

Only bad thing.

I get a BO/ dirty gym socks smell occasionally that brings it all down a little for me. Otherwise, top notch ipa. (563 characters)

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

I'm a sucker for beers resembling WC IPA's. Here goes:

A: Very clear orange amber with a large head that leaves adequate lacing. Plenty of carbonation to boot.

S: Very piney and floral characteristics. Also some grapefruit. Also some caramel malt and honey to balance out the hops.

T: Delicious. Tastes very much like SN Hoptimum. Initial taste is of caramel/honeyed malt which gives way to hops. Hops are predominantly piney with a hint of grapefruit(i.e., pineapple, some mango, too). Great mix between hops and malt.

F: Very good. Very full-bodied. Actually, it feels somewhat heavier than 7.5% ABV.

O: Great beer. Will have again. (655 characters)

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)

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.