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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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Reviews: 510
Hads: 3,655
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 2.99%
Wants: 605
Gots: 673 | FT: 38
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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: 510 | Hads: 3,655
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)

Photo of cbutova
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed during the last week when out of service area/Wifi in WY/UT. Full phone notes taken at the Watchman Campground, Zion National Park, UT.

A- Stubby 12oz bottle poured into a chalice with a yellow body and some yeast haze unsettles as its poured. A cap crowns the beer with a frothy foamy texture and fair retention. A ring remains depositing small sheets and spots of lacing.

S- Hops burst out of the bottle after I open iingand from the glass as I pour. Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus, lemon and tangerine with hints of melon, floral and pine. Some grainy malts in the backdrop.

T- The pine certainly shifts closer to the strong side of things but the main players are still citrus and stone fruit. It is not a juicy fruit bomb as the bitter pine and zesty citrus hops provide an edge. Notes of grapefruit, orange, strong bitter lemon peel, melon, dank, floral and resinous hops. Light pale cracked grains and sweetness provide a pedestal for the hops.

MF- Moderately thick body with a creamy and foamy texture that isn't chewy but some good puffiness forms on the palate. Carbonation is high with a nice crisp touch that accentuates the medium high bitter finish.

This is my second bottle of this beer and I am glad I reviewed this one. The aggressive citrus hops are dominant but layers of other hop notes mix in nicely. This shows that modern IPAs dont jusy have to be a hop fruit juice. Packs a nice punch but delivers waves of flavor. (1,456 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz shorty brown bottle. Label consists of literally of a bright blue sky with clouds forming and the typical but great Fat Head sitting directly in the middle of the label. His style this time is of a tribal head hunter. Face paint, piercings, shades and all. Just more fun artwork from Fat Heads. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - fairly clear amber gold with bright golden highlights in the light. I say clear, but look close and see the tiny specs of haze particles moving about. Minimal but there. Bright white head forms nice on the pour settling to a bubbly yet clumpy ring of lacing leaving thin but plentiful stick.

S - big tropical fruit in the nose. Absolutely gushes the nose with sweet pineapple and mango goodies flowing into a kick of grapefruit, orange and pine resin. Sweet malt and slightly bready undertones lay off a complex yet very balanced nose.

T - this displays big time bitterness in the flavor profile. Suddenly those lush sweet tropical notes found in the nose turn to more grapefruit and pine resin. Like a grenade packed full of explosive bitterness going off in your mouth. Some slight pineapple toward the finish with the malt backbone turned nearly completely down. Spme floral notes and boozy alcohol spice as this warms. This is a hop heads flavor profile where the nose is more a balancing act. If you like sturdy, resinous pine and grapefruit bitterness in the mouth this is for you.

M - nice medium to full bodied with a good mouthfeel. Not quite as thick as the aroma would suggest maybe, but still near perfect for what they were aiming for with big bitter flavors and a more west coast feel. Coats very well and still comes off to me as refreshing on this humid summer night.

O - Head Hunter is a world class brew no doubt. It has me blown away with its aroma and yet even after turning into a completely different take through the flavor profile it still produces some fine results all the way around. Fat Heads brew some very good stuff and Head Hunter is up there with the best of them. A great year round offering but must be enjoyed fresh. It took me awhile to find it fresh, but drinking a few of these less than 2 weeks old really made the wait worthwhile. A must try! And one ill enjoy again. (2,252 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: light tea orange with moderate carbonation, seafoam head and flakes of yeast floating around the glass.
S: Beautiful, piney, moderately sweet pineapple.
T: Barely bitter, pine trees, with a hint of twig tea. wet wood
M: Slight roughness, and an interesting sharpness in the carbonation.
O: Well made! (304 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 7.9.14 batch, enjoyed out of a teku

A: this looks absolutely radiant in the glass: bright golden orange with faint hues of copper. not much head or lacing, but very bubbly

S: great blend of aromas. there are notes of candied oranges and marmalade, and notes of sweet, peppery onions or chives. all of that is tied to a thick, concentrated smell of piney, resiny hops.

T: grapefruit pith, some of those candied oranges from the nose, and juicy, resiny hops. the finish is dry and bitter.

M: star of the show. it's light and refreshing, but creamy, smooth, and full-bodied. pretty much the epitome of a beer that's flavorful, refreshing, and endlessly drinkable.

O: this beer is proof that all is not lost in Ohio (737 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Date of 07/14/14, just under a week old!

A: Clear copper body, with a strong pour it produces a finger of head. Decent retention.

S: Yup. West coast hop bomb. Tons of citrus from the "C" hops.

T: Delicious hop flavor, more of that citrus. A fair amount of bitterness as well. Very similar hop bitterness to a lot of Stone IPAs. Light malt backbone that keeps this one pretty dry and bitter towards the end. This one leans towards its west coast influences, which I'm a huge fan of.

M: Good for the style, moderate carbonation. Soft.

O: Delicious IPA. Definitely worth the hype, at least when it's this fresh. I would drink the hell out of this if I lived in Ohio, but let's hope that never happens. (719 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured it into a glass, it has a gold color body with a small head to it. The aroma has a piney smell to it. The taste is in your face hop explosion. Pine notes and slight bitterness follows. The mouthfeel is good, well balanced and leaves a hop aftertaste on your tongue. (274 characters)

Photo of plutoniumpete
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 7/9/2014. I had to double check, as I never thought I would get to try this beer at a week old.

This beer is just silly. I cannot believe how amazing this beer is, especially when it is this fresh. Completely blew me away. As soon as I popped the cap, this aroma of amazing hop-fuitness floral-citrusness hit my nasal cavity and I started salivating immediately as I poured it into a glass. The mouthfeel of this is so intense. Remember swish and spit in gradeschool? Imagine taking whole cone hops, soaking them in grapefruit and pineapple juice, and swishing them around your mouth. That is what it is like, except this time you get to swallow it :)

Damn near perfect. (685 characters)

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

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & great head retention

S: Grapefruit, pine, some breadyness & floral notes

T: Grapefruit, breadyness, a little pineyness & dryness up front. Grapefruit pith, breadyness & a little mango as this warms. Grapefruit, dryness & a little bit of woody hops in the finish

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation; great balance

Drinks easy, great, IPA (419 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle, bottled on date was too smeared to read.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/light copper wit ha 1/4" rocky, off-white head. Streams of tiny bubbles flow upward, and lasting lacing lingers on the glass.

Aroma: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit. This is a tropical "fruit bomb."

Taste: Arrival is bitter (?) and slightly fruity. Tight & bitter across mid-palate, with hints of maltiness. Dry, bitter, almost woody/green finish. Utterly imbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Solidly mid-weight. with firm but not overpowering effervescence.

Overall: This was really talked up. In terms of aroma, it met and exceeded my expectations. But the malt profile is a little lacking for me. I like balance, and this is not balanced. For those who really like the West-coast IPA style, I can see this being off the charts. (806 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a fat tulip; there’s a bottling date of June 2, 2014 printed in yellow ink on the side of this bottle, making it just under three weeks old at 20 days (“BOTTLED ON 06/02/14 13 19”).

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of ecru foam caps a glowing, rich golden body with orange highlights boasting a pretty steady stream of bubbles making their way to the top. The head sticks around for an average period of time, showing moderate retention. Not a ton of lacing, really at all actually, but some suds do stick around here and there in loose legs and scattered patches of thin foam.

Smell (4.25): Beautifully floral, slightly dank, and very fruity: papaya and sweet mango, hibiscus, dankly faint onion, caramelized pineapple, sugar cookies, a tiny bit of something nutty, and juuust a little sappy pine resin to cap it all off.

Taste (4.0): More or less following the nose, the palate bears a pretty solid but well-integrated bitterness that emerges from the dank character. Citrus zest bitterness leads off, followed by a shot of the smooth, sweet fruit (pineapple and a bit of mango), followed by a sliiightly oniony, spicy dank character that opens up to lead into a solidly bitter, pine/resin-y dank finish that carries for a good amount of time. There’s some malt character in here, too, but it’s subtle in comparison to the hops: a little bit of pineapple upside-down cake and a dry biscuit note lay low but still anchor the hops just a bit. No booze is particularly noticeable, and the yeast component is very neutral.

Mouthfeel (4.75): This has an outstanding feel! The carbonation comes in with a quick prickle before resolving, moving into a smooth, lasting, velvety feel before washing out. The hoppy bitterness dries out the body substantially, making the otherwise pretty medium-weighted body go down very easily. Increadily easy to drink—way, way too easy.

Overall (4.0): This is, on its face, a technically excellent IPA, I think. It doesn’t really blow me away, though, in any regard. That said, every part of it is enjoyable (thought the lacing was unexpectedly lackluster), and it’s a beer that I would recommend to any IPA lover—especially those that like spicier ones. I'd be willing to bet that this is stupidly good on cask. (2,310 characters)

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.