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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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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 534
Gots: 466 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of jpd026
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DemoniChris
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice dark golden hazy orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice three-finger thick/creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is nice and hoppy, with some malt notes, very nice citrus and pine notes. The taste is especially nice, hoppy, sweet, with a nice malt blend thrown in, lots of citrus/pine notes. Medium Body, with a slight dry/bitter finish. This is an AWESOME IPA, definitely one of the best I've had to date, Highly Recommended! Thanks Ben! Much appreciated!

Photo of fiver29
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at the brewery. Pour is golden color with off white head. Aroma is strong pine with some citrus mixed in. Has a medium mouthfeel. Flavor is strong pine and citrus hops upfront. Leads to a nice caramel touch with more pine hops to the finish. A real hop blast. My favorite on their list. This one is for hopheads only.

Photo of gradergator
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a small tasting glass. the beer is a slightly hazed, orange coloring and inch high head with great retention, too. Aromas are citrus-hop blend that smells amazing. orange, and grapefruit blending with the pine, fresh cut grass, and resin to entice you right into the glass. Flavors are rich and resiny. A very Hop forward punch with a grapefruit that keeps you coming back for more. There is a subtle caramel backbone that supports all the other profiles, which is exactly what it should be doing. The finish is clean, smooth, and very satisfying. Another great Midwest IPA.

Photo of sbw138
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, probably the best bar ever!

Appearance - Nice copper/amber color. Very clear, with a solid 2 finger head, that left heavy lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell - Awesome! Huge citrus and piney hops hit you first, with a solid malt backbone to even things out. I was real excited to taste this after the initial smell.

Taste - The taste lives up to the smell. Piney and citrus hops which attack the taste buds. Solid malty backbone make this one deliciously tasting brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium mody, with a slightly oily feel. Perfect carbonation, not too strong, and not weak.

Drinkability - Excellent beer. Great West Coast IPA brewed in the east. Want more!

Photo of ABOWMan
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light golden orange with an ample three fingers of lacey amber head. Moderate retention of head and some lacing evident on the walls of my pint glass.
The aroma is like being in the citrus section of the grocery isle. Grapefruit, lemon and some pineapple followed by a resinous piney nose.
The flavor is like a smack to your face. A blast of piney hops mixed with the sweet citrus notes. A mild backbone of malt help take the sharp edge off of the extreme hop hit, but not enough so that you'll mistake this for just another hoppy beer. Definitely West Coast Style, but better than Green Flash or Bear Republic have done to date.
The only modest drawbacks I see have to do with a mouthfeel that seems thinner than the flavor/aroma would dictate and a fighter color which belies the complexity and intensity of flavor found in this ale. Well done Fat Head! The closest think to my version of a perfect IPA!

Photo of garuda
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Eheander
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of kami
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 500 mL Unibroue tulip. Bottled date is 06 Dec 2013. This stuff is the freshie-fresh, barely 4 days old.

A: Clear, dark gold hue with 3 fingers of sticky egg-white foam leaving spotty lacing the entire way down.

S: Citrus. Oh, so much citrus. Aromas of piney grapefruit and and lemon peel. Malt aroma is basically absent.

T: Huge initial blast of citrus and pine tree, middle is extremely clean with suggestions of caramel malt. Finish is a long-lingering beta-acid hop bitterness. They definitely nailed the hop bitterness spectrum with this one.

M: This brew definitely got a bit cloying as it warmed, but this only detracts ever so slightly from the rating. Initial 40 degree temp left very little after the fact other than dank, hoppy aftertaste. IMO the sweet malt undertones that revealed themselves at around 50 degrees definitely enhanced the brew and gave it some much needed depth/complexity.

O: Can't do much better. I was remiss to not rate this beer when I had it bottled literally 16 hours before. It was amazing them, it remains amazing even when it's *JUST* 4 days old. Freshness matters people.

Photo of Stigs
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4th of the 4 sources of Head Hunter. Fat Head's: if you ever nitro this, I will destroy you.

12oz bottle from the Pittsburgh location. Served in a 12oz tulip glass.

A - poured with moderate aggression yielding almost half an inch of loose yet dense, fluffy slightly off-white foam. the beer itself is crystal clear, dark gold (bordering copper) in color. thin and wet, yet solid lacing left behind around the glass.

S - very rich, dank...Simcoe hops bring their distinctive "cattyness" and spice, dominating the nose. other notes of pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit mesh nicely with just a bit of wet pine. malt? sweetness? nowhere to be found. good.

T - bitter, hop explosion from the first sip. tropical fruits...melon, grapefruit, and tangerine run rampant. Simcoe slowly creeps in, with tastes of earthy spice, wet pine needles, and a slight addition toward the citrus (more orange rind) fruits. malts add just the slightest bit of slightly burnt caramel, but this is all about the hops.

M - light, to medium-light body...slightly punchy carbonation, not overdone. oily going down with a lightly dry and sticky finish. long, drawn out bitter hoppy finish.

D - great beer all around. the latest batches (these bottles, growler, and some recent tap pours) seem a bit more Simcoe heavy than what I was used to. again, straight from the West Coast via Ohio. wonderful to see this in bottles and at a decent price (~$2.50 apiece).

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean, pale orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, big citrus, grapefruity hops. In the taste, big hops, citrus and grapefruity, yet very well balanced with a nice malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a grapefruity hop aftertaste. Fantastic, big hops, but not too big.

Photo of BrianGaynor
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler purchased a few days ago from Fatheads.

Appearance: golden yellow-orange color with a finger offsite off-white, thick head. The color is beautiful. Quite a bit of retainment for an IPA.

Smell: strong pine and citrus smell, maybe a little too strong actually.

Taste: unrealistically good taste. Great hops flavor, mild alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated, probably because of the serving type. A bit dry, but it goes down smooth.

Overall: without a doubt the best single IPA I've ever had. Incredible taste. I will be disappointed when the growler is empty.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a tangerine color with a half finger of head, pretty clear.

Smell is 100% hops, wow. Grapefruit, citrus peel, pine, wow.

Taste is more of the same, grapefruit peel, pine, citrus really can not taste any malt and it is fine by me! underlying sweet orange flavors

Mouthfeel is medium light, sharp carbonation.

Wow, good thing I can not get this because I would be drinking this daily!! All Hops here and I loved it.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/burnt yellow with a 1 inch foamy head and mild lacing.

Smell - A load of hops, grapefruit, orange, pine, pear, plums, rasin. Some carmal malts and faint farmhouse like spices and yeasts in the finish.

Taste - Loads of hops at first sip. Very floral, sweet and hop bitter. Close to a west coast ipa with its pine/grapefruit/orange flavors mixed with a saison/farmhouse like floral, earthy flavors. The hops are very crisp, clean and a perfect mix of sweet and bitter. Light caramal malts and added sugars come near the finish to balance and add even more flavor to this amazing ipa.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, refreshing and lots of sweet fruits nail the tounge. Palate gets more hops along with some spices and malts. Aftertaste is bitter, fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Top 5 ipa ive ever had. I loved going to fatheads to drink this but i like having a bottle of it even more. Excellent world class ipa, smooth, tasty and hoppy as hell, a must try.

Photo of UncleBart91
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Friday's in Terre Haute IN. Never had tried it, and took the recommendation of the bartender. Turn out to be, in my opinion, an ideal IPA

Appearance: Deep golden with a perfect foam

Smell: Slight citrus, almost piney earth smell

Taste: Great citrus taste with the perfect amount of bitterness, ideal for your typical hop head

Mouthfeel: Piney, crisp, and sharp

Overall: GREAT IPA, TRYING TO FIND IN 6 PACK!!!! Definitely recommend to my fellow IPA drinkers!

Photo of Nobcefus
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint
7.5% ABV, 87 IBUs, no date

A - With a bottoms up of the bottle, small particles haze the dirty apricot orange-colored beer. A relentless, tall pile of foam coats the glass in dense lacing as it slowly crawls down the edges, plateauing to a pile.

S - Holy hop aroma! Head Hunter is bursting with tons of west-coast-style aromas of bold citrus including pineapple, mango, and grapefruit, but leans more towards an exotic, tropical twang. Plenty of woodsy pine offsets the citrus as well with gooey pine cone and sap oozing out. Toasted and caramel malt provide a sturdy base for this hop explosion so it doesn't get out of control, but balance isn't a word I'd use to describe this beer.

T - The bold citrus aromas back off, ever so slightly, allowing the pine to really burst through. The beer becomes much more earthy in nature, leaning towards balance in flavor. Sweet caramel malt and light toast qualities underline the bold pine flavors which are accented by the bright citrusy notes which mirror the aroma.

M - Sparkling carbonation dances on the tongue before this beer turns bitter. As. Hell; those 87 IBUs go a long way, virtually stripping the taste buds right from you're tongue. Medium-bodied, the feel of this beer has little balance, but that's ok. In fact, it's better than ok; it's amazing.

O - Fat Head's, a brewery completely new to me, has struck gold with their Head Hunter IPA. Nailing the west-coast style IPA with ease, this bold beer is aggressive and powerful; a real treat for any hop head.

Photo of ridglens
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got distribution of this guy, sooo happy! usually stick to "hads", but felt compelled to give this gem a full review.

A: Pours a nice lighter amber, thick head that dissipates quickly... some lacing, some legs (?) too! skipping quickly to the smell because it's already hit me and it's real good...

S: With world class west-coasters, you know you are in for a treat when you pour the beer at arms length and the smell hits you at a distance, and you do a little mental cheer as you know it's gonna be good.... this my friends is a world class example! bursting with fresh hops, loads of citrus and grapefruit. also a sweetness coming into the back, but this is full-on IPA baby, i think this might be one of the few (if any) that outsmell hopslam...

T: woah.... this thing is awesome! Tiny sip at first, blew up my taste buds but fades to bitterness quickly. Upon some bigger drinks, the grapefruit is all there, with the typical (but oustanding and abundant in this case) citrus and piny-resiny-bitterness. a little grass in there at the end, with some malt sweetness but much less than a hopslam or others... on par with pliny for sure, just had a month old one three days ago and wish i did a side-by-side (thinking this would win right now!). the orange/lemon sticks around anf fades to bitterness, and it (wonderfully) hides in the corners of your mouth.

M: pretty light, actually, but thickens as a really carbonation hits your tongue. no qualms with this one (usually pay more attention to stout mouthfeel, baring poor carbonation).

O: Guys, track this one down, seriously. This one might be a real contender for a top ipa, i'm really glad i can finally get a knock-out any time! but don't hype it to the point i can't still pick it up for $10/4 pk, ok? ;)

Cheers!

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden orange, slight haze upon swirl. A massive three finger white head with good retention.

S- Intense citrus. A ton of pineapple, pine, lemon, mango. A sugary sweet malt backbone. Delightful stuff.

T- A slight bitterness at front. A tong of citrus to this beer. A massive grapefruit flavor to it. A ton of pineapple, lemon and pine as well. A massively hopped west coast style IPA. The citrus is really extenuated by a sugary sweet malt backbone that work to enhance the hop profile.

M- Bitter and extremely dry. But drinkable. A hop bite on the tongue.

O- An incredible IPA. A hop forward IPA but not big enough to where it is undrinkable. Super fresh hop flavors. I cant get this in my area so I'm kicking myself for only buying a single :(

Photo of admiral1
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA. This beer smells wonderful, pours with a firm head and the finish is a hopheads dream. Living outside the Burgh, I've been to Fatheads a couple times and they never had this on tap! Always out. Now that they are bottling it, I love the availabilty of it. Alittle high priced, But LIFE'S TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER! Tried to order a sixtel and was told they quit filling sixtels. BUMMER!! Maybe splurge on a 1/4 sometime.

Photo of Craftnscotch
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Andywhite85
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ncelauro
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 3,178 ratings.