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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: 2086
Reviews: 387
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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Photo of raznug


4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Head Hunter has a nice orange color and is topped with a 1” of white head that has great retention to it.
Smell: The smell is just wafting from the pint glass and the nose gets blasted by citrus and pine hops great smelling IPA.
Taste: The taste goes along well with the smell; the citrus hops blast the palate and are followed by the pine and grass hops. It has a bit of a dry finish with goes well with the beer.
Mouthfeel: Head hunter is a medium bodied beer that has great taste and keeps me wanting more. Darn good IPA out of Ohio that I would put up against any IPA out there.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 14:51:50 | More by raznug
Photo of DWolf


4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one beer that is better in the bottle. I've always enjoyed Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA on tap, but I have to say it was never one I craved or sought out. But, Fat Head's bottling is different ... in a very good way. Whatever, they did to capture the piney, citrusy, oily esters and resins in the bottle please keep doing it. The mildly high ABV hides beautifully behind zesty grapefruit, spicy hops, fresh cut grass, and biscuity maltiness. A very well-balanced and well-done IPA bottling that I crave and will seek out. Thankfully, I can find it, for now, right in my local grocery store. Bonus!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 18:08:09 | More by DWolf
Photo of JohnMatrix


4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle on 8-31-12

This beer pours a dark orange with light carbonation. Very nice deep color. Potent citrus and hops is apparent immediately and dominates here. Absolutely a fantastic American IPA. This is going to be my new go to IPA. Very prominent are the citrus tones, mostly lemon. Grapefruit is also noted, but it is subtle.
Very satisfying, the light carbonation and taste make this a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:17:56 | More by JohnMatrix
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with a white fluffy head.

Scent is dank resin, pinnapple with touches of pine and carmelized sugar. The taste is the same as scent would indicate. Bitterness is present but complimented but a sticky sweet hop presence.

Great full mouthfull without being too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 18:54:06 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of kimbo33


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
Photo of Karl_M


4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yet another awesome IPA.

Definite Citra notes and fruitiness to balance the chewy bitters hidden in this light golden ale. The easy going maltiness was just enough to bolster the hops.

The head diminished quickly but some rocky chunks stayed on the surface. It was constantly fizzing but not enough to keep it thick.

This was very refreshing and did not have a chance to come up to room temp in my mug.

Cannot wait to try the IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 17:14:01 | More by Karl_M
Photo of ISmith87


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

Super excited to try this one! Another find at Palm Beach TW.
A - 4.25 - Nice super clear amber-gold color with a white film of bubbles on top that leave nice lacing.
S - 4.75 - BOOM! Grapefruit, pineapple, pine, resin, ganja, absolutely no malt to speak of (and there shouldn't be!) It smells amazing.
T - 4.75 - Grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, lemon/lime, pine, resin, ganja. Just an explosion of hops.
M - 4.75 - Light/medium, so bitter. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is grapefruit, orange zest, pine...
O - 4.75 - This is an amazing beer. Most similar to La Cumbre Elevated or Ballast Point Sculpin. Just another example of why the overhyped IPAs aren't really as good as people say they are.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:31:41 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wouldn't argue with you if you said this was the greatest single IPA in the world. Looks innocent enough, a slightly golden haze of a beer. Beautiful aroma up the nose, amazing simcoe and amarillo feel.

More of that in the taste, Plinyesque, so much dry hopping flavor, without a super heavy handed amount of bitterness. Totally resonates throughout the entire sample (tried at Bistro IPA festival, where it won gold). Extremely drinkable, would be difficult to stop drinking this if there weren't 61 other kegs of IPA that day.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 17:48:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of cpetrone84


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A-pours a hazy golden honey color with a pretty tight creamy white head.

S-notes of malt but very faint, lots of hops! light pine, grassy herbal hops, hints of tangerine and grapefruit in the back.

T-the taste is so hoppy and nice. virtually no malt, awesome hop presence. piney up front, notes of caramel and brown sugar maltiness makes its only appearance. grassy hops in the middle with grapefruit taking over in the back with a nice present bitterness.

M-this is extremely smooth on the palate, nice carbontion holds a lighter medium body, dry in the back with a hint of crispness.

D-this is a huge hop lovers IPA, which I am. very tasty, nice balance of flavors that work really well together. by far fathead's best offering!

Serving type: growler

06-07-2010 00:10:36 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of rhinos00


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to my pops for hooking me up some serious bottles from Cleveland. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light golden color. Perfect clarity with a fingers with of foamy white head. Reduced to a thin layer throughout consumption. Decent lacing for an IPA.

S- Holy dankness!!! I feel like I just woke up from a deep slumber and found myself in forest surrounded by pine trees. Pine, pine, pine upfront. Underneath there is a subtle amount of tropical aromas that are able to come through.

T- Can hardly find the words to describe this. Amazing perhaps??? Bitter, crisp, piney hops assault the palate. Just a great beginning to set the mood. Midway through the flavors open up and a wealth grapefruit and pineapple flavors pour in. Really gives the beer an added dimension. Finishes with a perfect blend of tropical sweetness and pine bitterness.

M- Well carbonated, light bodied and very crisp on the palate. Leaves a bitter residue after consumption.

D- This beer is so drinkable that it's dangerous! At 7.5% abv you really have to watch out.

So silver medal at the 2010 GABF, 1st place at National IPA Championship 2010, gold medal West Coast IPA Fest 2009, and top 25 beers in the world 2009 from Draft magazine...

This beer is worth every accolade it has ever received and more. Easily one of the best, if not the best, IPA I have ever had. This beer was so dank and delicious that drinking this beer was actually an experience in itself. If you have a bottle...drink it NOW!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 06:03:47 | More by rhinos00
Photo of alkemy


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the 12oz. bottle...

A - Cloudy yellow pour with a few chunks...I think I "disturbed" the yeast on the bottom a bit too much. Nice fluffy white head doesn't hold up real well.

S - Grassy and doughy. Quite a bit of lemon and a touch of pineapple. There seems to be a cheesy sharpness to the aroma.

T - Apples and white grapes first, then that cheese note that I can't really place comes in. A hint of bubblegum before you really get hit with pepper towards the back end.

M - Lightish medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Really matched the flavor well and was probably my favorite part of the beer.

D - Pretty easy to drink. The lively feel really helps here. Alcohol wore on me a bit as I got through this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 18:07:01 | More by alkemy
Photo of EricHeff


4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been introducing my wife to good beers for a while now, but she has been really reluctant to start trying a lot of IPAs.
I took her to Fatheads a few weeks ago and made her try my Head Hunter. Needless to say, she got her own glass and a 4 pack for the road just for herself. Since then she has been all over IPAs and our fridge has never looked yummier.
This beer pours an orange color with little head and has some amazing piny/citrus smells. It is super easy to drink, has a crisp feel, and some amazing citrus flavor.
This is by far my favorite IPA and if you get the chance I highly encourage you to try it. Im even prouder that its brewed right here in NE Ohio.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2011 14:30:16 | More by EricHeff
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


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
Photo of MrSnrub


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Fat Head's in Pittsburgh, 2010.2.2.

Light copper color with lacy white head. Very enticing bouquet with pine and citrus hops aplenty. Mouthfeel is creamy and resinous. Taste is crisp and bursting with fresh hops; grapefruit flavors predominate. Drinkability is exceptional; I could guzzle this beer all day.

Headhunter is a truly fantastic IPA. It is similar to Green Flash (one of my favorites), but slightly less bitter and with a lighter body. Apparently this beer won first prize at a San Diego IPA competition - no mean feat for a beer from Cleveland. Bravo, Fat Head's.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 20:46:24 | More by MrSnrub
Photo of Tucquan


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-09-10 at the brewery in Cleveland.

A - Clear straw-amber with a 1.5-finger white head into a Fat Head's pint glass. Moderate lacing.

S - Pineapple, mango, pine, pale malt, hop floral and hop oils. Smells great but not quite as aromatic as on-cask.

T - Pineapple, orange, pine, and grapefruit zest. There's a touch of light caramel and some orange flesh sweetness. It dries quickly with a bright citrus bitter finish that is wonderful.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp. Prickly and somewhat resinous.

D - What a great brew. I enjoyed having this along side the same batch on cask. Slight nod to on-cask but this is absolutely first-rate nontheless.

Notes: This particular batch of Head Hunter is being entered by the brewer, Matt, into the 2011 Great American Beer Festival this month. Our impressively well-versed bartendress told us the pub was out of Head Hunter for 10 days because Matt wanted this batch to be as perfect as possible for submission to GABF.

Additional Note: This batch took the bronze at the 2011 GABF.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 21:27:54 | More by Tucquan
Photo of MrDanno96


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice orange color with a thin ring of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Resiny hops dominate, of course. Smells like the floor of an evergreen forest with hints of tropical fruit. Earthy and slightly sweet.

T/M: Any hop head will love this. Thick mouthfeel with some malty caramel sweetness up front. Then the hops kick in, coating your mouth with pine and that oh so enjoyable hop bitterness. A slight fruit sweetness lingers throughout, balancing the hops. What more could you bask for?

O: An IPA to be recokoned with. The west coast better watch out as Head Hunter can stand up with the best of them. Every true hop head should give this a try. Easily competes with PtE as my favorite hoppy beer and at 7.5% you could call this a DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 01:11:34 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of Omnium


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Alpine Spring 16oz glass

A - Pours a golden yellow-orange, two finger head, thick lacing.

S - Fresh, juicy hops, pineapple, orange peel, big time grapefruit, light pine, good amount of floral traits present as well.

T - Bright flavors going on here that give way to the bite of aggressive hop bitterness. Pineapple is the most noticeable fruit taste here, just absolutely delicious. You also get that lush grapefruit flavor that gives to mild bitterness afterward. The powerful hopping and IBU's still resonate on your palate long after you've taken that gulp.

M - Incredible. A full feeling ale that is bursting with flavor, take a large sip and gulp it down in succession to gather all the goodness this beer has.

O - So far in my quest of IPA's, this beer takes the crown. It has won prestigious awards for a reason. The day Fat Head's opened their production brewery should be treated as a national holiday. It is a nearly perfect example of what a great IPA should aspire to be. People that think Pliny is the best, need to have this beer and have their palate's re-examined. It actually tastes and feels like it has all the qualities of an Imperial IPA, but packed in at a more moderate 7.5%. My ONLY complaint about this brew is that the bitterness can hang on a bit longer than you want.
This is just another feather in the cap of Pittsburgh's great breweries, and I feel privileged to have ready access to such an amazing brewery.

Also take note that this beer is year round, and for most PA and Ohio residents, this beer isnt too hard to grab. People get excessively excited about seasonal IPA brews, and overpay and over-hype it because its so darn hard to get. This IPA is as every bit as good as those, and much more obtainable. If you can get it, do it, I doubt you'll regret it.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 02:46:03 | More by Omnium
Photo of rievelx6


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- poured into a glass has a nice golden orange color with little off white head that dissipates quickly.

S- Very good smelling beer citrus hops and some pines.

T- Taste match the smell with citrus hops and pines has very good taste.

M- Little bit on the lower side of carbonation pretty good body nice bitterness.

O- Overall this is a very good IPA definitely will be getting some more soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 19:26:05 | More by rievelx6
Photo of Bone53


4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Burnt orange color with a one finger off white head that sticks around; Sticky with great lacing. There's a good amount of sediment which I'm not extremely fond of.

Smell: Tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, orange, lemon), pine, and sweet malt. They blend together perfectly; Among the most aromatic AIPAs I've encountered.

Taste: Hop juice at it's finest! On par with the aroma; Everything you want in an AIPA is there. Enormous amount of tropical hops, bittering hops, pine, and just enough malt. The aftertaste carries on the tropical notes. You can tell this beer was intricately thought out.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with medium bitterness. Stickiness from the hop oils.

Overall: It's hard to pull off an IPA of this caliber, and Fat Head's has done it! An AIPA done to near perfection and one of my favorites in the style. I feel lucky to have a regular (fresh) supply of this. If you're a hop head, seek this out, as i know you will not be disappointed!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 05:23:25 | More by Bone53


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great IPA!
I usually buy in single bottles from a local beverage store largely being afraid of buying sixes to not like what i bought.
I had to get Headhunter IPA in a Growler (my first) and was offered a sample before i bought it. Being bold, I said no to the sample and bought the 64oz growler to be surprised.
I figured that this breweries brewmiester worked for Great Lakes for a bit, so it had to be good.
Good?!?!?! This was great and I highly recomend it.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2009 13:07:39 | More by FLYINGSCOOTER
Photo of twelvsies


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was in Pittsburgh visiting family for the holidays, and one of my first stops is always Fathead's on the South Side. I haven't been in several years, and was interested to see that they had opened their own brewery in Cleveland. Far out. I saw a banner hanging on their ceiling toting this beer as National IPA Champion (at what fest, I know not) so I figured it was worth a shot. Glad I tried it...

Pours on the lighter side of the spectrum for IPAs, bright and golden orange, healthy sticky head and lacing galore. Sharp piney aromas and loads of tropical fruit, citrus, uber fresh. I was expecting decent or even tasty at best, but I was really blown away by this beer. Super bitter, nearly astringent (in a good way), light malt profile allowing the citrus hops to shine. Really amazing pineapple-y minty sappy resinous danky hops. So bitter. My special lady friend was drinking other top tier IPAs such as Sculpin and Green Flash, and swapping sips I think this was a notch ahead, which is saying a lot. Nice smooth mouthfeel, not overly heavy, thick, syrupy, or sweet like some IPAs pushing the imperial tend to be. Crisp, fresh, quenching and highly quaffable. Definitely in the top tier of IPAs in my book. Wish it was more widely available but now I have another excuse to go visit the folks in Pittsburgh.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 17:52:16 | More by twelvsies
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have seen this beer proudly displayed on LNBA posts and when I saw it on the shelf at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH, I just had to try it. Poured from a bottle (no freshness date) into a New Belgium snifter, it pours out a beautiful clear orange gold color with a nice tight head that, while thin, does show some good retention. I also see some nice effervescence. The nose is simply stunning. I get big notes of ripe tropical fruits like grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, and peaches. This is how I like my IPAs to smell! Resiny, flowery, pine-like noses are fine, but big tropical fruit notes like this get really high marks in my book. Think ``Zombie Dust'', only toned down just a little bit.

The beer has a nice medium body and a good, firm mouthfeel. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. There is plenty of malt there to provide a good body, but the hops just take over and rattle your palate. If there's one thing I don't like in an IPA, it is medicinal sweetness. With this beer, I get absolutely no sweetness beyond a tiny bit on the tip of my tongue. After that, it's all big, aggressive, pine and citrus bitterness. The finish is the best I've ever encountered in this style. It is really sticky and long-lasting. You can feel the hop oils coating your mouth long after you swallow. If I had to nitpick, I would say that a bit more malt body would make this beer even better. Since I don't have to nitpick, I'll simply say ``Why gamble when you're ahead? Don't change a darn thing!''

Folks have been raving about this beer on message boards and now I know why. Considering this beer is made just next door in Ohio, my experience with it came as a complete shock. It is absolutely world-class and might be the best American IPA I have had yet. I will be looking for this whenever I drive over the bridge from now on. Now if these guys would just start to distribute to Kentucky...

EDIT: I have now had this beer numerous times and had to upgrade the appearance rating after experiencing floaties on several occasions. As if this beer wasn't good enough already, now its appearance is starting to remind me of Heady Topper. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:38:09 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of mesatrin


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to IPA. Living in Pittsburgh this is readily available all the time. This is an aggressive IPA, not an IPA starter. A nice grapefruit, tropical fruit flavors, with heavy floral notes. Hoppy in the front and in the finish. If you love an aggressive IPA this is the beer for you.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 01:11:08 | More by mesatrin
Photo of BeernDrum


4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of the best IPAs out there. At first pour a nice amber color with nice head. Not overly carbonated. Smells of citrus and pine. At first taste a bitter yet delicious grapefruit hits the palette. The seconds taste and you are sucked in and nothing else matters. This stuff is great. Second only to Zombie Dust. For me this is easy to get. zombie Dust is harder than hell to find so this is my first choice. A must try for true IPA lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:27:32 | More by BeernDrum
Photo of poop_brew


4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a 16oz. pint glass

A - Orange haze in color. Good head with nice lacing

S - A wonderful resin hop smell with hints of fruit

T - A powerful hop & pineapple explosion with a strong, yet drinkable, hop finish.

M - A perfect mouth feel for the beer. Crisp and hoppy, yet for a 7.5% ABV, it has an excellent and smooth finish.

O - I would love to drink this beer again. Although sadly I don't see myself drinking it. I was travelling to Pittsburgh and was given it at a party in exchange for a heady topper. I would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. Definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:29:26 | More by poop_brew
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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