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

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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Ratings: 3,503 | Reviews: 508
Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Peach-orange in color. Very slight haze. Forms a moderate ecru-colored head that leaves a copious amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Was very aromatic when I first popped the bottle, but seems to be less so now. However, what remains is a heady mix of citrus, orange, and tropical fruit.

T: The flavor is also very nice. Pale malt backbone with a touch of sweetness that plays nicely with the juicy citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Some juicy fruit gum.Turns more towards grapefruit on the backend with a mild pine resin bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Fairly dry on the finish.

O: A very nice beer and a fine example of the style. I've got to admit I come across my fair share of average IPAs - it's a crowded field - but it's always nice to still be able to find new and well made examples of the style.

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small white head on a hazy, copper body. The foam settles moderately and leaves nice lace. A very nice citrus and dank pine aroma. Sweet malt in the flavor with a bit of pine and sweaty hops. Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a balanced finish. Very nice, the aroma really shines with a great combination of citrus and tropical fruit.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel pours a hazed gold color with a large, sticky cap of off-white head. Awesome lacing.

You can smell this bitch just pouring it into the glass from a foot away! Citric hops galore with maybe a kiss or two of pine and tropical fruit. No malt is getting past this lupulin bomb.

Good balance of bittering and flavoring hops with a light, biscuity malt backdrop. Pretty west-coasty, and I could imagine it would be even better straight from the bright tank. It really does have a smoothness to it that is rare for a bitter IPA, it flows flawlessly from floral/citric hop flavor to a crackery malt then finishes nicely bitter. When the beer is gone before the review is finished...thats when you know it is good!

Photo of Ryan011235
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass and a snifter on 3/16/11

Brought back from the brewery by MbpBugeye; thanks Seth! Stoked to try this one...

Lighter amber color; golden and pineapple hues. Slight haziness but not cloudy. Just over one finger of puffy foam holds for a short while then drops to an island of film and collar retention. Not much lace at all, just a few drippy clumps. More lace with the snifter, actually.

Smells great; pretty much hops all the way. Lively citrus notes: grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest and tropical undertones. Some pine, too. Seems to have an Amarillo kick, especially when colder. I wouldn't be surprised if this Cascade and Simcoe, too. Not too much malt peeking through.

The hop presence on the palate is comparable to its expression in the nose. Zesty citrus with no shortage of spicy kick. Lots of dry, bitter grapefruit; kind of pithy and peely in that respect. Orange peel, too with occasional lemon twinges. Not overly piney; more of an after thought. Toasty malt works into the back but it's appropriately dry and out of the way of the hops.

Medium body with a really slick feel. I've tried to shy away from Two Hearted comparisons but it has that same slick, yet resiny feel. The second pour is far more resinous; cool. Carbonation is spot-on for the feel; starts off with enough momentum and tapers off throughout the glass. Finishes dry and grapefruit-bitter.

Without a doubt this is an upper-tier American IPA from the Midwest; nay, an upper-tier American IPA, period. This is a really enjoyable beer and very well-done. I could drink this regularly and be perfectly ok with it.

Photo of flagmantho
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and tons of effervescence. There are also a few hop bits floating around in there ... nice. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. An attractive beer!

Smell: rich aroma with a nice malty base and loads of piney hop character. There's some nice grapefruit and a good earthiness mixed in there as well. Quite good indeed.

Taste: oh, wow, this is good. Rich maltiness which is sweet but not too sweet, plus the piney/grapefruity flavor and a solid but not overdone bitterness. Surprisingly smooth for an IPA with this much flavor. Sha ZAM.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, satisfying creaminess; especially good for an IPA.

Overall: a highly delicious beer. It is one of the most full-flavored IPAs I've ever had, and although the onslaught of flavor might prevent me from drinking it all day, it's still very quaffable. Kudos!

Photo of SerialTicker
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/12/14 and poured 6/22/14. $10 four pack.

Appearance: Pours a light amber with some floaters. Pretty heavy carbonation, unexpectedly. Two finger head doesn't last long, and there is very little lacing. A bit of a disappointment, but it's only the appearance.

Smell: Man, this stuff is fresh. Massive citrus and pine... major West Coast IPA vibe coming through with this beer. Pineapple sort of aromas creep through as well. Phenomenal. "Bursting", as they say.

Taste/feel: Screamin'. This truly does have a West Coast IPA flavor, and it says it right on the bottle. While a lot of IPAs brewed in the Midwest have a maltier profile, this one's almost all about the hops. Pungent and in-your-face. Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. Super dry finish with a hefty lingering bitterness. Nice body with a moderate carbonation. Malt is more obvious in the nose and a little more on the tongue as the beer warms up a bit... that's when I enjoy this most.

As far as West Coast regular IPAs out there, this is probably the best one I've had, due probably in large part to this beer's freshness. I PERSONALLY like my IPAs with a little more malt balance, but this is still an outstanding beer. The bitterness mellows out a touch as it warms, and malt comes through, but it is still definitely an IPA that's more bitter than many others.

If you like unrelenting IPAs and are a self-proclaimed hophead who wants a beer that tastes like sucking on a hopcone, here ya go. I really enjoy this beer (ESPECIALLY the aroma), and I like it more as it warms for about ten to fifteen minutes. Buy it if you find it.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant, deep gold with a medium, 2 finger, frothy head. Retention and lacing are great. Very slight haze, but clarity is very high for the most part. Just a beautiful looking beer in the glass.

S- Huge hops upfront and throughout. Hops are almost entirely in the pine-scent flavors with small hints of citrusy notes. Just pure resin all the way through.

T- Just like the scent, with hops dominating your taste buds the entire drink. Starts very pine like, then smooths out a bit with a few hints of citrus flavors. Hop bitterness doesn't allow any recognition of malt and persists until the very end. The hops even continue in the aftertaste, with a huge bite on the end.

M- Highly carbonated, but smooth and slick across the tongue. More smooth and creamy than most IPA's. Very drinkable for the 7.5% alcohol, but the hops will destroy your palate.

Overall, if you love hop bombs, this is for you. Hops are unforgiving throughout, but very high in quality as far as flavor goes. I prefer a more balanced IPA, but still, you have to recognize a quality beer no matter your style preference.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sort of a dark gold, not quite amber in color, with a sizable compact, slightly off-white head that shows good form and retention, leaving legs all over the place to form a web almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma doesn't pour out as soon as I pop it, which is rare enough as it is, but it does have plenty of pop to it. It's first intensely of pine, extremely, fantastically hoppy if not somewhat one-dimensional in the hop profile, before a bold citrus comes out, plenty of grapefruit to it with a solid malts backbone keeping it from going harsh.
Other notes come out in the flavor, though pine is strongest. Initially, though, it's straight hard pine, woody , raw and dry. Citrus comes out just as strong, and it's not long before a touch of malty sweetness asserts itself, letting the hops do the talking but keeping things civil. Bitterness reigns, but plenty of tropical fruits notes add to the sweetness and balance. It gets very grassy and just a bit leafy, and in the finish it moves back to the pine.
This is a beer that could go very dry but keeps it at a nice, even level. Crispness offers life while a creamy smoothness runs through in every sip. There's plenty of body to this brew without being heavy, and it's actually quite bright. If there's any weak spot in the feel, it's that it's so creamy it gets almost "airy," for lack of a better descriptor.
I'm glad the midwest if offering some competition to the West Coast as IPAs are concerned. This beer brings it.

Photo of buschbeer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a nonic glass

A - It pours a clear amber color. A half inch of off-white head is perched on top.

S - I get some citrus aroma with a hint of caramel malt in there.

T - It has a more pine than citrus taste, but the citrus comes through. It actually makes a nice balance between the two flavors.

M - Perfect for the style

D - My buddy gave me a 12 pack when I visited him. Let's just say that it didn't last long. This and Columbus IPA are the two best Ohio IPA's that I have had.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An orange/gold in color with a bone white head that leaves substantial lacing down the glass. The head hunter looks as good as it smells.

Smell: Awesome hop nose, like a tropical Christmas tree with citrus, mango and pine notes.

Taste: Fresh, fruity and zesty hops and a solid malt body, but make no mistake, this ones all about the hops. Pine, resin, dank and citrus. Lovely. Every time I get this beer I am impressed.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation making it nice and crisp with a bit of a bite.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer. Had it side by side with Ballast Point's Sculpin and held its own.

Photo of beesy
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PouRed from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a light tangerine that is very clear. A two finger off white head builds and develops frothy pockets from the carbonation. A fair amount of lacing resides.

S - very nice. Hoppy with notes of citrus, tangerine and mango.

T - hop forward as expected. Starts off with lots of pine, that moves to tangerine and tropical notes in the middle then fades back to piney on the back end. A somewhat earthy, almost stale, slightly sweet note is apparent about 3/4 way though - Ive noticed it on some homebrewed beers that were Columbus hop heavy, so maybe thats it. A firm, slightly abrasive bitterness lingers. Some tropical notes reside on the late palate, pairing well with the bitterness.

M - medium- full bodied. I think it's a little sweeter beer than I like but the atrong bitterness helps hide it a little.

D - fairly easy to drink. Not something you can drink down like CBC IPA, but moderately drinkable considering the high IBU and ABV.

Overall, an excellent IPa I will pick up and drink any day of the week.

Photo of Mississipping
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at the Jackie O's release, and then ended up with a couple bottles afterwards ... thanks Paul! Back at home ... time for a proper review. 12oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter.

A: Pours a completely clear, bright orangish-copper color with a very small eggshell head that recedes quickly, leaving a thick ring and decent lacing.

S: WOW! Piney, citrusy, hoppy, grassy. Grapefruit dominates with sweet mandarin and apricot just behind. Hops are a little subdued, making them equally as present as the other characteristics, with a slight grassy touch in background, which is very nice. This smells fantastic and really packs a punch!

T: Much like this smell, citrusy up front with an initial bite from the grapefruit, then sweeter fruit sneaks in perfectly. Quite hoppy and piney on the finish, which really lingers. Just a bit of booze, but it's not overwhelming and creates a nice complementary warmth that adds to the beer well.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Bubbly on the tongue with a subtle drying effect. The mouthfeel is pretty spot on, like the rest of this beer.

D: Despite the 7.5%, this is very, very drinkable. Well balanced, flavorful, delicious. This is up there on my all time favorite IPA's, and I really hope I have a chance to try this again. If you have the opportunity to pick up a bottle or two, definitely do ... this can certainly compete with the more hyped DIPAs. Very highly recommended!

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this Growler from my buddy David from Cleveland - Thanks David !

Poured from fresh growler into pint tulip -

A: Pours a nice deep clear golden hue with two and a half finger head that descends into a thick off white lacing with lots of webbing as it lowers, good carbonation.

S: Bitter hops with citrus, grapefruit , lemon zest, orange ,malt

T: All the usual suspects here in the flavor , sweet malt with bitter hops, grapefruit, lemon grass, orange zest ,slight pine.

O: Overall this is a solid Ipa that I would drink everyday if available here, It holds it's own against any Ipa I have had , Well done Fat Heads well done..

Photo of Groomsy
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Beautiful dark gold color that is crystal clear and topped by a frothy, unrelenting 3-finger head of froth that leaves sticky walls of lacing all over the glass. Classic-looking IPA. Excellent stuff.

Tons of tropical fruit out front – pineapple, mango, orange zest and citrus peel, namely grapefruit. Also a big whiff of piney/resiny/floral bitterness. Hops are absolutely front and center in this brew. If you're not a hophead stay away. There is just enough caramel/bready malt to keep this from being a hoppy mess. No alcohol noticeable. Truly beautiful boquet, very bright and refreshing.

Big fruity hop flavor on the front of the tongue – think mixed fruit cups. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit just explode on the front of the tongue. A slight malt sweetness balances on the middle of the tongue with bready and caramel flavors to prepare for the next hop onslaught. Some well-measured floral, dank/resinous and piney bitterness cuts in on the finish and finishes dry without a hint of alcohol. Definitely not a training wheels IPA, but this is very refreshing. A hophead's dream for a “normal” IPA.

Refreshing mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a medium body that just right for this beer. Dry, sticky finish from all of the hops.

Absolutely wonderful. World-class is a correct designation, though I may be biased since this is from my home state. But for the style of the American IPA, this is about as good as it gets before getting into DIPA territory. Totally worth seeking out. Excellent stuff, refreshing, and powerful all at the same time.

Photo of Beerandboards
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle received in a trade from WilliamDbar.

Pours dark golden/orange color. About 1 inch of cotton white head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell is certainly the beers high point. Powerful combo of piney citrus and dank hop aromas. Found myself frequently sticking my nose into the glass through the life of the pint. Orange peel, tangerine and pine are the dominant aromas. Probably top 5 smelling beers I've come across.

Taste falls slightly short of the nose, but that's no knock. The lighter side of the citrus aromas come through in the taste, I keyed on a tangerine flavor, very fresh citrus. Great tasting beer.

Maybe a tad too carbonated. Would love to have it on tap to see how the carb level is there. Really nothing to complain about though. Solidly put together, nice oily hop feel, finish lingers.

Overall, a really great IPA. With so at good IPAs out there, it's harder and harder to pick a "best." This one certainly belongs in the discussion. Hit a lot of notes and hit them very well.

Photo of GregA135
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better IPA's I have had here in Pittsburgh! This was a delicious beer, poured a nice golden/orange color and smelled of grapefruit, citrus, hops, pine, and a bit of lemon. Once I tasted it I was hooked! Crisp clean IPA taste! If you find this beer I highly recommend drinking this one! Two Thumbs Up!!

Photo of glass_house
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Slightly hazy orange-amber. One finger of off-white head leaves a thin cap with lots of light oily lacing. Aroma is bursting with bright citrus and floral notes, with hints of pine and caramel malt in the background.

The taste starts off with a flowery, slightly tropical entrance. Big juicy grapefruit quickly takes over, and grassy pine has the last word. Medium-bodied with fairly mild carbonation. Pretty smooth overall but the sharp citrus does give it a little bite.

Headhunter is a beautifully done, grapefruit-forward IPA that hits all the right notes. The flavors are simple but bold and delicious. At 7.5% it's bordering on DIPA status but maintains the lighter, smoother body of a great IPA. A classic that makes me glad I live where it's always on the shelf.

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Witty artwork, bottling date clearly stamped on the neck of the bottle, 5/13/13, six days ago!
Moderate pour into the new Dogfish/SN IPA glass, clean, golden hue, eggshell white head that lingers for less than a minute, light lacing.

HUGE pine aroma, subtle sweetness, fruit and grass.

Like licking a Christmas tree... This one grabs you by the tongue and slaps you in the face. A real shock to the palate. More pine, earthy, cheek puckering bitterness. Yum. There is lemon in there somewhere... if there are malt notes to be found, I'm not finding them. Alcohol is well hidden.

Carbonation is relatively smooth, not overly intense, which is good because I don't think my mouth could handle it. Goes down nice, to say the least.

After drinking this beer, the thought of it alone will make your mouth water. Any hop junkie will find their fix here.

Photo of Ri0
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a light amber color with a full 2 finger white head that retains and falls into a collar. Thick webbed lacing clings to my glass.

S - Big Citrus hop aroma that has tons of grapefruit notes, pineapple and orange. A nice sweet honey and bread aroma with hints of caramel round it off.

T - Starts off with the bitter grapefruit with sweetness of pineapple and orange. Nice malt notes of bread, honey, and caramel to beat the bitterness back. The end is mostly bitter pine and grapefruit. It is superb.

M - Medium body and carbonation with a good amount of lingering bitterness.

O - An excellent IPA that Ohio should be proud of. I can see why this won some medals. It was worth trading for.

Photo of portia99
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub poured into a british style pint glass.

A - pours a clear amber orange color with a very thin, basically surface level skim coat with no lacing left behind.

S - Smell is thick and heavy with fresh grapefruit, pineapple, mango, peaches...really intense! Just a bit of caramel malt in the background.

T - Taste closely mirrors the aroma...grapefruit juice with some other assorted tropical fruit juices - pineapple and mango. Nothing else gets in here, nor should it...this is one great tasting IPA.

M - Medium bodied with plenty if carbonation-a bit prickly on the tongue. A long lingering bitterness stings the tastebuds and lingers forever after the swallow.

D - A very impressive IPA...outsanding aroma and flavor. At 7%, not too strong. Flavors are intense, but oh so good. A great beer and a pretty cool bar to get it at too.

Photo of stewart124
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new DFH IPA glass.

Orangish yellow with a thin head. Nice lacing as this goes down. Piney nose.

Sharp bitterness but a very nice malt character throughout blends beautifully. Big carbonation really makes this shine. Great citrus notes, tropical fruit, and piney resin notes. Lingering background bitterness but nothing that makes this unpalatable. Drinkability is very high on this IPA.

Delicious but everyone knows this. Finishes very dry and it would be easy to put away a few of these.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears transparent and orange in color with a finger of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a pleasant citrus scent, along with some floral and tropical fruit notes.

Very tasty stuff. Really easy to drink, Fresh hop presence throughout, with various flavors melding together nicely. The beer finishes with a tangy bitterness and lingers on the palate. Alcohol presence is muted, but this beer will sneak up on you if you're not careful. I would happily drink this again.

Photo of toppoop
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter a rich yellow body with a small head. Down to tiny ring with a bit of lacing. Smell wasn't big but what was there was tropical fruit and sweet malt. Taste was a very good balance of hop and malt. Here you get the grapefruit with very little bitterness and sweet caramel malt. Very pleasing to the palate with slight carbonation and very little bitterness. Solid brew that could be an everyday for me.

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.