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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: 2101
Reviews: 388
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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falcon1

Ohio

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

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA is a remarkable example of what an American IPA should taste like. The aroma is pleasnat and the taste is really oustanding! I am so glad that it is being bottled now. It would be great if Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon bottled more of their products in the future. Head Hunter IPA is certainly worth tracking down at your neighborhood bottle shop if possible.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 14:20:55 | More by falcon1
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dcloeren

Texas

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

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this awesome extra in our last trade.

Pours a beautiful clean and crisp golden orange with a finger of foamy bright white head.

The aroma is exploding with grapefruit, orange, lemon and resinous pine hops. Not much, if any, malt to speak of. I'm not complaining, this beer smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose. Grapefruit forward with vibrant citrus notes take the lead while the sticky pine hops finish this one off. Fantastic taste.

Medium to light in body but this one drank a lot thinner than the body would have originally led me to believe. It was thinner than I would have liked is what I guess I am getting at. Other than that, I thought it had the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was an amazing IPA! I wish that I had more of these. My only complaint is the body on it but it didn't ruin or slow this beer down for a minute.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:58:43 | More by dcloeren
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brewskis

Indiana

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

Pours a classic sunset orange color with a finger length white head that goes down slowly and leaves a thick lacing. Pretty good carbonation comign off the glass. Smells like an ipa should. Lots of resinous pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, maybe some papaya. Tiny bit of a bready malt presence. Pretty dry. Taste starts with the resinous pine, grapefruit, and orange. Then there is a decent malt presence that brings some carmel and breadiness to balance it a little. Very resinous, dry finish with more pine, grapefruit, some pineapple, papaya, along with some sweetness to cut the hops. Almost like a bubblegum flavor. The hops get more abrasive as it goes down. Pretty hefty body for a single ipa. Creamy and surprisingly clean mouthfeel for such a hoppy beer due to the lively carbonation. Extremely well done ipa that lives up to the hype in my opinion..

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 02:19:49 | More by brewskis
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JG-90

New Jersey

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

Bottle into glass

A - Pours a clear straw color, with a moderate head that recedes to a ring around the edge. Really great lacing.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, slightly stale white bread, and a little pine

T - Very citrus forward, great flavor that is balanced out with bread/malt and pine

M - Medium/heavy mouthfeel with low carbonation, a touch of creaminess in the finish

O - This is a great IPA, would drink it any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:14:49 | More by JG-90
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MatthewPlus

Florida

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

Thanks to pschnei3 for this in a trade!

Poured a beautiful deep golden color with a foamy 1 finger off white head into a Cycle Brewing snifter.
Smells resinous and piney. Lots of hop with a hint of underlying sweetness.
Tastes freaking delicious. follows the nose pretty well, with sappy pine and grapefruit. i bit of maltiness, but i wouldnt go so far as to call this beer balanced. pretty much a hop bomb, which i dig.
Excellent mouthfeel, decent carbonation and weight on the palate. fantastic, lasting bitter finish.
Overall, an extremely enjoyable beer, i would recommend it, and wuld seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 13:57:41 | More by MatthewPlus
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

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

A - Hazy orange with a two finger white head

S - Grapefruit, orange,and pineapple with some piney hops.

T - Just like the nose - grapefruit and orange. Nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice creaminess.

O - Very delicious IPA. Full of flavor and very easy to drink. If I could get this regularly it be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:19:47 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. I got a case of this rare gem (around these parts anyway) from Kunda Beverage who somehow got a few fresh cases in. Beer was dated 2 weeks prior when purchased.

A: A golden orange color with a one finger white fully head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Tropical fruit and citrus hops just jump out at you. Slight pine and darker smells mix with the malt. Great smelling beer.

T: The tropical and citrus hops just pop with mango, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit along with some pine notes. The malt is heavy with a caramel sweetness that is subdued from the hops. The finish keeps hoppy with pine bitterness and some earthy tones. Lots going on here, great balance.

M: Full, coating, prickly, slight alcohol, just fantastic.

O: Such a well balanced but super hoppy beer made in the west coast style. If you like tropical hoppy beers, this one is for you. Fantastic, fantastic IPA.

I wish I could get this everyday here in eastern PA. If I could, it would be a staple in my fridge. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 14:13:09 | More by Kadonny
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Tall and frothy white head. Head fades slowly as can be with great retention. Heavy, fluffy chunks of lacing abound.

S: Whoa, bright and bold hoppiness. Can smell it as soon as I popped the cap off. Grapefruit primarily with juicy citrus everywhere. Tropical fruits join in with pineapple, mango and apricot I'd say. Tangerine? Juicy, juicy, juicy. Wonderful.

T: More of the same. Juicy citrus and tropical fruits but a spicy note here (kinda reminds me of Cascade hops). Pineapple is especially strong along with the grapefruit. Big citrus and spices everywhere. Not much of a malt, seems like a dry, crackery malt to me. Great burst of bitterness in the finish, drying this one out. Long lingering bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste with some spicy pine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, bitter and dry.

O: Seriously good IPA. Big west coast in-your-face hoppiness. Good variety of hops, all equally balanced. Bitter and dry but not over the top. Crisp and refreshing. Just plain delicious, a treat to imbibe.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 06:46:09 | More by Dope
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GJ40

North Carolina

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

Sampled on tap at Melts in Independence, OH.

Beautiful golden color with excellent clarity and a small white head and great lacing. Nice citrus and tropical fruits in the nose. Outstanding hop flavor with excellent complexity and a moderate bitterness. The flavors echo well after you've swallowed. A creamy, smooth consistency.

It's nice to see such great west coast IPAs coming out of other parts of the country.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 12:47:56 | More by GJ40
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Canfield30

Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a two week old bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice orangish gold with a two finger head . Smell is pine upfront with some great citrus in the background. Taste is fantastic. Similar to aroma an initial bitter rush of pine finished with a grapefruit kick that stays with you. A nice dry finish makes it an easy drinker that hides the abv well. One of the best ipas out there to me. Happy to live within walking distance and get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 14:22:32 | More by Canfield30
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date of 01/29/14

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a medium burnt orange/yellow with a high slightly off white head. Looks to be medium bodied. Nice degree of clarity, some hop resin chunks floating around.

S- Sticky, lightly dank pine, pineapple, some citrus, light tropical notes and bitter burn in the nostrils. Medium-light malt on the back.

T- Pine, a pretty big smooth, long bitterness, all 87 IBUs are accounted for, Grapefruit, nice level of sweet tropical notes of pineapple and papaya. A lighter malt character than in the nose. Leaves a pretty high degree of bitterness on the tongue.

M- Surprisingly light mouthfeel the makes this a pretty easy drinking high hopped beverage.

O- This is one of my favorite IPAs. It has much of the things I look for in a great IPA. It has a big hop presence and a nice medium sweetness and is very easy to drink. I try to go to Indiana or Ohio and grab some whenever I can. Wish it came in 6 packs though, I mean if Bell's can do 2Hearted in 6ers and this seems to be just as equally hopped, just with 3 hops instead of 1, then surely this can be put in 6ers.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:25:14 | More by PaulyB83
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billab914

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured clear and amber orange in color with a pillowy white head filling one inch of the glass.

The aroma is very juicy with pineapple, peach and mango all coming out. It has a little bitter grapefruit and citrus rind presence to it as well. Very nice bright and hoppy aroma to it.

Taste shows more of the pineapple and tropical fruits at first but the finish shows a little More dry, resiny, grapefruit bitterness. I love the tropical fruit notes to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I thought it was a great beer overall. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer of the style with some excellent bright, fruity, fresh hoppy flavors to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 18:27:33 | More by billab914
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a modest head seated atop the clear amber liquid; splotchy lace is left behind

Smell: Grapefruit and nothing but

Taste: Grapefruit, with a hint of biscuity malt underneath; citrusy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice grapefruity IPA; though it has a hint of residual sweetness, it never comes close to becoming cloying

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 01:45:28 | More by brentk56
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pine and citrusy (grapefruit, citrus peel, tropical fruit) hops, along with a little bit of caramel malt. I think the taste follows the aroma, it tastes mostly like pine and citrusy hops, with a teeny bit of caramel malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and oily with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's nice to see this brew in bottles, I've heard about it for a while now but finally was able to try it today and it didn't disappoint! It's certainly one of the best Ohio IPA's (and IPA's in general) along with White Rajah and Columbus IPA. Definitely worth trying if you have a chance to get it!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:03:23 | More by bluejacket74
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to Veldrid. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with about a finger's worth of head that recedes fairly quickly leaving nice layered lacing.

S- Hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, spices. Definitely slightly above average aroma strength.

T- Sticky hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, mangoes, papaya, spices, slightly bitter on the finish, sweet citrusy aftertaste that lingers for awhile. Very well balanced.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a very well done IPA. Right up there with all the top-notch IPAs I've had- Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper, Gandhi-Bot, etc.. Probably not my top favorite, but definitely in my favorites. I loved how the mouthfeel and the awesome lingering aftertaste. I highly recommend seeking this out. A+

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:06:34 | More by jaasen64
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me *fresh* bottles of this brew that's been on my wants list for a while. Some other traders could learn things from Mr. Cleveland & sending fresh IPAs in trades...you know who you are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is orange with plenty of ozone in the sunset, not clear, but uniformly hazy. Industrial-scale tropical fruits split the fifth sense; terrifyingly sweet. And by terrifying I mean lovely, since I love sweet. Citrus trickles underneath.

Head Hunter is a fascinating IPA. Huge notes of orange, mango, grapefruit run full-speed into an iron wall of citrus, pine, & resiny bitterness. Though it's hard to concentrate with all the pleasure coursing through my veins, bits of caramel & herbs nips here & there. The fruity notes keep the bitterness from peaking too far, but at the same time, the hops hang around for overtime. Damn. Slurp. Slurp. Ahhh.

I am glad to have finally found out what the fuss is about, because this is a straight-up excellent IPA. Thanks again, Dan, happy to have a few more of these around. For a very short period of time.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:35:38 | More by maximum12
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Bill for this one. I've been wanting to try this for a while! 12oz bottle into a Heady Topper pint.

Pours a rich, 2 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is clear dark orange. Lacing is thick, layered, and webbed. Very pretty.

Nose is pure and very aromatic. Citrus, pine and cane sugar. Simple but delicious!

Opens citrus, tea, grapefruit. Cane sugar and tea leaf hop bitterness towards the middle. Sappy. More citrus, grapefruit and some papaya at the end. Great balance. Finishes fruity and hoppy. Same aftertaste. Pretty f-ing tasty!

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Light, clean and crisp in the mouth and goes down dry. Dry finish with an astringent, clinging aftertaste. Perfect for the style. Can't believe this is over 7%.

I've heard a lot about this beer and it definitely doesn't disappoint. Nothing outrageous but incredible balance in the flavor and feel with a perfectly executed look and nose. Definitely wish this was a local for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 01:10:58 | More by SpeedwayJim
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam and Chris for this bottle. Couldn't find freshness info.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium orange with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - Massive fresh hops up front - grapefruit, orange zest, peach, mango and pine aromas are all present with a touch of sweet caramel in the background.

T - A huge bitterness up front. Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and pine. There is the slightest malt sweetness in the background but this is defintiely a hop bomb, as advertised.

M - Medium body, creamy. Sticky and full of resinous hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:27:43 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean and beautiful amber in appearance, this West Coast-style IPA pours with a huge head of off-white foam and an exquisite amount of detailed lace.

Aroma is stunning and intoxicatingly hop-forward. All the floral, citrus, and pine loveliness you can imagine.

Taste is pure West Coast, as in big heavy hops resins with plenty of acidic bite and notes of sour grapefruit and pine.

Exquisite and a sure winner for serious hop-heads.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 21:08:15 | More by secondtooth
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Having a bottle at Arena Bar & Grill in Wilkes Barre, PA. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: This beer poured a small head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Pine, citrus, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some caramel and bready malts in there too.

Taste: Super tasty. Same as above with lingering hop bitterness. Aggressively hopped, but bearable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, tingly bitterness, a little chewy, and medium bodied.

Overall: I had this on draft a few years ago at the Fat Heads Saloon in Pittsburgh. Still an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 20:26:48 | More by Flounder57
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in April 2013. Poured into Greenbush snifter

Appearance is clear and light golden orange

Smell is dank earthy piney hops. Smells like simcoe hops to me

Taste is dominated by hops. Nice bitterness with a piney citrusy fruit taste from the hops. Not getting much from the malt and I don't mind since I like hop forward ipas. Very slight sweetness is all I get from the malt

Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium carbonation and a dry feel

Overall this would be one of my go to standard ipas if it were readily available here. Will pick up whenever I see this

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 01:22:35 | More by Rimbimhoot
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed honey copper color with two fingers of white foam.

The Nose picks up sweet malt with citrus and floral hops.

Taste follows the nose with sweet clover honey, floral notes. Balanced citrus and malt flavor. Finishes slightly dry with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full with a nice balanced malt and hop profile. Medium effervescence.

Overall a great gift from a friend at 3 Floyds!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:46:03 | More by 312HopBomb
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A: nice white head and solid lacing with a golden amber hue.

S: strong tropical fruit and hops. Pineapple and pine are rather pungent.

T: strong pineapple, citrus and notes of pine hops. Bitterness is rather balanced.

M: Dry and bitter citrus and medium bodied and carbonation.

O: A real solid IPA; which is becoming and has been the norm for most established breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 00:33:32 | More by hillvt4me
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itsscience

Florida

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden copper with a big soapy head. The nose is full of pine, lemon, and hop resin, with perfumy hops and clean malty sweetness. Bitter grapefruit hop flavors abound, but are kept in check with caramel malt, toasted oat notes, and sweeter fruits like pineapple. The end result is a tasty, balanced brew that is straightforward without being one-note. Mouthfeel is medium and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:42:14 | More by itsscience
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dar482

New York

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear reddish amber.

The aroma has some stone fruits like nectarine and peach, orange peel, some sweet tropical notes. Big hits of dankness on the end.

The flavor hits of immediate grapefruit bitterness. Hints of sweet citrus and then some sour pineapple and mangos. A light white bready malt. The finish stays aggressively bitter of grapefruit juice and peel, almost some spiciness and floral in there as well. Almost a white wine drying as well. It's an extremely bitter IPA.

A fruity and very West Coast bitter IPA. Next to Columbus IPA and White Rajah, White Rajah won out slightly over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 05:27:05 | More by dar482
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
97 out of 100 based on 2,101 ratings.