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: 492
Hads: 3,585
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 593
Gots: 639 | FT: 37
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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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Reviews: 492 | Hads: 3,585
Photo of alleykatking
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Very nice long streaks of sticky lace left on the glass.

S- Aroma is citrus hop forward. I like the fact that there was a piney earthy aroma that comes through next. Light caramel malts do come through in the ending of the aroma a little bit before a nice light medicinal alcohol finish comes up on the aroma.

T- Citrus hops blast forward right off the get go with this beer. Hints of bready caramel malts show up for a second before a piney bite comes through for the second round of hops. Ending of this beer has a super sweet alcohol bite to it along with some more citrus hop forwardness to it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Both fruity and piney hops dominate the palate. Aftertaste is mostly fruity and piney hops along with a nice warming alcohol. Flavors were well balanced for the style and this one was hop forward. No off flavors were present but there at times seemed to be a little alcohol heat in the ending. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer overall was good. Actually, I thought it was great. The ABV is in the mid-range where it won't kill you to drink a couple in a row but it might impair you to not drink anything else. A hop crusher on the palate. Can see why this one won the IPA challange. Good job Fat Heads! (1,412 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a faintly hazed orange hue with a slim but stiff beige head. Moderate lacing.

Smell -- Lots of juicy citrus evoking tangerines, grapefruit, and apricot, along with pine resin and dank, leafy vegetation. Caramel baseline really makes those juicy citron notes sing.

Taste -- Again, massive fruity/juicy hop notes propelled by a gentle caramel malt base in the forefront. Toward mid-palate the resinous hops crescendos. Lingering flavor of caramel and resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, mild prickly carbonation. Feels pretty damn good.

Drinkability -- I had heard good things about Head Hunter, but this really exceeded my hopes. Bright juicy notes and caramel malting paired with resounding pine bitterness. I'd put this up against any of the top-rated IPA's. Good show, Fat Heads! (804 characters)

Photo of Shmota
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this beer for a long time and with in 4 weeks I was lucky enough to sample it at the brewery and then run into the assistant brewer at Dark Lord Day and received a bottle from him.

Nothing exceptional as far as the head is concerned. Nice Golden Orange color.

Fabulous smell. Lots of Citrus and Pine notes

Excellent IPA flavor that holds up the the expectation that the smell leaves. Loads of hop kick. an Excellent flavored APA. It has just enough malt flavor to keep the hops from being too bold.

Mouthfeel is good a little resinous

Overall I highly recommend this beer for any hop lover (614 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch fluffy white head on a dark golden/light copper body. Above average sticky lacing, good head retention.

Holy bright "floral" citrus notes! Pineapple, mango, oranges.

Big time hop bite is well balanced with its malty sweetness. Leaves a (good) bitterness in the mouth after each sip. Would guess at 7.5%abv

Prickly carbonation compliments hoppiness well. Medium mouthfeel.

Top 5 IPA for me easy. Well balanced...a lot of everything, hah. Just want to drink this all night and wreck my palate. Thanks MaxSpang! I need more! (535 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from the bottle.

A: nice white multi-finger head that compacts to a 2 mm disk. clear deep golden color.

S: strong hops scents, Pine, grapefruit and pineapple dominate.

T: strong hoppy notes as in the nose, strong bittering hops are there. malt is only slightly present, yeast was used for one purpose...and it wasn't taste!

M: Spicy finish, with spritely piney flavors. Dry and puckery. Bitter citrus on outbreath. Full but not overly ful

O: Hell yes. Very good citrusy piney IPA. (508 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy, did I love this beer. On tap at the Fathead's in Pittsburgh.

A-Pours a pale amber with a thin white head and little to no lacing.

S-What an excellent aroma. Lots of pine and citrus goodness with a hint of sweetness, again from the hops I believe.

T-Delicious. Aggressive earthy hope presence right away giving way to a piney hop and citrus finish. Not a lot of malt there, just enough to provide a solid backbone.

M-Medium bodied, oily, a bit resinous.

D-This is right up my alley. Aromatic, hoppy, delicious.

HV (524 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from Auslander, Thanks Chris!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed bright copper color with a white head that thinned leaving some thin streaks of lacing.

S - blast of tropical fruit.

T - tropical fruit and then a strong citrus bitterness kicks in before a hint of tropical fruit comes back on the lips.

F - medium bodied, dry and bitter with mild carbonation.

O - a fine example of the style. (433 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland, apparently brewed on premises. The menu description: "Uncivilized and aggressive, this west coast styled IPA packs wicked hops flavors and aroma. Savage amounts of Simcoe, Columbus, and Cascade hops define this brew's signature pine and citrus notes".

The beer is clear and gold colored with about 2 fingers of foam that lace into sheets on the glass. The smell is ridiculously on target, I've had Pliny the Elder each night for the last 3 nights and this is not really distinguishable by aroma. A lot of grapefruit and a little pine, this is near perfection. The taste is about the same, exactly what I crave from an IPA. Very assertive hops punches with grapefruit and alpha acids, nice counterbalance from malts but not enough to sweeten the hops to neutrality. Just very well done, this is a delicious IPA. The body's about right for the style, just north of water, very very drinkable.

This is an outstanding IPA when you factor in the low ABV (6.2%), just very good. I hope to see this bottled and distributed. (1,064 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit: the beer has gotten much better since the original review below, written over a year ago! I'm happy to say the bottles are fantastic - serious "A" material!

On tap at Fat Heads Cleveland.

I tried both the regular and cask versions. The regular was slightly better overall, so that's what I'll score here. Cask had better appearance, though, as it's head was immaculate.

Back to the beer at hand. Headhunter is Fat Heads flagship beer. It is orange with little head (except on cask, as noted above).

Smells of citrus and grapefruit. Pine as well. Nice nose!

Taste is citrus hops, caramel and crystal malts.

Mouthfeel was poor for the style - watery as can be. I was let down by this aspect of the beer. I know IPA's should be crisp but I found this lacking.

Drinkability therefore improved as it wasn't as "sticky" as other IPA's and certainly left me wanting more tastes in my mouth ;)

Not too bad, not so good. But, for a local IPA, I'll take it. I'd love to see an imperial version (Double headhunter anyone?)! (1,026 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks, Todd! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness or bottling date on the bottle. Oh, well.

Pours a hazy, amber orange color complete with about 4 fingers worth of white head that rise all the way to the top of the glass. The head itself is remarkable in texture, often resembling a foamy, sticky, almost pasty texture. It settles to about a half finger's worth, but leaves behind enough lacing to add character. Floaties are definitely present in this thing, not in a Heady Topper-esque way, but unfiltered enough with tiny chunks in midst of the otherwise cleared appearance. Looks great.

I definitely tingled with excitement when I immediately placed my nose towards the beer. This is swimming in huge citrus notes, pine needles (almost to the point of being minty), as well as a variety of fruits from papaya, grapefruit, and apricots. It's almost to the point of being dank, but actually ends up churning out a bright, vibrant astringency. The malts deliver a slightly caramel character, although with the alcohol slightly present it could even be on its way to being butterscotch-y. Everything is very well placed together, and its pine/citrus profile is so present that I would have been fooled into thinking that this were a West Coast offering if served to me blind. While I wish it had more of the tropical flavors that I expected, it still is very well put together.

At the flavor, however, I can see where this gets all the attention. At the front of the tongue, you get an elevated bitterness and soft malty breadiness that soon melds into a variety of extremely juicy fruits. Mangoes, papaya, grapefruit, passion fruit, pineapples, oranges, melons, honeysuckle, as well as a mineral, hop forward earthiness. Extremely phenomenal - especially how the sweetness imparted by the malts and booze create the actual sensation of chewing on these fruits and more. Very wet, even for an IPA. While it's pretty bitter, it's still extraordinarily silky for the style at hand, as the froth and carbonation provide a smoothened out, syrupy experience that goes down like a charm. Leaves behind an inordinate amount of stickiness, as well as creaminess on the palate. There's a remarkable amount of heat at the finish, which came as a surprise, and could get intolerable in the long run. Otherwise, truly fantastic stuff.

This must be one of the most festive IPAs I've ever had. All these flavors come together beautifully, and the texture is easy to down as any viscous, fruit forward wine. My favorite part other than the fruitiness is the undeniable wetness that this holds - in fact, its lack of dryness makes it scarily quaffable. This beer has been romanticized to death, recently, and I can see why. It reminds me of many different IPAs across the country, but holds on its own as pretty unique. Great stuff - can't wait to get more! (2,870 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, no bottle date
Hill Farmstead wine glass

A: Pretty clear bright orange color. About a half finger of bright white head. Fades quickly.

S: Gigantic fruity hop aromas. The mango, the papaya, the grapefruit, amazing. No malts up front.

T: Wow. Kick ass brew. You get the hop bitterness up front but it's not overly agressively bitter. It's that fruity hop that you smelled. But the balance of hops and malt is great. It's so smooth. It's similar to the best: HT, Pliny, etc

M: Medium bodied. Very easy drinking at 7% (523 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a relatively clear golden copper color with a finger of light tan head, fantastic retention and near perfect lacing. An incredibly thick/dense outer ring remains 10-15 minutes after the pour with a very thin layer of head across the surface.

S - Light grapefruit/lemony/orange citrus aromas, sweet rindy notes. Decent bit of resinous/spiced nose.

T - Lots of dry bitterness up front, spicey rinds followed quickly by a wallop of citrus. Middle/finish of the beer is all spiced heavy rinds - very resinous. Superbly resinous/bitter through the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, this along with the flavor profile and good carbonation make it quite drinkable.

O - Resinous bitterness is very refreshing but takes a bit away from the drinkability. This is one hell of a resinous bitter IPA. (798 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a brassy amber color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great head retention with solid lacing.

S- sweet baby Jesus this smells amazing. Huge hop resin of the dankest quality, citrus orange and lemon and fresh cut pine with a note of mint seduce the nose with its hoppy sultriness! Slight toasty malt with a biscuity quality. Utterly stunning aroma.

T- crisp floral hop flavor up front with citrus orange and lemon peel. Hop resin stickiness in the middle. Finishes dry with a biscuity malt and a lingering hop bitterness. Solid and way better than most.

MF- slick resiny mouthfeel with a light body. Average carbonation.

D- amazingly drinkable (661 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 9/13/13

A- Slow pour into a tulip glass produces a massive bubbly and foamy white head that takes a couple of minutes to settle, eventually leaving thick patches of lace behind. Hazy and golden color with a few floating moving around the glass

S- big resinous hops with notes of fresh cut grass, hints of citrus and piney hops, sweet pineapple, papaya, and a trace of bready malt, very fruity overall

T- tropical fruit flavors continue with big pineapple and guava, some citrus flavors mid-palate highlighted by piney and grassy hops, somewhat dry finish with more tropical notes continuing through to the finish, with some doughy malt at the end

M- Medium body with low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and velvety finish

O- So many flavors coming from this beer yet nothing overshadows anything. Love the tropical pineapple notes, it is very packed with flavor but still has the superior drinkability of an IPA. Very well done. (952 characters)

Photo of beermeplz
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well done. Had to pay a premium for a bottle in CA but glad I tried it. Great ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavor balanced by a solid but appropriately subtle malt backbone. This west coast IPA, made in the midwest, beats out a lot of IPAs actually brewed over here. (275 characters)

Photo of MisSigsFan
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white head that leaves a little lacing around the glass. Smell is tropical fruit and citrus right away. Taste starts out with bitter orange/grapefruit rind and then paves way to mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine resin. Bitterness is very aggressive, but maybe a bit too much for a tropical fruit bomb like this. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but very drinkable. Carbonation is on the higher side. This may be one of the midwest's best interpretations of a west coast IPA, although I think I prefer White Rajah which I just had recently as well. (581 characters)

Photo of JG-90
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of 420Dude
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great west coast style beer. Can taste the chinook. centennial and cascade hops. Not sure of the exact variety but they did a good job balancing with the hops. (162 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blonde-to-orange body. An inch of head only, but that just means more beer. Bone-colored topper with good lacing.

Citrus (grapefruit juice, tangerine), tropical fruits (spicy mango, guava), and a lovely cracker-y base malt.

Citric rush of volatile hop oils! Grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, and green grass. Some lemongrass, too. Pale malts come off dry and freshly-baked, like white bread. Great bitterness, prolonged after the swallow. Fresh hop cone greenness. A 'wowser'!

Very drinkable, medium-to-light body with a powerful, crisp effervescence. Great overall feel.

An incredible brew! Highly recommended! A big fruity IPA with some balance, remarkable aroma, and excellent thirst-quenching bitterness. (709 characters)

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

12 oz bottle served chilled into a pint glass.

Head Hunter is a slightly hazy pale copper color. The head is thin and short lived and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy in a west coast kind of way. Big citrus and a little pine dominate the nose.

Flavor is bold and bitter with just enough malt sweetness to get by. It's got all the citrus character from the hops with both hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and properly carbonated.

Overall a very good IPA and probably one of the best I've had from Ohio. Go Buckeyes! (541 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a two finger fluffy white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour that sticks around while you sip.

Smell: Sweet with tons of citrus peel notes. Juicy fruit notes with some grain, but I'm really excited by the hop notes that I'm picking up.

Taste: I would put this up against many of the top west coast IPAs. Citrus peel hops dominate with just a hint of pine and enough sweetness to balance things out. The finish is bitter and hoppy. Really nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with constantly tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Fantastic IPA. The hop profile is spot on. I will definitely have another given the chance. (734 characters)

Photo of ike4tay45
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color, nice white 2 finger head. Slowley disapating with some nice lacing.

S: Aroma is nice with lots of pine and plenty citrus hops, and some malts.

T: Taste is bold, citrus, and hoppy.

M: Feel is crisp clean, light and smooth.

Overall: Excellent. Can hang with any west coast IPA. Glad I could finally score some bottles! (343 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 TreyIsWilson
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. (370 characters)

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