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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: 2083
Reviews: 386
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 Sean9689


4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, white head, thin collar. Nose is pine, grass, light citrus. Flavor is mostly pine with a nice hoppy kick. Smooth and easy to drink, more citrus then the nose. Light body, good carbonation, nice bitter bite on the end.

A nice IPA but not sure I would consider this world class. Easy drinking, refreshing, and good. I really don't have many bad things to say about this beer but I'm not blown away. Good, not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 15:26:02 | More by Sean9689
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith snifter.

A- Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Small bubbles and blotches remain on the glass.

S- Big floral notes and lots of fresh hop aromas.

T- Light caramel and some toast flavors, grassy and pine hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Dry finish from bitterness.

O- Good IPA with big floral, pine and grass hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:31:25 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of ChadQuest


4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light golden yellow color with a thick soft cap.
Aroma is clean light citrus with a faint biscuit note and no sweet or malt notes.
The flavors are the tangerine and grapefruit with some flowery notes, really light and clean all around. This is how IPAs are supposed to be. Clean and almost mute backbone.
Mouthfeel is medium-light for being 7.5 abv.

This would be a great IPA to have hanging around.

3/C = Average

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 06:31:25 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very very good ipa. clear and quite pale in color, a little darker than golden, call it bronze, with an inch or so of white suds. the nose is very fruity hops, citra maybe, pineapple and lemon attack the nostrils. flavor is more grapefruit than lemon, with equal parts tropical fruit. the hops taste just picked to me, full of resins and oils that i just love in an ipa. alcohol is strong, and can be tasted a bit in the finish, my only real critique of an otherwise near flawless brew. nice lighter medium body keeps it sessionable, and the carbonation is very bright, aiding in a clean crisp finish that gets more and more bitter as the beer warms up. perfect with a chilli chese burger stacked hugh with frito chips. god i want another. one of the more fruity and citrusy india pales in recent memory. this should make its way out to colorado, id be a regular on it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 23:46:37 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to Phyl21ca for sending this beer out west in a great trade.

A:Giant 3 fingers of creamy bone coloured head, it settles down in large craters and chunks. A hazy apple juice colour, with a few larger pieces of sediment suspended.

S: A smooth pine scent, presumably from the malts that tone down the sharpness. Yeast and bread blooms after a solid swirl.

T: Hoppy in the front with strong pine and pithy lemons. Middle notes of sweet caramel malts which leads to a lingering bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation which leads to a smooth finish.

O: Much greater amounts of malts than what I was expecting which results in a very smooth brew. Lots of hops and a nice bitter finish yet very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:30:47 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of DonFrap


4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a heady topper stemless glass.

A: Hazy, Cloudy. about an inch of head that holds on longer than expected.

S: My favorite part of this beer. citrusy to be sure.

T: Citrusy, Hoppy. Not getting much pine or anything like that. This beer is not balanced, but I don't think it's supposed to be.

M: not watery or thin by any means, but not as full as I like my IPAs.

O: This is my 3rd bottle of this, and I have liked it less and less each time. Might be palate change, or being spoiled by VT IPAs, but I used to think this was world class. To me, it's just middle of the road now.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 02:54:18 | More by DonFrap
Photo of jorg2619


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am happy that I was able to grab a growler of headhunter on my way out of fat heads.

Headhunter pours a light light amber almost apple juice colored and has a standard good amount of head with a decent amount of lacing. It has a fresh clean look which is ok. The first whiffs from my Chimay bell are pine and subtle citrus. I found the smell complex and very appealing begging me to drink some. Hop bitter stings the end of my tongue delightfully. This beer is all hops. I taste pine, and grapefruit bitter citrus, intermingling with resin and earthy hop flavors. My god this is a great tasting straight up IPA!!! The mouthfeel is also awesome not to thick and very approachable. Overall I am happy with this beer and would advocate anybody living in Western Pa or Ohio if only to find Head Hunter.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2011 20:09:57 | More by jorg2619
Photo of damndirtyape


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at a beer tasting. 12oz bottle poured into a Reidel beer glass. No date on bottle, but person who brought them to the tasting stated that they had just arrived in the local bottle store.

Appearance: Mostly clear coppery amber with just the barest hint of haze. Impressive off-white head on pouring with lots of lacing the whole way down the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Quite strong in aromatic hops. Grapefruit, papaya, orange zest, maybe a hint of pine as well. Deep and nice aroma with some malt sweetness under it all.

Taste: Tastes much like it smells. Hoppy fruit and citrus flavors up front, then transition into a solid malt middle. The finish is strongly bitter and has some bite to it, and definitely can linger quite a bit as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and nicely thick, with just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable - I found this one quite enjoyable and probably could have had another, which makes this one a bit dangerous. Definitely an above average AIPA - great aroma and taste, although the finish is a bit powerful at times.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 13:46:07 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Stevedore


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no clear bottling date, at bd Mongolian BBQ in Coventry (Cleveland OH). Poured into an unlabeled pint glass. This is the third time I've had this beer, but the first time I'm feeling like reviewing this.

Review #261.

Pours a nice copper-orange body with a 2cm white head, decent retention, nothing special. Looks like a typical IPA to me, rings of lacing stick around on the glass as I drink this beer down.

Smells quite hoppy- citrus and pine primarily. Some orange and lemon up front with pine at the end, mixed in with a fairly decent but not substantial bready malt backbone.

Flavour is actually fairly mild- mostly citrus and biscuits, finishing off with hints of pine. Fairly hoppy, but overall quite balanced and not skewed in any one department.

Smooth, drinkable, medium bodied with good carbonation. Not particularly resinous but leaves a fairly nice dry feel on the palate. No hint of alcohol.

Fairly good regional IPA, it gets a lot of love on here and I kind of get it.. but its certainly not among the best I've had. It's not mindblowingly good, while its a very well constructed, balanced IPA with good flavours. But well, maybe I just need to get into that proper Cleveland mindset.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 03:53:31 | More by Stevedore
Photo of emyers


4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear gold color with a two inch white head.

Smell: Bursting with citrus and grapefruit along with some floral hop notes and just a hint of mango. Excellent.

Taste: Keeps the same hop profile as the aroma with citrus and floral hops. A bit of grassiness as well. Bittering hops come through in a big way. Honestly, the bitterness overpowers the hop flavor a bit - The citrus seems muted compared to the aroma. I think a little more malt backbone would benefit this beer - there's really nothing to hold up to the bitterness. Still a very solid IPA.

Mouthfeel: Extremely dry, very crisp. Bitterness lingers on the palate big time.

Overall: A very good IPA that could be truly incredible with something to hold the bittering hops in check.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:15:20 | More by emyers
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle and in the backyard.

Oh buddy is this lil son of a gun juicy. Hot diggity dog is this lil sucker on all cylinders. Rat a tat tat give daddy a pat on the back!

Juicy, sexy and delectable. Sexy like a tornado and hot like a hurricane. Give it to me, baby. Give it to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 05:05:03 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Thanks for the trade, maximumu13!

A- Pours a mostly clear (maybe a little haze) light-ish orange amber, with a big puffy off-white head. Excellent appearance.

S- Big pine hops dominate. Resinous. A little citrus. Not much of a malt component.

T/M- This is one bitter IPA. I like the bitterness, but it might not be for everybody. Pine is the dominant hop flavor again. Earthy. Woody, almost. Very clean. Not much malt presence. Astringent. Drying. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium. Long, bitter finish.

O- Like I said, this is a super bitter IPA, so if you like the bitterness you'll like it, and if not, you won't. The earthy, almost woody flavor is interesting and not something you see in the style every day. I'd say it's not as complex as the best of the best, but it's a very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:56:40 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of Rifugium


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: ?
This review is for a recent tasting on tap at Pinocchio's.

Clear amber pour with a full finger of frothy white head that retained well and laced the glass nicely. Nice aroma of fresh hops, pine and grapefruit, distant pale malt base. Crisp and juicy. The taste reflected the aroma, with a nice blast of fresh hops, oily citrus, resinous pine, light biscuity pale malts somewhere off in the distance, bringing in a sense of balance, but ensuring that the hop profile is still the dominant factor. Perhaps nothing you wouldn't expect, but nevertheless, this is pretty much exemplary of the style. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, super drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2013 21:33:14 | More by Rifugium
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours vibrant burnt yellow with some haze. A finger of head and lots of lacing.

Resiny, tropical aromas up front. Heavy grapefruit, orange peel, sticky pine.

Taste falls short compared to nose. Citrus/pine combination with an overload of bitterness and grassy aftertaste. Hoppy resins could find some balance.

Substantial body holds up to big hop flavors, smooth, nearly chewy.

Proper west coast IPA from Ohio. Wouldn't mind having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 16:22:38 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of nataku00


4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange with just under a finger of loose off white head of mostly tiny bubbles. Decent lacing from swirling up the head a little bit.

Nose is sweet citrus, orange and grapefruit, floral hops, pineapple, mango, and a dank herbal hop. A touch of caramel sweetness.

Taking a sip, taste leads with a blast of bitter dank and herbal and citrus peel hop flavors. Bitterness lingers a bit with some sweeter tropical hop notes. Not much malt presence in the flavor as a light bitterness lingers into the finish.

Medium body with a good amount of carbonation to keep the tongue dry and thirsty. Big bitterness on this IPA, and it lingers quite a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:20:48 | More by nataku00
Photo of smakawhat


4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau Dogfish Head IPA glass. Bottled Feb 17th 2014.

A real nice deep bronze and orange body, nearly crystal clear with lots of good thin rising carbonation. Head only makes about two fingers tall though, with a tiny soapy even bubbled appearance. Tan head in color, and settles slowly with even layers of retention and clumpy qualities.

Real nice aroma. Very noticeable dank earth, faint citrus orange a bit, and some pickle like salty brine also. Quite woody and aromatic and campfire like smoke hop aromas to match. This is a neat bouquet on this brew.

A real nice straightforward palate. A solid but simple mouthfeel that isn't too wet, but coats with a thin oil sheen. Hop forward in the palate, but also quite fleeting on the fruit and earth suggested aromas before. Good front of mild pine but it's interesting how the flavor of this beer is all in the front, and has virtually no aftertaste. Light bodied it seems and real impressive on masking the abv, almost tastes like a "sessionable IPA".

Overall it's really well made, but it is not quite making it up there with the big boys just yet. However, it is a great beer and one easily worth having again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:47:27 | More by smakawhat
Photo of pixieskid


4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my moeder lambic tulip/snifter hybrid.

Pours a translucent orange hue with one inch white head.

Nose; citrus, pine resign, and nice fruitiness (tangerines).

Taste; herbal hops upfront, a touch of mint, leads into a strong piney bitterness with notes of floral hops in the finish. As it warms up, it becomes somewhat overly bitter and less balanced/refreshing as originally poured. A lingering vegetal note is present, which is my only complaint...

Mouthfeel; slick yet somewhat crisp, a bit syrupy.

Overall; pretty solid stuff, now that I think of it, it's actually quite similar to Jai Alai...lucky inhabitants of Ohio ;-)

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 17:41:34 | More by pixieskid
Photo of JohnnyMc


4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Fat Head's.

Pours out a nice orange with almost a slightly greenish tint and a decent amount of white head.

The aroma is full of citrus and fruity hops along with a dank hop aroma.

Taste is dominated by hops that taste almost fresh squeezed and it has a very in your face approach. The fruit is very juicy and there is a subtle malt background.

Very refreshing and easy to drink. A great summer IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 02:05:47 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland.

Pours a nice gold to light copper color with a nice white head and a good amount of lacing. Nice retention as well. The nose brought forward a large amount of hops ranging from citrus to floral to tropical. Altogether a really nice package from a mixed back of hops. I can't recall them at the moment, but there was a sign on the wall that seemed to indicate the hops used in this one. The flavor hit the spot as well with a nice hop character coming through as the dominant character and a good, brisk finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish, though not too much. Terribly drinkable. I wish this were available locally and weren't quite as high in ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 14:46:55 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nlmartin


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer was a coppery orange coloration. The head was a thick biege coloration. The head simply could not stand up to the mustache test but few do.

S- The flavor is a hop heads delight. A great combination of grapefruit, citrus pith and zest, pineapple and mango, nice juicy sweetness that peaks into dankness. Very nicely executed!

T- A nearly perfect reproduction of the aroma. Bitter hops provide grapefruit and citrus notes, plenty of citrus zest, a very brief juicy pineapple sweetness that is swallowed into pine resinous bitterness.

M- The body of the beer is medium with moderate carbonation. The hops are very resinous and stick to my mouth.

O- This beer was a joy to drink from begining to end. At $10. a four pack this beer will be my go to hop fix for some time to go. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 08:32:17 | More by nlmartin
Photo of prototypic


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head Hunter pours a really attractive gold color. It’s mostly clear. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. It’s capped with an off-white head that rises to about a finger in height. It holds steady for quite a while before falling to a surface covering. Lacing was rather sticky and thick. Looks good!

The nose is very impressive! Strong citric hop notes roll right out of the glass. They smell like grapefruit, light, orange, and pineapple. Smells delicious! There are some light malty notes in the background. Smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. They’re very much a secondary factor though. Hops are very much front and center in this one. It smells a little sweet and sugary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong. Excellent!

The flavor is very impressive, but is a step below the nose. The malt base is a mix of toasted and caramel varieties. The caramel, while sweet, isn’t too much of a factor. The toasted malts seem a tad strong for my taste though. Small gripe. The hops are definitely strong and full of citrus deliciousness. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavors are all noted. It’s definitely bitter, but doesn’t completely wreck the palate. Alcohol is blended well and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes with a really nice mix of citrus flavors and light bitterness.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s smooth and feels nice for the style. It goes down easy, that’s for sure. I could easily handle two or three bottles in a sitting. Good stuff.

Head Hunter is a really impressive release from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. It’s not perfect, but it is an excellent American IPA. Personally, I’d prefer just a little less toasted malt flavor. It’s a small complaint, but less would be more there. Very good stuff in any event. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:04:41 | More by prototypic
Photo of Knapp85


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy copper color, there was a white foamy head on top. The lacing was sticky and hung on the glass nicely. The smell of the beer was loaded with hops. Very nice aromas ranging from floral to fruity. The taste of the beer is piney, and has a nice balanced malt sweetness to it in there. The mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle carbonation to it. Overall I believe that it's pretty damn good, I'd still put a few others before it but still worth having.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:45:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 10/18/12

Appearance: Golden dark orange - clear - starts with a nice, white head, fades faster than average, but leaves a nice wall of spotty lacing

Smell: Aggressively hoppy in a lovely way - ripe oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits - flesh and some bitter pith - oily citrus rinds - tropical fruits, mostly pineapple - floral - dank, with some resiny pine - pale and caramel malts in the background, mostly washed out by the hops

Taste: Oily, pithy, citrus assault - emphasis on grapefruit, with a lot of flesh and pith - orange and grapefruit rinds - some tropical flavors add some sweetness - oily, resinous pine rounds things out - very bitter - some pale and caramel malts provide a backbone but not much else - just a little touch of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, smooth with a lingering bitter oiliness

Overall: Tongue Hunter?

This blurs the line between IPA and DIPA with a remarkable amount of aggressiveness. Personally, I think it's a bit too oily and pithy. It's great, but not something I would want all the time... It could be a bit more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 05:33:23 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Etan


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle from the brewery, picked up generously by MarkIntihar. Into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange-brass with a nice white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Huge amounts of grapefruit, orange peel, vanilla, pineapple, and green leaf in the nose. Dank.

T: The taste is much drier, with lots of grassy bitterness, somewhat herbal with lots of fresh grain in the finish, leaving a resinous aftertaste.

M: Light-bodied with some creaminess to it.

O: I wish there was as much fruit in the taste as the nose but this is still great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:41:31 | More by Etan
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a great translucent crisp gols with one finger of pure white head, The foam takes a bit to settle and there is a ton of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is big pine, a good helping of citrus, and there is some underlying malty sweetness.

T: Sweet to start, but the hops kick in huge right after. I get a lot of pine with some over the top bitters. This beer moves more towards the citrus end of the spectrum as it reaches the middle. The finish is back to some malty sweetness, but the bitters linger on the palate for some time. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start, bitter in the middle and then the hops tend to linger for quite a bit. All in all, this is a very drinkable beer.

O: Very nice beer. The flavors are bright and refreshing. I'd drink this beer again. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 18:09:06 | More by trxxpaxxs
Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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