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: 490
Hads: 3,582
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 2.99%
Wants: 595
Gots: 636 | FT: 37
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

1st batches were 7.0% ABV
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Reviews: 490 | Hads: 3,582
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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 (382 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured Head Hunter into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a full two fingers of white puffy head.

S - You can smell this IPA while its being poured. Look out. On first sniff getting pine, grapefruit, some malt as well. Hop resin in there too.

T - Geez, the HOP monster blows my doors off. This thing is ridiculous. Over the top hop bomb. Extreme bitterness, pine needles, grapefruit. This thing is probably over my palate. Just strong bitter hops fill my taste buds through and through.

M - Not bad here, medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. nicely smooth as well.

O - Yeah, its recommended; however, watch out Hop Heads this thing is serious. Enjoy! Cheers! (684 characters)

Photo of kimbo33
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn near one of the best IPAs on the market. Love the aroma, really punches you in the nose with citrus and piney notes. Great pour, perfect head with nice lacing. Great hoppy taste, but you still recognize that their is malt in their, not all bitterness. Easily worth getting an entire case of cause it is so easy to drink. Solid all around. (343 characters)

Photo of Zackcavalier
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Initial impression was good. Good carbonation. Maybe too good. Bubble size on my tongue reminded me of soda. Lacing lingered for the entire glass. Hop aroma was a little cat pissy for my taste, but this is a west coast style ipa after all. Grapefruit notes are pleasant but the aftertaste grabs the back of the tongue and is a bit harsh to my taste. As the beer warmed, i picked up hints of pineapple in both smell and taste. The beer drinks easily enough though, and I found myself at the bottom of the glass fairly quickly. I would recommend this beer to a friend. (607 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, bottled on 07/22/13, drank on 09/01/13.

Deep golden/honey orange, relatively clear with tons of lacing.

Aroma is huge hop resin, dank, grapefruit bitters, orange sweetness. Perfect aroma for an IPA.

Taste is big pine and grapefruit, bitterness in the back suggests more than the disclosed 87 IBU. Some sweetness to balance, but this is all about the hops and wow do they make an impression.

Medium-thin body makes this very drinkable and emphasizes the bitterness. Very clean but leaves that bittering pith at the back of the throat.

Really great and unexpected IPA, one of the best I have ever had. (613 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA

Thanks to Ncketchum for scooping up a four pack of this fine beverage.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Nice golden amber with about a half finger of soapy head. This settles to a wispy dusting. A little lacing is present.

S) The aroma is pretty sweet on the pour with a good amount of citrus and ripe pineapple. The pine is more prevalent as it sits a bit.

T) The tropical fruit noted in the aroma is much more muted in the flavor, as the bitter resinous hops steal the show. This definitely has some bite. The 7.5% ABV is not a factor.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Piney aftertaste....

O) Highly enjoyable, and worth seeking out for hopheads. This was pretty fresh, so that was a huge bonus. Glad to recommend. (816 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass, enjoyed with family at a great BBQ.

The beer pours a nice honey, copper color, clear with a slight chill haze and a fluffy white head, nearly 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and a light network of sticky lace. The aroma is quite pleasant, bright citrus, sticky pine with some floral character before some sweet, honey-esque malt pushes through. The balance is very nice with a great emphasis on the citrus profile that is nicely backed by the pine and malt. On the tongue, the balance is just a nice, lots of juicy citrus, lightly tangy, sticky, bitter pine with nice resinous hop spice, wildflower, grassiness with just a kiss of lightly sweet, pale malt. The body is quite juicy, carbonation is on the lower end, but still lively, coast the mouth well with a lightly dry finish.

Verdict: A really delicious IPA from Fat Heads, a definite Ohio gem. The balance is very nice, the bitterness is kept in check and it's got a great dry finish. It does strike me as a fairly simple IPA, not too complex but that isn't really a bad thing. Definitely worthy of the accolades! (1,129 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a nice clear yellow almost golden color with one to two finger white head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S: Nice mix of citrus and hops. Pine and resin mixed with orange and grapefruit.

T: Subtle bitterness from hops mixed with nice juicy citrus. Some faint malts in the background.

M: Crisp and a bit dry on the tongue. Nice body.

O: A very nice IPA. Between this and Zombie Dust, it makes me want to move a bit further north so I can get into a distribution area for both! (529 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 7-22, served in a tulip.
a: clear golden orange, decent head and lacing.
s: somewhat muted. citrus, pine, resin, honeyed doughy malts come through as it warms.
t: juicy hops, lightly sweet, with a drying, somewhat chalky/astringent bitter finish. in sum, much better than that description sounds. more-ish.
m: a hair under medium-bodied. bitterness and astringency linger, while managing some crispness.
o: not disappointed, mind not blown either. (455 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass with a nice 2 inch thick creamy head head that took it's time to settle down and left some nice lacing on the glass. The color of the beer was a golden orange and it was a bit hazy.

Aroma was full of hops and citrus-- definitely dominated by grapefruit.

Loved the taste, starts off with some grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple, and then you get a nice resinous flavor that's balanced with some decent malt, and quite a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was a medium body and carbonation, a little bit sticky.

Overall a very enjoyable IPA, this could be dangerous at 7.5abv. Thanks to mshull for the trade! (649 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)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at the brew pub in Ohio. Nice golden orange with a thick 2finger fluffy white head. Nice.
Great hop aromas...grassy but lots of citrus and candy bitterness. Same for flavor. Grassy notes up front but followed by candy but suuuuper bitter. My opinion is the bitterness is its downfall. But my style is a bit sweeter...
Its good but not amazing. .I mean its really good but I can believe it ranks no. 9 right now... beating (the limited availability Lunch).
Great brew but not a favorite for me... (529 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a white, three-fingered head. Retention is very good with good lacing. This is what an American IPA should look like! Aroma dominated by grapefruit and pineapple, followed by resinous pine. Little malt sweetness to speak of, the nose is all about hops! Classic west coast IPA. Bitterness dominates the palate, pine resin up front, grapefruit rind right behind. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, Head Hunter finishes dry, with strong astringency. Overall, a supremely crafted IPA in the West Coast style! (536 characters)

Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Ok so this is an interesting one. I'm lucky enough to have fresh access to all 3 of the awesome Ohio IPAs (Columbus, White Rajah, and Headhunter). I have also had HT, PtE, OTWOA, Jai Alai, and the list goes on. Let me tell you that nothing compares to Headhunter that is only a couple days old. It is impossible to find because you have to be lucky enough to find a store that gets it within a couple days of it getting bottled (I went to friggin Fatheads Brewery today and the freshest HH they had was bottled on 8/2.... like seriously!!?!?) but if you can somehow find it fresh, I swear this is the best IPA on the market. It is a waterfall of incredible hoppiness and as smooth as Heady. The mouthfeel is top notch and I swear the nose is so perfect I wish I could capture it in an air freshener. But do be warned, no beer falls off like this puppy. After 2-3 weeks its cringeworthy, a month, bleeehkk! only the drain enjoys the taste at that point.

Chhezz!! (963 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - bright orange with a big, soft, dense cap of off white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing on the glass

S - huge grapefruit aroma, faint cake batter, faint alcohol

T - big pine and grapefruit, lightly sweet malt, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, slightly dry finish

This is a really plush, citrusy, bitter IPA that is easy to drink and very refreshing. I really wish this was an IPA that I could get my hands on on a regular basis. (473 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark honey yellow in color with a heavy chill haze. Poured with a big frothy foam that reduced to a thick cap that never faltered. Huge sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pungent citrus hop aromas, ripe orange and pineapple, with faint pine hop notes in the distance. Hop aromas are delicate enough to allow sweet caramel to show through beneath the hoppiness. Medium bodied with a slight oily feel and aggressive, but not fizzy carbonation. Pungent citrus hop flavors down the middle with pine hops on the edges. Nice sweet caramel malt backbone keeps the bitterness in check. Citrus flavors taper through the middle as the pine hops take over to the end. Finishes with a strong, lingering pine hop bitterness. A nice variety of hop aromas and flavors. (757 characters)

Photo of Amanda_gree23
3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a a great beer. This is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Delicious and full of flavor. I am never disappointed with Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon. Very pleased with this brew and I have since recommended it to many. Very excited to get this again. (257 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Partly cloudy bronze-orange head. Small finger of tight-bubbled, eggshell white head. Lots of pine, resin, dank, citrus zest, and orange marmalade on the nose. Some fruity malt sweetness pokes through as well. Still, this beer has the aroma of a hop monster.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Citrus rind and herbal hop bitterness quickly follows. Bitterness swells, with notes of lots of citrus, pine, and resinous danky hops. Toffeish malt with fruit notes provide a little malty sweetness. Lots of grapefruit and dank resinous hop flavor and bitterness dry out the palate into the finish. Lingering citrus and pine. Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy feel. Very nice. (687 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Says bottled July 30, 2013, enjoyed August 2, 2013. That is fresh, and I am impressed that it got to Florida within a day from Ohio (arrived at shop on July 31!). Pours a yellowish orange, hazy, with a very small white head. Aroma is big mango and pine hops, grapefruit, pineapple, lots of citrus. Flavor is a nice big bitter with beautiful mango flavor with hints of lime zest. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Good beer. (428 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7.15.2013

Appearance - pours a crimson golden color with white head

Smell - pineapple, mango, grapefruit

Taste - everything in the nose - pineapple, mango, grapefruit, hop bitterness

Mouthfeel - heavier side of medium bodied, a bit syrupy, medium to high carbonation, finish is long with citrus and hop bitterness

Overall - pretty good, flavorful and bold IPA. Recommended

Price Point - $2.25/12 oz single (422 characters)

Photo of DonFrap
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright clear orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some a good lacing. Aroma consists of fruity ester with some citrus hoppy notes and light sweet malt notes. Taste is also dominated by citrusy hops with fresh sweet fruity notes and some lightly sweet malt notes with limited level of bitterness. Body is about average with good carbonation. Definitely above standard IPA from those guys. (433 characters)

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into FFF Teku

A: pours a golden orange with 2 fingers of head that receded quickly

S: Grapefruit and other citrus, with some Pine notes and a bit of onion.

T: Some faded citrus, but mostly muted pine and a hint of onion. Nowhere near as nice as the aroma.

M: Middle of the road for an IPA

O: Meh. Solid Meh. I have had worse, and have had a whole lot better. I know some of my ohio brethren love this beer, but I really don't see anything special about it. Aroma was pleasant, but everything else was quite sub par. Might just be spoiled living double lives in SoCal and the Vt/NH border, but I can get far better in both states easy. This was an extra on a trade though, so it could be past freshness. Who can say though because THERE WAS NO DATE ON THE BOTTLE... (777 characters)

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.