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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: 508
Hads: 3,643
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 603
Gots: 666 | FT: 36
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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: 508 | Hads: 3,643
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 DanKarPgh
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mango nose. Very, very hoppy but not too happy. Citrusy flavors with may be a little a little something in the finnish I can't define other than a good but of hoppiness. Nice for an IPA. Ballsy on the hops. (206 characters)

Photo of Beerds
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Great head and flavor and mouthfeel. Very smooth drinker. Upon first smell and sip all I'm thinking is Resin minus the extra ABV. See it as a go to in the near future....as long as its within reach. (204 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My go-to beer. Possibly the most under-hyped, best tasting IPA available. Similar to all FH's beers, this is a total hop bomb. Honestly, I kind of hope the BA world keeps giving a sh*t less about this beer so I can keep getting it fresh and delish without too much effort. (273 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange amber with two big fingers of off white head. Moderate lacing.
Smell is mild mango.
Taste is tropical fruits with some pine. Good balance in the hop bill. Malts are lightly sweet and help keep the bitterness in check.
Mouthfeel is smooth well carbonated and medium dry bitter in the finish.
Overall a better than average IPA that is easy drinking. I am glad to have tried it.
From a local taphouse in Salem, OR. Sparky's. (435 characters)

Photo of jkrich
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a 4-pack: deep, clear golden pour with a quickly receding white-head. There was a date stamped on the bottle indicating the ale was less than a month old.

This ale is exploding with fresh pine, resin and citrus aromas. My cat ran like a bat out of hell after she bravely smelled the bottle opening.

Being fresh, you really can enjoy all the subtleties of bittersweet tropical fruit flavors - the abrasive citrus and the gentler and sweeter marmalade and mango flavors. I am pleased that the piney flavors complement the bitterness and are not dominant.

Nice medium bodied ale with a zesty carbonation; the faint lingering bitterness on the palate eventually gives way to some malt in the aftertaste.

This ale is not very balanced, indeed, that is its strong point for an American IPA. Despite the aggressive bitterness and abrasiveness, this is a very quaffable ale. At 7.5 ABV maybe that is why it only comes in 4 packs. (949 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mostly grapefruit on the nose but the taste offers a more robust citrus fruit profile, with some pineapple & some other tropical notes to help smooth out the hop punch. An in-betweener, not as easy & smooth as something like two hearted but not a bitter bomb like lots of IPAs (277 characters)

Photo of senglish7
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had heard about Fat Head's on the site for a long time. There is a reason for the hype. This is one of my top "go-to" IPAs. Light, refreshing, dank, and delicious. (163 characters)

Photo of Mike_Honcho1
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured an orange color with 1 finger of eggshell white head quickly dissipating into a thin cap. Awesome lacing left on the glass.

Smell: I'm pulling out a lot of grapefruit/citrus in the nose. Nice and hop forward.

Taste: I taste grapefruit and citrus followed by a bit of biscuity/bready malts. Nice bitterness on the back end. Finishes nice and dry.

Overall: Nice IPA, reminds me of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Wish we could get this in Chicago. (453 characters)

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

I got this once and it was terribly oxidized and awful which made me not want to get another one but this one has a bottling date of less than 2 weeks old so I gave it another try.

A - Very nice dark honey golden color. Fluffy, fine bubbled white head with very good lacing. Clear beer. What an American IPA should look like.

S - Amazing hop nose with Pacific NW hops. Citrus and grapefruit hop character outstanding. Very slight grain and malt character but the rich citrus, herbal, and resin hop character shines true.

T - Has a great hop flavor that holds the beer nicely on the tongue. It's a pretty big hitting IPA with that resin, citrus, herbal, and grapefruit. More malt sweetness than in the smell that balances nicely. Moderate bitter finish that is accompanied by some sweet multigrain character that makes this a good drinker.

M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. This one is quite balanced and easy going down. Still sweet on the front and bitter on the finish leaving it balanced on the palate.

Overall, a very good and sterling example of a NW American IPA. I really enjoyed this IPA with the serious American hops and the great balance over the tongue. Not the best IPA that I've ever had but I can understand the awards that this one as won. If you like IPAs no doubt you should get this one.

Glass- Perfect Pint (1,347 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 PVMT
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic aroma of citrus and biscuity malts. The taste follows the nose, only crisper and brighter. Easy drinking and quite delicious. Another winner from Ohio. (163 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Pours a dark gold with 1 finger of dense white foam. Strong pine and citrus on the nose with mangonand grapefruit in the background. Light weight, crisp mouthfeel. Big hop flavor up front. Lots of piney bitterness with some grapefruit and caramel. Decent malt on the back end. Dank, bitter-pine aftertaste.

If you like your IPA's more pine/dank forward, this beer is for you. Awesome IPA all around. Plenty of bitterness, some fruit presence but not a lot. I pick this one up every chance I get. (534 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at my local spirits shop in Tampa, FL. $12.99 for the 4-pk, outrageous! Btld 3/10/15, drunk 4/13/15.

Pours a murky yella-amber. Mango, passionfruit, grapefruit pith, and other lush, juicy tropical and citrus notes... sour peach, granny smith apple, I could go on and on. A much more subdued flavor profile when compared to the nose: spicy piney/resinous notes accompany some fruity-tartness with lingering bitter pine and apricot/peach skin. Comparable to Racer 5, but not quite a syrupy sweet, which I like, much more drinkable than the likes. 8.93/10

What she said: "Better than the other IPAs you like... milder." 6/10 (634 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is bursting with grapefruit. Taste is very hoppy, grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, bitter and dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer. (253 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled on 2/18/2015 poured into an IPA glass.

A - clear golden orange with a fluffy one and a half finger head. Visible active bubbling.

S - It says resin on the label, and it is resinous. Grapefruit, sea salt/onion, maybe a touch of pine.

T - The hops come through direct. You do get some notes of citrus and pineapple on the back of the tongue, but the hops are in charge. There is enough malt balance to keep it from being overly one-sided.

M - The mouthfeel is solid, medium carbonation and a slightly creamy, if bitter, finish.

O - Not available locally, wished I picked up a few more to take back from Ohio. Recommended IPA. (651 characters)

Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Well, this took too long....

I've been reading beer adv. for years. Stealing and gleaning info. Free info. is often misleading when were talking the palate. Obviously, it can differ greatly but some common themes will exist.

Now the beer. Well what do I say. I've probably reviewed and drank a thousand ipa's. So I expect greatness. Having truly started beerhunting in the great lakes region I'm greatly biased. This beer is reminiscent of two hearted, when two hearted was brewed in much smaller batches by Mr. Larry Bell. A great whiff of dank hops perfectly timed in the brewing process. But then again I ponder Great lakes brewing and how well dortmunder gold was-malty and beatufllly neither under or over hopped. Again, smaller batches less popularity. That is where I see fat heads. Another great Midwest brewery taking special attention to each batch. Superior ingredients.. Done with a nod to the weather and shipments good or bad. A great ipa. But nothing new. Just well done small batch brewing. The way it should be done.

I hear that in Germany their are still many microbrews. Thank god we are trying to keep things small. But at a price. At three dollars a bottle, I almost feel like a good looking barmaid should be bringing this my way..

Worth seeking out. But chances are some sort of great ale project exists in your backyard to sample as well.

Over and out, Big Ed hunkered down in SW Ohio. Once home to the brewing mecca of this sad to say faltering country. (1,508 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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mangos, Pineapple, Oranges and a balanced malt backbone that equals the hops.

A West Coast IPA that would fly off the shelves if actualy distrbuted in the west coast / CA.

Well Done Ohio. Once again, I'll say it...More impressed with you than Vermont.

Cheers! (264 characters)

Photo of Roby923
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of citrus and grapefruit flavours in this tasty ipa. Smooth finish that doesn't leave you reaching for water. Surprisingly refreshing considering the 86 ibu. On tap at Fat Heads Sah Side, PIT. (197 characters)

Photo of BeersOverBaghdad
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Fat Head that I've been able to get my hands on thus far.

Poured a robust golden color, not particularly hazy or cloudy.

Smell was out of this world. Grapefruit coming out of the woodwork. Other citrus flavors were mixed in there as well. Clearly well hopped with a variety of strands.

Lots of citrus in the taste. Given the amount of hops in the nose, i was expecting a harsher taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. The one downside was that the flavors were a bit muddled together and less layered than I hoped.

Feel was very smooth and drinkable. I was surprised when I saw it had an ABV of 7.5

Overall: would absolutely drink again. I describe it as hop juice. Would love to get my hands on a Hop Juju now (723 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Fat Head's brew in my portfolio. Hop explosion for sure. Beautiful golden color. Lots a of different tastes going on here. Every sip brings out something new. Pine, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, floral notes, lemongrass and other subtle tropical flavors. Dry hop finish and nice carbonation. Definitely a party in your mouth. Great IPA. Looking forward to trying some other Fat Head's offerings. (402 characters)

Photo of jdcompton2
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this at Whole Foods. Bottled on 1/7/15, tried on 2/23/15. Well, this one suprised me. Hop bomb for sure. Very light malt presence. Hops more pine, floral then anything else. Glad i was able to try this. (210 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours a mostly transparent amber color with a 2 finger foamy cream colored head. Hieroglyph lacing around glass.

S. Floral, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, banana, strawberry.Some pine.

T. Sweet bready malts. Pine, pineapple and nice bitterness. Grassy aftertatse.

M. Body is a 4 out of 10 in thickness. Nice carbonation that stays on the tongue after the swallow for a second.

A nice IPA. Was fortunate enough to get this is a trade. Nice pickup if it's locally in stores around you but if not you can find something just as good. Daisy Cutter would be comparable. (627 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, grass, and resinous notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes bitter, with a nice hop bite (159 characters)

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