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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Ratings: 3,510
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rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
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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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a proud exert on the label that reminds us that this beer took silver and bronze medals in the Great American Beer Festival '10 and '11 respectfully, this high praise comes with high expectations. And this west coast IPA doesn't disappoint!

While its appearance does nothing to deter from the classic look of IPA, its medium amber color reminds me of honey. But capped with an eggshell white sheet, the beer laces and retains wonderfully right down to the last sip.

But the IPA begins to separate from the pack with a bright and drippy citrus aroma. Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, pineapple, tangerine, and herbal (cannabis-like) character mixes with grassy notes. Mild starchy malts carry with it a caramel and butter note that makes the fruit notes seem ripe and plump rather than trying to compete for balance.

The flavors are starkly consistent with aroma. Both the hop flavor and malt sweetness hit the front of the mouth with balanced intensity, Honey dipped slices of grapefruit and oranges are first and foremost in taste. Complementary notes of tropical fruit juice rounds the beer in nearly coctail-like precision. The waves of varying flavors wash over the middle palate and fold in malty starch flavors and the grassy and herbal notes that were described in the beer's aroma. But the beer suddenly falls off in order to provide a resiny bitterness and malty dryness that lingers on the back of the throat like pine needles and fresh-cut grasses. Mild salts and metals blend into the hop bitterness and gives a glimpse into the water profiles.

Medium bodied, but the beer seems lighter because of its quick-strike dryness. The enamel clinching sweetness, hop, and alcohol textures pretend to deliver a seductive citric acidity, but the beer is focused on a dry finish and a memory of fruit. The malt textures fall off just as the bitterness comes to a crescendo, a light leafy astringency, and the alcohol dryness closes the beer with confidence.

Fat Head's Head Hunter is a fantastic IPA that doesn't simply deliver "proper" IPA flavor or become complacent on making an "error free" beer. It pushes further into the smooth bitterness, ultimate dryness, and intangible fruity hop flavors and aromas that begin to separate it from the rest.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Light copper color with head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing.

Wonderful aroma! Perhaps one of the best in this category. Very citrusy, which follows suit in the taste. A great crisp hop flavor but not so harsh as to negatively affect drinkability.

I will definitely seek this one out again. And again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Beergod1 for the initial hookup with this beer.

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Gold/light copper/burnt orange. More dark gold than anything. Head is bright-white, creamy, fluffy, and dense. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. Head retention is decent, but drops to a creamy, chunky cap after a few minutes. So clean, so pretty.

Smell: Pith, grapefruit rind, oily citrus. Pine, pine resin, orange flesh and skin. Oily and floral. Bright sweetness from the hops, it's that weird combo that I've encountered in other aggressively hopped beers. Delicious. Reminds me of cotton candy if you rolled it in pine resin. Mild breadiness. Some caramel sweetness as well. Mango, peach, and pineapple. It's a hop explosion. Slightly dank with some hints of mint on the edges.

Taste: Bitter, pithy, and floral. Huge hits of grapefruit flesh and zest. Pine resin lingers. Dry, sticky hop resins. Huge punches of citrus. Malts struggle to come through throwing some caramel sweetness, touches of roasted malt with a mild toasted edge. Building bitterness, but not unrelenting. Some nice herbal, almost minty, notes in the background. Bitterness lingers and lingers. Dank. Unbalanced, but delightfully so.

Mouthfeel: Dry, slick, and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body.

Overall: Delightful and well-worth it.

Aggressively unbalanced with enough going on with the hop profile to make it interesting and tasty. The best kind of aggressive.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fat Head's Had Hunter India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV, 87 IBU. Brewed and bottled by Fat Head's Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio.

Clear, golden-amber color, almost tangerine, with an enormous, thick and sturdy, creamy white head. Looking great.

Aroma: leaps on on first pour and slips into the nose. All our favorites are inside, we get the citrus and the pine, there's the bitter grapefruit, some pineapple, maybe a whiff of mango. Pleases the olfactory organ in all the best and most appropriate ways. Smelling great.

Taste: Bam! A fierce assault on the palate, delivering massive bitterness, a hefty spank on the tongue. A powerhouse blow, staying long and laying in hard. Full-bodied, immense presence on the palate, long finish.

I can go through every superlative in the thesaurus, and just keep going. This one really has it all, and it ends on a moderately mellow mood, with that high bitterness and incredible flavor level never really tapering off. There's a strain of astringent, aspirin-y character that hangs in at the back. But some of us love that and this is for us, clearly.

Unrestrained, unabashed, unhinged. But damned delicious. Incredible IPA, deserving of all kinds of praise.

"Uncivilized & Aggressive. No other ingredient stirs the passion of a master brewer like the hop. Inspired by this legendary flower we challenged ourselves to create a world class IPA. Head Hunter is an aggressively dry-hopped uncivilized, West Coast-style IPA with a huge hop display of pine, grapefruit, citrus and pineapple. A punch-you-in-the-mouth brew for those who truly love their hop! Love the lupulin. Dig the dank. Respect the resin. Do not age, Hoppy beers are best consumed fresh."

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for giving me a bottle of this beer to drink! Thanks duff!

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer. Over 2 fingers tall white head thats thick and soapy. Really nice lacing from this beer.

Smell: Big pine and citrus; mostly grapefruit, but also a hint of orange zest. Tropical fruits specifically pineapples and mangos. The hops smell bold, dank, and fresh!

Taste: on the high end of moderately bitter. Really big pine bite thats very oily, resinous. Am I sucking on pine needles? Whew! This beer is really serious about its hops. The beer tastes really fresh and dank. The grapefruit notes are really heavy too and I would definately say that its more of a grapefruit rind which seems to increase the already bitter pine notes. Maybe a hint of orange zest, pineapple and earthy note to finish things off with the hop profile. The malts dont offer much balance, but you can tell they offer a faint bready note to the overall effect of the beer. The bitterness just lingers on forever in this beer. Moderately heavy pine and grapefruit rind notes are still there minutes after taking a sip. I think that I get chalky notes in the aftertaste from this beer being so bitter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer has a super dry finish on it that seems to amplify the bitterness of the hop profile.

Overall: This beer is just downright aggressive. Hopheads seek it out. I am thrilled to have gotten the oppurtunity to sip on this wonder from Ohio, but it really pushed my palate to the max. I think that I have gotten all the hop flavors that I need for the whole week from this beer alone!

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pine, pineapple, floral, mango, grass, and herbal spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and hop complexity. Taste of huge grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, floral, caramel, grass, and herbal spiciness. Nice amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, floral, caramel, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; with just enough malt balance to not make the bitterness overpowering. Almost no cloying bitterness on the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an amazing IPA as expected. Awesome hop complexity and balance; very crisp and smooth to sip on. Outstanding.

Photo of beerme12
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A Nice copper-like appearance. Medium, frothy, quickly diminishing head. Pretty.

S: Amazing. Strong and wonderful. Grapefruit, citrus, and pine.

T: Citrus, Pine, Grapefruit hits hard early. Bitterness kicks in quickly and lasts. Nothing objectionable about the taste here. A slight malt taste on the end. Big flavor in this beer. One of the better IPA's I've drank.

M: Medium-light. Decent carbonation. Nice.

D: Very drinkable. Lovely. The bitterness leaves a long lasting taste in your mouth. There is so much going on with this beer. Enjoy a four pack.

O: I like this beer a lot. I've had several big name IPA's. Pliny, Hop Slam, Ruination, Devil Dancer, Sculpin, Dreadnaught etc....This beer hangs in there with all of them. Quickly becoming one of my favorites. Another great beer from the Midwest.

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark golden hue with a fluffy head that sticks around for a good amount of time.

S: Initial smell is hop overload, followed by citrusy grapefruit undertones and finished with a strong whiff of pine. This is exactly what I want an IPA to smell like.

T: The taste is really light with an explosion of piney flavors thoughout. The finishing taste is encompassed with a dominant citrus flavor. The hoppy flavor doesnt come through until the after-taste.

M: Medium body, but on the lighter end of an IPA. As anticipated from the fluffy head at the onset, this one has a creamy consistency that is nice.

O: Not much else I can say other than this is a must-try and must-buy if you are lucky enough to find it.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and golden with a white fluffy head.

Scent is dank resin, pinnapple with touches of pine and carmelized sugar. The taste is the same as scent would indicate. Bitterness is present but complimented but a sticky sweet hop presence.

Great full mouthfull without being too heavy.

Photo of fiver29
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at the brewery. Pour is golden color with off white head. Aroma is strong pine with some citrus mixed in. Has a medium mouthfeel. Flavor is strong pine and citrus hops upfront. Leads to a nice caramel touch with more pine hops to the finish. A real hop blast. My favorite on their list. This one is for hopheads only.

Photo of clept
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Relocated to Pittsburgh about 3 years ago from South Louisiana and landed in the legendary Southside of all places. Having the Fatheads pub within a mile of my house is a HUGE perk.

I've spent significant time in Socal and Norcal, and have tried the best that Colorado has to offer, few beers come close to the dank goodness that is Headhunter IPA. Their awards and reputation speaks for itself...
SILVER AWARD • WORLD BEER CUP® • AMERICAN-STYLE IPA 2012
SILVER MEDAL • AMERICAN-STYLE IPA • GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL® 2010
BRONZE MEDAL • AMERICAN-STYLE IPA • GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL® 2011
TOP 25 BEERS IN THE WORLD • DRAFT MAGAZINE 2009
GRAND CHAMPION • NATIONAL IPA CHALLENGE 2012, 2010
GOLD MEDAL • WEST COAST IPA FEST 2012, 2009
GOLD MEDAL • DENVER INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST 2011
GOLD MEDAL • AMERICAN IPA • CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL BEER FEST 2012

With a list of recognition's like that, if you're a hophead, that loves dank pine & citrus no-holds-barred IPA's than you owe it to yourself to seek this out. I've had Pliny, Nugget Nectar, Sculpin, Flower Power and MANY others and I can guarantee that Headhunter can hold its own with ANY of the big hyped IPA's. Get some if you can!

edit: I've had this on draft and in bottle. Like any beer, batches can vary from time to time, hop batches vary from year to year, etc. However, for the most part, this beer is consistently solid. 5/5

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour delivers two fingers of foamy head over a copper body.

This smells like delicious hops. I get hints of grass, lots of pine, grapefruit and other tropical fruit. I am in love.

Sipping this beer is like topping the big hill of a a rollercoaster. It starts out light, with a hint of malt and sweet grass. Then pine rushes at you, and faster and faster your are bombarded by flavors, grapefruit, pineapple, more tropical and citrus goodness.

Medium bodied, it's actually creamier than I anticipated. Refreshing, and very smooth.

Photo of prototypic
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of JohnMatrix
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle on 8-31-12

This beer pours a dark orange with light carbonation. Very nice deep color. Potent citrus and hops is apparent immediately and dominates here. Absolutely a fantastic American IPA. This is going to be my new go to IPA. Very prominent are the citrus tones, mostly lemon. Grapefruit is also noted, but it is subtle.
Very satisfying, the light carbonation and taste make this a pleasure to drink.

Photo of scottfrie
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours a lightly hazy bright orange with a couple fingers of rocky, greasy and dense off-white head that slowly faded into a rocky film. Sticky streaks of lacing were left down the glass.
S: Huge notes of citrus fill my nose. Grapefruit pith, orange peel and a hint of lemon come through.
T: Big citrus hop palate as expected. Grapefruit, lightly sweet fruit juice, orange zest and splash of pine are strong, with a bit of caramel and toasted malt poking through in the finish. The aftertaste is lemony, lemon pine-sol, and bitter.
M: Medium-full body, crisp and bitter mouthfeel, with a smooth and tingly carbonation.
O: An aggressively hopped ipa that should probably fall into dipa category. This one is a keeper. Thanks again Stormking47.

Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one beer that is better in the bottle. I've always enjoyed Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA on tap, but I have to say it was never one I craved or sought out. But, Fat Head's bottling is different ... in a very good way. Whatever, they did to capture the piney, citrusy, oily esters and resins in the bottle please keep doing it. The mildly high ABV hides beautifully behind zesty grapefruit, spicy hops, fresh cut grass, and biscuity maltiness. A very well-balanced and well-done IPA bottling that I crave and will seek out. Thankfully, I can find it, for now, right in my local grocery store. Bonus!

Photo of falcon1
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have seen this beer proudly displayed on LNBA posts and when I saw it on the shelf at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH, I just had to try it. Poured from a bottle (no freshness date) into a New Belgium snifter, it pours out a beautiful clear orange gold color with a nice tight head that, while thin, does show some good retention. I also see some nice effervescence. The nose is simply stunning. I get big notes of ripe tropical fruits like grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, and peaches. This is how I like my IPAs to smell! Resiny, flowery, pine-like noses are fine, but big tropical fruit notes like this get really high marks in my book. Think ``Zombie Dust'', only toned down just a little bit.

The beer has a nice medium body and a good, firm mouthfeel. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. There is plenty of malt there to provide a good body, but the hops just take over and rattle your palate. If there's one thing I don't like in an IPA, it is medicinal sweetness. With this beer, I get absolutely no sweetness beyond a tiny bit on the tip of my tongue. After that, it's all big, aggressive, pine and citrus bitterness. The finish is the best I've ever encountered in this style. It is really sticky and long-lasting. You can feel the hop oils coating your mouth long after you swallow. If I had to nitpick, I would say that a bit more malt body would make this beer even better. Since I don't have to nitpick, I'll simply say ``Why gamble when you're ahead? Don't change a darn thing!''

Folks have been raving about this beer on message boards and now I know why. Considering this beer is made just next door in Ohio, my experience with it came as a complete shock. It is absolutely world-class and might be the best American IPA I have had yet. I will be looking for this whenever I drive over the bridge from now on. Now if these guys would just start to distribute to Kentucky...

EDIT: I have now had this beer numerous times and had to upgrade the appearance rating after experiencing floaties on several occasions. As if this beer wasn't good enough already, now its appearance is starting to remind me of Heady Topper. Bravo!

Photo of kush6875
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance- pale straw color white frothy head

smell - funky raw hops!

taste - pineapple, grapefruit, citrus pine hemp?

mouthfeel - sticky but smooth

overall - world class IPA... worthy of all the awards... seek this out... pliny and all the others be aware of this ale from the east coast!

Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 3,510 ratings.