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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: 542
Hads: 3,878
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 22.63%
Wants: 635
Gots: 775 | FT: 41
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

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: 542 | Hads: 3,878
Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, lighter orange color. Good looking white head stays around for a few minutes, and leaves some nice lace.

Juicy hop aroma bursting out of the glass. Pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits. Maybe a bit of pine and herbal notes as well. Malt is really an afterthought here.

Clean, cracker like malt up front, not a great deal of sweetness. Hops flavor an bitterness comes in quick and hard. Again, tropical fruit dominates. I love the juicy flavors here. A bit herbal as well. Bitterness lingers, but is not harsh.

Medium body, with ample carbonation. Not much heat from alcohol. This is a very solid IPA.

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Photo of jegross2
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery and Saloon out of Ohio. This is one of my absolute favorite IPA's, and a review of a fresh bottle for the blog was quite overdue. Major thanks to Brian Callahan for hooking me up with some during FOBAB weekend.
Score: 98

I did not think to check the freshness date on the bottle, but Brian knows the importance of freshness with IPA. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 11/18/2012.

Appearance: Pours a clean and modestly dark honey-orange, almost bourbon-like, color with a finger of beige head that settles to a thin layer. Has a nice, mildly effervescent appearance out of the bottle. Absolutely ridiculous lacing and retention. This is exactly what you want an IPA to look like in my opinion. 5/5

Smell: Huge doses of fresh citrus and grassy hops. In-your-face grapefruit, peach, lemon zest and tangerine. There is a hint of lime too. Faint caramel maltiness in the background, and an even fainter earthiness. 4.5/5

Taste: A bittersweet, bold hop bomb with good balance. Upfront, you get the sweet citrus -- grapefruit, peach, pineapple and a touch of lemon-lime flavor. This is followed by a sharply bitter counterbalance of grassy, slightly earthy hops on the back half. The finish is bitter with some lime rind flavor. Mild sweet caramel malt backbone. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation that pops and sizzles the hops on the tongue. Oily and slick on the tongue. Bittersweet, leaning towards bitter in the finish. 5/5

Overall: Like a DIPA in disguise and single IPA in name only, hoppy ales rarely get better than this one. Fans of Bell's Hopslam will adore it.

Recommendation: Hop heads should absolutely seek this beer out, though it is likely too aggressive for casual beer drinkers and hop haters.

Pairings: Pad Thai for those who want to accentuate the spiciness, and roasted brown sugar coated pineapple slices a la Brazilian steak house for those who merely want to dwell in the doses of sweet citrus that this beer has to offer

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, might as well take advantage of the chance to try this on-tap. I think the nose on this might actually be more interesting than the bottled version. Very salty flavor profile though. A bit too much in that it masks a lot of the other citric and piney characteristics that are trying to show. Still a very nice IPA. Loud and brash, but still bringing enough to keep it respectable.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of herman77
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold/orange with a medium sized off white head. Good retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: Pineapple, mango, grapefruit and a bit of pine up front. Some dank, resinous hops mixing with sweet carmel malts. Very nice.

T: Citrus and pine hops dominate. Bitter, but there is a dose of bready malt to keep it somewhat in check. It's missing all those sweet, tropical hops that I found in the nose. If only it lived up to the nose...

M: Medium to fuller body for an IPA. Average carbonation.

O: A great IPA. Awesome nose, good drinkability. If the taste lived up to the nose, this would be on Pliny and Heady level.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle received in a trade from WilliamDbar.

Pours dark golden/orange color. About 1 inch of cotton white head that leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell is certainly the beers high point. Powerful combo of piney citrus and dank hop aromas. Found myself frequently sticking my nose into the glass through the life of the pint. Orange peel, tangerine and pine are the dominant aromas. Probably top 5 smelling beers I've come across.

Taste falls slightly short of the nose, but that's no knock. The lighter side of the citrus aromas come through in the taste, I keyed on a tangerine flavor, very fresh citrus. Great tasting beer.

Maybe a tad too carbonated. Would love to have it on tap to see how the carb level is there. Really nothing to complain about though. Solidly put together, nice oily hop feel, finish lingers.

Overall, a really great IPA. With so at good IPAs out there, it's harder and harder to pick a "best." This one certainly belongs in the discussion. Hit a lot of notes and hit them very well.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to maximumu13 for tracking this one down for me! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Pours a little hazy gold, with a 1 1/2 finger white foamy head. Not a ton of visible carbonation.

S: Big tropical fruit, citrus, and a bit of pine hops, with a hint of light malt aroma.

T: Tropical fruit, grapefruit, grassy hops, with pine and citrus rind bitterness. Some cracker malt makes a brief cameo appearance but this is nowhere close to balanced.

M: Light, crisp body, good carbonation sensation. The alcohol comes through just a bit more than expected for a relatively tame ABV.

O: Wow. This deserved the hype it gets. A very tasty hop bomb to be sure. Very recommended if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of cmadd
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is by far the most impressive aspect of this beer: grapefruit, lemon, guava, fruit loops, pine. The first sip is monstrously pine forward with a oily resin. Playful carbonation in an amber body with nice carbonation. Very well done, albeit slightly unbalanced. This is the definition of hops.

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Photo of denver10
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with a little burntness to it and a nice thick, foamy white head. A nice juicy orange aroma on top of a sweet, bready malt base. Flavor starts off with the citrus out the game, the middle is more the bready malt, and it closes with the marriage of piney hops and malt with a decently bitter finish. A nice creamy mouthfeel. Overall, Ohio with another solid IPA.

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Photo of burnstar
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark gold with good sized head. Nice lacing on the surface and sides. This is a fantastic smelling beer. Just great hop character. Huge citrus aroma- lemons and grapefruit. Floral and slightly piney as well. Upfront bitterness and fairly bitter throughout. A little background sweetness but hops dominate the flavor. Big herbal and citrus hop flavor. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. This IPA pulls no punches. Close to a DIPA. Pretty awesome.

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Photo of Murphey
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best single IPA ever. Perfect balance. Love the hoppy taste and the aroma to make one's knees buckle. Have had it at Fat Heads here in Pittsburgh as well as the one in Cleveland, and it was better in Pittsburgh for some reason. Absolutely love this beer!

It started showing up in the local beer distributor. I (of course) picked up a case. It is good, but it definitely didn't stand out as much as it does on tap.

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Photo of Casedogg43
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle had via a trade with TheGordianKnot! Cheers!

A: pours a clear but gold color. Looks good.. Slight head w/nice lacing.

S: very inviting. Strong citrus nose. They smell like grapefruit & orange.Smells delicious! There are some light malty notes in the background.

T: Doesn't match the nose. Grapefruit & orange are there. Hops and big roasty malts take over early and stay til the end. Alcohol is very smooth, slight hint.

M: Pretty standard for a nice IPA.

O: Man this beer has hype. Rates great and is very solid. The roasted malts just dominate a bit too much for me. I'd prefer the citrus hops on the nose to follow through til at least the middle. For me, solid, too many other IPA's that I prefer.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355mL mega fresh bottle thanks to Dan! Pours a clear, filtered, no bottle refermentation (good) amber/orange. Larger, large bubbled, semi rocky meringue foam. Excellent retention. Widely spaced, webby lacing. Nose is soft butterscotch, lemon detergent (volatile), thick orange gummies. Taste is super rich butterscotch, restrained orange and grapefruit peel, mild pine sap, maple, sweet orange syrup. Palate is very bitter, nutty, some walnut/Brazil nut, mild spruce tips. Very rich, quenching, fairly aggressive. 10/2/2012 7/4/8/5/15=3.9

355mL second mega fresh bottle from Dan. Let’s try this again. Pours with a better, rockier, sheen, buttermilk head. Big retention and better, complete lacing. Nose has no off flavors, more peaches and cream, pineapple, vanilla. Taste is very West Coast in profile reminding me of Sculpin and Alesmith IPA up front, but finishing much more aggressively bitter with mega spruce tip and pine sap. Delicious. Palate is a bit too sharply bitter moving to slight sawdust. The aroma is quite inviting. Very nice stuff. Easy to love. Glad I got some extra bottles. 10/3/2012 8/4/8/3/16=3.9

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Photo of dcloeren
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thebouch01 for this awesome extra in our last trade.

Pours a beautiful clean and crisp golden orange with a finger of foamy bright white head.

The aroma is exploding with grapefruit, orange, lemon and resinous pine hops. Not much, if any, malt to speak of. I'm not complaining, this beer smells amazing.

The taste follows the nose. Grapefruit forward with vibrant citrus notes take the lead while the sticky pine hops finish this one off. Fantastic taste.

Medium to light in body but this one drank a lot thinner than the body would have originally led me to believe. It was thinner than I would have liked is what I guess I am getting at. Other than that, I thought it had the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this was an amazing IPA! I wish that I had more of these. My only complaint is the body on it but it didn't ruin or slow this beer down for a minute.

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Photo of flexabull
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12, thanks again.

Pours a light and bright gold color, clear, with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are quite nice. Strong notes of tropical fruits, mostly mangos, also some citrus, oranges, and grapefruit. There is also resin and sugar as well.

Taste is fruity, lightly sweet and bitter up front. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, cream, and hard candies. Finish is very dry, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. Crisp, with snappy carbonation, gets a touch thin on the finish.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. As noted, this is dry and bitter. I just wish it had a touch more body and malt flavors. Still, a very solid offering.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Heads. Review from notes.

A: The beer is clear copper with a small white head on top, about an inch in height with decent retention and thin lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of pine mixed with citrus fruit on the aroma, some grapefruit and orange zest with a faint caramel. malt undertone.

T: Very piney on the flavor profile, but it isn't really coupled with the amount of bitterness I was expecting, certainly helping with the drinkability. Some tropical fruit is mixed in, mostly grapefruit and orange.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish, but rather light for a big IPA like this.

O: Very good, deserving of praise for sure.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a strawberry copper color with a nice white head. Great lacing down the glass and very sticky. Smells outstanding on the nose. Apricots, resiny hops, strong grapefruit, and more hops. Very nice mouthfeel but very bitter. Maybe because I haven't had anything this hoppy in months, it caught me by surprise, but bitter and much lingering bitterness, but still a very good beer that is local, and I will jump at again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another top notch IPA in an already crowded field. This one is as good as any I suppose; when beer is of this quality it's more a case of what mood are you in today rather than one being "better" than another.

Pours lightly hazed, golden orange, with a finger of slowly settling white head and nice lacing. Aroma is super fresh and citrusy, with lots of grapefruit in front and piney hops following. Little in the way of maltiness, just a lot of fresh fruit in your face.

Taste follows closely; again this is a citrus, grapefruit-first hop bomb with secondary pine characteristics; a very mild sweetness and biscuity caramel malt backbone that stays well on the sidelines and just props the hops up. Finish is dry, with lingering hoppy flavors and not too much aggressive bitterness scathing the palate. Really easy to drink, delicious, and full of hop nuances without being overly bitter.

Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth feel, right on out of the bottle. So fresh and so clean, indeed, this one is a winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Hunahpu snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange and mostly clear. Nice white head and excellent lacing. Clouds of bubbles meander about the surface.

Smell - Nice intense hop aroma. Big mango and citrus. A little bit of the malt comes through, but just slightly sweet.

Taste - More of the mango and tropical fruit hop flavor, but it switches to a more bitter hop profile quickly. The sweetness fades as well. Becomes a grapefruit pith flavor in the back and gets a little strong.

Mouthfeel - It's got a very nice body. It's medium bodied and the perfect malt level for an intensely hoppy IPA. It's just too bitter to be great,

Overall - It's really nice. Yes, it's too bitter, but it's a small fraction of the total experience, which is excellent.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eric aka spoolinvw for giving me a fresh bottle of Head Hunter. I have always had terrible luck trying to find fresh bottles of this one, glad to finally try the real deal.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of pungent citric hops, grass, tropical fruits - mostly grapefruit and oranges - pine resin and only the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. This one has once intense nose to it.

T - Starts off with a ton of bright citric hop bitterness mixed with some juicy grapefruit tartness slowly giving way to hints of pine resin, grass and some mild caramel sweetness. Finish is fairly bitter, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, oily feel with a ton of bitterness from start to finish.

O - This is one awesome IPA. I could drink a few of these no problem. When fresh this is definitely one of the better IPA's on the market today.

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Photo of maximum12
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me *fresh* bottles of this brew that's been on my wants list for a while. Some other traders could learn things from Mr. Cleveland & sending fresh IPAs in trades...you know who you are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is orange with plenty of ozone in the sunset, not clear, but uniformly hazy. Industrial-scale tropical fruits split the fifth sense; terrifyingly sweet. And by terrifying I mean lovely, since I love sweet. Citrus trickles underneath.

Head Hunter is a fascinating IPA. Huge notes of orange, mango, grapefruit run full-speed into an iron wall of citrus, pine, & resiny bitterness. Though it's hard to concentrate with all the pleasure coursing through my veins, bits of caramel & herbs nips here & there. The fruity notes keep the bitterness from peaking too far, but at the same time, the hops hang around for overtime. Damn. Slurp. Slurp. Ahhh.

I am glad to have finally found out what the fuss is about, because this is a straight-up excellent IPA. Thanks again, Dan, happy to have a few more of these around. For a very short period of time.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Three Floyds teku.

Pour: Clear amber orange with three fingers of off white head. Head hangs around, and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Big citrus notes - some tangerine and orange juice. Pretty hefty caramel backbone to support.

Taste: Follows the nose for sure, with some pine mixed in as well. Malt sweetness is larger than I expected. Nice juiciness, and finishes with a resinous bitterness

Mouthfeel: Pretty sticky, and not incredibly drinkable. Fruit notes make this one nice and juicy.

Overall: Very nice IPA.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Head Hunter pours out of the bottle pretty clear and golden brown in color. Its head is about a finger in density, white in color, and sticks to the sides of my glass really nicely. Bubbles explode out of the bottom of the beer and collect beneath the head beautifully.

S: Citrus explodes out of the beer, like a freshly squeezed grapefruit or clementine with hints of pine. Definitely on the fruitier side as far as IPAs go. I picked this up in Pittsburgh about two weeks ago, so I'm pretty sure it's fresh.

T: The taste is really solid. The grapefruit and other citrus flavors are back, but the piny hops pay a much larger role. The increased hop tastes bring the beer closer to balanced than the smell is.

MF: Really light body with an average amount of carbonation. The balance and well thought out flavors make this one of the most drinkable IPAs I've had. The 4pack sure did go away quickly.

O: I had heard such great things about this beer and I was really excited to find the bottle in Pittsburgh. I didn't even really know they bottled it. Buy it if you see it, because I might just drink all of it.

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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