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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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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st batches were 7.0% ABV

Added by WVbeergeek on 06-19-2009

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Reviews: 571 | Ratings: 4,047
Photo of admiral1
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite IPA. This beer smells wonderful, pours with a firm head and the finish is a hopheads dream. Living outside the Burgh, I've been to Fatheads a couple times and they never had this on tap! Always out. Now that they are bottling it, I love the availabilty of it. Alittle high priced, But LIFE'S TO SHORT TO DRINK CHEAP BEER! Tried to order a sixtel and was told they quit filling sixtels. BUMMER!! Maybe splurge on a 1/4 sometime.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scott for this bottle.

A: Darker brown than I anticipated. Two finger head.

S: wow. Pineapple orange grapefruit. bright hops with some sweet malt.

T: Ok... it doesn't taste as good as it smells. but it's still great. it's hoppy but its also malty. I prefer my IPA a bit less balanced and more refreshing. Pine bitterness towards the end is quite nice. Tropical hops up front, sweet malt, then bittering hops near the end.
M: solid. Nicely carbed. dry.

O: very very solid but not my favorite. Heady > Head Hunter.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's Alpine Spring 16oz glass

A - Pours a golden yellow-orange, two finger head, thick lacing.

S - Fresh, juicy hops, pineapple, orange peel, big time grapefruit, light pine, good amount of floral traits present as well.

T - Bright flavors going on here that give way to the bite of aggressive hop bitterness. Pineapple is the most noticeable fruit taste here, just absolutely delicious. You also get that lush grapefruit flavor that gives to mild bitterness afterward. The powerful hopping and IBU's still resonate on your palate long after you've taken that gulp.

M - Incredible. A full feeling ale that is bursting with flavor, take a large sip and gulp it down in succession to gather all the goodness this beer has.

O - So far in my quest of IPA's, this beer takes the crown. It has won prestigious awards for a reason. The day Fat Head's opened their production brewery should be treated as a national holiday. It is a nearly perfect example of what a great IPA should aspire to be. People that think Pliny is the best, need to have this beer and have their palate's re-examined. It actually tastes and feels like it has all the qualities of an Imperial IPA, but packed in at a more moderate 7.5%. My ONLY complaint about this brew is that the bitterness can hang on a bit longer than you want.
This is just another feather in the cap of Pittsburgh's great breweries, and I feel privileged to have ready access to such an amazing brewery.

Also take note that this beer is year round, and for most PA and Ohio residents, this beer isnt too hard to grab. People get excessively excited about seasonal IPA brews, and overpay and over-hype it because its so darn hard to get. This IPA is as every bit as good as those, and much more obtainable. If you can get it, do it, I doubt you'll regret it.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-golden amber color with a ice white head and good lacing

S-pine, grapefruit, malt, slightly herbal

T-grapefruit, pine, caramel malt, slightly floral, nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body and moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly astringent

O-a nice solid IPA with good balance, easy drinking

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Photo of azdback
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Bright orange with yellow highlights. Millions of medium sized carbonation bubbles lead to a small one finger head that is more tan than it is white in color and creamy and rocky in appearance. Lace seems to want to play and is sticking very well.

Smell is very bright and full of citrus and pine. Yellow grapefruit, pineapple and some more mellowed smells of mango. Just a fantastic nose. Reminds me of fresh Union Jack.

Taste is bitter and a bit of a sneaker at that. First flavors I get are mellow bitter and mild malt. Then the swallow goes deeper on the tongue and gets the tart of a yellow grapefruit and as it goes down a sweeter flavor of pineapple and mango come out. There is just a hint of alcohol as well.

Mouth is crisp with a thin body and medium to high carbonation. Finish is on the long side and a bit wrecking of the palate. Very nice though.

Overall I am very happy to get the chance at this one. It doesn't have a very large distribution so to get a 4 pack of this in Arizona I can only thank rpbuckey for the chance at this hop lovers gem.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Clear golden orange, slight haze upon swirl. A massive three finger white head with good retention.

S- Intense citrus. A ton of pineapple, pine, lemon, mango. A sugary sweet malt backbone. Delightful stuff.

T- A slight bitterness at front. A tong of citrus to this beer. A massive grapefruit flavor to it. A ton of pineapple, lemon and pine as well. A massively hopped west coast style IPA. The citrus is really extenuated by a sugary sweet malt backbone that work to enhance the hop profile.

M- Bitter and extremely dry. But drinkable. A hop bite on the tongue.

O- An incredible IPA. A hop forward IPA but not big enough to where it is undrinkable. Super fresh hop flavors. I cant get this in my area so I'm kicking myself for only buying a single :(

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Photo of kirok1999
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had both on tap and bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold with a nice fluffy head and great legs.
The nose is musky and dense. A very nice blend of spice, pine and fruits backed up by a nice malt sweetness. This is not overly sweet, just the right amount with a real backbone. Very well balanced. Feels solid on the mouth, not watery at all.
On tap the funk came through and made me think of a wet dog. Very rich and drinkable just for the novelty of the funk.
A top notch IPA.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH signature goblet. No bottle dating info to be found. Thanks to ZRT for sending this.

A - Pours a bright caramel color with excellent clarity. The head sits at a full finger for the duration; impressive retention. One coat of lacing paints the glass.

S - Grapefruit and guava on the forefront. A hint of pine offers some bitter to counteract the juicy fruits. Biscuity malt is an afterthought.

T - Starts off lightly sweet with mellow citrus. Caramel carries through midpallate followed by a bittering pine finish. More bitter and less fruity than I was anticipating from the nose.

M - Medium bodied with full carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O - Happy to finally try this one. The aromas are tropical and citrus forward while the hop flavors are primarily pine. It is definitely hoppier than your average IPA, but it never crosses the line from balanced to hop bomb. This is definitely one I would get if I had access. Not the best I have had, but very good.

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Photo of brewtus
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into tulip. Poured pretty clear orange with a nice two finger head. Smell is citrusy, pine, bready, tropical fruits. Taste is bitter hops up front with great cutrus flavors, great west coast style hops, piney, subtle malts, nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is right on. Overall this is a great IPA that hits you hard with bitter hops. The malty flavor takes a backseat to the piney, floral hops that dominate the flavor of this one. I had this at the brewery before they finally started bottling it, hope the distro keeps expanding so more people can experience superior Ohio brews.

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Photo of Treebs
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Half Acre snifter. Thanks to pmoney for the bottle.

A: Clear light amber color with a white head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin ring. Splotchy lace.

S: Light bready malts. Orange citrus with some grapefruit rind.

T: Same white bread malts with a light citrus backing. Sweet tangerine, grapefruit and and orange rind.

M: Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and fruity finish.

O: Highly drinkable and very flavorful. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to CruisaC for sending me this one. Orange-yellow color with the slightest haze, good thick foam of a head. Smells like resiny hops, a little . Flavor is super hoppy, very bitter finish, slight bit of malt holding it all together. Whew, this is very bitter. Overall a good IPA and it is what the label says but this can't touch the west coast. Maybe I need one straight off the bottling line.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle to a Smuttynose pint glass.

Appearance- Clear copper/orange color with a mild white head that left quickly. Mild lacing. Beautiful color.

Smell- Spruce. Piney hops. Some maltiness. This smells like a christmas tree. No abv detectable.

Taste- Bitter hops. Piney/herbaceous hops. Light malty backbone. No abv present. Reminds me of Finestkind IPA. Not fruity hops like the IPAs I've been drinking lately.

Mouthfeel- First it feels very resinous, then it mellows out to being very smooth. Not overly carbonated.

Overall- This is a nice hoppy IPA. Tastes more like an east coast IPA that I can get around here in NH.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this brew several times. This review is fresh on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings last night.

A- Looks good-glowing translucent amber hue that is served with a big white foamy 1-2 finger that stays nicely at 1/2 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Beautiful IPA

S- Nose is big and bright. Some grapefruit and lots and lots of pine. Definately eyebrow raising. A hint of spicy hops is down there somewhere.

T- the flavor upfront is kind of bland with a hint of grapefruit, some earthy hops, and a background of faint grainy malt. The finish is HUGE and agressive with some pine and a huge amount of resiny bitterness that lingers on and on and on with a hint of spicy hop flavor in the background.

M- High fizzy, assualting carbonation and and medium weight slightly grainy body.

O- Overall this is a very bitter and assualting brew. Think Moylan's Hopsickle. It also doesnt have much hoppy flavor upfront to justify the bitter finish. The malt backbone is scant at best. An average beer overall-and this just isn't my kind of IPA.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased as a four pack at a grocery store during my recent visit to Columbus. No visible bottle dating.

Medium yellow orange with some soapy bubblage and oily lace. Looks fine.

Big piney bitterness and menthol on the nose. Some light sugared papaya lies underneath. Alcohol is evident. Gingerbread malts rise up upon warming. Each time I opened one of these I hoped that it would smell more lively, or more my speed, but alas it's just an average smelling IPA.

Surprisingly, there's just loads of booze taste here. Menthol coolness from the nose make a cameo here as well. Like someone exhaled their Newport directly into my glass. God those were gross and I smoked pretty much everything. Big bitter waves ride throughout and crash upon the shores of my tasting places, leaving a long tongue scraping finish. The tease of tropicality or light fruits from the nose plays as more a whisper than a shout. Harsh spicy rye-like notes provide a supple bed on which these sinful deeds are consummated.

Medium bodied, on the lower-to-moderate end of carbonation, and rather oily in body. She weighs a bit on the tongue.

Well, I had a bottle of this on the same day I had both Columbus Bodhi and Columbus IPA on tap. Granted, the Bodhi is classified as a double, but that is both arbitrary and meaningless as I believe these beers are the same abv. In my know nothing but know what I like opinion, this beers gets smoked by both Columbus versions. The abrasive bitterness and shocking booziness give no quarter. Not nearly as good as its reviews for my tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely drinkable ipa, I'm surprised I haven't tried this yet.

The beer has a great nearly clear golden orange color with a nice ring of frothy white head.

The smell and taste highlight that great dry grassy earthy hoppiness that us hop heads crave in a beer. Rally reminds me of alpine in its hope to malt profile, it's very hop heavy with just a slight honey like malt profile. The feel is great, it's very bitter at the back of the palate. Some slight sweetness too. A very well crafted beer.

Awesome, easy to drink pleasingly hoppy beer!

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Photo of rangerred
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a one finger white head. Abundant carbonation allows a rocky head to be maintained nearly throughout the entire drink with tons of rocky lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma just screams west coast IPA. Tons and tons of citrus from the hops and is very "in your face." Pineapple, mango, and tangerine along with a solid bready malt base. Really a mouthwatering aroma.

All of these wonderful characteristics continue over into the flavor. Tropical fruit immediately that just seems to spread across the mouth. There is a very juicy quality that I just love. Some light bread provides just enough malt to keep the hops balanced. High bitterness but not to the point of being overbearing or unpleasant. Mouthfeel is on the sticky and chalky side which I am not crazy about but it is a small price to pay.

Overall, an absolutely amazing IPA out of Ohio that rivals the best coming out of California. I am so happy I found this beer and plan on picking up many more before heading back to TN.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Kuhnhenn tulip

A - Dark copper with a slight orange tint. Small layer of white foam sits on top. Appears to have a light body

S - Nice, big hoppy nose with orange, pine, grapefruit, lemon peel, grassy with a light bready sweetness in the back

T - Grapefruit, grassy, and pine give this a big bitter, hoppy bite right up front. It makes you almost step back as it packs a punch. Next there is a very light amount of caramel and bready malt that provides a small amount of sweetness. Bitterness carries onto the end with grapefruit and pone lingering on into the finish as well as a slight alcoholic kick

Medium body with a light syrupiness in the middle. Light carbonation and full in the mouth. Finish leaves an oily hop residue that lingers on the tongue.

O - This is definitely one grassy, hoppy and bitter beer that smacks you with bitterness and does not relent throughout. A great example of the west coast IPA style, especially for being from Ohio. If you like big hoppy beers, definitely seek this one out.

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

Thanks to Adam and Chris for this bottle. Couldn't find freshness info.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Translucent medium orange with a thin layer of off-white head.

S - Massive fresh hops up front - grapefruit, orange zest, peach, mango and pine aromas are all present with a touch of sweet caramel in the background.

T - A huge bitterness up front. Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, and pine. There is the slightest malt sweetness in the background but this is defintiely a hop bomb, as advertised.

M - Medium body, creamy. Sticky and full of resinous hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ star bar in denver

A classic IPA that I've only really consumed at festivals in the midwest - aromas of fresh cut grass and dank citrus. Crisp and light but full on flavor - tangerine, tropical fruit, summer grass clippings, crackery malt. Really nice

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Photo of kscaldef
2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Revisited, 5 Sept 2014

Better than previous experiences, but still not as good as the 3-way we had side by side, which wasn't even a particularly good can of 3-way.

3.5

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Old review at 2.95, 12/12/12. Unfortunately, don't have the full breakdown, post changes to the reviewing system:

No bottling date I can discern.

A: Rather orange in color. Raises a rather small head which quickly turns into a ring and some large, loose bubbles.

S: Piney and tropical hops, somewhat dank. Unfortunately, I'm also getting more than a whiff of diacetyl.

T: Very bitter, followed by mild orange-caramel, more bitterness, some cracker, finishing with bitter.

M: Well carbonated. Quite astringent.

O: I don't want to slam this beer; people looking for the mouth-scraping-est IPA out there will probably like this. But, personally, I find it lacking in flavor and aroma hops that would make it a more interesting beer. Also, the diacetyl suggests the brewery may be rushing the beer out prematurely.

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is sort of a dark gold, not quite amber in color, with a sizable compact, slightly off-white head that shows good form and retention, leaving legs all over the place to form a web almost to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma doesn't pour out as soon as I pop it, which is rare enough as it is, but it does have plenty of pop to it. It's first intensely of pine, extremely, fantastically hoppy if not somewhat one-dimensional in the hop profile, before a bold citrus comes out, plenty of grapefruit to it with a solid malts backbone keeping it from going harsh.
Other notes come out in the flavor, though pine is strongest. Initially, though, it's straight hard pine, woody , raw and dry. Citrus comes out just as strong, and it's not long before a touch of malty sweetness asserts itself, letting the hops do the talking but keeping things civil. Bitterness reigns, but plenty of tropical fruits notes add to the sweetness and balance. It gets very grassy and just a bit leafy, and in the finish it moves back to the pine.
This is a beer that could go very dry but keeps it at a nice, even level. Crispness offers life while a creamy smoothness runs through in every sip. There's plenty of body to this brew without being heavy, and it's actually quite bright. If there's any weak spot in the feel, it's that it's so creamy it gets almost "airy," for lack of a better descriptor.
I'm glad the midwest if offering some competition to the West Coast as IPAs are concerned. This beer brings it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Peach-orange in color. Very slight haze. Forms a moderate ecru-colored head that leaves a copious amount of lacing on the way down.

S: Was very aromatic when I first popped the bottle, but seems to be less so now. However, what remains is a heady mix of citrus, orange, and tropical fruit.

T: The flavor is also very nice. Pale malt backbone with a touch of sweetness that plays nicely with the juicy citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Some juicy fruit gum.Turns more towards grapefruit on the backend with a mild pine resin bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Mild-to-moderate bitterness. Fairly dry on the finish.

O: A very nice beer and a fine example of the style. I've got to admit I come across my fair share of average IPAs - it's a crowded field - but it's always nice to still be able to find new and well made examples of the style.

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Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
96 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.